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Content Connectors

Connecting Data Repositories for Better Search and Analytics Applications


Content connectors are a strategic focus for Search Technologies. Connectors are part of Search Technologies' collection of technology assets, which are search engine independent and were developed to help organisations to fill in the gaps in search and big data applications.

  • We maintain a dedicated engineering team that specialises in the creation, implementation, and support of connectors.
  • We take a no-compromise approach to processing efficiency, data quality, and security.
  • Provide seamless support for secure content acquisition as part of the Aspire Content Processing.
  • All of our connectors are search engine independent, to future proof your investment in enterprise search.
  • Connectors are backed by expert implementation, maintenance and support services from the world's leading IT services company dedicated to enterprise search.

Connectors can be implemented with a range of popular search engines, including the Google Search Appliance (GSA), Microsoft SharePoint, Cloudera Search, Amazon CloudSearch, Azure Search, Solr, and Elasticsearch. Aspire can also publish to HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System) including commercial distributions from vendors such as Cloudera, Hortonworks, IBM, MapR, and Pivotal.

Our premium connectors are typically delivered under a service agreement to ensure that the customer's specific requirements are fully catered to.


Our connectors are available for a growing range of repositories, including:


  • File Systems
  • NTFS / CIFS - SMB 1.0, 2.0
  • RDB (Snapshots / Updates tbl)
  • Web Crawler
  • Home Page
  • FTP
  • RSS
  • Subversion
  • Amazon S3
  • Mongo DB

Big Data

  • HDFS Connector
  • Kafka Connector
  • Kinesis Connector
  • HBase Connector

Content Management Systems

  • Documentum
  • Documentum DQL
  • eRoom
  • Lotus Notes
  • SharePoint 2010/2007
  • SharePoint 2013/2016 (on-premise)
  • SharePoint Online (Office 365)
  • FileNet (alpha version available)
  • OneDrive (planned)

Social Media

  • Twitter (planned)
  • Facebook (planned)
  • Instagram (planned)

Service Ticket Tracking

  • ServiceNow
  • TeamForge
  • RightNow
  • JIRA

Social Networking

  • Atlassian Confluence
  • IBM Connections
  • Jive
  • SocialCast
  • Yammer (planned)


  • LDAP Cache
  • Group expansion
  • Azure AD Group Expansion
  • SharePoint 2013 CEWS Listener
  • JMS Service
  • HTTP Listener

Other / Multiple Categories

  • MS Exchange (in progress)
  • SAP (planned)
  • Lotus Notes

We also work with leading search engine vendors to develop new connectors to order.



Our connectors ensure that document level security is respected through authentication and single sign-on mechanisms such as LDAP, NTLM, and CAS. They handle complex security environments with nested permission groups, and multiple authentication systems.


Connectors must be able to acquire data fast enough to satisfy the needs of the search application. At the same time, they must remain friendly toward the target repository. These connectors provide the flexibility to achieve an optimum performance configuration for your specific environment.

Content Enrichment

Connectors provide optional capabilities for content cleansing, metadata parsing, entity extraction and categorisation. Whether carefully captured from the original source, or automatically derived using the latest text analytics techniques, metadata is a key element in the majority of successful search systems.

Contact us for further connector details and pricing for your enterprise search system.

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