Sitecore Data Exchange Framework an excellent tool?

Thinking about data migration from/to Sitecore, then why don’t you give a chance to Sitecore Data Exchange Framework which can reduce your task to greater lengths.

First and most important we have to understand what is Sitecore DEF and how it works?

Data Exchange Framework (DEF) is a module designed by Sitecore to transfer/migrate data between systems with ease. The processing of DEF is based on ETL (Extract, Transform, Load). Almost in every project, you face a challenge related to transfer of data from any 3rd party system to Sitecore. For that you have to design custom plugins every time, to ease that up Sitecore designed the DEF so that developers don’t have to go through the same thing again and again. In simple terms, it allows you to read the data from the source, then transform the data into a compatible format according to the target system and then load/write the transformed data into the target system.

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There are some providers designed by Sitecore which are listed below:

  • Sitecore Provider for Tenant Service: To manage Sitecore content items on the Tenant Service using Data Exchange Framework pipelines.
  • SQL Provider for Tenant Service: To manage SQL server data on the Tenant Service or to work with SQL Server as an endpoint using Data Exchange Framework pipelines.
  • xConnect Provider for Tenant Service: To manage xConnect data on the Tenant Service or to work with xConnect client as an endpoint using Data Exchange Framework pipelines.
  • MongoDB Provider for Tenant Service: To manage MongoDB data on the Tenant Service or to work with MongoDB as an endpoint using Data Exchange Framework pipelines.
  • Experience Forms Provider for Tenant Service: This plugin provides an ability to trigger DEF Save Action for Experience Forms on the Tenant Service.

If you are using the DEF 2.x or older versions then you have to install these plugins after installing the DEF package. If you are using DEF 3.x or newer versions then all these plugins are included in the DEF package. 

You can also create your own custom provider in case you are using any other 3rd party system from the list above. DEF is written in such a way that it can be customized according to the user’s needs.

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