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1. Yes. LiveCycle ES enables SOAP access to all core services and all custom services (the processes you orchestrate to use the core services). Any client tooling that can consume WSDL can produce an executable to utilize LiveCycle ES.
2. Ideally you would use LiveCycle ES to generate PDF documents. There is nothing out-of-the-box that enables this functionality. However, LiveCycle ES has a variety of tools that can be used to integrate with third-party applications, including the file system, JMS, FTP, Web Services. The dependencies typically lie with the third-party application and the APIs and protocols it supports. LiveCycle ES is highly extensible. It designed to enable the creation of custom components to solve problems such as this. Take a look at the Programming with LiveCycle ES to get a sense of the possibilities.
3. Yes. LiveCycle has a native document repository that could facilitate such a solution. More importantly, it has a complete content storage solution.
See the LiveCycle Content Services ES forum for more.
Just to add something to #1.
You can interact with LiveCycle using different methods from a client's environment. You can use web service, watched folder, email, java api, remoting (for Flex application) and the Workspace client. You have other options that just web service.
Just an addition to #2 above. We have crystal reports that generate a report with grouping, calculations, sub reports, formatting, crosstabs, etc. from database data. We export some of them to be saved in the document server.
Does LSES have the capability to create complex report easily, with select database tables, seting report parameters, creating sub reports, etc.? I didn't see such reporting capability in LiveCycle ES, but maybe I missed it.