I have been working with Collector for a couple of days with some pretty good success. However I have an issue taking the data from the feature service back to my original geodatabase. Below is my ideal process/workflow.
Geodatabase -> Feature Service -> Collector -> Feature Service -> Geodatabase
So far I can accomplish steps 1-4 without running into any major issues. I have not found a way to accomplish this final step of synchronizing the newly collected data from my feature service back to the original geodatabase.
I know I can bring the feature service into ArcMap quite easily and edit it's content through the creation of a local copy, but as I far as I am seeing that does not sync back to the original geodatabase. Additionally I could export the service to shp or fgdb and then copy and paste or use the append tool to import new features. Unless I am missing something though, this will not update the data collected on already existing features. It will only add the new features.
I've thought of a couple processes to transfer collected data to existing features, but nothing that is a seamless, simple process. It all involves a lot of manual reentering of data.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.