3 of 3 people found this helpful
The key difference between the KCS template and the others is that the KCS template articles cannot be administered and accessed through the MID-TIER interface.
The KCS template can only be used by Support Users through Smart IT. So in an environment that is upgrading from M-T to Smart IT there may well be users and KA authors that are still using the M-T.
For an organisation like your own that is starting from Smart IT there may already have been a decision not to use the M-T RKM interfaces, Incident, WO, Change forms etc. If you are a 100% Smart IT shop, then the restriction on the KCS template is just not an issue.
The only advantage of using KCS template is that it "is structured according to a sample template defined by the KCS framework. However, you can use any knowledge template to perform the KCS-defined knowledge management functions." So as far as I know the choice is up to your organisation as to which templates work best for your requirements.
If I were you I would create an article using each template and then try creating an incident that references them. See what format of template works best. If you decide to use multiple templates, make sure you and the KA creators know exactly which one to use for each type of content.
One further note: If the article you are creating is for Self Service customers you have an extra option. How to Articles in DWP. See https://docs.bmc.com/docs/digitalworkplaceadvanced/2002/setting-up-self-help-resources-908222940.html
These How-To articles are merely URLs to anywhere. Could be SharePoint a wiki or any URL.
But a lot of "what is best" is subjective. So lets see if anyone else has opinions.