Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint and SAP

We’re excited to announce that at the Professional Developer Conference 2009 (PDC09) Microsoft announced the intent to deliver Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint and SAP. Built on top of Business Connectivity Services, this jointly developed solution will enable interoperability between SAP applications and SharePoint 2010. To learn more about the solution that is planned to…

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Permissions in Business Connectivity Services

Solution designers, administrators, and end users interact with composite solutions using external content types, which enable the presentation of and interaction with external data in SharePoint lists (known as external lists), Web Parts, and supported Microsoft Office 2010 client applications. Permissions are recorded in the metadata definitions for the various objects stored in the BCS…

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Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Public Beta

The BCS team is excited to announce the Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 public betas are available for download from www.microsoft.com/2010. Now for the first time anyone can download and test drive the new capabilities Business Connectivity Services has to offer. So go ahead and download it now, try it out and tell us what…

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The Notion of Associations and the External Item Picker

In real world problems there is a frequent need to find related or complimentary information for a specific business entity. For example, while looking at a customer profile, I would love to see additional information about it such as what are the latest orders placed by that customer, or the top 5 products it usually…

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Making Web Services BCS Friendly – Part 1

As mentioned in the overview post, Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010 allows end users to interact with external data using SharePoint and Office UX. For this, BCS provides an abstract data access layer that SharePoint and Office applications can consume. The abstraction is achieved through some stereotype methods supported in BCS. These stereotypes are…

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BCS Team Channel is now Live!

The first of a series of episodes on the BCS Team Channel is live! Watch our very own Sanjay Rama introduce BCS and show how external data can be viewed and manipulated (Create, Read, Update and Delete data) through the browser.   Upcoming videos will include synchronizing external data into Outlook, SharePoint Workspace, and other…

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Types of Solutions

Solutions that leverage Business Connectivity Services (BCS) typically fall into one of three high level categories: Simple solution leveraging out-of-box capabilities Intermediate declarative solutions Advanced code-based solutions The first two do not require the use of code, although they can re-use code-based components that have been published by developers. This is important for two reasons:…

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BCS Overview Demo Video

In this three-part video Brad Stevenson goes through a high-level overview out-of-the-box functionality provided by Business Connectivity Services. You’ll be able to observe: Full read/write capability of BCS Create an external content type which connects to a SQL backend Bring external data into SharePoint through an external list See how the external list provides the…

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