Deploying BCS Simple Solutions

Previous posts have mentioned how to represent business data as external content types, creating external lists out of these external content types, and how to eventually make this business data available offline in Office applications like Outlook and SharePoint Workspace. The posts showed that this data is taken offline in form of a BCS simple…


Making Web Services BCS Friendly – Part 2

As mentioned in the overview post, Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010 allows end users to interact with external data using SharePoint and Office interfaces. 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…


Overview of BCS Advanced Code-Based Solutions

Business Connectivity Services (BCS) provides many out-of-box capabilities that deliver rich, end-to-end solutions. BCS is also a programmable platform, allowing developers to further extend BCS to create customized solutions. Three types of BCS solutions that can be created are: Simple Solutions (which leverage out-of-box capabilities) Intermediate Declarative Solutions Advanced Code-Based Solutions For a description of…


BCS PowerShell: Introduction and Throttle Management

Your external list worked great when you tested it, but it’s not working on the deployment server! Reading the SharePoint logs, you see a message like one of these: Timeout expired. BDC Runtime Object Model has throttled the response. The response from the service took more than ‘180000’ milliseconds. The limit can be changed via…

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Working with Complex Data Types in Business Connectivity Services

Business Connectivity Services is an enabling technology for integrating data from external systems (e.g. line-of-business like an ERP or CRM system) with SharePoint 2010 and Office. Data in external systems is frequently exposed through granular web services with complex message structures. While parameter structures of almost any complexity are supported by the schema for external…

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Test Drive BCS

Now that we have shown you the basics on how to: Create a model using SharePoint Designer Create an external list using SharePoint Designer or the Browser Take the external list into Outlook and/or into SharePoint Workspace Create associations Go ahead and take BCS out for a test drive! To do this you can download…