BCS Team Channel: External Data in SharePoint Workspace

The third installment of the BCS Team Channel is now live! In this episode you are taken on a tour of how you can surface external data in SharePoint Workspace 2010. The next video will show you how to associate two external content types and how to work with that data in Web parts. –…

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External Lists in SharePoint Workspace

This is a post from the SharePoint Workspace team on taking external data into SharePoint Workspace 2010: You’ve seen how SharePoint Lists are tightly integrated into SharePoint Workspace, and thanks to the Business Connectivity Services (BCS) team, SharePoint Workspace will also present you with all of your external list data, using the same familiar interface….

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BCS Tooling Investments in 2010: Part 2

In the first installment of this series of posts, “BCS Tooling Investments in 2010: Part 1”, we talked about in to the design experience in SharePoint Designer 2010. Now let’s take a look at what you can do in Visual Studio 2010 followed by the interoperability between SharePoint Designer 2010 and Visual Studio 2010. Visual…

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BCS Team Channel: External Lists in Outlook

The second installment of the BCS Team Channel is now live! Juan Balmori Labra takes us on a tour of how you can surface external data in Outlook 2010 as Contacts, Appointments and Posts. The next video will show you how external data is taken into SharePoint Workspace 2010. – Lionel Robinson, Program Manager

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BCS Tooling Investments in 2010: Part 1

One of the most popular requests around the Business Data Catalog (BDC) in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is for additional tooling support. Business Connectivity Services (BCS) is the evolution of BDC, so for this release we have made big investments in SharePoint Designer 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 to facilitate the creation of SharePoint…

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Introducing the External Content Type

External content type is probably the most important Business Connectivity Services (BCS) concept to understand, so I decided to create a brief post about it. In essence, an external content type is the SharePoint and Office representation of a real business entity like a Customer, Order or Employee. Implementation-wise, external content types are the evolution…

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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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