BCS with SharePoint Online & CRM Online

Click to go to the SharePoint 2010 product marketing siteMicrosoft is bringing new capabilities faster than ever to our cloud offerings including SharePoint Online and CRM Online. Case in point is the Business Connectivity Services (BCS) that was introduced in SharePoint Online last fall as part of the recent service update. The biggest ask I’ve had since the service update was examples of surfacing CRM Online data within SharePoint Online through BCS.

Having worked with BCS in SharePoint 2010 along with CRM Online, I chatted with the BCS experts at Lightning Tools to pick their brain on this topic. Nick Swan from Lightning Tools was really excited about building a connector to integrate the two cloud platforms. Nick also published a blog post which has a detailed walkthrough on setting up basic integration between SharePoint Online and CRM Online through BCS. You can check out the post here:

It is a great sample for the community to get started on this topic and Nick also addresses some of the popular questions and concerns you might have. If you are looking for a full-fledged integration solution, please reach out to Nick directly by emailing him at nick@lightningtools.com.

Happy SharePointing!

Comments (3)

  1. Shloma Baum says:

    Hi Girish,

    I wish this functionality would have been enabled out of the box without having to jump through that much hoops to get this beautiful scenario to work, where all MS office 365 technologies would be able to talk to each other natively. Which is kind of the real unique value prop. that MS has with the Office 365 suite… perhaps you guys will get there one day.


    Shloma Baum


  2. Girish Raja says:


    That is certainly the north star we're aspiring for and we're working pretty closely with the SharePoint Online team to enable those sooner than later.



  3. John Minihan says:

    Hi Girish,

    Any update on streamlining the link between SharePoint Online and CRM Online?

    By the way, great information – here and elsewhere.  Keep up the good work!