A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013

A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013
A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013 - Book by Saifullah Shafiq

Monday, November 14, 2011

Here’s a Reminder about SharePoint’s Power and Potential (Via Stephen E. Arnold)

Extracted from the original article

It has been awhile since we found a suitable SharePoint graphic that met out high standards, but we found one from the MSDN SharePoint Developer Team Blog in the article, “Business Connectivity Services High-Level Architecture in SharePoint.”

What we discovered is that Business Connectivity Services (BCS) was first introduced in SharePoint 2007 as the Business Data Catalog (the two products do build upon the other for those worried about updates and patches). It allows SharePoint to connect with all kinds of external data sources, including CRM and ERP databases.

“BCS provides a developer with a means of pre-defining all the information needed by an application to connect with and manipulate this external data through External Content Types (ECT). The most important aspect of ECTs is that once the developer creates it, the ECT will be available for use by SharePoint users to connect and use the external systems without knowing any code.”

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