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  1. SharePoint 2010: BCS • Business Connectivity Services http://microsoftsharepointandbeyond.blogspot.com

  2. What’s new in Business Connectivity Services • Frank Cleynen • ECM Consultant • Getronics

  3. Agenda • Customer feedback • What is BCS? • Demo • External data in SharePoint

  4. Feedback • Read/WriteRead is nice ... but writing would be even nicer • Tooling supportWe need an easier way to create, debug and maintain application definition XML files • I wish it was all part of the system • Why not work offline as well ?

  5. Microsoft SharePoint 2010


  6. Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Enabling no-code collaborative solutions that balance self-service control

  7. Investment Areas

  8. Challenges with back end data

  9. Challenges with back end data Business Connectivity Services

  10. Architecture

  11. External Content Types (ECT) • = the BCS building block • Superset of entity capabilities; describes:- Structure of the external system- How this data behaves in SharePoint and Office • Manage and reuse from a central location • Added to the BCS through:- SPD 2010- VS 2010- Part of a model

  12. External Content Types (ECT) • BCS-enabled solutions rely on ECTs to integrate external data into SharePoint and the Office client applications • Can be reused in- External list - Word- Search - InfoPath- Outlook - Access- SharePoint Workspace - MS Office(code)

  13. BCS Overview

  14. DEMO

  15. External lists • Expose external data as a native SharePoint list- Full CRUD capability- Familiar UI and navigation- Sort, filter, group- SPList OM access- Forms: OOTB or upsize with InfoPath- Work offline

  16. External vs. Regular list • Key differences:- No default fields: title, created (by), modified (by)- List items don’t have unique int32 ID- No events- Item level security on external source- Read/Write depends on external source- Data stored in external system

  17. External vs. Regular list • Not supported- RSS- Edit in datasheet/grid view- Export to Excel- REST interface- No workflows can be associated

  18. Working offline • Connect to Outlook as- Contacts- Tasks- Calendar- Posts • Download to SharePoint Workspace

  19. Visual Studio integration • New Project template: Business Data Connectivity Model • Create reusable BCS components • Visual designers • Creates ECT of type ‘.NET assembly’ • Upsize IT solutions created in SPD 2010

  20. Solution types

  21. Lifecycle Management • Part of WSP-based SharePoint application packaging, deployment and administration

  22. What’s in the box

  23. Recap • CRUD • Complete integration • Easy creation, development and maintenance

  24. Q&A http://microsoftsharepointandbeyond.blogspot.com

  25. Thanks and good evening!!