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MOSS Explained: An Information Worker’s Deep Dive into Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 by John Ross, Nicola Young

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BDC Architecture and Application Definition Files

All of the push from Microsoft seems to be making SharePoint the starting point for everything within your organization. Probably one of the bigger steps toward making that happen is using the BDC, which is an included feature in MOSS Enterprise. The BDC allows the integration of other LOB applications, such as an HR Employee application, a customer database stored in SQL Server, or information in SAP or Oracle. After the information is connected to using an application definition file it can be used in Web Parts, search, as columns in lists, and in custom solutions. Figure 11.1 illustrates this process.

Figure 11.1. BDC architecture.

Before any solutions can be created using the BDC, the ...

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