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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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Integrating BDC Data with WSS Lists

Another included piece of functionality with the BDC is the business data column. The business data column is available to be created as a column on a list or library. It’s not available when creating a site column. The business data column is like a lookup column but better. First, like a lookup column, it prevents the need to recreate data and manage the data in several spots. If you already have a list of clients in the database, it’s more efficient to use that list, rather than re-create the data in SharePoint. Second, it ensures everyone is referencing items in the same manner. Because it’s looking up against the database, everyone will refer to the client by the full name rather than some using abbreviations, ...

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