Chapter 4. Business Connectivity Services

Business Connectivity Services (BCS) is a much-evolved version of the Business Data Catalog in MOSS 2007 (BDC). With BCS, you can now read as well as write to external systems. There are various ways to accomplish this, but to begin with you can simply define BCS with one simple equation as

Business Connectivity Services = Business Data Catalog (MOSS 2007) + much more!

What Will You Learn in This Chapter?

  • BCS terminology

  • Introduction to Business Connectivity Services

  • Setting up BCS on your SharePoint 2010 installation

  • Creating External Content Types (ECTs) using SharePoint Designer 2010

  • Authoring ECTs using Visual Studio and a .NET assembly connector

  • BDC runtime

  • BDC and Office integration

  • Relevant Windows PowerShell ...

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