Chapter 13

Introducing Business Connectivity Services


  • Learning the basics of Business Connectivity Services
  • Creating no-code BCS solutions
  • Creating Office 365 solutions
  • Using BCS solutions with SharePoint


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Although Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 is an excellent platform upon which to build information solutions, it will never be the only system in an organization. Organizations will always have additional systems, such as customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) to target specific datasets and business processes. Organizations may also have other custom applications, databases, and web services that are not part of the SharePoint infrastructure. These external systems (external to SharePoint that is) contain significant amounts of data and represent significant financial investments. As a consequence, these systems will not soon be replaced by any solution created solely in SharePoint.

The challenge is that SharePoint solutions are often closely related to the data and processes contained in external systems. For example, a document library containing invoices may contain meta data also found in the ERP system or be addressed to a customer whose ...

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