Chapter 1. Introducing the Business Data Catalog

This chapter covers

  • Remembering life before the Business Data Catalog (BDC)

  • Defining BDC

  • Understanding BDC architecture

  • Connecting with data sources

  • Surfacing business data in SharePoint

One problem that organizations face today is that they’re surrounded by islands of data. By this, we mean that organizations have many different applications, databases, and spreadsheets, perhaps on different servers and within different departments. These applications are often isolated from one another and quite often duplicate data. Having all of these islands of data makes it difficult and time-consuming to see the big picture on how the organization is progressing. And even in a small- to medium-sized company, it ...

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