6. Working with Business Data

Introduction to Business Connectivity Services

There are a lot of scenarios in which you might want to integrate data from external systems into SharePoint. External systems are any systems that store data outside of SharePoint. For example your company might store its customer information in a CRM system or its HR data in an HR system, but use SharePoint for its corporate intranet. Now wouldn’t it be nice if all employees could create, read, update, and delete data from the CRM and HR systems from a familiar SharePoint site?

SharePoint 2010 offers this capability through the Business Data Connectivity Services or BCS, which is an improved version of what was formerly known as the Business Data Catalog in SharePoint ...

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