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SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
SharePoint Fest Chicago - SharePoint 2010 Integration and Interoperability: What You Need To Know
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  • My dedication to you before I begin. By the end of this you will have gained 3 things. It might be new knowledge, it might be a new method but you MUST gain 3 things by the end. If you don’t my first challenge to you is to stalk me, hunt me down and make sure you get 3 things from me. Because I owe you 3 things! This is meant to help you. 
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    • 1. SharePoint 2010Integration and Interoperability:What you Need to Know<br />Presented By: Richard Harbridge<br />#SharePointFest @RHarbridge<br />
    • 2. Who am I?<br />I<br />
    • 3. Our Goal Today…<br />From Here To Here<br />
    • 4. What we will be talking about…<br />Business Data Challenges<br />SharePoint’s Important Interoperability<br />What is the BCS?<br /><ul><li>External Content Types
    • 5. External Columns
    • 6. External Lists
    • 7. Extensibilityand Tooling</li></ul>4. Demonstration<br />5. Limitations of BCS<br />Bonus!<br />
    • 8. Business Data Challenges<br />
    • 9. Business Data in an Enterprise<br />IT<br />High Integration Costs (Custom)<br />High Overhead (Maintenance, Security)<br />Quality<br />Financial<br />Customers<br />Operations<br />Suppliers<br />Quality<br />Financial<br />Customers<br />Operations<br />Suppliers<br />Redundant Data and Processes!<br />Users<br />High Training Costs<br />High Dissatisfaction<br />
    • 10. Challengeswith Business Data<br />Direct Impact<br />Indirect Impact<br /><br /><br />
    • 11. The Outcome<br />There are challenges that disparate and disconnected business data systems cause.<br />
    • 12. What to watch out for…<br />No system, product or application can completely solve business data challenges.<br />
    • 13. SharePoint’s Important Interoperability<br />
    • 14. What the heck is Interoperability?<br />(IHN-tuhr-AHP-uhr-uh-BIHL-ih-tee)<br />“Interoperability is the ability of a system.. to work with other systems.. without special effort on the part of the customer.”<br />How?<br />
    • 15. How do we achieve Interoperability?<br />1. By adhering to published interface standards. <br />Does SharePoint do this?<br />SPOILER ALERT!<br />2. By making use of a &quot;broker&quot; of services that can convert one system’s interface into another system’s interface &quot;on the fly&quot;.<br />What about this one?<br />
    • 16. SharePoint Interoperability<br />UI Platform<br />Identity Platform<br />Search Platform<br />Data Access Platform<br />Storage<br />External<br />Data<br />
    • 17. Is it a UI Platform?<br />UI Platform<br />Identity Platform<br />Search Platform<br />Data Access Platform<br />Storage<br />External<br />Data<br />
    • 18. Why would we use SharePoint as a User Interface Platform?<br />
    • 19. Consistent User Experience Across Browsers<br />Well.. Almost.<br />Improved in SP1!<br />
    • 20. 1. By adhering to published interface standards. <br />It’s a UI Platform<br />HTML Standards<br />UI Platform<br />Identity Platform<br />Search Platform<br />Data Access Platform<br />Storage<br />External<br />Data<br />
    • 21. A UI Platform Bonus?<br />Bonus!<br />HTML Standards<br />UI Platform<br />Identity Platform<br />Works in Office<br />Search Platform<br />Data Access Platform<br />Storage<br />External<br />Data<br />
    • 22. Leverage Office and SharePoint Interface Familiarity<br />
    • 23. Is it an Identity Platform?<br />HTML Standards<br />UI Platform<br />Identity Platform<br />Works in Office<br />Search Platform<br />Data Access Platform<br />Storage<br />External<br />Data<br />
    • 24. Why would we use SharePoint as an Identity Platform?<br />
    • 25. Because Claims is Awesome<br />Connect with 3rd Party Authentication Providers<br />Connecting with a Non Windows Integrated Authentication driven web site.<br />Delegation with Back-End Systems<br />Showing data from another server on a SharePoint web page.<br />
    • 26. 1. By adhering to published interface standards. <br />Claims UsesConsistent Standards<br /><ul><li>WS-Federation 1.1</li></ul>Provides the architecture for a clean separation between trust mechanisms, security tokens formats, and the protocols for obtaining tokens.<br /><ul><li>WS-Trust 1.4</li></ul>Provides a method for assessing, requesting and receiving security tokens.<br /><ul><li>SAML Token 1.1</li></ul>XML vocabulary used to represent claims in an interoperable way.*<br /><ul><li> WS-Security… (various aspects)</li></ul> *Doesn’t actually support SAML Protocol (SAMLP)<br />
    • 27. It’s an Identity Platform<br />HTML Standards<br />UI Platform<br />Identity Platform<br />Claims<br />Works in Office<br />Search Platform<br />Data Access Platform<br />Storage<br />External<br />Data<br />
    • 28. Is it aSearch Platform?<br />HTML Standards<br />UI Platform<br />Identity Platform<br />Claims<br />Works in Office<br />Search Platform<br />Data Access Platform<br />Storage<br />External<br />Data<br />
    • 29. Why would we use SharePoint as a Search Platform?<br />
    • 30. Query a 3rd Party Search Engine Using SharePoint UI<br />Federate Queries to Multiple Search Systems…<br />
    • 31. Index Content from a Range of Content Repositories<br />What does all of these?<br />_ _ _<br />B C S<br />B<br />Indexes Databases, Web Services or Custom Repositories<br />Provides Consistent Access to External Content<br />C<br />Has SharePoint Designer and Visual Studio Plug-ins<br />S<br />
    • 32. A Search Platform Bonus!<br />Bonus!<br />HTML Standards<br />UI Platform<br />Identity Platform<br />Claims<br />Works in Office<br />Search Platform<br />Open Search<br />Data Access Platform<br />Storage<br />External<br />Data<br />
    • 33. 1. By adhering to published interface standards. <br />Have you heard of OpenSearch?<br /><ul><li>Standard (Creative Commons) for syndication and aggregation of search results
    • 34. Syntax for executing queries
    • 35. Results returned in RSS/ATOM + extensions
    • 36. Supported by Microsoft Search Server 2008</li></ul>Clients: Windows 7, IE, FireFox, Chrome, SharePoint …<br />Providers: Amazon, Flickr, Wikipedia, SharePoint…<br />
    • 37. It is a Search Platform<br />HTML Standards<br />UI Platform<br />Identity Platform<br />Claims<br />Works in Office<br />Search Platform<br />Open Search<br />Data Access Platform<br />Storage<br />External<br />Data<br />
    • 38. Is it a Data Access Platform?<br />HTML Standards<br />UI Platform<br />Identity Platform<br />Claims<br />Works in Office<br />Search Platform<br />Open Search<br />Data Access Platform<br />Storage<br />External<br />Data<br />
    • 39. SharePoint Does a Great Job of Accessing SharePoint Content!<br />
    • 40. What about External Systems and Content?<br />_ _ _<br />B C S<br />
    • 41. A Data Access Platform Bonus!<br />Bonus!<br />x 2<br />HTML Standards<br />UI Platform<br />Identity Platform<br />Claims<br />Works in Office<br />Search Platform<br />Open Search<br />CMIS<br />Data Access Platform<br />REST<br />Storage<br />External<br />Data<br />
    • 42. Content Management Interoperability Services<br /><ul><li>CMIS specification provides a Web services interface that:
    • 43. Is designed to work over existing repositories enabling customers to build and leverage applications against multiple repositories—unlocking content they already have
    • 44. Decouples Web services and content from the content management repository, enabling customers to manage content independently
    • 45. Provides common Web services and Web 2.0 interfaces to dramatically simplify application development
    • 46. Is development platform and language agnostic
    • 47. Supports composite application development and mash-up by the business or IT analyst</li></ul>A platform that allows you to build against multiple technologies without knowing anything about how all the API’s work. (If you know CMIS.)<br />Microsoft has been implementing this from both a client and provider perspective.<br />Not available “in the box”. Available via SharePoint Admin Toolkit<br />http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff934619.aspx<br />
    • 48. And then there’s REST<br />Access to SharePoint Lists and Document Libraries…<br /><ul><li>RESTful interface over HTTP
    • 49. Uses the ADO.NET Data Services interface conventions
    • 50. Feature rich: retrieve, update, browse data using just URLs and XML/JSON
    • 51. Low barrier of entry. If you have an HTTP stack you can use it.</li></ul>Visual Studio Integration…<br /><ul><li>Entirely built on top of the open RESTful interface
    • 52. No client is required
    • 53. Visual Studio creates proxies, visualizes schemas, provides LINQ support etc.</li></li></ul><li>2. By making use of a &quot;broker&quot; of services that can convert one system’s interface into another system’s interface &quot;on the fly&quot;.<br />SharePoint has Interoperability<br />HTML Standards<br />UI Platform<br />Identity Platform<br />Claims<br />Works in Office<br />Search Platform<br />Open Search<br />CMIS<br />Data Access Platform<br />OData<br />REST<br />Some might even say it has storage interoperability or that OData is a standard…<br />Storage<br />External<br />Data <br />But the coolest part of interoperability?<br />RBS<br />BCS<br />
    • 54. The Outcome<br />SharePoint is a growing Interoperable UI, Identity, Search, and Data Access Platform.<br />
    • 55. What to watch out for…<br />Remember this?<br />“Interoperability is the ability of a system to work with other systems without special effort on the part of the customer.”<br />without special effort <br />
    • 56. What is the BCS?<br />
    • 57. BCS External Data Benefits?<br />External Data<br />
    • 58. You could look at this diagram…<br />SharePoint Client<br />BCS in Office Client<br />Identity Federation<br />service<br />BCS in SharePoint<br />BCS Meta<br />Data Store<br />BDC<br />Client Data<br />Cache<br />BDC<br />ASCustom<br />Connector<br />DB<br />Connector <br />WCF /WS<br />Connector<br />.NET Assembly<br />Connector <br />Client to Backend Direct Connection<br />External data<br />Persistence Store<br />Data Cubes<br />Custom .NET assembly<br />SAP<br />ORACLE<br />Siebel<br />SQL<br />
    • 59. Or this simplified one…<br />
    • 60. External Content Types<br />Describes:<br /><ul><li>Structure of the external system (Fields, Methods, Connection)
    • 61. How this data behaves within SharePoint and Office</li></ul>Added to the BCS Service Through:<br /><ul><li>SharePoint Designer
    • 62. Visual Studio 2010
    • 63. Via an Import into the Business Data Connectivity Service as part of a model</li></ul>Manage and Re-Use from a Central Location<br />
    • 64. External Lists<br />The external content type is leveraged in a variety of ways…<br />Such as for Exposing External Data as an External SharePoint List <br />Full CRUD capability <br />Familiar UI and Navigation<br />Sort, Filter, Group<br />Programmatic Access via SPList OM<br />Profile Page for Each Item<br />Form<br />Auto-generated OOB<br />Upsize to InfoPath<br />Can be Taken “Offline”<br />
    • 65. Offline Lists<br />External Lists also be leveraged as Offline “Lists”<br />They can be Downloaded to a SharePoint Workspace as Lists or Word Document Libraries with External Data Columns<br />Or Connected to Outlook as Contacts, Tasks, Calendars and Posts<br />
    • 66. Office Applications and Search<br />External Content Types can also be leveraged in…<br />Or Leveraged to allow for External Data Searching or Filtering<br />Many other Office Applications (or Custom Applications)<br />w/ Code<br />
    • 67. Bonus! Integration Webparts<br />Bonus!<br />Integration Webparts<br />Web Parts<br />External Data List <br />External Data Item<br />External Data Item Builder<br />External Data Related List<br />External Data Connectivity Filter<br />Chart Web Part (New)<br />w/ Code<br />
    • 68. Didn’t those webparts work with the BDC?<br />
    • 69. So what’s different? (Besides the Chart Control?)<br />Read/Write Capability<br />Claims Aware<br />Connect via ADO/SQL, WCF/WS, .Net Assembly and Custom Connectors<br />Batch and Bulk Operation Support<br />BDC is still used for search indexing connectors in 2010 they added blob, incremental crawl and item level security.<br />They added symmetrical server and client runtimes. Allowing them to connect from client or server directly to external data.<br />SQL CE database is used to cache external data which allows for “cached mode” behavior on external data basically creating a rich client cache.<br />
    • 70. How do I actually build it out?<br />
    • 71. Where things fit.<br />Custom<br /><ul><li>Custom connectivity for data aggregation, transformation, security, etc.
    • 72. Use Custom Code to Integrate Data into any Office Application
    • 73. Business Logic In Forms
    • 74. Create Reusable Components (UI parts, ECTs, Actions)</li></ul>Customize<br /><ul><li>InfoPath Forms
    • 75. Workflow
    • 76. Web Part Pages
    • 77. Outlook Taskpane and Ribbon</li></ul>Out-of-box<br /><ul><li>Surface data in External Lists
    • 78. Connect those lists to Outlook, SPW
    • 79. External Data Columns</li></ul>Intermediate<br />Simple<br />Advanced<br />NO CODE<br />“NO CODE”<br />CODE<br />SharePoint Designer<br />SharePoint SDK<br />Visual<br />Studio<br />Developer<br />Power User<br />Advanced Developer<br />
    • 80. SharePoint Designer Process<br />Discover your Data Source<br /><ul><li>Database
    • 81. Web services
    • 82. .NET type</li></ul>Map Operations to Data Source<br /><ul><li>Create, read, update, delete, lookup</li></ul>Connect to SharePoint and/or Office <br /><ul><li>External List
    • 83. Contact
    • 84. Task
    • 85. Appointment
    • 86. Post</li></li></ul><li>Visual Studio Process<br /><ul><li>Upsize IT Solutions Created in SharePoint Designer
    • 87. Create Connectivity Packs in Visual Studio to
    • 88. Aggregate data across multiple back-end systems
    • 89. Perform custom data transformations
    • 90. Execute custom business logic/rules (trigger workflow)
    • 91. Bring External Data into other Office clients with VSTO Add-Ins (Excel)</li></ul>w/ Code<br />
    • 92. Suggested Life Cycle<br />
    • 93. BCS Support Matrix<br />N/A<br />x<br />x<br />In code<br />In code<br />In code<br />In code<br />In code<br />
    • 94. SharePoint Designer and Visual Studio<br />Author External Content Types and Profile Pages<br /><ul><li>External Content Type Designer</li></ul>Connect to existing WCF/Web Services, Sql Server or .Net Assemblies<br />Connect to virtually any data source through custom .Net code<br />Data Connectivity<br />Integrate External Data in WF<br /><ul><li>Workflow Designer</li></ul>Generate and Author External Lists and InfoPath Forms<br /><ul><li>Lists and Forms Designer</li></ul>SharePoint and Office<br />Office Add-in Projects<br /><ul><li>Extend Office apps through BCS-aware code add-ins and reusable components</li></li></ul><li>SharePoint Designer and Visual Studio<br />
    • 95. The Outcome<br />The BCS has a bunch of new capabilities bundled with some old enhanced BDC ones.<br />
    • 96. What to watch out for…<br />Selecting the right tool is important. Practice makes perfect.<br />
    • 97. That’s a lot of information! <br />
    • 98.
    • 99. Demo!<br />
    • 100. Inventory Example<br />
    • 101. Inventory Example<br />
    • 102. Inventory Example<br />
    • 103. Permissions<br />x<br />x<br />x<br />x<br />
    • 104. The Outcome<br />You saw how the BCS can be leveraged in SharePoint Designer and in the SharePoint UI.<br />
    • 105. What to watch out for…<br />Don’t assume the tools will significantly reduce the time it takes to ‘integrate’. It typically reduces time to ‘interface’.<br />
    • 106. What are BCSLimitations?<br />
    • 107. General BCS Limitations<br />BLOB<br /><ul><li>No Write support for BLOB
    • 108. You cannot write back to BLOB fields using BCS unless you write your own method.
    • 109. You can access BLOB columns by defining a StreamAccessor method and presenting the external data via the BCS Data List web part by checking the Display stream fieldsproperty.</li></li></ul><li>External List Limitations<br /><ul><li>Workflows cannot be associated with external lists
    • 110. Workaround: You can use the external data columns and manipulate it that way.
    • 111. NoRSS feed support for external lists
    • 112. No REST based access for external lists
    • 113. http://sharepoint/_vti_bin/ListData.svc does not support external lists
    • 114. LINQ to SharePoint spmetal.exe does not support external lists
    • 115. Cannot configurealerts for external lists
    • 116. Cannot export external list items to Excel (using the Export to Excel feature), Create Visio Diagram, Open with Access or Open with Project
    • 117. Versioningcannot be configured on external lists
    • 118. Version History is not available on external lists
    • 119. Datasheet view cannot be used in external lists
    • 120. XSLT is Supported (So you can basically make your own.)</li></ul>External Lists<br />
    • 121. External List Limitations Continued…<br /><ul><li>Ratings feature is not supported for external lists
    • 122. Information policies cannot be configured on external lists
    • 123. Item-Level permissions are not available for external lists
    • 124. No item or field level validation (without InfoPath)
    • 125. Lookups don’t work on any column but ID
    • 126. No attachments.</li></ul>External Lists<br />
    • 127. Bonus!<br />Bonus! External Column Limitations<br /><ul><li>You cannot create a site column of type ‘External Data Column’
    • 128. External data columns can be created only as list based columns and cannot be consumed in site level content types</li></li></ul><li>Some Data Types Not Supported<br /><ul><li>No support for structs that are not simple types. (Do not use non-primitive structs.)
    • 129. No nested collections (array of arrays etc)
    • 130. No support for multi dimension arrays
    • 131. BDC only works with .Net 3.5 - No dynamic programming in .Net 4
    • 132. No support for ICollection or IEnumerableinterfaces to represent collections in data structures (ICollection&lt;T&gt;, IEnumerable&lt;T&gt;, IList&lt;T&gt;…)</li></ul>http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff621599.aspx<br />
    • 133. The Outcome<br />You now know more about the limitations of BCS and will make fewer assumptions.<br />
    • 134. What to watch out for…<br />Some of the many limitations mentioned make sense. Think carefully before you build a ‘workaround’.<br />
    • 135. What we talked about…<br />Business Data Challenges<br />SharePoint’s Important Interoperability<br />What is the BCS?<br />External Content Types<br />External Columns<br />External Lists<br />Extensibility and Tooling<br />Limitations of BCS<br />The Challenges Aren’t All Technology Challenges<br />Interface, Identity, Search and Data Access Platform<br />A Set of Powerful Connection Capabilities<br />Structured Types of External Content<br />Leveraging External Content with Internal Content<br />Interact Like SharePoint Lists<br />Extensibility/Tool Range from UI to SPD to VS 2010<br />Good Enough and Better than Most Options<br />
    • 136. Thank You – Fill Out Your Eval! Organizers, Sponsors andYoufor Making this Possible.<br /><ul><li>Twitter: @rharbridge
    • 137. Blog: www.rharbridge.com
    • 138. Email me at: richard@rharbridge.com
    • 139. My company: www.Allin.com
    • 140. Resources: PracticalIntranet.com, SPStandards.com, SharePointDiagnostics.com</li>

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