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SharePoint 2010 and BCS - Business Connectivity


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The webinar will include several demonstrations and discuss: …

The webinar will include several demonstrations and discuss:

• How Business Connectivity Services (BCS) fits into the business & technology landscape
• How to easily access and utilize existing data in other applications from SharePoint
• BCS versus the Business Data Catalog (BDC)
• Creating External Content Types and External Lists in SharePoint Designer 2010 & Visual Studio
• How and when to use the Secure Store Service
• Best practices for when to leave data in an external application vs. migrating it into SharePoint
• Avoiding common pitfalls

The webinar will demonstrate how to seamlessly connect line of business applications with SharePoint 2010 in accordance with best practices. Join us and learn tips and shortcuts to create a powerful and integrated SharePoint user experience for your organization!

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  • PAUL:Here's the bullet-points we discussed:• How can I leverage existing data in other applications easily from SharePoint?o What are Business Connectivity Services (BCS)?o How does it relate to Business Data Catalog (BDC)?• What are the limitations on BCS and BDC in SharePoint Foundations?• Creating External Content Types and External Lists in SharePoint Designer 2010• Creating External Content Types in Visual Studio• When will I need to use the Secure Store Service?• Choosing when to leave data in an external application versus migrating it into SharePoint• What tools are available to help me with integrating external date
  • PAULBDC – Read Only / BCS Read Write and deeper integration
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  • BCS Web PartsFound in the Business Data CategoryUpdated versions are AJAX enabledBetter page load timesSmoother updatesBusiness Data ColumnUsed in standard Lists and LibrariesProvides lookup of external dataAvailable in List view or Document Information PanelExternal List
  • PAULI’ll demo referencing a customer from an external database in the metadata of a document library when creating a document.
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  • DaveIf they need help, we’ve had access to SharePoint 2010 for over a year – we can guide them thru the processMention Downloads, Recording & Email invite to ECM in SharePoint 2010 WebinarExplain SharePoint GamePLAN Q & A - EVERYONE
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    • 1. Application Integration using SharePoint 2010 Business Connectivity Services
      Webinar Series By:
    • 2. Speakers
      Dave Milner
      Author: ASP.NET SharePoint 2010 Solutions
      Sr. Architect & Lead Consultant
      MBA, MCTS, MCSD.NET, MCT, Certified ScrumMaster
      Paul Papanek Stork
      SharePoint MVP & Author
      Chief Architect & Lead Consultant
    • 3. Agenda
      A sprinkling of demos throughout…
      Overview of Business Connectivity Services
      Consuming BCS Data
      Designing External Content Types & Lists in SharePoint Designer(SPD) 2010
      Building BCS Connectors with Visual Studio 2010
      Best Practices for Application Integration
    • 4. BCSOverview
      What is Business Connectivity Services (BCS)?
      External Content Types
      External Lists
      How does it relate to Business Data Connections (BDC)?
      What Tools are available to work with BCS?
      SharePoint Designer 2010
      Visual Studio 2010
      Third Party Tools (e.g. BCS Meta Man)
    • 5. BCS Authentication
      User’s Identity
      Pass through
      Double Hop problem without Kerberos
      Secure Store Service
      Replacement for Single Sign-On Service (2007)
      Impersonate Windows Identity
      Impersonate Custom Identity
      BDC Identity
      Uses Application Pool Identity
      Disabled by Default
    • 6. Consuming BCS Data
      BCS Web Parts
      Found in the Business Data Category
      Updated versions are AJAX enabled
      External List
      Full CRUD operations for external data
      Similar functionality to SharePoint Lists
      Business Data Column
      Use in List/Library to reference external data
      Office Applications
      Displayed in DIP
      Editable in QuickPart
    • 7. Sample Integration: Referencing a Customer
    • 8. Audience Survey
      What is your primary role as related to SharePoint?
      Decision Maker, Influencer or Sponsor
      Admin, Architect or Developer
      Analyst or End User
    • 9. SPD vs. Visual Studio
    • 10. Creating an External Content Type
      Use New button in Ribbon to create a blank external content type
      Provide details (name, office item type, offline capability)
      Add a connection (SQL, WCF, or .NET class)
      Select data source
      Configure operations (Read List, Read Item, Create, Update, or Delete)
      Add filters and parameters
      Save Content Type
    • 11. Creating an External List
      Set BCS permissions in Central Admin
      Use New External List button in External Content Type
      Configure additional views and set list permissions
      Limitations versus a regular list
      No Workflows
      No Information Management Policies
      No Versioning
      No Item level permissions
    • 12. Create External Content Types& Lists with SPD
    • 13. Audience Survey
      Where are you on the SharePoint 2010 integration curve?
      Already done a few integrations and very satisfied with the solution
      Attempted an integration but not satisfied with the results, architecture, etc.
      Planning an integration with SharePoint 2010
      Need more information
      Not currently using SharePoint 2010
    • 14. BCS Connectors with VS2010
    • 15. BCS Connectors with VS2010
      SQL Connector – SPD
      WCF Connector – Build WCF services in VS 2010 and use SPD to connect to Site
      .NET Assemblies – VS2010
      Construct Connector manually
      Tools (e.g. BCS Meta Man)
    • 16. External Content Types in VS 2010
    • 17. Best Practices
      Assess LOB Systems
      SQL Server Tables to Expose to BCS?
      Web Services?
      Existing 3rd Party Connectors? (i.e. SAP)
      Plan Integration Build-out
      SQL Server tables (new tables, permissions)
      Build Web Services
      Build .NET Assemblies
      Build Connectors
      SQL, WCF – SPD
      .NET – VS2010
    • 18. Best Practices
      Simplify External Connectors
      Single Table
      Single Web Service
      Tables = Lists – Which Fit Best?
      Other Options for Application Integration
      Next Month’s Webinar
    • 19. Avoiding Integration Pitfalls
      Tables – List Format
      Read/Write & Business Rules
      Complex table relationships
      Tools for .NET Assemblies
      Re-Building Complex .NET Applications
      Partner for Integration Challenges
    • 20. Audience Survey
      What do you see as next steps?
      Assess current integration opportunities and environment
      Learn more about integration with SharePoint 2010, BCS and “blended applications”
      Plan for an integration between SharePoint 2010 and an external line of business application
    • 21. Downloadable Brochures
      Several handouts are available for download from LiveMeeting.
      SharePoint Composer/Maestro
    • 22. Resources and Q & A
      Assessment & Planning
      SharePoint GamePLAN
      Contact us for demos & guidance
      Next Webinar: Blended SharePoint 2010 & .NET Solutions – August 31st
      Microsoft BCS Team Blog:
      BCS Resource Center:
      Dave’s Book:
      800-445-1279 x300