Integrate External Data With The Business Data Catalog

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Business Data Catalog with Microsoft SQL Server including an Overview of the Business Data Catalog, an Introduction to Configuring the BDC, and a Demonstration of Integrating the BDC with List Forms.

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  • if you don't have BDC (e.g. with WSS) you can use this 3rd party shareware to connect SharePoint lists (no web parts) directly to external data with updates in just minutes:

    http://www.layer2.de/en/products/Pages/SharePoint-Business-Data-List-Connector.aspx

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Integrate External Data With The Business Data Catalog

  1. 1. Integrate External Data with the Business Data Catalog Tom Resing Senior Software Engineer MicroLink, LLC MicroLink LLC  8330 Boone Boulevard  Suite 300  Vienna, Virginia 22182  (703) 556-4440 www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  2. 2. Integrate External Data with the Business Data Catalog Tom Resing INTRODUCTION www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  3. 3. About Tom  Microsoft Certified  12 Years of Technical Technology Specialist Experience • MOSS Configuration • Public Sector and • WSS Configuration Private Sector • MOSS Application • Web Focused Development  An organizer of • WSS Application SharePoint Saturday Development San Antonio Nov 14th www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  4. 4. About MicroLink  Microsoft Gold Partner • Main Office in Vienna, Virginia  Microsoft’s Federal Partner of the Year for 2007  Microsoft’s DoD Partner of the Year for 2007 and 2006 www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  5. 5. Agenda  What is the Business Data Catalog (BDC)  Use it in the Browser • BDC List Web Part • BDC Search  Look at the Setup • Sample Configuration File • Import in the SSP • Look at Crawl Settings  Questions and Resources www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  6. 6. WHAT IS THE BUSINESS DATA CATALOG? www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  7. 7. Business Data Catalog The SharePoint connection to External Data Database Place SharePoint of Known Search Places www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  8. 8. BDC Data Sources  Microsoft SQL Server  Oracle  ODBC  Web Services www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  9. 9. MOSS Enterprise Pieces  Out of the Box in MOSS Enterprise • Business Data Web Parts • Business Data Column • Search • User Profile Import  Custom Options • BDC API through .Net Code www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  10. 10. BDC List Web Part BDC Search DEMO -LET’S USE IT! www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  11. 11. BDC User Experience  As a User You Can • Add a BDC Web Part • Connect to data sources • Pull live data • Search Cached Data  What I didn’t show • Connect BDC Web Part to Other Web Parts • Add a column in a list from BDC Data www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  12. 12. 2 Keys to Business Data Catalog 1. Easy to Set Up • Don’t need to be a developer to access a database 2. Integration • Search, Web Parts, Lists, User Profiles • It’s connected! www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  13. 13. Tools  MOSS SDK 1.5 Apr09 • AdventureWorks Sample • Business Data Catalog Definition Editor  WSHelloWorld Web Service  WSOrders Web Service  Excel Services User Defined Function Sample  WSOrders Custom Proxy Sample  Amazon Web Service Sample  SAP Sample www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  14. 14. BDC Meta Man  The OG  Free version  Full version is $1200  Supports: • writing to the database • Stored procedures • Web services  Beta: BDC Meta Web Edition • Modify configuration without SSP Access www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  15. 15. Sample Configuration File Import in the SSP Look at Crawl Settings MORE DEMO - LET’S SET ONE UP! www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  16. 16. Review Set Up  Configure  Import  Crawl www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  17. 17. Gotchas 1. BDC Permissions 2. Versioning 3. Two hop problem www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  18. 18. Questions  Email me at microlinkblog@resing.net  Twitter: @resing  Tom Resing’s SharePoint Blog • http://blogs.microlinkllc.com/tresing www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  19. 19. SharePoint 2007 Developer's Guide to Business Data Catalog www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  20. 20. Written by: Randy Williams www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  21. 21. BACKUP SLIDES www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  22. 22. www.MicroLinkLLC.com
  23. 23. www.MicroLinkLLC.com

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