Hello, I’m Rob Silver, a technical writer on the SharePoint IT pro content team. This release, I focused on Business Connectivity Services, a set of features that help you bring external data into SharePoint and Office 2010. In this blog entry, I’ll give you a brief description of Business Connectivity Services and then describe the content we’ve created to you to help you understand this feature area and incorporate it into your SharePoint and Microsoft Office 2010 solutions.
Business Connectivity Services, which is included in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010, is a set of services and features that provides a way to connect your SharePoint solutions to sources of external data, such as Web services, SQL Server databases, SAP applications, and custom solutions. Business Connectivity Services is also included in Microsoft Office 2010 suites, and when you use Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint Server 2010, you can implement solutions that let users interact with external data directly from such Microsoft Office 2010 programs as Outlook 2010 and SharePoint Workspace 2010. For example, if your enterprise maintains an external database of its customers, you can design a solution that lets your sales and support personnel view the customer information from within Outlook 2010 and even create new customer entries in the external database using the familiar Outlook interface.
Business Connectivity Services builds on the Business Data Catalog feature that was included in Office SharePoint Server 2007. However it adds a rich set of new features that helps you bring your external data into the familiar SharePoint user experience, allowing information workers in your organization to collaborate on the data as easily as they would collaborate on documents and list items. Here is a summary of the key features of Business Connectivity Services:
Business Connectivity Services touches on many audiences in the enterprise and we have designed our content sets to address the needs of these various audiences:
Lastly, as a technical writer, I want to make sure that we write content that is relevant to our IT Pro audience’s needs. If there is particular Business Connectivity Services content that you would like to see published, or if you have any feedback on the content that is already published, please leave a comment to this blog entry providing your feedback or content requests.
Thanks,Rob SilverTechnical writerSharePoint IT Pro content team