Surfacing Line-of-Business Data in Outlook
It is rare to find an organization with seamlessly integrated data that is uniformly used by the organization’s business applications. More common is a set of siloed tools that duplicate data islands with no obvious authoritative source. Information workers in this type of environment often jump in and out of such tools, copying and pasting data from one screen to the next to accomplish their tasks. With SharePoint, the organization is introducing enterprise portals and collaboration workspaces into this environment—and without careful planning, they are increasing the risk of redundant data. SharePoint lists often need to relate to values whose source is an external application. In this chapter, we will detail how as a developer you can register an external application so that its data is available in SharePoint, rather than expecting your end users to duplicate data in yet another system. This will be accomplished using SharePoint 2010’s Business Connectivity Services (BCS).
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