Some limitations on building dynamic diagrams with Visio Services for SharePoint 2013 on-premises and SharePoint Online, Office 365 should be kept in mind

This a second and final post on a webcast published on Microsoft’s Channel 9 web site titled Interactive Visual Dashboard Solutions with Visio Services. There are some important caveats about using Visio Services to produce data visualizations like the “interactive dashboards” Ian White presents in this presentation. Data sources are limited. Visio Service currently provides no support as of yet for OData, so linking to external data from sources like MySQL, or other non SQL Server databases otherwise accessible via the OData protocol unfortunately won’t work. As well, Data linking is only available with Visio Professional, (available online as Visio…
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If improved collaboration is an objective for SharePoint implementation, consider supporting it with external data

Many organizations implement SharePoint to promote better collaboration between Lines of Business (LoBs). The notion is SharePoint newsfeeds, rating systems, and tags for items/people/events/whatever, will all contribute to better efficiency across an enterprise. Efficiency means not only a lower cost of operation (as the result of substantially less duplication of effort), but higher levels of user adoption of SharePoint. It may make sense for these organizations to develop solutions to expose external data for users to consume within the SharePoint work space. External data often amounts to information compiled by LoBs. This information is produced by LoB specific procedures, almost…
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Working with the OData Protocol, Web Parameters and URIs to Expose External Data in SharePoint

Expressions of the OData protocol are usually incorporated within Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs). These expressions add parameters to Internet locations, at the application layer (hypertext). Once the syntax of a URI has been successfully completed, a web browser can be used as a “universal client” to parse data repositories for targeted segments of data, which users can consume as web pages. In two video tutorials included in a new set of video training content led by Fabian Williams, SharePoint Server MVP, we demonstrate not only the importance of a thorough grounding in web application development to a successful effort to…
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Organizations developing custom apps to surface external data in SharePoint 2013, need to follow a specialized set of procedures

In a set of video tutorials on the topic of how to work with BCS to surface external data in SharePoint 2013, or SharePoint Online, Office 365, Fabian Williams, a SharePoint Server MVP provides a set of guidelines likely to be very useful for any organizations planning on developing custom apps for similar needs. The title of this video tutorial set is Working with External Data in SharePoint 2013 using BCS and Workflows – On Premises and Online. The first 3 video tutorials in this set of training content are full of references to the preliminary steps any developer should…
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SharePoint-Videos Publishes a Set of Video Tutorials on External Data, BCS and Workflows for SharePoint 2013

Organizations in need of proven methods to surface external data in SharePoint 2013, and to work with it via no-code process development approaches, should consider a new set of video tutorials on BCS, External Data, and Workflows, led by Fabian Williams, SharePoint Server MVP. The set has just been published by SharePoint-Videos. A review of the syllabus for this training set demonstrates the importance of Business Connectivity Services, BCS, to the successful application of the methods included in the set. BCS is not a new feature to SharePoint 2013. In fact, BCS has been a component of SharePoint since SharePoint…
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Adding External Data to SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint Online Adds Value to Either Platform

Any plan to implement SharePoint as a legitimate solution for Enterprise Content Management (ECM) needs to address how external data, meaning information usually stored in Line of Business (LoB) silos, will be added to SharePoint and published for user consumption. The rationale for this mandate is simple. A legitimate ECM solution must be capable of exposing any content located within the enterprise, regardless of whether the content is reposed in the ECM, or not. But SharePoint, despite its flexibility, is actually simply one system, of likely many, within any larger organization. If it is to be used as an ECM,…
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