Exposing External Data as a SharePoint 2010 List

In a video titled External Lists, Raymond Mitchell presents the technical procedure to expose external data to SharePoint 2010 users as a SharePoint List. This video course is available for unlimited viewing by anyone with a subscription to our web site content. As well, this video is included in our SharePoint 2010, Business Connectivity Services DVD. Please contact us for further information about purchasing our video training content, either for individual use, or for use by an enterprise or comparably large group of users in the public and/or not for profit sectors. We wrote a bit about this same set…
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External Lists and External Content Types are Essential Components of Business Connectivity Services for SharePoint 2010

In an MSDN article titled “SharePoint Lists vs. External Databases” the point is made that there is little to be gained by replicating external data within SharePoint 2010 document libraries. Rather, the article makes the case that “there are very few circumstances in which there will be benefit in replicating large amounts of data to the SharePoint content database” “if your application consumes data from line-of-business (LOB) applications or other existing repositories of any kind.” Of course, LOB applications are usually specific to business silos. Therefore, by following this method an efficient use is made of storage space both within…
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