Documentation on Planning the Secure Store Service for SharePoint 2010 and 2013 are Consistent

The Secure Store Service plays an important role in SharePoint 2010 and, possibly, an even more important role in SharePoint 2013. Enterprise businesses working with either version of SharePoint can rely on a consistent set of documentation for this important feature. Planning documents on the Secure Store Service for SharePoint 2010, and its counterpart for SharePoint 2013 follow precisely the same structure. The plan for SharePoint 2013 includes a usage scenario for SharePoint Runtime and Windows Azure. Missing is a SharePoint 2013 version of the “Plan Excel Services data sources and external connections (SharePoint Server 2010)”. Instead, a new article,…
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Implement The Open Data Protocol to Encourage Collaboration Over SharePoint between Lines of Business Groups

Rehmani Consulting Inc sells products that help enterprise users hasten adoption for Microsoft® SharePoint®. Our products include VisualSP™, which is a help system that can be used to deliver custom technical training content directly to SharePoint 2010 users, within the SharePoint 2010 working environment. We also sell video training content optimized to provide SharePoint users with just the technical training content they require to successfully execute their tasks within SharePoint. All of our video training content is offered to subscribers to our web site, SharePoint-Videos.com. We offer a variety of different subscriptions. Please contact us to learn more. One can…
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Exposing OData Sources in SharePoint 2013 has become an Easier Task

In a video presentation and article published on the MSDN Library web site in July, 2012, titled Using OData sources with Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2013, Scot Hillier, Microsoft SharePoint Most Valuable Professional contends that “The new OData connector enables SharePoint [2013] to communicate with OData providers.” Further, he notes that “[i]n SharePoint 2013, Business Connectivity Services (BCS) can communicate with OData sources, or producers, without having to code directly to the OData source.” In other words, line of business (LOB) users that need to expose structured data in SharePoint 2013 that may actually reside in repositories like MySQL…
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Enhanced Methods are Available with SharePoint 2013 and BCS to Expose OData Sources

Rehmani Consulting, Inc. offers a set of video training content on Business Connectivity Services (BCS) for SharePoint 2010. We see BCS as a suite of important features that enable Microsoft Office applications (including SharePoint) to support enterprise users who need to work with external data sources (and external content types, or “ECTs”) within their Microsoft computing environments. Certainly a substantial amount of the data exposed to SharePoint users, to date, already resides in instances of Microsoft’s own data repositories (principally SQL Server 2008, R2 or 2012). But what about data that may reside in structured data repositories, like MySQL? There…
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Advanced Options for External Content Types, Sharepoint 2010 Enterprise Edition

In a video tutorial titled Advanced Options for External Content Types, Raymond Mitchell presents some additional configuration options afforded to users who avail of SharePoint Designer 2010. The opening example in this 8 minute video demonstrates how to use SharePoint Designer 2010 to control the resource usage demand on external data sources. As Raymond Mitchell notes, the standard SharePoint method for offering a range of data views, etc, for external content types avails of SharePoint as the configuration method. In other words, any opportunity to limit the resource demand on an external data source like SQL Server R2, or 2012,…
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On Using SharePoint Designer 2010 to Create External Systems for Business Connectivity Services

In a video training course, Creating External Systems Raymond Mitchell demonstrates how to use SharePoint Designer 2010 to create External Systems for Business Connectivity Services (BCS) for SharePoint 2010, Enterprise Edition. It is important to note that the point of adding external systems is to establish a data connection that meets security (meaning authentication) requirements for reliable and secure data communications between SharePoint 2010 and the external computing systems that produce external content. In turn, this external content is incorporated within the SharePoint computing environment in the form of external site columns, and more. As Raymond Mitchell demonstrates, SharePoint Designer…
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Creating External Content Types is a High Value Feature of SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Edition

Rehmani Consulting, Inc offers a set of video training content on Business Connectivity Services (BCS) for SharePoint 2010, Enterprise Edition. This set of video training content includes a video course on external content types, which is titled An Introduction to External Content Types. As an entry to the MSDN Library, How to Create an External Content Type makes clear, “[c]reating external content types that connect to Microsoft SQL Server is very easy with Microsoft Business Connectivity Services (BCS). The External Content Type Designer in Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 supports Microsoft SQL Server databases. You can simply discover your database, point…
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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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SharePoint Designer 2010 Provides Tools to Incorporate Most Structural Elements of External Data within SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Edition

As Raymond Mitchell and Asif Rehmani demonstrate in a webinar recording, Leveraging the Power of Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010 offers the tools required to incorporate most structural elements of of external data into SharePoint 2010, Enterprise Edition. These structural elements — columns, tables, etc — are configured as an external content type is added, which acts as a placeholder for the external data. Of course, for readers familiar with the Term Store, taxonomy and metadata tagging for SharePoint 2010, specific tags and terms can be added for external content types. Making these additions to these…
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SharePoint Designer 2010 is a Useful Tool to Exploit Business Connectivity Services for SharePoint 2010 Presentation Requirements

This post follows our current thread on Business Connectivity Services (BCS) for SharePoint 2010. Rehmani Consulting Inc offers video training content on BCS through a variety of content that is available for purchase on SharePoint-Videos dot com, including: a DVD of the entire BCS set of training content (1.5hrs spread over 11 video training topics) for either individual or enterprise viewing and unlimited site subscriptions for either individuals, groups, or even entire enterprise viewing Please contact us for further information on our various purchase offers for this training content on BCS. Now that we have some sense of the importance…
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