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Successfully Implementing Business Connectivity Services is a Key Contributor to Better User Adoption for SharePoint 2010

Rehmani Consulting, Inc. offers a unique set of video training content on Microsoft’s Business Connectivity Services (BCS) for SharePoint 2010. This set, SharePoint 2010: Business Connectivity Services, includes approximately 1.5 hrs of technical training content on 11 different topics. The target audience for this training set are SharePoint Administrators, Developers, Architects and Information Workers. Either individual viewing, or enterprise (unlimited) viewing rights are offered for this set at a cost of $195.00 for individual viewing and $1995.00 for unlimited enterprise viewing. As well, any subscriber to our web site has unlimited access to each of the video courses included in this training set.

BCS are comprised of a set of programs that allow users to add external data to a SharePoint 2010 computing environment. BCS provides the foundation for many high value computing procedures that can be obtained with SharePoint 2010. Any organization looking to hasten user adoption of computing within a SharePoint 2010 environment should seriously consider providing technical training content on BCS to appropriate groups of users. We think it makes sense to train not only enterprise IT personnel, but also information workers from line of business (LOB) stakeholders in an implementation plan for SharePoint 2010.

Let’s define high value computing procedures prior to proceeding further on this topic. We define high value computing procedures as those automated procedures that replace more costly methods (usually alternative computer procedures), and, thereby, empower users to reduce the cost of business operation to an extent that can be quantified, and, finally, determined to be signficant. A substantial portion of the cost savings delivered by BCS for SharePoint 2010 can be attributed to the fact that, in all cases, the computing client required to successfully perform any of these procedures is a web browser. Web browsers are almost always already heavily used within enterprise organizations; therefore, there is no additional costs associated with providing users with client software to perform computing procedures. As well, by using web parts built for BCS, as well as custom web applications, the skill set required of the end user can be less sophisticated than would otherwise be the case for more specialized applications; therefore, a wider set of users can be expected to benefit from these computing procedures. Finally, with data processing confined to working with web parts, and web applications via a web browser, the number of licenses required for otherwise costly applications like SQL Server 2008 R2 or 2012 can be reduced.

Now that we have presented some specific detail onwhat we mean when we make reference to “high value computing procedures”, it makes sense, in our next post to this blog, to look at the unique value delivered by BCS, itself, to computing with a SharePoint 2010, enterprise edition environment.

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