Showing posts with label Sharepoint. Show all posts
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Sunday, December 17, 2017

SharePoint Server 2010 Business Connectivity Services

SharePoint Server 2010 Business Connectivity Services

You have a portal? Want to integrate some external data into your portal in a meaningful way? Nothing to worry! Here's Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007's Business Data Catalog (BDC) to facilitate this exact scenario. Microsoft's business data catalog makes it easy to surface external data inside a portal experience. For instance, you can create an XML definition file that defines the mapping between SharePoint and your external data so that it can be rendered in a Web Part, used as a column within a list, and even integrated into search.


Though BDC in MOSS 2007 enabled connectivity to external systems, it was difficult to create solutions due to lack of a designer. Moreover, though BDC made it relatively easy to create read-only solutions that display data in the Business Data List Web Part, it was not so simple to create a solution that enabled users to make changes and write that data back to the external store.


Consequently, Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010 came into picture as a savior! Business Connectivity Services is all about connecting to external data. Business Connectivity Services enhances the capabilities of SharePoint Server with out-of-box features, services, and tools that streamline development of solutions with deep integration of external data and services. Business Connectivity Services is build upon its BDC predecessor in the key areas of presentation, connectivity, tooling and lifecycle management. In SharePoint 2010, it's easy to create an external content type with SharePoint Designer, create an external list in SharePoint's Web user interface, and take the list offline into Outlook as a set of contacts. Also, you can make updates to contacts in Outlook that will cause the data in the external system to update as well.


Key Components that comprises Business Connectivity Services include the following:


o BDC Metadata Store – The BDC Metadata Store provides storage for a collection of external content types, each of which describes how to connect to the external store. The Metadata Store acts as part of the services layer. External content types are a fundamental building block of business connectivity services
o BDC Server Runtime – The BDC Server Runtime understands how to reach into the back-end store and connect to data based on the external content types defined within the content type store. It's important to note the new usage of the acronym BDC to refer to the set of services that provides connectivity that is a component of business connectivity services
o Security – Business Connectivity Services provide integration with the Secure Store Service (SSS), as well as enable your own security model
o Solution Packaging – Solutions built with Business Connectivity Services can be packaged as a Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) package to be delivered to a rich client, including SharePoint Workspace, Outlook and Word. Business connectivity services also exposes APIs to extend solution packaging to target additional clients
o Out of Box UI – Business Connectivity Services carry forward the ability to display external data through a Web Part UI and provides deeper integration through the addition of external lists.
o BDC Client Runtime – A symmetrical runtime is provided for client and server, enabling you to take solutions offline with a client-side cache and to connect and push changes back to the server in a consistent manner. Use of the BDC Client Runtime enables offline operations, interacting with the external data cache.
o Design Tools – SharePoint Designer provides a wealth of out-of-box functionality for creating business connectivity services solutions, including the ability to define external content types and external lists, and to define InfoPath forms to surface the data to create simple solutions. Visual Studio provides the ability for the professional developer to extend those capabilities to create advanced solutions while leveraging the existing framework.


All in all, you would have a great experience using this SharePoint family of products. Also, take advantage of free SharePoint templates or web parts included along with these products.



Adrian Gates (sales@apps4rent.com) is a Business Manager with Apps4Rent which offers hosted Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, and MOSS 2007.

Sharepoint 2010 Ribbon Menu

Sharepoint 2010 Ribbon Menu

SharePoint Server 2010 is the trending topic these days. And when talking about SharePoint 2010, how can I miss to mention one of the most valuable interface changes provided in it, i.e., the new Ribbon Menu. SharePoint Ribbon Menu is a contextual interface that allows users to execute any action related to ribbon controls depending upon the context the user is currently dealing with. Simply put, Ribbon Menu helps to add or replace buttons, groups, tabs or even the whole ribbon. You also remove the custom button from the ribbon. However¸ the designers and web developers, who until now were quite comfortable with designing master pages for SharePoint Server, are somewhat puzzled now with this thing called Ribbon Menu in the middle of their page. But there's nothing to get confused about because the SharePoint 2010 API allows developers to extend and customize the ribbon using SharePoint features on site/site collection level.


There are several types of controls which can be deployed to SharePoint Ribbon, which are as follows:


· Button


· CheckBox


· DropDown


· FlyoutAnchor


· ToggleButton


The above given controls can be collected for usability purposes to containers such as Group and Tab. Consequently, it is possible to add controls with custom functionality not only to existing containers, but deploy new tabs and groups, and then add necessary controls to them. However, any ribbon customization should be mounted within XML in-feature declaration.


If you have deployed some ribbon customization XML and later have to provide some changes into it then it might be necessary to change the Feature ID for SharePoint feature where your customization belongs. For simple modifications (i.e. changing button titles, image URLs, etc.) this is not necessary, but if you change the Feature ID, every time you change anything in XML, it might save a lot of time and effort.


To conclude, the Ribbon is a new concept with SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010, and another advance over Microsoft Office SharePoint server.  Also do not forget the free SharePoint web parts or templates that come with SharePoint.


 


SharePoint Server 2010 is the trending topic these days. And when talking about SharePoint 2010, how can I miss to mention one of the most valuable interface changes provided in it, i.e., the new Ribbon Menu. SharePoint Ribbon Menu is a contextual interface that allows users to execute any action related to ribbon controls depending upon the context the user is currently dealing with. Simply put, Ribbon Menu helps to add or replace buttons, groups, tabs or even the whole ribbon. You also remove the custom button from the ribbon. However¸ the designers and web developers, who until now were quite comfortable with designing master pages for SharePoint Server, are somewhat puzzled now with this thing called Ribbon Menu in the middle of their page. But there's nothing to get confused about because the SharePoint 2010 API allows developers to extend and customize the ribbon using SharePoint features on site/site collection level.


There are several types of controls which can be deployed to SharePoint Ribbon, which are as follows:


· Button


· CheckBox


· DropDown


· FlyoutAnchor


· ToggleButton


The above given controls can be collected for usability purposes to containers such as Group and Tab. Consequently, it is possible to add controls with custom functionality not only to existing containers, but deploy new tabs and groups, and then add necessary controls to them. However, any ribbon customization should be mounted within XML in-feature declaration.


If you have deployed some ribbon customization XML and later have to provide some changes into it then it might be necessary to change the Feature ID for SharePoint feature where your customization belongs. For simple modifications (i.e. changing button titles, image URLs, etc.) this is not necessary, but if you change the Feature ID, every time you change anything in XML, it might save a lot of time and effort.


To conclude, the Ribbon is a new concept with SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010, and another advance over Microsoft Office SharePoint server.  Also do not forget the free SharePoint web parts or templates that come with SharePoint.


 



Adrian Gates (adrian@apps4rent.com) is a Business Manager with Apps4Rent; which offers Microsoft  Exchange Hosting, Windows SharePoint Services, SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, and virtual dedicated servers.




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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Sharepoint Consulting Services In Drastic Demand

Sharepoint Consulting Services In Drastic Demand
SharePoint Consulting Services incorporate a suite of different server capabilities which can enhance organizational effectiveness by providing comprehensive content management and enterprise search. SharePoint 2010 helps the acceleration of shared business processes, and promotes inflow and outflow of information for better business insight. Microsoft Office SharePoint Consulting Services are part of exciting business packages in the IT world today. This Microsoft product is highly popular all over the world and known to be beneficial to several businesses. It helps to make business processes more efficient without much training required beforehand.

As Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is fast catching up with enterprises and is surely making an impact with the businesses far and wide, many companies have geared up with added services in the domain. Recently, Dice.com survey found out that SharePoint skills are one of the most sought-after skills. Skills of an average Microsoft SharePoint Consultant is placed in the list at number ten, according to the report by WindowsITPro. SharePoint 2010 is also viewed as flexible software that is adaptable to a range of tasks and helpful to many businesses.

Communication and collaboration is vital to the life of any business organization and also its success, with respect to both external communication and internal. SharePoint implementation services enable businesses to communicate through a central source storing all information with access restricted to authorized users only. This keeps relevant staff informed and clients satisfied.

The best part here is SharePoint 2010 can be easily integrated with Microsoft Office applications. There are hundreds of ways through which SharePoint 2010 services can boost productivity and restructure businesses processes. Many companies have noticed that the advent of SharePoint implementation and its integration with common applications has permitted their employees to work more effectively and efficiently. Additionally, projects have been scheduled for completion at faster rates resulting in fantastic optimization of company resources.

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