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Chapter 4
Business Connectivity Services
Business Connectivity Services (BCS), introduced in SharePoint 2010 is a much-evolved version of the Business Data
Catalog (BDC) created for MOSS 2007. With BCS, you can read as well as write to external systems. There are various
ways to accomplish this, but to begin with you can simply define BCS with one simple equation as
usiness Connectivity Services = Business Data Catalog (MOSS 2007) + much more!
What Will You Learn in This Chapter?
By the end of the chapter, you’ll learn about
BCS terminology
Introduction to Business Connectivity Services
Setting up BCS on your SharePoint 2013 installation
Creating external content types (ECTs) using SharePoint Designer 2013
Authoring ECTs using Visual Studio and a .NET assembly connector
BDC runtime
BDC and Office integration
App-scoped ECT and data exchange using OData
Relevant Windows PowerShell commands
Software Prerequisites
To get the most out of this chapter, you’ll need the following software:
SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise Edition
SharePoint Designer 2013 x64
SQL Server 2012 x64
Adventure Works Database (SQL Server 2012), downloadable at
http://msftdbprodsamples.codeplex.com/
Office Word 2013 Professional Plus
 
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