Robert Bogue — architect, developer and IT pro

The next session is called Solutions Without Semicolons — The IT Pros Guide to Solution Creation.  Robert Bogue leads it and he has a long list of credentials.  Besides being a multi-year Microsoft MVP and obtaining multiple MCSEs, he’s the president of Thor Projects and has contributed to more than 100 book projects and numerous other publishing projects.

Robert’s latest book is The SharePoint Shepherd’s Guide for End Users. You can find out more about the book at Check out his blog to find out more: You can reach Robert at

Because of enabling technologies and today’s pace of change, organizations are struggling to get the support they think they need.  More and more, IT professionals are being asked to create solutions for the business.  The Office 2010 System including SharePoint, Visio, InfoPath, Word, and SharePoint Designer are tools that the IT Professional can use to create solutions that don’t require any code.  That seems to be a theme for today’s sessions.

The core of this session is about Business Connectivity Services (BCS), which was formerly known as Business Data Catalog (BDC) in SharePoint 2007. BDC is a powerful feature used to integrate various line of business (LOB) systems like SAP, Siebel, SQL Server and web services. Now BCS is extended to support .NET assemblies and WCF services as data source(s).

Focusing on no-code, we’re viewing a demo of Visio workflows, SharePoint Designer and BCS.  The multiple crashes of the demo have me biting my nails.  Much of the content has already been discussed in previous sessions and I didn’t find any unique content here.  Check out this really good blog discussing this at length:  Also, remember to read the BCS Security Overview.


Author: Ynema Mangum

Ynema Mangum is an experienced, data-driven principal product manager of mission-critical composable infrastructure at HP Enterprise. Constantly curious, her passions draw her to emerging technologies. She joined HP 6 years ago as a solutions architect for private IT cloud computing. She then served as owner of the enterprise social collaboration domain at HP, responsible for its future direction. Prior to her current position, she was a senior product manager for the massive HP ConvergedSystem 900 for SAP HANA. At SUN, she was a product line manager for cloud computing, responsible for the requirements for common subsystems of the Sun Cloud, as well as user personas, industry analysis, and competitive research. Her product experience also includes building web based database management systems at BMC Software targeted at Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, DB2 and DB2 UDB. Y provides an invaluable hybrid mix of strategist, architect, product manager and product marketer with an unbendable passion for the user experience. Her entrepreneurial experience allows her to understand business as a whole and drives her to make decisions and execute quickly. As an added bonus, she is certified in ITIL v3 best practices for IT and Pragmatic Product Management. Ynema is a change agent. She considers herself a determined influencer and a connector whose collaborative nature ensures success in introducing new concepts and services into the mainstream -- even in the most complex environments. She thrives on doing what seems to be impossible, and enjoys taking calculated risks in her personal life -- snowboarding, skiing, SCUBA diving or wake boarding when the season is right.

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