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 http://www.SharePointShepherd.com. Check out his blog to find out more: http://www.thorprojects.com/blog. You can reach Robert at Rob.Bogue@thorprojects.com.
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: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee819133.aspx. Also, remember to read the BCS Security Overview.