Eight Steps to Connect Office 365/SharePoint Online with External Data

Email     |     Share  
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10
Next Next

Create a Security Store Application

The first step is to create a target application in the Secure Store Service. This is needed in order to map a group of users to a single, external data account that can act on their behalf. In SharePoint Online, only group restricted credentials are possible. In on-premise versions, there are also individual and mappings available. For SQL Azure Databases, the credential type needs to be set to “Windows User Name” and “Windows Password.”

In the last couple of years, a lot of companies have started using BCS (Business Connectivity Services) to integrate data from external data sources into SharePoint. It was initially available with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and was called Business Data Catalog. Since Version 2013, it is not only possible to read information but also to create, delete or update.

According to Mario Spies, senior strategic consultant at AvePoint, a lot of companies are in the process of moving their SharePoint content from on-premise to Office 365 / SharePoint Online, using tools such as DocAve Migrator from SharePoint 2010 or DocAve Content Manager from SharePoint 2013. In most of these projects, the question arises about how to handle SharePoint external lists connected to data using BDC.

The good news is that SharePoint Online also supports Business Connectivity Services.

 

Related Topics : Vulnerabilities and Patches, Resellers, Broadcom, Broadband Services, Supercomputing

 
More Slideshows

email12-190x128 Why Email Is a Business’ Greatest Untapped Resource

Five ways enterprises can use email analytics augmented by machine learning to surface insights that can help them ward off risk and meet or exceed goals across their organizations. ...  More >>

PorembaDigitalDisruption0x 9 Successful Digital Disruption Examples

Digital disruption isn't so much an IT project as the future of business, and this requires widespread collaboration across all units. ...  More >>

Media1-190x128.jpg 5 Ways to Boost Productivity with Content Automation

An effective content automation solution can ease the transition to a digital-first distribution strategy, helping companies preview and approve content across all platforms and media types. ...  More >>

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Sign up now and get the best business technology insights direct to your inbox.