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

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

    Select an Appropriate Microsoft Plan

    The first step is to ensure that you have an appropriate Office 365 plan.

    Microsoft Business Connectivity Services are only available in the Office 365 Enterprise E3 or E4 plans for business or, if you are in the education sector, you can use Education E2 licenses.

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

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    Select an Appropriate Microsoft Plan

    The first step is to ensure that you have an appropriate Office 365 plan.

    Microsoft Business Connectivity Services are only available in the Office 365 Enterprise E3 or E4 plans for business or, if you are in the education sector, you can use Education E2 licenses.

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.