SharePoint Business Data List Connector (BDLC) by Layer2

SharePoint Business Data List Connector (BDLC) by Layer2

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SharePoint Business Data List Connector (BDLC) by Layer2

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The BDLC directly connects NATIVE SharePoint lists to almost any external data, e.g. databases like SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, MySQL, Informix, Excel, Access, Text-Files etc. and allows to define notifications and workflows to take business actions, if external business data records are changed.

The BDLC provides the full features of a native SharePoint list (views, sorting, grouping, filtering) for almost any external data source with 3 simple inputs in the list settings only:

  • Enter the connection string for your external data source.
  • Enter a select statement that is supported by your external data source.
  • Enter primary key(s), to make use of advanced features (fast batch update in background, modified data only).

Then you can create the SharePoint list structure based on your selected result set with one click only and update the data items. If a primary key is available, modified data is updated only in the list with very high performance (background batch update). So you can enable search, workflow or change notifications per RSS or email to take business actions, if your external LOB data records are changed.

The SharePoint Business Data List Connector comes with a robust installer and is available for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 / 2013 (Server and Foundation) as well as for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS, all editions) and also for the free Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS).


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Really great tool

Of all the tools I've bought to make our SharePoint environment more user friendly, this is my favorite. It is really well done, and the service from the publisher is top drawer.

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Access SQL Server data easily.
Surface data as a list.
Automatic updating.
Way easier and more flexible than BCS.
Refresh limited to 15 minute minimum.
Setting up with Secure Store is a bit tricky, and you need an account with logon rights to do it, but it's doable and works great once done.
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Easy-to-use Business Data Connector

Very nice tool, just connected data from sql server, various xml files (static on some fileserver) and an excel sheet, now I'm writing on a webpart to display the data from these (now 4) Lists in one place (lookups on the xml data lists, linking excel data with sql data, awesome...)

Installation was simple, just rollout the setup, no deployment with stsadm needed.
Now create your list you wish to fill with the external data. A standard generic list will be created, in its listsettings you can find the bdlc settings. Fill in connection strings (for sql server i use net-string first, but errors occured, so i take oledb string which worked), select command, create the liststructure an update the content, with these 4 steps your new list is ready configured an filled with data. Each step will be validated in background, so you usually dont create crap lists ;)
There's a list named "BDLC configurationlist", there you can change the update interval for the timerjob. Thats it, ready to use just like an ordinary SPList (so, it IS an ordinary SPList ;))

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easy installation / deployment via installer
* site admin can configure connection to database via settings list
* allows various kinds of connections (sql server, excel, files, sap...)
* uncountable possibilities to work with these lists further on
* connection settings stored encrypted in a config list.
no updating possibilities the other way: changes in the lists will be overwritten on the next timerjob execution, no sync to my files, so sometimes that will be nice (esp. on my xml settings files i have)
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