BDC Meta Man Developer Edition by LightningTools

BDC Meta Man Developer Edition by LightningTools

 
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BDC Meta Man Developer Edition by LightningTools

BDC Meta Man is the original Application Definition File creator for the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) Business Data Catalog. Instead of writing hundreds or sometimes thousands of lines of XML, You can quickly generate the XML files via a Drag & Drop user interface for many Data Sources.

  • Allows connections for SQL, Oracle, ODBC, Web Services and More Data Sources.
  • Generates all required Methods for the BDC to allow Indexing and Finding of data.
  • Generates Write Back Web Parts for Updating, and Inserting Data.
  • Configure Entity Properties such as Localization names.
  • Create Associations between two Entities allowing Master – Child related data.

 

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BDC Meta Man from Lighting Tools

Lighting Tools and BDC Meta Man are at the top of my list to meet any BDC requirements that come back around through the project cycle, or any other corporate sponsored initiative that evolves into a funded project.

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Our group had a requirement for a BDC solution to connect a backend MSSQL data source that had several linked tables? After installing the application, which took a matter of minutes; I went to the Lighting Tools support site and watched one of their video tutorials specific to the product. This is no hype, while following along with the video and creating the code/solution in parallel using VS 2008 the application/web part was available to deploy to SharePoint within 30-45 minutes. I'm not a programmer; therefore, the entire project solution was developed behind the scene between Meta Man and VS 2008. After it was deployed to SharePoint the remaining steps to complete the deployment occurred without issue. Therefore, the pros are: easy to install, quick to build web parts without programming experience, a support web site that has the type of support material needed to successfully deliver the required output and Lighting Tools post support. At this time, I had not had to engage the vendor nor had I purchased anything. I ran into an issue, after the web part was built, tying two primary keys together to form a unique column. When this issue was detected and reported back to the vendor, they were able to duplicate the problem and then provide a successful fix within a few days. I was testing two similar products at this time and the competitor had the same primary key constraint. The problem was reported back to this vendor and to my knowledge the issue still exist. I was so impressed with the Meta Man experience and results; I went on to build five additional BDC web components using Oracle, MS ACCESS and MSSQL. Although this was not needed, I felt it would help support the business case when the time came to execute.
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Due to managements decision to switch project objectives the requirement for a solid BDC solution was moved to the back burner. Therefore, my experience working with Lightings Tools and their commitment to delivering solid products and a service methodology that sets them apart from other vendors was only positive.
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I recommend BDC Meta Man

I am very happy with your product and your excellent customer service...The added bonus is your quick and courteous response if there are any problems or questions... As a big believer in quality as well as service, I will definitely be recommending your company and products to our region.

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Creating a BDC XML file is only three clicks away with your product. Very easy to you and straight forward.
Just like a necklace would accentuate a lady's beauty, BDC meta man makes Sharepoint a perfect solution for any organisation!
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