The Business Data Catalog is a very useful feature of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 that provides a way of integration of business data from back-end server applications, like SAP or Siebel, with your corporate portal to provide rich solutions for end users without writing any code. You register business data exposed in databases or through Web services in the Business Data Catalog by creating metadata that describes the database or Web service. The Business Data Catalog then uses this metadata to make the right calls into the data source to retrieve the relevant data.
The business data entities are available for use by any of the following business data features:
Business Data Web Parts
- Business Data in Lists
- Business Data Actions
- Business Data Search
- Business Data in User Profiles
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Business Data Catalog - getting started