Mark Gerow, Director of Applications Development at Fenwick & West, recently wrote an article for Legal Technology News that explains how to integrate Microsoft Office SharePoint with a line of business applications designed for the legal industry. SharePoint's Business Data Catalog (BDC), which ships with the Enterprise Edition, can play a central role in making key business data accessible to all firm employees. The goal of BDC is to integrate with existing resources and applications.
Gerow's article expands on the benefits of writing an original program for data integration versus purchasing an integration framework. He also explains the steps for creating a BDC schema and offers tips and strategies from programmers.