SharePoint Conference was a success and we were incredibly excited about the customer feedback during the sessions and from the twitter feeds. If you were lucky enough attend the conference in Las Vegas hopefully you attended the BCS sessions. You can revisit the sessions you attended or look into those you missed out on using your MySPC access on the conference website. The following is a table of the core and partner BCS sessions; do note that for the links to work best log in to the conference site first.

Core BCS Sessions

Session Name

Day and Time

Abstract

What's New in Business Connectivity Services (Evolution of BDC!)

Tuesday 9:00 am

Business Connectivity Services (BCS) – the evolution of the Business Data Catalog. BCS now enables you to bring external data into SharePoint and Office with full Create/Read/Update/Delete (CRUD) operation support, tighter integration with Office client applications, and better tools for modeling business entities.

Building Solutions with Business Connectivity Services using Visual Studio 2010

Tuesday

10:30 am

This talk shows building BCS External Content Types with both the Visual Studio 2010 designer and with SharePoint Designer 2010. This provides multiple ways to external data, from a variety of sources, as SharePoint 2010 External Lists

Integrating Customer Data With SharePoint Composites, BCS And Silverlight

Tuesday

2:45 pm

In this session, we illustrate how to use SharePoint Composites and BCS to solve a rather frequent problem in enterprises: integrating disparate customer data. Accessing the external data using SP LINQ to create the external content types, and surfacing this data in SharePoint and Office.

Business Connectivity Services Runtime and Object Model Deep Dive

Wednesday

10:30 am

This talk is a deep dive into development with Business Connectivity Services using Visual Studio 2010. It covers both simple and advanced data modeling, using the BCS APIs to create metadata models, and connecting those models to search.

Creating Office Business Application Solutions with Business Connectivity Services (BCS)

Wednesday

1:15 pm

In this session you will see how, once the BCS connection is established there is still a great deal more that can be done in the client applications to enhance the user experience. Further extending the Office 2010 client that exposes the external data to create very rich, user-friendly, and intuitive solutions.

Building Business Applications using Business Connectivity Services and SharePoint Designer (NO CODE Needed!)

Wednesday 2:45 pm

This session describes in detail how to build a declarative solution using SharePoint Designer, InfoPath Designer and the SharePoint SDK - without using a developer, or requiring you to write any code. The solution demoed connects back-end systems to bring data to SharePoint and Office applications (such as SharePoint Workspace, Outlook and Word).

Authentication Scenarios for Business Connectivity Services

Thursday

12:00 pm

External systems require different ways of authenticating and authorizing incoming requests - some systems may use Windows authentication, some may need user name and password, while others authenticate based on SAML token or Windows Live ID. In this session each of these scenarios is discussed along with live demos

Partner BCS Sessions

Session Name

Day and Time

Abstract

Overview of the SharePoint 2010 Developer Platform

Monday

1:15 pm

This talk is a lap around SharePoint 2010 for developers providing a brief look and code based demos of the major new features in building user interfaces, building on the data platform and in general programmability.

Introduction To SharePoint Designer 2010: Top 10 great things to know

Monday

2:45 pm

In this session you will get a broad overview of the capabilities of SharePoint Designer 2010, from site customizations such as modifying Site Metadata, managing Site Security, or creating Site Content, to building List or Site based Workflows and connecting to a variety of Data Sources.

Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Development Tools Overview

Monday

2:45 pm

This session provides you with an overview of SharePoint development with Visual Studio 2010. Specific topics covered will include an overview of the project and item templates, a walkthrough of the designers included, areas of extensibility within Visual Studio 2010 that can enhance SharePoint development, and a number of demonstrations.

K2: SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010: Better Together Tomorrow, Protecting Investments Today

Tuesday

1:15 pm

The K2 platform is for delivering process-driven applications that improve business efficiency. Visual tools make it easy for anyone to assemble reusable objects into applications that use workflow and line-of-business information. See how investments in K2 today leverage the new capabilities in SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010.

Building Applications with InfoPath and SharePoint Designer 2010

Tuesday

4:30 pm

Learn to use InfoPath 2010 and SharePoint Designer 2010 to build form-centric SharePoint applications. Here we design InfoPath forms, bring in external data, author workflows, visualize them in Visio Services, and build user portals.

Overview of Content Acquisition for Search in SharePoint 2010

Wednesday

1:15 pm

SharePoint 2010 has a new indexing connector framework based on SharePoint Business Connectivity Services to acquire content and make it searchable. This session demonstrates how to bring new content into SharePoint using this method.

SharePoint Workspace 2010:  the Microsoft Office Client for Team Sites

Wednesday

1:15 pm

This session includes an overview of the features and functionality of SharePoint Workspace, as well as a more detailed look at how SharePoint Workspace keeps a user’s local copy of a site in sync with SharePoint server.

Redesigning Line of Business Applications from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010

Wednesday

2:45 pm

This session discusses how Microsoft IT is redesigning applications to take advantage of the new features in SharePoint 2010 as well as how we are rethinking our approaches to simplify the development of business solutions.

- Lionel A. Robinson, Program Manager