HIGHLIGHT Written by the undisputed world leaders in SharePoint Business Data Catalog development, this book introduces the BDC and shows SharePoint developers how to fully exploit it in SharePoint applications. DESCRIPTION Organizations are surrounded by islands of data locked into different systems and databases. Microsoft introduced Business Data Catalog (BDC) with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server to help cope with the "Islands of Data" problem. Using BDC, you can bring data from many sources into one place: SharePoint. That data can then be made available for users to view on the intranet, extranet, or internet. SharePoint 2007 Developer's Guide to Business Data Catalog is a practical, example-rich guide to the features of the BDC and the techniques you need to build solutions for end users. This book starts with the basics what the BDC is, what you can do with it, and how to pull together a simple BDC solution. With the fundamentals in hand, you start exploring the techniques and ideas to put BDC into use in your organization. KEY POINTS A complete introduction and guide to the SharePoint Business Data Catalog. Written by Nick Swan and Brett Lonsdale, the world's leading authorities on SharePoint BDC. Integrating business data through SharePoint is a rapidly-growing area of development and a key focus for Microsoft in future versions of SharePoint. This book assumes the user is comfortable with SharePoint Server and WSS, so it concentrates on the BDC feature set.