SharePoint Solutions Introduces New Course: Objective Integration

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SharePoint Solutions, a national leader in Microsoft SharePoint products and technologies training, consulting and add-on software, has authored a new three-day course titled Objective Integration: Using MOSS and the Business Data Catalog (BDC) for Enterprise Application Integration (Level 200 - Intermediate). The first class will be held Sept 30-Oct 2, 2008, in Nashville. It will then rotate monthly through locations in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville and Seattle.

Almost every organization has a long list of business systems and applications that have been developed over time using different development technologies

SharePoint Solutions, a national leader in Microsoft SharePoint products and technologies training, consulting and add-on software, has authored a new three-day course titled Objective Integration: Using MOSS and the Business Data Catalog (BDC) for Enterprise Application Integration (Level 200 - Intermediate).

The course focuses on how SharePoint can serve as an outstanding "hub" for enterprise application integration and is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to configure MOSS to serve as a platform for business application integration.

The first class will be held Sept 30-Oct 2, 2008, in Nashville. It will then rotate monthly through locations in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville and Seattle.

"Almost every organization has a long list of business systems and applications that have been developed over time using different development technologies," said Paul Vaughn, course author and senior BI application developer and instructor for SharePoint Solutions.

"Typically, end users have to adapt to using these multiple applications and learn multiple interfaces without having a single place to go to interact with all of the applications and data at once. This decreases user productivity and can lead to poor business decisions since important data that exists in different applications is not presented together in the user interface."

According to Vaughn, one of the hallmarks of MOSS 2007 is its ability to serve as a hub for enterprise application integration. Objective Integration dives deep into how it can be used to achieve common application integration scenarios.

Students will create, configure and deploy solutions using the Business Data Catalog, Excel Services, the Data View Web Part, Microsoft Access and Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) to learn the feature set MOSS offers as a business application integration platform.

After completing Objective Integration, which is divided into 12 modules, students will be able to:

  •     Understand the configuration needed for Single Sign-on and Kerberos security and why these features are important to using MOSS as an application integration platform
  •     Understand the "double hop" issue, why it occurs and the configuration required in MOSS to address the issue
  •     Create a Business Data Catalog Application Definition file
  •     Import the BDC Application Definition file and configure user security
  •     Create actions for a BDC entity
  •     Deploy BDC solutions
  •     Configure the Data View Web part to read data from the BDC
  •     Configure Excel Services
  •     Deploy data-driven Excel Services solutions
  •     Configure the Data View Web part to write back to data sources
  •     Create and deploy KPI and filtered dashboard pages
  •     Integrate MOSS with MS Access
  •     Integrate MOSS with Microsoft Reporting Services (SSRS)
  •     Deploy reports to a report center in MOSS

Students must have a solid foundational knowledge of SharePoint 2007 before attending this course. Ideally, they will have previously completed the Applying SharePoint 2007 - MOSS Core Features course or the SharePoint 2007 Jumpstart course. At a minimum, they should be familiar with creating sites and workspaces; creating libraries and lists; working in document libraries; establishing security; editing pages; working with web parts; and working with content types and site columns.

Each student will receive a comprehensive course manual, which includes all presentation materials and lab exercises. The lab exercises are step-by-step and are fully documented in the student workbook.

Students will be given access to their own SharePoint 2007 environment on the classroom hardware. In essence, they will attend a class where a fully functional SharePoint 2007 environment has been set up for their use in learning the product. No pre-installation of SharePoint 2007 software is required. Each student will need to bring a qualifying laptop to the class that will connect to the classroom virtual machines.

The $2,195 registration fee includes tuition, hotel room (except in Boston and Seattle), student materials, breakfasts, breaks and lunches. Airfare, ground transportation and dinners are not included in the registration fee. Once registered for the course, a hotel room will automatically be reserved in the student's name (except in the Boston and Seattle locations). Local students who do not need a hotel room will receive $100 per day off the price of the class.

For information about prerequisites, course outline, hotel accommodations, discounts, etc., visit http://sharepointsolutions.com/sharepoint-training/sharepoint-2007-objective-integration.html, call (615) 515-0210 x2 or e-mail training@sharepointsolutions.com.

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