What's new in Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013

Learn about changes and new features in Business Connectivity Services (BCS) for SharePoint 2013, including enhanced support for REST, OData, external events, and app-scoped external content types.

Last modified: September 17, 2015

Applies to: SharePoint Server 2013

Business Connectivity Services (BCS) was introduced in SharePoint 2010 as an improvement to the Business Data Catalog created for Office SharePoint Server 2007. BCS enables SharePoint to access data from external data systems such as SAP, ERP, and CRM, in addition to other data-driven applications that are exposed through Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services or Open Data (OData) endpoints.

BCS is improved and enhanced for SharePoint 2013, including the new functionality listed in Table 1.

Table 1. What’s new in BCS

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SharePoint can now connect to OData sources.

Using OData sources with Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2013

SharePoint can receive events from external systems.

External events and alerts in SharePoint 2013

External content types can now be scoped at the application level.

Add-in-scoped external content types in SharePoint 2013

Support for Representational State Transfer (REST) and the client object model is enhanced.

Get started using the client object model with external data in SharePoint 2013