SharePoint Data Integration
Data is the essence of every application. It typically is what users like to work with right within your application. SharePoint does provide several out-of-the-box options for not only storing but also working with data.
Following are the options available –
- Storing & manipulating data available within SharePoint.
- Working on data residing external to SharePoint.
Right from the first SharePoint version, the main goal has been to render working with data as much simple & straightforward for users. A simple example of this is list data. Users can store & work with tabular style data by means of a common web interface.
Many consider using lists almost analogous to making use of a data table in a database.
SharePoint applications can take full advantage of these data storage capabilities with help of lists.
With SharePoint, developers get the ability to leverage the several data storage capabilities offered by SharePoint without requiring to reinvent the wheel.
When used properly, SharePoint can help you save time as well as effort. It can also potentially shrink the management & support costs involved in the operation.
Following are some of the core data-storage capabilities-
- Lists: For purpose of storing structured data, similar to that in a table.
- Libraries: For purpose of storing unstructured data like a document or file.
SharePoint does provide a full set of APIs for developers to make optimal use within applications for interacting with and manipulating data residing within SharePoint.