Layer2 is one of the leading providers of apps and solutions for Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint, and Azure in Europe with a major focus on SharePoint external data integration, Office 365 / SharePoint Online migration, integration and synchronization, SharePoint collaborative knowledge management and social networking.

Office 365 & SharePoint Apps for Data Integration and Knowledge Management

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Office 365, SharePoint Online, Dynamics Integration: Layer2 Cloud Connector

The Layer2 Cloud Connector takes your local line-of-business data to SharePoint Online - easy to connect, secure, and always up-to-date. Content from almost any corporate data source, e.g. databases, file content, Azure, ERP / CRM / ECMS or other platforms, Exchange, Active Directory, Dynamics ERP/CRM, SharePoint, web services or the local file system can be connected and synchronized with native SharePoint lists and libraries in the cloud, e.g. Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business codeless via secure Web Services, two-way if required. The "Swiss-Army Knife" of Microsoft Office 365 data integration is a must-have for all companies that are moving forward into the Microsoft Cloud. You can also connect and sync all supported systems directly with each other.


SharePoint on-premises Data Integration: Layer2 Business Data List Connector

With the Layer2 Business Data List Connector for SharePoint you can connect native SharePoint on-premises lists to almost any external business data sources in just minutes, via the browser-based SharePoint General List Settings dialogue. No additional tools or programming are required. The connection can easily be configured by three simple settings: data provider, connection string and data query. Any SharePoint administrator can do this in just a few minutes. The desired data can be populated to the list and presented without any restrictions, with the full read-only and also write-back (CRUD) functionality of native SharePoint lists.

Views, sorting and grouping, search, filters, calculated fields, lookups, metadata fields, offline and mobile access, and attachments can be created as usual with your external data. List notifications per RSS or email and even workflows can be used to take business actions in SharePoint, when external line-of-business data records are changed. The Layer2 Business Data List Connector can close many gaps that still exist with SharePoint out-of-the-box data integration via Business Connectivity Services (BCS) and external lists. It simplifies your SharePoint architecture and provides ALL native SharePoint list features for external data with highest performance and security.


Increase Findability in SharePoint: Layer2 Knowledge Management Suite

The Layer2 Knowledge Management Suite for Microsoft SharePoint encourages knowledge workers to take advantage of the new SharePoint 2010 / 2013 / 2016 collaborative knowledge management and social features by making it as easy as possible to manage term sets, to categorize content with managed metadata and to use content categorization for knowledge browsing, navigation, content discovery and search. The solution is 100% based on the new Microsoft SharePoint 2010 / 2013 / 2016 Enterprise Metadata Management API. All components are available separately as well - but they are best used together:

  • Taxonomy Manager for SharePoint manages the SharePoint Term Store with term set export, import, update and deployment. It also adds additional properties, such as content categorization rules.
  • Tag Suggester for SharePoint displays a tag or keyword suggestion list based on given metadata taxonomies, classification rules, item properties, context, and document content.
  • Auto Tagger for SharePoint categorizes items and documents automatically in background without any user interaction based on centrally managed metadata and classification rules. Metadata assignment can be done in real-time while uploading or changing documents. Bulk-tagging (especially useful after content migration) is supported as well. Auto-tagging helps to overcome the well-known SharePoint List View Threshold limitation above 5.000 items or documents by providing managed metadata navigation.
  • Tag Directory Web Part for SharePoint displays the metadata taxonomy tree of keywords as a flat A-Z directory category index, matching the more familiar style of technical books or glossaries of terms.
  • Tag Navigation Web Part for SharePoint takes advantage of collaborative tagging or automatic content categorization by providing additional tree-style navigations to find the desired content faster.
  • Tag Cloud Web Part for SharePoint offers content navigation by its importance.
  • Related Content Web Part for SharePoint displays related content automatically based on content categorization, for example related contacts, related products, and related links.

Almost any external content (e.g. from SQL, ERP/CRM) can be integrated into SharePoint knowledge management and social networking using the Layer2 Business Data List Connector for SharePoint. Jump-start your SharePoint knowledge management and social enterprise project and register to download the Layer2 Knowledge Management Suite for SharePoint today.

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