In times when business volatility is on the rise and time-to-market is key, SharePoint 2013 enables all users (end users, power users, designers, and professional developers), to customize the out-of-box platform and deploy solutions that will enable them to address specific business needs more quickly and more effectively. SharePoint 2013 includes tools and capabilities that allow businesses to maximize the impact of existing investments and knowledge, and to provide all users with bi-directional interaction with line-of-business data. These tools and capabilities make it possible to shorten the time between recognizing a business need and delivering a business productivity solution to address it.
In alignment with SharePoint’s approach of doing more with no additional resources, investments like integration with Visual Studio 2010 will enable customers to rely on existing programming expertise to enrich the SharePoint platform and increase the quality and ROI on their investments. With SharePoint 2013, software developers get a rich set of resources, including SDK documentation and product features such as the developer dashboard page.
A major advancement in SharePoint is allowing users, regardless of their technical expertise, to interact with line-of-business data, surface it in their SharePoint sites, analyze it, and make updates to be reflected in the external data source itself, such as ERP and CRM systems.
Enabling users to address specific business and collaboration needs, while relieving IT from the need to be involved all changes to the platform, is made possible through a rich set of tools and features that allow users to create no-code solutions and to deploy those solutions in an easy and secure manner.
SharePoint 2013 provides new features for building business collaboration applications, including Silverlight hosting for user interfaces, LINQ to SharePoint, Client Object Model, BCS, data relationships, and large list scalability. Using BCS, developers now can integrate line-of-business data in SharePoint and Office Client solutions easily and with read/write capability.