Mobilizing Sharepoint

Microsoft’s SharePoint is commonplace in the toolset of a modern organization. It’s a silo of information which can be quite difficult to access - but that doesn’t always have to be the case.

The Red Hat Mobile Application Platform’s SharePoint Connector attempts to solve this problem, by making SharePoint a readily available source of data for mobile developers.

This connector allows you to easily retrieve & create new SharePoint Lists and List Items. The SharePoint REST APIs make it a difficult system to integrate with, and the goal with our new connector is to alleviate some of the common frustrations developers face. For ease of use, the connector can be used with a Service Account to authenticate all requests to SharePoint. The connector can also authenticate individual users with their SharePoint credentials, providing a persisted session brokered by the Red Hat Mobile Cloud. Which you use depends on your use case - do want users to provide their SharePoint credentials to access information, or should it be provided as part of another mobile experience that is not necessarily SharePoint centric?

[caption id=“attachment_5660” align=“alignnone” width=“500”]Discovery UI Sharepoint Connector Discovery Console[/caption]

The connector supports SharePoint 2013 both on-premise and as part of Office 365 online. As with any other Red Hat Mobile connector, all operations are discoverable

In this video, we will see how to create a new SharePoint connector, and retrieve data both using a Service Account and allowing users to authenticate with their own SharePoint credentials.

*[Service Account]: A system-level account not associated with any specific user, created with the explicit purpose of retrieving information from an API