Layer2 is a specialist for creating custom components and solutions for Microsoft SharePoint, Office 365, and Azure. Based in Germany, Layer2 offers products and solutions that add additional features to portals based on Microsoft SharePoint technology, e.g. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS), Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 / 2013 / 2016 or the free Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS) / Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 / 2013. The products – SharePoint Web Parts, features, and solutions – are completely based on the Microsoft .NET Framework and are especially designed to run on top of SharePoint technology and to integrate seemlessly into the user interface. The solutions are sold directly to end-customers worldwide or distributed via a fast growing partner network of resellers and implementers.

For more than 25 years, Layer2 has been known as a reliable partner to customers in Central Europe, offering additional consulting and services in the fields of SharePoint, .NET-programming, and IT-Infrastructure. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Layer2 offers a broad variety of deep technical knowledge as well as a focus on end-users and customers.


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Layer2 History and Milestones

  • 1991 Business formation as Cords und Jacobi, EDV-Beratung und IT-Dienstleistungen in Hamburg
  • 2001 Change of the company’s name to Layer 2 GmbH
  • 2003 Concentration on Microsoft Technologies, especially .NET and SharePoint
  • 2007 Market entry Austria and Switzerland
  • 2008 Microsoft Certified Partner
  • 2009 Start of the international product marketing
  • 2010 Microsoft Gold Certified Partner ISV / Software Kompetenz
  • 2011 Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner
  • 2012 Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Portals
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Layer2 Team and Contact Persons

Our employees are our greatest asset. We especially encourage creativity and individuality to intend a balanced ratio of industry specific professionals and technologists. Layer2 has more than 30 employees and freelancers, consultants and developers. All direct employees are skilled with completed university degrees in Information Technology or Media IT and / or own additional Microsoft Certificates in their areas of expertise. Please find your contacts here.

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As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and ISV based in Hamburg (Germany), Layer2 is one of the leading providers of Microsoft SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure apps in Europe with a major focus on Data Integration, Collaborative Knowledge Management and Social Networking. Layer2 has also been known as a reliable partner to customers in Central Europe, offering additional consulting and services in the fields of SharePoint, .NET programming and IT infrastructure for more than 20 years.

Office 365 Integration: Layer2 Cloud Connector for Office 365 and SharePoint

Line-of-business connectivity and enterprise search are core capabilities with Office 365 and Microsoft SharePoint that drive adaption, productivity and ROI across the organization. The challenges are the coding, installation, and customization required to manage the integration needed in order to achieve the productivity benefits.

The Solution: Layer2 Cloud Connector

Content stored in almost any corporate data source can be synchronized with native SharePoint lists and libraries via secure web services: Data in SQL databases, file shares, ERP / CRM / ECMS systems or other legacy platforms and on-premise applications like MS Dynamics, SharePoint, Active Directory, and SAP. Cloud-to-cloud connections, e.g. to Azure, Salesforce, Twitter, Facebook, Google, RSS Newsfeeds, and XML, are supported as well. All features of native SharePoint lists and libraries are completely available for your external data, such as views, filter, search, metadata, change notifications, and workflows on external data changes.

The Result: An Integrated Business Environment

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SharePoint Integration: Layer2 Business Data List Connector (BDLC)

The fast, easy, and complete integration of external data sources is a common requirement in the use of Microsoft SharePoint technology. Solutions, such as the Business Data Catalog (BDC) for SharePoint 2007 or the Business Connectivity Services (BCS) for SharePoint 2010/2013, are complex, require additional tools or programming, have serious limitations, and are available for certain SharePoint editions only.

The Solution: Layer2 Business Data List Connector

The Layer2 Business Data List Connector for SharePoint completely solves those issues. The SharePoint connector offers “external lists” by connecting 100% NATIVE SharePoint lists (native contacts, news, tasks, events, or custom lists) to almost any external data source in just minutes, directly in the SharePoint list settings. No SharePoint Web Parts, no BCS necessary! The desired data can be populated to the list and presented without restriction, with the full functionality of common native SharePoint lists. Changes made in SharePoint can then be written back to the external data source, if desired. Click here for a demonstration of how the Layer2 Business Data List Connector works.

The Result: An Integrated SharePoint Environment

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