I'm not an expert in SharePoint but what I know that SharePoint 2013 Foundation Edition is free, and I'm developing ASP.NET applcation which will have a portal. I'm wondering Can I user SharePoint 2013 Foundation as my application portal? I'll use this portal to show visual reports (SSRS reports) in webparts, like in Microsoft Dynamics AX it use SharePoint as its portal and call it Enterprise Portal.

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Yep, SharePoint can do what you ask for there, except if you have as you say another ASP.NET application, Microsofts general recommendation is to host stuff like that on a server that isn't running SharePoint. You can use still use client side APIs to talk to SharePoint from your other app, and if your app has any APIs you can probably call it from client side code within SharePoint pages.

  • Good answer, Thanks but basically SharePoint will be portal to show information and webparts reports, but Can I show data from other Database than SharePoint Database or it's better to replicate the data? Jun 5, 2013 at 11:18
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    Yes you can use SSRS to get data out of your other databases and show it in reports, and then surface those reports within SharePoint. This is a fairly easy task, the biggest tripping point is to make sure you set up an Execution Account in SSRS, and that that Execution Account has access to your other database.
    – James Love
    Jun 5, 2013 at 11:24

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