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We are integration D365 F&O and Sales. I have seen that there are 2 possibilities:
1. Logic Apps, use triggers to achieve
2. Common Data Service with PowerApps
Based on your experience, please share what is the best approach and why. I have gone through blogs but could not find comparison between these two approaches.
You need to use both, it's not either-or. CDS has no triggers, no pushes. It's a scheduled service, and it definitely has limitations. It's not as flexible as Scribe Online is, for example.
Logic Apps/Microsoft Flow are great because you can trigger them, and you can also manually initiate them. For example, if you want to push an order right away to F&O from CE, you could put the Flow trigger right on the Order menu in CE. With CDS integration, you would have to wait for the next run (which might only be 5 minutes, but might not).
Further, Logic Apps/Flow can have much more complex rules and conditions (and as such can be very hard to understand), whereas CDS's formula manager is very basic (but also very straightforward). So you have to balance relative ease of understanding with greater flexibility.
And that's without looking at other tools on the market, such as Scribe Online.
The other option would be to wait and see what appears in April (and quite possibly in preview in Feb / March) when the next release arrives see docs.microsoft.com/.../april19 and especially docs.microsoft.com/.../planned-features which confirms that connectivity between F&O and D365 CE Entities is part of the April release..
Thanks Wayne and Ben for your insights on this topic.
Also, wanted to know if integration is possible "from D365 F&O to Sales" using Logic Apps. I don't see any triggers for this integration. I only see triggers from Sales to D365 F&O. Is vice versa also possible?
No, F&O has no triggers currently, but they do have a request you can upvote: powerusers.microsoft.com/.../128217
Thanks for reply Wayne. I have voted.
So, is vice versa integration possible only via CDS, both way integration?
Well, yes and no. You could use LogicApps to pull data from F&O and send to CE, but you can't trigger it from F&O.
But yes, it's far more likely you'll need to use CDS to get a proper back-and-forth from F&O.
Triggers for F&O have also been announced within the April Notes see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/april19/dynamics365-finance-operations/event-driven-architecture-integrations-business-events-triggers-finance-operations-connector
It's due in June which isn't that surprising as I suspect it's built off the work needed to connect F&O with CDS...
Thanks Wayne. I will try using CDS for 2-way communication and see if I have any surprises.
I have used custom business events with Logic apps for that. Here is the blog entry:
Poojith Jain [Blog 1, 2, 3, 4]
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