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I'm a new hired employee and my new company has Dynamics AX. I replaced a guy who left and was handling the Dynamics. Now that I've arrived, they asked me to connect their BI tool (Qlikview) directly to the Dynamics data base.
So i got questions :
- where can I get a documentation describing Dynamics AX data model definition ?
- Can I technically and easily connect my BI tool to the database ?
Understanding AX Data model fully is matter of years and there is no Complete Reference to describe existing data model, as AX is very big with 8000+ Tables.
Despite there are ways e.g. for many entities the data model has been described on AX ERD Page
Most of times we developers of AX, are dependent upon, looking at relationships of tables inside AOT. Each tables has relationship node, where it is defined the relationship with other tables.
To know what tables are being used behind a screen/form, you can always right-click the field and click on Personalize.
Additionally as AX has its own reporting framework, so most of time, we are dependent upon that, which is based On SSRS.
Connecting AX to other reporting tools violates security and company based data partitioning. By this line I am not going against you tool, but it’s just what we usually do(AX-SSRS Framework).
As most us might not be aware of your 3rd party tool, so all we can say at this moment, is that you can connect to Business/Transactional Database of AX, taking it as a data source in you Tool, and you may proceed with your work. At the same time, we do understand that it’s little hard to understand existing tables structure if you have just started, But with passage of time, you can learn and you can ask your specific question by creating threads here on community.
There are static data models available from Microsoft of key areas, or you could try Safyr which is a product for getting data definitions into data model form for Dynamics AX
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