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Today we will review data management and integration using Data Entities in the Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations application.
Modern enterprise organizations have interconnected devices with systems and processes that collaborate with each other and users across business functions. This helps provide an exceptional user experience and supplies the data and information to ensure the correct business decisions are being made while aiding productivity – that is where integration plays a vital role.
Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations offers both real time (synchronous) and batch driven (asynchronous) data management and integration options depending upon user requirements. Most commonly, Data Entities are used for data management and integration. A data entity provides
conceptual abstraction and encapsulation of underlying table schemas to represent key data concepts and functionalities
These Data Entities are grouped into five types that are based on their functions and the type of data that they provide.
Option 1: building an entity by using a wizard
The easiest way to build an entity is to start the Wizard, add a new item of type Data entity
to the project. When building an entity, start with a root data source. However, you can add additional data sources either manually by adding new data sources or by selecting a surrogate foreign key field in the root data source to automatically expand the required data sources. When the Wizard is completed it creates following:
Here is a step-by-step illustration:
Option 2: Building an entity from a table
Developers can quickly create an entity from a table, and then customize the properties, data sources, and fields later.
Right-click the table, and then select Addins > Create data entity.
In previous versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX, there were multiple ways to manage data, such as Microsoft Excel Add-ins, AIF, and DIXF. The concept of data entities merges different ways into one.
Here is a summary of the Data Entity Management Integration Scenarios:
Type of Integration
and Recurring integrations (file, queue, and so on)
And Standardized key performance indicators (KPIs)
Stay tuned for part 2 of this series, where we will look into each of the data management and integration options in detail. Don’t miss out, be sure to subscribe to our blog!
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