When it comes to using a fully integrated and complex ERP system, organizations and companies have to worry about one thing: how to manage enormous amount of data?
It is true that Microsoft Dynamics AX had managed to take care of those data with its features such as Microsoft Excel Add-ins, Application Integration Framework, and Data Import/Export Framework. However, that has reached a new dimension with the introduction of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. It has maximized the integration capabilities and introduced new concepts like Data Management Framework and Data entities which makes condenses all those data management concepts into one.
Here we will discuss the new concepts and terminology introduced Dynamics 365 for Operations integration in terms of DMF/ data entities and application integration concept:
Data Management Framework
Data Management Framework or DMF is the new all-in-one concept that has been launched by Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operation. It is intended to manage and support all core-data management tasks.
Data entities are effective ways of representing underlying tables in a simple and de-normalized way. Here the users can find customer or vendor details, stored in normalized rational tables which are represented in a flat view under Customer Details data entry.
Data Package is a simple zip file that contains the manifest files and an xxx.csv file consisting of the source data and metadata information of the Data Entity. It also holds the processing instruction of the DMF.
During the process of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operation integration, the incoming and outgoing data is stored in an Azure based storage area. This storage area, for the D365 for Finance and Operation instances is called Blob Storage.
SOAP stands for Simple Object Access Protocol. It is a messaging protocol owing to which, users can run programs on different operating systems and communicate using HTTP and XML. It contributes a great deal in Dynamics 365 for Operation Integration.
Representational State Transfer is the architectural structure of software which defines certain constraints to be used for the creation of web services. The payload used by RESTful web services can be formatted into HTML, XML, and JSON etc while the data representation layer remains textual. For Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operation, the data representation is JSON.
Odata stands for Open Data protocol and is a REST based protocol that is used to create and consuming RESTful APIs. It is used by Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operation for real time integration, and can support batch requests.
If you wish to know more about the integration capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operation, you can ask for a demo. Implementation partners will provide you with the demo as well as upgrades and implementation services.
This article is about the advances integration capabilities that are offered by the new suit of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. It provides a brief overlook about the integration concepts introduced by the business solution application.