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Microsoft details progress in syncing Common Data Service, Dynamics 365

by Linda Rosencrance
Contributing Writer, MSDW

Microsoft's Common Data Service (CDS) team yesterday shed more light on the its priorities and progress related to Dynamics and other products.

At the core of the CDS is the Common Data Model, an extensible data model that's shared by all the apps a company builds on the CDS, described Microsoft Group Program Manager Jono Luk in a blog post.

Among the topics in the wide ranging upda, Luk describes how Microsoft is investing significant effort to automatically bring together data from across the Dynamics 365 family into an integrated data model in the CDS. He made particular note of the efforts to provide automatic synchronization between CDS and Dynamics 365 apps and of building new apps usind CDS as the data source. This includes:

  • Data integration capabilities that automatically sync in data from Microsoft services, including Dynamics 365 for Sales and Operations, with just a few clicks. In the past month, Microsoft launched an initial preview of these capabilities through its Prospect to Cash integration features. In the future, Microsoft plans to allow users to bring in data from both Microsoft and non-Microsoft sources.
  • Many new entities from a variety of areas, including customer engagement, project management, incident management, service management and human resources. Microsoft also plans to work with partners on new scenarios.
  • Multiple Dynamics 365 apps and offerings built on the CDS, making the data that's used by those apps available for users to build their own apps against.

Luk stated these features help realize the goal of the CDS: to enable users to use and build apps that operate on a single, centralized set of ...

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About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in the Boston area. Rosencrance has over 25 years experience as an reporter/investigative reporter, writing for many newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. Rosencrance has been writing about information technology for the past 16 years.

She has covered a variety of IT subjects, including Microsoft Dynamics, mobile security issues such as data loss prevention, network management, secure mobile app development, privacy, cloud computing, BI, big data, analytics, HR, CRM, ERP, and enterprise IT.

Rosencrance is the author of six true crime books for Kensington Publishing Corp.