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From the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Blogs: Data entity metadata; Vendor evaluation; Quality management; Feature management features

by MSDW Reporter
Editorial Team, MSDynamicsWorld.com
September 18 2023

In this week’s Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations blog:

  • Data entity metadata
  • Vendor evaluation in Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations
  • Quality management process in Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management (SCM)
  • How to reverse engineer feature management features

D365FO data entity metadata

Writing on his Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations blog, Alex Meyer stated that he’s written about Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations data entities in the past, and he’s had the opportunity to use them extensively from an ISV and consulting perspective. However, he noted that he has always want to have a centralized source of information surrounding metadata, the data sources used (both root data source and all data sources), and a way to see dependencies between different data entities.

So Meyer created an Excel file with all this information and decided to write about how he created it and the file itself. In his blog post, Meyer explained the steps he used to create a data entity overview that contain five separate tabs. The tabs include:

  • Data entity metadata that shows the name, label, public collection name, and public entity name for each data entity.
  • Data entity root data sources that show the root data source for each data entity.
  • All data sources for each data entity.
  • Data entity associated overview that shows the child to parent relationships between the data entities based on the root data source and the ERD file.
  • Data entity associated details that show the same data as the overview tab but includes the data source information used to associate the two data entities.

He also noted that Microsoft “kind of” has this data entity dependence data but the information isn’t really searchable and there is no information about why these are dependent on each other, public collection name, or public entity name for each data entity.

Vendor evaluation in Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations

Writing on the Encore Business Solutions blog, Kailey Acuña stated that vendor evaluation in D365FO is a basic tool for comparing vendor performance, giving users data they need to make informed decisions about which vendor is the best choice for the procurement of goods.

In her blog post, Acuña explained that vendor evaluation lets users manually evaluate vendor performance so they can make better procurement decisions. She also noted that to use the vendor evaluation functionality, you first have to set up the vendor evaluation criterion groups and the vendor evaluation criteria.

Acuña stated that the vendor evaluation does have some limitations, when used out of the box. She offered information about those limitations and explained the three main options to address those limitations and get an enhanced solution for evaluating your vendors in D365FO

Quality management process in Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management (SCM)

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