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There's quite a few new enhancements and capabilities in the Microsoft Dynamics 2015 Update 1 release, including some great new tools for developers. Microsoft has included several new features that make it easier to integrate and synchronize CRM data with external data sources.
You can greatly improve efficiency of code that monitors changes to CRM data by using the RetrieveEntityChangesRequest message included in this release. The new Change Tracking feature provides a way to keep the CRM data stored in an external data source, synchronized in a performant way by detecting what data has changed since the data was initially extracted or last synchronized.
How does it work? First, you need to enable Change Tracking on an entity level basis.
When Change Tracking is enabled for an entity, you can use the
How does the code work? The code is very similar to the RetrieveEntityRequest Class:
The response will return a data token, which represents a point in time snapshot of the data.
You can now include this token in your next RetrieveEntityChangesRequest, and retrieve just the change set since your last request.
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