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Why Dynamics 365 Integration Is So Complex

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While there is a strong need for cloud ERP integration, this is a very challenging process. There are several reasons for this.

Firstly, ERP platforms don’t have many pre-built integration options. They can only view data via Power BI, integrate with Office 365 and a few CRM apps.

And even though some cloud ERPs, like Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations and Dynamics 365 Business Central, have open APIs which facilitate the integration with other apps, unless you choose an out-of-the-box connector, your developer needs to code the integration from scratch.

The programmer needs not only to learn and understand the ERP system and the other applications you want to integrate with but also to study all their APIs’ documentation before writing the code. And this creates a potential money drain: first, with expensive developer’s time, and secondly, with the productivity loss of the team working in disparate systems. Besides, even when the code is finished, capital spending will continue because it is still up to the developer to maintain the integrated ERP platform and create new solutions when the system is updated.

Connectors for Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations and Dynamics 365 Business Central

However, it doesn’t need to be this complex.

There is one solution that will help you integrate any client apps, databases, etc. with your Dynamics 365. It is pre-built connectors.

With their help, you can connect any application to live data of the ERP system. They allow operating the information like you would with a database: Read, write, and update all entities and records. Full functionality of the ERP is available for integration with other business applications hosted on-premises and in the cloud. The connector is built on the Open Data Protocol (OData), a new Microsoft standard.

Unlike with custom coding, an IT expert doesn’t need to invest a lot of time in studying the APIs of a multitude of software and writing complicated code.

The connector saves up to 90% of that time and allows even a novice developer to create an integration. This is because it translates all API calls into SQL queries – a universally known language among programmers young and old. Our team will take care of the connector for maintenance and in case of system updates so that it continues running seamlessly.

Once the ERP system is integrated with other software, many headaches will be avoided at once because of it:

  • eliminates manual data entry and releases time for more meaningful tasks;
  • minimizes errors;
  • increases the speed of data exchange;
  • provides valuable insights into business processes – which can cut expenditures, show new opportunities etc.;
  • improves customer experience and team cooperation.

On top of that, once the Connect Bridge platform is installed, you don’t need any other middleware anymore. With 100+ pre-built connectors, practically any integration is possible.

Integration platform for more tasks

Business process automation is so important for sustainable companies that they have doubled their spending on synchronization and integration solutions over the last 5 years. Integration platforms is one of the solutions companies go for.

ERP integration for KTM

How does all this work in practice? We would like to share with you the story of KTM, a leading manufacturer of motorcycles. For a couple of years, they had their Dynamics 365 running on-premises together with a huge data warehouse. Then, they decided to transfer both online. KTM applied the CB Linked Server integration which is closely connected with the concept of syncing a cloud ERP system with other software. KTM was quickly able to do the integration they needed, and the process has been running smoothly and reliably for more than five years.

Find out how easy it is to install and use the Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations or Dynamics 365 Business Central to solve most integration challenges for your business.

By Anastasia Mazur, Connecting Software, a producer of integration and synchronization solutions

One Response to “Why Dynamics 365 Integration Is So Complex”

  1. Thanks for the great info.
    Dynamics 365 is complex but for the functionality is great
    It makes the work very easy
    vast data can transfer in less time.
    Once we use this tool it’s not easy to migrate to another tool

    because this tool is very flexible and effective.

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