Doing a migration of Dynamics 365 on Premise to the Cloud is not as easy as it should, especially when your Dynamics on-premise instance has integrations running to other software or databases. Unfortunately, there is no official Microsoft solution for these scenarios other than using the Fast Track page. The alternative would be using the Dynamics 365 API. This opens many possibilities for you, but requires programming skills and knowledge of that API. Fortunately, there is a third way.
Doing a Dynamics 365 on Premises to Cloud Migration - the Connect Bridge Way
This third way of doing it involves less stress, as you reduce the number of points of failure. It is versatile, as it can adjust to your specific needs. And you don’t need to hire and depend on an external team to make it happen. So how do you do it? By going for a third-party solution with a proven track record. There is a range of solutions based on the integration platform Connect Bridge, and you just have to choose the one that best adjusts to your scenario:
The one point all these have in common is that they are based on the Connect Bridge platform. This platform makes the Dynamics system appear as if it were a database. That means you can communicate with it using SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements. Connect Bridge then translates the ANSI standard SQL syntax you are using into the appropriate API calls, so you can rest assured that the integrity of your Dynamics database is perfectly safe.
How Can I Do It?
The SQL queries can be integrated into any existing software you have the source code or into SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio). In any case, you always start by requesting a free trial of Connect Bridge. Then, if you chose to use SSMS, there is a simple 3-steps procedure to try this out yourself:
1 – Set up the AdventureWorks database and open it in the Object Explorer window
2 – Create the Linked Server in SSMS.
3 – Open the Linked Server you just created. It will look as if you are accessing the back-end database of Dynamics, but don’t worry! You are not.
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