Business Central integration with Common Data Service

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End users, automatically This feature is released. Feb 1, 2020 This feature is released. Apr 2, 2020

Business value

A new Common Data Service onboarding experience will be provided, where users will be able to connect to a Common Data Service environment and associate a Business Central company with a Common Data Service business unit. This will allow for multiple companies to connect to a Common Data Service environment. During setup, the Common Data Service connection entities from the default Common Data Service database will be synchronized.

Extensibility support for developers developing Business Central integrations for Common Data Service is provided. With the extensibility support, Business Central Extensions can be written to add fields and tables to the synchronization process, also extending existing tables. In addition, transformation can be created, transforming and mapping values.

Feature details

Common Data Service is at the center of the Dynamics 365 suite. It enables users to have a 360-degree view of their business. Data in Common Data Service gives users and solutions a shared, consistent view of data across Dynamics 365 solutions. Dynamics 365 Business Central will support a set of entities in the Common Data Service default database. Business Central Common Data Service Base Solution is what other integrations will depend on. The base solution will allow users to map a Company entity to a Business Unit entity in Common Data Service.

For developing extensions that integrate with Common Data Service, 2020 release wave 1 will bring extensibility capabilities where proxies to Common Data Service tables can be created in Business Central, and these will be made extensible. This will allow for custom attributes to be synchronized and for additional tables to be added to the synchronization process. Support for mapping and transforming field values in the synchronization process are now available.

New installations of the CRM Sales integration will install on top of the new Business Central Common Data Service Base Solution, providing the capabilities described above to this solution.

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See also

Integrating with Common Data Service (docs)