Dynamics 365 Spring 2018 Update: Common Data Service

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The Dynamics 365 Spring 2018 release coincides with the new release of Power Apps and the Common Data Service. This release brought about a significant change to the Common Data Service – dividing them into two different areas. Common Data Service for Apps and Common Data Service for Analytics. Our upcoming webinar Spring Release: The Common Data Service and Dynamics 365 will go through all of the changes and enhancements in this new release and how the new Common Data Service for Apps interacts with the Dynamics 365 application platform.

In this blog, we will touch on some of the enhancements that will be discussed in the webinar. Be sure to register to learn about all the new features!

Integrations – Field Service

There is now data integration support between Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations and Dynamics 365 for Field Service. This new functionality includes:

  • Enabling invoicing of Dynamics 365 for Field Service work orders and agreements in Finance and Operations.
  • Integration of warehouse information with on-hand inventory, item reservations, usage, adjustments, and transfers.
  • Support for purchase order integration with synchronization of vendors, purchase orders, and receipts.

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Integrations – Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation

An integration solution using the Common Data Service enables synchronized data between Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations and Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation. The solution enables the flow of data for several scenarios including the following:

  • Maintain project contracts in Project Service Automation and synchronize them directly from Project Service Automation to Finance and Operations.
  • Create projects in Project Service Automation and synchronize them directly from Project Service Automation to Finance and Operations.
  • Maintain project contract lines in Project Service Automation and synchronize them directly from Project Service Automation to Finance and Operations.

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Server-Side Logic for Validation

The addition of Business Rules on the Common Data Service for Apps entities now enables you to build business logic for Apps. You can use the Business Rules to:

  • Set default values for fields based on specific parameters.
  • Create validation logic for any entity field or a combination of fields.
  • Trigger workflows and processes from Business Rule logic.

Additional Sorting Release highlights include:

  • 27 new connectors for PowerApps – connectors for Excel Online, Microsoft To-Do, ServiceNow, Workday and Azure SQL Data Warehouse, along with many more
  • Import data into Common Data Service for Apps with Power Query. Now you can use Power Query on the web to directly import data into the Common Data Service for Apps from different data sources
  • Support for additional data types. Additional data types support more complex entity definitions. New types include Multi Select Option Sets

Want to learn more about this subject and more? The Spring 2018 Update Webinar Series is an excellent resource for staying up to date on the latest CRM and ERP changes for Dynamics 365. Plus, it’s all FREE! Register for one or more sessions now.

Happy Dynamics 365’ing!

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