Video: Microsoft Common Data Service Connects All of Your Apps to a Central Data Repository

As a business matures, users of its on-premise and cloud services often find themselves needing to move data across platforms in order to connect old and new applications together. Making apps “talk” to each other is not always as easy as it sounds. Common Data Service (CDS) from Microsoft allows users to bring all of their data stores together and then connect that data to services and custom apps.

CDS is well-integrated with Microsoft Dynamics 365 giving you the power to bring all of your enterprise data together and use it across the board with Power BI (measure), PowerApps (act) and Microsoft Flow (automate). The data is stored securely in entities. An entity is a set of fields used to store the data in a method similar to tables used in a database.

Power users can leverage PowerApps to build rich applications using that data for custom entities, custom fields, productivity add-ins to access data from Excel and Outlook, role-based security and globalization for translation of entity and field names into other languages. Entities are easy to manage, share, secure and create rich metadata, productivity tools and picklists.

Common Data Service is available through a standard Microsoft SaaS model along with PowerApps on a per-user service licensing basis. As your company grows, you can add users to the PowerApps environment, and the database will scale to meet your demand. Furthermore, although Microsoft fully manages the database, it also provides an admin center if you ever need to fine-tune roles, security or other features. In addition to the power user implementation, there is also a version for developers who will work directly with Azure, Azure Logic Apps, etc.

For more information about Common Data Service, watch this free video: “PowerApps and the Common Data Service.”

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