The message should have gotten through load and clear by now, customisation of Dynamics 365 for Operations (AX7) should, wherever possible, be done using Extensions. Your development team should have seen this being hammered home by Microsoft and the D365 community over the past months and especially since Microsoft told us that the Application Suite will be sealed by spring 2018. So how do you stop your development team from falling back on old habits by using their tried and test over layering techniques?
When Microsoft started releasing hotfixes for the Dynamics AX 2012 R3 release they made our lives a little harder. If you had just one or two hotfixes load it wasn’t too bad but as eventually you find yourself loading a hotfix that has hundreds of dependant hotfixes and suddenly your model store has a list of models a mile long in it. So, when you’re promoting code from your Development system through to Test and Production you need to be sure that you have all the right hotfixes loaded and with a long list of models in each model store, you can easily make a mistake and miss something.
Let’s continue our journey looking at how Microsoft Flow can be used to build integrations for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations (also known as AX7).
- Part 1 – how Microsoft Flow works in general and how it connects to AX7; example of creating records via OData
- Part 2 – introduction to the on-premises data gateway, to work with files on the local computer or a local network share; example of uploading local file data into AX7 via OData
This latest post gives examples of how to export data from Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations (AX7) into your local file system in JSON, XML, or CSV formats using Microsoft Flow. It assumes that the Microsoft Flow on-premises data gateway is already installed and configured – if not, refer to Part 2 of the series.
- Based on recurring schedule (trigger),
- Query all customer records from AX (action),
- Transform the data into required format (action),
- Write the data into a file in the local file system (action).