After an extensive preview period, Microsoft has announced that the Dual-write feature is finally Generally Available. This near real-time, bi-directional integration between the Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations apps (now Dynamics 365 Finance & Dynamics 365 SCM) and the Common Data Service (CDS) makes it easier to create business applications that leverage features and data across the whole Dynamics 365 suite of products.
According to Microsoft’s documentation, “the dual-write infrastructure follows the no-code/low-code principle, with minimal engineering effort required to extend the standard integration mappings”. The coverage of entities and features in Dual-write can be expected to keep growing beyond the initial release, which makes CDS central for any organization that’s leveraging the Enterprise ERP features of Dynamics 365. This is verified by the data integration vision stated in the documentation for one such ERP app, Dynamics 365 Human Resources:
Going forward, Dynamics 365 Human Resources is making Common Data Service the preferred public interface for HR data. Over time, we expect that all the most important data managed by HR will be exposed in CDS. We recommend CDS as the technology of choice for most integrating applications.
Dual-write has potentially a significant impact on how business applications can be built, customized, integrated as well as licensed on top of Microsoft Power Platform. In my Thinking Forward blog I’ve reflected on both the origins of this ERP+CRM integration as well as the implications for how customer specific solutions are to be developed with the ever expanding footprint of Dynamics 365 apps in the Common Data Service. Read more at: “United at last: Dynamics 365 Dual-write goes GA”.