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Analyze Dynamics 365 Business Central Data in Infragistics Reveal



Use CData Connect Cloud to create on OData API on top of Dynamics 365 Business Central data and visualize live Dynamics 365 Business Central data in Infragistics Reveal.

Reveal, an offering from Infragistics, serves as a data visualization tool that seamlessly integrates with CData Connect Cloud. Together, they empower users to deliver dynamic dashboards using real-time data from a diverse range of data sources, including Dynamics 365 Business Central data. In this article, we will guide you through the process of connecting to Dynamics 365 Business Central via Connect Cloud and subsequently linking Connect Cloud with Infragistics Reveal to construct a straightforward dashboard.

Connect to Dynamics 365 Business Central from Infragistics Reveal

To work with live Dynamics 365 Business Central data in Infragistics Reveal, we need to connect to Dynamics 365 Business Central from Connect Cloud, provide user access to the connection, and create OData endpoints for the Dynamics 365 Business Central data.

(Optional) Add a New Connect Cloud User

As needed, create Users to connect to Dynamics 365 Business Central through Connect Cloud.

  1. Navigate to the Users page and click Invite Users
  2. Enter the new user's email address and click Send to invite the user
  3. You can review and edit users from the Users page

Add a Personal Access Token

If you are connecting from a service, application, platform, or framework that does not support OAuth authentication, you can create a Personal Access Token (PAT) to use for authentication. Best practices would dictate that you create a separate PAT for each service, to maintain granularity of access.

  1. Click on your username at the top right of the Connect Cloud app and click User Profile.
  2. Oa the User Profile page, scroll down to the Personal Access Tokens section and click Create PAT.
  3. Give your PAT a name and click Create.
  4. The personal access token is only visible at creation, so be sure to copy it and store it securely for future use.

Connect to Dynamics 365 Business Central from Connect Cloud

CData Connect Cloud uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources.

  1. Log into Connect Cloud, click Connections and click Add Connection
  2. Select "Dynamics 365 Business Central" from the Add Connection panel
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Dynamics 365 Business Central.

    To authenticate to Dynamics 365 Business Central, you must provide the User and AccessKey properties.

    To obtain the User and AccessKey values, navigate to the Users page in Dynamics 365 Business Central and then click on Edit. The User Name and Web Service Access Key values are what you will enter as the User and AccessKey connection string properties. Note that the User Name is not your email address. It is a shortened user name.

    To connect to data, specify OrganizationUrl. If you have multiple companies in your organization, you must also specify the Company to indicate which company you would like to connect to. Company does not need to be specified if you have only one company.

  4. Click Create & Test
  5. Navigate to the Permissions tab in the Add Dynamics 365 Business Central Connection page and update the User-based permissions.

Add Dynamics 365 Business Central OData Endpoints in Connect Cloud

After connecting to Dynamics 365 Business Central, create OData Endpoints for the desired table(s).

  1. Navigate to the OData page and click Add to create new OData endpoints
  2. Select the Dynamics 365 Business Central connection (e.g. D365BusinessCentral1) and click Next
  3. Select the table(s) you wish to work with and click Confirm

With the connection and OData endpoints configured, you are ready to connect to Dynamics 365 Business Central data from Infragistics Reveal.

Create a Dashboard in Reveal

With Connect Cloud configured, we can visualize Dynamics 365 Business Central data in Reveal.

  1. Log into Reveal and click Dashboards -> New
  2. Click Data Sources -> OData Feed
  3. Specify the Connect Cloud OData API endpoint URL (found on the OData page): https://cloud.cdata.com/api/odata/service
  4. Select Generic Credentials and
    • Set Username to a Connect Cloud username (e.g. [email protected])
    • Set Password to the PAT for the user
  5. Select the entity you wish to visualize
  6. Select fields and choose a chart type

More Information & Free Trial

At this point, you have created a simple dashboard from live Dynamics 365 Business Central data. For more information on creating OData feeds from Dynamics 365 Business Central (and more than 100 other sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working live Dynamics 365 Business Central data in tools that consume OData APIs.