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Integrate Live Dynamics 365 Business Central Data into Custom Business Apps Built in Power Apps

Use the CData Cloud Hub to create a virtual SQL Server Database for Dynamics 365 Business Central data and integrate live Dynamics 365 Business Central data into apps built in Microsoft Power Apps.

Power Apps is a service for building and using custom business apps that connect to your data and work across the web and mobile — without the time and expense of custom software development. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Dynamics 365 Business Central data from the apps you build using Power Apps. This article shows how to connect the Cloud Hub from Power Apps and build an app based on live Dynamics 365 Business Central data.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure SQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Dynamics 365 Business Central, allowing you to easily integrate with live Dynamics 365 Business Central data in Power Apps — without replicating the data. The CData Cloud Hub looks exactly like a SQL Server database to Power Apps and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Dynamics 365 Business Central, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Dynamics 365 Business Central data.

Create a Virtual SQL Database for Dynamics 365 Business Central Data

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

  1. Login to Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "Dynamics 365 Business Central" from Available Data Sources.
  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 Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connecting to the CData Cloud Hub

To use the Cloud Hub to integrate Dynamics 365 Business Central data into your Power Apps, you need a new SQL Server connection:

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Data -> Connections -> New connection
  3. Select SQL Server
  4. In the connection wizard:

    • Choose to connect directly
    • Set SQL server name to the address of your Cloud Hub instance (myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Set SQL database name to the name of the virtual Dynamics 365 Business Central database you created earlier (like d365businesscentraldb)
    • Set the Username and Password and click Create

Building a Data-Centric App for Dynamics 365 Business Central Data

With the connection to the Cloud Hub configured, you are ready to integrate live Dynamics 365 Business Central data into the apps you build in Power Apps.

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Create, hover over "Start from data" and click Make this app
  3. Select the SQL Server connection you created
  4. Search for or choose a table to work with
  5. Click Connect
  6. Customize the newly created app just like you would any other, including changing the layout and setting the fields exposed in BrowseScreen, DetailScreen, and EditScreen

At this point, you have an app with read and write access to live Dynamics 365 Business Central data that you can save and publish for use within your organization.

SQL Access to Dynamics 365 Business Central Data from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live Dynamics 365 Business Central data from Microsoft Power Apps. You can create more connections and apps to drive business — all without replicating Dynamics 365 Business Central data.

To get SQL data access to 100+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Cloud Hub.