4 Tips for Building an OData API with Dynamics Virtual Entities

You read my last post and decided Microsoft Dynamics 365’s Virtual Entities (VE) may be the right solution for you. Welcome to Step 2: Building a custom OData API to leverage VE within Dynamics 365.

There are numerous tutorials for creating an OData API in .NET, but we’ll be focusing on how to ensure your OData API integrates with Dynamics with minimal headaches. The current dearth of VE documentation can be frustrating, so we did some homework to make your life easier. Here are our 4 main discoveries, shared to help you avoid shooting yourself in the foot:

  1. Overview of how Dynamics makes OData Calls
  2. Limitation of entity joins
  3. .NET Configuration
  4. Debugging

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Virtual Entities: Are they a fit for your production environment?

If you were excited about the release of Virtual Entities as part of Microsoft Dynamics 365, you were probably equally puzzled about the limited documentation available. There is virtually (pun intended) no information on integrating Virtual Entities (VE) into a production environment. Many examples online don’t go beyond a “Hello World” integration using the Purdue course API. Fortunately, we have investigated Virtual Entities for a few  of our clients and wanted to share our discoveries as to the limitations and benefits.

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Harness the Power of Web Scraping

Ever heard this old joke?

“What’s the difference between minor and major surgery?”

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Digital Twins: Virtual Life in the Real World

8 minute read

“We will never make productivity gains like we did with the Industrial Revolution.”

This statement, made at a lecture I recently attended, really stuck with me because I disagreed with it so strongly.

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Climbing Your Adoption Everest

You’ve painstakingly selected and implemented technology that optimizes your business processes. Why aren’t your employees using it?

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Preparing Your Global Business for AI

6 minute read

The World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) prides itself on preparing everyone, from college students to CEOs, for success in the global economy. Its quarterly AGILE Innovation Series is a space for international business leaders to come together, hear and discuss new ideas. Over the years, they’ve covered everything from cybersecurity to fashion.

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Inject Intelligence into Your Reporting

5 minute read

We’ve got some good news and some bad news. As is tradition, let’s start with the bad news.

Bad News: Businesses are drowning in distributed data. There’s so much to know and – thanks to cloud computing and IoT – it’s so far-flung that a data warehouse could never contain it and static reporting could never convey it.

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Integration in the Real World

5 minute read

Integration is the elephant in the room these days. As Gartner predicted way back in 2012, it’s consuming more resources than ever before because it’s more necessary than ever before. The explosion of cloud-enabled SaaS products means most companies are spending more on integration than development.

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