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Let’s get to know Microsoft business solutions. ERP, CRM, BI, AI, Cloud and beyond.

Let’s get to know Microsoft business solutions. ERP, CRM, BI, AI, Cloud and beyond.

In this article, I will introduce you to Microsoft business solutions. Microsoft invests a lot in business solutions. As a result, new products are constantly being released, or the name and content of an existing product may change. This is sometimes confusing even for us. I will try to explain each box in the picture below without going into much detail.

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Finance and Operations

The general name of the ERP product, formerly known as Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta), bought and incorporated by Microsoft.

Dynamics 365 Finance

It is a product that includes financial affairs modules of Dynamics AX, formerly known as Dynamics AX. It is a powerful product that allows medium and large-scale companies to easily manage their financial affairs processes, including Accounting, Finance, Budget, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Bank, Fixed Assets and similar modules. It has ERP infrastructure, so it can be extended with X++ and new functions can be added. Also, localization and suitable E-Transformation modules are provided by business partners.

Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management

It is a product in which the trade and logistics modules of Dynamics AX (former name) are collected. It is a powerful product that medium and large-scale companies can easily manage their trade, logistics and production processes with Sales, Purchasing, WMS, TMS, Customer, Supplier, Product, Stock, Production and similar modules. It has ERP infrastructure, so it can be extended with X++ and new functions can be added. In addition, there are many additional modules developed by the partner ecosystem such as Payroll, Check Bond, Credit, Online Marketplace Management, Cargo Management.

Dynamics 365 Project Service Automation

The Project Service Automation (PSA) product enables you to effectively monitor and manage project-based services from initial quotation through sales to invoicing. Some of its features are:

  • Planning projects, creating forecasts and work plans
  • Forecasting and tracking project cost and revenue
  • Forecasting resource requirements for pipeline projects
  • Monitoring project status and cost consumption
  • Managing the quoting, pricing and invoicing processes for projects
  • Assigning and managing resources

In addition, it helps you track and control costs for your project-based work, and you can easily track project time and expenses on a mobile device or using a web browser. It uses the CRM infrastructure. It works with F&O and MS Project.

Dynamics 365 Project Operation

Dynamics 365 Project Operation will be available for preview in June 2020 and is scheduled to be available from October 2020. Due to the corona epidemic, these dates may change.

Microsoft says it will be an end-to-end project management application from opportunity to project accounting. The existing Dynamics 365 Project Service Automation (PSA) application will combine the features of Microsoft Project and Dynamics 365 Finance. The new application will include Project’s planning and Scheduling capabilities which are not available in Microsoft Project’s PSA application. It will use the Common Data Service infrastructure, so it will be customizable and extensible with the Power Platform. It will include all of Dynamics 365 Finance’s existing project management, accounting and expense management capabilities. Most likely it will replace PSA and be used in the future.

Dynamics 365 Guides

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Guides is a mixed-reality application for Microsoft HoloLens that enables operators to learn by giving holographic instructions when and where they need it during their workflow. It is mainly designed for educational use. Instructions can be created with videos and 3D holographic models. Operators see what needs to be done and where it is done. Therefore, they make fewer mistakes and can acquire new skills. New instructions can be created without writing any code. It uses the CDS Infrastructure.  HoloLens unfortunately is not yet sold in Turkey. You can import it from abroad.

Dynamics 365 Finance Insights

It is an artificial intelligence application that integrates AI and BI such as customer payment forecasts, budget proposals, financial predictions and cash flow forecasting, and can connect to many different sources and receive data. It provides better financial decisions and actions by taking advantage of artificial intelligence without the need to write code. It uses the CDS infrastructure, so it can be customized and extended with Power Platform. The release date may vary depending on the Corona epidemic, but is expected in the second half of this year.

Dynamics 365 Human Resources

Dynamics 365 Human Resource, formerly known as Talent, is a product that covers all end-to-end processes for human resources management. It supports the entire employee life cycle. All processes from recruitment, employee management to talent management are integrated.

It has integrations with LinkedIn Talent for recruitment and Dynamics 365 Finance for finance. It also works with LinkedIn Learning and Dynamics 365 Guides for training, certification tracking, and employee progress tracking. It uses the CDS infrastructure, so it can be customized and extended with Power Platform.

Dynamics 365 Commerce

Dynamics 365 Commerce is a comprehensive product that addresses all the capabilities of Dynamics 365 Retail as well as all retail needs and combines it with ERP and CRM. It uses the ERP infrastructure, so it can be customized with X++. Type Script is used on the pos side. In addition, with the E-Commerce plugin, the missing part on this side was also fixed. Retail is one of the industries that Microsoft invests the most. It is constantly developing and gaining new capabilities in the product.

Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection focuses on payment fraud protection and related scenarios in e-commerce. It helps e-commerce merchants reduce fraud loss, increase bank acceptance rates to generate higher revenue, and improve online shopping experience for their customers. It is a cloud-based AI service. It uses the CDS infrastructure and is designed to work with the retail solution.

Dynamics 365 Connected Store

Dynamics 365 Connected Store is a service that uses cloud-based AI, Azure IoT and Machine Learning capabilities for physical stores. It uses the CDS infrastructure. It is expected to be available this year. It helps store managers and professionals working in retail make better decisions by getting information from many different sources, such as video cameras and IoT sensors.

Dynamics 365 Connected Store creates employee alerts that can increase store efficiency. For example, if there is a malfunction in the cooling of the refrigerator, it can alert the employee; when there is a rush in the cash register, it can notify the officer in the aisle to support the cash register. Connected Store reveals event patterns by examining in-store customer and product mobility data. Connected Store can be used with Commerce product.

Dynamics 365 Business Central

Formerly known as Dynamics NAV, it is an ERP software that enables small and medium-sized enterprises to follow all of their processes. Unlike Dynamics Nav, it does not use the C/SIDE development platform. It provides the ability to customize screens and lists.  It is not yet available in Turkey.

Dynamics 365 Market Insights

The product was discontinued. It was decided to continue with Customer Insights.

Dynamics 365 Customer Insights

Customer Insights is an AI-powered customer data platform that provides clear insights and personalized customer experiences. It uses the CDS infrastructure and can receive data directly from many different data sources. It enables high-speed analytical operations using Microsoft Azure and Power Platform. It provides many different analytical perspectives on the customer.

Dynamics 365 Product Insights

Dynamics 365 Product Insights automatically collects data from businesses’ products and services and enables customers to transform this data into insights. With this data-driven view, businesses can transform in many areas. For example, product development, production, sales, customer service processes can be reconfigured with data from Product Insights.  The application that brings together BI and AI uses the CDS infrastructure.

Dynamics 365 Marketing

It is the product of what is formerly named as Dynamics CRM which includes marketing modules. It has built-in business intelligence.  It uses the CRM infrastructure.  It can be extended with the power platform. Some of its features are:

  • Creating graphical email messages and online content to support marketing incentives
  • Designing interactive customer journeys to develop leads with personalized experiences
  • Reviewing candidates on LinkedIn
  • Sharing information between teams
  • Getting to know your leads better
  • Analyzing and documenting your marketing return on investment (MROI)
  • Prioritizing leads for better achievements
  • Making survey results more actionable
  • Configuring and extending the application

Dynamics 365 Sales

It is the product of what is formerly named as Dynamics CRM which includes sales related modules. It enables sales representatives to build stronger relationships with their customers, take action based on predictions, and close sales faster. Dynamics 365 Sales tracks accounts and contacts, feeds your sales from lead to order. It allows you to create marketing lists and campaigns, and even track service requests associated with specific accounts and deals. It uses the CRM infrastructure.  It is a model-based application developed on the Common Data Service (CDS) platform. In this way, you can make additions using Power Apps.

Dynamics 365 Sales Insights

Dynamics 365 Sales Insights is an AI application that uses the CDS infrastructure. It constantly analyzes the vast collection of customer engagement data stored in your Dynamics 365 Sales and Office 365 databases. This helps you better understand your business relationships, evaluate your previous activities and choose the best from the options available. It also allows you to build stronger relationships with customers, take insightful actions and close opportunities faster. There is a free version that comes with Dynamics 365 Sales and also a paid version. The features of the two versions are shown in the picture below.

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Dynamics 365 Product Visualize (Preview)

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Product Visualize allows you to see the Product Visualize product with augmented reality as if it were in a real environment. In this way, you will have the opportunity to observe how a machine to be used in production will be located on the factory floor. This helps establish a common understanding between buyers and sellers to speed up complex sales processes. In industries such as manufacturing, healthcare and automotive where products are often complex and highly configurable, or very difficult to transport, the need for product visualization is vital.

Using Dynamics 365 Product Visualize, vendors can show products to customers directly within their Dynamics 365 Sales workflows. It can leverage directly from Microsoft Teams to deliver critical customer-oriented solutions to improve vendors’ collaboration and accelerate the sales process. It needs SharePoint and Dynamics 365 Sales for setup. It uses the CDS infrastructure. The exact release date is not yet determined.

Dynamics 365 Customer Service

It is the product of what is formerly named as Dynamics CRM which includes customer service related modules. Dynamics 365 Customer Service is a model-based application developed on the Common Data Service (CDS) platform. You can create and manage model-based applications using Power Apps.

With Dynamics 365 Customer Service, you can:

  • Track customer problems through service requests.
  • Record all service request related interactions.
  • Share information in the knowledge bank.
  • Create queues and route service requests to the right channels.
  • Create and monitor service levels with Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
  • Define service conditions through support rights.
  • Manage performance and productivity through reports and dashboards.
  • Create and schedule services.

Dynamics 365 Customer Service Insights

Dynamics 365 Customer Service Insights provides critical performance metrics, transactional data, and trends evolving from your customer service system. Built-in dashboards, interactive charts, and visual filters support operational data across channels and highlight areas of improvement that will have the most impact, helping you quickly assess and respond to key performance.

Customer Service Insights uses artificial intelligence for your support service requests using natural language processing. Topics allow you to discover current and emerging trends, identify improvement, brand return, and problem areas. By demonstrating and fixing issues before they affect customers, you can create better customer service experiences. It is an application where AI and BI come together and can be connected to many different CDS-based data sources.

Dynamics 365 Field Service

Dynamics 365 Field Service business application is a product that organizations can use for field and service automation. The application provides mobile capabilities for many different jobs such as workflow, automation, scheduling algorithms, and on-site troubleshooting. It is a model-based application developed on the Common Data Service (CDS) platform.

Field Service application allows:

  • Completing weekly service calls per technician
  • İzleme çalışmalarınızı yönetmek ve satın yararlanmanıza ve çapraz satış fırsatları
  • Reducing travel time, distance and vehicle wear
  • Organizing and monitoring, resolving customer problems
  • Notifying the correct arrival time to customers
  • Providing the field technician with the correct account and hardware history
  • Scheduling on-site visits when convenient for the customer
  • Scheduling on-site visits when convenient for the customer
  • Preventing equipment downtime thanks to preventive maintenance

Dynamics 365 Remote Assist

It is a mixed reality product that enables remote support and similar operations with mobile devices using HoloLens and HoloLens2.  It has areas of use such as Collaborative Maintenance and Repair, Remote Inspections, and Knowledge Sharing and Training.   It can work with Dynamics 365 Field Service and other CRM products. It uses the CDS infrastructure. HoloLens is not yet available in Turkey. It has to be imported from abroad.

Microsoft Forms Pro

Forms Pro is a simple yet comprehensive survey solution based on Microsoft Forms’ current experience of creating surveys in Office 365. It is built on Microsoft Forms and offers new features that make capturing and analyzing customer and employee feedback easier than ever. Your customers can respond to surveys using any web browser or mobile device. Once responses are submitted, you can use Power BI to analyze them with reports and make real-time decisions. It supports the CDS infrastructure.

Dynamics 365 Layout (Canceled)

Microsoft Power Platform

It is the name of Microsoft’s product group that enables us to develop software solutions without writing code or using very little code (low-code / no code). This product family is based on CDS and consists of the following products.

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Power BI

Power BI is a collection of software services, applications, and connectors that work together to transform your unrelated data sources into consistent, visually understandable, and impressive ones.

Power Apps

Power Apps is a platform that contains applications, services, connectors that provide a fast application development environment to create custom applications for your business needs. Using Power Apps, you can easily develop mobile applications by getting data from CDS (Common Data Service) or various online and in-house data sources (SharePoint, Excel, Office 365, Dynamics 365, SQL Server, etc.).

Power Automate

Power Automate is a service that helps you synchronize files, receive notifications, collect data and more by creating automated workflows between your favorite apps and services. With the many connectors available, you can set up workflows between applications.

Power Virtual Agents

Power Virtual Agents is a product where you can create powerful bots using a code-free graphical interface without the need for a software developer or data scientist.  Power Virtual Agents tackles many important bot building issues in the industry today. It eliminates the gap between subject matter experts and the development teams that create the bots, and the long delay between teams recognizing a problem and updating the bot to fix it. It also minimizes the IT effort required to install and maintain a custom speech solution.

Dozens of articles can be written for each topic here. I wanted to introduce business solutions to you in general. The picture below provides a general summary.

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Microsoft continues to invest heavily in business solutions. For this reason, there are frequent updates, new products and name changes, but there is no other service provider that can solve all the needs of a certain organization under one roof. Operating system, Office applications, SQL, Cloud services (Azure), HoloLens, AI, AoT, ML and similar services, CRM, ERP, BI and Low Code platforms all work integrated with each other and offer the same user experience. They have created an enormous range of products. It is not surprising that it became a leading supplier in a short time. I think that these applications will be used much more commonly, especially when the issues related to Law on Protection of Personal Data in our country become clear and safe countries agreements are made. Of course, we also have a currency problem. I hope this can be resolved in a short time.

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TAGs: Microsoft Dynamics 365, MsDyn365FO, MsDyn365CE, MsDyn365, Dynamics 365 Insights Power BI, Power Automate, Power Apss, Power Virtual Agents, what is Dynamics 365, Dynamics 365 ERP, Dynamics 365 CRM

X++ :1- Extended Data Types Nedir?

Bu yazı ile yeni bir seriye başlıyorum. Bu seride X++ dilinin temel özelliklerinden bahsedeceğim. X++ C++ üzerinden geliştirilen bir nesne tabanlı dildir. Yazımı oldukça kolay olan bu dil özellikle veri yönetiminde çok güçlüdür. ERP temelde veriye dayandığı için X++ uygulamada çok kolaylık sağlıyor.

Temel veri tipleri şunlardır.

Anytype A placeholder for any data type.
Booleans Can only contain the values false and true.
Dates Contains day, month, and year.
Enums An abbreviation for enumerated text—a set of literals.
GUIDs A globally unique identifier.
Integers A number without a decimal point. To declare an integer, use the keyword int.
Reals Numbers with a decimal point; also called decimals.
Strings A number of characters. To declare a string, use the keyword str.
TimeOfDay Contains hours, minutes, and seconds. To declare a time, use the system type timeOfDay.
utcdatetime Contains year, month, day, hour, minute and second.

Bu tiplerin üzerin formatlı veri tipleri oluşturulur. Bunlara kısaca EDT diyoruz. EDT bize birçok avantaj sağlıyor. Bir örnek ile açıklamaya çalışacağım. AOT üzerinden sistemde olan EDT’lere bakabilir ve kullanabilirsiniz. Bu seride kullanmak üzere bir Kitap yönetimi projesi başlattım. FDBookTable ve ilişkili veri tiplerini oluşturacağım.

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Yeni Bir element ekleme ekranını açıp Data Types -> EDT String seçiyoruz.

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FDBookId adında bir kitap kodu EDT’si oluşturuyorum. String Size 20 olarak belirledim. Mutlaka Label tanımlamak gerekiyor. Her veri tipine göre EDT özellikleri değişiklik gösteriyor. Table Relations ve Table References EDT üzerinden ana tablo bağlantısı yapmak için kullanılıyor. İlerde örneklerini anlatacağım.

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Şimdi bir tane de Integer tipinde bir EDT oluşturalım.

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Yine Label tanımlamak lazım. Integer olduğunda birçok ilişkili özellik geliyor.

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Bu sadeye iki tane farklı tipte EDT oluşturduk. Artık bu formatlı veri tiplerini kullandığımız tüm yerlerde aynı özellikler geçerli olacak. Örneğin FDBookId kullandığım yer yerde otomatik StringSize 20 olarak gelecek. Formlar dâhil. Ayrıca EDT’leri kodda da direk kullanıyoruz. Örneğin bir str tipinde değişken oluşturmuyoruz BookId için. Direk FDBookId tipinde değişken oluşturuyoruz.

Selamlar.

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TAGs: X++, EDT, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operation, Dynamics AX, MsDyn365FO, MsDyn365CE, MsDyn365, Power BI, Power Automate, Dynamics 365 ERP, Dynamics 365 CRM

What are the Visual Studio Basic Settings for Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Developments?

In this article, I will talk about some of the basic settings we made for Visual Studio, the Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations development environment. First of all, I have to say that for those who have used the MorphX IDE for 15 years like me, there is an adaptation period. Drag and drop is not like what we are used to. Compiling and seeing what you have done quickly is still a little different, but X++ is basically the same. You will adapt in a short time. Sometimes, you may complain like me about the missing features, but the innovations that come are far beyond these deficiencies. So we should look at the bright side and move forward.

We can say that we X++ developers were developing software with an old method, and the new version actually upgraded us. We have caught up on the current software development methodology. From this point of view, it seems like we are in the right place. I don’t know of any other application that contains such an advanced and up-to-date software language. Let’s appreciate X++. JIn fact, with this update, a project was carried out to completely replace X++ and switch to C#, but it was not successful. In my opinion, X++ will last as long as the product is available. Perhaps one day we can even see X++ as an independent language. This is a dream, of course, there is no such plan. But why not? Currently, we can quickly develop a web page completely independent of the design layer. There is actually a framework that will take care of the basic web needs of many businesses.

Let’s talk about some settings that are useful for you to do before starting development in Visual Studio. First, let’s look at the Options section under the Dynamics 365 menu.

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When you open the Dynamics 365->Projects page from the screen that appears, there are two options. First, it creates folders according to your object types and makes your project more compact. We used to use tools or project templates for this, but they are no longer needed. Second, it starts synchronization when you create a new object. This is a matter of preference, but I don’t want it to work every time since it would slow down my speed. Of course, do not forget to synchronize manually afterwards. Especially your tables and data structures will not work properly.

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I’m leaving the settings in the Build section as is. Sometimes, if you want Best practices not to work, you can remove them from here.

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You can choose which Best Practices will work here. My choice is based on my point of view. You can choose all the necessary ones. Compiling will be a little slow. It is possible to add new rules here. I will talk about it separately.

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Here I check the Line numbers box. Be careful with Work Wrap, it can be confusing. I’m in favor of not using it. Word Wrap is a feature used to display long lines with Scroll or underlines. Moving to the bottom line can be confusing in LineNumber. It is best not to write too long lines and use it on a wide screen. If you are in a mobile environment like me, you will manage with a 14 inch screen.

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Complete the basic settings by clicking OK. Now open the Team-Team Project Collection Settings->Source Control screen.

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Here you can adjust Check-out and Check-in settings. I disable multiple Check-out. This is up to you. It feels right to me. After check-out is done, automatic get latest is a feature that is very useful in my opinion. Make sure it is checked.

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There are good features in the Check-in Policy section. For example, you can create a Changeset Comment Policy and allow developers to enter comments in a certain format.

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In this article, I have talked about the basic Visual Studio settings for DevBox. Visual Studio is a very advanced tool. Besides these, there are many settings and features. You will get used to it in time. A topic I want to mention here is naming and adding comments. In the old version, these had very clear rules. But in the new version, I have not yet settled on what the best method is with Extension and TFS. We try different things for each project depending on the team. I am planning to write an article about this.

Regards.

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TAGs: Microsoft Life Cycle Services, LCS, Azure, Azure DevOps, Visual Studio, Microsoft Dynamics 365, MsDyn365FO, MsDyn365CE, MsDyn365, Dynamics 365 Insights Power BI, Power Automate, Power Apps, Power Virtual Agents, what is Dynamics 365, Dynamics 365 ERP, Dynamics 365 CRM

Linking Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Branch Logic and Local Folders to a Azure DevOps project.

In this article, using version control for Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations is now a must. It was also possible to use it in older versions, but it did not work very well, so we used version control in only a few of the projects I have worked on until now. Of course, our development environment is Visual Studio, which makes it very easy.  Now let’s look at how to adjust some basic settings that are required at the beginning of the project and the Branch logic. Branch allows you to manage your code and developers to work independently. There are many Branch strategies available. I am not an expert on this subject, so I try to use the simpler versions. The 3 most used approaches are as follows. Main, Main and Dev, Main, Dev and Release. You can use these 3 different methods. For more information, you can review the Branching strategies article. I usually use the Dev and Main structure. If the project is small and there are no other developers other than you, you can just continue with Main. When there is a single Branch, merging is not required, you can bring to live faster, but when you do not want to bring certain things, you need to work with Dev at the very least because one Branch does not cut it. Let’s look at how the first definitions are made.

I explained how to connect Azure DevOps over LCS in my previous articles. When you establish this connection, the following Trunk folder will be created in your Azure DevOps project. You have to keep this structure. Initial creation process creates Main as a folder. You have to change this to Branch from Visual Studio. I couldn’t get the screenshot because I didn’t have a brand new environment, so the image shows Main Branch.

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To turn a folder into Branch, you have to open the Source Control Explorer screen from Visual Studio, right-click the folder and select Branching and Merging -> Convert to Branch.

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Now, using the model I created in my previous article, let’s associate the Metadata and Projects folders with our Azure DevOps project. Don’t let the images mislead you. Since I don’t have a brand new environment, I took the screenshots from a previously processed environment, but the logic is the same. First of all, this project only includes Main. If you are going to work with Dev, all development environments must be connected to Dev. The process is the same.  Open the Source Control Explorer screen.

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In brand new environment, there is no folder under Metadata and Project. Just ignore them. Now we can associate the Azure DevOps folders on the left with the folders in our virtual machine. Click on the Not Mapped link.

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Map to K:\AosService\PackagesLocalDirectory. Selecting the folder automatically adds Metadata. Don’t forget to delete it. Complete the process by clicking Map.

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I create the K:\VSProject folder. This is not a must, but it is useful to keep the path short.

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Similarly, when you are on the Projects folder, click the Not mapped link. I associate it with K:\VSProjects. Here it directly adds Projects as well, be careful. I delete it. Complete the process by clicking Map.

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At this point, you have linked your folders. However, you have not specified which files will be included in the version control. Let’s create these connections using the Model and project I created in my previous article. I had a package called DmrWMS. Right click on the Metadata and click Add Item to Folder. Find your package in the window that opens.

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Go to the Descriptor folder and select the xml file that has the same name as the package. This file contains our package and model information.

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After you continue and see it in the Item to add section, click Finish.

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Actually, our codes are stored under the model, but since we are linking this through the project, no further additions are required. If it is not added by default, you can add your project by clicking Add Item to Folder. You only need to add metadata and code to the version control.  When you check, you can see all your codes in the DmrWMS model folder. Do not be confused by the same model and package name.

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Now let’s add a job to our project and see how it looks in version control.

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While creating my project, I marked it as add to version control. I can also add it later. So when I create a new object it is automatically created in my model folder.

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I can see my pending Check Ins in the Pending Changes section. There are 3 files. These are the must have ones. My project file, My package file, and Job. Let’s Check In and see our development on Azure DevOps.

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If you have reached this stage, you are ready to develop. We saw the same structure on Azure DevOps. Now we can test and go live after Build operation.

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In this article, I tried to explain the required Azure DevOps and Devbox machine’s first folder association for a new project and how to connect the model, package and project we just created. This is a much more comprehensive topic, but I wanted to at least make an introduction. I will cover it in more detail later. For example, in Branch logic, there is no single truth, everyone has different experiences. It is also necessary to make changes when it is required to decide according to the team and the project. There are many people who do not have any experience in Dynamics 365 but are Azure DevOps experts, you can get assistance from them. But it is always useful to explain the unique features of Dynamics 365. You will produce a better solution.

Regards.

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TAGs: Microsoft Life Cycle Services, LCS, Azure, Azure DevOps, Project onboarding, Microsoft Dynamics 365, MsDyn365FO, MsDyn365CE, MsDyn365, Dynamics 365 Insights Power BI, Power Automate, Power Apss, Power Virtual Agents, what is Dynamics 365, Dynamics 365 ERP, Dynamics 365 CRM

What is the Model and Package for Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations and How to Create It?

In this article, I will talk about the 2nd step required to start development when you start a new project for Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations. I mentioned the first step in my previous article. I explained how we can connect a new DevBox Deploy to our Azure DevOps project. In this article, I will try to explain how to create a new Model and Package and what they do.

A model is usually a distributable software solution and can contain customizations of an existing solution or it can be a new solution. It is a structure that contains Metadata and source code files. A model always belongs to a package. Package includes one or more models. The package includes model Metadata, Binary files and other associated resources. One or more packages can be made into a Deployable package. The deployable package is used to move code to test and live environments.

To create a model, go to Dynamics 365->Model Management->Create Model.

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Fill in the required information for the model. Model name is important. You need to name it knowing that you will use it constantly and see it everywhere.

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You will see two options when you continue with Next. If this is your first model, you will want to create it in the package with the model. Therefore, choose the one above. If you already have a package and want to create a new model in it, you should choose the second one.

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This is one of the most important parts. Here you should select the reference of the standard packages you will need in the model you will create. For basic development needs, those shown in the image plus Dimension and Directory will suffice. You should not select all of them here, since it will affect your package size and compilation speed.

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When you continue, you will see the last screen. If the information is correct, you can click Finish.  If you want to set this model as the default model, don’t forget to check it. The default model can be changed later from the Config file. If you want to create it in a new project, you can use the relevant checkbox.

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The automatic project creation screen is opened. We create a Dynamics 365 Finance Operations project. Pay attention to naming the project, you can use the previous approach. My logic includes Company Code + Person + Project name. For example. Such as DmrFDTrvLedgerJournalCreate. Be careful not to write too long. Also in the Location field I use K: or I create a folder named VSProjects and place it there. The path should not be long either. Do not skip the Add to Source Control part, you can add it later.

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This is the edited version. I didn’t use my name as the project name because it was an experiment.

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The project is automatically created in the new DmrWMS model we created. Let’s add a ne new Job and see how it looks in the package and project.  I added a new Job named DmrWmsJob1.

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When you enter K:\AosService\PackagesLocalDirectory, you will see your own package and when you enter it, the folders in the picture will be there. There is a file under Descriptor with definitions for the package. You must add this to version control.

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When you enter the package, you will see that the code for the DmrWmsJob1 you created is here. Actually, all X++ objects will be under the DmrWMS folder.

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When you look at your K:\VSProjects\DmrWms1 project, you will see that there are only project definitions here. Codes and objects are not stored here. This logic is specific to X++.

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In this article, I tried to explain what models, packages and projects are and how they are created. These are the three most important tools in the new version. Layer still exists, but it’s not so important anymore. In particular, it is necessary to understand the package logic and file structure well. We also have a project logic that is different from normal Visual Studio projects. Do not be confused by it. In my next article, I will explain how to connect these folders to version control.

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