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Let's start with the basics. You may be wondering what the Connector is? The Connector for Microsoft Dynamics, was released more than a year ago, to help customers who are using Dynamics CRM (either online or on-premise) integrate it with their Dynamics ERP solution. In this case, by Dynamics ERP, we mean Dynamics GP, Dynamics NAV and Dynamics AX. Out of the box, we provide you with baseline integrations that will help you move customer information, inventory and pricing information and sales order between the two systems. Using a web service to web service integration on a scheduled basis, the data moves seamlessly between the two solutions, helping you keep the two systems in sync. Plus, it's easy to modify the baseline integrations to better match how you do business. You can easily synchronize additional fields, adjust the length of time between schedules, or do deeper modifications using the Connector SDK.
The integration is comprised of an NT Service that binds together web services for both Microsoft Dynamics CRM and the Microsoft Dynamics ERP to read and write data. The integration service also leverages a transform engine to convert the data between the interfaces to ensure that the data moving between the two systems is compatible and in correct form. Data integrated with Connector is bi-directional. In a few cases, it's assumed that the Dynamics ERP is the system of record.
In addition, third-party developers and partners who want to extend the functionality of the Connector for Microsoft Dynamics, can use the Connector SDK, which contains documentation, templates, and sample code.