One of many things that make Microsoft Dynamics GP so powerful and well-rounded is the support for Open Data Protocol (OData). As described on OData’s official website; “OData (Open Data Protocol) is an OASIS standard that defines a set of best practices for building and consuming RESTful APIs”. To put simply, OData is essentially a protocol that allows companies to easily share their data with other companies, services, and applications.
Microsoft started the work on the protocol in 2007, the company released three versions until OData became a standardized protocol of the OASIS OData Technical Committee. The protocol is built on modern web technologies, such as ATOM and JSON, making it easy-to-implement for third-party developers while also ensuring its longevity.
OData is already being used by a large ecosystem of applications, including Microsoft's OData .NET libraries, Apache Olingo, JayData for node, Microsoft Azure, SAP NetWeaver Gateway, IBM WebSphere eXtreme Scale REST data service, Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Office 365, Salesforce Lightning, Tableau, TIBCO Spotfire, Mulesoft, and many others.
The latest version of Microsoft Dynamics GP offers configurable OData Service points. The latest version allows users to define end-points for an OData Service which in turn, allows Dynamics GP data to be read by any tool that supports OData feeds.
In the wide sea of OData-compatible tools, there are two main tools that an OData user can’t go without; OData Validator and XOData. The first enables OData service authors to ensure that their service interoperates well with any OData client. The second is a generic online OData API/Service visualizer and explorer; helping with rapid prototyping, verification, testing, and documentation of OData APIs.
Needless to say that both of these tools work flawlessly with the latest version of Microsoft Dynamics GP online, empowering companies—big or small—to put their internal data to good use. Indeed, the term Big Data has transformed from a buzzword into a daily reality for everyone who wants to remain competitive in the arena of modern businesses.
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