It used to be that businesses had their private data stored in a variety of proprietary databases, these databases were rarely able to communicate with one another, making intercompany data-sharing cumbersome if not nearly impossible. This problem is even more pronounced in our data-driven world where sharing data is not optional – it’s mandatory.
Microsoft anticipated this difficulty a long time ago. Back in 2007, the company initiated Open Data Protocol or OData, an OASIS standard open protocol which allows the creation and consumption of interoperable RESTful APIs. OData makes it simpler to interact with data from a variety of applications and programming languages through using simple HTTP messages. The protocol is currently running on its fourth version which was submitted for approval by OASIS as an international standard in April of 2015.
The latest version of Microsoft Dynamics GP now offers OData Service as a separate install. The option is available under the Additional Products selection in the Dynamics GP installation program. It’s worth noting that the separate install option is only available for single-tenant implementations (i.e. implementations where each customer has a separate instance of the software running in a logically isolated hardware environment).
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