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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Integrating Dynamics AX 2009 with the outside world

One topic I wanted to start really spending some time on, in the next few months is Integration options for Dynamics AX 2009.

There are several ways for doing this, and what I want to take and look at each. Go over some pro's and con's, and when should the different approaches be used.

So the following is a list of ways you can integrate Dynamics AX 2009 with the rest of the world.:

Outbound Integration

  • Calling a COM Object - Server and Client Context

  • Calling a .Net Assembly - Server and Client Context

  • Calling a Web Service through a .Net Wrapper

  • Calling a Web Service or WCF Service through Service Reference in AOT

  • Out of the Box AIF Outbound End Points

  • Custom AIF End Points - (MSMQ, File Transfer, Web Service, FTP)

  • AIF End Points for BizTalk - BizTalk then offers a wide range of options once inside it's scope

  • Your own custom or Third party developed framework that lives inside Dynamics AX 2009



So the above list can be sliced upon into sections of itself. Like Server or Client context, AIF, Web Services, etc.

The approach I want to take is now take the above list, on my next post, and talk about the pro's and con's of each type. After that, take the same list, and talk about when each of the types would be used, and what would be driven factors to use those.

Hopefully by the time we cover these options a solid understanding of what all exist for integration Dynamics AX 2009 out to the rest of the Microsoft stack, and world can be understood and we can move forward with inbound integrations.

I also plan on giving examples of some of these. Like the Reporting Options in Dynamics AX 2009, the integration options are many. And there is specific factors that drive you to choose different paths.

That's all for now, check back as more to come. August is Lean month, so another post tomorrow on the LCE, and interviews are coming up. See you then!




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2 Comments:

Blogger Mike Swan said...

Very interesting Brandon.



Here is a link to a press release for what I think might be the first hosted AX 2009 S+S deployment:

http://goiwx.com/pressandevents20090615.html




Take a look and let me know what you think!

Thanks, and keep up the good work!



Kind Regards

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Nathan said...

This is a very interesting discussion, as we are getting more requests around interfacing with other applications, be it Commerce Server, Amazon, eBay, demand forecasting solutions related to retail or applications, more and more data needs to be shipped to and from Dynamics AX. What options have been more successful for you when implementing, it seems for us it has been through web services?

Nathan
Perpetual Dynamics

5:10 PM  

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