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Thursday, May 26, 2011

.Net Business Connector Not Recommend for AX 2012

Yesterday, I posted the following.: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 - System Architecture Overview

In that post, I gave a link to the following Microsoft TechNet article.: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 - System Architecture

Well one of the things that I did not highlight, but I wanted to have for it's own post was the fact that the following stands out on that article for TechNet.:

Use services and AIF to interact with the Microsoft Dynamics AX application. We recommend against using the .NET Business Connector to integrate with the Microsoft Dynamics AX application.

I think this really needs to sink in for people, and that everyone needs to take special attention to this note. The idea, is that services and AIF, which their end points are services, is the desired goal for how AX with interact with the outside world, and other LOB applications.

So, if you have a LOB application, or custom app that you want to integrate and work with AX, and it's business logic, the .Net BC is not the method that is desired with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

It's still around, and for good reason, supporting all that IP that is already been developed around the .Net BC. However, I believe we can start to see the writing on the wall for this, and the design pattern, in that the .Net BC, I doubt, will exists beyond AX 2012 for such use.

Just an example of how Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is going to change how we implement, integrate and work with AX.

I think it's a great move, and one that has been the moving direction for a while, make everything SOA / WOA based, through services. Everything connecting through services. This sets up for a whole future of hybrid mix possibilities for where services and software lives within a companies total solution.

That's all for now, however I wanted to point this out specifically, after starting with yesterday post. More to come, as we dive deeper and deeper into different aspects of AX 2012.

Till next time!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post. I have heard that Enterprise Portal is build using the business coonnectors rather than the aif framework. I wonder if that means that we will see a complete rework of the EP and that the future of this version of EP is very limited... taking into considerations the poor performance of EP... Any thinking/experiences on/with EP???


10:05 AM  
Anonymous JuliĆ«n said...

Just out of curiosity: exactly *why* is using the Business Connector not recommended? I understand the polical goal to use services and AIF, however if people still want to use the Business Connector there probably is a good reason for it.

4:20 AM  
Anonymous David said...

AIF is great for Web site and EDI type application. However, a bad idea if the user needs to access the AX in application. For example, if I design creation software that need to link into AX for inventory information web services are horrible for this. Microsoft would be making a stupid move removing it.

11:07 AM  

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