Microsoft's Common Data Service Blog Post

Microsoft’s Common Data Service: the central hub for your organisational data

Data is at the centre of every decision a business makes. Data powers insights and is essential for a business to thrive and grow. Data often originates from a variety of devices, applications, systems, services and software as a service (SaaS) solutions.

In recent years, Microsoft have truly embraced other platforms and operating systems with open arms. Instead of locking their customers into the Microsoft ecosystem, they have created a set of tools and services that integrate with a huge range of other platforms and help make the best of your data. Hundreds of out-of-the-box connectors allow users to connect to the data they already have, no matter where it sits.

Introducing the Common Data Service (CDS)

As a highly functional, easy to manage SaaS data service, Microsoft’s CDS empowers businesses to work with all types of data and all types of apps to improve insight and accelerate growth. The CDS is part of the Microsoft’s low-code Power Platform, meaning it is easy to use by business process owners and citizen developers, not just professional developers. The CDS acts as the central hub of a business, breaking down silos and bringing organisational data together.

Once in the CDS, you’ll have a clearer picture of the data that makes your organisation tick, from on-premise information to insights stored in legacy databases. This data can then be analysed for better decision making, triggering workflow automation, or added to Dynamics 365 to enrich existing records and provide unparalleled customer insight.

Common Data Service

Microsoft has designed the CDS to work with any type of data

The CDS is deeply integrated with all of Microsoft’s Cloud Services (Azure, Dynamics 365 and Microsoft 365), but it also has the ability to create data or import data from any other systems you may be using within your business. CDS virtual entities map data in an external data source so that it appears to exist in CDS, meaning the CDS can carry out real-time operations against the external data source.

Secure and Reliable Hub

The CDS is built on Azure, ensuring compliance, scalability and security. Data in the CDS is securely stored and can only be viewed by users who have been granted access through role-based security controls.

Microsoft’s focus has switched to providing the best solutions, apps and services that can be used by everyone, on any platform, whether that’s the latest CRM solution or an out-of-date server.

If you would like to learn more about the CDS or how to leverage your data with the Power of the Microsoft Cloud, get in touch at

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