QXchange is a powerful and easy to use data integration tool to access, integrate and manage large volumes of data from various systems. Extraction, transformation and loading of data are powered by QXchange with source and target database support.
QXchange helps organizations to bond together all enterprise data and ensures accuracy of data in a timely manner. QXchange is a simple stand-alone application that can be used by novice users with ease.
QXchange can quickly and easily transfer data between many standard data formats and applications, including MS Access, Excel, Comma delimited flat file, MS SQL Server, QuickBooks, Salesforce.com, MS Dynamics AX, MS Dynamics GP and others. It allows simple and clear setup of extraction, transformation and loading instructions to exchange data between different formats.
Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains) delivers comprehensive business management functionality, from financials and human resource management to manufacturing and more. It connects the many moving parts of the organization, providing better visibility into and control over what’s going on in business.
QXchange is installed locally at the customer site where GP installed. QXchange sends a message request to GP and GP sends back a response message (using eConnect SDK); the communication is managed synchronously.
MS Dynamics GP Data
The eConnect SDK exposes the data objects available in the GP. Some of the various objects available are listed here and there are more objects accessible.
Data formats including notes and activities can be accessed using QXchange.
The following lists are available for access:
Customer, Item, Employee, Vendor and other master objects
General Ledger,Purchase Order, Sales Order, Receivables etc…
The QXchange engine works the same for all different DAPs. Every data transfer is set up as a profile, with a source and target data file, which can be of different data formats. Data transfer between specific objects and the mapping of source to target fields are also set up in the profile. The profile can be executed directly or can be scheduled to be executed later. The process can be run on a local desktop or on a server.
MS Dynamics GP API
Microsoft provides eConnect SDK to interact with GP. eConnect is a programmable Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) solution for Microsoft Business
Solutions–Great Plains. eConnect offers fast and accurate accessibility to an extensive set of Microsoft Business Solutions–Great Plains back office document transactions.
QXchange uses the eConnect to access MS Dynamics GP objects
Authentication and Authorization
QXchange uses the eConnect connection API to authentication. After the authentication QX can interchange the data between GP and other applications, Flat files etc.
Data Access Plug-in
QXchange integration engine uses Data Access Plug-ins (DAPs) for individual application and data format integration. All the DAPs are called using a standard Application Program Interface (API). The eConnect API is wrapped inside one of these DAPs. This allows for a smooth and standard operation across all the various DAPs.
MS Dynamics GP can be defined as source data and the various objects can be accessed. Field level data from the objects can be extracted and mapped to destination objects and fields in different data formats. Data from multiple objects can be extracted. Multiple profiles can be set up to extract data from various objects.
Source data can also be filtered using various expressions. Prior to executing extract the source data can be viewed to make sure the right records are getting selected.
MS Dynamics GP can be defined as target data and the various objects can be updated. Data can be updated to multiple objects. In some cases, update may have to affect multiple data objects at the same time, for example: Invoice Header and Line.
Data can be updated in various modes: Insert, Update and Upset. Insert expects the record being updated to be new and unique. Update expects the record to already exist. Upset, tries to insert first and if that fails tries to update.
The QXchange ability to integrate with GP allows many uses.
- Extract Customer, Vendor and master data to other application, Excel or flat files
- Extract Customer information with company names starting with “A”
- Extract Opportunity from SalesForce and create as a Sales Order in GP