Integration Tools Analysis (Part 1)

We have lots of integration tools available within Microsoft itself and other providers. Sometimes we may come across the situation of the client already using mulesoft as middleware for other CRM applications and integration.

In this scenario, we have to provide all the available integration tools capabilities and also fit-gap analysis that specific to the requirement. We are going to review some tool’s capabilities and the cost evaluation. We will be looking tool’s capabilities in terms of Dynamics 365.

Part 1 of 2

SSIS + KWS (OnPrem)

  • Pros
    • Plenty of connectors for different enterprise applications
    • Available to connect on-prem and Cloud
    • Supports Entity changes (means easy to get accurate changes between the intervals)
    • Aware of Dynamics 365 API & Knowledge
    • Aware of data model (Activities, Activity Party, Status, Owner, Audit Logs) Knowledge
      • Option set Mapping
      • Memory-based Lookups (Cache)
    • Supports Throttling, Multi-Threading, and Batching
    • Supports more actions (Merge, Execute workflow Action, Bulk Delete, Calculate Rollup fields)
    • Disable relevant Plugins, Workflows, and auditing while integration and migration
    • Cost-effective tool
    • Know the cost upfront
    • Great support team
    • Supports Document integration (SharePoint, Blob, Data Lake, Amazon S3, Box, Google Storage, OneDrive, and Dropbox)
  • Cons
    • Require citizen developer for development and support
    • Can’t run multiple packages on the development machine (Visual studio limitation)
    • Require access to the server/Dev environment to view execution logs
  • Cost Evaluation
    • SQL Server (Infrastructure + License)
    • KingswaySoft (KWS) (Perpetual license and per year renewal)

Mule Soft

 

 

 

    • Pros
      • Supports high volume data
      • It has prebuilt connectors that including Dynamics 365
      • Highly customized policies
      • Collaboration with prebuilt private and public assets (Reusable)
      • Highly scalable, reliable, and high availability
      • It supports B2B integration by extending API-led connectivity
      • Supports batch and real-time processing
      • Offers template-driven development

 

    • Cons
      • Initial Setup is very complex
      • Not aware of Dynamics 365 data model
      • Not aware of table changes in D365 
      • Does not fetch metadata (No Intelligence) from database
      • For platform maintenance, require experienced resources

 

    • Cost Evaluation
      • A subscription-based model which is renewed every year
      • Licensing based  on Plan (Gold, Platinum, and Titanium)
        • Gold – Base
        • Platinum – Enterprise Scale (High Availability, Cloud & Hybrid deployment, MQ, Security)
        • Titanium – Mission Critical (End to end transaction tracing, Advanced data analysis, Customizable log retention)
      • VCore (Transaction per second, Response Time, Payload Size and High Availability)
      • All subscription comes with 4 non-production and 2 production VCores

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