Common Data Service for Apps
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The Common Data Service for Apps acts as a data store and model for Dynamics 365 CE data. Data that is entered through the user interface of the Dynamics 365 CE application automatically gets stored within the Common Data Service for Apps, essentially acting as one database of information. The advantage of this structure is that external data sources can be integrated with the Common Data Service for Apps so that this service can serve business applications of an organization with all the data stored and secured in a single space. The Common Data Service for Apps allows for a centrally controlled area to add and modify the structure (which reflects within the Dynamics 365 CE user interface) and for users to create canvas-driven applications that can utilize the data stored within the Common Data Service for Apps. Users would use Canvas Apps created in the PowerApps designer to link the Common Data Service for Apps database as a data source so the users could retrieve and add new data. Changes in this data are always reflected in model-driven apps created within the app designer in Dynamics 365 without any integration or user intervention, as they are both using the same data store, the Common Data Service for Apps.