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Tech Tuesday – Adding Extender Nodes to SmartConnect


This week’s Tech Tuesday is from Lorren Zemke, our Director of Professional Services. He discusses a new feature that has been added to the latest SmartConnect 2013 release which is available to download here.
 
With the latest release of SmartConnect 2013 Service Pack 1, there are now multiple ways to add Extender Nodes to a SmartConnect integration.  You are now able to add a node using the standard method in SmartConnect through Node Maintenance and also during map creation. The other awesome feature that has been added is the ability to add the same node twice, so if I have more than one Extender Window attached to a Dynamics GP Document I can update the data for both objects in the same map.
For example, I have created two Extender Windows attached to the Sales Transaction Entry window to enter some additional ordering information.

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When I save each window, I answer ‘Yes’ to the question to create the Extender View as required by SmartConnect and include all of the fields as part of that view.

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I will now add the Extender Nodes to my map for integration to Sales Documents.  I am using an Excel Workbook that has one sheet for the header portion and one sheet for the line portion. In SmartConnect, I use an ODBC Connection and join the Header and Lines in the Query.

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Below is the header portion of my Excel file that includes the Extender fields in the same row.

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The new method for adding the Extender node to SmartConnect is to use the Add Extender Object button as part of the SmartConnect Destination mapping.

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Click on the Add Extender Button to open the Add Extender Objects window.
Click on the Plus button to open the Add Extender Object window.

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Select the appropriate Extender Type, Node Type and Extender ID. After clicking Save on the Add Extender Object window, I can add my other Extender window as an additional node using the same process as above but choosing the other Extender ID. The new nodes will appear at the end of the list within the Destination Type.

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Now the process of mapping the Extender Nodes is the same as mapping any other SmartConnect node.
You will note the Window ID will default to the proper value and the actual Extender field names are shown within the destination columns so mapping these to the source is a much easier process than in previous version.

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Once the Extender windows are mapped, I can import my documents and review the data has been successfully imported.

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Until next time, happy integrating.
Lorren Zemke

Interested in learning about what other awesome features have been added to SmartConnect? Feel free to reach out to us at sales@eonesolutions.com for more information!
 

4 Comments

  1. Dipankar Roy on October 19, 2013 at 6:15 am

    nice work………………http://www.torfriends.com

  2. David Stollberg on June 5, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    This comment has been removed by the author.

  3. Isabell on December 13, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Hi,
    I am trying to transfer Country Origin from CRM to Item Maintenance Options window under Category in GP. I have followed these steps and my mapping seems to work and I can run the map without any errors. The problem is no information gets transferred to GP even though I can see the information in the preview in SmartConnect. Any ideas what could be wrong?
    Thank you!

  4. Isabell on February 13, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Hi, is there anyone who would be able to help me withe this? Problem still the same…

    Thanks!

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