We have recently released SmartConnect 2014; for more information on the initial release, check out our blog post on it from last week here. Chris Dew, our Director of Product Management, will ease any confusion when it comes to different SmartConnect versions below.
We have quite a few people that ask what version of SmartConnect is needed for a specific version of Microsoft Dynamics GP or Microsoft Dynamics CRM. The new architecture we introduced in 2010 has allowed us to remain independent of specific versions of products for the most part. As with many ETL tools, we are always introducing new technologies as they are made available. For example, SQL Server 2014, gets added to our list of supported datasource and destinations.
Below I have prepared a couple of key releases you will want to note for the major versions:
- Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2, 2013, 2010, 10
- Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013, 2011, 4.0 and Online
- SQL Server 2014, 2012, 2008, 2005
- Webservices as datasource and destination
- Excel add-in for Excel 2013, 2010
As you can see the newest version of SmartConnect should have you covered for most versions of Dynamics GP and Dynamics CRM. We have seen a few customers using SmartConnect to migrate from older versions of Dynamics GP (5 and 6) or from Dynamics CRM 4.0 to 2013 or the Online edition. You won’t need to worry about loading any older versions of SmartConnect to go back this far. The only thing I would point out is that we do require SmartConnect to be loaded on a SQL Server 2005 or greater database when you are migrating.
As we look to the near future where we can make additional connectors available, we are especially excited about the “DexNext” services-oriented approach. When we add this connector for Dynamics GP 2015 it will open up many more integration points to Dynamics GP and ISV products ensuring that the same business logic is used whether you enter the data inside of Dynamics GP or from SmartConnect. Will eConnect still be around for a while? Absolutely, but Microsoft will be pushing the architecture and I think it will make Dynamics GP have the best integration story with SmartConnect out there!
Interested in SmartConnect? Have further questions regarding versions? Email us at email@example.com and we will be happy to assist you!