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Microsoft Dataverse, A New Way to Share Your Research Data

Updated: Mar 18


The data storage technology that powers Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform has been renamed Dataverse as part of a more significant rebranding effort. Dataverse is the same as CDS. However, it goes under a different name.

What is the reason for the change? Microsoft plans to make Power Apps and Power Virtual Agents the foundation of Microsoft Teams application development. This leads us to Dataverse for Teams, a Dataverse spin-off that securely stores and maintains team-specific data.

  • Dataverse (previously Common Data Service) is the same technology you're used to, but it now has a different name. Integrate data from Dynamics 365 apps and other sources into a single data store for Power Apps, Power BI, Power Virtual Agents, Power Automate, and other Microsoft Power Apps features. Create and run intelligent agents, flows, and apps.

  • Dataverse for Teams: Similar to Dataverse, but with features tailored to Microsoft Teams, including apps, flows, and more.

(Dataverse for Teams can be upgraded to Dataverse, but not vice versa.)

What is Microsoft Dataverse for Teams, and how does it work?

When Microsoft announced the CDS redesign, it also introduced Dataverse for Teams, a spin-off from Dataverse that "includes the fundamental subset of Dataverse capabilities as a robust, built-in data platform for millions of Teams customers at no additional cost."

(Dataverse for Teams requires an upgrade to Dataverse to use standalone Power Automate or Power Apps, as well as access to the Dataverse API.)

Dataverse for Teams is a brilliant idea that allows users to store and manage data in a secure database without leaving Teams. Unsurprisingly, major international corporations have already included this platform in their technology stacks.

Benefits of Dataverse for Teams:

  • Keep everything in Teams, one of today's most widely used digital work platforms.

  • Data from Dynamics 365 can be accessed much more quickly.

  • Users may create and share unique business apps by embedding Power Apps Studio in Teams.

  • Data from Dataverse and third-party data sources can be connected.

  • With Power Virtual Agents, you can create IT, HR, and sales bots in Teams.

  • With Power Automate, you can create flows in groups.

Many of these functions are available in Dataverse, but Dataverse for Teams adds additional capability for Teams, benefiting hundreds of thousands of enterprises worldwide.

(Working with a partner will assist you in implementing the most useful Dataverse for Teams capabilities in your company.)

What You Should Know About Microsoft Dataverse Besides That

There is one additional distinction between CDS and Dataverse besides the name change. Some terminology has been modified by Microsoft, which may cause some confusion:

  • “Multiple select option sets” and “picklists” both become “choices.”

  • “Field” and “fields” are now “column” and “columns.”

  • “Record” and “records” become “row” and “rows.”

  • “Entity” and “entities” on CDS are now “tables” and “tables” on Dataverse.

  • “Attribute” and “attribute” are also now “column” and “columns.”

  • “Option set” becomes “choice.”

Microsoft claims that these enhancements will make Dataverse terminology less complicated than CDS, but we'll leave that to you to decide.

While these new words may appear inconsequential to some businesses, they may cause problems for others. Working with a partner like Dynamic Consultants Group can help your team members understand the distinctions between CDS and Dataverse.

The Benefits of Microsoft Dataverse

Microsoft Dataverse is a data platform that allows you to design and execute apps, processes, and intelligent agents as part of the more prominent Power Platform. You can:

  • Develop apps that improve your company's efficiency, performance, and profitability.

  • Workflows can be automated using applications and intelligent agents.

  • Low-code app development can help you grow your business.

You may gain unmatched insights into your firm with data reports and analytics. Connect Power BI with Dataverse to build interactive analytics and dashboards to help you make faster, wiser business choices.

Then there's AI Builder, which is part of Power Platform and integrates with Power Apps and Power Automate to assess data from Dataverse:

"AI Builder can enable everyone in the organization — regardless of their technical experience — the opportunity to apply AI capabilities to the business process flows they design and utilize," Microsoft adds.

Dataverse is your favourite PowerApps platform — the custom apps your company requires to stay afloat — are built on. PowerApps can't exist without Dataverse, and vice versa.

Why Should You Learn Microsoft Dataverse?

Microsoft Dataverse has many advantages for enterprises like yours, but it also has certain drawbacks. Although Dataverse is a low-code platform, it still requires some coding, which some small firms may not be familiar with. Then there's the feature set, which some users may find overwhelming.

Dataverse answers these concerns with a simple SaaS data service to use, manage, compliant, secure, scalable, and internationally available. Dataverse enables businesses to work with any data and app, obtaining insights and taking action based on the data.


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