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NAV 2013 Beta - OData Introduction

ArcherPoint’s technical staff pose questions, find answers, and share new discoveries about Microsoft Dynamics NAV

With NAV 2013, Microsoft has added the capability to expose data from your NAV system as OData Web Services. Where that differs from regular Web Services (which in the NAV Server management snap-in is now identified as 'SOAP Services'), is that OData only exposes data feeds, and within the context of Dynamics NAV is read-only. Click here to read all about OData, and here for an overview of OData in NAV 2013.

We've put together a YouTube clip to show you where to find the OData Web Services in the NAV Server Management tool and the Web Wervices table from the RTC, as well as a couple of examples of how to consume them. As you will find out fairly quickly in this video, there is a LOT we have to learn about OData. We wanted to share what we do know though, and give you an idea of where to start looking.

This video provides a new way to expose data from NAV, in an industry standard way, although we are sure that true OData experts will find missing pieces. It is another possibility for us to expand the reach of the ERP application that we know and love. We hope you enjoy the video, and that you will be inspired to start learning about it, and maybe even get some ideas about how to use them for your business.

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Very nicely done Daniel!  I like the consumption of the OData feed by Power Pivot.  That opens doors for a new way to analyse NAV data without having reports written.

I can also see where the OData feed could be used to share data through the subscription of the feed with other databases on the server, and other applications.  This could simplify a lot of processes in some of our current clients where data is extracted from one database, and then imported into another.  Using the OData feed and a web service the information could be continually updated to the second database.


Daniel Rimmelzwaan's picture


Thanks Faithie :) I'm not very good at coming up with how to use this type of thing, but it's such a cool feature that I wanted to bring it to people's attention. I would love to see how people start actually using this, it would be great if we could see some examples on

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