In my previous blog posts, I have discussed how to connect the custom Angular application to the Microsoft Dataverse through a web API. Today, I am going to compare Microsoft Dataverse to a traditional database management system like MySQL and discuss the main motivations behind using one technology over the other.
|Structure||Relational, non-relational||Relational only|
|Authentication||Secured through Azure Active Directory OAuth and OpenID authentication..||Application security such as OAuth needs to be developed at the application layer.|
|API||OData APIs are supported out-of-the-box.||APIs need to be developed using backend tools like Node, ASP.Net etc.|
|Data Access||Built-in support for Power Apps.
Through REST APIs for the custom applications.
|Directly through a SQL code or through Object Relational Mappers (ORMs) like Entity Framework, Sequelize, TypeORM etc.|
|Non-structured support||Microsoft claims to use multiple type of storage to meet the specific customer needs.||Not supported.|
|User Management||Supported with user authentication through Azure AD.||Custom solution need to be developed for the user management.|
|Data Auditing||Supported.||Need to be developed.|
|Application Lifecyle Management Tools (ALM)||Supported.||Extra steps required such as migrations while using an ORM.|
|Pre-built UI templates||Metadata driven application design through model-driven Power Apps.||Not supported.|
|Industry accelerators||Microsoft provides pre-built industry verticals for different industries such as education, not for profit, automotive etc.||Through open-source community.|
|Infrastructure||Microsoft responsibility.||Customer’s responsibility.|
|AI-pairing such as GitHub Co-Pilot||Not supported because the data model is designed is mostly through a UI.||Rich support for modern-style pro-developers tooling.|
|Version control support||Supported only at the solution level.||Supported if the ORM is been used in a development workflow.|
|When to use||The exact answer to this question is really depends on the specific problem you are dealing with. Following been used only as a guidance:
– Organization is already using Microsoft 365 or Microsoft Dynamics.
– You want to integrate your app with other Microsoft infrastructure such as Logic Apps, Azure Data Lake etc.
– Team is skilled on Microsoft .Net and related tooling.
– When you want to control the entire application design.
– Requires flexibility.
– Not bound to Microsoft Azure.
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