Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 for Retail-Development & Customization

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 for Retail-Development and Customization

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Lesson 4: E-commerce Publishing Architecture

E-Commerce Publishing Architecture

E-commerce Publishing Architecture : This topic contains conceptual information to help developers and system administrators understand how channels and catalogs are published from the Microsoft Dynamics AX Retail module to an online store in Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Products.

Lesson Objectives

Describe how channels and catalogs are published from Microsoft Dynamics AX Retail to the SharePoint 2013 E-commerce site.

Architecture of the Publishing Process

The High-level Architecture of Retail Online Store Publishing Processes figure shows the architecture and flow of the publishing processes.

When you publish the Retail online store channel, you replicate the basic structure of the online store between Microsoft Dynamics AX and SharePoint. You create the basic structure of the online store channel in the Microsoft Dynamics AX Retail module. Before you can publish the channel, you must follow these steps.

  1. Add the online store to the organization hierarchy.
  2. Create the online store and configure properties in Microsoft Dynamics AX.
  3. Configure the category hierarchy of the site.

Create the online store in SharePoint.

After you have completed these steps, you are ready to publish the store, hierarchies, and properties to SharePoint.

The Process Flow for Publishing a Retail Online Store Channel figure shows the publishing process for a Retail online store channel.

You create the online store in Microsoft Dynamics AX and publish it from the Online stores form. The publish status changes from Draft to In progress, and the following events occur:

  • Microsoft Dynamics AX takes a snapshot of the category hierarchies (known as the Retail hierarchy) and properties.
  • The Commerce Data Exchange: Synch Service reads information about the online store, hierarchies, and properties in the Retail store database and sends it to the Commerce runtime (CRT).
  • The CRT synchronizes the tables in the CRT database.
  • The Retail publishing job that runs as a SharePoint timer job reads the synchronized tables from the CRT database and creates hierarchies for the site that you created in SharePoint.
  • The Retail publishing job creates term sets and standard content types in SharePoint.
  • The Commerce Data Exchange: Real Time Service reads the status of the Retail publishing job actions and publishes that status in Microsoft Dynamics AX. The status shows either Published or
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