SSIS Tools for Dynamics CRM

ETL is an everyday subject in medium to large enterprise ERP or CRM project implementations. When it comes to Dynamics CRM, there are many different ways to insert, update and delete data. Using Microsoft’s SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is a good solution because of its cost (included in the SQL Server suite), development environment familiarity (Visual Studio, SQL Server Management Studio).

The problem with Dynamics CRM in this context is that its database is not supposed to be accessed directly to read, create, modify or delete data (read operations are OK using Filtered Views). These operations must be done via the application’s API. Fortunately, there are third party tools that provide a “bridge” between SSIS and CRM through custom SSIS components. These tools transform their SSIS components into MS CRM API calls in the background, allowing to perform ETL by using Microsoft’s recommended and supported approach.

Here are some tools that I’ve seen or heard of that will help do your MSCRM data processing with SSIS:

  • Kingsway Soft’s SSIS Integration Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM
    • Notes
      • Supports CRM 3.0, 4.0, 2011, 2013 and Online
      • Comes with 4 major components: Connection Manger, Source Component, Destination Component, Option Set Mapping Component
    • Pricing Information
      • Free Developer License
      • Single Server Perpetual License @ USD $1295
      • Single Server One Year License @ USD $695
      • Single Server Annual Maintenance and Upgrade @ USD $295
      • Enterprise License – Contact for details
  • RSSBus‘s Dynamics CRM SSIS Components
    • Notes
      • Supports CRM 4.0, 2011 and Online (presumably 2013 as well but no official word on that on their website)
      • Free 30 day trial available
    • Pricing Information
      • Full SSIS Component Subscription (multiple workstation, Royalty-Free distrubiton) @ USD $999
      • Single Machine License @ USD $359
  • Team4 SSIS Connector for Microsoft CRM
    • Notes
      • Supports CRM 4.0, 2011
      • It looks like the product hasn’t been updated in a while given the lack of update on the website
    • Pricing Information
      • Connector is Licenses per server @ EUR 4600
  • CozyRoc Dynamics CRM Source and Destination Components
    • Notes
      • Mature product
      • The web site doesn’t mention support for CRM 2013 (it is supported though)
    • Pricing Information
      • Varies based on the Components you buy
      • Between $400 and $2500
  • Devart’s SSIS Data FlowDevart’s SSIS Data Flow Components
    • Notes
      • Devart has a large portfolio of data integration products
    • Pricing Information
      • Single License @ USD $249.99

 

Cheers!

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7 thoughts on “SSIS Tools for Dynamics CRM

  1. On prem environments offers the option to access the database directly through the filtered views. In those cases I don’t think you need any special connectors for the CRM database. Or am I wrong?

    • You are 100% right. If you have an On Premise deployment model and only need to READ data from CRM, then you can use SQL to get your data from the Filtered Views.

      Use of special connectors come into play when you need to create/update/delete records from the CRM database.

      • Hi Salim, is there anything within the CRM out of the box such as data import wizard that can serve the same purpose?

  2. Hi Salim, I’ve been trying to research ETL options for CRM 2015. Do you know if what you present here are some of the best options still? I’ve been reading a lot about SSIS and also Scribe as an alternative, but can’t find anything specifically for 2015 and wonder if there are other alternatives with the new version?

    Thanks,
    André

    • Kingsway is still one of the best options out there if you are familiar with SSIS and have SQL Server licenses which you probably have.
      Scribe is also a very good product, but more on the pricier side and often not as performant.

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