What is the Common Data Model?
The Common Data Model (CDM) is the shared data language used by business and analytical applications. It consists of a set of a standardized, extensible data schemas published by Microsoft and our partners that enables consistency of data and its meaning across applications and business processes.
Unlock the potential of your business applications
The Common Data Model provides a single metadata definition that can be customized, making it easier to build reports, create new apps, and connect business entities like marketing, sales, service, finance, operations, and commerce.
Build a single source of truth
Make better business decisions with a shared understanding of your data without having to redefine it each time. Dynamics 365, PowerApps, Power BI, and Azure all support storing data in conformance with the Microsoft Common Data Model, unifying data across your business.
Customize to your needs
Easily adapt and extend the Common Data Model schema using the same metadata system to describe entities, relationships, and semantic meaning. Use the open source standard definitions alongside your customized schema to meet your unique business needs.
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