Streamline your ETL Process with Sourcetable

Sourcetable simplifies the ETL process by automatically syncing your live Microsoft dynamics ax data from a variety of apps or databases.

Contact sales
Jump to


    Welcome to our comprehensive guide on leveraging ETL tools for Microsoft Dynamics AX data management. Extract, transform, and load (ETL) processes are invaluable for businesses that rely on Microsoft Dynamics AX, particularly when it comes to efficiently loading data into spreadsheets. ETL not only ensures the accuracy of historical data but also enhances the efficiency and precision of data migrations. By automating these processes, businesses can redirect their resources towards more value-added tasks, while benefiting from the ability to conduct repeated testing and validation of data migrations. On this page, we'll delve into the intricacies of Microsoft Dynamics AX, explore the array of ETL tools tailored for Microsoft Dynamics AX data, and discuss various use cases for ETL in this context. Additionally, we'll introduce Sourcetable, an alternative solution for managing your Microsoft Dynamics AX data, and provide a detailed Q&A section to address common inquiries about ETL processes with Microsoft Dynamics AX. Prepare to transform the way you handle data with the insights and tools we have in store for you.

    What is Microsoft Dynamics AX?

    Microsoft Dynamics AX is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that caters to the comprehensive needs of midsize and larger organizations. It is a pivotal component in the suite of Microsoft Dynamics intelligent business applications, designed to facilitate finance and operations.

    The software offers a versatile deployment model, with options for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid environments, ensuring that it can adapt to various IT strategies and business requirements. Its capabilities enable users to work more effectively, manage change efficiently, and compete in a global marketplace.

    By automating and streamlining processes across financials, business intelligence, and supply chain management, Microsoft Dynamics AX empowers businesses to operate more dynamically and make data-driven decisions that drive success.

    ETL Tools for Microsoft Dynamics AX

    Airbyte, a leading open-source ELT platform, stands out with its large catalog of data connectors. Since its creation in July 2020, Airbyte has attracted 40,000 data engineers who utilize the platform to sync several petabytes of data each month. Its notable users include Siemens, Calendly, and AngelList. Airbyte is known for its integration capabilities with dbt for data transformation and with orchestration tools such as Airflow, Prefect, and Dagster. Moreover, Airbyte provides an easy-to-use interface, API access, and a Terraform Provider, enhancing stream-level control and visibility.

    The open-source nature of Airbyte's connectors allows for easy editing and customization. Developers can quickly build new connectors using the Connector Development Kit or leverage the no-code connector builder UI to create connectors in less than 10 minutes without technical assistance or a local development environment. Airbyte offers flexibility with self-hosting options and a cloud-hosted solution, Airbyte Cloud, which includes a 14-day free trial and robust service level agreements (SLAs).

    Other notable ETL tools include Fivetran, a closed-source managed ELT service created in 2012 with approximately 300 data connectors and over 5,000 customers. Stitch, a cloud-based ETL and ELT platform, was developed on and later acquired by Talend and then Thoma Bravo, which in turn was acquired by Qlik. Matillion, created in 2011, is a self-hosted ELT solution that supports around 100 connectors and is used by over 500 companies, requiring the use of several instances on multi-cloud environments and offering a verticalized solution.

    Sourcetable Integration

    Maximize Efficiency with Sourcetable for Microsoft Dynamics AX ETL

    When working with data from Microsoft Dynamics AX, Sourcetable provides an efficient solution for ETL processes. Unlike third-party ETL tools or the complexity of building an ETL solution from scratch, Sourcetable simplifies the extraction, transformation, and loading of your Dynamics AX data. By syncing your live data seamlessly from various applications or databases, Sourcetable eliminates the need for manual data handling, thereby reducing the risk of errors and saving valuable time.

    Sourcetable's user-friendly spreadsheet-like interface allows for easy querying and manipulation of data, making it accessible even to those with minimal technical expertise. This approach not only enhances automation but also empowers teams with actionable business intelligence. By choosing Sourcetable for your ETL needs, you can streamline workflows, improve productivity, and focus on insights rather than data management intricacies.

    Common Use Cases

    • M
      Sourcetable Integration
      Data Analysis for Case Management
    • M
      Sourcetable Integration
      Financial Reporting and Analysis
    • M
      Sourcetable Integration
      Business Intelligence for Strategic Decisions
    • M
      Sourcetable Integration
      Data Quality Management
    • M
      Sourcetable Integration
      Marketing and Loyalty Scheme Optimization

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the three layers in the ETL cycle?

    The three layers in the ETL cycle are the Staging layer, Data Integration layer, and Access layer.

    What is ETL testing and what does it ensure?

    ETL testing ensures data is transformed appropriately, loaded within the scheduled time, not truncated or lost, and that the ETL application reports invalid data. It identifies and replaces invalid data with default values and is used for OLAP systems.

    What is the difference between ETL and ELT tools?

    ETL tools extract, transform, and then load the data, while ELT tools load the data into the target data repository first and then perform the transformations. ELT tools are generally faster, more scalable, and have lower maintenance.

    How do ETL tools support data integration for Microsoft Dynamics AX?

    ETL tools help consolidate data, ensure data compliance, facilitate data analysis, and optimize performance, which is beneficial for business intelligence.

    Can you name some ETL tools that are commonly used with Microsoft Dynamics AX?

    Common ETL tools used with Microsoft Dynamics AX include Microsoft Dynamics AX itself, Apache Airflow, Pandas, PySpark, Beautiful Soup, Luigi, Odo, Bonobo, and Pygrametl.


    When it comes to managing data for Microsoft Dynamics AX, selecting the right ETL tool is crucial for handling large volumes of data with accuracy and efficiency, streamlining data migrations, and freeing up valuable resources. With a range of robust options like the open-source flexibility of Airbyte, the managed service of Fivetran, the self-hosted capabilities of Matillion, and the workflow management of Airflow, businesses have the power to choose solutions that fit their unique needs. However, if simplifying your ETL process directly into spreadsheets is your goal, consider using Sourcetable. Sign up for Sourcetable today and experience a seamless ETL process tailored for ease and effectiveness.

    ETL is a breeze with Sourcetable

    Analyze data, automate reports and create live dashboards
    for all your business applications, without code. Get unlimited access free for 14 days.