Hello Team, I'm trying to think about the reasons when I should choose dataverse or Azure SQL (IaaS/PaaS) for my powerapps backend. Can anyone some more detailed comparison on it please? Thanks.
I looked at this in 2018. I thought DV was very difficult to work with. I wanted to use Azure Function Apps to handle a lot of email and reporting functions. Using Azure Functions with DV compared SQL DB looked very cumbersome. I like T-SQL and SQL Server Management Server. SQL is very flexible. It allows me to create powerful views. I started using on-premise SQL DB. The use of SQL Profiler allow me to really understand how Powerapps works and optimize my app. I created an Excel addin to create monthly reports. Using DV is a lot more difficult than SQL. I was also looking at doing some custom apps and using SQL was a lot easier. I admit I haven't kept up with DV but at the time choosing SQL was no-brainer.
@timlReleases his second book on March 29th, "Beginning Power Apps: The Non-Developer's Guide to Building Business Applications Second Edition". He discusses data source pros and cons including SQL Server and Dataverse. I have his first book. I'll be getting this one as well.
Hi @mogulman - as always, many thanks for your support 🙂
Yes, I'm releasing the second edition of my book later in the month, which is exciting! It'll be a great resource for those who are beginning, or wanting to learn more about Power Apps.
@vshah2 - what @mogulman says is spot on. I couldn't have put it better. SQL server is my favourite data source for the exact reasons he mentions, and I wouldn't underestimate the importance of any of those points
It's far easier to access SQL Server data from apps and processes outside of the Power Platform. As an example, just the simple tasks of making a quick backup, or deleting all rows in a table is easier. Crucially, we can resolve almost any delegation limitation through the use of views. If you have to join 3 or 4 tables with inner/outer joins, or if you need to group/aggregate results using operators like distinct/sum/average, these tasks are much easier to perform in SQL.
To give some balance to this, here are some of the distinct benefits to using Dataverse.
Hopefully, this provides you with a bit more information to help make your decision.
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