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SharePoint List vs Entity

I have played around quite a bit with SP Lists, so I am aware of the delegation issues.  Today while poking around in the PowerApps Portal I found Entities. Did some Googling, but never found a good, clear comparison.  What are the Pros & Cons of using either of these?  

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Dual Super User III
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  • The advantage of Entities is that its a full Entity model database with the ability to create actual relationships between entities.  Much stronger than Lookups in SharePoint lists.
  • The major disadvantage is cost.  Creating Canvas applications that use Entities requires a P2 license (retail $40/user/month). Even running a Canvas App that uses Entities requires a P1 license (retail $7/user/month)

So unless you are already licensed for one of the Dyamics 365 products that includes the equivalent of P2 licensing it tends to get expensive pretty fast.

 

There are other differences, but those are the two biggest ones that really count.

 



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Dual Super User III
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  • The advantage of Entities is that its a full Entity model database with the ability to create actual relationships between entities.  Much stronger than Lookups in SharePoint lists.
  • The major disadvantage is cost.  Creating Canvas applications that use Entities requires a P2 license (retail $40/user/month). Even running a Canvas App that uses Entities requires a P1 license (retail $7/user/month)

So unless you are already licensed for one of the Dyamics 365 products that includes the equivalent of P2 licensing it tends to get expensive pretty fast.

 

There are other differences, but those are the two biggest ones that really count.

 



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Hi @TiredOldCoder ,

Do you want to know the Pros & Cons of using SP List or CDS Entity in PowerApps?

 

More details about the difference (Pros & Cons) between SP List data source and CDS Entity in PowerApps, please check the following blogs:

http://powerappsguide.com/blog/post/excel-vs-sharepoint-vs-sql-server-vs-cds

 

https://baizini-it.com/blog/index.php/2017/08/29/powerapps-101-data-storage/

 

Please check and see if the above blogs would help in your scenario.

 

Best regards,

Community Support Team _ Kris Dai
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@Pstork1 

 

Thank you - exactly what I needed to know.  I have E3 so that includes P1.  I was wondering if the effort of going to a more structured environment in CDS was cost effective.

 

Bill

Just to clarify.  Office 365 E3 license does NOT include PowerApps Plan 1.  Plan 1 is an additional license that must be purchased seperately.



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