What is SData?
SData is a simple, standard protocol for reading and writing data between Sage applications. It enables desktop, server, and web-based applications to communicate with each other, and also with third party applications and the World Wide Web.
How can SData help you?
Essential business information stored within Sage business applications is made available throughout the organisation with ease and efficiency.
The SData Web Service allows Sage Solution Partners to easily build new business solutions that consume information over HTTP from Sage 50 or Start.
You could even use SData to make information available to remote users such as your customers, suppliers, and your mobile sales and support teams. SData uses the World Wide Web, so anyone with a web connection can access Sage application data via SData.
How does it work?
To explain how SData works, let's first look at how the web works. To visit a website you simply type in the relevant HTTP address or URL into your web browser and hit go. The request is sent to the target website and information is then returned and displayed as a page in your browser.
SData works in a very similar way. However in the case of SData the HTTP request is not sent to a website but is sent to Sage software instead. Data from the software is then returned as an RSS type feed and displayed in your browser.
Get data from Sage 50 with a simple url
You can try this for yourself if you are running Internet Explorer (version 7 or above). Simply click on this URL: https://sdata.sageschweiz.ch:5494/sdata/Sage50/Sage50/-/Konten?count=10. You are directed to a live copy of Sage 50 hosted on the web.
Try replacing .../Konten on the end of the URL in your browser with .../Adressen. See how easy it is to get at information using SData.
Get data from Sage Start with a simple url
You can do the same with Sage Start. Simply click on this URL: https://sdata.sageschweiz.ch:5494/sdata/SageStart/SageStart/-/Accounts?count=10. You are directed to a live copy of Sage Start hosted on the web.
Try replacing .../Accounts on the end of the URL in your browser with .../Clients. See how easy it is to get at information using SData.
What is sdata.sageschweiz.ch?
sdata.sageschweiz.ch is part of the oneSage SDK & SData documentation. It is a public server to demonstrate SData Web Services for Sage 50 and Sage Start.
Solution partners and developers can use this instance for their first steps with SData before developing their business solution with their local copy of Sage 50 or Sage Start.