Creating Metadata Framework Objects in SuccessFactors Employee Central

  • by Jyoti Sharma , Senior Solution Architect and Vice President, Consulting & Services Cloud HCM, HRIZONS
  • Luke Marson, Co-Founder, CEO Americas, and Principal Architect for Employee Central, iXerv
  • March 12, 2014
Learn how to create objects in the Metadata Framework to extend your SuccessFactors Employee Central system with custom objects, fields, rules, and screens. Get an overview of what the Metadata Framework is, how it is used, and how to use it to bring more value to your SuccessFactors system.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will learn:

  • About the SuccessFactors Metadata Framework
  • How to create a generic object in SuccessFactors Employee Central
  • How to create custom objects in SuccessFactors Employee Central
  • How to use the Metadata Framework to create custom objects
Key Concept

The Metadata Framework is the functionality in SuccessFactors to extend the system so that users can create and use company-specific objects. It is primarily used in SuccessFactors Employee Central, but is also leveraged partially in SuccessFactors Succession & Development, SuccessFactors Compensation, SuccessFactors Recruiting, and is planned to be expanded across the suite in the future. It allows the object model to be extended using metadata, rather than creating or modifying objects themselves. The concept of extending a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) system without customizing it is called extensibility.

As with SAP ERP HCM, SuccessFactors Employee Central users often need to create and use company-specific objects in their system. Also like SAP ERP HCM, SuccessFactors Employee Central offers users the ability to create these objects (called Generic Objects) and use them within the system through its Metadata Framework functionality. This provides users with some of the extensibility required to support their business processes within Employee Central. In this article, we cover all aspects of creating Generic Objects within SuccessFactors Employee Central using the Metadata Framework.

Concepts of the Metadata Framework

The Metadata Framework is a framework to extend the object model of the SuccessFactors system using metadata. Metadata is simply data that describes data. As part of the Metadata Framework, a single instance of a generic set of components exists within the system that is re-used by multiple objects. Their behavior can be configured using metadata, which means that multiple custom objects can be created or modified in the system without affecting performance or stability. It also means that users can get a great deal of flexibility within the system without compromising operation or upgradability.

Jyoti Sharma

Jyoti Sharma is an author, speaker and SAP/SuccessFactors solution architect. In her current role as Senior Solution Architect and Vice President, Consulting & Services Cloud HCM, at HRIZONS, she is responsible for the Cloud HCM LoB,  working with customers  on their cloud migration strategies, deployment strategies, and execution of SuccessFactors implementations. Her primary focus is on the implementation of SuccessFactors Employee Central as the core HRIS in the cloud, its integration with other products of the SuccessFactors HCM suite (such as Talent and Analytics products), external systems such as SAP on-premise, and other traditional on-premise applications. Jyoti is a co-author of the first edition of SuccessFactors with SAP ERP HCM, and is an active contributor to the SAP Community Network (SCN).  She is a frequent conference speaker, with over 11 years of Information technology and SAP experience. Jyoti earned her MBA at Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, India, and has a Certificate in Business Analysis from Boston University.

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Luke Marson

Luke Marson is co-founder, CEO Americas, and Principal Architect for Employee Central at iXerv, a global SAP SuccessFactors consulting partner. In addition to his duties as CEO, he is an active architect and subject-matter expert on SAP SuccessFactors. Luke is a Certified Professional in SuccessFactors Employee Central who has worked with over 15 customers, and is the co-author of the following books: SuccessFactors with SAP ERP HCM and SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central. He is also an author, blogger, speaker, strategist, and widely recognized expert in SAP SuccessFactors and SAP ERP HCM. Luke can be found on Twitter at @lukemarson.

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