Key Steps for Integrating Employee Central and SAP ERP HCM with Boomi Middleware

  • by Priynk Gautam , SAP ERP HCM/SuccessFactors Consultant
  • August 26, 2015
Learn the different steps involved in setting up integration between SuccessFactors Employee Central and an SAP ERP HCM on-premise payroll system, before you start the replication process, using Boomi middleware.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn how to:

  • Install employee replication and organizational management integration packs in Boomi
  • Set up environment extensions in Boomi
  • Activate the web service calls in the SAP ERP HCM on-premise system
  • Schedule replication jobs in the SAP ERP HCM on-premise system
  • Configure SAP ERP HCM to support the replication
Key Concept

Boomi middleware, introduced in 2000 and acquired by Dell in 2010, is a cloud-based integration solution. SAP delivers preconfigured integration packages for Dell Boomi for integrating SuccessFactors and on-premise SAP ERP systems. Using these integration packages with Boomi middleware, companies can integrate Employee Central with their SAP pn-premise systems with very little configuration.

Integrating SuccessFactors Employee Central with an SAP ERP HCM on-premise system allows companies with existing SAP systems who are considering implementing or have already implemented SuccessFactors Employee Central to support their business processes (such as payroll) by continuing to run these processes on their existing SAP ERP HCM systems.

Dell Boomi delivers integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), a 100-percent cloud solution. It enables customers to integrate any combination of cloud and on-premise applications without any coding. The integration packages contain the required mapping between the Employee Central data fields and the corresponding fields in the SAP ERP HCM system. Once the integration packages are installed and deployed, replication of master data can be run, and SuccessFactors Employee Central becomes the system of record for master data. Any changes to master data in Employee Central are automatically replicated to the SAP ERP HCM system at scheduled intervals, and Boomi middleware performs and monitors the inbound data replication into the SAP ERP back-end system.

There are several key configurations required in different systems to replicate the master data from SuccessFactors Employee Central to SAP ERP HCM. Each system that is a catalyst for the replication needs to be configured. In Boomi middleware, you have to install the SAP-delivered standard integration packs and schedule the jobs to run at predetermined intervals to extract the data from Employee Central. In Employee Central, you have to assign the SAP ERP HCM system for replication. In the SAP ERP HCM system, you have to activate the web service calls to communicate with Boomi middleware and recover the data.

Note
This article does not provide step-by-step instructions for how to install the integration pack or schedule the required jobs in the SAP ERP HCM system, but rather, provides an overview of what needs to be done.

Readers should have SuccessFactors Employee Central and SAP ERP HCM implementation experience. A good understanding of the Boomi middleware tool is also required. Minimum setup for the on-premise SAP ERP HCM system is required as well as up-to-date versions of required SAP Notes. For detailed setup requirements, refer to the current version of the SuccessFactors Employee Central and SAP ERP Implementation Handbook on the SAP Service Marketplace under Cloud solutions from SAP > SuccessFactors > Employee Central.

I cover the necessary steps for integrating Employee Central and SAP ERP HCM with Boomi middleware. These steps include installing the employee replication and Organization Management (OM) integration packages that have the preconfigured mapping between the Employee Central and SAP on-premise fields. I also explain how to use Boomi for configuring the environment process properties, connecting settings with SAP on premise, and scheduling the replication to trigger at recurring intervals. Next, I cover the different configuration activities needed in the SAP ERP HCM on-premise system. These activities include activating web service calls to communicate and receive data from Employee Central, scheduling background jobs to trigger the OM replication, and completing necessary configurations to support and activate the replication.

Priynk Gautam

Priynk Gautam has been working with SAP ERP HCM for five years, specializing in the SAP ERP HCM Personnel Administration and Organizational Management modules, as well as SuccessFactors Employee Central. His recent experience includes integration between Employee Central and SAP ERP HCM on-premise systems using Boomi Middleware. Prior to that, Priynk worked with SAP Talent Visualization Solution by Nakisa.

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