Populate Infotypes without ABAP from SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central to SAP ERP HCM Using the Business Integration Builder

  • by Arun Kumar Timalapur, SAP ERP HCM Consultant, SAP India
  • July 14, 2017
Learn how to implement inbound interfaces using the Business Integration Builder configuration tool to populate additional infotypes from SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central to SAP ERP HCM.
Learning Objectives

After reading this article, you will:

  • Know how to use the configuration of the Business Integration Builder to populate additional infotypes
  • Get step-by-step configuration instructions for populating required additional infotypes (e.g., infotype 0185) from SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central to SAP ERP HCM on premise
  • Understand the concept of field mapping and other mapping options
Key Concept

The Business Integration Builder is used to replicate data between on-premise SAP ERP HCM and SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central. From the b1608 release, this tool can also be used for the inbound integration of Personnel Administration infotypes in SAP ERP HCM on premise. Using the Business Integration Builder configuration tool, you can avoid having to implement complex Business Add-In (BAdI) enhancements to create or modify infotype data.

In a core-hybrid deployment scenario of SAP HCM solution, employee master data is maintained and managed in the SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central system, and employee data is replicated from SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central to SAP ERP HCM on premise. SAP standard packaged integration is used to replicate the data into SAP ERP HCM on premise using SAP Cloud Platform Integration or Dell Boomi middleware. In this standard integration, only some of the infotypes are replicated, such as actions (infotype 0000), organizational assignment (infotype 0001), personal data (infotype 0002), and planned working time (infotype 0007).

However, there can be times when you need additional infotypes to be replicated—for example, personal IDs (infotype 0185) and time sheet defaults (infotype 0315). Until the b1608 release, the only way to replicate such infotype data was through implementing the Business Add-In (BAdI) EX_PAOCF_Employee Central_PROCESS_EMPLOYEE. With the b1608 release, however, the replication of infotypes that are beyond the standard replication scope can now be done using the Business Integration Builder configuration tool. This tool is the SAP SuccessFactors design solution for building the interface logic that replaces ABAP development. Therefore, you don’t need ABAP work and you benefit from the reduced implementation effort, time, and cost.

I explain how the Business Integration Builder configuration tool can be used to replicate employee data from SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central into the SAP ERP HCM on-premise system that is beyond the scope of standard packaged integration. The Business Integration Builder configuration tool is compatible with two middleware technologies: SAP Cloud Platform Integration and Dell Boomi.

I show how to do this using the example of the personal ID infotype (infotype 0185). I also explain how to configure the Business Integration Builder configuration tool to replicate the data stored in the SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central National IDs portlet to the personal ID infotype in the SAP ERP HCM on-premise system.

 

Arun Kumar Timalapur

Arun Kumar Timalapur is a certified SAP ERP HCM Solution Consultant with more than 11 years of IT experience; currently, he is working with SAP Solution Delivery Center, India. He has done various end-to-end SAP HCM implementations at different countries in a variety of  industries. Arun is trained in many SuccessFactors modules and has worked on talent-hybrid integration scenarios using SAP PI and SAP HCI as middleware.

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Comments

8/7/2017 2:49:43 PM
Arun Kumar Timalapur

Yes BIB still requires middleware Boomi or HCI. The replication still needs to be implemented for the infotypes like 0000, 0001, 0006, 0008, 0009, 0015, 0014, 0021 And BIB could be used to replicate any other additional infotypes that are not replicated by Standard packaged integration.
Business Integration Builder is nowhere a replacement for middleware. It is more like a mapping tool that can be used to replicate additional infotypes.
7/27/2017 9:35:36 AM
Rinky Karthik

Hi Arun,

I read your article “Populate Infotypes without ABAP from SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central to SAP ERP HCM Using the Business Integration Builder” in HRexpert. Very informative and a great tool ! I do have few questions though :

• Looks like Business Integration Builder (BIB) still requires a middleware license Boomi or HCI. Is the expectation is to build majority of the replication via the interface and add additional field as and when required via BIB ?
• Is Business Integration Builder a complete replacement for a middleware or just an additional tool ?

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