Integrating SuccessFactors Employee Central with SAP ERP HCM Master Data

  • by Priynk Gautam , SAP ERP HCM/SuccessFactors Consultant
  • October 31, 2014
Learn how to integrate SuccessFactors Employee Central with your SAP ERP HCM system. After the successful integration, Employee Central becomes the system of record for master data and any changes to master data in Employee Central can be copied to the SAP ERP HCM system using iFlows.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn:

  • How to implement the integration of SuccessFactors Employee Central with an SAP ERP HCM system
  • How to map various foundation objects and employee attributes from Employee Central to an SAP ERP HCM system
  • The necessary configuration steps needed to integrate SuccessFactors Employee Central with SAP ERP HCM master data
Key Concept

For integration between the SuccessFactors and on-premise SAP systems, there is a standard pre-built connection, maintained and supported by SAP called iFlows. iFlows are pre-delivered integration packs that provide data mappings, connections, API calls, routing, and  security. Once iFlows are configured and deployed, replication of master data can be run. SAP also releases upgrades to iFlows that are delivered automatically, saving companies time and resources. Companies also have the ability to change the custom data mapping to meet their business requirements.

Integrating SuccessFactors Employee Central with SAP ERP HCM 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.

This process is initiated when HR master data is sent from SuccessFactors Employee Central and updates the corresponding infotypes in the SAP ERP HCM system. Since different countries have different payroll requirements and need different sets of data (e.g., infotypes) to be copied from SuccessFactors Employee Central to the SAP ERP HCM system, companies can configure their SAP systems based on country-specific requirements. The entire integration process requires careful analysis and planning up front, including requiring project managers with experience integrating SuccessFactors with SAP ERP HCM.

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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