SAP SuccessFactors

The SAP SuccessFactors connector lets you perform insert, delete, update, and read operations on SAP SuccessFactors data.

Before you begin

Before using the SAP SuccessFactors connector, do the following tasks:

  • In your Google Cloud project:
    • Grant the roles/connectors.admin IAM role to the user configuring the connector.
    • Grant the following IAM roles to the service account that you want to use for the connector:
      • roles/secretmanager.viewer
      • roles/secretmanager.secretAccessor

      A service account is a special type of Google account intended to represent a non-human user that needs to authenticate and be authorized to access data in Google APIs. If you don't have a service account, you must create a service account. For more information, see Creating a service account.

    • Enable the following services:
      • secretmanager.googleapis.com (Secret Manager API)
      • connectors.googleapis.com (Connectors API)

      To understand how to enable services, see Enabling services.

    If these services or permissions have not been enabled for your project previously, you are prompted to enable them when configuring the connector.

Configure the connector

Configuring the connector requires you to create a connection to your data source (backend system). A connection is specific to a data source. It means that if you have many data sources, you must create a separate connection for each data source. To create a connection, do the following steps:

  1. In the Cloud console, go to the Integration Connectors > Connections page and then select or create a Google Cloud project.

    Go to the Connections page

  2. Click + Create new to open the Create Connection page.
  3. In the Location section, choose the location for the connection.
    1. Region: Select a location from the drop-down list.

      For the list of all the supported regions, see Locations.

    2. Click Next.
  4. In the Connection Details section, complete the following:
    1. Connector: Select SAP SuccessFactors from the drop down list of available Connectors.
    2. Connector version: Select the Connector version from the drop down list of available versions.
    3. In the Connection Name field, enter a name for the Connection instance.

      Connection names must meet the following criteria:

      • Connection names can use letters, numbers, or hyphens.
      • Letters must be lower-case.
      • Connection names must begin with a letter and end with a letter or number.
      • Connection names cannot exceed 63 characters.
    4. Optionally, enter a Description for the connection instance.
    5. Service Account: Select a service account that has the required roles.
    6. Optionally, configure the Connection node settings:

      • Minimum number of nodes: Enter the minimum number of connection nodes.
      • Maximum number of nodes: Enter the maximum number of connection nodes.

      A node is a unit (or replica) of a connection that processes transactions. More nodes are required to process more transactions for a connection and conversely, fewer nodes are required to process fewer transactions. To understand how the nodes affect your connector pricing, see Pricing for connection nodes. If you don't enter any values, by default the minimum nodes are set to 2 (for better availability) and the maximum nodes are set to 50.

    7. Company Id: Unique identifier of your company. This is required to authenticate.
    8. Data Format: The data format to retrieve data in. Select either ATOM or JSON.
    9. Include Navigation Properties: A boolean indicating if navigation properties should be included in the column listing.
    10. Purge Type: PurgeType is an optional parameter that determines whether an incremental or full update will be performed on an entity.
    11. Use Client Side Paging: Whether or not the CData ADO.NET Provider for SAP SuccessFactors should use client side paging.
    12. Use Display Names: Boolean determining whether or not to use SAP labels.
    13. Use proxy: This indicates whether to use the system proxy settings or not. This takes precedence over other proxy settings, so you'll need to set ProxyAutoDetect to FALSE in order use custom proxy settings.
    14. Proxy Auth Scheme: The authentication type to use to authenticate to the ProxyServer proxy.
    15. Proxy User: A user name to be used to authenticate to the ProxyServer proxy.
    16. Proxy Password: A password to be used to authenticate to the ProxyServer proxy.
    17. Proxy SSL Type: The SSL type to use when connecting to the ProxyServer proxy.
    18. Use proxy: Select this checkbox to configure a proxy server for the connection and configure the following values:
      • Proxy Auth Scheme: Select the authentication type to authenticate with the proxy server. The following authentication types are supported:
        • Basic: Basic HTTP authentication.
        • Digest: Digest HTTP authentication.
      • Proxy User: A user name to be used to authenticate with the proxy server.
      • Proxy Password: The Secret manager secret of the user's password.
      • Proxy SSL Type: The SSL type to use when connecting to the proxy server. The following authentication types are supported:
        • Auto: Default setting. If the URL is an HTTPS URL, then the Tunnel option is used. If the URL is an HTTP URL, then the NEVER option is used.
        • Always: The connection is always SSL enabled.
        • Never: The connection is not SSL enabled.
        • Tunnel: The connection is through a tunneling proxy. The proxy server opens a connection to the remote host and traffic flows back and forth through the proxy.
      • In the Proxy Server section, enter details of the proxy server.
        1. Click + Add destination.
        2. Select a Destination Type.
          • Host address: Specify the hostname or IP address of the destination.

            If you want to establish a private connection to your backend system, do the following:

    19. Optionally, click + ADD LABEL to add a label to the Connection in the form of a key/value pair.
    20. Click Next.
  5. In the Destinations section, enter details of the remote host (backend system) you want to connect to.
    1. Destination Type: Select a Destination Type.
      1. In the Host address field, specify the hostname or IP address of the destination.
        1. If you want to establish a private connection to your backend systems, follow these steps:
          1. Create a PSC service attachment.
          2. Create an endpoint attachment and then enter the details of the endpoint attachment in the Host address field.
        2. If you want to establish a public connection to your backend systems with additional security, you can consider configuring static outbound IP addresses for your connections, and then configure your firewall rules to allowlist only the specific static IP addresses.

      To enter additional destinations, click +Add destination.

    2. Click Next.
  6. In the Authentication section, enter the authentication details.
    1. Select an Authentication type and enter the relevant details.

      The following authentication types are supported by the SAP SuccessFactors connection:

      • Username and password
    2. To understand how to configure these authentication types, see Configure authentication.

    3. Click Next.
  7. Review: Review your connection and authentication details.
  8. Click Create.

Configure authentication

Enter the details based on the authentication you want to use.

  • Username and password
    • Username: Username for connector
    • Password: Secret Manager Secret containing the password associated with the connector.
    • Auth Scheme: The scheme used for authentication

Entities, operations, and actions

All the Integration Connectors provide a layer of abstraction for the objects of the connected application. You can access an application's objects only through this abstraction. The abstraction is exposed to you as entities, operations, and actions.

  • Entity: An entity can be thought of as an object, or a collection of properties, in the connected application or service. The definition of an entity differs from a connector to a connector. For example, in a database connector, tables are the entities, in a file server connector, folders are the entities, and in a messaging system connector, queues are the entities.

    However, it is possible that a connector doesn't support or have any entities, in which case the Entities list will be empty. For example, the Pub/Sub connector doesn't have any entity, but only has the publishMessage action.

  • Operation: An operation is the activity that you can perform on an entity. You can perform any of the following operations on an entity:

    Selecting an entity from the available list, generates a list of operations available for the entity. For a detailed description of the operations, see the Connectors task's entity operations. However, it is possible that a connector doesn't support any entity operations, in which case the Operations list will be empty.

  • Action: An action is a first class function that is made available to the integration through the connector interface. An action lets you make changes to an entity or entities, and vary from connector to connector. However, it is possible that a connector doesn't support any action, in which case the Actions list will be empty.

System limitations

The SAP SuccessFactors connector can process 10 transaction per second, per node, and throttles any transactions beyond this limit. By default, Integration Connectors allocates 2 nodes (for better availability) for a connection.

For information on the limits applicable to Integration Connectors, see Limits.

Actions

This section lists all the actions supported by the SuccessFactors connection.

UpsertEntity action

This action lets you upsert a record for an entity.

Input parameters of the UpsertEntity action

Parameter Name Data Type Required Description
entityType string True Entity type to be upserted.
payload object True Upsert payload in the json format.

Output parameters of the UpsertEntity action

This action returns the status 200 (OK) with a response body indicating all Upsert results.

For example on how to configure the UpsertEntity action, see Examples.

Action examples

This section describes how to perform some of the actions in this connector.

Example - Update a record in an entity

The following example updates a record in the PerPersonal entity.

  1. In the Configure connector task dialog, click Actions.
  2. Select the UpsertEntity action, and then click Done.
  3. In the Task Input section of the Connectors task, click connectorInputPayload and then enter a value similar to the following in the Default Value field:
    {
    "entityType": "PerPersonal",
    "payload": {
      "personIdExternal": "109031",
      "startDate": "1800-01-01 00:00:00.0",
      "firstName": "John",
      "lastName": "Job",
      "nationality": "IND"
      }
    }
    
  4. If the action is successful, the connector task's connectorOutputPayload field will have a value similar to the following:

    [{
      "personIdExternal": "109031",
      "startDate": "1989-12-31 23:00:00.0"
    }]
    

Example - Update a record in an entity

The following example updates a record in the PaymentInformationDetailV3 entity.

  1. In the Configure connector task dialog, click Actions.
  2. Select the UpsertEntity action, and then click Done.
  3. In the Task Input section of the Connectors task, click connectorInputPayload and then enter a value similar to the following in the Default Value field:
    {
      "entityType": "PaymentInformationDetailV3",
      "payload": {
        "PaymentInformationV3_effectiveStartDate": "2015-01-21 00:00:00.0",
        "PaymentInformationV3_worker": "82096",
        "externalCode": 563.0,
        "currency": "EUR"
      }
    }
    
  4. If the action is successful, the connector task's connectorOutputPayload field will have a value similar to the following:

    [{
      "externalCode": 563.0,
      "PaymentInformationV3_effectiveStartDate": "2015-01-20 23:00:00.0",
      "PaymentInformationV3_worker": "82096"
    }]
    

Example - Create a record in an entity

The following example creates a record in the TodoEntryV2 entity.

  1. In the Configure connector task dialog, click Actions.
  2. Select the UpsertEntity action, and then click Done.
  3. In the Task Input section of the Connectors task, click connectorInputPayload and then enter a value similar to the following in the Default Value field:
    {
      "entityType": "TodoEntryV2",
      "payload": {
        "todoEntryName": "Finish Your Tasks",
        "status": 1.0,
        "categoryId": "41",
        "LinkeduserNav": {
          "__metadata": {
            "uri": "https://apisalesdemo2.successfactors.eu/odata/v2/User('613577712')",
            "type": "SFOData.User"
          }
        }
      }
    }
    
  4. If the action execution is successful, the connector task's connectorOutputPayload field will have a value similar to the following:

    [{
      "todoEntryId": 221443.0
    }] 
    

Entity examples

Example - List records of an entity

This example lists the records of the FOCompany entity.

  1. In the Configure connector task dialog, click Entities.
  2. Select FOCompany from the Entity list.
  3. Select the LIST operation, and then click Done.
  4. In the Task Input section of the Connectors task, you can set the filterClause as per your requirement.

    For example, setting the filter clause to externalCode='5100' and startDate='1900-01-01 00:00:00', lists only those records whose externalCode is 5100 and startDate is 1900-01-01 00:00:00.

Example - Get a record from an entity

This example fetches a record from the User entity.

  1. In the Configure connector task dialog, click Entities.
  2. Select User from the Entity list.
  3. Select the GET operation, and then click Done.
  4. In the Task Input section of the Connectors task, click EntityId and then enter 103032 in the Default Value field.

    Here, 103032 is the primary key of the Users entity.

Example - Delete a record from an entity

This example deletes a record from the FOCompany entity.

  1. In the Configure connector task dialog, click Entities.
  2. Select FOCompany from the Entity list.
  3. Select the DELETE operation, and then click Done.
  4. In the Task Input section of the Connectors task, click entityId and then enter 113132 in the Default Value field.

    Alternately, if the entity has composite primary Keys instead of specifying the entityId, you can set the filterClause. For example, externalCode='5100' and startDate='1900-01-01 00:00:00'.

Example - Create a record in an entity

  1. In the Configure connector task dialog, click Entities.
  2. Select FOCompany from the Entity list.
  3. Select the Create operation, and then click Done.
  4. In the Task Input section of the Connectors task, click connectorInputPayload and then enter a value similar to the following in the Default Value field:
    {
    "externalCode": "1000",
    "startDate": "1900-01-01 00:00:00.0",
    "standardHours": 40.0,
    "status": "I",
    "currency": "EUR",
    "country": "DEU"
    }
    

    If the integration is successful, the connector task's connectorOutputPayload field will have a value similar to the following:

    {
    "externalCode": "1000",
    "startDate": "1900-01-01 00:00:00.0"
    }
    

Example - Create a record in the TimeZone entity

  1. In the Configure connector task dialog, click Entities.
  2. Select TimeZone from the Entity list.
  3. Select the Create operation, and then click Done.
  4. In the Task Input section of the Connectors task, click connectorInputPayload and then enter a value similar to the following in the Default Value field:
    {
    "effectiveStartDate": "2023-08-16 00:00:00.0",
    "externalCode": "10013",
    "effectiveStatus": "A",
    "utcDstOffset": "UTC+01:00",
    "utcOffset": "+0100"
    }
    

    If the integration is successful, the connector task's connectorOutputPayload field will have a value similar to the following:

    {
    "effectiveStartDate": "2023-08-16 00:00:00.0",
    "externalCode": "10013"
    }
    

Example - Update a record in an entity

This example updates a record in the FOCompany entity.

  1. In the Configure connector task dialog, click Entities.
  2. Select FOCompany from the Entity list.
  3. Select the Update operation, and then click Done.
  4. In the Task Input section of the Connectors task, click connectorInputPayload and then enter a value similar to the following in the Default Value field:
    {
    "description": "BestRun India"
    }
    
  5. In the Task Input section of the Connectors task, click entityId and then enter 103032 in the Default Value field.

    Alternately, if the entity has composite primary Keys instead of specifying the entityId, you can set the filterClause. For example, externalCode='5100' and startDate='1900-01-01 00:00:00'.

  6. If the integration is successful, the connector task's connectorOutputPayload field will have a value similar to the following:

    {
    "externalCode": "5100",
    "startDate": "1900-01-01 00:00:00.0"
    }
    

Use terraform to create connections

You can use the Terraform resource to create a new connection.

To learn how to apply or remove a Terraform configuration, see Basic Terraform commands.

To view a sample terraform template for connection creation, see sample template.

When creating this connection by using Terraform, you must set the following variables in your Terraform configuration file:

Parameter name Data type Required Description
company_id STRING True Unique identifier of your company. This is required to authenticate.
purge_type STRING False PurgeType is an optional parameter that determines whether an incremental or full update will be performed on an entity.
use_client_side_paging BOOLEAN False Whether or not the CData ADO.NET Provider for SAP SuccessFactors should use client side paging.
use_display_names BOOLEAN False Boolean determining whether or not to use SAP labels.
verbosity STRING False Verbosity level for connection, varies from 1-5. Higher verbosity level will log all the communication details (request,response & ssl certificates).
proxy_enabled BOOLEAN False Select this checkbox to configure a proxy server for the connection.
proxy_auth_scheme ENUM False The authentication type to use to authenticate to the ProxyServer proxy. Supported values are: BASIC, DIGEST, NONE
proxy_user STRING False A user name to be used to authenticate to the ProxyServer proxy.
proxy_password SECRET False A password to be used to authenticate to the ProxyServer proxy.
proxy_ssltype ENUM False The SSL type to use when connecting to the ProxyServer proxy. Supported values are: AUTO, ALWAYS, NEVER, TUNNEL

Use the SAP SuccessFactors connection in an integration

After you create the connection, it becomes available in both Apigee Integration and Application Integration. You can use the connection in an integration through the Connectors task.

  • To understand how to create and use the Connectors task in Apigee Integration, see Connectors task.
  • To understand how to create and use the Connectors task in Application Integration, see Connectors task.

Get help from the Google Cloud community

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