SAP SuccessFactors defines its data by using a number of data models. All of these data elements have an impact on the modules of the SuccessFactors Suite, so it’s important to understand what they are.
A data model describes how data elements are structured within a database. They also define the properties of these elements and define their relationships with each other.
There are two types of company data that can be used in a data model:
Personal employee data such as name, date of birth, nationality, job title or employment data.
This type of data is more company/business-focused, such as legal entities, job and pay structures, departments and contracts.
The SAP SuccessFactors Suite defines this data using the following Data Models:
This model defines organisational data in XML, which are also the Foundation Objects. Foundation Objects can also be defined as MDF Objects.
This data model localises the foundation objects within the Corporate Data Model to specific countries and regions.
This model is the basis for SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central and is the basis of holding employee data. The elements defined here are used or referenced in the following elements:
Any stored employee data are localised in this data model. Fields that are specific to a country or region are also configured here.
When configuring the SuccessFactors Data Model for the data required for the Onboarding process, you need to synchronise the Succession Data Model with the Metadata Framework.
The data from the Succussion Data Model will then dictate the fields available for configuration by selecting “Manage Business Configuration” under the Admin Center.
While configuring the data in SuccessFactors Onboarding, you can then start to understand the concepts used for different types of data models.
The best way to synchronise these elements is by enabling Business Configuration UI (BCUI). Once this is enabled, you’ll have to create a job to sync BCUI with Succession Data Model. After this is enabled for the first time, future updates will automatically be pushed to the Succession Data Model, so you will only need to do this once.
SAP SuccessFactors also gives you the ability to configure country-specific information for entities, which are used in the Onboarding and Employee Central based on the Succession Data Model.
To configure this information you will need to do the following:
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