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2152252 - How to configure MDF portlets in Employee Profile


How to configure MDF portlets in Employee Profile?

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SAP SuccessFactors Employee Profile


1.    Why was this feature created?

This feature was created to support the growing extensibility needs of our customers.  Customers will leverage the MDF platform to extend objects and create applications beyond what the core BizX platform offers.  In many cases, these objects are user centric.  As customers use BizX as their core HRIS platform and main hub for information it becomes increasingly important that employees are able to view this information within Employee Profile.


2.    What does this feature do?

This feature allows administrators to add MDF Generic objects (with a primary key of userid) to be a portlet in the Employee Profile.


3.    What are the perquisites?

The customer must have the following enabled:


1)      V12 UI

2)      V12 Profile

3)      Enable Generic Objects

4.    How does it work?

This feature works in 2 parts.  First, you’ll have to setup an MDF object.


4.1 Setting up an MDF Object

1. Create an object in “Configure Object Definitions”


2. On the right hand side, click in the “Create New” input field and select Object Definition. Keep in mind that the Employee Profile will only pull in MDF Object Definitions that have an ExternalCode of DataType=User.


3. Once you have an Object Definition , you will create a View in the "Manage Configuration UI".


4. Update Section and block in People Profile in "Configure People Profile"


5. Link the screen you just created in step 3, and click on save button of Configure People Profile.


6. After creating the Object Definition and View, you need to provide relevant RBP access if the object is secured. Generally all the custom MDF objects are under Miscellaneous Permissions Category.



7. Now you can create an instance/data for that object. This can be done in Manage Data or directly from UI /People/Employee Profile of the employee.

Via Manage Data


Via Employee Profile




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