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2228910 - How to modify or add an additional field to existing MDF Foundation Object


This document will guide you through adding an addional field to an existing MDF Foundation Object in SuccessFactors.


  • SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite
  • Employee Central

Reproducing the Issue

In this example, we will add a custom field "Notes" to a existing Foundation Object: "BusinessUnit".  These steps are applicable to any available Foundation Object.


  1. Login to SuccessFactors as an administrative user
  2. Navigate to "Admin Center"
  3. Select "Company Settings" -> "Configure Object Definitions"
  4. In the Search Field drop-down, select: "Object Definition".   Select the object from the second drop-down (example: "Business Unit")

The definition for BusinessUnit will be displayed:


To add the "Notes" field:

  1. Select "Take Action" -> "Make Correction"
  2. Scroll down to the last available field in the "Fields" section and enter a name for the field (example: "cust_note")


  3. Provide the length (255 maximum) and datatype (STRING) of the field.
  4. Select the link "Details"
  5. in the Details section, provide a Label (example: "Note") and any other parameters required.
  6. Select "Done" in details
  7. Select "Save" on the object definition.

The field has now been added to the BusinessUnit Object.


To view the changes to the BusinessUnit object:

  1. In Admin Center, select "Manage Data"
  2. In "Search" select "BusinessUnit" and any object from the second drop-down.
  3. observe that the new field "Note" has been added.



See Also

Migrating to Metadata Framework (MDF) Foundation Objects Guide:



KBA , sf1508 , LOD-SF-EC-MDF , MDF & EC2MDF Migration , How To


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