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2302957 - Why and who gets email notification for an update/upsert in Successfactors system via OData API?


  • Whenever a new record is insterted/upserted/updated via API(SFAPI/Odata), one email notification gets triggerred to an email id in below format-


  • This email notification was never specifically subscribed by the customer.

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Successfactors BizX system

Reproducing the Issue

Update any user in Successfactors instance via API call.


  • This notification is sent to the email id specified for the username used to perform this update/upsert operation.
  • And in order to identify which user, go to the API Audit Logs(choose SFAPI/Odata depending upon which API protocol was used to perform the operation) and search for the corresponding 'update/upsert' operation.
  • Once done, you will see a screen like below(Odata API Audit Log screenshot for example)-

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  • Now on this screen, you need to view the value for the field 'Login ID' for the corresponding operation.
  • And you can then check for the email Id specified in the system for this user by viewing this user's profile.
  • Now this is a designed behavior and cannot be changed.


Now, in case you don't want to receive these email notifications you can follow below recommendations-

  • Create a user specifically for API operations.
  • Now you can either leave the email id field blank or provide a dummy email id(in case it is marked as mandatory for your instance) so that you do not receive these email notifications.


OData Login ID, OData email notification , KBA , LOD-SF-INT-ODATA , OData API Framework , LOD-SF-INT , Integrations , Problem


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