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2355576 - How do to generate Employee ID automatically for user creation via the OData API


Creation of a new user via Successfactors UI automatically generates an employee Id for that user. How to achieve the same automatic generation of employee id when creating new users via the API?


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  • You can achieve the same functionality via APIs but you need to execute one additional API call to achieve the same functionality.
  • The userId is not automatically generated via the 'User API Upsert' operation but you can call another API(generateNextPersonID) as follows-$format=json

  • This will return you the 'PersonId' which is nothing but the automatically generated userId, exactly same as how the 'Add New Employee' feature generates when employee is created via UI.
  • This Id can be passed in the subsequent API request for different entities as follows-
    • User Entity: In the fields username and userID
    • PerPerson Entity: In the field personIdExternal
    • Employment Entity: In the fields personIdExternal and userID
    • Per* Entities: Used in all Per* entities for the field personIdExternal
    • Emp*Entities: Used in all Emp* entities for the field userId

Note: When you generate more than one ID, use a $BATCH statement to avoid too many roundtrips. Make sure that users use the generated IDs in a unique way. Any unused numbers will create gaps since the API generates the numbers in an incremental fashion. More information at the OData API EC Reference Guide.

See Also

2854509 - generateNextPersonID function not available in CPI

2610558 - How to use the function import generateNextPersonID in Boomi

2418814 - How to configure an MDF Sequence object and Business Rule to auto-generate Person ID during Hire

2493579 - Employee Central: Person/User IDs Used Within Employee Central - SuccessFactors Employee Profile


Automatic generation of person ID using generateNextPersonID , KBA , LOD-SF-INT-ODATA , OData API Framework , LOD-SF-INT , Integrations , How To


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