3 Tips For Employee Central To WorkForce Software Integration From The WorkForce Side

For organizations using both SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central (EC) and WorkForce Software’s Time and Attendance Solution (WFS) there are integration options between the two systems that are not often leveraged.  The following are a few tips and tricks when configuring these two systems to work in concert to make configuration easier and to allow you to get the most out of the systems you’ve invested in.

When implementing single sign on (SSO) between EC And WFS you’ll want to start with the newest templates found within policy editor.  If you’re implementing a system using the Standard Base Product, these should be included, but if not, the newest template for SuccessFactors SSO integration will give you the foundation for the rest of the configuration. 

SuccessFactors SSO Authentication Template v19.1

For those of you that may be familiar with WFS SSO configurations from older versions, the newer versions of the templates leverage the use the SAML SSO Profile policy to allow for multiple environment profiles to be configured.  This removes the need to create multiple copies of the same authentication script for different environments and to hard code connection values into your script.

Script example of how to use the SAML SSO Profile policy to avoid hard coding values

In most environments SSO is used to embed WFS within EC by going to the dropdown in the EC home menu and take the user to the WFS dashboard, but these are not the only options that are available.  Once authentication is working you have many options for where you want the users to land and tiles can be configured to open windows to many other WFS pages.  The Authentication Mechanism script imported above will create several default pages that can be uses.  The defaults can be found within the Distributed JavaScript Library PPI_SSO and can be updated or added to within the Authentication Mechanism scripts. 

Default redirects from the JavaScript Library

Make sure to read the script options as it will explain how to configure these.  These custom URLs are then used within EC provisioning to determine where an authenticated request will end up.

One of the often-requested features that leverages SSO is to embed the time clock directly within a pop-up in EC to allow users to clock in/out without having to go to a separate page.  While this is the most common request, it is not the only option for these popups within EC. 

WorkForce Software Bank Balances embedded in Employee Central

Items such as bank balances, KPI charts, and exceptions can all be embedded to allow users to view information at a glance without having to go in to WFS.  The specifics of configuration and the html code required for this and the other tips above are found within the WFS document “Embedding WorkForce Time and Attendance in SuccessFactors”. 

When configuring HCM systems it is often desirable to present a convenient and streamlined approach to users when multiple systems are in use.  Leveraging the integration between EC and WFS is one way to simplify the end user experience and help your team be more productive.

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1 Response to 3 Tips For Employee Central To WorkForce Software Integration From The WorkForce Side

  1. David Shanahan says:

    Thanks Joe. This has some excellent tips!

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