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PI.SFSF Integration.DOC – Successfactors communication channel supports UDF based Lookups. [SFSF Lookup]

Document Objective: Objective of this document is to providing information about that “SFSF SOAP Channel supports for UDF based Lookups”.

This document provides an example on implementation of SFSF lookup UDF in PI Enterprise Service Repository.

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Entity Type: SOAP
Entity Name: User
Operation Type Query
LookUp Query Select id from User where externalId in (<dynamicValues>)

Brief about Technical Scenario:

For each person_id_external Lookup Query will bring back the id from SFSF User Entity.

E.g. Input <external-Id > 346 and Output < id > would be USR-22.

Step I. Include following packages.


Step II. add UDF with following paramters.


Step III. UDF Code.

AbstractTrace trace = container.getTrace();

String Var_Username =””;

for (int inlen = 0; inlen < Var_ExternalID.length; inlen++)


Var_Username = Var_Username+”,”+”‘”+Var_ExternalID[inlen]+”‘”;


Var_Username = Var_Username.substring(1,Var_Username.length());



Payload SOAPOutPayload = null;

String SysName =””;

String BuisnessSysName =””;

BuisnessSysName = “SUCCESS_FACTORS_DEV”;

Channel channel = LookupService.getChannel( BuisnessSysName,”Common_SF_SFAPI_Receiver”);

SystemAccessor accessor = LookupService.getSystemAccessor(channel);

String SOAPxml =”<?xml version=\”1.0\” encoding=\”UTF-8\”?><ns0:query
xmlns:ns0=\”\”><ns0:queryString>Select id,externalId from User where externalId in ( “+Var_Username+”)</ns0:queryString></ns0:query>”;

InputStream inputStream =new ByteArrayInputStream(SOAPxml.getBytes());

XmlPayload payload = LookupService.getXmlPayload(inputStream);

SOAPOutPayload =;

InputStream inp = SOAPOutPayload.getContent();

DocumentBuilderFactory factory = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance();

DocumentBuilder builder = factory.newDocumentBuilder();

Document document = builder.parse(inp);


NodeList list = document.getElementsByTagName(“id”);

NodeList Elist = document.getElementsByTagName(“externalId”);

for (int temp =0; temp < list.getLength(); temp++)


Node node = list.item(temp);

Node Enode = Elist.item(temp);

if (node != null)


node = node.getFirstChild();

Enode = Enode.getFirstChild();

if (node != null)







catch (Exception e)


trace.addWarning(“Error” + e);



Step IV: Communication Channel.


Step V : Testing and UDF Execution




Request Message to Successfactors


Response back from Successfactors


Please do write back your comments and Queries. 

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      Author's profile photo SAP student SAP Education
      SAP student SAP Education

      Great one , can the same be done using REST adapter as well ? A similar example would be great .

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      Blog Post Author

      Yes . SF OData Adapter also supports Lookup  🙂


      Author's profile photo Hemachandan A S
      Hemachandan A S

      Great blog Prabhat and any idea on achieving dynamic SFSF channel configuration like one in SOAP?

      Author's profile photo Ambrish Mishra
      Ambrish Mishra

      Hi Prabhat,

      Nice Blog!

      I am looking to fetch Job function for a set of Job codes from Success Factors. I have posted a query as well. I think the UDF way you suggested can help achieve this. Not sure if the Select will retrieve the Job functions in sequence from the Job Codes passed as SELECT JOB_FUNCTION from FO_JOBCODE where JOBCODE IN (multiple values of Job codes).

      Hope I was able to explain the requirement.



      Author's profile photo Ambrish Mishra
      Ambrish Mishra

      Hi Prabhat,

      Just to update you… It gave me an error when I tried to the query “SELECT JOB_FUNCTION from FO_JOBCODE where externalCode IN (multiple values of Job codes)”

      externalCode is Jobcode in FO_JOBCODE.

      The error message in SF says “Query failure! Error: IN for externalCode field is not supported”

      any ideas on how to overcome this ?