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SuccessFactors Integration For Beginners – Connecting With OAuth


Recently SuccessFactors released Note # 2970369 stating its going to sunset Basic Authentication ( starting from 2022 ) for API usage.Below blog will show how we can connect using existing OAuth2 authentication method to fetch the data from SuccessFactors using SAP Integration Suite.


This blog is just to explain technically how OAuth based authentication can be achieved in SAP CPI for SuccessFactors Based integrations. SAP may release any further update to existing adapter to ease out connectivity which would make the below approach much easier.

Whats the issue with existing SuccessFactors – OData Adapter of SAP CPI:

SuccessFactors OData V2 adapter have OAuth SAML based authentication supported but it doesnt suffice to achieve the end to end scenario of authentication process to get the data from SuccessFactors OData V2 ( Refer Limitation KBA-2986720 ) using SAP CPI.

We will create a small demo to see how we can leverage HTTP and OData adapter to achive the same.

Current Process to get the data from SuccessFactors Employee Central using OAuth ( using Postman ).


SuccessFactors Settings:

Navigate to Admin Center->Manage OAuth2 Client Applications-> Register

Fill the mandatory details as shown below.


Click on Generate X.509 certificate and fill out the details as shown below and then “Generate


Once you click on Generate Screen Automatically goes back to previous one giving option to download the Private Keys and Certificates. 

Download the .pem file. It contains private key and certificate. (Can be seen in notepad++).Take a copy of private key to be used further in our integrations.


Save the configuration to capture API key associated with your OAuth Application for further usage in your integration.

SAP Integration Service Settings:

Login in to your SAP CPI tenant and create a new iflow with below design.

If you are very much new to SAP CPI then follow below Tutorial to get familiarized with.

Developer Tutorial – SAP CPI

Block 1:

Its main Integration Process and configure like below.

Step a:

Add Content Modifier and add all your parameters ( like you want to control logging ).Its optional for you in above design.

Step b:

Add Process Call to make a call to Local Integration Process – GetSAMLAssertion ( covered in Block – 2 )

Step c:

Add Process Call to make a call to Local Integration Process – GetAuthToken( covered in Block – 3 )

Step d:

Add Process Call to make a call to Local Integration Process – GetUserData( covered in Block – 4 )

Block 2:

Local Integration Process which is used to get SAML Assertion from SuccessFactors.

Step a:

Add Content Modifier with below details in Body section. Refer the above OAuth Application for all the details.


Step b:

Add Request-Reply with HTTP receiver adapter with configuration ( API server depends on your SF instance ).

Step c:

Add Script to log the assertion code ( just for your reference ).

import java.util.HashMap;

def Message processData(Message message) {

	def body = message.getBody(java.lang.String) as String;
	def messageLog = messageLogFactory.getMessageLog(message);	
        messageLog.addAttachmentAsString("SAML_Assertion:", body, "text/xml");
        return message;

Block 3:

Local Integration Process for getting Bearer Token from SuccessFactors .

Step a:

Add Content Modifier with below details.

Message Header should have constant with below value.

Name Value
Content-Type application/x-www-form-urlencoded

Body section of your content modifier should have below values ( replaced with your SuccessFactors details like company id and client id ).


Step b:

Add HTTP receiver adapter to get the Bearer Token from SuccessFactors.

Step c:

Add Script step to parse the bearer token and set it as header for subsequent call.

import groovy.json.*;
import java.util.HashMap;
def Message processData(Message message) {
       def body = message.getBody(String.class);
       def jsonSlurper = new JsonSlurper()
       def list = jsonSlurper.parseText(body)
       def token="Bearer "+list.access_token.toString();
       def map = message.getHeaders();
       message.setHeader("Authorization", token);
       return message;

Step d:

Optional Script step to log your payload.

Block 4:

Locat Integration Process call to get User data from SuccessFactors.

Step a:

Add a  Request-Reply step to make OData call to get User data from SuccessFactors with below configuration.

Step b:

Log your payload to see the user details from SuccessFactors.


Deploy your IFlow to see end to end result.


Hope this helps to understand step by step details to achieve the connectivity.


Sriprasad Shivaram Bhat

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  • Thanks Sriprasad Shivaram Bhat for sharing the step by step details of Oauth Authentication to Successfactor using existing functionality.

    Does SAP has road map to upgrade the Successfactor Odata standard adapter to accept the same or enhance functionality of oauth?




  • Hi Sriprasad,


    I have successfully got the Assertion through POSTMAN as well as CPI. But , while getting Token I am getting '401' error (in both CPI as well as POSTMAN). Please advise .



    Thanks and Regards,

    Vivek Jain

  • /
    • Hello Vivek,

      Could you please share screenshot of the OAUTH details screen and also the user you are using is having all the required access ( API user ).


      Sriprasad Shivaram Bhat

  • Hi Sriprasad,


    Thank you for the informative blog.

    I'm able to test the OAuth SAML Bearer Assertion through Postman successfully.

    We have an Artifact type OAuth SAML Bearer Assertion in SAP CPI Security material. I tried to use the Artifact in the CPI flow. But the flow failed with the below error. while trying to invoke the method of a null object loaded from local variable 'principalToken', cause: java.lang.NullPointerException: while trying to invoke the method of a null object loaded from local variable 'principalToken'

    I want to understand that-  Is the process explained in the blog is different from the SAP CPI Artifact OAuth2 SAML Bearer Assertion (SuccessFactors)?


    Thank you.




  • Hello Sriprasad Shivaram Bhat,

    I have bookmarked your blog when I was doing research on OAuth2SAMLBearerAssertion flow with different LOB applications.

    I do really appreciate the clarity of the solution you describe that leverages the SFSF OAuth client idp endpoint to generate the saml bearer assertion. (On a side note your blog is also a quite nice introduction into CPI part of Integration Suite).

    Long story short.

    As a result of my own research I had come up with the following blog post that describes other ways to implement OAuth2SAMLBearerAssertion with SuccessFactors (both with SAP BTP and without BTP tie-in), namely SAP SuccessFactors Integration with OAuth2SAMLBearerAssertion flow.

    kind regards