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Connect to SAP SuccessFactors Data in IntelliJ

Integrate connectivity to SAP SuccessFactors data with wizards in IntelliJ.

The CData JDBC Driver for SAP SuccessFactors enables you to access SAP SuccessFactors as a JDBC data source, providing integration with rapid development tools in IDEs. This article shows how to use the data source configuration wizard to connect to SAP SuccessFactors data in IntelliJ.

Create a JBDC Data Source for SAP SuccessFactors

Follow the steps below to add the driver JAR and define connection properties required to connect to SAP SuccessFactors data.

  1. In the Data Sources window, right-click and then click Add Data Source -> DB Data Source.
  2. In the Data Source Properties dialog that appears, the following properties are required:

    • JDBC Driver Files: Click the button next to this menu to add the JDBC Driver file cdata.jdbc.sapsuccessfactors.jar, located in the installation directory.
    • JDBC Driver Class: In this menu, select cdata.jdbc.sapsuccessfactors.SAPSuccessFactorsDriver from the list.
    • Database URL: Enter the connection URL in the JDBC URL property. The URL must start with jdbc:sapsuccessfactors: and includes connection properties separated with semicolons.

      You can authenticate to SAP Success Factors using Basic authentication or OAuth with SAML assertion.

      Basic Authentication

      You must provide values for the following properties to successfully authenticate to SAP Success Factors. Note that the provider will reuse the session opened by SAP Success Factors using cookies. Which means that your credentials will be used only on the first request to open the session. After that, cookies returned from SAP Success Factors will be used for authentication.

      • Url: set this to the URL of the server hosting Success Factors. Some of the servers are listed in the SAP support documentation (external link).
      • User: set this to the username of your account.
      • Password: set this to the password of your account.
      • CompanyId: set this to the unique identifier of your company.

      OAuth Authentication

      You must provide values for the following properties, which will be used to get the access token.

      • Url: set this to the URL of the server hosting Success Factors. Some of the servers are listed in the SAP support documentation (external link).
      • User: set this to the username of your account.
      • CompanyId: set this to the unique identifier of your company.
      • OAuthClientId: set this to the API Key that was generated in API Center.
      • OAuthClientSecret: the X.509 private key used to sign SAML assertion. The private key can be found in the certificate you downloaded in Registering your OAuth Client Application.
      • InitiateOAuth: set this to GETANDREFRESH.

      Built-in Connection String Designer

      For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the SAP SuccessFactors JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.sapsuccessfactors.jar

      Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

      A typical JDBC URL is the following:

      jdbc:sapsuccessfactors:User=username;Password=password;CompanyId=CompanyId;Url=https://api4.successfactors.com;

Edit and Save SAP SuccessFactors Data

To discover schema information, right-click the data source you just created and click Refresh Tables. To query a table, right-click it and then click Open Tables Editor. You can also modify records in the Table Editor.