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Build SAP SuccessFactors-Connected Web Apps in Servoy

Use Servoy Developer to easily connect to SAP SuccessFactors data and build web apps with connectivity to live SAP SuccessFactors data.

Servoy is a rapid application development and deployment platform. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver for SAP SuccessFactors, users can build SAP SuccessFactors-connected apps that work with live SAP SuccessFactors data. This article describes how to connect to SAP SuccessFactors from Servoy and build a simple web app to display and search SAP SuccessFactors data.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live SAP SuccessFactors data. When you issue complex SQL queries to SAP SuccessFactors, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to SAP SuccessFactors and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations). Its built-in dynamic metadata querying lets you work with SAP SuccessFactors data using native data types.

Connect to SAP SuccessFactors in Servoy Developer

To build SAP SuccessFactors-connected apps, you need to first create a data provider in Servoy Developer using the CData JDBC Driver for SAP SuccessFactors.

  1. Install the JDBC Driver.
  2. Copy the JDBC Driver JAR file. (cdata.jdbc.sapsuccessfactors.jar) to the /application_server/drivers/ directory in the installation directory for Servoy.
  3. Open Servoy Developer.
  4. In the Solution Explorer, right-click Database Server (under Resources) and choose "Connect to existing database" -> "empty."
    1. Name the server.
    2. Click to show the advanced server settings.
      • Set the URL, for example: jdbc:sapsuccessfactors:User=username;Password=password;CompanyId=CompanyId;Url=https://api4.successfactors.com;

        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.

        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.
      • Select the Driver class you just copied, for example, cdata.jdbc.sapsuccessfactors.SAPSuccessFactorsDriver

Build a SAP SuccessFactors-Connected Web App

Once you have configured the connection to SAP SuccessFactors in the Servoy Developer resources, you are ready to build apps with access to live SAP SuccessFactors data.

Create a New Solution

  1. In the Server Explorer, right-click "All solutions" and select "Create new solution."
  2. Name the solution.
  3. Select the checkbox to include the "search" module.
  4. Click "Finish."

Create a New Form

Right-click "Forms" and select "Create new form."

  1. Name the form.
  2. Select a Datasource.
  3. Set the type (e.g., Simple) and click "Finish."

Add a Data Grid to the Form

  1. Drag a Data Grid component (from Servoy NG-Grids) onto the form.
  2. Drag a column component onto the Data Grid and set the "dataprovider" property for each column component to a column from the SAP SuccessFactors "table" (e.g., address1 from the ExtAddressInfo table).

    Continue adding columns as desired.

Add Searching to the App

Note that the "svySearch" extension is required to add search functionality (included by default when you create a new solution). If you did not add the extension when you created the solution or you are modifying an existing solution, you can add the search module by right-clicking Modules (in the solution) and selecting "Add Module." Select "svySearch" and click "OK."

  1. Drag a Text Field component onto the Form.
  2. Right-click the Form and select "Open in Script Editor."
  3. Create a new variable (JavaScript) to hold the search value:
    var searchText = '';
    
  4. Back on the Form, in the Text Field properties:
    1. Set the "dataprovider" property to the Form variable you just created.
    2. Double-click to add a method for the onAction event.
    3. Click to create the method in "Form," name the method (e.g., onEnter), and click "Create private."
    4. Click "OK & Show."
  5. Add the following JavaScript to the JavaScript file to use the Servoy framework to implement searching bound data based on the text in the Text Field:
    var search = scopes.svySearch.createSimpleSearch(foundset).setSearchText(searchText);
    search.setSearchAllColumns();
    search.loadRecords(foundset);
    

Save and Launch the App

Save the form and JavaScript file, then click Run -> Launch NGClient to start the web app.

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