It is therefore important that customers -- and equally important that systems integrators -- think carefully about the following: Although Generic Objects are not specific to Success Factors, it is worth being reminded how important usage and design are to determining the business case for them and how important it is to have clear requirements defined.For example: Defining requirements with a consultant who is familiar with the MDF will enable the design to be architected efficiently.For example, in some instances, multiple effective-dated Generic Objects may be required to realize a particular requirement.
Naturally, documentation of all system configurations is a necessity.
For Generic Objects, it is important to ensure that an object's design and dependencies are well-documented, particularly when it's being transported and tested in the production system.
The following items should be well-documented: Whether before a Generic Object is created or as an ongoing process, continuous education is a necessity.
The MDF is being enhanced with every quarterly release, and although this will not have a detrimental effect on existing objects, new features and functionality may help to enhance an existing Generic Object or process, making the object more efficient or further automating the process.
Customers should be educated in the MDF during any Employee Central implementation by their systems integrator, but SAP also provide some excellent documentation on the MDF and Rules Engine -- as well as on Advances, Alternative Cost Distribution, Deductions, Global Benefits, Income Tax Declarations (for India), Position Management and Time Off (all of which are MDF-based) -- on the SAP Service Marketplace.
The Rules Engine is a powerful part of the MDF and can provide customers with numerous ways in which to apply their own business logic to the system.Having an understanding of the various mathematical and date operators available for rules can be very useful when setting up alerts, notifications, numerical calculations, and Time Off rules.The different model-based objects can be leveraged effectively to change field attributes, such as the visibility of a field or whether a field is required.The Success Factors Metadata Framework provides customers with the ability to create and maintain the custom objects, screens and business rules in the Success Factors system that are needed to extend Success Factors functionality.This is primarily available for Employee Central, but is also available partially for Compensation and Succession.The Success Factors Metadata Framework (MDF) is easy to use and significantly reduces the complexity and effort needed to extend Employee Central functionality, which means that practices that are different from those SAP customers may be used to for such activities as design and education are required when they leverage these capabilities.