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What's New in Oracle Identity Manager Connector for SAP Employee Reconciliation?

This chapter provides an overview of the updates made to the software and documentation for release 9.1.2.6 of the SAP Employee Reconciliation connector.

The updates discussed in this chapter are divided into the following categories:

Software Updates

The following sections discuss software updates:

Software Updates in Release 9.1.2.6

The following are issues resolved in release 9.1.2.6:

Bug Number Issue Resolution

13506280

When processing an IDoc file containing an empty date with "SAP HRMS User Recon", the date value is parsed as Thu Nov 30 00:00:00 CET 2 (day=30, month= 11, year = 0002).

This issue has been resolved. The value of date field will be blank.

13538856

If you process an IDoc stream that contains more than one user and generates more than one reconciliation event of type Create, then the connector generates three new reconciliation events (Create User event).

The first reconciliation event successfully creates the OIM User. The other two reconciliation events fail with the following error message:

ORA Error Code =>ORA-01400: cannot insert NULL into () ORA Error Stack =>ORA-06512: at "DEV_OIM.OIM_SP_RECONBLKUSERCRUD", line 728

This issue has been resolved.

13682760

If SAP reconciliation is processing an IDoc file containing two entries of InfoType E2P0016001, then the first entry contains the old value of an attribute. The second entry contains the new or updated value of the same attribute.

The connector parses only the first occurrence and consequently misses the attribute update.

This issue has been resolved.

13716729

In the case of a future-dated hire, among the terminate and rehire events, the rehire event is ignored.

This issue has been resolved.

13803977

For future-dated reconciliation events (that is, deferred events) the data transformation feature is correctly triggered and run. However, the transformed values are not stored into the reconciliation event (reconciliation data).

This issue has been resolved.

14075167

Two SAP resources and therefore two SAP HRMS listener jobs are needed to connect Oracle Identity Manager.

The first job is labelled as SAP HRMS HRX listener and the second job as SAP HRMS ISX listener. When the jobs run, they are both tagged to same resource.

This issue has been resolved.

14067912

A transformer in the connector transforms a field coming from SAP (SAPBUILDINGATTRIBUTE) into three attributes in Oracle Identity Manager. On the file delivery of all SAP entries, the transformer works correctly.

Using the SAP Listener job, events are received from the SAP system without the SAPBUILDINGATTRIBUTE field. In this case, the transformer delivers empty attributes that overwrite the three Oracle Identity Manager attributes.

This issue has been resolved. The transformer job is skipped if the SAPBUILDINGATTRIBUTE field is not delivered.

14384664

In the case of re-hire events, the user is not enabled.

This issue has been resolved.

15934207

In Oracle Identity Manager 11g release, the SAP HRMS listener cannot be stopped or restarted.

This issue has been resolved.

15947444

Creation or updation of employee with Start Date in the future correctly generates a reconciliation event with Event Deferred status.

Information sent from the HR trusted source is visible, except the details related to Manager ID. The IDoc file generated and sent to Oracle Identity Manager contains the above field.

This issue has been resolved.


Software Updates in Release 9.1.2.5

The following are issues resolved in release 9.1.2.5:

Bug Number Issue Resolution

12409614

User records were reconciled without populating the manager ID attribute values. However, the manager ID attribute values were reconciled after running the SAP HRMS Update Manager scheduled task.

This issue has been resolved. The manager ID attribute values are reconciled along with other user records. There is no need to run a separate scheduled task to reconcile manager ID attribute values.

12320106

When the SAP HRMS Listener scheduled task was run, the connector created a reference to the Oracle Identity Manager APIs. However, after the scheduled task run was completed, the reference to the Oracle Identity Manager APIs was neither closed nor refreshed automatically. Therefore, after the maximum timeout period was reached, the IBM Web Sphere Application server timed out this API reference.

This issue has been resolved. The Oracle Identity Manager APIs are re-initialized when running a scheduled task.

9407605

Trusted source reconciliation failed if a user is the manager of a parent organization.

This issue has been resolved. If the manager is not assigned to a user or if the user is a manager, then the connector checks for the manager of the parent organization and assigns the parent organization to the user.

If the parent organization does not have a manager or if the manager for the parent organization is same as the user ID, then the connector checks for the next organization hierarchy. This procedure continues till the manager is different from the user ID.


Software Updates in Release 9.1.2.4

The following are software updates in release 9.1.2.4:

Support for Configuring Future-Dated Hire Events

In earlier releases, if the hire event was future dated, then an OIM User was created and the Start Provisioning date was set to the future date in the Action infotype in the target system record. The manner in which future-dated hire events were processed could not be modified.

From this release onward, you can configure the manner in which the connector processes a future-dated hire event during reconciliation. To support this feature, the Create deferred event for future dated hire entry has been added to the Lookup.SAP.HRMS.Configuration lookup definition.

See the following sections in the connector guide for more information:

Support for Setting the Start Date and End Date Values Based on the Life Cycle Events of the Target System User Record

Depending on whether you want to reconcile values for the Start date and End date process form fields on Oracle Identity Manager, you set values for the OIM start date field and OIM end date field entries in the Lookup.SAP.HRMS.Configuration lookup definition.

See Section 1.4.5, "Setting the Start Date and End Date Values Based on the Life Cycle Events of the Target System User Record" of the connector guide for more information.

Support for Validating and Transforming User Data

From this release onward, you can configure the connector to validate or transform user data that is brought into Oracle Identity Manager during reconciliation. To implement this feature, the Transform Lookup For Recon, Use Validation For Recon, Use Transformation For Recon, and Validation Lookup For Recon entries have been added to the Lookup.SAP.HRMS.Configuration lookup definition.

See the following sections in the connector guide for more information:

Introduction of New Entries in the Lookup.SAP.HRMS.Configuration Lookup Definition

The following entries have been added to the Lookup.SAP.HRMS.Configuration lookup definition:

See Section 2.3.1, "Setting Up the Lookup.SAP.HRMS.Configuration Lookup Definition in Oracle Identity Manager" in the connector guide for more information about each of these entries.

Resolved Issues in Release 9.1.2.4

The following table lists issues resolved in release 9.1.2.4:

Bug Number Issue Resolution

9539918

During reconciliation, the value retrieved from the Org. Unit attribute of the target system was displayed in the Organization ID and Manager ID fields of the OIM User form.

This issue has been resolved. The value of the Organization ID field is retrieved from the Org. Unit target system attribute.

The value of the Manager ID field is determined and populated from the Lookup.SAP.HRMS.OrgManager lookup definition.

10134695

A parsing error was encountered and reconciliation failed if IDoc contained the end-of-line (\n) character.

This issue has been resolved. If the connector encounters an end-of-line character in IDoc, then it trims this character and retrieves the necessary information from the target system.

10332786

Suppose a custom attribute is created on the target system and it has been made mandatory.

Reconciliation of a target system user record (containing a custom attribute that is mandatory) that was created as a future-dated event failed. In addition, several events for the infotype corresponding to the user record were created in Oracle Identity Manager.

This issue has been resolved. However, reconciliation of a future-dated hire event still fails if the start date of the infotype containing the custom mandatory attribute is different than the start date of an infotype containing a standard mandatory attribute.


Software Updates in Release 9.1.2.2

The following is a software update in release 9.1.2.2:

Support for New Oracle Identity Manager Release

From this release onward, the connector can be installed and used on Oracle Identity Manager 11g release 1 (11.1.1). Where applicable, instructions specific to this Oracle Identity Manager release have been added in the guide.

See Section 1.1, "Certified Components" for the full list of certified Oracle Identity Manager releases.

Software Updates in Release 9.1.2

The following is a software update in release 9.1.2:

Incremental Reconciliation of Manager ID Attribute Values Performed by the SAP HRMS Update Manager Scheduled Task

In earlier releases, the listener was used to reconcile manager ID values. This slowed down the incremental reconciliation process because manager ID reconciliation required the use of two lookup definitions in Oracle Identity Manager. From this release onward, manager ID reconciliation is no longer performed through the listener. Section 3.5.4, "Configuring Incremental Reconciliation of Manager ID Attribute Values" instructs you to use the SAP HRMS Update Manager scheduled task to perform incremental reconciliation of manager ID values.

Software Updates in Release 9.1.1

The following are software updates in release 9.1.1:

Bug Number Issue Resolution

8722140

If the manager of the organization was changed, then the change was not automatically propagated to the OIM User records of individuals who belonged to that organization. These records were updated only when other changes made to the corresponding person records on the target system were reconciled into Oracle Identity Manager.

This issue has been resolved. The Org Unit attribute has been added as a UDF in the OIM User record. In addition, the "SAP HRMS Unprocessed Manager Recon" scheduled task has been updated:

  • The scheduled task has been renamed to SAP HRMS Update Manager.

  • The "Update users with empty manager id only" attribute of this scheduled task can be set so that the scheduled task fetches Manager ID values for all users.

See Section 3.4.2.3, "Running the SAP HRMS Update Manager Scheduled Task" for more information about this scheduled task.

The attribute mappings table in "Lookup.SAP.HRMS.AttributeMapping" now includes the Org Unit UDF.


Software Updates in Release 9.1.0

This is the first release of the Oracle Identity Manager Connector for SAP Employee Reconciliation. The following are software updates in release 9.1.0:

Support for IDoc-Based Reconciliation

In earlier releases, the connector used custom BAPIs to exchange data with the target system. From this release onward, the connector supports IDoc-based reconciliation. Both tRFC and file ports can be used as modes of communication between the target system and Oracle Identity Manager.

Dedicated Support for Trusted Source Reconciliation

The connector provides all the features required for setting up SAP HRMS a trusted (authoritative) source of identity data for Oracle Identity Manager.

The connector cannot be used for setting up SAP HRMS as a target resource. In other words, the connector does not support provisioning operations and target resource reconciliation with SAP HRMS. This is because person records maintained in SAP HRMS are not accounts that users can use to log in to the system and perform business-related work.

Support for Configurable Attribute Mapping

In earlier releases, you could not modify or add to the predefined attribute mapping between the target system and Oracle Identity Manager. Support for IDoc-based messaging ensures that you can customize attribute mappings.

See Section 4.1, "Removing or Adding Attributes for Reconciliation" for more information.

Support for All Major (Including Effective-Dated) Lifecycle Events

The connector can recognize and respond to both current-dated and effective-dated lifecycle events.

See Section 1.4.4, "Reconciliation of Effective-Dated Lifecycle Events" for more information.

Support for Synchronization of Employee Type Data and Reconciliation by Employee Type

From this release onward, a lookup definition is used to specify mappings between the following items:

You can use a predefined scheduled task to synchronize this lookup definition with changes made on the target system. You can also specify the employee type (that is, employee group and subgroup combination) for which you want to fetch data during reconciliation.

See the following sections for more information:

Reconciliation of the Manager ID Attribute

In earlier releases, the Manager ID attribute was not included in the predefined list of attributes reconciled from the target system. Data about employees' managers is reconciled from this release onward.

See Section 1.4.7, "Reconciliation of the Manager ID Attribute" for more information.

Support for the Multiple Trusted Source Reconciliation Feature of Oracle Identity Manager

The connector now supports the multiple trusted source reconciliation feature of Oracle Identity Manager. See Oracle Identity Manager Design Console Guide for detailed information about multiple trusted source reconciliation.

Change in Certified Components

From this release onward:

See Section 1.1, "Certified Components" for the complete listing of certified components. See the following Oracle Technology Network page for information about certified components of Oracle Identity Manager:

http://www.oracle.com/technology/software/products/ias/files/idm_certification_101401.html

Note:

The title of that section has been changed from "Certified Deployment Configurations" to "Certified Components."

Change in the Reconciliation Rule

The reconciliation rule for trusted source reconciliation has been modified. See Section 1.5.2, "Reconciliation Rule" for more information.

Documentation-Specific Updates

The following sections discuss documentation-specific updates:

Documentation-Specific Updates in Release 9.1.2.6

The following are documentation-specific updates in release 9.1.2.6:

Documentation-Specific Updates in Release 9.1.2.5

The following are documentation-specific update in release 9.1.2.5:

Documentation-Specific Updates in Release 9.1.2.4

The following are documentation-specific updates in release 9.1.2.4:

Documentation-Specific Updates in Release 9.1.2.2

There are no documentation-specific updates in this release.

Documentation-Specific Updates in Release 9.1.2

In this release, minor changes and corrections have been made across the guide.

Documentation-Specific Updates in Release 9.1.1

The following are documentation-specific updates in release 9.1.1:

Documentation-Specific Updates in Release 9.1.0

This is the first release of the Oracle Identity Manager Connector for SAP Employee Reconciliation. There are no documentation-specific updates in this release.