Tuesday Jun 25, 2013

Fusion HCM SaaS – Integration

Fusion HCM SaaS – Integration

A typical implementation pattern we’re seeing with Fusion Apps early adopters is implementing a few Fusion HCM applications that bring the most benefit to their company with the least disruption to existing programs and interfaces. Very often this ends up being Fusion Goals & Performance, Talent, Compensation or Benefits, often with Taleo for recruiting. The implementation picture looks like what you see below:


Here, you can see that all the “downstream integrations” from the On-Premise Core HR, are unaffected because the master for employee data is still your On-Premise Core HR system – all updates and new hires are made here (although they may be fed in from Taleo to start with).

As a second phase when customers migrate Core HR to Fusion HCM, they have to come up with a strategy to manage integrations to all their downstream applications that require employee details. For customers coming from EBS HR, a short term strategy that allows for minimal impact, is to extract employee data from Fusion (Via HCM Extract), and load the shared EBS HR tables (which are part of an EBS Financials install anyways), and let your downstream integrations continue to function based on this data as shown below.


If you are not coming from EBS HR and there are license implications, you may want to consider:

  1. Creating an On-Premise warehouse for extracting data from Fusion Apps.
  2. Leveraging Fusion Apps Web Services (available to SaaS customers starting R7) to directly retrieve/write data to Fusion Apps.

Integration Tools

File Based Loader

This is the primary mechanism for loading HCM data (both initial load and incremental updates) into Fusion HCM. Employee & related data can be uploaded into Fusion HCM using File Based Loader.

Note that ability to schedule File Based Loader to run on a pre-defined schedule will be available as a patch on top of Rel 5.

Hr2Hr has been deprecated in favor of File Based Loader, but for existing customers using Hr2Hr, here are some sample scripts that show how to get more informative error messages. They can be run by creating data model sql queries in BI Publisher. The scripts currently have hard coded values for request id and loader batch id, which your developer will need to update to the correct values for you. The BI Publisher Training Session recorded on Apr 18th is available here (under "Recordings"). This will enable a somewhat technical resource to create a data model sql query.

Links to Documentation & Traning
Reference documentation for File Based Loader on docs.oracle.com

FBL 1.1 MOS Doc Id 1533860.1

Sample demo data files for File Based Loader

HCM SaaS Integrations ppt and recording.

EBS api's

Loading Information into EBS Full or Shared HCM

This could be candidate information being loaded from Taleo into EBS or  Employee information being loaded from Fusion HCM into an EBS shared HR install (for downstream applications & EBS Financials).

Oracle HRMS Product Family Publicly Callable Business Process APIs (A Reference Consolidation) [ID 216838.1]
This is a guide to the EBS R12 Integration Repository accessible from an EBS instance.

EBS HRMS Publicly Callable Business Process APIs in Release 11i & 12 [ID 121964.1]

Fusion HCM Extract

Fusion HCM Extract is the primary mechanism used to extract employee information from Fusion HCM.

Refer to the "Configure Identity Sync" doc on MOS  for additional mechanisms.

Additional documentation (you'll need an oracle.com account to access)
HCM Extracts User Guides (Rel 4 & 5)

HCM Extract Entity/Attributes (Rel 5)

HCM Extract User Guide (Rel 5)

If you don’t have an oracle.com account, download the zipped HCM Extract Rel 5 Docs (Click on File --> Download on next screen).

View Training Recordings on Fusion HCM Extract

Benefits Extract

To setup the benefits extract, refer to the following guide.
Page 2-15 of the User Documentation describes how to use the benefits extract.

Benefit enrollments can also be uploaded into Fusion Benefits. Instructions are here along with a sample upload file.

However, if the defined benefits extract does not meet your requirements, you can use BI Publisher (Link to BI Publisher presentation recording from Apr 18th) to create your own version of Benefits extract. You can start with the data model query underlying the benefits extract.

Payroll Interface

Fusion Payroll Interface enables you to capture personal payroll information, such as earnings and deductions, along with other data from Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management, and send that information to a third-party payroll provider.

Documentation:
Payroll interface guide
Sample file
DBI's used for the payroll interface.

Usage Patterns always accessible @ http://www.finapps.com
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