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2458797 - PERSON_ID_EXTERNAL column found in basic user import template


  • PERSON_ID_EXTERNAL appears in basic user import file, although I don't see it listed in the standard element in Manage Business Config
  • We've noticed a new column in the basic user import file PERSON_ID_EXTERNAL. What's it for?
  • Can we remove PERSON_ID_EXTERNAL from the export file?


  • SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite
  • Employee Profile
  • Employee Central 2.0

Reproducing the Issue

You can see this on employee export:

  1. Login as an Admin;
  2. Go to Employee Export;
  3. Export the User data File;
  4. When open you will find column for field PERSON_ID_EXTERNAL;

You can see this on the employee import:

  1. Login as an Admin;
  2. Go to Import User Data; (employee import)
  3. Download the Import template;
  4. On the file, you will find a column for the field PERSON_ID_EXTERNAL;


In order to provide a possibility to pass over a GUID from outside (e.g if the source system already supports the concept of a global, unique identifier) we have to expose PERSON_GUID and PERSON_ID_EXTERNAL as new parameters in basic user import.

Reasoning behind this:

Often customers will create users in the system, and have the system create these users with an automatically generated user system ID. Later they reaslise that they need to maintain a Global User ID for that user as part of a 3rd party integration.

For EC customers, they can use the Person Id External value in the Person Info Element, but for non-EC customers, this was not possible. Now with the Person Id External value being maintained in the Basic User Import file, you can add a backend Person Id External value to a user account which can help identify users as part of a 3rd party integration.

The Field is a DB field, and is not exposed in the User Profile Page in the Front End.  


How to update this field:

  • For Non-EC customers, this value should only be imported using the basic user import;
  • For EC Customers, integrations should be set up to target the Person_ID_EXTERNAL field in the Biographical Information (personInfo) portlet/element. 

Is it possible to remove PERSON_ID_EXTERNAL field from User Data File (UDF):

  • No, we are not able to remove the PERSON_ID_EXTERNAL from the user data file as it does not follow the same logic than other fields to be included via DataModel.


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