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2816062 - Q3 1908 - Platform Release Information FAQ

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This Knowledge Base Article is to document all major enhancements to be aware of in our Q3 1908 release. Also provides one stop shop for all out Platform Foundation documentation.

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Environment

  • SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite
  • BizX Platform

Reproducing the Issue

This document summarizes Platform information about new features and enhancements. Each feature will be described in detail through out the KBA highlighting the before and after behavior of each existing feature.

The release documentation can also be found on the SAP Help Portal under SAP SuccessFactors Release Information see  - See Release Information Summary Q3 2019.

For extensive documentation on SAP SuccessFactors Platform including Admin Guide, Release Information and Implementation Guides see SAP Help Guide SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite

The SAP Help SAP Successfactors HCM Suite includes a complete list of Administration Guides see list below:

Need Help see SAP SuccessFactors Community - A community for customers and partners to join conversations about anything in the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite.

Resolution

**** Platform Module Specific Enhancements & Features 1908:

Universal Enhancements to Note:

  • Previously, Administrators could enable and disable RBP in the Admin Center. This option is now disabled in the admin center and RBP has been enabled for all SuccessFactors customers.

  • The refresh framework in RBP is used to refresh your dynamic permission groups and the permission roles in your solution. When changes occur that affect the groups that your users belong to or the permissions they have access to, the refresh framework enables a job that facilities these changes in your RBP implementation.

  • We have updated the Japanese dictionary for search. You can now enjoy improved search experience with support for new, industry-specific, and customer-specific terms in Japanese. See More details on the What's New In Action Search section of the SAP Help Portal.


Home Page:

Q3 2019 - See SAP Help - Whats New in Home Page

Component  ID Feature Description  Before & After Additional Information 
LOD-SF-PLT-HOM UI-19883 Improves Interface for Manage Tour Page We‘ve improved the user interface of the Manage Tours page in Manage Home Page for better user experience. You can now also preview tour steps when you create or edit a custom tours.

Before: Tours could only be viewed when saved.

After: You can now preview of the Tour step in the Preview section before saving the tool.

KBA - 2817874 - b1908 - Manage Home Page Tour Preview

See also SAP Help Tours on the Home Page

LOD-SF-PLT-TIL UI-19630 As an administrator, you can now upload company documents and make them visible to all users on their home pages

This enhancement restores a new feature that was initially introduced in Q2 2019 but later withdrawn. You can now upload a document on the Manage Documents page and assign it to one of the default document categories (Benefits, Policy, or Images) or assign it to a custom category that you've created.

Company documents are visible to all users on a new Company Documents tile on the home page, in the My Info section.

If no company documents have been uploaded to your system, the Company Documents tile is not visible.

Before: New Feature

After:By default, all documents uploaded in this way are visible to all users on a new Company Documents tile on the home page, in the My Info section.


KBA2789830 - As an administrator, you can now upload company documents and make them visible to all users on their home page via company documents tile

LOD-SF-PLT-HOM UI-19377 We've improved the design of the Manage Home Page tool

The Tile Catalog tab has been renamed to Repository. Each tab now has a message that explains what's on the tab.

We've also re-arranged the buttons to make them more intuitive and made other minor changes to improve the usability of the tool.

Before : Feature improvement

After : Tile Catalog renamed to Repository and improved messages to explain each Tab.

KBA - 2817947 - b1908 - Manage Home Page tool

See also SAP Help Home Page Admin Guide

LOD-SF-PLT-TDO UI-19372 You can now access open to-do items from third-party applications from the Third-Party To-Do Items tile If there is a third-party to-do item, you will find this tile in the To-Do section on Home Page. Currently, only to-do items from ServiceNow is supported.

Before : New Feature

After: Third Party To-Do Tile for ServiceNow

KBA 2824446 - New Home Page tile for ServiceNow / Third Party To-Do's

LOD-SF-PLT-TIL UI-15576 You now can create a custom tile to distribute onboarding documents from the Home Page to specific users or user groups. 

As an administrator, you now can create a custom tile to distribute onboarding documents from the Home Page to specific users or user groups.

The target users can download the documents directly from the custom tile on the Home Page

Before: New Feature

After: Home Page is used to share onboarding company documents with new employees.

PrerequisiteYou’re a customer of SAP SuccessFactors Onboarding.

KBA - 2824253 - b1908 - Onboarding Document Access from Home Page Custom Tile

Instance Synchronization:

Q3 2019 - See SAP Help - Whats New in Configuring and Managing Instance Synchronization Guide

Component  ID Feature Description Before & After Additional Information
LOD-SF-PLT-SYN TLS-12355 You can only sync competency artifacts when use JDM V 1.0  You can now only sync competency artifacts when both your source and target instances use Job Description Manager (JDM V1.0) as their competency version. This restriction is to avoid data corruption that happens when you sync competency artifacts with an incompatible version, such as Job Profile Builder (JDM V2.0).

Before: There was no limations when sync competency artifactes

After: To avoid data corruption you can now only sync competency artifacts when both your source and target instances use Job Description Manager (JDM V1.0) as their competency version.

KBA - 2824037 - Does Instance Synchronization tool support syncing of Competencies (JDM 2.0)?

LOD-SF-PLT-SYN TLS-11843 You can now delete the pairing between source and target instances As an Instance Synchronization admin, you can now delete the pairing between source and target instances. This allows you to remove unwanted target instances that are paired with your source instance.

Before: Only an option to add new pair from instance sync wizzard.

After: Now you also have the option to delete a pair from the instance sync wizzard.

KBA - 2797142 - Instance Sync - How to Undo Instance Pairing?
LOD-SF-PLT-SYN TLS-11072 You can now use a username to preform the instance sync

Previously, to sync artifacts and artifact packages, or monitor sync reports you needed the user ID of the target instance. Now, you can use the user name instead, which you can change without raising a support ticket.

Before: Userid was required to sync artifacts

After: Userid is no longer required as this is now replaced by Username. Username offers better user experience and can be changed.

KBA - 2088055 - Instance Synchronization Feature Guide & need to know information - Platform



Data Retention Management:

Component ID Feature Description  Before & After Additional Information 
LOD-SF-PLT-DRM STE-12880 Approvers can view details about the purge schedule on the purge request monitor  Now, designated approvers of a data purge request can view details about the purge schedule on the Purge Request Monitor to help them make a decision about whether or not to approve the request. Before, only creators of purge requests could view the schedule.

Before: Only creators of purge requests could view the schedule.

After : Both Approvers and Creators can view the details of the schedule.

KBA 2824442 - Approvers can view details about the purge schedule



Picklist Management:

Component ID Feature Description Before & After Additional Information
LOD-SF-PLT-PCK STE-12382 Improved Validation Check and Merge Tool

We've made changes to the picklist validation check and merge tool, used to prepare for picklist migration.

If your picklists haven't been migrated yet and we detect data conflicts that prevent migration, use the updated tool to tell us how to proceed.

We’ve changed the options in the tool to improve results, so, if you already made these decisions prior to the Q3 2019 release, please do it again using the updated tool.

If your picklists are already migrated to Picklist Center, your system is unaffected by these changes.

Before: Feature Improvement

After: Changes made in the tool to improve results when migrating picklists

KBA 2504047 - Pre Picklist Migration Guide

See also SAP Help Picklist Migration



User Identity and Access:

Component ID Feature Description Before & After Additional Information
LOD-SF-PLT-IAS PLT-61320   SAP Cloud Identity Authentication tenants through Upgrade Center

You can now use Upgrade Center to request an SAP Cloud Identity Authentication tenant and connect it to your SAP SuccessFactors system. The "Create SuccessFactors Identity Authentication Service Integration" upgrade creates a new Identity Authentication tenant for you or finds your existing tenant.

Then it configures Identity Authentication to process logins on behalf of your SAP SuccessFactors system, based on its default settings. After running the upgrade, you can change the default settings or configure additional settings in Identity Authentication before turning it on in your system.

When you're ready, use a separate upgrade called "Enable SuccessFactors to SAP Cloud Platform Identity Authentication Service Integration" to turn it on

Before: New Functionality.

After:  The "Create SuccessFactors Identity Authentication Service Integration" upgrade creates a new Identity Authentication tenant for you or finds your existing tenant. Then it configures Identity Authentication to process logins on behalf of your SAP SuccessFactors system, based on its default settings. After running the upgrade, you can change the default settings or configure additional settings in Identity Authentication before turning it on in your system. When you're ready, use a separate upgrade called "Enable SuccessFactors to SAP Cloud Platform Identity Authentication Service Integration" to turn it on.
KBA 2791410 - SAP Cloud Identity Authentication tenants through Upgrade Center

User Management:

Q3 2019 - See SAP Help What's New In Managing User Information

Component  ID Feature Description Before & After  Additional Information 
LOD-SF-PLT-UIM PLA-480 You can now change userid with the new "Alignment ID" feature.

Previously, when you wanted to change user IDs in cases such as company acquisition or employee relocation, a support ticket was needed. The user ID conversion process was costly and time-consuming. Now, we introduce assignment ID that defines the relationship between a person and a company. It is unique and can be changed using the convertAssignmentIdExternal function import.

As of Q3 2019, assignment ID will gradually replace user ID in import tools, export tools, UI, APIs, and reports across different SAP SuccessFactors modules. User ID still exists, but we recommend that you use it for system integration.

Before: New Feature

After: Assignment ID is an identifier assigned to a person to define the relationship between the person and a company. You can use it to identify users and change it if needed.

KBA 2825052 - Assignment ID

See SAP Help Guide for Assignment ID

LOD-SF-PLT-UIM PLA-9146 In Employee Central-enabled instances, you can now prevent the import of unsecured content.

In Employee Central-enabled instances, you can now prevent the import of unsecured content. This applies to basic and extended user import. When the "Security Scan of User Inputs" option is enabled, and fields containing unsecured scripts, such as cross-site scripting, are detected, the import ignores the fields.

The fields skipped are reported in the import status e-mail.

Before: New Feature

After: To prevent security issue from the import of unsecured content

KBA 2825324 - 1908 - Prevent the import of unsecured content in EC enabled instances
LOD-SF-PLT-UIM PLA-9695 Delta mode is now enabled in Employee Import and Basic Import. 

Previously, when you updated user information using Employee Import or Basic User Import, all the fields in the import file, no matter whether they had been changed or not, were imported to the system. The import time might be long if the volume was huge.

Now, we have universally enabled the delta mode in Employee Import and Basic User Import. Only the new and changed fields will be imported. The delta mode helps reduce import time and improve import performance.

Before: When you updated user information using Employee import or Basic User Import, all recorded were updated.

After: Now, Only new and updated fields will be imported to improve performance.

KBA 2824200 - Delta mode is now enabled in Employee Import and Basic Import
LOD-SF-PLT-UIM PLA-6878 Purge Login data exceeding 1 year or 50 million records

With the Q3 2019 release, logon audit records will automatically be purged after one year. Additionally, a limit of 50 million logon audit records per year has been defined.

When the 50 million limit is crossed, older audit records will be purged even though they were created less than a year ago. We recommend that you perform a backup at regular intervals.

Before: New Functionality

After: Logon audit records will automatically be purged after one year. Additionally, a limit of 50 million logon audit records per year has been defined.

KBA 2825543 - User Login Data Purge 



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KNOWN ISSUES ***********

Component                              Description                                                                    ID         Additional Information
LOD-SF-PLT-THM  Homepage background color changed after b1908 preview upgrade. UI-20843 KBA 2826658 - Home page background is changed after b1908 preview upgrade
LOD-SF-PLT-THM  SuccessFactors UI are not rendering properly. Users may see empty Home Page after login and missing UI elements after release upgrade. UI-20861 KBA 2826590 - Multiple user interface issues after b1908 preview upgrade
LOD-SF-PLT-LOG  Company Logo missing after 1908 preview upgrade. UI-20848 KBA 2826618 - Company logo is not appearing on Home page after 1908 preview release
LOD-SF-PLT-SRH  Search option align results to the left when using Internet Explorer UI-20862 KBA 2826330- Search option align results to the left in IE
LOD-SF-PLT Session time out pop-up message keeps on appearing in the UI UI-20841  KBA 2088893 - Session will expire in 30 minutes" keep appearing [b1908p1]
LOD-SF-PLT-NAV Configure Custom Navigation External Link doesn't open in a new Window UI-20911 KBA 2827264 - Q3 1908 Release Issue - Configure Custom Navigation External Link doesn't open in a new Window
LOD-SF-PLT-SRH  Message Displays in Background While Using People/Action Search bar UI-20859 

KBA 2825954 - Message Displays in Background While Using Search bar 

LOD-SF-JAM Jam UI does not render properly in customer instances that have BizX Shared header enabled UI-20850

KBA 2827116 - SAP Jam UI rendering issue post 1908 release

LOD-SF-ANA Some customers have been unable to select the Quick Link to a user's Quick Card from the tile drill down. The issue does not occur when they select the quick card from a dashboard rather than a tile on the home page.  UI-20878

KBA 2826482 - [1908 Release Issues] - Error selecting Link to Employee Quick Card in Tile Drill Down

LOD-SF-EC-PP3  Home page > my team tile > take action on any employee > select any action > the action keeps loading forever and doesn't actually open the action page. ECT-122962 / UI-20891

KBA 2826181 - b1908 - Home Page > My Team tile > Take Action not working and keeps loading - IE specific

LOD-SF-PLT-LGO Clicking the company logo do not redirect you to Homepage UI-20909

KBA 2827489 - Company Logo does not redirect to Home Page

LOD-SF-PLT-SRH Page width stretches when action/people search on global header is used on certain pages UI-20914

KBA 2827596 - Page stretches when action/people search on global header is used on certain pages

LOD-SF-PLT-SYN Instance Sync Pair Lost After Release TLS-12723

KBA 2827856 - Instance Sync Pair Lost After Release

LOD-SF-PLT-PRX Username is not hidden in proxy search suggestion despite "Hide (user name) in the UI" being enabled in provisioning UI-20979

KBA 2831546 - Username is not hidden in proxy search suggestion despite "Hide (user name) in the UI" being enabled in provisioning

LOD-SF-PLT-PRV The system removes labels in data model for inactive languages PLA-10433

KBA 2832766 - [1908 Release Issues] The system removes labels in data model for inactive languages

LOD-SF-PLT-UIM Exception is caught when converting PreDay1 user from old id PLA-10357

KBA 2832639 - [1908 Release Issues] Exception is caught when converting PreDay1 user from old id

LOD-SF-PLT-HOM Manage homepage Sections - no option to select RBP role UI-21033

KBA 2833572 - No Option to Select RBP Role under Manage Home Page- Edit Section

LOD-SF-PLT-SRH IE not loading all the data links in the 'Go To' section of the quickcard UI-21064

KBA 2835545 - IE not loading all the data links in the 'Go To' section of the quickcard

LOD-SF-PLT-RBP

Reports related permissions were disabled after 1908 preview release

PLA-10585

KBA 2836003 - Reports related permissions were disabled after 1908 preview release

LOD-SF-PLT-PWD

Reset or Submit button not available in Forgot Password page

UI-21136

KBA 2837127 -  Reset or Submit button not available in Forgot Password page

LOD-SF-MDF-PKL

Error "value does not exist" appears when selecting certain parent picklists

STE-14437

KBA 2839719 - Error "value does not exist" appears when selecting certain parent picklists

LOD-SF-PLT-SRH

No results displayed in Search Tools in NextGen Admin Center

UI-21307

KBA 2845904 - No results displayed in Search Tools in NextGen Admin Center

LOD-SF-PLT-TIL

Tiles in the Tile Catalog within NextGen Admin Center are not displayed properly when using Internet Explorer

UI-21209

KBA 2849158 - Tiles in the Tile Catalog within NextGen Admin Center are not displayed properly when using Internet Explorer

LOD-SF-PLT-PWD

Users are not getting prompted a pop-up window for Password Change in Internet Explorer

UI-21087

KBA 2850788 - Users are not getting prompted a pop-up window for Password Change in Internet Explorer

LOD-SF-PLT When clicking on the "Launch Forms" link within the "Admin Favorites" tile in Home Page, nothing happens UI-21361 KBA 2850804 - Link to "Launch Forms" not working from tile "Admin Favorites" in Home Page

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Product

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