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2165591 - MDF Object Composite Associations


  • Cannot create data for an MDF object, why?
  • Cannot search the data for a child object in Manage Data Section, why?
  • Cannot associate same MDF object with more than one parent (1711 release update)


  • SuccessFactors Cloud HCM: Admin Tools
  • SuccessFactors Cloud HCM: MDF
  • SuccessFactors Cloud HCM:EC MDF Objects
  • SuccessFactorc Cloud HCM: Configure Object Definitions

Reproducing the Issue

  • Check if your affected MDF object is associated to another MDF object with Composite Association type


When an MDF object has a Composite association with another object, this entity being associated is a child entity that does not exist outside the parent object being defined. If an object is referred as a composite child in an object, it cannot be used as a top level object.

Therefore, this is not shown in the drop down in Manage Data --> Create New Object. For example, a Location can have a composite association with an Address Object or a Picklist with Picklist values. An Address object cannot exist without a Location object. When you enter Location details you will see a data grid with Address fields.

Important update: Starting 1711, a composite child MDF object cannot be associated with more than one parent MDF object.


  • MDF: Metadata Framework
  • EC: Employee Central
  • Configure Object Definitions
  • MDF Associations
  • Composite Associations
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