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This blog will guide customers in using Azure Data Factory to transfer their own data to SAP Incentive Management for Incentive calculation.


Azure Data Factory is a cloud-based data integration service provided by Microsoft. It allows you to create, schedule, and manage data pipelines that can move and transform data from various sources to different destinations.


Available ADF Connectors to load data into SAP Success Factors Incentive Management

    • SAP HANA Database Connection ( Direct insert into TCMP or EXT schema but Access is Restricted from Incentive Management)
    • sFTP or File System ( Customer will connect sFTP to drop ODI File types)
    • HTTP (the customer can automate the Pipeline Submit Job via APIs)

More details can be found in :

How do I bring the data from ADF to XDL (sFTP-based solution)?

Efficient data integration is paramount in today's data-driven business landscape. Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) processes play a crucial role in managing and transferring data seamlessly across various platforms. In this blog post, we will delve into the ETL process using Azure Data Factory, focusing on utilizing the SFTP connector to bring data to the SAP SuccessFactors Incentive Management system via Express Data Loader (XDL).

Integration Flow:

Source Data Extraction (Azure Data Factory):

  • Begin the ETL process by extracting data from the source systems using the Azure Data Factory (ADF).
  • ADF provides a scalable and fully managed cloud-based service for data orchestration and transformation.

Data Transformation (Azure Data Factory):

  • Utilize ADF's data flow capabilities to transform the extracted data into the desired format.
  • Apply necessary data cleansing, enrichment, and validation steps to ensure data quality.

Data Loading to SFTP Server (Azure Data Factory):

Configure an SFTP connector within ADF to securely transfer the transformed data to the designated SFTP server.

Ensure that proper authentication and encryption mechanisms are in place for secure data transmission.

SFTP Inbound Folder Express Data Loader (XDL)

Define an SFTP inbound folder in the SAP SuccessFactors Incentive Management system to receive data from the Azure Data Factory.

This folder serves as the landing zone for the incoming data, awaiting processing by the XDL system.

Data Processing in Express Data Loader (XDL)

SAP SuccessFactors Incentive Management takes over the processing of the incoming data.

Leverage the system's capabilities to validate & transfer the data to TCMP schema

Azure pipelines will initiate the job using the HTTP Connector for triggering the Pipeline Submit Job (API) to handle incentive calculations, reporting analysis, and other relevant operations.

Error Handling and Monitoring:

Implement robust error-handling mechanisms at each stage of the ETL process to capture and log any anomalies.

Utilize Azure Data Factory's monitoring features to track the status of data pipelines, ensuring transparency and quick issue resolution.

Logging and Auditing:

Maintain comprehensive logs for all data movements, transformations, and transactions for audit purposes.

Enable logging features in both Azure Data Factory and SAP SuccessFactors Incentive Management to track changes and troubleshoot issues effectively.

Data Validation and Quality Assurance:

Implement data validation checks before and after the data transfer to ensure accuracy and completeness in ADF.

Leverage SAP SuccessFactors Incentive Management's validation mechanisms to ensure the integrity of processed data.



In conclusion, integrating Azure Data Factory with SAP SuccessFactors Incentive Management through the SFTP connector streamlines the ETL process, allowing for efficient data movement and processing. This architecture not only ensures secure data transmission but also leverages the capabilities of both platforms to enable seamless data integration in a reliable and scalable manner. By following this detailed ETL process, organizations can optimize their data workflows and derive meaningful insights for better decision-making.