PSA: Connector Rules can now be deployed directly by clients

In my previous guide I had mentioned that how to deploy and attach rules in IDN. But there is a big change to this announced.

Client can now directly attach what we call as “Connector Rules” into their IDN tenants without going through the rule review process. Reason behind it

Connector-Executed Rules or Connector Rules are rules that are executed in the IdentityNow virtual appliance, and are usually an extension point of the connector itself. The rules are commonly used for performing complex connector-related functions, and likewise are very specific to only certain connectors. Because these rules execute in the virtual appliance, they do not have access to query the IdentityNow data model, or fetch information from IdentityNow; instead they rely on contextual information sent from IdentityNow. Connector-executed rules may also have managed connections supplied in their contexts in order to support querying end systems or sources. While these managed connections may be used, making additional connections or call-outs is not allowed.

This should make it much easier and faster for clients to upload and modify rules themselves. The rule types allowed are

  • Before Creation Rule
  • Before Modify Rule
  • Before Delete Rule
  • After Creation Rule
  • After Modify Rule
  • After Delete Rule
  • Build Map Rule
  • JDBC Build Map Rule
  • JDBC Provisioning Rule
  • SAP Build Map Rule
  • SAP HR Provisioning Modify Rule
  • Web Services Before Operation Rule
  • Web Services After Operation Rule

This is done via REST API Calls. 



List Connector Rules

GET /beta/connector-rules/

Get Connector Rule

GET /beta/connector-rules/{id}

Create Connector Rule

POST /beta/connector-rules/

Update Connector Rule

PUT /beta/connector-rules/{id}

Delete Connector Rule

DELETE /beta/connector-rules/{id}

Validate Connector Rule

POST /beta/connector-rules/validate

There are some restrictions in the rule which will auto reject them

Please go and have a full read in our IDN Rule Guide


Nested Transforms for Dummies: Step-by-Step Guide #IDN101

One of the most basic things everyone needs to do in SailPoint IDN (IdentityNow) is to write transforms to create an Identity Profile for business requirements.

SailPoint has a an excellent guide on what a transforms is and detailed list of transforms available for IDN and is pretty comprehensive. 

The simple ones are pretty easy to implement. But we always run into creating complex nested transforms to achieve our goals. It looked daunting to me at first but I started to get the hang of it. I would like to explain in very basic terms how to easily achieve this.

Let’s take a business case here to explain easily.


Build an emailPrefix attribute with firstName and lastName from Workday source which will be eventually used to generate an email address.


Now if we break down the requirement into logic, we need to do the following

  • Get firstName from Workday source
  • Get lastName from Workday source
  • Concat the two with a period (.) in the middle
  • Remove all spaces from the final value.

Since this is an emailPrefix to be used to generate an email attribute, it can’t contain spaces. There can be other requirements like special characters etc but let’s keep it simple here (that is just a matter of proper regex).


Now if you look at the transforms guide you will need the following transforms

To get the attributes from a source – accountAttribute

To concat the two attribute with a period – concat

And then finally we need to do a replace block to remove all spaces from the final result (note the \\s is the put \s as literal in JSON while passing it via REST API)

Now we need to join the three block. First we will begin with replacing the “firstName code block” and “lastName code block” with the accountAttribute block we had done above.

This will give us the concatenated value of “firstName.lastName”. But now we want to remove all spaces from it as it will be used for email address generation. 

If you look at the replace block above, we need to do two additional things to the code

  1. Give it an “id” key as we want to name this final transform for mapping
  2. Give it an “input” key as we want to explicitly define the inputs for this type (i.e. the concatenated string) and not use implicit value (i.e. from the IDN mapping). Do read about the difference in the transform guide.

So the new skeleton code for replace will become

The final step is now pretty easy. Replace the entire input value with the built concat value above.

And that is it!! You have built your first nested transform. It gives you the immense power to build a deep nested transform for complex logics to get glorious and simplified results in the end.


I am not an expert in this and still learning this every day even after playing with it for more than a year but here are my learnings

  • Write down the logic you want to achieve
  • Break it down to individual code blocks
  • Write down the nested logic which will achieve you the result in best way possible (in above example = get the attributes -> concat it -> replace spaces). We could have also done this by say getting each attribute, remove spaces from them individually and then doing a concat of the final result – but this is inefficient and longer code. So understanding the logic and making it smart and short is best way forward.
  • Start working from inside block to outside and encapsulating them to achieve result
  • ALWAYS use a good code editor with syntax highlighter – My fav is VS Code with various plugins (makes it an awesome Swiss army knife for coders).

Hope this helped you!!!

Stay tuned for some more tips and #IDN101

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