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Introducing Model and Field Level Scopes

Dan Rothman, Elton Leong

February 15, 2022

Scopes at the common data model and field level allow Merge users granular access over the data Merge syncs.

In this blog post, we'll cover why we built scopes and how to toggle them on your Merge dashboard.

Why We Built Scopes

At Merge, we aim to offer our customers a comprehensive encapsulation of HR, recruiting, accounting, and payroll API data. Here’s the thing: our customers occasionally want to limit the data that they pull from the API providers. 

Maybe it’s because your product is operating off of a narrow part of an employee’s HR profile — such as time off data or employee directory — or maybe it’s because you want to alleviate any concerns during a sales process, and so don't want to pull specific fields. Whatever the reason, we knew that as Merge continued to scale more customers would benefit from being able to configure what data they chose to sync. 

So Elton and I asked: What’s the best way to let our customers access the data they want? 

Simple: toggles.

With Scopes, Merge users are able to choose which data models and fields they’d like to sync with the flip of a (virtual) switch.

For example, if users don’t want to sync payroll runs for their HR integrations, they can now flip off our Payroll Run model. Being able to select the data that they pull (and we subsequently store) is now in our user's hands. They have full control over their data and can choose what to stop syncing whenever they want. Even better, if at any point you want to re-enable a data model or field, you're able to toggle the switch back on and start syncing the data model again!

How Do I Access Scopes?

In the Merge portal, head towards the "Configuration" tab and select "Common Models."

Under the API you use (HRIS, ATS, or Accounting) find the relevant common model. You can disable the whole common model with the round toggle, or expand the model to access specific fields to toggle.

In the GIF below, you'll see us enabling scopes at the field and model level for the Bank Info object in our Unified HRIS API.

If at any point you’d like to re-enable a common model, enabling is as simple as turning the toggle back on!

It’s that simple! With toggles, users now have a simple way to gain control over the data they’re interacting with when they use Merge.

If you want an easy integration with any HR, recruiting, payroll, or accounting platform - sign up for Merge for free today!

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