With bi-directional sync, if an attribute is changed in either directory, the other directory will be updated as well. Changes made in the Workday directory are updated on the next scheduled inbound sync, but changes made in the PingOne directory are updated immediately.

Only native source attributes can be used for write-back provisioning. You cannot use expressions and literal values for write-back provisioning. When you enable bi-directional mapping for an attribute, PingOne automatically adds the required WID (Worker ID) attribute to uniquely identify users within the Workday directory. WID is typically mapped to External ID in PingOne.


Some attributes are dependent on other attributes for write-back provisioning. For example, to write back a First Name attribute, you must also set the following attributes to write-back: Middle Name, Last Name, and Name Locale. For more information, see Workday attribute mapping. Attributes that are set to write-back (bi-directional) are indicated by a double arrow on the attribute mapping page. Double arrow

  1. Go to Integrations > Provisioning.
  2. Click the Rules tab.
  3. Locate the existing Workday inbound provisioning rule, and click the entry to open the details panel.
  4. Click the Configuration tab.
  5. Click the Attribute mapping button, and then click the pencil icon.
  6. Review the default mapped attributes and add any additional attributes.
  7. Identify any attributes for write-back provisioning, and then click the directional arrow to toggle between inbound and bi-directional. The arrow changes to a double blue arrow to indicate bi-directional (write-back) provisioning.
    A screen capture showing bi-directional attribute mapping
    • Ensure that you have enabled write-back for all attributes in the same attribute grouping. For more information, see Workday attribute mapping.
    • Not all attributes support write-back. For attributes that do not support write-back, you will see the message This attribute does not support write-back.

  8. Click Save.
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