Within SAP SuccessFactors, the proxy function allows one employee to act on behalf of another. For example, if an employee will be unavailable or absent when a form is due, a proxy can be assigned to complete the form on his/her behalf.
Proxy is used heavily by administrators. During the testing phase for a new process cycle, using proxy allows you to view how configuration and changes will impact forms, users, and views by proxying to multiple user accounts, eliminating the need to log out and in each time. Proxy can also be used to troubleshoot user issues; for example, if an employee contacts an administrator because he or she is unable to see a form, the administrator can proxy as that user to see exactly what the employee is seeing. Additionally, administrators can use proxy to complete actions on an employee’s behalf.
The proxy is the employee acting on someone's behalf; the account holder is the employee on whose behalf the proxy is acting. For example, John will be on vacation and Sarah is assigned to act on his behalf. John is the account holder and Sarah is the proxy. One or more proxies can be assigned to a single account, and one employee can be assigned as a proxy for several accounts. As an administrator, you are likely the proxy for many account holders. The proxy can open, view, edit, and send any item to which he/she has permission as if he/she were that account holder.