In partnership with the BusinessObjects Innovation Center, the Business Solutions and Technology (BST) Innovation Center has launched its XBCML Widgets prototype on the SAP Community Network today. We invite you to download it and let us know what you think!
UPDATE 2011: XBCML widgets are no longer downloadable from the original trial site and they have officially been productized. See the Productized Prototypes page here:
SAP Research – Productized Prototypes
What are XBCML Widgets? “XBCML” stands for Extensible Business Client Markup Language, and a widget is – in this case – a portable chunk of an SAP application that you can embed in your choice of widget hosts. The XBCML Widgets prototype that we offer today can make SAP applications a permanent part of your desktop, providing you with always-on, up-to-date views of the data and metrics from the SAP backend systems you’re most interested in.
The BST Innovation Center team kicked off this project in order to create a prototype that demonstrates how the Web Dynpro programming model can be used to create widgets on your desktop. Since we’re in prototyping mode, this is where your feedback plays a key role.
Here’s what we set out to provide with this prototype:
- Re-use of SAP’s programming models for a new way of consuming SAP functionality
- Seamless transformation of a chunk of an SAP application through your choice of channel, such as browser, desktop, or mobile device
- High impact on end-user productivity and experience
- XBCML adoption in the SAP UI stack, which allows for widgets creation with no code changes to the delivered applications
Please let us know your thoughts: How’d we do with our project goals? Is this what you’ve been needing? What can YOU use it for?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
PS: Check out this demo of XBCML Widgets using the Universal Worklist: