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Embed an HTML landing page into your SAP GUI home screen

Not too long ago I was faced with an interesting conundrum …. if you run an SAP Portal it is relatively easy to syndicate announcements of useful information into the home page of that portal, given that it is effectively an HTML page.  But what if you would like to provide similar information to your SAP GUI users (who might be a different user-base than your SAP Portal users)?

Some example scenarios might be :

  • Corporate announcements
  • Notifications about system outages
  • Links to corporate policies (eg. terms of use)
  • Information about help desk numbers
  • Links to system help pages (non-contextual)
  • Links to system training
  • Simple SAP data lookups (see my previous Deliver dynamic search of SAP data into a website using RESTful services)
  • Personalised data (favourites etc.)
  • etc.

Of course we know that SAP GUI users can receive messages which pop-up when the user logs in, but this is often not an appropriate mechanism for delivering some of the information types listed above.

So, I came across a useful OSS Note 1387086 ‘HTML Viewer in SAP Easy Access Screen’ (via an SCN forum response that was answered by Sandra Rossi).  I wasn’t sure how many others in the community were aware of this, so I thought I should blog about it.

Firstly as a pre-requisite, the OSS Note only applies to Basis releases 7.0 and above.

Based on the OSS Note, you simply need to do the following …

Navigate to table SSM_CUST via view maintenance transaction SM30.  Create a new entry with the following …

NAME = SESS_URL

VALUE = <your web address>

Try it Out

To make it easy for you to try this out, I have created a demonstration site (from a previous blog Deliver dynamic search of SAP data into a website using RESTful services) which you can use.  DISCLOSURE: Under terms of use for the original website template, I created the hosted demonstration site based on a sample provided by Free Website Templates .  I incorporated my own images and aligned the themes to the SAP GUI Signature Design.

Alternatively you can use any other web address you prefer.

Enter the following for ‘VALUE’ …

VALUE = http://www.johnmoy.com/demos/ztransactioncodes

An example screenshot is below …

image

Then when you next launch a new SAP GUI session, you should see something like this …

image

Of course you would ordinarily optimize the layout for your SAP GUI users (the example above has not been optimized).

I should mention that if and when your SAP GUI users migrate to using NetWeaver Business Client, the same web page can simply be integrated into that client also.

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Portal functionality within the good old GUI...

      Thanks!!

      Author's profile photo Ajithkumar Krishnakumar
      Ajithkumar Krishnakumar
      Simple... And i'm sure the majority out there might not have been aware of this!

      Thanks for sharing!!!!!

      Author's profile photo Paul Aschmann
      Paul Aschmann
      Thanks John, was not aware of this and it is really a great idea to deliver content or information.
      Author's profile photo Martin English
      Martin English
      John,
        Thanks for this, it will be very usefull; I can see the website, or an HTML include within the website, being used as a central place for updateing SAP Gui users.

        Depending on what was being communicated, the same HTML code (or include) could be used for the Portal. This would mean one place to update the 'information screens' for MOST environments and users. I haven't investigated the  NWBC much; does anyone know if there is an equivalent ?

      Author's profile photo Martin English
      Martin English
      OOPS!! I just reread the blog - ignore my comment about NWBC.
      Author's profile photo John Moy
      John Moy
      Blog Post Author
      Thanks to all of you who have responded.  I'm glad that this blog may have helped to raise the visibility of this!

      Rgds

      John

      Author's profile photo Guillaume GARCIA
      Guillaume GARCIA
      Hi,

      I knew you can "easily" change images using the SSM_CUST transaction which lead me to ideas such as regularly refresh the images to provide information... This Web approach makes much more sense!  🙂

      Thanks for sharing.

      Best regards,
      Guillaume

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      What about people accessing sapgui externally through a saprouter ?
      Author's profile photo John Moy
      John Moy
      Blog Post Author
      Hi Olivier,

      You raise a very valid point!  If those people don't have access to your internal website then I presume they would be presented with a 404 page.  I guess there may be ways around this but I can't think of an elegant solution for that situation.  So thanks for mentioning this for all of us to consider.  If anyone has any suggestions it would be great if you could add them here.

      Rgds

      John

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Good to know this, thank alot for sharing this.

      Best Regards
      Saujanya

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      HI ,
      I am student at victoria University and I tried integrating web page onto my miniSAP what I am using on my computer but its asking for transport could you please help me how can I transport the program .

      Regards
      Chinmay Bhatt

      Author's profile photo John Moy
      John Moy
      Blog Post Author
      Hi chinmay,

      All you need to do is to create a request, give it whatever dummy name, and save it.  I presume since this is a miniSAP system the transports won't be going anywhere.  If you still are unsure, I expect Tony will be able to show you how.

      Rgds

      John

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      G'day john,
      Thanks very much for your reply , but I  just want to inform you that  I did try creating a dummy request in my miniSAP but still can't see the webpage on my front screen of SAP and I also consult Tony about it but unfortunately we couldn't get it going. So what would you recommend.Would much appreciate your response.

      P.S.
      We  guys will be privileged to have you in one of our session at Victoria University in class of BCO6181 (ERP Application).

      Regards
      Chinmay Bhatt

      Author's profile photo John Moy
      John Moy
      Blog Post Author
      Hi Chinmay,

      It is very possible that your release level of miniSAP is inadequate for this feature.  If you made the simple configuration entry I mentioned in my blog, and it didn't work, this is probably the case.  Unfortunately SAP doesn't release miniSAP systems to be able to be patched by normal means.  Maybe Tony will have some ideas.  Did anyone else in your class get it working?

      I have already had a quick discussion and you will probably see me later in your course.

      Rgds

      John

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Well it doesn't seem like anyone else has get it going too , but I would definitely take it up to Tony .

      And looking forward to see you in our class in few weeks .

      Thanks heaps for you quick response.

      Regards
      Chinmay bhatt.

      Author's profile photo Mukesh Bablani
      Mukesh Bablani

      Hi John. Good info. Is it possible to pass some user context like user name to the URL setup in this table ?

      Author's profile photo Alessandro Guarneri
      Alessandro Guarneri

      Cool

      Author's profile photo Gregor Wolf
      Gregor Wolf

      Hi John,

      thanks to Lars Hvam I was pointed to your blog. As I wasn't able to find it using a search for SESSION_MANAGER url or website. So adding this comment now to make it easer the next time.

      Best regards
      Gregor