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Author's profile photo Aviad Rivlin

SAP NetWeaver Portal On Device – SAPPHIRE-NOW Recap

Dear SAPPHIRE attendees (and those who couldn’t make it this year…),

I would like to share with you some of the demos and highlights we showed two weeks ago at the SAPPHIRE-NOW conference about Portal On Device – consuming your SAP NetWeaver Portal on mobile devices.

As you probably already know, with the release of SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.30 SP7, the first out-of-the-box offering for consuming your SAP NetWeaver Portal on mobile devices was officially released. This includes two main aspects:

  • End user – new out-of-the-box framework page designed for smartphone devices
  • Administration – administrative wizards to configure the mobile iViews, pages, roles, device groups,…

In the recorded demo below, you can see a live system running on SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.30 SP7. The components used for this demo are:

  • Portal On Device core capabilities:
    • Home pages
    • Launcher
    • Search
    • logon \ logoff
    • Toolbox – note that this capability is planned to be shipped to customers as part of the next SP (planned for Q4\2012)
  • RSS iView readers (in the home pages) – custom development
  • Workflow application consuming the items from the back-end system via SAP NetWeaver Gateway into an HTML5 based portal application – custom development
  • Document list application retrieving documents stored in the SAP Knowledge Management (KM) – custom development
  • Some addition reports and application that are not launched in the recorded demo

Disclaimer: please note that the applications shown above (RSS reader, Document explorer, Workflow) are demo applications used for demo purposes alone.

During SAPPHIRE we also shared with the audience a sneak preview of the tablet implementation planned to be released by Q4\2012. I will share this recorded demo later on, closer to the release of this enhancement.

See you all at TechEd, where we are planning several hands-on sessions for these exact capabilities.


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      Author's profile photo André Condné
      André Condné

      Thank you very much, Aviad.

      An excellent video presentation of Portal on Device capabilities. I like the mobile framework especially KM document integration and search. Is the solution based on standard KM & TREX without the need to tweak something for the mobile framework?



      Author's profile photo Aviad Rivlin
      Aviad Rivlin
      Blog Post Author

      In this demo (and in the out-of-the-box offering), we leverage the standard KM & TREX offering. You get (out-of-the-box) the search capabilities for documents in the KM repository.

      The navigation iView where you see a list of folders and documents is a demo application leveraging the KM public APIs.



      Author's profile photo John Moy
      John Moy

      Thanks for the great blog Aviad.  And if I am not mistaken, this is still powered by jQueryMobile?

      One thing that dampens my enthusiasm is that some of the more useful functions shown in the screencam don't appear to come with the standard product, as you have listed them as 'custom development' in your blog.  Can you share any insights into roadmap and whether these will come with the standard product at a later date?

      Also will the architecture requre the SAP Mobile Platform in future?  ie. integrated with SUP.  I only ask because there was talk of that possibly happening.  Personally I am hoping not, because portal already provides the requisite authentication services, and its not like you are downloading a native app here ... Its all browser, where Portal has always been.

      Good work!



      Author's profile photo Yariv Zur
      Yariv Zur

      Hi John,

      Jumping in for the SUP question - We do plan to offer integration into SUP (and Afaria!) as part of the product (some of them will likely be bundled into enterprise workspaces). However - these integrations will be optional. i.e. SUP will not be a pre-requisite for this if you are an existing portal customer. That being said - i think that once we demonstrate the integration with SUP (and Gateway) you will see the value of the combination.

      As for the last comment - it doesn't have to be HTML based app 🙂

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Aviad,

      Than you for sharing this demo for the benefit of those who could not make it to SAPPHIRE.

      In one of your previous blogs you had commented you will share more info on consuming WD ABAP applications into PoD. Any further information on this? Is this already possible with SPS7?

      From portal perspective UWL is one of the key things that is widely expected by customers to be available on handheld devices. Is this planned to be made available in any future release?



      Author's profile photo Aviad Rivlin
      Aviad Rivlin
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Kiran,

      Please have a look at SAP note 1705067 for more details (I don't recall mentioning Web Dynpro ABAP in the context of Portal On Device in my blogs).

      Regarding UWL - yes, this is feedback that we hear quite often. Once I have more details about next steps I will share it with the community.