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SAP NetWeaver Portal Tweetchat “SAP Portal Theming and Branding”

Thanks to all who joined and watched our Tweetchat today on August 08.

For those who missed it: see this tweetchat summary via Storify.

And I added a transcript of the chat created by as attachment of this blog.



On Wednesday August 08 from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. CET you are invited to join the next tweetchat of the SAP NetWeaver Portal Product Management team.

“Theming and Branding of SAP Portal and Applications” is a hot topic for lot of our customers, consultants and partners. Customizing the user interface (UI) according to your company’s style guides is getting more and more important, especially in external, customer-facing scenarios. Customers can adjust the visual appearance of the portal and integrated applications (e.g. colors, fonts, padding, images) by configuration or via Portal Theme Editor.

Join this tweetchat to learn more about the various options for branding and customizing SAP UI technologies according to your specific corporate design. We will also provide an outlook on mobile scenarios and the planned enhancements for easier theming in the future.

See also this SCN document on Portal Look&Feel and Frameworkpages.

Our panel of experts includes:

  • Thomas Hensel, Portal Product Managment (@ThHensel)
  • David Kviti, Portal Product Management (@DKVITI)
  • Gilad Bussi, Portal Development (@GiladBussi)
  • Sven Kannengiesser, SAP Consultant (@skannengiesser)
  • Sergei Haller, Senior Consultant and Portal expert from our partner company btexx GmbH (@SHbtexx)

The tweetchat will be moderated by Vera Gutbrod using our Portal Twitter account @Portal_SAP. You can connect with the tweetchat moderator before the chat. Send for example some questions or your expectations already before the chat. You can start with this already now! Send the questions and statements directly to our SAP Portal Twitter channel @Portal_SAP.

What is a TweetChat and How to Participate
What’s a tweetchat? It is similar to a webinar in which the speakers, rather than talking, type out their thoughts in 140 characters or less. And during a tweetchat, rather than using a dial-in number, you follow along with your preferred Twitter app like Tweetdeck, Hootsuite or The key benefits of is that it automatically adds the hashtag to the end of your tweets after you successfully sign in using your Twitter account.

To participate in our tweetchat, simply log in to the Twitter client of your choice and submit all your questions and statements with the hashtag #SAPPortalchat included. In case you are not using this hashtag, we cannot see what you are tweeting. We’ll be monitoring the timeline live (and also after the chat) and responding through the accounts of Thomas, David and Gilad, Sven and Sergei (@ThHensel, @DKVITI, @GiladBussi, @SHbtexx, @skannengiesser).

See you on Twitter on August 08
Please join us on August 08 from 11:00-12:00 A.M. CET using the #SAPPortalchat hashtag. We are really looking forward to talking to you directly. So start thinking about your questions now. We hope to see you on the 08 August on Twitter!

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      Author's profile photo John Moy
      John Moy

      Hi Vera,

      Unfortunately this tweetchat occurs in the early AM hours in my timezone and I doubt I will be awake for it.  Can you please register a question on my behalf ... I am seeing Corbu theme now appears to be the preferred default theme when looking at SAP's UI Guidelines for the Business Suite 2012.  However to-date I am only seeing it on NWBC for HTML (NetWeaver 7.31) and I know that NWBC 4.0 Desktop Edition will also have it.  But what about Portal?  When will it have a Corbu theme available?  Sorry, that is much more than 140 characters :-O



      Author's profile photo Vera Gutbrod
      Vera Gutbrod
      Blog Post Author

      Hi John!

      I pointed our Portal experts to your question. Someone will soon answer it.

      Kind regards


      Author's profile photo Gilad Bussi
      Gilad Bussi

      Hi John,

      The SAP Corbu theme will be officially supported in SAP enhancement package 1 for SAP NetWeaver 7.3 SP6.

      Thanks & BR,

      Gilad B.

      Author's profile photo John Moy
      John Moy

      Thanks Gilad,

      When I look at the current PAM (, it looks like SP5 for SAP NetWeaver 7.3 Enhancement package 1 is scheduled for Oct 2012, but there is no timeframe for SP6 scheduled.  So would I be correct in assuming we won't see this on the portal until mid next year?



      Author's profile photo Gilad Bussi
      Gilad Bussi

      Hello John,

      I checked this issue with my QM (Quality Manager) colleague and indeed SP6 will be probably released around April 2013.

      BUT, I would like to update you that the Corbu Theme for the Unified Rendering part in the Portal (applications which runs in the Portal, like WDJ etc. not including the Portal L-shpae) is supported as from SP5 with some configuration steps.

      Hope that helps,

      Gilad B.

      Author's profile photo Tobias Hofmann
      Tobias Hofmann

      I too have a question (surprise 🙂 that's too long for 140 characters:

      A big problem with SAP Portal theme is how to theme is delivered: as a portal application.

      Why not deliver it as a set of files that can be deployed wherever I want, like to the KM of the Portal. This way I can also define a special cache for each mime type or browser. Another big problem is the support for different browsers. Currently I have to upgrade the portal to a newer SP. When the portal theme files (Javascript, CSS, etc) are in a easy to maintain repository, it should - theoretically - be easier to add support for other browsers, or to fix a specific error.

      To think this to the end, maybe SAP can offer the portal theme files in a hosted way - CDN, and I can decide to either point my portal clients to these or download them from there and add them to my local repository.

      The problem here is that the SAP Portal product needs to be adjusted to support such a integration of theme files.

      Maybe I should search some VC that sponsors my idea: Twitter like but let's you write 1024 characters in a message.

      Author's profile photo David Kviti
      David Kviti

      Hi Tobias,

      As always, you're hitting the nail right on the head, and touching a sour spot, which we’ve worked hard to find a proper solution for, while considering the multi theme usages in portal.

      The good news is that in NW730 SP8 we actually plan to provide a new mime repository, based on PCD, which holds and persists all the styling assets of a framework page or an application. The Portal developer would be able to decide which styling assets would be uploaded and managed using this mime repository and allow the administrator to customize the assets, without code, as she/he will. As you suggested, it’ll be managed in a folder structure and will allow clear theme structure with download / upload options of adapted assets to and from the repository.

      Our new deliveries (Framework pages / apps) will support it for now on, and the first implementation we've leveraged this capability, is the new Mobile Framework page and all the apps and services as part of it. The mime repository holds lots of other goodies for styling including direct CSS and LESS support and future integration with UI5 (styling and advanced theme editing).

      I hope it would answer most of your wishes (‘all wishes’ is just too much to ask 😉 )