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Floorplan Manager (FPM) and NWBC


NWBC 4.0 New Corbu Design

We are often asked about the relation of NWBC and Floorplan Manager (FPM).

In principle FPM is a browser-agnostic framework. However it fits perfectly together with NWBC.

Without NWBC your workplace quickly becomes cluttered and the right information is hard to find:


Workplace without NWBC and some open FPM applications

With NWBC you have one single point of access to all your SAP Business application including FPM:


Workplace with NWBC 4.0 and FPM applications

Working Role-Based

With NWBC you have the possibility to work role-based (using the portal or directly using PFCG roles).

With EhP6 we have more than 1400 FPM applications.

Using roles combined with FPM applications you can create special work centers for your end users. You can assign these FPM applications to a role once, sort your authorizations once and then assign this role to many users.

That means for example you can create a Sales Role which particularly enables end users to work with only the FPM applications and transactions they really need, and for which they are authorized.

So you have the perfect entry point for a sales person to start his or her daily work.

Roles make end users and administrators more efficient.

SAP defines roles; you apply them and make your end users more efficient.

FPM and Web Dynpro ABAP

FPM based on Web Dynpro ABAP is the Business Suite UI framework for easy, efficient and highly-configurable application development and adaptation.

For more information see:  Floorplan Manager for Web Dynpro ABAP (SCN Space)

FPM and Visual Design

The visual design of Floorplan Manager applications is based on the SAP UI Guidelines for Business Suite and so is the new Corbu theme – the new visual  identity for the SAP Business Suite available with NWBC 4.0.

The fresh, modern, unique visual identity for SAP Business Suite has been designed for interaction patterns based on the UI 2.0 standard. The design is intentionally neutral to blend with a variety of legacy content.

For more information see: User Experience Community

And the theme is adaptable. With the NWBC 4.0 desktop version, Users can customize the appearance of the shell by switching the theme in the personal settings. Users can select either a dark or light flavor, which only affects the header area.

For more information see: SAP NetWeaver Business Client -> What’s New: Theme (Enhanced)


FPM as of NetWeaver 7.0 EhP1

NWBC 4.0 is available as of SAP NetWeaver 7.01 EhP3

See which versions of NWBC are available.

Feedback appreciated.


Sandra Thimme

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      Author's profile photo Matt Harding
      Matt Harding

      Hi Sandra,

      Thanks for posting this timely article. We're already leveraging this at my current site with the latest ERP, but I was wondering, of the 1400 FPM applications, would you know what the best example would be architecturally to loosely base our more complex custom development with FPM off?

      I know this is a bit off-topic, and it's a very technical question (sorry), but would be great to reference a great example of a FPM solution in here to have an understanding of SAP's own enterprise best practices for implementing a new FPM application beyond a simple search report or Overview Page or Guided Activity Page (noting that this is not really covered within the FPM Developers Guide beyond mentioning the various approaches)

      FYI - I'm mainly concerned about more complex FPM applications that have multiple reusable UIBB's that need to be wired together with transaction capability and maybe some object based navigation (within NWBC) to round things out.

      In short, a good tutorial for this, or pointing at a good example within ERP beyond sflight examples would be great to reference here so people can look at a good example when trying to go beyond initial FPM playing around.



      ps. I'm now following TEAM FPM posts which will obviously help here but this end to end example would be great!

      Author's profile photo Sandra Thimme
      Sandra Thimme
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Matt,

      thank you very much for your feedback.

      I'd like to send you a document about how to access our EPM Model. It is much more complex than sflight.

      Wiring, reuse (within EPM) and OBN are part of the model.

      Please let me know if that works for you.


      Sandra Thimme

      Author's profile photo Matt Harding
      Matt Harding

      Thanks Sandra. That would be great. If you don't mind, I'm happy to do a lead by example blog after I get the hang of the preferred approach (was planning on doing this anyway but was stuck with determining the best approach). I assume you can get my contact details either from SCN or via the SAP Mentors info and won't post it here...