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Blog: NWBC Q&A from German User Group Technology Conference 2013.

This was my first opportunity to speak at the German User Group (DSAG) Technology Days event. I was delighted to see roughly 120 people at our session :

“SAP NetWeaver Business Client in the Business Suite”  – that’s nearly as many as UI5 ;-).

Thanks from both me and my colleague Dr JohannesWasserfall to everyone who attended. I’ve blogged on some of the questions raised during the session – including NWBC+Enterprise Search, NWBC+Citrix, and more, as well as providing links to more information.

Please feel free to give me feedback or ask additional questions.

For more information on the German User Group (in German), see

For more information on SAP User Groups in other countries, see

Citrix, Installing NWBC on

You can also install NWBC for Desktop on a Citrix server. There is some detailed documentation on exactly how to do this here: Citrix

CRM, Displaying CRM Web UI in NWBC

You can display CRM Web UI applications in NWBC. However, there are two different use cases to consider:

  • If the end user uses CRM predominantly, then they should work in the CRM Web UI Client
  • If the end user uses other ABAP applications predominantly (SAP GUI, Web Dynpro), and uses CRM occasionally, then they should use NWBC

Enterprise Search

The fuzzy search feature that Johannes showed in the demo is enabled by Enterprise Search (embedded). This does not require an additional license on top of your AS ABAP server.
To use SAP Enterprise Search as a search hub, you need an additional license.
For more information on Enterprise Search, see the following:
SAP Library: Enterprise Search

Migrating from SAP GUI to NWBC: Roles

NWBC navigation is role-based, whereas SAP GUI doesn’t have to be. A lot of SAP GUI users manage navigation by means of the SAP menu, or by building complex structures in Easy Access Favorites. From NWBC 3.5 onwards, we have made the migration easier, by fully integrating both these in the NWBC navigation as this graphic shows:


SAP GUI for Windows, HTML, Java

NWBC for Desktop works with SAP GUI for Windows (embedded).
NWBC for HTML calls SAP GUI for HTML.
There are no plans at present to develop a version of NWBC that works with SAP GUI for Java, due to the prohibitive costs of development for such a project.

If you want to continue using SAP GUI for Java and benefit from NWBC, you have two options:

For more information on the different members of the SAP GUI family, see this presentation: The SAP GUI Family – Update

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