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Comparison between ESS/MSS portal with NWBC Portal

NWBC Portal

ESS/MSS Portal

Installation Needed


(Zero Footprint – Can be launched through Web browser)


(Zero Footprint – Can be launched through Web browser)


{ Base Enhancement Pack (EHP) needed }

EHP6 ( if all the services needed, till EHP5 Benefits has not yet been included in the WD ABAP stack and hence cannot be accessed via NWBC )

No Restrictions. All Services are available.

Additional Resources Needed for Implementation

  1. Can be deployed by Basis and Security Resources.

Additional ESS/MSS resources needed.

Can look and feel be customized

  1. (Even though the UI is much better than standard SAP GUI but still little flexibility in changing the look and feel. Themes are fixed)

Additional efforts needed but can be customized to match the look and feel of the organizations existing Portal if any.

Ease in Implementation


(recommended approach if this is the first self-service the organization is implementing)


Overall TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)



Role Assignment

Normal PFCG (Same as in SAP ECC)




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  • Hi Satish, Thanks for sharing. How about the cost factor?.

    I am aware Portal is chargeable based on user but not sure about NWBC.

    Thanks, Vinoth Kumar

  • Please note for NWBC you will need a Windows platform, it doesn’t run on Mac OS.

    Also for ESS/MSS implementation you will need ESS/MSS consultants for NWBC as well.

    Nevertheless, nice overview.

  • Hi Satish,

    So it doesn’t required portal integration.

    If i want to implement ESS/MSS without having portal, will this be useful

    or any inputs from your end.

    So When you have NWBC instead of portal, what type of configuration is required.

    Can i expect details information if client wants to implement ESS/MSS without portal or client doesn’t want portal but they need ESS/MSS , any inputs, plz.