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Following the successful launch of Fiori 1.0 in May 2013, we now have the “Wave 2” apps which extends the Fiori family from 25 apps to 206 apps.

Wave 2 is now officially called “SAP Fiori for SAP Business Suite 7 Innovations 2013” and Wave 1 is called “SAP Fiori for Releases prior to SAP Business Suite 7 Innovations 2013” – I’m going to stick to Wave 1 and Wave 2 in this blog to keep the length down J

At the time of writing the experience.sap.com/fiori site has not been updated with the new portfolio (sure it will catch up). The best place to see a full list seems to be here.

So what is new in Wave 2 ?

New Apps

We now have content for ERP, SRM CRM, SNC, GRC, PPM (Wave 1 was only ERP and SRM).  SAP have also introduced the concept of application types. 3 Types of Application exist at the moment – Transactional (53), Fact Sheet  (69) and Analytical (84). The fact sheets require Business Suite on SAP HANA and the Analytical Apps require SAP HANA Live for Business Suite – more information can be seen here on the architecture. The picture below shows the recommended architecture if you were to run all 206 apps.

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Enhanced LaunchPad

We now have an enhanced Fiori LaunchPad which allows for more personalisation  like favourites, groups and search. It seems to be evolving to offer a transactional alternative to SAP Portal and/or NWBC. You can see more information here. The picture below shows an example of this personalisation.

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Enhanced Extension Guidelines

You can now extend Fiori apps in a modification free way, so that your modifications and the SAP standard UI are merged at run-time. You can get more information on this topic here.  The picture below shows the extension concept fot the UI components.

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In summary, the SAP Fiori team have put a huge investment into this wave adding both content and architectural components that in my opinion mean that Fiori is now at a critical mass to be actively considered by anyone running Business Suite 7. It might be the catalyst to justify the upgrade to SAP Business Suite 7 Innovations 2013, run your Business Suite on SAP HANA and/or install SAP HANA Live for Business Suite.

The only way you will know will be to review the Fiori apps, figure out which ones add immediate value, figure out which one need to be enhanced and figure out what Fiori Style Apps you need to fill the gaps. This will give you your Fiori to do list which will drive your business case for adoption.

Well done Fiori Team.

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  1. John Tancreto

    Thanks for the update.  Could you provide more details on what you mean in terms of extending Fiori apps in a modification “free way”?  I know one of the concerns from early customers of Fiori Wave 1 was the upgrade path when Fiori apps were extended.  Are you referring to that?

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  2. Laurent DUBOIS

    Hi,

    Do you know if Substitutions are part of the new features? I mean in the standard UWL in portal, we can create substitutions to forward your work items to another colleague. I saw that you can forward approval requests, but it’s not mentioned if I can create substitution rules as per protal.

    Thanx.

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  3. John Tancreto

    Yes, I have a similar question about the Forwarding option.  All forwarding does is send the approval item to another approver.  Substitution is different.  Also, Ad-Hoc approval is another type workflow change that an approver can do via UWL.  Will Fiori support Substitution or Ad-Hoc approval?

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    1. Tejas Chouhan

      Hi John and Laurent,

      If your question is about Multilevel approval, then the answer is yes, all you have to do is to develop a  custom workflow for this, and yes it will allow, extension of Approval apps is possible. SAP has made standard scenarios and have left on us to extend based on the requirements.

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  4. Tobias Gollwitzer

    Thanks Owen for that great post,

    you really nailed down a good summary of the current Fiori offering.

    Its great to have such engaged and skilled menthors in our community.

    Thanks Tobias

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  5. Laurent DUBOIS

    Hi Tejas,

    Thanx for your reply. Not really, I’d like to know if there is an option from the end-user point of view in order to setup an auto-forward rule as per the Substitutions in UWL of portal. For instance, if a manager is on leave for a couple of weeks, is there an option to create a rule to forward his work items to someone else (like from date xx/xx/xxxx to xx/xx/xxxx). Can we create a rule from your inbox application?

    Cheers

    Laurent.

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    1. Tejas Chouhan

      For all the approval apps they have used standard workflows (Just single level approve and reject) and forward option.

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      In Approval Purchase order application , we have 3 options : Approve, Reject and Forward options, so if the approver(manager) is not available, he can forward to another user of same authorization(access/role) level. If this answers your query, no need to create a rule to forward his work items to someone else, as this is already done 🙂

      But in case, you want to customize further, you can create custom workflow with whatever rules you want to include. If you can go through the code of standard apps , Approve PO, you can find standard task number.

      This document describes adding custom workflow to standard fiori apps :

      How to Guide: SAP Fiori – Adding Custom Workflows in 5 Steps

      So the answer is yes, fiori apps are only basic apps based on standard scenarios, these are extensible and can be customised according to user’s requirement.

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  6. Lorenzo Maggiulli

    Hi all,

    I have read that in sap fiori wave 2 was included the new scenario Report Travel Expenses, but now seems to have disappeared.

    Have you news about it?

    Thanks.

    Lorenzo

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  7. Neeraj Sripuram

    Very useful blog Owen !

    One thing that caught my attention is that in the list of apps in the catalog on the page that you referred to, there is no mention of the new “Travel Expense” creation app anywhere ?

    Is that not part of Wave 2 ? If yes, then could you point me to the back end configuration details of the same ?

    I’ve tried high and low, and was not able to trace it out.

    Regards,

    Neeraj

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  8. Simon Kemp

    Hi Owen,

    I have had a few questions from customers recently asking why the Fact Sheet Fiori Apps require SAP HANA? I haven’t really been able to give them a good answer (yet). Are you able to shed any light on why – I assume it is a technical restriction based on using something that only BS on HANA can provide – I guess I just don’t understand what that thing is.

    The follow on question is then… can we use the front-end (UI5 parts) of the Fact Sheet apps and replace the Gateway service(s) with a non-HANA version? Clearly the UI parts aren’t the bits that need BS on HANA.

    Any insight you have would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Simon

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    1. Owen Pettiford Post author

      Simon,

      The reason I have been given is that the fact sheet services use the enterprise search features of HANA to find the right objects to list and to enable navigation (fast) navigation to related objects.

      We are just in the process of implementing these on top of ERP on HANA so I will get someone to take a look at on of the services in detail.

      and I see no reason a customer couldn’t write their own OData service to reuse the UI component…….as long as they are licenced for them 🙂

      i will let you know once someone checks out the services.

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