Last year SAP not only released SAP NetWeaver Gateway productivity accelerator for Microsoft, but also another very important product: SAP Fiori. It started as a way to simplify and beautify the access to SAP processes and data and is so popular right now that not only the underlyning framework UI5 is now available as OpenSource, but also the UI design principles are leveraged even outside of SAP.
We started with only 25 Fiori apps as part of “Wave 1” and with “Wave 2” Fiori has reached over 200 apps as of today. In the meantime the Fiori launchpad has evolved into central entry hub to all Fiori apps, where users access apps via SAP Fiori active tiles.
The apps have one thing in common: they are beautiful, easy to use and provide a consistent end-to-end user experience — running on three screens: the desktop, the tablet and the mobile device. This powerful combination allows users to work on and with SAP data wherever they are.
In addition to being able to work now with data from SAP in the browser, there are still usecases where it makes sense to make SAP data also available in other productivity tools (Don’t forget the desktop). In a lot of cases it is required — or simply makes sense — to combine data from your SAP system with data from other systems.
Lets just think of the tool that probably runs most of the time on my Laptop — Microsoft Outlook. In Outlook I am using the Exchange Calender to track all my meetings. Wouldn’t it be nice to have also the Calender information from my Leave Request or my recorded time in Outlook as well? Or being able to not only approve purchase orders from the Fiori UI, but also directly from Outlook?
Well, with SAP NetWeaver Gateway productivity accelerator for Microsoft this can be accomplished pretty easily. If you look at the high-level architecture of SAP Fiori and GWPAM you can see that there is a huge overlap. It’s “just” the UI, the consumption part that is different.
The central part is SAP NetWeaver Gateway which exposes SAP data in a consumer agnostic way. In the case of SAP Fiori the SAP data is exposed via scenario specific OData services, that are consumed via the SAP UI5 framework in a browser that can be viewed on all three screens.
With Gateway productivity accelerator for Microsoft we can consume the very same services and expose them in Microsoft products.
Time based services can be consumed in the Outlook Calendar. Leave Request, Purchase Orders or Tasks from PS can be exposed as Outlook Tasks, or contacts from your My Contacts SAP Fiori apps can be integrated as Outlook contacts.
- Bringing SAP Fiori Leave Requests to Microsoft Outlook Calendar
- SAP Fiori My Contacts in Microsoft Outlook
In the past there was always the request from customers and partners for SAP to make content and scenarios available in the Microsoft world — well, now with SAP Fiori and GWPAM we are doing exactly that. You can take the content, the scenarios that are available via SAP Fiori and surface them in any Microsoft application that is relevant for you!
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