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New Development: Broadcast Messages in SAP NetWeaver Portal

The Broadcast messages (BCM) new feature gives the ability for portal administrators to broadcast messages to end users in a short time frame.

End users will be notified on relevant new messages in real time.

The feature is available from SAP NetWeaver EP7.3 EHP1  SP11.

In SP12 an addtional functionally was added:

1)    1) The ability to assign a message to groups.

2)    2) Set a message priority (normal/high).

       How to enable the BCM


       SAP Note: 1930281


       Video demo

If you would like to learn more regarding the BCM functionality, please ask
for information in the comments and I will try to add it to the blog.


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      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      This has been needed for a long time.  We're still 18 months away from upgrading our portal to 7.3, though... we really needed this on 7.01.  Do you know if there's any plan to downport this feature?



      Author's profile photo Saar Dagan
      Saar Dagan

      Hi Matt,

      Unfortunately there is no plan do downport this feature, also this feature is only available for 7.31 SP11 and above and not for 7.3.

      Best regards,


      Author's profile photo Lokesh Kamana
      Lokesh Kamana

      Hi Saar,

      We are on 7.4 SP5. Do we have this component available for?



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Lokesh,

      The BCM available only from 7.40 SP006 and above.



      Author's profile photo Veerabhadram R.A Mantha
      Veerabhadram R.A Mantha

      When I clicked on the above mentioned link for the notes is says "Document not released".



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      You mean SAP note 1930281? Indeed, it's currently not released. SAP must be working on it. Wait for a while, it will be released eventually.

      Author's profile photo Roger Beach
      Roger Beach

      We hide the user name on the right hand side where it says "Welcome User", we found the name needs to show in order for the broadcast message icon to show.  Can this be separated?

      Also, any future capability to change bullhorn icon to something else?

      Author's profile photo Joelle Wilson
      Joelle Wilson

      We are currently working on an upgrade to NW 7.4 and plan to use this technology.  The megaphone icon has tested poorly in recent usability studies conducted on our upgraded system.    Is there a mechanism for allowing Portal Administrators or Developers to change the icon to something more intuitive?

      Author's profile photo Saar Dagan
      Saar Dagan

      Hi Joelle,

      The UI for the BCM is a sample UI, I suggest your developers will create a UI that is more suitable for your needs.

      If you only wish to change the icon to something more intuitive that's easy, however it will not be upgrade safe.

      and every time you upgrade you will have to change the icon.



      Author's profile photo Vincent Noiset
      Vincent Noiset


      We just upgraded our Development Portal to 7.40 latest patch.  I created a Broadcast message and... nothing append.  I connected to this portal with another user (in private mode) but no message was broadcasted.

      Do I miss something ?  An iView must be added to the masterhead ?

      Best regards.


      Author's profile photo Vincent Noiset
      Vincent Noiset

      I found this post: Using the broadcast messaging (BCM) client side API

      So I added the BCM iView to Ajax framework page and set the BCM Service to true (I don't find this in the documentation) but still no message...

      Author's profile photo Vincent Noiset
      Vincent Noiset