Over the past few weeks, I have had many conversations with both customers and our branding team about what it means to “run simple.” It turns out that SAP Screen Personas fits very well into our Run Simple mission.

At the corporate level, Run Simple has three pillars:

  • Simplify decision making
  • Simplify business processes
  • Simplify technology

All of SAP’s solutions align around one or more of these these pillars. Let’s discuss how they apply to SAP Screen Personas.

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Simplify Decision Making

Enterprises need their employees to enter data into the systems of record so they can use this information to drive business decisions. With the simpler screens that SAP Screen Personas enables, you can accelerate adoption of SAP by removing barriers (excuses) to using it. One common example I have seen is customers making SAP more user friendly by eliminating the need to memorize transactions codes. More intuitive screens can also simplify decision making by reducing confusion about what data to enter where, and speeding data entry by using pull-down menus instead of free-text fields.

Simplify Business Processes

One key part of the run simple philosophy is streamlining business processes. In the core SAP ERP systems that many customers use to run their businesses, it might take several separate transactions, each of which contains multiple screens and/or tabs. There is good reason for this, as the software was designed to accommodate many disparate industries from automotive to mining to public sector to utilities (plus 21 more!). So, some screens contain fields that are relevant for one industry but do not apply to the others. SAP Screen Personas allows you to streamline these processes into fewer screens and clicks by:

  • Removing unused fields from the screen
  • Consolidating multiple transactions, screens, or tabs into one simple screen
  • Automating repetitive actions or navigation into a single keystroke

Simplify SAP Usage

Since SAP Screen Personas is a plug-in for the NetWeaver ABAP stack, it does not really simplify the technology stack the way SAP HANA does. But, it does not complicate it either, as there is no separate server required.

The big advantage on the usage side is that SAP Screen Personas helps you standardize on one consistent user experience or theme for all SAP transactions. With one common look and feel for all SAP transactions, with intuitive interfaces and navigation (this will generally be the new Fiori design, but could also be your own template), you can reduce training requirements for your team. You can further reduce the need for training classes by embedding training content directly into your screens, including video tutorials, notes, and roll-over help.

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Empower your users with a consistent design

SAP Screen Personas is a key part of SAP’s UX strategy, forming the foundation of the “enable” component within the new/renew/enable framework.

See a presentation of how to Run Simple with SAP Screen Personas.

If you start applying several of SAP’s core solutions that help you Run Simple (SAP HANA, SAP Screen Personas, and SAP Fiori), you are sure to see measurable results. And when you do, please share them with the community on SCN or on experience.sap.com.

For the SAP Screen Personas product team, Peter Spielvogel.

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  1. Wolfgang Mayer

    Hi Peter,

    the above screenshot “This screen was built using Personas” looks like a Fiori launchpage. What part was made using Personas or in what way was Personas integrated?

    Thanks & regards

    Wolfgang

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    1. Peter Spielvogel Post author

      Hi Wolfgang,

      SAP Screen Personas is a tool kit. Using it, you can make any of SAP’s 10,000+ SAP GUI transactions have the look and feel you want.

      One of my colleagues created a style guide to allow customers to build screens in SAP Screen Personas that follow the Fiori design guidelines. He followed this approach to build the above screen that runs in SAP Screen Personas but looks like Fiori.

      This approach would allow you to have a single, consistent user experience across all your SAP applications.

      Regards,

      Peter

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  2. Mehdi Medix

    Hi Peter,

    I know this is not a place for asking questions, but I can’t find someone who can help me.

    I’m working on Sap Personas 3.0 and I’m finding some difficulties.

    All I want is to get data in my screen using RFC, exactly as in the example

    How to use RFCs in Personas 3.0 – SAP Imagineering – SCN Wiki

    Im getting a JS error :

    Error during script execution:

    TypeError: undefined is not a function

    at eval (eval at <anonymous>

    Many thanx,

    Medix

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    1. Peter Spielvogel Post author

      Hi Medix,

      Please open a discussion on SCN in this same SAP GUI space. This way, others will be able to find the content around using RFCs.

      Thanks and regards,

      Peter

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