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In the fourth webcast of ASUG’s user experience webcast series, Oliver Lehman and Johannes Wasserfall from SAP’s UX rollout team spoke about SAP Fiori UX. Here are some of the highlights. You can watch the full webcast and download the slides here.

Before I dive into the webcast overview, I think it’s important to thank the ASUG team for helping to promote our user experience solutions through this webcast series. In addition, see the latest blog post from ASUG CEO Geoff Scott – talking about user experience.

Introduction – why UX matters in the enterprise

Consumer experiences and the prominence of mobile devices in our everyday lives accelerate user expectations at work. When it’s easy to order a book or electronic device from Amazon, employees expect that same easy, intuitive experience at work. That is why SAP and other IT vendors are focusing on user experience now more than ever before.

Oliver touched on SAP’s UX strategy – with its 3 easy-to-remember parts: New / Renew / Enable

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Evolution of SAP Fiori

SAP Fiori was launched last year as a comprehensive collection of apps with a consumer-like UX to improve the user experience of core SAP functions with an intuitive design. Now, SAP Fiori is the new user experience for SAP software that leverages modern design principles to provide a holistic and consistent user experience across lines of business, tasks and devices. SAP solutions are applying the SAP Fiori UX to provide a personalized, responsive and simple user experience.

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The UX renewal started with SAP Business Suite, then SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA and now our Cloud solutions, like Ariba and SuccessFactors are starting to embrace the SAP Fiori UX with some screens available now and some in the future.

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Oliver highlighted the SAP Fiori UX design principles – role-based, responsive, simple, coherent and delightful. You can find all of the design guidelines at this link. As well as an overview of all the app types included in SAP Fiori.

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Live Demo

Johannes provided a live demo showing SAP Smart Business for Cash Management which applies the SAP Fiori UX.

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He also showed a demo of the SAP Fiori launchpad which provides a starting point for users. It’s role-based and runs on multiple devices. Users can customize their launchpad to adjust groups, add or remove tiles, as well as a search function for details relevant to a specific term.

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Get Started Deploying SAP Fiori

Oliver shared information about Rapid Deployment Solutions and UX Adoption Service Kits that are both available to help customers get SAP Fiori implemented.

Get Involved with SAP Fiori

There is an SAP Fiori Customer Interest Group that is open to every customer interested in working with us on defining and improving SAP Fiori. There are key focus areas by lines of business, industries and solutions, as well as the ability to help influence the portfolio/roadmap definition, design phase and development. Get involved at https://influence.sap.com.

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Learn More

And, there are related learning opportunities – including the OpenSAP Course: Introduction to SAP Fiori. On a personal note – I’ve been taking the course and while I may not be the technical SAP implementation guru this course is targeted toward – it’s been very educational. I enjoyed the overview sessions that set the stage, and even the more detailed sessions walking through product installation, configuration and best practices for extensibility.

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Sneak Peek: New Resources

Oliver presented a preview of two new resources that will be available in October – including SAP Fiori, demo cloud edition, which will provide an easy way to try Fiori apps (featuring 17 transactional apps at the beginning). In addition, we’re publishing the SAP Fiori apps reference library that will provide relevant technical metadata for installation and configuration of SAP Fiori apps. Stay tuned to learn more!

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