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SAP Portal News for September and October 2014

Welcome to the September and October edition of the SAP Portal news blog summarizing the highlights of the last two months. This time we have the following topics:

  • SAP TechEd News
  • SAP Fiori Launchpad News
  • SAP HANA Cloud Portal New
  • SAP Enterprise Portal News
  • Partner Test Events
  • Blogs from the Community

SAP TechEd News and Impressions

What is the role of Portals today, in which directions is SAP Portal transforming and which Portal deployment option is the right one in the days of cloud and SAP Fiori? These are question we discussed at SAP TechEd Las Vegas with many customers. For external facing scenarios, we see more and more customers now starting to adopt our solution HANA Cloud Portal to create their business sites. With many customers at SAP TechEd we discussed the question how the concepts of SAP Fiori launchpad and SAP Portal fit together. With the introduction of Fiori launchpad on the HANA Cloud Platform, you will also see Fiori launchpad and Fiori experience included into HANA Cloud Portal. We are in the process of transforming and reinventing portal – on the cloud and based on the SAP Fiori UX paradigm. If you are at SAP TechEd Berlin, join us and we continue the discussion. Check out our SAP TechEd information site built with our solution HANA Cloud Portal.

See here Aviad Rivlin in his packed networking session on SAP Fiori launchpad at SAP TechEd Las Vegas:


…and Yariv Zur explaining the Portal deployment options: On-Premise, Managed, or full cloud:


SAP Fiori Lauchpad News

Get an overview on the latest release of SAP NetWeaver 7.4 Support Package Stack 08 (and the corresponding release NW 7.31 SP13) and the new features in SAP Fiori launchpad running in SAP Enterprise Portal.

Starting with SAP NetWeaver 7.4 SPS8 you can also run Fiori wave 2+ transactional applications in SAP Enterprise Portal. Watch this product demo showing how this integration is configured:

The integration between the SAP Enterprise Portal and the Fiori apps is getting more and more important for many customers. This new white paper will guide you through the common architectures for consuming the Fiori apps via the SAP Portal, and running the SAP Portal (with the Fiori apps) on mobile devices, outside of the corporate network. Read also the blog SAP Portal and SAP Fiori – Common Architecture by Aviad Rivlin.

You are interested in new and changed features of SAP Fiori launchpad in User Interface Add-On SPS10 for SAP NetWeaver? Then check out this blog written by me.

You missed SAP TechEd Las Vegas and you will also not go to Berlin? You can get some details on our SAP Fiori hands-on session in this blog and you can also watch some interesting product demos.

SAP HANA Cloud Portal

At SAP TechEd Las Vegas we announced the availability of the SAP Fiori launchpad running on SAP HANA Cloud Platform as part of the HANA Cloud Portal offering as a full SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) solution. Fiori launchpad on HANA Cloud Platform can run in a hybrid architecture, where the user interface is running on the cloud and the business data is consumed from the on-premise systems in a secured way. Or it can run in a full cloud architecture, where both the user interface and the data, resides in the cloud.

About two years ago Danone’s IT department was requested to develop a Web CRM system (B2E scenario) to be used by customer service operators working at Danone’s call centers located in South Africa.  They started with building a monolithic application, based on SAP UI5, but this solution did not fit all the requirements.  After reviewing some products available on the market, Danone chose SAP HANA Cloud Portal because of its flexibility and easy branding and customization, easy integration with SAP and non-SAP sources, out-of-the-box widgets, mobile consumption and social experience. The original monolithic application was broken down into smaller components that were reassembled into a portal website. You can find more information in this blog Marco Paciucci. At SAP TechEd && d-code in Berlin, November 11-13 2014, Danone will be hosting a session dedicated to this topic.

Developers may wonder, in which case they should use SAP HANA Cloud Portal or when a single “monolithic” application would be sufficient? This white paper aims at giving the developers the guidelines on when they should use Cloud Portal and what is the value proposition it offers to application developers.

SAP Enterprise Portal News

Applying corporate design guidelines to your SAP Enterprise Portal is about to become much easier. You should get familiar with using the UI Theme Designer tool in SAP Enterprise Portal, which is a browser-based tool that enables easy theme building by modifying one of the theme templates provided by SAP. For more information read this blog by Orit Harel – that also contains 3 great product demos (activating the theme designer, migrating thems with the theme designer, examples of theming capabilities).

In this blog post by Tal Haviv, you can find sample code on how to read/save cookies in portal component java code or using javascript.

The newer versions of IE with standards mode can cause many rendering issues, which affect EP rendering. Read this great blog by Maya Amit who analyzed different scenarios and describes how to solve the issues.

Partner Test Events

You can still register for our SAP HANA Cloud Portal partner tests in Palo Alto and Walldorf this year. These complementary 3-day hands-on partner events are aimed at partners who are looking to exploit opportunities in the marketplace by getting direct access to SAP HANA Cloud Portal and its integration with leading SAP cloud solutions such as SuccessFactors extension platform and SAP Cloud for Customer. Read more in this blog in which you also find the information how to register for the event.

Blogs of the Community

We recommend reading the following blogs written by members of the Portal and HANA Cloud Portal communities on SCN:

Embed YouTube Video with Custom Image & Text Overlay in HANA Cloud Portal Site by Ameya Pimpalgaonkar

Extending SuccessFactors by creating an extension site over HANA Cloud Portal (On Trial) by Zohar Yehezkely

SAP NetWeaver Portal Movie Critic: What Is Responsive design? by Mark Whately

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