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As you may have read on SCN, 2014 was a busy year for the SAP Screen Personas ecosystem, including customers, partners, and the product development and support organizations. Based on the activity during early 2015, it looks like this year will be even more exciting. We are working on many new innovations to help you drive productivity through personalization. Here’s a quick overview of some of the things on our roadmap.

SAP Screen Personas 2.0 performance will get even better

/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/noun_938_ccx_642546.pngWith more and more customers going live, we are receiving great feedback on what people need to support their users with a simpler and more intuitive user experience for the classic SAP ERP transactions. We are finalizing a new Service Pack (SAP Screen Personas 2.0 SP3) that contains a new “slim state” option that looks very exciting; it will offer unprecedented performance improvement. We are planning to release this in 2015 Q1.

SAP Screen Personas 3.0 ramp-up is proceeding on schedule

/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/noun_6869_ccx_642547.pngThe ramp-up program is continuing with customers around the world deploying the product across a variety of business scenarios. We are receiving extensive feedback, which the development team is integrating into the product and our testing processes. We already have a variety of SAP Screen Personas 3.0 training materials online with more coming. The release date is planned for after our ramp-up customers go live, to demonstrate that the product is sufficiently robust for general availability.

After that, we plan to release a service pack that will include support for Web Dynpro ABAP.

Then, we will start exploring some of the feature requests that customers have made either during ramp-up or at other times during the development process.

Rapid Deployment Solution (RDS) for SAP Screen Personas 3.0 will include some pre-packaged content

/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/noun_2202_ccx_642563.pngIn addition to the core SAP Screen Personas 3.0 product, we are working on a rapid development solution (RDS). This will include significantly more content than the RDS for version 2. We plan to include pre-built Screen Personas content based on several standard business processes, such as Sales Order Processing, Quotation for Procurement, and Credit Management. The plan is to include a simplified flavor and a Fiori-style flavor for each of the transactions. These will be templates you can use as a starting point to simplify your transactions, as opposed to out of the box content you can instantly run in your enterprise. Plug and play is not really possible as each customer’s environment is different.

New training materials are coming

/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/noun_3012x_642575.pngSAP Education just released their brand new 3-day SAP Screen Personas 3.0 class. This in-depth class covers the key topics you need to build simplified ERP screens and deploy them across your employee base. It includes extensive hands-on exercises to ensure you perform all the main functions associated with rolling out SAP Screen Personas.

  • Getting Started with Screen Personas 3.0 and Best Practices
  • Standard Editing Options in SAP Screen Personas 3.0
  • JavaScript Foundations
  • SAP Screen Personas 3.0 Basic Scripting
  • SAP Screen Personas 3.0 Administration

/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/noun_14838_ccx_642565.pngFor the past few months, we have been building the content for a new SAP Screen Personas OpenSAP course. The 20+ units cover:

  • Product architecture
  • Screen simplification process
  • Building more intuitive screens (mostly how-to demos of all the basic functionality)
  • Scripting and troubleshooting (more demos of how to automate keystrokes)
  • System administration (managing users, flavors, and roles)
  • Optimizing performance

In addition to product development, we are working on several broader initiatives to ensure your experience with SAP Screen Personas complements all your other SAP user experience projects.

Expanding synergies with SAP Fiori UX

/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/noun_50484_ccx_642566.pngWe continue to work with the entire user experience team to coordinate our product strategies and go-to-market plans. The ultimate goal is to allow you to Run Simple.

As SAP transitions Fiori from a collection of apps into the new SAP user experience, we are continuing to make it easier for customers to standardize on the Fiori UX by using SAP Screen Personas to modify their classic ERP transaction screens to fit this visual design.

ASUG UX SIG

/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/noun_20477_ccx_642567.pngSeveral SAP representatives have joined the leadership team of the ASUG UX SIG (American SAP User Group, User Experience Special Interest Group). We are preparing a webcast series and determining the content strategy for the year. To tell us what you want to hear about, please take this survey to share your opinions on a variety of user experience topics. Join this community.

We are planning a UX great program at the Annual Conference in conjunction with SAPPHIRE NOW, which takes place May 4-8, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. I’m looking forward to meeting many new customers at the event. We are planning to have an in-person meeting for members of the SAP Screen Personas practitioner forum, so please let me know if you will be attending SAPPHIRE NOW.

We are looking forward to a great year.


Disclaimer: In this blog, I have made many forward looking statements and predictions of when SAP will bring certain products or services to market. This represents our current state of planning. These plans might change for a variety of reasons. So, none of the content in this blog reflects a commitment from SAP to provide specific functionality or deliverables on any set schedule.

For the SAP Screen Personas product team, Peter Spielvogel.

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  1. Ramesh Mohan

    Peter,

    Will there be a open SAP course on Personas 3.0 during US time? I’m at PST time zone and these training are at 2 am PST.

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    1. Peter Spielvogel Post author

      Hi Ramesh,

      OpenSAP is a self-paced web-based training program. The content will go online at that time, but you can watch the videos at your convenience any time during the week.

      Regards,

      Peter

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    1. Peter Spielvogel Post author

      Hi Dario,

      I presume you mean SAP Screen Personas 3.0, as version 2.0 has been generally available since 2013.

      We are planning to make SAP Screen Personas 3.0 generally available at the end of June 2015.

      Regards,

      Peter

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      1. Thomas Zehnder

        Hi Peter,

        any news about the release of Personas 3.0 – is it now generally available ?

        Can’t wait to install it on a customers Netweaver… 🙂

        What about the Service Pack 1 – you did recommend to wait for that till the Installation would be much easier with SP1.

        Many thanks

        Thomas

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        1. Peter Spielvogel Post author

          Hi Thomas,

          Please wait for the announcment on SCN next week. It will include SAP Screen Personas 3.0, Service Pack1, and a new stack kernel recommendation.

          Regards,

          Peter

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  2. George Thurkettle

    Hi Peter,

      I enjoyed the Open SAP course on Screen Personas and would recommend it to anyone looking at using personas in their environment. Could you please let me know what the expected date for general release is please and where it is available for download, I would love to get started whilst all the information is fresh in my mind.

    Kind Regards,

    George

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    1. Peter Spielvogel Post author

      We are planning to release SAP Screen Personas 3.0 as generally available on June 30, 2015. Please wait for SP1, which will come out shortly after that (July); it will simplify the installation by consolidating all the notes we released during ramp-up.

      Regards,

      Peter

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  3. Sanjay Mahajan

    Hello Peter,

    Thank you for this informative blog and excellent OpenSAP course !

    Could you please let me know if Personas 3.0 will require NetWeaver 7.40 or it will be available for lower releases such as 7.02 as well ?

    Thank you

    Sanjay

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    1. Peter Spielvogel Post author

      Hi Sanjay,

      SAP Screen Personas 3.0 SP1 will require kernel 7.42. We are considering down-porting to lower releases. There are no timeframes or commitments for this activity.

      Regards,

      Peter

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  4. Andrea Galluccio

    HI Peter,

    i’m Andrea from Italy. I’m a Sap Consultant since 1998.

    FIrst of all,i would thank you all for sharing all these excited technologies. i’ve have been follow you open Sap course and i’ve gained a record of achiements.

    Just one question.Excited about personas 3.0 release (as GA), i am following every day many posts about that. In swdc software is already avaible for download (also with SP1! ) (About that, many thanks for Sp1 package: installing 15 – or more – notes manualiiy makes me feel a good admin – also if i’m “only” an abap developer – but it’s very expensive in terms of time – i’ve already done it manually by my own when open Sap course was Released ;-). )

    So: if the both packages are avaiables for download, why i don’t see any announcement everywhere Or in any site? Is there a specific reason? (I.e. you have to release a complete persona package – included with sp1)? I think that many other people like me are waiting for this comunication. 

    I’M going to use personas by my own (on my trial system – i’ve already download std package plus sp1) but more important, i’m going to suggest it to all customers i’m working  for.

    Many thanks for Your kind And greetings from Italy 🙂

    Andrea

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