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The Challenge

The Fiori Launchpad has a great flexbility to allow users the ability to add, move, modify and create their own or existing groups.

However, when you start to get a significant number of tiles appear in your user’s launchpads – there becomes a need to show the more important groups near the top or at the top depending on your business requirements.

One challenge we had was that we wanted some key tile groups to appear at the top of our user’s Launchpads but still allow for the personalisation of these tile groups.  I came up with a few options to see if this problem could be solved with some system configuration.


One attempt was to create fresh test users and assigning security roles containing Fiori Groups in order and saving each time.  Unfortunately this didn’t have any effect but I guess it was worth a try…


A Partial Solution

I found that disabling personalisation would separate the Fiori Launchpad tile groups into the following:

  1. Groups which couldn’t be personalised would appear first.
  2. Followed by groups which could be personalised. 

The sort order within these groups, I’m not too sure how this behaves – someone can raise a OSS message for me with SAP 🙂 .

Our original business requirement was to get specific tile groups appear at the top of the Fiori Launchpad and retain personalisation.  This wasn’t the exact solution but it was an option if we needed it were we willing to compromise.

Figure 1: Under Fiori Launchpad Administration you can edit groups to disable personalisation which will lock and bring these tile groups to the top of the Fiori Launchpad.

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Experimentation with PFCG Menu Options

Before you try this make sure you re-renable personlisation for your tile group!


So using transaction code PFCG in our gateway system hosting Fiori, I went into the Role that contained my tile group I wanted to appear up the top.

1. Open the Menu tab in PFCG and click on “Menu Options”.  Notice my default group under “Role Menu”.


Figure 2: Edit your security role which contains your Fiori Tile Group.

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2. Edit and set the “Relative Sorting” fields.  I set my default role to “Home Role” and a sort index of 100, just in case I wanted to add more tile groups to the “Home Role”.


Figure 3: Set the sort index of your Fiori Tile Group role to define sort order in the Fiori Launchpad.

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3. Last step is to just quickly check you’ve assigned this role to your user.


So what happened?

Test and verify with my own user ID where I had personalised the nuts out of my Fiori Launchpad

So I reran my launchpad to see if this would change anything and unfortunately it did nothing! 🙁


And then it occurred to me. I had personalised my own personal Fiori Launchpad quite extensively by dragging, dropping, rearranging and shifting groups.  It seem to me that my personalisations maybe overriding the sort index values I had just set.


What if I did this with a brand new user or a user who had not personalised their Fiori launchpad?


Test and verify with different users

Given we wanted our new Fiori users to see these groups up the top I wondered if this would work if I created a fresh user.

I assigned my roles and lo and behold my intended tile group appeared right at the top!  I could also continue to personalise this tile group!


I also checked a test user which we had created months back but didn’t personalise the Fiori Launchpad much and my group appeared at the top of the page.  It worked!


Conclusion and Learnings

The sort index is an option to define your Fiori Tile Group order on the Fiori Launchpad.  However be aware that if you’ve already made significant personlisation to your Fiori Launchpad, these preferences will override the sort index you set in your security role.

I have not tried the sort index with tile groups that cannot be personalised – but it is likely that this same technique would work to order your Fiori tile groups!

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  1. Ruel Montallana

    Hi,

    We are also trying to perform the sorting and have followed the steps. But it is not working for us. Would you know what else could have we missed?

    Below are the steps that we did.

    1. Disable to personalisation for the group that we want to show at the top (this is working)

    2. Enable the personalisation that we want to be sorted.

    3. Assigned “100” to the sort index of the catalog group that we want to display at the top of catalog groups that can be personalized.

    4. Assigned “90” to the sort index of the catalog group that we want to display next

    5. Created a new test ID

    6. Clear the cache

    7. Logon with the new ID

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    1. Benjamin Kwong Post author

      Hi Ruel,

      You’re correct, groups which have disabled personalization appearing at the top.

      I’m not clear on what you’re exactly trying to achieve below the non-personalized groups but I believe you’re trying to order the personalizable groups below these.  Hope I’m right!

      I don’t have a Fiori system to verify this so give this a try.  This was the system behaviour when I was on SPS13.


      Sorting starts from the lowest number up.  According to the Netweaver Gateway help they recommend you use intervals of ’10’ and up.  So the first item will be 10, second will be 20 (or 90 in your case).  Like this:

      Group1 No Personlizations (can’t be personalized, SAP Fiori sorts to the top)

      Group2 No Personlizations (can’t be personalized, SAP Fiori sorts to the top)

      Group3 Personalizations enabled.  Sort index should be 90

      Group4 Personalizations enabled.  Sort index should be 100.

      Let me know how you go.  Sorry I couldn’t be more help to verify on the system before testing.  I hope this helps!

      Regards,

      Ben

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  2. Kenneth Hartman

    We tried the suggested approach to a “TEE” and only the first of 3 groups has correct sequence. Is it possible that this only works for first time users? Is there a corresponding UI level we need to be in?

    Here is our gateway info:

    Product Version

    SAP NETWEAVER

    1. 7.4
    2. sap.com

    SAP NETWEAVER 7.4

        

    Software Component Version:

    SAP_BASIS

    740

    0010

    SAPKB74010

    SAP Basis Component

    SAP_ABA

    740

    0010

    SAPKA74010

    Cross-Application Component

    SAP_GWFND

    740

    0010

    SAPK-74010INSAPGWFND

    SAP Gateway Foundation 7.40

    SAP_UI

    740

    0014

    SAPK-74014INSAPUI

    User Interface Technology 7.40

    PI_BASIS

    740

    0010

    SAPK-74010INPIBASIS

    Basis Plug-In

    ST-PI

    740

    0003

    SAPK-74003INSTPI

    SAP Solution Tools Plug-In

    SAP_BW

    740

    0010

    SAPKW74010

    SAP Business Warehouse

    IW_PGW

    100

    0007

    SAPK-10007INIWPGW

    Process Gateway

    UIHR001

    100

    0003

    SAPK-10003INUIHR001

    UI for ERP Human Capital Management

    UISRM200

    100

    0006

    SAPK-10006INUISRM200

    UI for SRM

    UIX01CA1

    100

    0005

    SAPK-10005INUIX01CA1

    UI for Cross-Applications

    UIX01TRV

    100

    0005

    SAPK-10005INUIX01TRV

    UI for Travel Application

    ST-A/PI

    01S_731

    0000

    Servicetools for SAP Basis 731

    VIRSANH

    530_731

    0001

    SAPK-53501INVIRSANH

    SAP GRC Access Controls 5.3 for 731

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    1. Kenneth Hartman

      Resolved the problem ourselves. We set the sort sequence in the order we wanted, but removed the “HOME” checkbox button on the other 2 Roles. Instructions provided by moderator are not clear re: this but very much appreciated information. 🙂

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      1. Benjamin Kwong Post author

        Hi Kenneth,

        Thanks for the feedback.  I currently don’t have access to a system to delve deeper and verify this further, but thank you so much for your insight.  If I come across this again I’ll make sure to update these instructions with more detail. 


        I really appreciate you’ve taken the time to share your experience and hope it helps other people implementing Fiori.


        Regards,

        Ben

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  3. Hans Nienhaus

    Great Blog. Has anyone figured out how to sort groups that cannot be personalized? I would like to have the default group My Home at the very top. I created a not personalizable group which is now always shown on the very top. How can I move it down below My Home? The sort index/Home Role checkbox have no effect. I created a new test user multiple times to ensure previous personalization takes no effect.

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  4. Yessenia Patricia Zepeda Urbina

    Hello,

    What is the client to use to create the catalogs and groups? Do you trust CUST? How to include an OT?
    I have created several catalogs and groups and now I need to pass those changes to another client for tests and I am not able to include in the order, I am working on CUST and I do not know if it is correct?
    regards
    Thank you very much.

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