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SAP Screen Personas and SAP S/4HANA

December 7, 2015  update

SAP Fiori is mentioned a great deal, but we do not hear much about SAP Screen Personas in the context of SAP S/4HANA. Why is that?


SAP Screen Personas is a critical part of the SAP S/4HANA user experience strategy. It is the ideal solution for scenarios not yet covered by Fiori applications or for an organization’s custom transactions. Customers can use SAP Screen Personas to simplify their existing SAP GUI screens or WebDynpro ABAP applications to meet their unique needs and increase productivity. SAP is providing design guides and Fiori-Inspired sample content for SAP Screen Personas.


The Fiori UX strategy aims to transform the transactional operational model to a role-oriented one. Since our focus is on delivering the Fiori User Experience, we do not highlight the underlying technologies that provide this capability to the users.


original post from August 19. 2015

As customer excitement grows around SAP S/4HANA, we are starting to receive more questions about how SAP Screen Personas fits with SAP S/4HANA. The answer is that they fit together very well, contributing to an amazing, modern, and intuitive user experience. This blog will explain the connection between SAP Screen Personas and SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition, and how you can obtain the Fiori UX today, even if you are not ready to move to SAP S/4HANA immediately.


For the remainder of the blog, when we refer to SAP S/4HANA, we are referring to the on-premise edition, as that is the only version of SAP S/4HANA where you can use SAP Screen Personas.


Last week, I heard the following question from a customer:

We are on SAP Business Suite today. We will move to SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA next year. Our plan is to implement SAP S/4HANA the following year. It is worth investing in SAP Screen Personas now? Will we need to throw this work away when we are on SAP S/4HANA?


To answer this question, we need to examine the S/4HANA user experience. S/4HANA comes with the Fiori UX out of the box. What does this really mean?


  1. It means that instead of using traditional transaction codes, people access SAP functionality through the SAP Fiori Launchpad. They have a personalized cockpit that contains only the transactions they need for their specific role. This is part of the shift that SAP (and the rest of the enterprise software industry) from features to user experience.
  2. All the Fiori apps (currently over 500) run on SAP S/4HANA. These are UI5 applications written specifically for SAP S/4HANA. They are intended to provide the same experience on any device.
  3. Customers have the option to access SAP S/4HANA on-premise edition through the traditional user interfaces.


Let’s examine item 3 in more detail. Where we have not yet written a new UI5 application, we are providing a way for customers to obtain the Fiori UX, including for their custom or Z-transactions, through the traditional user interfaces (SAP GUI for Windows or SAP GUI for HTML). For all these transaction screens, you can use SAP Screen Personas to simplify and streamline the underlying business processes. Using SAP Screen Personas with a Fiori theme and Fiori icons you can create a Fiori experience for your users.


The end result is a complete system consisting of a mixture of Fiori applications and Fiori-designed transactions for an overall Fiori user experience. This gives you the power of HANA, the beauty of Fiori, and the flexibility of SAP Screen Personas. SAP S/4HANA on-premise edition, combined with SAP Screen Personas, is a true winning combination.


Try it for yourself with our new SAP S/4HANA on-premise trial offer, which includes a few flavors from our SAP Screen Personas rapid deployment solution.

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      Author's profile photo DAIRO LEONARDO LOZANO RODRIGUEZ

      Great blog Peter.  It comes right on time, because we've heard rumors about SAP's intention to leave SAP Screen personas behind and focusing on supporting FIORI projects only.   I believe those are only rumors but even consulting companies have been cautious about selling Screen Personas projects and keep spreading that kind of comments.

      Author's profile photo Gopi Nidjelli
      Gopi Nidjelli

      Thanks Peter. It cleared most of the questions we had. In S4HANA trial version we see Create purchase order app. Is this built with UI5 or Screen Personas?

      Can we modify S4HANA apps using screen personas?



      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Gopi,

      SAP S/4HANA on-premise edition does not ship with any SAP Screen Personas content, so any screen you see is either a Fiori app (built with UI5) or classic transaction rendered in a Fiori-themed SAP GUI for HTML (Web GUI).

      In SAP S/4HANA on-premise edition, clicking a tile on the Fiori launchpad will take you to either a Fiori app or Fiori-themed Web GUI screen. If the latter, you can simplify it with SAP Screen Personas.



      Author's profile photo Gopi Nidjelli
      Gopi Nidjelli

      Hi Peter,

             Is NWBC a requirement for Screen personas? What is the ideal way to provide access to users? 

      Is Fiori Launchpad or NWBC which is better screen Personas?

      Does Screen Personas work with Side Panel, which is available with NWBC for Desktop ?



      Author's profile photo Tobias Queck
      Tobias Queck

      Hi Gopi,

      To answer your question best, let me briefly talk about important parts of the architecture. SAP Screen Personas 3.0 does not come with its own rendering engine. 3.0 is built as an add-on that attaches itself to the core DYNPRO processing at runtime as well as to the SAP GUI for HTML for editing screens.

      As result, screens that you simplify with SAP Screen Personas 3.0 while being rendered by SAP GUI for HTML, can afterwards be rendered in SAP GUI for HTML (aka WebGUI) or with limitations in SAP GUI for Windows (aka SAP GUI).

      So, the correct answer is SAP Screen Personas 3.0 does not 'care' if simplified screens are rendered with NWBC, Fiori Launchpad, or if there is a side-panel or if it is in the portal. All limitations or requirements are defined by the rendering engine.



      Tobias Queck

      SAP Screen Personas

      Lead Architect

      Author's profile photo Tom Saga
      Tom Saga

      Can SAP Screen Personas 3.0 used on SAP S/4 Hana Could edition?

      if not, will this be possible in the future?