(Updated September 2016)

*With release UI add-on 2.0 SP01, SAP_UI 750 SP01 – NW 7.50, SAP Business Client 6.0 is the new name of SAP NetWeaver Business Client

**On-premise edition

We are receiving more and more questions about SAP Business Client and SAP S/4HANA.

“We are considering transitioning from Business Suite to Business Suite on HANA. However, we are heavily invested in NWBC and are happy with our solution. If we move to SAP S/4HANA, would our investment be wasted?”


No!

Fiori is the preferred UI technology for SAP S/4HANA. SAP Business Client is fully integrated into SAP S/4HANA on-premise. And SAP S/4HANA still contains a footprint of Web Dynpro ABAP and SAP GUI Screens, which means that navigation will be familiar to Business Suite users. So SAP Business Client is building a bridge between the familiar SAP GUI world and SAP‘s strategic Fiori UX

With SAP Business Client 6.0, you simply open a new connection type for the Fiori Launchpad (Picture1) and display the Launchpad as your start page. Then, open your SAP GUI transaction from a Fiori tile (Picture2). With SAP Business Client 6.0, you still have all your Business Suite functionality, with significantly enhanced ease of use.

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Picture1: SAP Fiori Connection Type in SAP Business Client (Integration of SAP Fiori launchpad, Blue Crystal theme*)

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Picture2: SAP Fiori launchpad (Blue Crystal theme) with SAP GUI native experience

And SAP Business Client 6.0 is the only SAP UI client that provides one single point of entry to all of th following:

  • SAP GUI for Windows native transactions (also Portal**)
  • Side panels (only SAP Business Client, only for transactions)
  • FPM applications (also Portal)
  • Fiori apps (also Portal)
  • Fiori Launchpad (also Portal)

*Blue Crystal theme: See the roadmap (cross topics =>SAP Fiori) for the new visual design (Belize).

**integrate SAP applications in SAP Enterprise Portal as an iView (Creating SAP Application iViews)

SAP Business Client 6.0: Released!

Slide Deck: SAP Business Client Overview

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  1. Simon Kemp

    Thanks Sandra. This helps to clarify the future a bit. I looks like you even managed to avoid the temptation to re-brand as “Fiori Client” 😀

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    1. Tom Van Doorslaer

      I succumbed to the Fiori Desktop Client.

      most of my customers don’t use the business client yet, and are afraid of it.

      but the fiori desktop client sounds nice. and it runs sapgui as well you say? wow, much fiori, such cool, love

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  2. Wolfgang Mayer

    Hello Sandra,

    thanks for that, just a few questions for clarification:

    • Will the business client 6.0 (client version locally installed) be shipped with a new version of SAPGUI? If yes, when and with which version of SAPGUI?
    • Will the business client 6.0 HTML version be able to integrate the Fiori launchpad as well?
    • When will ERP 6.0 EhP7 be enabled for business client 6.0? Afaik, NW 7.50 will be part of EhP8, right?

    Thanks & regards

    Wolfgang

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    1. Sandra Thimme Post author

      Hi Wolfgang, here the answers to your questions:

      Q: Will the business client 6.0 (client version locally installed) be shipped with a new version of SAPGUI? If yes, when and with which version of SAPGUI?

      A: 6.0 will be shipped/installed (common installation) together with SAP GUI 7.40 in October (highly prob. 12) 2015

      Q:Will the business client 6.0 HTML version be able to integrate the Fiori launchpad as well?

      A: No.

      Q:When will ERP 6.0 EhP7 be enabled for business client 6.0? Afaik, NW 7.50 will be part of EhP8, right?

      A: Ehp8 is based on NW 7.50, SAP Business Client 6.0 is part of NW 7.50

      Regards, Sandra

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      1. Guillaume GARCIA

        Hi Sandra,

        […]6.0 will be shipped/installed (common installation) together with SAP GUI 7.40 in October (highly prob. 12) 2015

        We are October, 12th.

        Any news from this SAP Business Client 6.0?  🙂

        Thanks in advance.

        Best regards,

        Guillaume

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          1. Wolfgang Mayer

            Hello Sandra,

            any news on the release date yet?

            If NWBC frontend is shipped with SAPGUI, is it nevertheless obligatory to have a NW 7.50 based backend system? ERP 6.0 EhP7 is 7.40, so I assume it’ll move to NW 7.50 with EhP8, when will this be released?

            So the main question is if we can utilize NWBC6.0 without a NW 7.50 system.

            Thanks & Regards

            Wolfgang

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  3. Thomas Porcham

    Hello Sandra,

    thanks for this interesting information.

    We are using NWBC for HTML Version 3.5 to provide ESS and MSS services.

    So in future we could switch over to the Fiori Launchpad?

    Thanks,

    Thomas

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  4. Phillip Awtry

    Great info. A further question/clarification re: SAPgui. Is it possible to use SAPgui to access transactions in S/4HANA without running thru the NWBC?

    Thanks,

    Phil

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    1. Sandra Thimme Post author

      Hi Phil, for the transition path towards Fiori we strongly reccomand to use the business client on S/4HANA. You would pass all the shell and integration benefits that we provide. And yes you can run SAP GUI. But keep in mind  – this is not strategic. SAP Fiori is the UI for SAP S/4HANA!And with the upcoming release of NWBC it will be possible to open transactions from a Fiori launchpad tile natively! Regards, Sandra

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      1. Phillip Awtry

        Thanks again, this is good clarification. We’re currently not using the Business Client but I think, based on what I’m hearing, it would be a good strategic UX move to make when we transition to S/4HANA or Suite on HANA as an intermediate step.

        Regards,

        Phil

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  5. Wolfgang Mayer

    Hello Sandra,

    download is possible: SAP Frontend -> NWBC -> BC6.0

    It seems that when using the Fiori launchpad, it is not possible to call SAPGUI tcodes by entering them in the input line on top.

    Do you have furthermore a documentation on how to call tcode-calls out of a Fiori app in SAPGUI instead of WinGUI?

    Thanks & regards

    Wolfgang

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    1. Sandra Thimme Post author

      Hello Wolfgang, I am sorry to say yes you cannot enter tcode using the SAP Fiori launchpad (FLP). To search for your apps within the FLP you have to use the FLP search:

      FLP_Search.PNG

      Regards,

      Sandra

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      1. Jakob Marius Kjær

        Hi Sandra,

        I know this is still early. But it is rather confusing that you have the navigation line as well, which doesn’t do anything when launching a FLP connection. So from your screenshot you actually have two search icons.

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        1. Sandra Thimme Post author

          you are right AND it is early.

          Actually you have two different searches. One for URLs and configured search providers, one for the Apps within the Fiori catalogs.

          It is possible to remove one of them or both – losing search options. In an ideal world one should combine both…..

          Would you like to know the parameters?

          Regards,

          Sandra

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  6. Joachim Rees

    I got my launchpad running in BC 6 (PL2), but calling SapGui-Transactions from it doesn’t work:

    -> it tries to call the Transaktion in the frontend-System (SAP Gateway), where it doesn’t exist 🙁 

    How can I make it call the backend system (S/4HANA)?

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    1. Sandra Thimme Post author

      Hi Joachim, there are backend dependencies for full usage of the Fiori Launchpad connection, which is related to Fiori Launchpad resources on the frontend Server. To be able to render transactions with SAP GUI for Windows, the frontend server requires user interface add-on 2.0 SPS01 for SAP NetWeaver or SAP_UI 750 SP01. The transaction is configured using the options you have in the FLP configuration, see Configuring Target Mappings.

      S4/HANA as your remote back-end?

      Please have a look on my other blog, incl. a video as well:

      SAP Business Client 6.0: Released!

      Regards,

      Sandra

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