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Phew! Floorplan Manager and Web Dynpro ABAP applications are changing their image! We are changing the way our components look and behave and harmonizing them with the new SAP Fiori design; the intention being a much smoother user experience when you want to integrate your FPM/WDA applications using the SAP Fiori design principles.

We know that FPM and WDA can still do sexy 😉

I’d like to see these changes. What should I do?

You can see these changes when you set the active UI guideline (WDUIGUIDELINE) to the value FIORI. For more details about this parameter, see Application Parameters in the Web Dynpro ABAP documentation in the SAP Help Portal.

What are the changes I can expect?

You’ll notice the theme change first. Blue, baby, blue. The SAP Blue Crystal theme is used for the FIORI UI guideline. If you haven’t seen it before, click here.

Other changes include the following:

  • Search Component

There is a new, space-saving filter bar for the selection of search criteria, based on a redesigned WDA Select Options component (see following screenshot). The Saved Searches button is replaced by a Variants popover in the filter bar and the Personalize (Settings) dialog box is now integrated into a new Manage Variants popover. There are also some changes in the F4 helps of the search criteria too; you can click them to display the Select dialog box allowing you to define more complex conditions.


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  • New Message Area

A new message area design, NOTIFICATION_ICON, provides a more modern look and feel to the message area. When an error arises, the system displays an error-notification icon and a popover displaying the messages. The popover can be pinned (in FPM it’s pinned to the page header area) and expanded.


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  • List ATS and Tree Components

The handling of views (aka variants) is similar to the Search/filter bar variants. When you open an application, a dropdown list box in the toolbar displays the name of the current variant. When you start making changes to the variant, an asterisk appears next to the name of the variant to indicate that the changes are not yet saved. To save the changes, you click the arrow next to the variant name to display a new Variants dialog box and choose Save As. There’s also a Manage Variants dialog box showing, additionally, which variants are global and which are private. Administrators will also see on which configuration layer the variant has been created. In contrast to other UI guideline rendering, only Administrators can make changes to a variant created on a different configuration layer.

When are these changes available?

The value FIORI for the WDUIGUIDELINE parameter is available with SAP_UI component 750 SP00 onwards, as are most of the other changes described above. The new Message Area and the changes to the OIF and GAF floorplan toolbars are available with SP01.

That’s your introduction to the ‘Fiorification’ of WDA/FPM for now. Have fun in the world of SAP Fiori!

Celeste Hoefkens and Janice Yonick

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  1. Christopher Solomon

    VERY cool! This will breathe new life into HCM Processes and Forms (HCM P&F) and allow folks to live with FPM a little longer (soon to hopefully have native SAPUI5 supprt!).

    Thanks for the blog/info! 😉

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  2. Jason Scott

    Hi Celeste, This is an interesting enhancements… One thing I’m wondering however is about the toolbar which is now a footer when ‘WDUIGUIDELINE‘ is set to FIORI.

    Can we set it to a HEADER again?

    The reason is that for customers that user the SAP Business Client they have a mixed use of WD-A/FPM applications and SAPGUI applications. When they switch between them the buttons all keep swapping from the top of the screen to the bottom and back and so on which is not very good for usability.

    How should we proceed when using BC… Maybe the rule should be that these enhancements are not for BC users…?

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    1. Celeste Hoefkens Post author

      Hi Jason. Thanks for the feedback – much appreciated. It seems that this issue is already being discussed by the relevant teams. I’ll update this blog as and when I get new information.

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  3. Johan von Reedtz

    When are these changes available?

    The value FIORI for the WDUIGUIDELINE parameter is available with SAP_UI component 750 SP00 onwards, as are most of the other changes described above. The new Message Area and the changes to the OIF and GAF floorplan toolbars are available with SP01.

    Celeste: Any chance these changes made their way down to SAP ERP EhP7?

    Thanks for info! //Johan

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    1. Dirk Becker

      Hi Johan,

      if EhP7 is based on SAP_BASIS 7.40, you can upgrade the SAP_UI component to 7.50 individually (without upgrading SAP_BASIS) and can benefit from the new message area. – But we are not able downport the new message area if you need it in a lower release.

      Best regards,

      dirk

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      1. Johan von Reedtz

        Dirk,

        Thanks for positive info.

        Hm, so if customer upgrades SAP_UI Component as you described then we should be fine I understand.

        Any known side effects or other considerations that we need to be aware of? Thinking of any SAP Notes and the like.

        Best regards, Johan

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        1. Dirk Becker

          Hi Johan,

          no, there are no side effects if you upgrade your SAP_UI component to 7.50. This is explicitly the desired behavior that SAP_UI is decoupled from SAP_BASIS! We have no note on this.

          Best regards,

          dirk

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