Earlier this year, I talked to the UK and Ireland User Group (UX Special Interest Group) about SAP BC 6.0.
For those of you who are not already aware of this, the UX SIG is relatively new but very active. The main focus is not just on specific UI technologies, but on how user experience can be applied to solve real-world business problems. It is run by customers for customers and is chaired by Steve Rumsby of the University of Warwick who brings his own considerable experience to bear.
So if you are a UK or Ireland customer, and you are interested at all in any aspect of user experience (UX) I can thoroughly recommend this SIG.
More details are available here: https://www.sapusers.org/learn/sigs/user-experience
And, at long last, the recording and slide deck for this webinar are now available:
(I apologize for the delay; there were technical problems processing the recording.)
I have also tried to summarize the questions that were asked below. If you have any further questions, please feel free to add them to the comments.
Thanks to Steve for the organization, and thanks to everyone who attended.
Questions and Answers
1. Is Single Sign-On available for SAP BC?
Yes, we recommend SAP SSO 2.0. More details are available here:
(This is for NWBC 4.0, but still valid for 5.0 and 6.0).
2. Can I access more than one system from the same instance of SAP BC or do I have to open several instances?
Yes, you can access transactions / applications from several systems from one instance of SAP BC. You need to designate one system as your role system and create an RFC destination to the other systems using SM59. You then need to create a menu entry in a PFCG role for each remote transaction / application. For more information, see: Connecting 2 Backend Systems, Part One: RFC Connections (SCN) and NWBC Role Maintenance (SAP Library), especially “Navigation Tree” and “Remote Systems”
3. Are there any plans to offer a SAP BC for Desktop for Mac or Linux?
No, SAP BC is very dependent on MS technologies, in particular the MS Web browser control and IE security settings. These technologies are unfortunately not supported on Mac / Linux.
4. I’m confused about the versions of NWBC / SAP BC? Which one should I use?
Current versions are: NWBC 5, BC 6. BC is the direct successor to NWBC 5.
BC 6 is the newest Business Client version for both SAP BS 7.x (and BS 6.x) AND SAP S/4HANA.
If you are currently on NWBC 4 (no longer supported), we recommend upgrade to BC 6.
If you are currently on NWBC 5 (latest patch), we will continue to support you.
Both versions support Fiori app integration, but only BC 6 allows you to integrate a Fiori Launchpad as your home page AND launch SAP GUI for Windows native transactions from it (This is covered in more detail in the slides and recording).
Both NWBC 5.0 and BC 6.0 PL1 now support Win 10.