SAP HANA Cloud Portal – An introduction to Sites
In this blog we will look into the concept of sites in HANA Cloud Portal .
With the HANA Cloud Portal , SAP have come up with the concept of sites . A site is nothing but a collection of tiles and is very similar ( both in terms of look and feel as well as configuration ) to the traditional FIORI launchpad .
Before we delve deeper into Sites , let us first take a look as to how an application can be deployed to a site . The following screenshots demonstrate the process :
Right Click on the application and select the menu item shown below :
Now click on Register to SAP FIORI Launchpad
I have selected the default Catalog and Group but you can select different ones if available in the site .
Click next and then Finish to complete the deployment .
Now your application has been deployed to the Cloud Portal and can be assigned to Catalogues/Groups .
Below is a screenshot of the HANA Cloud Portal landing page .
We can click on Site Directory to see the list of sites .
We can create a new site by clicking on the large Plus icon .
Once we click on Create , the new site opens in a new tab in Admin mode . The new site can then be configured . The site has also been added to my Site Directory as shown below :
Please note that for a site to be visible to end users , it needs to be published . This can be achieved by clicking on the arrow next to edit and then clicking
“Publish” . A site can be taken offline in a similar manner . A site which has not been published or which has been taken offline will not be visible to the end user .
Let us now look see how we can configure a site ( Add tiles , catalogue , groups etc ) –
Mouse over the site that needs to be configured and click on the link .
The site will open in Non Admin Mode :
The following screenshot shows how we can switch to Admin mode
We can click on Manage Site to switch to admin mode which is shown in the following screenshot :
We can click on Site Settings to view and edit various settings . Clicking on Apps will show a list of all apps that have been deployed to the current site .
Clicking on Catalogs will show a list of all catalogs . We can add tiles to Catalogs here .
For the purpose of this blog , we will take a look at what happens when we click on the Tile Groups link . We will get a screen as shown below with a list
of all groups and an option to create new groups . Clicking on any existing group will show the details of that group along with an option to edit that group.
Let us now see how we can add a new group and assign it to a user role ( I will show how to create roles for HANA Cloud portal towards the end of this blog )
Clicking on the Plus icon will open the following screen :
I have provided the name of the tile . We will now assign the group to roles :
As you can see , I have selected two roles , Everyone( Standard SAP role ) and ZHKTESTROLE1 ( a custom role created by me…will show later how )
We then proceed to add tiles ( applications ) to this group ( by clicking on the + icon ) :
Now do an OK to see the following screen .
With all this , we have successfully configured our groups . I can click on the monitor icon next to my User Name to preview this site . The site link can then be distributed to users who will be able to access the site and the content therein based on their roles .
Note : Since we have used the role , “Everyone” for the group , any user with a valid login credential will be able to see the site content . If we want to restrict this , we need to remove this role from the group . After doing this , only those users with a role HKTESTROLE1 will be able to access the content on the site .
How to create roles for HANA cloud Portal :
Let us now see how we can create roles for HANA Cloud Portal .
We need to go to Services on the HCP cockpit and click on SAP HANA Cloud Portal .
We will see the following screen and need to click on Configure SAP HANA Cloud Portal
We can now click on Roles on the left side and see the following screen . We can create new roles here and assign them to individual users or to groups as per our requirements .