Driven by customer feedback from SAPPHIRE, TechEd, usability tests around the world, and our monthly SAP Screen Personas Practitioner Forum, the product team has addressed over 250 backlog items to bring you SAP Screen Personas 3.0 SP3. As always, we introduce new functionality to make SAP Screen Personas easier to use, especially for large enterprises looking to scale to thousands of employees. In this blog, I will highlight
- Flavor groups
- Downport to kernel 7.22
What’s New in SAP Screen Personas 3.0 SP3?
Several customers expressed concern about the repetitive effort and risk of flavors becoming inconsistent when they built and deployed hundreds of flavors. As a first step we published design guides on the SAP Screen Personas Knowledge Base. With templates, we now have a tool that takes design guides to a whole new level.
The new template concept allows you to create screens rapidly and consistently, following a pre-set design pattern. Templates provide a pre-made screen layout onto which you can drag screen elements for a consistent appearance. For example, we have a Fiori-inspired header, footer, and content blocks that you can use to build screens quickly. We will be demoing this at SAPPHIRE. You will be able to find a number of initial sample templates in the SAP Screen Personas Flavor Gallery.
The script editor is another component that generates much feedback, most of it very positive. We have made it even better:
- Scripting now includes integrated documentation. Now, you can browse the full supported scripting API or you can use the in-place help provided as you write your SAP Screen Personas scripts.
- Also we saw a cluster of issues related to the use of the RFC integration, we thus decided to make it much easier to use and developed a dedicated tool to help you generate the required calls.
- Recording your keystrokes and attaching to a script button remains simple and available to business analysts with little or no previous coding experience
Consider an individual with multiple roles in the organization. We now allow you to group a set of transactions into a flavor group. This allows a person to navigate through a pre-selected group of flavors, depending on the task he or she is performing.
Once you configure flavors to be part of a group they become active the moment any one flavor becomes active. Let me describe how this works. Imagine I have 2 flavors for SMEN, identical except for a different background image. And I have created two flavor groups, each contains transactions that have the same background image. If I jump to another flavor in the flavor group by entering the okcode, I will jump to this flavor with the same background. If I return to SMEN and select the other flavor with a different background, and again jump to another transaction, it is rendered with the matching background.
This will become much clearer if you watch the demo in our Productivity Power Play video.
Downport to kernel 7.22
I am happy to announce the successful downport to SAP Screen Personas 3.0 SP03 to lower BASIS versions on SAP Kernel 7.22 PL100+ (which is downward compatible).
If you are running an SAP BASIS 700 SP29 or higher (or an equivalent other SAP BASIS version) you can now use SAP Screen Personas on that.
– SAP BASIS 7.00 SP29
– SAP BASIS 7.01 SP14
– SAP BASIS 7.02 SP14
– SAP BASIS 7.31 SP09
Now, one of the biggest barriers to migrating to SAP Screen Personas 3.0 is gone. We look forward to supporting all our SAP Screen Personas 2.0 as they migrate to this new version.
Updated Support Statement
With the release of SAP Screen Personas 3.0 SP3, we will only support SP2 and SP3. SAP Screen Personas 3.0 SP1 will be out of support (time to upgrade!). Since the maintenance window for SAP Screen Personas 3.0 is calculated based on the year of a service pack release plus a 3-year support window the new calculated support window is scheduled to end on December 31, 2019.
The proven business value of SAP Screen Personas remains the same.
- Improve SAP adoption by making the system easier to use
- Increase employee productivity by simplifying screens
- Reduce training costs with more intuitive screens
- Enhance data quality by reducing the number of opportunities for people to make errors
The minimum Kernel Patch required for SAP Screen Personas 3.0 SP2 is SAP kernel 7.42 patch level 401. Please do not install the new service pack if you do not have this critical kernel pre-requisite.
Read about the minimum system requirements to use SAP Screen Personas 3.0 SP3.
Upgrade to SAP Screen Personas 3.0 SP3 (requires valid NetWeaver License)
Watch the Productivity Power Play video series.
Download the free Best Practices for UX in S/4HANA guide.
Attention SAP Screen Personas Customers
Want to see how other customers are using SAP Screen Personas to make their users more productive? We have a monthly (virtual) meeting in which companies share their best practices and take questions from the attendees. Usually, there is a customer demo and/or a tutorial from an SAP product expert.
SAP Screen Personas Practitioner Forum is on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. (We have only one monthly meeting now for all versions.)