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Implementing Fiori My Inbox on HCP

As a ‘relatively’ new deployment option for SAP’s user experience, Fiori cloud edition simplifies and streamlines the implementation process of Fiori via a cloud service reducing the need for the installation, upgrade and back-up processes of the ABAP Front End Server using HANA Cloud Platform.

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In this tutorial, you will learn how-to quickly implement My Inbox application using the advantage of Fiori Cloud edition to change one of the most daunting tasks that a majority of managers do on a regular basis – approve SAP workflows.

In this first step, I will configure the back-end system connection to access real service data in our project. Sign up and get started with the SAP Gateway Demo Consumption System using this link.

Click “Sign up here!” to connect your SAP HCP developer account to the demo backend system.


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1. After a successful registration log on to the gateway system with your previously registered login data.
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2. Execute SAP Business Workplace transaction code – SBWP to make sure that there is something in our workflow which can be assigned to a user.

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3. Assign something to your workflow (in my case I already had two requests assigned, considering that you have been just registered you might have nothing in your workflow) by executing /nswxf

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4. Create Notification of Absence filling some basic information and click on Save.

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5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you reach three workflow items in your Inbox.

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6. Log in to your HCP cockpit and go to Services > OData provisioning > Configure OData provisioning

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7. Click on Roles and highlight GW_Admin and click Assign to assign your user ID and click Save – (repeat this process for GW_User)

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8. Configure Destination to backend demo system (ES4) by clicking on Destinations > New Destination (make sure that your URL ends with – iwbep) and that your user and password details are reflecting your details from ES4 registration process.

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9. Go to your OData provisioning service by clicking on Go to Service

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10. This will open up OData Provisioning Administration page where you are going to register for OData Service.

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11. Select your Destination by clicking on your backend demo ES4 and search for OData service needed for My Inbox Fiori application.

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12. In order to pick the right OData service go https://fioriappslibrary.hana.ondemand.com/ and click on SAP Fiori apps on SAP HCP filter for My Inbox > Implementation Information > Configuration and find OData Services (TASKPROCESSING version 002)

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13. Go back to your OData Provisioning Administration screen and register TASKPROCESSING version 2 service

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14. Test the OData service by opening the Service Document

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15. Go to Destinations > New Destination and create the destination on the account level which points to your gateway as a service

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16. Go to Subscriptions and find Fiori Cloud edition provided My Inbox Application > crossfndfioriinbox

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17. Edit the required destination and point to mapped account ES4_ODP

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18. Go to Subscriptions > HANA Cloud Portal > Go to Service

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19. Click on Site Directory > Fiori Tile

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20. Click on My Inbox tile which will the reflect number of workflow items (previously created notifications of absence)

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Special Thanks to HCP Product Management team and Suparna Deb on invaluable #hijackingMay session covering HCP, OData Provisioning!



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  • Hello Nash,

    Thank you very much for your sharing. I used my on-premise system instead of ES4, the connection is OK. But after I created a new vacation request in SWXF, there’s no new workflow in SBWP. Could you please suggest what should I do?

  • Hi Folks,

    I am working with HCP trial account and stuck on step 16. Can someone guide on how to get ‘sapfioriapps’ on HCP. I tried to find the same using Implementation guide in fiori apps library, but had no luck as the guide does not exist!

    Thanks

    Sukanta Rudra

     

  • Thanks for you very descriptive blog.  In step 8 you connect with the ES4 backend and already maintain a user. In a more real scenario we want to connect with some customer backend system and while opening the app get a popup to logon should appear (thus not a fixed user). Therefore we tried the available options under authentication, however no success. Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance 🙂

     

    Best Regards,

    Bart

    • You will need to configure the Single Sign On between SCP/IAS and SAP backend system to enable a smooth and seamless authentication process. I recall there are at least two options: SAP Assertion SSO and Principal Propagation through temporal X509 certificates issued by the SCC and trusted by the ERP.

      You could checkout this link for Principal Propagation. We have successfully integrated this scenarios many times.

  • Hi,

    I already implemented My Inbox app with Back-end system and gateway several times.

    With Sap Cloud Platform, I don’t find where we can define the scenario definition. In gateway system, we have in “spro” “scenario definition”, in this option we can create several scenarios and then we have to add the parameters “scenarioId” in the Launchpad designer. So the application will filter on the scenario and will not display all work items.

    How can I do the same on SCP ?

    Thank you in advance

     

    Best Regards

  • Hi Nash and thanks for your blog.

     

    After setting up MyInbox on HCP, it displays the counter with the number of workitems to approve but I have the error

    ‘Check the URL parameters and the scenario definition. To check the scenario definition, go to customizing for SAP NetWeaver Gateway and choose SAP NetWeaver -> Gateway Service Enablement -> Content -> Task Gateway Service -> Scenario Definition.”

    Which Scenario Definition should be defined in this transaction above? and how do I link it to the MyInbox app?

     

    Thanks,

    Javier