In 15th May 2013, SAP launched what was considered by much time just a set of HTML5 based apps called “SAP Fiori”.

At that time, there was a lot of buzz going on about that. “Another trial of making a decent UI?” — someone said. “Why another JavaScript library?” — others asked (referring to UI5). “After so many UI libraries and frameworks as BSP and Web Dynpro, what are the reasons for believing that this Fiori will make it?”

After 1225 days since the advent of SAP Fiori, it’s undiscussable that Fiori has made it. Since them, SAP delivered exactly 1003 standard apps, completing the first thousand today, as yesterday (19th September 2016) there were 997 apps available in the Fiori Apps Library.

Moreover, more than a half of these apps were created in the last 12 months, which proves a lot for customers, partners, SAP consultants and people who criticize Fiori:

  1. The ability of SAP to adapt itself
  2. The benefits of Design Thinking in mid and long term
  3. A real adoption from SAP customers
  4. The alignment and focus on the UX stategy
  5. The benefit of making UI5 open source and using other open standards like oData (as a matter of fact, SAP’s OpenUI5 received 12x more commits compared to Twitter’s Bootstrap just last month according to GitHub Pulse. During the same period, 91 different developers contributed to the repository somehow where 23 contributed to Google’s AngularJS).
  6. UI5 is getting better at a very fast pace. It’s possible to do way more now with even less code

Are there any other companies being able to deliver more than one app by day for more than a year? I am sure not many. Those apps are globally available and 2/3 of them required SAP HANA, which just adds for the ROI for companies which already understood its importance.

If you still think Fiori is not going to last long, do you really think Apple wouldn’t partner with SAP? They already did! (By the way, OpenSAP just launched the new course SAP Fiori for iOS — An Introduction).

Some people can still say Fiori is not beautiful.

Some people can still argue AngularJS has way more advantages

Some people can still understand that in the end of the day, Fiori is still a set of apps (no matter if someone say that “Fiori is a concept” or something similar)

Some people can still (and some will) create SAP programs like they used to do in early 90s.

However, the use and future of SAP Fiori is not subject of personal opinion anymore.

Fiori is the present.

If you still don’t think so, well… that’s OK. You are just wrong.

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  1. Simone Milesi

    Fiori is the present, I agree, but give a look to SAP customers’ landscape: how many of them are migrating to Fiori since, as you also stated, 60% of the apps require HANA?

    Outside the big names, there are a whole world who doesn’t need (objectively, not because “they do not want to improve/do better/evolve) HANA. It’s Fiori still useful for them?

    I do not know (really!) but from my point of view (i’m working on 7.31 and even if I’m dying to get my hands on a real Hana system, I can easily say that the actual release and system fits more than perfectly for the company I’m working for) it’s a bit “just a little little little bit”.

    And I’m one following OpenSap courses, both on Fiori, UI5 and Hana, so I do not think myself as a Luddite 🙂

    Add with an edit
    So, I do not think I’m wrong when I say that Fiori it’s the present, but not for every SAP customer, at all.

    And I found the last part of your post a bit… rude because it’s screaming (for me! Different culture, different sensibility, so i could have completly misunderstood the sense 😉 ) “Ehi, dumb**s! You do not adopt Fiori? You are out of the world!” 🙂

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