SAP Geographical Enablement Framework works as the foundation to extend business data with geometric attributes for SAP Business Suite applications. As a framework leveraging the spatial capabilities inherent in SAP HANA, it enables organizations to develop geospatially enriched business data, and make them accessible from within SAP applications as well as external GIS (Geographical Information System) systems. The framework is being delivered with a stand-alone Geometry Explorer, Geometry Editor, and a template for the Business Partner business object as an example for spatially enabling other business objects.

  • The framework provides a map based UI that can be embedded in SAP Business Suite applications using this framework to quickly geo-enable their business objects and support geospatial processes.
  • The framework provides a standalone web-based Geometry Explorer. It allows the end user to view both business data from geo-enabled S/4HANA functions and data from Enterprise GIS systems on the same map to obtain better insights. It also allows customer to configure access to multiple S/4HANA functions directly from the map to improve efficiency.
  • The framework provides a standalone web-based Geometry Editor. It allows the end user to search, view, and update geometry for any geo-enabled SAP business object.
  • The framework provides comprehensive customization that allows geo-enablement of any SAP business object and features such as adjusting map UIs for different user group and scenarios, configuring application launching functionality from the map, and setting up external GIS connections.
  • Framework that exposes the geometries and attributes of geo-enabled SAP business objects as feature layers to be consumed through standard GIS tools.

The key benefits of using the framework are:

  • Extend the value of your existing enterprise GIS data into a SAP business process context
  • Spatially enable your SAP Business Suite solution via content extensions
  • Contextualized understanding of location and spatial relationships of SAP objects
  • Streamline operations with easy and intuitive navigation via maps
  • Increase the quality, integrity, and spatial accuracy of business data
  • Eliminates the need for costly, time-intensive data reconciliation efforts
  • Better and faster decision making, greater efficiency, and increased employee performance

Geometry Explorer 


Example: person (business partner) business layer from SAP overlay with earthquake reference layer from GIS.

Geometry Editor


Example: edit the service area geometry of an organization (business partner) in SAP.

Features Geometry Explorer (Framework’s Map UI ) Geometry Editor
(Framework’s Map UI )
External Connectivity
(Might be GIS map UIs)
Map Basics
   Launch Geometry Explorer and Geometry Editor   from SAP Fiori Launchpad X X
   Select basemap from a list of available basemaps X* X**
   Zoom in/out map X X
   Print map X X
Map Layers
   Select individual or group(s) of business layers which represent the spatial data for geo-enabled SAP objects X* X**
   Select individual or group(s) of reference layers which represent the spatial data from GIS sources X* X**
   Adjust the transparency of active business and reference layers X X
   Combined legend view for active business and reference layers X X
   View dynamic business layers based on filter settings**** X
Map Interactions
   Zoom to selected geometries X X
   View detailed information of a geometry and related SAP object information X X
   Execute custom built actions from geometries on the map X X
   Custom navigations from/to SAP Business Suite applications X X
Search & Filtering
   Find a location on map X X
   Search for geo-enabled SAP objects that have geometry with display on map X X
   Search for geo-enabled SAP objects (regardless of having geometry or not) X
   Find current location**** X X
   Filter search results by geometry**** X X
Geometry Editing
   Create/edit/delete geometry for geo-enabled SAP objects X
   Copy geometry from business or reference layers X
External Connectivity (Web Services)***      
   Display catalog of geo-enabled SAP objects X
   Display geo-enabled SAP objects and their attributes X
   Display geometry of geo-enabled SAP objects X
   Modify geometry of geo-enabled SAP objects X
   Use SAP authorizations to ensure security and data integrity X
   Apply attribute filter for geo-enabled SAP objects**** X
   Modify select attributes of geo-enabled SAP objects**** X
   Create new geo-enabled SAP objects with geometry**** X
   Delete geometry of geo-enabled SAP objects**** X
Customization
   Geo-enable any SAP business object X X X
   Assign basemap, business and reference layer profile to a geo-enabled SAP object X
   Assign basemap, business and reference layer profiles to individuals or groups X
   Define symbols for business layers X X X
   Define authorizations for the geometry of geo-enabled SAP objects X X X
   Configure navigations to SAP Business Suite applications via SAP Fiori Launchpad customization X X
   Configure search functionality for geo-enabled SAP objects via SAP Enterprise Search customization X X
   Enable GIS provider services X X X
   Configure locator service**** X X
   Configure dynamic business layers**** X
   Publish business layers for external consumption**** X
   Define business layer edit and query capabilities for external connectivity**** X
Framework Development Technology****
APIs for Application Development
   Check if a SAP business object is geo-enabled
   Check if a geo-enabled SAP object has geometry
   Get all geometry for a geo-enabled SAP object
   Add/edit/delete geometry of a geo-enabled SAP object
   Control the button behavior and map extent of integrated geometry editor
   Define the logic to filter data on a dynamic business layer
Geometry Buffering Functionality for Application Development
   Create geometry buffer
   Query geometry buffer
   Add/update/delete geometry buffer content
   Synchronize geometry buffer with SAP HANA database on save
   Reset geometry buffer

Notes:

   *    Can define basemaps, business and reference layers for a certain user group/user
**    Can define basemaps, business and reference layers relevant for a certain SAP object
***   Implementation of Esri ArcGIS Server REST API, SAP or custom content extension equired.
****   New feaures in support package 01

 Releases & Documentation:

 

SP00 (Initial Release)  Innovation Discovery Link

Availiable In Release Date Documentation
EHP 8 SP02 2016/5/4 (Q2 2016) Admin Guide, Application Help, Release Note
EHP 6 SP17 2016/6/27 (Q2 2016) Admin Guide, Application Help
EHP 7 SP12 2016/7/18 (Q3 2016) Admin Guide, Application Help, Release Note
S/4HANA 1610 SP00 2016/10/10 (Q4 2016) Addmin Guide & Application Help, Security Guide (SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management->Enterprise Technology-> Geographcal Enablement Framework)


SP01 (2nd Release)  Innovation Discovery Link

Availiable In Release Date Documentation
EHP 8 SP04 2016/11/9 (Q4, 2016) Admin Guide & Application Help
EHP 6 SP18 2016/11/28 (Q4, 2016) Admin Guide & Application Help, Release Note
EHP 7 SP13 2017/1/16 (Q1, 2017) Admin Guide & Application Help, Release Note
S/4HANA 1610 FP01 2017/2/22 (Q1, 2017)  *

* Note: planned releases are subject to change.

Application Extension:


SAP Geographical Enablement Framework, extension for SAP EAM
is build upon the framework and specifically geo-enables certain EAM business objects.

EAM Extension SP00 (1st release) Innovation Discovery Link

Availiable In Release Date Documentation
EHP 8 SP04 2016/11/9 (Q4, 2016) Application Help, Release Note
 
 
 


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