This blog provides you with important information which I think you should know on SAP Enterprise Portal on NetWeaver 7.5. It will also be updated by me when new interesting information is available.
In general SAP NetWeaver 7.5 is available since October, 2015. You can visit this blog as landing page to be the central place to point to new and relevant content.
Concerning SAP Enterprise Portal 7.5, it is recommended by us (Enterprise Portal Product management team) as the new go-to-release for on-premise customers by leveraging latest enhancements and improvements of the SAP NetWeaver stack. SAP Fiori is the leading user experience in SAP Enterprise Portal 7.5 allowing customers to easily adopt a simplified SAP Fiori experience and renovate their application portal as a modern user centric entry point. Customers can also benefit from easy integration and consumption of SAP applications and of SAP S/4HANA apps via wizard and pre-configured content packages.
New: Note that the mainstream maintenance of NW 7.5 Java stack is going through December 2027, with extended maintenance until end of 2030 (SAP note 1648480). The end of mainstream maintenance dates for SAP EP versions 7.4 and older remain unchanged, and maintenance for these products will end on December 31, 2020.
See also the following SAP Note: https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/2912858.
SAP also fully aligns the maintenance strategy for SAP NetWeaver 7.5 with SAP Business Suite 7. More information in Karl Kessler’s blog on SAP Community.
SAP Portal on NetWeaver 7.5 Overview
If you are interested in a general overview on Portal on NetWeaver 7.5, check out this new presentation.
Check out also the newly created product expert page on SAP Enterprise Portal.
SAP Enterprise Portal Roadmap
Check out the roadmap on this site -> Products -> Technology Platform -> SAP Cloud Platform Portal and SAP Enterprise Portal.
Note that the roadmap of SAP Cloud Platform Portal is also part of the document, it gives you the chance to get familiar with this solution and to think about moving certain Portal scenarios to the cloud.
Standards Based Framework Pages
For Enterprise Portal 7.5, we highly recommend that you change your framework page to one of the following standards based framework pages:
- Ajax Framework Page standards mode (AFP Standards)
- Fiori Framework Page (FLP@EP)
- Custom Standards based framework page
For more information, see this blog.
SAP Fiori Launchpad on Enterprise Portal
Fiori Launchpad on Enterprise Portal 7.5 was being renovated according to the Fiori design paradigm and it is one focus of the development for NW 7.5. All important features of Fiori will also find their way into Enterprise Portal, for example “Me Area”, notifications, overview pages etc.
However you can still have two flavors on one Portal platform: the Ajax Framework page for intranet or administration scenarios (desktop only) and the Fiori Framework page for cross device scenarios (responsive design) and optimized for Fiori launchpad.
Here you see a screenshot showing a Fiori Launchpad on Enterprise Portal in the Fiori 2.0 design with SAP Belize Plus theme:
You want to know about the benefits you can expect by implementing SAP Fiori launchpad on Enterprise Portal? Then check out this one pager.
Note that Fiori Framework Page works only with standards mode in all browsers since it is based on UI5 technology.
You might ask yourself: why not access Fiori Launchpad directly from Frontend server? Why do we still need a Portal? There are very good reasons to run the launchpad on SAP Portal with the Fiori Framework Page:
- In the Portal you can consume (almost) all the UI technologies that SAP used in the past 15+ years, while with the launchpad on the ABAP Frontend server you have limitations
- Assume that you are running BW/BI/BOBJ reports and you want to integrate them to the launchpad – the best integration will be achieved with the Enterprise Portal
- Assume that you are running WebDynpro Java apps (custom or SAP delivered) and you want to integrate them to the launhcpad – the best integration will be achieved with the portal and Fiori Framework Page
- If you are using the Portal for SSO, complex roles, etc. – in many cases this can be achieved only with the Portal
All in all we provide you the options and it is up to you to select the best option for your specific business needs.
Enterprise Portal and Fiori Launchpad Central Note
Overview Information on Fiori launchpad on Enterprise Portal
Read also this story about a customer journey to Fiori launchpad on Enterprise Portal.
Fiori Launchpad on Enterprise Portal and Best Practices
Learn how you can map your traditional Portal navigation with the navigation on the Fiori launchpad.
Learn how to implement SAP Fiori launchpad on Enterprise Portal: Recommendations and Frequently Asked Questions.
Features in Detail
In the following blogs and release note you can find detailed information about support package stacks which are available.
Differences between Portal 7.4 (and 7.31) and Portal 7.5
When looking closer at the features in support package stacks 1 – 4, you will not discover a big difference between the feature scope of Enterprise Portal on SAP NetWeaver 7.4 and SAP NetWeaver 7.5. Most NetWeaver 7.5 features are also part of SAP NetWeaver 7.4 SPS15 stack (Java stack 13).
Starting with SAPNetWeaver 7.5 SPS05 the differences are getting more obvious, this trend will continue in the next support package stacks. As a result almost all new features and innovations will be delivered with focus on SAP NetWeaver 7.5. You should take this into consideration when planning an upgrade to a higher NetWeaver release. More information, see this blog.
See also the section “Upgrade” and “Design the Future of your Portal” in this blog.
Version Interoperability between SAP Business Suite and SAP NetWeaver 7.5
For version interoperability between SAP NetWeaver and SAP Business Suite consult SAP Note 1388258. We recommend to check out the slide Adjusted Version Interoperability for SAP Business Suite, which is added to the note as attachment.
Content and Business Packages
You might wonder if Business Packages are still working on SAP NetWeaver 7.5? For details and what needs to be done, read this SAP Note: 2304435 – SAP ERP for SAP NetWeaver 7.5 hub systems.
With the consumption of Fiori content into Enterprise Portal, we also consider Fiori content as the “new business packages”. Fiori content can be consumed from ABAP Frontend server by using the remote catalogs integration procedure: you use the remote content editor to assign content from front-end servers to a role. You can also use the editor to search for content, such as SAP Fiori catalogs and SAP Fiori groups, in the available remote system, and then assign them to categories.
With the release of the SAP S/4HANA on-premise edition, additional remote catalogs and groups are now available. Administrators can use the remote content editor to assign SAP S/4HANA content to portal roles.
I also recommend portal content administrators reading this blog and learn about the administration tasks required for enabling SAP Fiori launchpad on Portal. It contains pre-configured sample content that you can import into your portal. In only a few steps you can easily run the SAP Fiori launchpad experience within the SAP NetWeaver Portal environment. Give it a try!
SAP Web IDE Integration
You can deploy SAPUI5 applications from SAP Web IDE to SAP Enterprise Portal. Building an SAPUI5 application with SAP Web IDE and deploying it to the portal is fast, simple, and secure. You can use the templates and wizards offered by SAP Web IDE to generate, test, and preview, full-featured prototypes, without much coding work. You can then quickly and easily deploy your SAPUI5 application to the portal to run on the SAP Fiori launchpad and in other frameworks. For more information, read also this blog.
Watch also this demo video showing the deployment process:
Theming and Branding
In SAP NetWeaver 7.5 the UI theme designer is the only theming tool in Enterprise Portal and it will fully replace the theme editor.
Wikis and Forums
The wiki and forum application is not available in SAP Enterprise Portal 7.5 add-on. However, you still can technically install and use the 7.4 based version of the wiki application (as of SAP NetWeaver 7.4 SPS 13 (Java SPS12) and higher) on top of SAP Enterprise Portal 7.5.
Also other features are deprecated in SAP NetWeaver 7.5, as for example Mobile Framework Page, Real Time Collaboration, Mashups im WPC.
If your SAP Enterprise Portal release is still on 7.0x there is time to start upgrading: at the end of 2017 SAP NetWeaver 7.0X Java stack will no longer be supported (see PAM for more information and SAP Note 1648480). SAP highly recommends upgrading to SAP Enterprise Portal 7.5, which has the longest maintenance period, and which includes many new features including the Fiori Framework Page and other features that are only available in the latest releases.
Use this page as central information. It includes all the relevant links to the relevant pages/documentation, such as: upgrade master guide, troubleshooting guide, business packages support, etc.
The Future of your SAP Portal ?
When you consider about upgrading your Portal, this consideration might also be connected with a decision on the future of your Portal in general. In addition to the on-premise Enterprise Portal offering on SAP NetWeaver 7.50 with all the upcoming innovations and enhancements, there is also the SAP Cloud Platform Portal offering.
This is a cloud-based portal service (on top of SAP Cloud Platform) for building attractive (B2B/B2C) business sites and extending on-premise and cloud scenarios. We recommend Cloud Platform Portal especially for innovative, cloud-based scenarios (IoT, S/4HANA and Cloud extensions, Fiori Cloud, Mobile, Social, Analytics) where the portal service is taking advantage of the agile cloud platform and its services. To help your company determine which solution – on premise and/or cloud – best fits your portal scenario, please check the SAP Portal Deployment Options Guide. It also contains a table showing the differences between Enterprise Portal and Cloud Portal.
Read also the blogs SAP Portal On-Premise or Cloud? Some Considerations and Pack your stuff – let us move to the Cloud.
There are several tools that will help you to transition from SAP Enterprise Portal to Cloud Portal, among these tools are (only available on SAP Cloud Platform Neo environment):
- Content Migration Tool – this tool simplifies the migration of the supported content (iViews, roles, systems) from the on premise Portal to Cloud Portal
- EP as Content Provided
- If you are using KM in Enterprise Portal, our partner Egnyte provides a KM migration tool to migrate from SAP KM to Egnyte
Note that a transition to the Neo environment of SAP Cloud Platform is not recommended anymore. The recommended approach is a transition to SAP Cloud Platform Cloud Foundry environment. More information about this topis will follow in June 2020.
SAP Portal on SAP Community
Visit the SAP Portal Community Topic Page
You have a question on Enterprise Portal? Discuss your questions in the SAP Portal Community:
Create your question on https://answers.sap.com/index.html and tag it with “SAP Enterprise Portal”.