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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. And another aspect to consider: mainstream maintencance of NW 7.5 is going through December 2022 – the maintenance of SAP NetWeaver 7.0 Java stack ends in 2017.

SAP Portal on NetWeaver 7.5: What you can expect?

If you are interested in a general overview on Portal on NetWeaver 7.5 and what feature scope and development focus and highlights you should expect, then check out this blog.

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 will be renovated according to Fiori 2.0 design paradigm and it is one focus of the development for NW 7.5. All important features of Fiori 2.0 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.

Recommended reading:

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.

Maintenance note 2261419

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.

NetWeaver 7.50 SPS01

NetWeaver 7.50 SPS02

NetWeaver 7.50 SPS03

NetWeaver 7.50 SPS04

NetWeaver 7.50 SPS05

NetWeaver 7.50 SPS06

NetWeaver 7.50 SPS07

NetWeaver 7.50 SPS08

I recommend watching this video showing for example how to consume sFin content in Fiori launchpad on Enterprise Portal:

 

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.

Check out these notes for wikis and forums.

Depricated Features

Also other features are deprecated in SAP NetWeaver 7.5, as for example Mobile Framework Page, Real Time Collaboration, Mashups im WPC.

Read notes 2447267 and 2204286 to get a list of all deprecated features


Portal Upgrade

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.

Read also:

Why Should I upgrade my SAP Enterprise Portal

Troubleshooting guide after SAP Enterprise Portal Upgrade

 

Landscape Recommendations

SAP provides system landscape deployment recommendations for SAP Enterprise Portal to support customers to make the right decisions.

Landscape Deployment of SAP Enterprise Portal

Landscape Deployment Recommendations

 

Design 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, you might expect from SAP a tailor-made plan. Such a plan should be based on your current business challenges combined with your company IT plans and vision, to make sure you move in the right direction. SAP offers a special service that could help you to plan, build, and run your future SAP Portal solution.

Documentation

Documentation SAP NetWeaver 7.5

Fiori Launchpad scenario documentation


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”.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Julio Alberto Martinez Real

    very nice blog thank you.

     

    Whats about KM ? Whats SAP recomendations for my customers. They use a lot of custom wdpro java applications, Portal applications and KM views. What is the future of that in 7.5?

     

    Best regards.

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    1. Vera Gutbrod Post author

       

      Hi Julio!

      Concerning KM: this is not in the focus of NW 7.5 development. There will be no additional features. What is available is the mobile access to documents via SAP Mobile Documents integration with Knowledge Management.

      Best regards

      Vera

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  2. saurabh vakil

    Hi Vera,

     

    Thanks for the detailed information!

    However, under the section SAP Fiori Launchpad on Enterprise Portal you have given a screen shot showing a Fiori Launchpad on Enterprise Portal in the Fiori 2.0 design with SAP Belize theme – looking at this it seems that the theme is sap_belize_plus (Belize Deep) and not sap_belize.

     

    Regards,

    Saurabh

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  3. Srinivasu Y

    Hi Vera,

    Very useful blog.

    one of our customer currently having portal 7.02 and using ESS version 603. planning to upgrade portal to directly 7.5 and want to upgrade to ESS 633 Business package, because Portal 7.5 supports only ESS 633 (Java WD) .

    when will be the date of support ends for ESS 633?

    Is any issues if we use ESS 633 in EP 7.5?

    Regards,

    Srini

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    1. Matt Fraser

      Hi Srinivasu,

      We are ourselves in the middle of a portal upgrade from 7.01 to 7.5, with an EhP4 ABAP backend. So, like your customer, we are updating the SAP_ESS component on the portal from 603 to 633. We haven’t gone live yet with the upgrade — we’re in the DEV stage — but so far there are no issues with this.

      Cheers,
      Matt

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  4. Fabricio Pereira

    Hello Vera,

    I understand the NetWeaver 7.5 is the recommended version for now, but, looking at the PAM, the EOM is 2022, just 2 years more than the version 7.4.

    We upgraded our ECC, Portal and BW systems to 7.4. ECC and BW EOM is 2025 but Portal is 2020. We are looking for a solution where Portal could also be supported for a longer period.

    It seems SAP is following the EOM from Oracle for the JRE 1.8 that’s also 2022. Does it also means we should expect a new NetWeaver Java version for the second semester of 2017 based in the new Java 9 from Oracle?

    Thanks,

    Fabricio

     

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    1. Vera Gutbrod Post author

       

      Hi Fabricio!

      Sorry for the late reply. I tried to contact Shani to anser your questions 🙂 But I think you participated in our “Design the Future of Your SAP Enterprise Portal” MTE session on March 23 and Shani answered your question in the call. She told you that a new Java version should be not expected and that 2022 is end of maintenance. The recommended strategy for customers is to move to Cloud Portal. There is this microsite for customers who are still on 7.0 and need to decide already this year http://sapsupport.info/future-of-ep/.

      Best regards

      Vera

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  5. Manuel Jeremy Schaffner

    Hi Vera,

    very informative blog 🙂

    We are planning to upgrade EP from NW7.31 SPS16 -> NW7.50 SPS07 and switch to FFP/FLP on Portal, because that gives us the possibility to integrate future Fiori Apps (from Fiori Frontend Server) and gradually migrate old content to Fiori over the next years and then finally switch from Portal to Fiori Frontend Server only. And it also provides a personalized start page to the user.

    I have some questions about using Fiori FFP in EP:

    a) is it true, that the design can only be adapted to company CI/CD by means of colors – using Theme Designer – but position and size of content in the Framework Page (Header..) can not be modified, nor can additional links or JavaScript be integrated?

    b) how can a user with Desktop PC efficiently/directly switch from one application to another without first going back to the start page (in AFP he could use the menu)?

    c) is there some legacy content that is not easy to integrate with FFP/FLP, for example HTMLB(*UWL*, SRM), Federated (BW) Content, BExWeb/WebI/Crystal and BI/BO, BSP?

    d) what should we consider when using MS Edge or MS IE (Enterprise Mode) with non-Fiori-content using FFP?

     

    Kind regards,
    Manuel

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    1. Vera Gutbrod Post author

       

      Hi Manuel

      Sorry for the late reply, I had some vacation in between and also consulted some developer experts for the answers 🙂

      regarding a)

      In general you can edit colors and sizes but not positioning AFAIK, regarding links and Javascript you have hooks in the code where you can inject your Javascript they are called plugins and they are documented here: https://help.sap.com/saphelp_nw75/helpdata/en/95/c96973b8484a6f83ab60142b81cc12/frameset.htm

      regarding b) There is no real way of navigating between apps without going through the homepage, however you can add “related links”, bookmarks and in Fiori 2 you also have “users recent” which shows you the recent apps the user has used.

      regarding c) There is no easy answer for this question as it requires configuration from the portal admin for each technology/application separately.

      regarding d) MS-IE Enterprise mode is not supported in portal at all, this is documented in SAP Notes.Non-UI5 technologies such as HTMLB/WD etc. do not support MS Edge, this should be answered for each technology specifically you can find it in the PAM.

      Best regards

      Vera

       

       

       

       

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    1. Vera Gutbrod Post author

       

      Hi Radhika!

      I am not sure what you mean by notification area? If you mean this as Fiori 2.0 element (Fiori notifications), then this is not part of the SPS07 delivery.

      Best regards

      Vera

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      1. Radhika Kuthiala

        Hi Vera,

         

        Thank you.Yes i meant Fiori notification area in the launchpad.

        Any estimate as to when it will be released for portal?

         

        Regards

        Radhika

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        1. Vera Gutbrod Post author

          Hi Radhika!

          The Fiori notifications are planned to come but it is not yet decided for which support package.

          Best regards

          Vera

           

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  6. Pranay Nayyar

    Hello Vera,

    Excellent blog and  well described.

    A quick query, while designing the Portal, there are queries around performance, in this case what will be better AJAX framework or FIORI framework, in NW 7.5 ?

    Thanks

    Pranay

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    1. Vera Gutbrod Post author

      Hi Pranay!

      Performance is not the reason, why you should use FFP or AFP. It is relevant which scenario you would like to implement in Enterprise Portal. If you want to use Fiori Launchpad on Portal and you also want to enable it for mobile scenarios, the FFP is a must. AFP is for desktop scenarios only and also the right framework page for admin scenarios. You can have even both flavors in the same Portal, AFP for admins and power users, and FFP for endusers and mobile scenarios. Performance is also always depending on the content of the Portal, so a general rule is hard to say. We are also always rolling our performance improvements of FLP on Portal for almost every support package stack.

      Best regards

      Vera

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  7. veera p

    Hi Vera Gutbrod,

    First of all, Nice blog that gives me an idea about the upgrade.

    I have few doubts as i am new to a NW portal upgrade. My Client needs to upgrade from SAP NW portal 7.02 to 7.5.

    Let me know what are the questionnaire i need to ask or i need to frame as a checklist while getting the KT from Client(Previous developments are not done by us). Client doesn’t have any documentation for the previous portal implementation and lots of NWDI track created and other developments are done.

    Now he is planning for a portal upgrade. He also wants to know after the upgrade can he use:

    Java webdynpro track as such he using?. 

    How the portal upgrade will taken back up ?

    What are the additional features he will get in 7.5?

     

    Seamless looking to do the upgrade.  Looking for your kind reply.

    Srinivasu Y did you face any problem on your upgrade?.

    Looking for experts to revert back as our upgrade started and we are not aware where to start.

     

    Regards,

    Veera.

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    1. Vera Gutbrod Post author

      Hi Veera!

      I can give you the links to our most important upgrade information:

      1. Upgrade cases: Main upgrade page: https://wiki.scn.sap.com/wiki/display/EP/Everything+you+wanted+to+know+about+SAP+Enterprise+Portal+Upgrade
      2. Using older versions/SPs (Why you should upgrade/update): https://blogs.sap.com/2016/08/10/why-should-i-upgrade-my-sap-enterprise-portal/

      ANd concerning features in SAP NW 7.5 Portal, you will find this in the release notes and also the blogs that I have written, for example: https://blogs.sap.com/2016/12/19/differences-between-sap-enterprise-portal-on-sap-netweaver-7.40-and-sap-netweaver-7.50/.

      For all your specific questions, please create a questions on the community in the forums, and use the tag “SAP Enterprise Portal”. I assume that other consultants or experts will send you their feedback.

      Best regards

      Vera

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      1. veera p

        Hi Vera Gutbrod ,

        Thanks for your kind reply.

        We just started the Upgrade and we have so many undefined NWDI tracks available. Hard to identify it.

        Is there is any seperate tool available that says are we doing right upgrade.?

         

        Thanks in advance.

        Veera,

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  8. sap portal

    Hello Vera Gutbrod

    THanks for your knowledge sharing. We have SAP EP 7.31 SP19 and have Hub system for FIORI. I want to know how can we get the roles tab in the Fiori launchpad as per attached screen shot.

    IS it possible to achieve this in our current environment?

     

    Regards

    Keshari

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