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Be Visual! Use Official Icons and Samples for SAP Cloud Platform Solution Diagrams

Abstract: The “SAP Cloud Platform Solution Diagram & Icon Guidelines” (MS PowerPoint slide deck) makes documenting viable SAP Cloud Platform solution implementations easier than ever before. It includes a comprehensive set of official SAP Cloud Platform service icons, capability icons, graphical design elements and a set of sample diagrams. All these tools can be used to design SAP Cloud Platform solution diagrams, schematics of different complexity, and to illustrate the work of SAP Cloud Platform, its services, solutions and SAP products, and the ways of their use. Learn how to build your own diagrams for SAP Cloud Platform end-2-end solution scenarios.

Why SAP Cloud Platform Solution Diagrams & Icons

SAP is dedicated to providing you the best approaches to realize solutions on SAP Cloud Platform. As Sudhanshu Srivastava describes in his blog Rethinking enablement assets for the SAP Cloud Platform! our new SAP Cloud Platform Solution Diagrams and Icons make an important contribution to visualize best practices and architectures of end-to-end SAP Cloud Platform solutions.

With the official set of icons, design guidelines and sample diagrams you can easily create your own SAP Cloud Platform solution diagrams by using MS PowerPoint. They are intended to reach a better and faster understanding of SAP Cloud Platform end-to-end solution scenarios as customer, partner, client, solution architect, project lead or developer by using graphical diagrams for visual learning.

Design Principles

The SAP Cloud Platform solution diagram guidelines are based on a common iconography and graphical design that follow the SAP Cloud Platform UX principles (Fiori 2.0). In this way we reach a seamless User Experience in SAP Cloud Platform front-ends (e.g. SAP Cloud Platform Cockpit, SAP Web IDE) and content assets including slide decks, blueprints or blogs (e.g. recent blogs from Murali Shanmugham) with consistent and intuitive metaphors by using shared icons and colors.

Using the Solution Diagram Guidelines in MS PowerPoint

To build your own SAP Cloud Platform solution diagram follow these steps:

  1. Visit our wiki page SAP Cloud Platform Solution Diagrams & Icons
  2. Download the MS PowerPoint slide deck SAP-Cloud-Platform_official-solution-diagrams-and-icons_v04.pptx
  3. Find the icon, diagram design elements and sample diagrams that you need
  4. Create your own SAP Cloud Platform solution diagram for own purposes including twitter, sap.com blogs, project documentation, interactions with clients or workshops

As of today MS PowerPoint is the only supported diagram format. Let’s have a closer look at the content parts inside the SAP-Cloud-Platform_official-solution-diagrams-and-icons_v04.pptx slide deck:

Use SAP Icons & Logos

Behind the formal part with legal disclaimer, terms of use, readme and table of contents the first guidelines section contains various icons & logos as the main design elements

  • SAP Cloud Platform Capability Icons that are also used on the https://cloudplatform.sap.com/capabilities.html web page
  • SAP Cloud Platform Service Icons in two flavors, for diagrams with blue circle, for slides without circle
  • SAP Icons for technical entities, devices, users etc. in neutral grey color. These icons are provided as image objects and are re-used from the SAP Icon font that is based on the SAP Fiori iconography.
  • SAP Product Logos including the SAP Cloud Platform Logo
  • White-listed Third-Party Logos

Use Design Elements for MS PowerPoint Slides

In guideline section “Elements for MS PowerPoint Slides” you can find the visual elements that characterize the SAP Cloud Platform solution diagram design:

  • A Color Palette that is based on a subset of colors as defined by the SAP Fiori Design Guidelines
  • Areas to depict various technical entities or parts of the end-to-end solution architecture and landscape
  • Cardinality Markers to depict multiple occurrences of entities
  • Text in Flex Grey
  • Text in L0-blue, Emphasize & Semantic Colors
  • Connectors, Arrows & Lines
  • Numbers

Follow Author Guidelines

To make it easier for you to create own guideline compliant solution diagrams we added some helpful explanations:

  • Do’s & Don’t
  • Tips & Tricks
  • Arrow Directions
  • How to create Colored Icons in 5 Steps
  • Comparison with SAP TAM Block Diagrams
  • Community Support

Pick & Choose Sample Diagrams

In the next guideline section “Solution Diagram Examples” you can pick and choose from a set of 13 SAP Cloud Platform sample diagrams which can serve as good templates for your own solution diagrams.

  1. SAP Fiori Cloud
  2. Extend SAP cloud applications
  3. Extend SAP cloud applications including SAP S/4HANA Cloud
  4. Extend SAP SuccessFactors applications
  5. Internet Of Things innovation
  6. Develop and deploy innovation applications
  7. Leverage Cloud Foundry to create innovative applications
  8. DevOps in SAP Cloud Platform
  9. Gaining Consumer Insights: Reference Architecture Overview
  10. SAP Cloud Connector 2.10: What’s new in it?
  11. SAP‘s modular IoT platform in cloud
  12. Typical S/4HANA Extension Patterns: Hub applications
  13. Principal Propagation

These sample diagrams were also used to in the official SAP Cloud Platform Product Overview  slide deck (see Architecture Blueprints: slides 25 – 29) or in the SAP Cloud Platform Blueprints.

Sample diagram “6/ Develop and deploy innovation applications” is also contained in a black background style to demonstrate the big advantage, that the SAP Cloud Platform solution diagram design is suited for white and black background styles with minimum modification. You only need to replace the logo image objects (to get readable texts in white or black), all other diagram elements can be kept untouched.

Sample diagram “13/ Principal Propagation” shows how to design a more comprehensive solution architecture that is characterized by various technical details like certificates, certificate authorities or identities. Just note that this diagram also makes use of colored icons (in addition to the standard grey icons, see LEGEND) as described in guideline section “Author Guidelines: How to create Colored Icons in 5 Steps”.

Terms of Use

As customer, partner, solution architect, project lead or developer working with SAP Cloud Platform you are invited to create your own solution diagrams for individual purposes including twitter, blogs, project document or interactions with clients e.g. workshops. For legal safeguard just follow the SAP Terms of Use found in document Terms Of Use for the SAP Cloud Platform Solution Diagrams, Design Elements & Icons. These terms of use govern your use of these SAP Materials (as defined in the Terms of Use), and related Content and web pages.

Watch for Updates

The SAP Cloud Platform solution diagram & icons guideline slide deck you can download from wiki page SAP Cloud Platform Solution Diagrams & Icons will be regularly updated with new versions, e.g. to include new service icons, capability icons, sample diagrams or design changes. To follow these changes that are all tracked in the “version history” table just start watching this wiki page (see following screenshot …)

Acknowledgement

I would like to thank Olga Werner for her excellent design work and creativity on the variety of service icons, capability icons and diagram elements. The realization of the new SAP Cloud Platform solution diagram guidelines would not have been possible without the constructive collaboration, inspiration and feedback of many distinguished SAP colleagues like Hamsa Buvaraghan, Thomas Bieser, Jeremy Good, Bernhard Groene, Dan Lahl, Claudia Pacheco, Matthieu Pelatan, Riley Rainey,  Former Member, Matthias Steiner, Michael Van Cutsem.

And Now, Happy Diagramming!

 

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  • Hi Bertram,

    this blog post is the final milestone of the (external) rollout of the  solution diagrams, and you & Hamsa and the rest of the team can really be proud of this achievement. It may look trivial to some, but within the big picture having a clear and crisp visual design language to explain SAP Cloud Platform based architectures does have impact from many angles!

    Kudos & great job!!!

    Cheers,

    matthias

  • Hi Bertram,

    thank you very much for this post. I hope it will lead to more precise and better to understand solution diagrams. I will definitely use them in my day to day life.

    Andre

  • Hi Bertram,

    thank you and your team for this amazing guide.

    Are you guys planning on releasing the icons outside of PPT? We use draw.io and right now I take screenshots of your icons for our internal solution architecture.

    Would be great if you guys can publish the icons stand alone.

    Keep up the amazing work.

    Chris

    • Hallo Christian,

      I’m pleased about your positive feedback and also this interesting question on the “draw.io” support. I know draw.io but have not yet added it to out our backlog planning.

      After playing around a bit with draw.io I can better understand your question on publishing our service icons and other SAP Cloud Platform solution diagram icons (e.g. the grey SAP icons) “standalone” as png files or even better directly providing them via custom “SAP Cloud Platform Icon” xmls (e.g. one xml for all “Analytics” icons, other xmls for the other capabilities and one xml for the grey SAP Icons etc).

      The diagram design elements could also be added to another custom library xml with all styles (like colors, lines) preconfigured matching our Fiori design guidelines. This set of “SAP Cloud Platform Solution Diagram” library xmls could be imported via URLs to files on an SAP server. The sample diagrams could also be provided in the draw.io format. In the best case we would team up with draw.io to provide the SAP Cloud Platform Solution Diagrams out-of-the box with inbuilt standard “network” libraries.

      All this needs further planning and actually I cannot provide more details. But the idea to support draw.io is very promising, so that we will have a closer look at it.

      Best regards, Bertram

      • Hello Bertram,

         

        are there any news on this topic? We also use draw.io for architecture diargams that we embed in our arc42 (Bernot Starke) documentations.

         

        Best Regards

        Stefan

         

      • Hi Bertram,

         

        also other popular cloud diagramming solutions like lucidchart.com would be nice. For comparison, all hyperscalers (AWS, Azure, GCP) have published their own diagrams within both lucidchart and draw.io

         

        Regards,

        Harris

        • Hallo Harris,

          that’s an excellent question. We consider and evaluate supporting other “diagramming and drawing tools” for SAP Cloud Platform solution diagrams beyond MS PowerPoint. As of now I cannot provide a future outlook when other tools like draw.io or Lucidcharts will be supported. We seriously consider to boost and simplify our SAP Cloud Platform solution diagram adoption with additional tools. Customers with multi-cloud strategies need support for diagramming tools to depict multi-cloud architectures including SAP Cloud Platform.

          Best regards, Bertram

    • Hi Christian,

      you are hitting a very good point with “how to visualize SAP Cloud Platform ‘solutions’ and MTA files” inside our SAP Cloud Platform solution diagrams. So far our guidelines version 03 neither contain a grey “solution” icon (like for application) nor a design element or rectangle or another icon for an MTA file. I’ll have a look at this question and will add these icons/elements to the next version04 coming in February.

      Best regards, Bertram Ganz

       

  • Hi Bertram,

    Thanks to you and your team for this great work. It has evolved so much in these past few months.

    I’m developing some enablement materials this month that will include many Cloud Platform architecture diagrams — I’ll share the end results with you. I might have some finer point suggestions coming from that, but I have found the v3 version very usable as distributed.

    Nicely done.

    Riley

    • Thank you, Riley 🙂 I’m looking forward to your suggestions that will be appied to the next version v04 that is scheduled in February. Regards, Bertram

       

  • Great work, and I especially like the author guidelines in the slide deck as well as the example diagrams – very useful! Thanks.

  • Bertram,

    this is really good, thank you for this helpful guide!

    I can see draw.io discussion above and I would ask similar question – are you going to create set for MS Visio?

    Regards, Mateusz

    • As we are about to embark on our SCP journey, and using both draw.io within Confluence and Visio, I would very much support a more “importable” icon/shape set.   It would be great to have the powerpoint deck as the design guide – but be able to use a more appropriate diagramming tool.

      As much as powerpoint can be made to work as a diagramming tool, it is nowhere near as capable in terms of efficiency and finesse as something like Visio or draw.io

  •  

    Hi Bertram,

    I could not find an image (i.e. logo) for BW4/HANA in v06. Please let me know if I’m missing something. There are logos for many other products, but not BW4.

    Thanks,

    Mike

    • Hallo Mike,

      we do not have such logos for all SAP Products. I try to add all existing SAP product logos to the solution diagram guidelines PPTX deck. For example there is a new logo for “SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud” I’ll add to the next public guideline version. To reflect SAP BW4/HANA in your solution diagram without having a logo in place I recommend to use a normal text element instead, ideally with font “Benton Sans Bold”, font size 14 and black color.

      Regards, Bertram Ganz, SAP Cloud Platform PM

       

    • Hi Stephan, you refer to the so-called SAP banded-color icons or pictograms that are broadly used in SAP collaterals (web pages, documents etc.) to reflect the SAP brand. These pictograms are not available for public reuse by non-SAP people. Best regards, Bertram Ganz

  • Dear Bertram,

    First off: Thanks a ton! Sharing this library with the partner / customer world is a great step!

    Since it seems that SAP is not really making a leap towards integrating the elements into something like draw.io, what about providing the community with the necessary content to do it themselves? If the elements were available in raw SVG, I’m quite sure there would be a willingness to collaborate on an open source draw.io library.

    What do you think about that?

    Cheers,

    Oliver

    • Hallo Oliver,

      thank You for Your “thanks a ton” on our SAP Cloud Platform solution diagram guidelines. Indeed the integration of our SAP Cloud Platform service/other icon sets into third-party diagramming tools is still pending. We are currently updating the next version v09 guidelines slide deck (planned for end of Feburary) that’s based on the new Fiori 3 (QUARTZ) design soon being applied to the SAP Cloud Platform cockpit. As this new design (mainly a slightly changed color palette) affects all service icons we decided to replace them (incl. the grey “other” icons like “application”, “user” etc.) with SVG-objects instead of pasting normal image objects inside the MS PowerPoint slide deck. Consequently we are much closer to publish all SAP Cloud Platform service icons as ZIP-file with SVGs inside. Before doing this we first need to check the legal implications including the terms of use and support issues. That’s the way to go and the next milestone before reaching a deeper, out-of-the-box integration with third-party tools like draw.io (that would also need the icons in SVG format). That’s actually not a commitment but the future direction that’s aiming to create SAP Cloud Platform solution diagrams more easily.

      Best regards, Bertram

      • Bertram, this sounds like a great move!

        I was surprised to see the icons currently not being SVGs but high resolution PNGs – well, that explains the file size of the presentation 😉

        Once you figured the legal stuff, you may want to consider placing them in a public repository on Github – with the license included. Then, you can wait for what the community does to it.

        You could also leverage PRs to incrementally improve integration without doing everything by yourself…

         

  • Dear Mr. Ganz,

    Is there any planned or upcoming icons / stencils for SAP Data Warehouse Cloud? We have started to build architectural diagrams but I don’t seem to be able to find DWC icons in the (otherwise) brilliant power point.

    Now that I am at it, I wanted to thank you and your team, all these efforts you do makes our lives as architects much easier, and we can produce better and more streamlined designs.

    Kind Regards,

    Soren