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SAP Fiori Launchpad is the bridge between the desktop developer and the mobile application user. By utilizing SAP Fiori Launchapd Designer (FLPD) we can design how we want our SAP Fiori app to look on a mobile device in a simple manner. In order to get access to FLPD, we’re going to run transaction code /UI2/FLPD_CUST or code /UI2/FLPD_CONF. This should pull up our designer dialog. In this particular case, we’re going to be using a demo web dynpro app called WDR_TEST_EVENTS.

STEP 1 – Launching FLPD

To launch FLPD is a simple matter of running a particular URL in a browser. The URL in question is:

http://<server>:<port>/sap/bc/ui5_ui5/sap/arsrvc_upb_admn/main.html?sap-client=100&sap-language=EN&scope=CUST

with the server and port info entered instead of the placeholders.

STEP 2 – Create a Catalog

FLPD also makes it easy for a user to create a new catalog. In the FLPD, we’re going to locate the Create Catalog add icon in the left panel, at the very bottom of the panel. The Create Catalog dialog box appears, where we can select Standard and enter a Title and ID for our Catalog. After we complete this, we can click Save and the new catalog will be available for our use.

STEP 3 – Target Mapping

After we’ve successfully selected our catalog, we’re going to develop a target mapping. Click on Create Target Mapping and a new window should pop up. In this window will be prompts for Title, Application, Configuration and System Alias. We will also need to fill out the Semantic Object and Action on the left side of the window.

STEP 4 – Building Dependencies

We’re next going to create a static tile using the Semantic Object and Action we instituted in the previous step. Next we will create a group, or use one that already exists. For the sake of brevity, we’ll use an existing group. To this group, we are going to be adding the catalog created in STEP 2 above. Once we’ve configured the tile, we can now go ahead and add it to a PFCG role, along with attaching a user to it if one hasn’t been attached already.

STEP 5 – Testing

After we’ve completed our configuration, we can launch the SAP Fiori Launchpad by using transaction code /UI2/FLP or by directly entering the URL into the taskbar. The web dynpro tile should be accessible and usable. Clicking on it will open the application in a brand new tab.

The Takeaway

As this very simple demonstration has shown, SAP Fiori Launchpad is a pretty powerful tool that can easily configure Fiori apps for a superior user experience on a mobile device. Web dynpro apps form part of the backbone of the Fiori system and understanding how to assign them to tiles is important since it can affect the user experience for your application. Since not all of us are direct ABAP programmers, and an application like this gives us a lot of flexibility in designing a temporary application or a mock-up of what we want to see in a final iteration of an application. The Launchpad Designer tool is useful for helping the Launchpad function by allowing us to design and implement our own groups and technical catalogs. This extends our usability even further since it lets us customize applications to suit certain user groups, even restricting certain groups from being able to access certain tiles. If anything, the simplicity of this application makes it worthwhile to look into and learn since it can be very useful for a company to be aware of what Fiori can offer for its mobile users.

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