SAP Fiori for SAP S/4HANA – New Rapid Content Activation on S/4HANA 1709 to 2021 – Part 2 – Prerequisites & Foundation
Latest Update December 2021:
IMPORTANT: Please note that the Groups Home Page is deprecated as of SAP S/4HANA 2021. Plan to move to Spaces and Pages as quickly as possible. For those upgrading to SAP S/4HANA 2020 or higher, if you wish you can select and run just the tasks for spaces and pages tasks in task list SAP_FIORI_FOUNDATION_S4.
Latest Update October 2020: Updated for SAP S/4HANA 2020 – it’s worth noting that the latest best practice settings are included in Fiori Foundation task list updates.
Latest Update March 2020: Updated the title to reflect that this process is available for SAP S/4HANA solutions 1709 or higher. This was already explained in the body of this blog post, however changing the title just makes it a little easier for people to discover this e.g. via Google Search. In addition further improvements have been made to the SAP Fiori foundation task list – relevant SAP Notes listed in the Executing the Fiori Foundation Task List section below.
Latest Updates December 2019: A number of improvements have been made to the Fiori Foundation checklist to optimize and simplify your Fiori foundation and launchpad. Please check the full list of improvements in the latest version of SAP Note 2712785 – Fiori Setup: Initial Setup for S/4 Fiori Applications
In Part 1 – Overview you learned the history and purpose of the new Rapid Content Activation task lists for Fiori in S/4HANA. In this blog you will understand the prerequisites and once-off foundation task list needed to get you started.
So you have heard about the new Rapid Content Activation for SAP Fiori in SAP S/4HANA and you want to try it out for yourself. As usual, there are some prerequisites you will need to understand first. Provided your system meets the prerequisite there are some once-off steps you will need to complete to:
- Implement the Rapid Content Activation SAP Notes themselves
- Execute the once-off Fiori Foundation Task List to set up your Fiori system
IMPORTANT: The Fiori Foundation Task List has been improved to further assist you in setting up your launchpad optimally for maximum usability and performance. Please refer to the full list of improvements in the latest version of SAP Note 2712785 – Fiori Setup: Initial Setup for S/4 Fiori Applications
How long will these preparatory steps take? Most of the consultants who have done this so far estimate this as a couple of hours work to complete. Naturally if you are doing this for the very first time, allow a little longer.
Once again here are the quick links to the blogs in this series to give you a complete understanding of the rapid content activation technique.
- Why these Rapid Activation task lists were created
- What’s in the Rapid Activation task lists
Part 2: Pre-requisites and executing the Fiori Foundation task list (this blog)
- How to execute the Fiori Foundation task list
- Selecting your business roles
- How to execute the Rapid Activation task list
- Testing your business roles
- How to customize the business roles you have activated by the task lists
- Transporting activation and activation alternatives
- Where to get help
The task lists are supported for the following SAP S/4HANA releases :
- SAP S/4HANA 2021 FPS00 or higher
- SAP S/4HANA 2020 FPS00 or higher
- SAP S/4HANA 1909 FPS00 or higher
- SAP S/4HANA 1809 FPS00 or higher
- SAP S/4HANA 1709 FPS01 or higher
Another requirement is that the Fiori Frontend Server should be used with the Embedded deployment option. Embedded deployment is the default recommendation for SAP S/4HANA as per the SAP official Fiori Deployment Options and System Landscape Recommendations
NOTE: The task list does not support the Central Hub deployment option, i.e. where there is a separate Fiori Frontend Server (FES) system for Fiori.
If you meet these prerequisites, you can implement the SAP Notes to deploy the Rapid Activation task lists. This is a once-off activity. These are the main steps. You will find these are further described in more detail in the composite note:
- Confirm Task List SAP_GW_FIORI_ERP_ONE_CLNT_SETUP has already been executed
- Activate Embedded Analytics and Enterprise Search
- Fill Customer Tables in SU25
- Implement all the prerequisite SAP Notes listed in the composite note in the correct order
Executing the Fiori Foundation task list
IMPORTANT: Further improvements have been made to the Fiori Foundation Task List. To take advantage of these, please ensure that you have read and implemented the following notes before you execute the task list.
- 2639552 – Fiori Setup: Improvements for Activate FLP services used in task lists
- 2510134 – Fiori Setup: Updates for task lists for Gateway/Fiori configuration
- 2712785 – Fiori Setup: Initial Setup for S/4 Fiori Applications
This first Task list performs the basic activation of the Fiori Launchpad and generates the generic roles for the Fiori Administrator and Fiori User. You will run this task list only once.
Tip: It’s worth noting that the latest best practice settings and recommendations, e.g. for usability and performance, are included with updates to the Fiori Foundation task list. Check the task list itself for details.
You start by entering the name of the Fiori foundation task list SAP_FIORI_FOUNDATION_S4 and pressing execute. You will see a list of steps and some configuration options.
Select the icon in the parameters column to configure: the transport request, and to nominate names for the foundation roles for the administrator and business users.
Transport request configuration:
Foundation role configuration:
After completing these configurations, you can start to run the task list either in dialog or background mode to complete the SAP Fiori Foundation configuration.
IMPORTANT: Check that all traffic lights are green before continuing to the second rapid content activation task list. In case of errors check carefully, whether all prerequisites are met, e.g. Embedded Analytics and Enterprise Search are properly activated.
After successfully running the first task list you should be able to run some first smoke tests, e.g. assign the administrator role (composite role Z_FIORI_FOUNDATION_ADMIN in the example above) to your user and launch the URL as described in the note.
The FLP should open and you should be able to launch the administrator apps directly from the homepage.
Check whether the App Finder works as expected and allows access to the SAP menu of the backend: Click on the ‘Persona’ icon (or photo) on the upper left corner to move the focus to the Me-Area. Open the App Finder…
…and check the SAP Menu. You should be able to navigate through the menu and launch a GUI transaction.
Having completed the once-off tasks you are now ready to start using the main rapid activation task list itself. Learn more in Part 3: Scoping & Executing the Rapid Activation Task List for your business roles
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