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How to Create a Tile Pointing to dynamic URL : S/4Hana

Introduction:

This is part 2 of my blog for URL Tile, aimed to further enhance the tile capability covering topics as  suggested by Jocelyn Dart . The goal of this blog is to give detailed step by step instruction on how to create a tile pointing to dynamic URL.

Note the word dynamic here. This type of tile is generally used for our sap systems where in we have multiple environments and the URL protocol/host/port needs to be different for our DEV, QAS and PRD environments.

Part 1: https://blogs.sap.com/2019/02/28/how-to-create-a-tile-pointing-to-url-s4hana/

 

Prerequisites:

User id should be having Launchpad admin access “SAP_UI2_ADMIN_700” in Gateway for using Launchpad Designer for creation of Tile.

 

Creating Tile in Launchpad Designer:

Login to Launchpad designer by using below url or using Tcode “/UI2/FLPD_CUST” from Gateway system.

http://host name: port/sap/bc/ui5_ui5/sap/arsrvc_upb_admn/main.html?scope=CUST&sap-client=100&sap-language=EN#

1. Create Custom Catalog : You are now into Launchpad Designer Tool, used for creation of Catalogs & Tiles. Follow the below steps for Catalog Creation.

  • Click on + Sign on left bottom of below screen.
  • Fill the required details on the pop up “Create Catalog” & press save.
  • Catalog is created.
  • Now we need to create Tile inside this catalog.

 

2.  Create Tile pointing to dynamic URL : You should be now inside catalog created in above steps.

2.1. Follow the below steps for Tile Creation which would be pointing to target mapping.

  • Click on + sign on right screen to add Tile. It would open below screen.
  • Select + of “App Launcher – Static” tile type to proceed. It should open a new page.
  • Fill the required details in given fields as per below screen and choose save.
  • Note that “Use semantic object navigation” is checked here and we need to provide Semantic Object and Action.
  • That’s it tile is created.
  • Now since we are using intent based navigation here (semantic object – action), we need to create target mapping as well as shown in 2.2.

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2.2. Follow the below steps for Target mapping creation which would be pointing to URL.

  • Now since we are using intent based navigation here (semantic object – action), we need to create target mapping as well.
  • Next to Tiles tab we have a tab called “Target Mapping”, go to the tab and click on button “Create Target mapping” present in the footer section as show in below screen.
  • Fill in the fields as shown in below screen. Make sure to have same semantic object – action combination as was used while creating tile.
  • Note the field “System Alias” which is of importance here. Based on the system alias, the host:port part of the actual environment/server url would be picked. (I have picked LOCAL here as this is the system alias pointing to my gateway)
  • In URL field you provide only the Base url which is common across all environment as show below.
  • That’s it, the target mapping for url tile is created.
  • Now get the catalog assigned to user role in gateway with help of security team,.
  • The tile should be now visible under created catalog in FLP (Fiori Launchpad).

 

 

3. Access Tile in Fiori Launchpad : Access to GATEWAY in Dev. environment by opening a web browser and go to the following URL:

http://host name: port/sap/bc/ui2/flp   or (/ui2/flp)

  • Once FLP is loaded, goto “App Finder” under me area.
  • Search for the created catalog.
  • The new tile created should be available under this catalog with name provided in designer.
  • Add the tile under your desired group.
  • Go to FLP content area, select group under which tile is added, and you should see the Tile.
  • Click on tile and it should launch the corresponding url pointing to current environment (Dev) host address.

Once the changes (Catalog/Role) are transported to other environments( i.e. QAS/PROD), no changes are needed in tile/target mapping if the same system alias is being used, and the url tile would work as expected (i.e. pointing to correct host).

 

Note: Don’t forget to create a Customizing Transport request in Dev. gateway system and assign in Launchpad Designer. Once the changes are assigned in TR we can transport the same to other environments (QAS/PROD).

 

Fiori Fun at work!

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  • Thanks Rakesh! It’s a particularly useful technique for those wanting to create tiles or links to SaaS cloud-based applications such as SAP Concur, SAP Ariba, SAP SuccessFactors, etc.

    And it works just as well for 3rd party & partner apps offering different environments for test versus production.

    Thanks so much for blogging!

    Jocelyn