Did you notice the first steps of SAP Fiori 3 in your SAP Fiori launchpad?
If you are running your SAP Fiori launchpad on SAP Cloud Platform on the newest SAPUI5 release (previously called Innovation version), you might have noticed that it has suddenly changed its look. What has happened?
Basically, this is the first step of the SAP Fiori 3 implementation in the SAP Fiori launchpad. SAP Fiori 3 is the new target design for all SAP products to enable the Intelligent Suite. On the long run, it is planned to provide more information on the home pages than the tiles are currently able to convey and to enable a deeper integration of machine intelligence and natural language interaction, while its first steps provide more consistency over all SAP products. To learn more about it, please check out SAP Fiori – How it started and where it is going and the Thomas Reiss’ great blog on the first parts of Fiori 3 available for web developers.
So, what has changed in the launchpad homepage? First of all, you will notice the new shell header bar where e.g. the user icon has moved from the left to the right of the screen. The new bar replaces the viewport in Fiori 2.0 that so far hosted the Me Area on the left and the notifications panel on the right.
Based on user feedback, we have optimized the homepage view by removing the option to have a fixed preview of notifications. From SAPUI5 1.65 on, you can access the Notification Center in an overlay area that pops up when you click the notifications icon, and in the same way, you find all functionality that you could manage in the Me Area so far when clicking the user icon now.
With the removal of the fixed preview, also the corresponding user setting “Show Preview in Home Page” is no longer offered in the Notification area. Nevertheless, the option to show high priority alerts via a banner on the right-hand corner of the home page for a short period of time is still available.
In addition, since May 23rd the new SAP Quartz Light theme has become available as of SAPUI5 version 1.65. The more neutral Quartz theme aims to give application content the center stage. As it is simple and minimalistic, it will also make it easy for customers to theme it to their brand.
Administrators can find it in Theme Manager and users can directly assign it via the Appearance section in the user settings, if theme personalization is enabled in the site.
There are some additional minor changes:
- The logo on the left side of the shell header can now be used from everywhere to navigate back to the launchpad home page. In return, the home icon has disappeared from the header.
- The app name display has moved away from the middle of the header, as this is the place where the co-pilot icon is planned to be located in all SAP applications. It is now located on the left next to the logo and can still be used to open the All My Apps screen, if this is enabled in the site settings.
How about SAP Fiori launchpad on ABAP?
With SAP S/4HANA 1909 and SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1908, the updated shell header bar, the SAP Quartz Light theme are also planned to be available to customers running SAP Fiori launchpad on ABAP.
Hope that was useful. Stay tuned for more SAP Fiori launchpad news!
Thanks Sibylle Brehm for providing some more detail around the Fiori 3 functionality with respect to the Fiori Launchpad. The 2 additional minor changes you have highlighted are really good changes. The Home text was annoying to alot of customers and was not an easy thing to get rid of so this is good. Allowing users to jump back to the Home page when the logo is clicked is also good. Assuming this goes for any company logos that are added here??
I have checked out the Quartz light theme - I do like the minimalistic nature of it. Will other versions of the Quartz theme be created - e.g. Quartz Dark theme and if so when is the timing likely to be?
Thanks again for sharing this info!
yes, sure, the link to home will also be available for any company logos. As the name Quartz Light suggests, a Quartz Dark theme is planned for a later point in time, but I cannot give you any date for that currently.
Thanks for sharing the information.
In context to the new shell bar, if we have written custom Launchpad plugins earlier, will those be applicable to the Fiori 3 shell bar.
For example, launchpad plugin to enhance the Settings feature to change the Store location so that the apps are fetching data in context to the selected store.
I've converted our Fiori 2.0 FLP's (that contained Shel plugins) to Fiori 3.0 and they are in tact so they apply to the new Fiori 3 shell bar as well.
The appearance now adheres more to other popular web application frameworks.
Thanks for that information.
At the end you state some aspects will become available to customers running the Launchpad on ABAP. Are there any more details on that? Expected timings, versions (i.e. ECC 6.00, or just S/4H), etc?
Please see Thomas Reiss' blog on this topic: https://blogs.sap.com/2019/09/20/first-parts-of-sap-fiori-3-available-for-on-premise-customers-sap-s4hana-and-sap-business-suite/