Fiori for S/4HANA – Upgrading from Fiori 2.0 to Fiori 3 for SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1908 and SAP S/4HANA 1909 Users
So you are using the latest and greatest SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1908 or SAP S/4HANA 1909 and are wondering where some of your familiar Fiori launchpad features have gone? You will find out where they are and why they moved in this summary.
Typically you will move from Fiori 2.0 design to Fiori 3 design when you have:
- Transitioned to the latest SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1908 release, or
- Upgraded from SAP S/4HANA release 1610, 1709, or 1809 to SAP S/4HANA 1909, or
- Converted from a SAP Business Suite or Suite on HANA system using SAP Fiori launchpad to SAP S/4HANA.
That also means you have upgraded from Fiori 2.0 design to the first steps into Fiori 3 design, and some of your familiar Fiori launchpad features have moved! So this is a quick guide to explain what has changed and why.
If you have only have time for a quick where-is-it-now summary, look through the Cheat Sheet Version section. If you want to know more about why things have changed and get a few “worth knowing” tips to help you make the most of your Fiori 3 user experience, keep reading through to the end of the blog.
TIP: If your administrator has configured the out-of-the-box User Assistance content for your version then this includes help on the changes – just press the ? icon on your Fiori launchpad to access the help.
Cheat Sheet Version
Theme (Colours) – These are now mostly a neutral grey – called Quartz. The mostly blue Belize theme still exists and you can still use it if you want. You can change the theme in your Settings.
Going to Home – use the Logo in the header bar to get back to the Home page at any time.
App Title button in the header bar has moved from the middle to the left hand side of the header, just to the right of the logo. You can use it to get to all your apps just as in 1709 and 1809.
Settings and other Personalization options – Have moved from a Me Area viewport on the left to a User Actions menu towards the right of the top header.
Notifications – Have moved from a viewport on the right to a dialog popup towards the right in the top shell bar
User Assistance – Has moved to a vertical sidebar on the right.
Fiori 2.0 to Fiori 3 – understanding what’s changed and why
One of the central motivations of Fiori 3 was the development of a design that could be adopted across all products at SAP leading to a more consistent and integrated experience across the entire portfolio – so as to provide a consistent user experience across the various SAP products (both on-premise and SAP Cloud solutions) that an end user needs to work with. Many of the design changes were motivated by this goal.
To ensure this, SAP Fiori 3 has been designed and developed jointly with all product design teams. Some common rules have been agreed upon and are planned to be followed across all products such as the consistent use of the new theme and shell bar, but also more detailed aspects like a consistent iconography, terminology or placement of common actions across all products – so that your end users have a better user experience overall, not just for SAP S/4HANA or SAP S/4HANA Cloud.
Default colours have changed from Belize (blue) to Quartz (grey)
With Fiori 2.0, the main theme was called Belize, which was mostly blue came in a light and dark mode. Belize light example:
With Fiori 3, the Quartz Theme has been added, which is mostly grey and more neutral.
The new Quartz theme is even more neutral giving focus to the app and making it a little easier for you to adjust it quickly to your corporate theme.
- The main theme of Fiori 2 Belize theme is still supported, along with High Contrast Black and High Contrast White.
- You can still use UI Theme Designer to create custom themes based on Quartz, Belize, High Contrast Black and High Contrast White, e.g. so you can change the logo to your corporate logo. Note: yes that is correct, custom themes can be created from High Contrast Black and White as of UI Theme Designer
- A dark Quartz theme is planned for later in Fiori 3
Note: UI Theme Designer is delivered as part of your SAP S/4HANA solution.
Getting back to the Home page via the Logo
With Fiori 2.0, when you are on the Fiori launchpad Home page you saw the Home button in the middle of the header and the Logo towards the left. The Home button would get you to all your apps, and the Logo towards the left did … nothing, i.e. the logo was decorative.
When you are in an app, the App Title button is shown in the middle of the header and the Logo is shown towards the left. The App Title button displays the name of the current app. Clicking on the App title button gave you the option of going back to the Home Page or getting to any other app, and the Logo shown towards the left did …nothing, it was just decoration. You could also get back to the Home page or any other app through the App Title button.
Selecting the Logo icon takes you to the Home page.
The App Title button is now towards the left and still gives you access to your Home page or any of your apps.
- It makes better use of the space, as the Logo needs to be there for legal/corporate reasons and was previously a purely decorative item.
- It simplifies the header and aligns to Cloud Solutions.
- Plus the Home icon itself did not work so well for all cultures. A western image of a suburban house perhaps does not fit other house styles, or those who have only ever known apartment buildings.
Your Fiori launchpad Administrator can change what users can access via the App Title by adjusting the Fiori Launchpad Configuration parameters (such as NAVIGATION_ALLMYAPPS, NAVIGATION_ALLMYAPPS_SHOWHOMEPAGEAPPS, and NAVIGATION_ALLMYAPPS_SHOWCATALOGAPPS).
These can be configured globally for all users or for specific business roles.
Personalization has moved from Me Area viewport to User Actions menu
Clicking on the person icon on the top left took you to the Me Area viewport where all your personalization options and app-specific settings, and (my personal favourite) the support lifesaver About icon.
Me Area options have moved to the User Actions menu available towards the right of the header menu.
- Settings are always available and a little easier to find.
- Reduced animations make it easier for some users who are motion-sensitive, or where network bandwidth is poor, and on low-end devices.
Your Fiori launchpad Administrator can configure additional options such as Contact Support and Give Feedback.
You can even add custom options and plug-ins. Find out how in the Fiori Launchpad Administration Guide > Configuring the launchpad.
The Notifications viewport has moved to a dialog popup
Fiori 2.0: Notifications appeared in a right hand viewport.
Fiori 3: Notifications appear in a right hand dialog popup from the Fiori launchpad header
- Reduced animations make it easier for some users and on certain devices.
- Later in the Fiori 3 journey, it is planned that Notifications will be provided from multiple systems – including both on premise and Cloud solutions.
You can promote or hide notifications by type in your Settings.
User Assistance Help
User Assistance help appeared as a horizontal overlay bar.
User Assistance help now appears as a vertical sidebar on the right.
- Reduces need to open and close the help as it no longer obscures part of the app.
You can configure the correct help against your launchpad. Refer to the UI Technology guide for your version.
If you want to extend the provided help you can do that with SAP Enable Now
What else is new with Fiori 3 in SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1908 & SAP S/4HANA 1909
One of the new options available with Fiori 3 i.e. SAPUI5 1.65 is the option to create custom cards for the Fiori launchpad.
A number of customers and partners have already been experimenting with this on the SAP Cloud Platform where this feature has been available since May 2019.
No cards have been delivered as content yet with SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1908 and SAP S/4HANA 1909 FPS00, however we plan to deliver some in future releases and feature pack stacks.
Fiori design guidance currently only envisages placing cards on home pages, not within Fiori apps.
Find out more about Fiori 3 in these excellent blogs and videos:
First parts of SAP Fiori 3 available with SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1908 by Fiori guru Tom Reiss
and Get Ready for SAP Fiori 3 by Margot Wollny
Becoming a SAP Fiori for SAP S/4HANA guru
You’ll find much more on our SAP Fiori for SAP S/4HANA wiki
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