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Planned SAP Fiori tools will simplify SAP Fiori elements development – call for beta

**** June 23, 2020 update ****

SAP Fiori tools is now available. Thank you to all our beta testers for their valuable feedback.

https://blogs.sap.com/2020/06/22/sap-fiori-tools-is-generally-available.-increase-the-efficiency-of-developing-sap-fiori-elements-apps/

**** end of update ****

 

*** Feb 6, 2020 update ***
The beta program is currently full. Thank you to everyone in the community that expressed interest in participating. We look forward to incorporating your feedback into the version of SAP Fiori tools that we release to the market.
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Original post follows:

Over the past couple of years, we have received lots of feedback from customers, partners, and internal SAP developers on SAP Fiori elements. In response to the general sentiment that people liked it but wanted better documentation, more in-app help, and ways to streamline development, we have started working on a new solution called SAP Fiori tools. We showed a preview at SAP TechEd in Bangalore (wait a few seconds for the recording to jump to the demo in the keynote).

SAP Fiori tools accelerates app development

SAP Fiori tools is a collection of productivity tools that will make software developers more efficient when developing SAP Fiori apps. We are planning to deliver SAP Fiori tools as a Visual Studio Code extension or SAP Business Application Studio plug-in. If you are creating software in one of those development environments, SAP Fiori tools provides shortcuts to common functions involved in writing or modifying SAP Fiori apps.

 

SAP Fiori tools is designed to further increase the development efficiency of building SAP Fiori elements applications. By leveraging the key concepts of the metadata driven UI development, we expect SAP Fiori tools will reduce development time and cut maintenance costs. Our plan is that SAP Fiori tools will cover all the stages of SAP Fiori app development.

Our development teams are working on these components:

  • Requirements Gathering: Supports requirement definition with feasibility checks for compatibility with SAP Fiori elements
  • Project Generator: Creates the project environment for development
  • Guided Development: Provides step-by-step development instructions and generates code snippets in-line
  • Service Modeler: Visualizes service entities, relations, properties, and annotations
  • Application Modeler: Model the structure of the application: pages, properties, and navigation
  • XML Annotation Language Server: Delivers a language server protocol for EDMX annotations with code completion, micro-snippets, and diagnostics
  • Usage Tracking: Supports continuous improvement of the tool and apps

 

These pieces will guide developers through the full development cycle.

We just started testing SAP Fiori tools

Some of our internal developers have been testing early prototypes of SAP Fiori tools. We have integrated their feedback and are currently packaging a version that we can share with selected customers and partners as part of a closed beta program. There are a few spots remaining for people with:

  • Some SAP Fiori app development experience
  • Basic understanding of OData services
  • Some knowledge of annotations
  • Access to Visual Studio Code (for the initial phase of testing)

Next steps

  • Watch the preview demo from SAP TechEd Bangalore
  • Sign up for our SAP Fiori tools beta program (limited space available), if you have the prerequisites listed above – you can post your interest as a comment to this blog or email me
  • Stay tuned for an update (and possibly some more demos) at SAPPHIRE

For the SAP UX Engineering team, Peter Spielvogel.

 

This blog contains forward-looking statements. It is not a commitment by SAP to deliver any specific functionality by any specific date. We reserve the right to change our plans for any reason at any time.

 

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      Author's profile photo Lech Dzierzawski
      Lech Dzierzawski

      Hello

      I'm interested in participation in the beta program.

      Thank you

      Lech

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Lech,

      Thanks for your interest in the SAP Fiori tools beta program. Can you please email me so we can send you a short questionnaire to qualify you?

      Thanks and regards,

      Peter

      Author's profile photo Jorg Thuijls
      Jorg Thuijls

      Hello, I can help you test this

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Jorg,

      Thanks for your interest in the SAP Fiori tools beta program. Can you please email me so we can send you a short questionnaire to qualify you?

      Thanks and regards,

      Peter

      Author's profile photo Mahesh Kumar Palavalli
      Mahesh Kumar Palavalli

      Hi Peter Spielvogel,

      This is really a great news, especially the testing part with customers and partners. I’ve been waiting to try these tools for quite some time ? I am interested to test this out ?

      Thanks,

      Mahesh

      Author's profile photo Leo van Hengel
      Leo van Hengel

      Hi Peter,

      This is very interesting. I would like to participate in the beta.

      Leo

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Leo,

      Thanks for your interest in the SAP Fiori tools beta program. Can you please email me so we can send you a short questionnaire to qualify you?

      Thanks and regards,

      Peter

      Author's profile photo Douglas Cezar Kuchler
      Douglas Cezar Kuchler

      Hi Peter, thanks for sharing such good news!

       

      Please add me to the beta program if you still have a spot available.

       

      Thanks a lot and Best regards,

      Douglas

      Author's profile photo Vimal Mohan Jain
      Vimal Mohan Jain

      Hi Peter,

      I would like to be part of the beta program, if you still have a spot available.

      Thanks,

      Vimal

      Author's profile photo Maheshchandra VVNS
      Maheshchandra VVNS

      HI Peter,

      i would like to be part of this beta program,Could you include me as well.

       

      Thanks,
      Mahesh

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Mahesh,

      Thanks for your interest in the SAP Fiori tools beta program. Can you please email me (standard firstname dot lastname at sap dot com) so we can send a short questionnaire to qualify you?

      Thanks and regards,

      Peter

      Author's profile photo Dheeram Kallem
      Dheeram Kallem

      Hi Peter,

       

      I'm interested in validating and using SAP Fiori Tools. Can you please include me in this beta program?

       

      Thanks,

      Dheeram

      Author's profile photo RA Eijpe
      RA Eijpe

      Hi Peter,

      Count me in. I'm just finished our Fiori Element course/workshop on top of S/4HANA and SAP ABAP Cloud.

      Robert Eijpe

       

      Author's profile photo Fabio Pagoti
      Fabio Pagoti

      Hello Peter. Great news.

      Please add me in the beta program.

      Is there any plan to enable such features on Web IDE FullStack or enable a deploy from VS Code to an on-premise ABAP system?

      Regards,

      Author's profile photo Yuval Anafi
      Yuval Anafi

      Hi Fabio,

      The tools will be delivered together with  SAP Business Application Studio , which is the successor of SAP Web IDE.

      Cheers, Yuval

      Author's profile photo Fabio Pagoti
      Fabio Pagoti

      However SAP Business Application Studio is only offered in CF environment and it's not available in trial accounts. It feels like not everything which is in Web IDE today will be migrated.

       

      Will it be possible in the future to do a deploy from Application Studio to an on premise system or is this a Cloud only strategy? Will SAP move all customers from Neo envionment to CF before making Application Studio the official IDE?

       

      Thanks,

      Author's profile photo Yuval Anafi
      Yuval Anafi

      Hi Fabio,

      SAP Business Application Studio will be available on Trial beginning of March.

      It is possible to deploy applications from SAP Business Application Studio to on-premise ABAP systems. Customers can continue using WebIDE and tryout AppStudio, deciding on the best timing for moving to AppStudio. Capabilities are constantly being added to Application Studio, like the Fiori tools in this blog post as an example.

       

      Thanks, Yuval

      Author's profile photo Fabio Pagoti
      Fabio Pagoti

      Thanks!

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Fabio,

      Thanks for your interest in the SAP Fiori tools beta program. Can you please email me (standard firstname dot lastname at sap dot com) so we can send you a short questionnaire to qualify you?

      Thanks and regards,

      Peter

      Author's profile photo Gregor Brett
      Gregor Brett

      Hello Peter,

       

      I would like to apply to the beta program also.

       

      Thanks,

      Gregor

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Gregor,

      Thanks for your interest in the SAP Fiori tools beta program. Can you please email me (standard firstname dot lastname at sap dot com) so we can send you a short questionnaire to qualify you?

      Thanks and regards,

      Peter

      Author's profile photo Wim Snoep
      Wim Snoep

      hi Peter, thanks for sharing, great news.

      As we are developing heavily with UI5 for several customers, and using Fiori elements where possible; I’m curious in evaluation and validating these tools.

      Please count me in into the beta program.

      Wim Snoep

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Wim,

      Thanks for your interest in the SAP Fiori tools beta program. Can you please email me (standard firstname dot lastname at sap dot com) so we can send you a short questionnaire to qualify you?

      Thanks and regards,

      Peter

      Author's profile photo Syambabu Allu
      Syambabu Allu

      Hi Peter,

      Great news .Please add me as well in the Beta Program.

      Thank you,

      Syam

      Author's profile photo Sagar Patil
      Sagar Patil

      Its great. Count me in for Beta Program. I am interested.

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Sagar,

      Thanks for your interest in the SAP Fiori tools beta program. Can you please email me (standard firstname dot lastname at sap dot com) so we can send you a short questionnaire to qualify you?

      Thanks and regards,

      Peter

      Author's profile photo AMIT GUPTA
      AMIT GUPTA

      Hello Peter

      In our team we use Fiori elements for application development  I am interested in participating in beta program

      Amit Gupta

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Amit,

      Thanks for your interest in the SAP Fiori tools beta program. Can you please email me (standard firstname dot lastname at sap dot com) so we can send you a short questionnaire to qualify you?

      Thanks and regards,

      Peter

      Author's profile photo Sébastien Wattiez
      Sébastien Wattiez

      Hello Peter,

       

      I am interesting in participating in beta program too since I saw it few months ago.

      Please let me know if there is an available slot for me.

      Thanks and regards,

      Sebastien

      Author's profile photo Tarun Jain
      Tarun Jain

      Hi Peter,

       

      I would like to be part of beta program.

       

      Thanks,

      Tarun

       

      Author's profile photo Xander Rijken
      Xander Rijken

      Pls add me to the beta program.

      Thanks!

      Xander

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Xander,

      Thanks for your interest in the SAP Fiori tools beta program. Can you please email me (standard firstname dot lastname at sap dot com) so we can send you a short questionnaire to qualify you?

      Thanks and regards,

      Peter

      Author's profile photo Noël Hendrikx
      Noël Hendrikx

      Please add me to the beta program!

       

      Thanks in advance!

       

      Noël

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Noël,

      Thanks for your interest in the SAP Fiori tools beta program. Can you please email me (standard firstname dot lastname at sap dot com) so we can send you a short questionnaire to qualify you?

      Thanks and regards,

      Peter

      Author's profile photo Felipe Renck
      Felipe Renck

      Hi Peter.

      Please add me to the beta program!

      Thanks in advance!

       

      Felipe R.

      Author's profile photo Venkatesh Manam
      Venkatesh Manam

      Hello Peter,

      I am interesting in participating in beta program, please add me

      Thanks in advance!

      Venky

      Author's profile photo Thales Batista
      Thales Batista

      Creating hopes to VSCode extension be also in final product and finally end a fight of alt-tabs unleashing VSCode git power and WebIDE annotations modeler.

      Unfortunately I can't participate in this closed beta (bad timing for me ☹️).

      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo

      I'd love to be a part of the beta as well.

      Thank you!

      Michelle

      Author's profile photo Guilherme Cardoso
      Guilherme Cardoso

      Hello Peter,

      Will be awesome to be in beta program! Please add me.

       

      Thanks in advance!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hello Peter,

      I'm interested as well in testing SAP Fiori tools.

       

      Kind regards, Nataliia Krasnonos

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      The beta program is currently full. Thank you to everyone in the community that expressed interest in participating. We look forward to incorporating your feedback into the version of SAP Fiori tools that we release to the market.

      There is a possibility that some testing slots will open later in the testing process, so let me know if you would like me to add you to the waiting list.

      Thanks and regards,
      Peter

      Author's profile photo Jagtar singh
      Jagtar singh

      Hi Peter,

      Please add me in waiting list

      Thanks in advance

       

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Jagtar,

      I have put you on the waiting list. Thanks for your interest.

      Regards,
      Peter

      Author's profile photo Mir Taher Ali
      Mir Taher Ali

      Hi Peter,

      I am interested in participating, could you please add me to the waiting list.

       

      Regards-

      Mir Taher Ali

      Author's profile photo Chintan Mukesh Shah
      Chintan Mukesh Shah

      Hi Peter,

      This is very interesting. I would like to participate in the beta.

      Regards,

      Chintan

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Jagtar,

      Thanks for your interest. I have added you to the waiting list.

      Regards,
      Peter

      Author's profile photo Sumit Kumar Kundu
      Sumit Kumar Kundu

      Hello Peter Spielvogel ,

      Is waiting list still open? Please add me, if possible.

      Regards,

      Sumit

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Sumit,

      You are on the waiting list now.

      Regards,
      Peter

      Author's profile photo Onu Onu
      Onu Onu

      Hello Peter,

       

      Is the beta testing phase still open? If yes, please add me to the list.

       

      Regards,

      Octav

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Octav,

      I have added you to the waiting list. The program is currently full.

      Regards,

      Peter

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hello Peter,

      could you please add to the waiting list as well.

       

      Regards,

      Roman

      Author's profile photo Thomas Neuhaus
      Thomas Neuhaus

      Hello Peter,

      I have costumer pilot project with prototyping sessions. The customer and me want go this way.

      Could you please add to the waiting list as well. Thank you.

      Regards,

      Thomas

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Thomas,

      SAP Fiori tools is not a successor to SAP Build.

      SAP Fiori tools helps customers (and SAP!) build SAP Fiori elements apps. One part of the solution is to validate that the requirements for the app match with what SAP Fiori elements can do. The plan is also for SAP Fiori tools to help developers gather feedback from their business team early in the process. These early-stage apps are not prototypes, but rather version 0.1 that show the basic structure and functionality. With proper validation, the dev teams can add functionality (using annotations) as they move towards the final version.

      In contrast SAP Build was a prototyping tool for building any SAP Fiori app. SAP Fiori tools is focused on creating SAP Fiori elements apps.

      If you still want to participate in the beta, please email me.

      Regards,
      Peter

      Author's profile photo Szymon Glapiak
      Szymon Glapiak

      Hi Peter

      Keith Fisher  wrote on his blogs https://blogs.sap.com/2020/02/04/sap-build-sunset-faq/ " We are also introducing a new solution, SAP Fiori tools, that will combine requirements-gathering, prototyping, project generation and service and application modelling. " . Currently based on your entry I see that SAP Fiori tools  will not cover this part of the design application. Miss I something ?

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Szymon,

      Perhaps it's a matter of semantics. If I think of a prototype, I see an early version used to gauge interest - consider a concept car. In software, many prototypes are quick models that are used to gather feedback and then discarded as the final version of the application is built. With SAP Fiori tools, our intention is to make it easy to build a functional early version, potentially with mock data, that you can iterate with your users as you move closer to the version that goes into production. The difference is that we are not creating anything that is thrown away during the process.

      We are starting a CEI during the summer to gather customer feedback on when and how they gather and integrate feedback during the development process. Please be on the lookout on our customer influence site: https://influence.sap.com/
      The outcome of this study will influence our development direction on this topic.

      Regards,
      Peter

      Author's profile photo Peter Matthews
      Peter Matthews

      Hello Peter,

      Please add me to the waiting list as well.

      Thank you.

      Regards,

      Pete

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Peter,

      As we are getting close to our general availability date later this quarter, we will not be adding any new beta customers. The good news is that you will be able to try the software in several weeks.

      Regards,
      Peter

      Author's profile photo Javier Pierini
      Javier Pierini

      Hello, has the Fiori Tools extensions for Visual Studio Code been released? Are GA ?

      Cordially,

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Javier,

      Our plan is by the end of this month. I will be posting a new blog with product details (and how to download) when the solution is generally available.

      Regards,

      Peter

      Author's profile photo Sarayu Shree
      Sarayu Shree

      Hello,

      I would like to join SAP Fiori tools beta program. Please add me to it

      sarayushree15@gmail.com

      Author's profile photo Peter Spielvogel
      Peter Spielvogel
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Sarayu,

      Thanks for your interest. No need to join the beta program, as the product is now available to everyone.

      https://blogs.sap.com/2020/06/22/sap-fiori-tools-is-generally-available.-increase-the-efficiency-of-developing-sap-fiori-elements-apps/

      Regards,
      Peter