The SAP Fiori Launchpad in SAP Business Client
The solution to integrate SAP GUI for Windows transactions with the FLP
Latest Update March 2022: Re Differences between FLP stand-alone in browser vs. FLP in SAP Business Client (FLP connection) – upcoming version 8.0 of SAP Business Client will offer inplace-navigation.
There are customers with SAP Expert Users who want to use SAP GUI for Windows transaction with an SAP Fiori launchpad (FLP) as the entry point. This might be their first step towards the SAP Fiori User Experience, and it can be achieved using the SAP Business Client with the SAP Fiori launchpad connection (available with version 6.0* and higher).
*6.0 and 6.5=out of support. 7.70 is the current version (released Q1 2021)
Figure 1: FLP running in SAP Business Client 7.70 with Theme Quartz Light
One single entry point
- No inconsistency due to the “human integrator” copying data from one client to another
Various UI technologies in one shell
- Building a bridge between established and new UI technologies
- Working with native SAP GUI for Windows transactions*
- Specific shell functions, such as search, system information, default connection, application search via quick launch, enter transaction code directly into quick launch.
- Quick launch in the Fiori launchpad connection: Once the backend connection is established, transactions and side panels can be launched directly from the SAP Business Client Quick Launch (ICF nodes for BC must be activated).
*Many customers want to reside on native SAP GUI for Windows transaction for various reasons, such as: Office integration, Business Explorer, special controls such as ABAP Editor or APOGrid, transactions might not be available as SAP Fiori Apps or Web GUI.
- Side panels are available for SAP GUI transactions
Improved User Experience
- Harmonization: different types of apps – similar look and feel with or without Fiori features depending on system, S/4HANA or other SAP products.
There are back-end dependencies for the full usage of the Fiori Launchpad connection which is related to SAP Fiori launchpad resources on the Fiori launchpad / frontend server. To be able to render transactions with SAP GUI for Windows, the ABAP front-end server requires at least User Interface Add-On 2.0 SP01 for SAP NetWeaver or component SAP_UI 750 SP01.
- Within SAP Business Client, classic Dynpro applications (aka SAP GUI transactions) open with SAP GUI for Windows
- Within SAP Business Client, the SAP GUI for Windows transaction is opened in a new tab*
- SAP Business Client offers Intent-Based Navigation for SAP GUI transactions**
- SAP Business Client consumes the theme selected in SAP Fiori launchpad
*This might be different compared to SAP Fiori launchpad running in a standalone browser (here, in-place navigation might occur). With the upcoming version of SAP Business Client 8.0 (planned for Q1, 2023 inplace-navigation will be offered incl. SAP GUI for Windows transactions)
**The Fiori navigation concept – intent-based navigation (IBN) – can also be integrated into classic Dynpro applications using an ABAP API. Therefore, you need:
- SAP Business Client 6.5 PL5 or higher
- SAP GUI for Windows 7.50 PL4 or higher
- Application system: SAP_UI 752 or higher, or SAP NWBC ABAP Runtime Patch 57 (2433839) or higher, or support packages mentioned in this Note
More information see: Legacy Navigation to IBN
- Fixed Homepage in SAP Business Client (the tab acts as a container to get all the relevant FLP information; therefore you cannot close or pin that tab)
- Co-Pilot will not be available for native SAP GUI transactions
For the general server configuration, you must, for example, enable HTTP(S) communication, support SSL and SNC, authentication. Please check the SAP Business Client Set-Up document on our SAP Community Page, Chapter 5.
What must I do to navigate from a tile in my FLP launchpad to an SAP GUI for Windows transaction or a WDA app?
Systems on which the FLP is running and systems on which your applications are stored may be different. For this reason, you need to define remote function call (RFC) destinations from the ABAP front-end server to the ABAP back-end system(s).
Two connection types are necessary:
Type 3 and type H
Note: No RFC calls are executed at runtime and only some of the RFC destination settings are evaluated.
To call the specified remote system, the system alias references the RFC connection which have been defined according to the naming conventions.
You enter the system alias* into the target mapping configuration of the Fiori launchpad designer. Target mapping is part of the SAP Fiori launchpad configuration. It defines the target application, which is launched when clicking on a tile, on a link or within an app-to-app navigation.
*You cannot create several RFC connections with the same name; you must, therefore, reference the system alias.
You can specify the system alias via SPRO=> /UI2/GW_SYS_ALIAS
Figure 2: Define System Alias via SPRO
Use the Fiori launchpad designer to configure the target mappings.
The designer can be launched with the following URL:
Or using transaction
Figure 3: Start Fiori Launchpad Designer via SPRO
Everything you need to know about the FLP designer can be found here:
Figure 5: FLP designer – Enter System Alias for SAPGUI Transaction
For further questions regarding the target mapping, please read the following blog by Carola Steinmaier: Simplification of Target Mapping
Reference by System ID and Client (System ID in Origin Segment Parameter)
Classic SAP Technologies (Trust Relationships between SAP Systems)
To work with Side Panels, the ICF node for the SAP BC runtime must be activated:
Please also check the SAP Business Client Set-Up document on our SAP Community Page, Chapter 5.
SAP Fiori UX integration
Support for Fiori3: Quartz themes
Hybrid scenario: Run S/4HANA Cloud and on-premise systems in SAP BC
Microsoft Edge: Microsoft’s new browser control based on Chromium, can alternatively be used in SAP BC
Run central Fiori launchpad in SAP BC
The central Fiori launchpad shall be exposed in SAP BC. Whenever there is a navigation to a transaction running in an on-prem system, the transaction shall be rendered with SAP GUI for Windows, otherwise with SAP GUI for HTML embedded in the FLP context.
 Quartz will be available with the next major release 2020