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User Experience Integration #SAP User Group Webcast Recap

This was a public webcast from the SAP User Group yesterday; presenter was SAP’s Thomas Hensel

As always, the legal disclaimer applies; things in the future are subject to change.

I was also a few minutes late so I may be missing some slides

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This is the challenge; how to logon centrally with so many SAP applications

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Fiori launchpad – in addition to entry page, overview pages, dashboards, floor plans, list
drill down to more specific area
New Fiori 3 look and feel

With S/4HANA, you may end up in one of the classic transactions

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Hopefully you have seen
Modern launchpad
different types of apps can be launched

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SAP deployment recommendations – link is here
How to set up system landscape
Fiori technology stack is becoming more integrated
More embedded experience, out of the box
Standard recommendations
Embedded manor

The more systems in landscape, more entry points, need a way to bring them together

In past, was FES – dedicated box, still true, still possible
When look at S/4HANA, each S/4HANA system comes with embedded Fiori Launchpad

SAP working on central entry point, on cloud foundry, SAP Cloud Platform environment
How those things come together

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High level positioning
2 dimensions
Entry point for single/multiple system
Need one central entry point

If start with S/4HANA, regular Fiori launchpad is embedded, this is recommendation

If have multiple systems in landscape (on-premise) – SAP Enterprise Portal (not strategic, still available) and FES Hub option – for Business Suite systems and 1 S/4HANA system
In grey – available, not strategic

Cloud – upper left – product entry pages, SuccessFactors, cloud solution needs home page

SAP Fiori Launchpad on SCP, based on the portal service, evolve through Fiori Launchpad solution – an approach if interested in cloud entry point

SAP Gui and NWBC – still available

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Different deployment options, different ways to set it up

Different tools available for each of the stacks

SCP – Configuration Cockpit NEO

His recommendation – where put development – ABAP tools for local environment and in cloud it is the Cloud Foundry environment

NEO and Java stack – moderate investment

Establishing a central launchpad on SAP Cloud Platform (section)

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Bring together the different services from the different repositories under one common home page
Needs to be structured in way that suits user’s job functions

Central services – inbox, user help, search

Single sign-on – want to avoid the user having to re-authenticate

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Team working on integration capabilities
How app should be launched – tab, browser, tile (card)

Good SSO solution

Role information used consistently, and reused

With a central entry point, personalize it to your style and language – themes, propagate to target application

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Self contained – operate in regular manner, only on top have SCP (Cloud Foundry) with central launchpad, residing and running in backend system

Easy to configure with wizards in the cloud

Establish common data model (CDM) – expose structure from content providers in unified manner, make available to central launchpad

Manual integration of single apps and advanced using CDM

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Use cloud connectors from launchpad to backend
With SuccessFactors use standard connectivity between cloud solutions

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CLP available on cloud foundry environment, available since SAP TechEd last year
Can try in trial environment

Release Notes


Road map

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Where stand today – available on trial
In next couple of weeks, plan to do validation on Business Suite backend system
Plan to integrate with Business Client
Administration – dynamic, custom tiles, to extend out of the box scope

Second half of year – integrate with enterprise portal
Central inbox is in box, plan to be ready in Q3
Federate tasks and workflows into one inbox

Plan for integration for translations (integration hub)

End of year (SAP TechEd season) – integrate visualization

He recommends getting yourself familiar with Cloud Foundry, cloud connectors, start

Q: can we get the Fiori apps usage by user?
A: Top requested metrics, look into it.

Q: Will Fiori apps work on mobile?
A: They are adaptive
Don’t recommend Fiori client as a separate client

What do you think?

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      Author's profile photo Shai Sinai
      Shai Sinai

      Thanks for sharing.

      In case someone is interested, the record webinar can be found at

      Author's profile photo Mel Calucin
      Mel Calucin

      Any news on better integration with SAP Analytics Cloud?



      Mel Calucin

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Mel Calucin

      Thank you for asking/commenting

      I don't know; I recommend joining the askSAP call next week to ask SAP this question - Register here

      Author's profile photo Mel Calucin
      Mel Calucin


      Thanks.  I registered.

      I found this blog  which has this Youtube demo

      It would be great to have the "Manage KPI and Reports" Fiori app such that it works with BW/4HANA  or any InA datasource and not just for S/4HANA.

      Which SAP group would be responsible for creating this generic version of the “Manage KPIs and Reports” Fiori app?  Would it be the Fiori team?  The SAC team?  Or BW team?

      Thanks again.


      Mel Calucin



      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Mel,

      I am not sure.

      I am paging Jocelyn Dart to see if she knows which team....

      Thanks for registering.

      Author's profile photo Mel Calucin
      Mel Calucin



      Author's profile photo Jocelyn Dart
      Jocelyn Dart

      Hi Mel,

      Currently Manage KPI and Reports is available for SAP S/4HANA solutions - both on premise (from 1909) and cloud.

      Yes I know who owns these and will advise them of your suggestion

      Thanks for making the suggestion!


      Author's profile photo Mel Calucin
      Mel Calucin

      Hi Jocelyn,

      Is Idea Place something that is available that I can put this in?



      Mel Calucin



      Author's profile photo Jocelyn Dart
      Jocelyn Dart

      Hi Mel

      Ok so the product owners tell me this has already been suggested and is not currently possible

      For more details of the current situation refer to SAP Note 2547185 - Smart Business KPI cannot be created using a BW query from a BW system

      However they are very interested in the suggestion and want to think about how this might be achieved over the medium to long term.

      If you have any further details or thoughts on how you would like this to work please reach out to me over email ( and I will pass it on.  E.g. What sort of systems? What sort of use cases? What do you see as the business value/impact. Anything like that would be useful.

      Thanks again