SAP Fiori deployment options and SAP Fiori front-end server strategy – UPDATE 2023
**This blog post is updated on March 2023 **
Update March 2023: Release of SAP Fiori front-end server 2022 to deploy with SAP S/4HANA 1809/1909 to support the extended maintenance of SAP S/4HANA.
Update February 2023: Release of SAP Fiori front-end server 2022 for SAP S/4HANA SP01 which includes SAPUI5 1.108 as long-term maintenance version and a short heads-up on the planned support of the extended maintenance of SAP S/4HANA 1809/1909.
Update October 2022: Release of SAP Fiori front-end server 2022 for SAP S/4HANA
This blog post delivers a short summary of the different SAP Fiori front-end server versions and the related deployment options. For more details, please check the document SAP Fiori deployment options and system landscape recommendations.
SAP Fiori front-end server 6.0 is a long-term, stable UI technology foundation for SAP Fiori apps of SAP Business Suite and SAP S/4HANA systems, see also blog post. The end of maintenance of SAP Fiori FES 6.0 (end of 2027/30) relates directly to the maintenance period of SAP Business Suite.
SAP Fiori front-end server 6.0 and the predecessor versions can be deployed embedded or as a standalone server/hub for SAP S/4HANA and SAP Business Suite systems. The embedded deployment for SAP S/4HANA systems is the recommended setup. The standalone server deployment for SAP S/4HANA systems is mainly used by customers due to security aspects for external access scenarios.
In addition, for SAP Business Suite systems, the SAP Fiori front-end server can serve as central hub to offer a single entry point to multiple systems. This is not possible for an SAP S/4HANA system landscape, because of the version dependencies of the SAP Fiori UI components and backend versions.
The SAP Fiori front-end server versions up to 6.0 support all SAP S/4HANA and SAP Business Suite releases, down to SAP NetWeaver 7.40 based installations. This enables customers to consume new UI technology innovations by a selective upgrade of the SAP Fiori front-end server without touching the backend components.
SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 for SAP S/4HANA (SAP FES 2020) was initially dedicated to the SAP S/4HANA product. Due to mandatory legal requirements related to accessibility, also SAP Business Suite apps are released for SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 as of SP01. This allows customers to reach accessibility compliance for SAP Business Suite apps by using the new SAP Fiori front-end server version as a central hub or standalone server.
SAP Fiori front-end server 2021 for SAP S/4HANA (SAP FES 2021) has the same deployment recommendations as the predecessor versions (embedded for SAP S/4HANA systems, hub deployment for Business Suite). FES 2021 does not support IE11 browser any more.
See also SAP note 3050199.
SAP Fiori front-end server 2022 for SAP S/4HANA (SAP FES 2022) has the same deployment recommendations as the predecessor versions (embedded or standalone FES server for SAP S/4HANA systems, hub deployment for Business Suite). The end of maintenance of SAP FES 2022 is aligned with the maintenance period of SAP S/4HANA 2022 (end of year 2027).
See also SAP note 3191581.
SAP FES 2020 contains the software components SAP_UI 7.55 (including SAPUI5 version 1.84 as long-term maintenance version) and UIBAS001 600.
SAP FES 2021 contains the software components SAP_UI 7.56 (including SAPUI5 1.96 as long-term maintenance version) and UIBAS001 700.
SAP FES 2022 contains software components SAP_UI 7.57 (including SAPUI5 1.108 as long-term maintenance version) and UIBAS001 757.
For more information on planned support packages please refer to Schedule for maintenance deliveries.
SAP FES 2020 can be used for the SAP S/4HANA releases: 1809, 1909 and 2020 and for SAP Business Suite systems. Lower SAP S/4HANA releases are not supported.
Please note, that there are restrictions regarding the compatibility of UIBAS001 600 apps/components with S/4HANA 1809/1909, see SAP note 2436567.
To resolve this, you can keep the UIBAS001 version to 500 while upgrading SAP_UI to 7.55 during an upgrade to FES 2020 in an SAP S/4HANA 1809 or 1909 installation. For more details, see SAP note 2217489.
SAP FES 2021 supports the S/4HANA releases: 1909, 2020, 2021 and SAP Business Suite systems. There are restrictions regarding the compatibility of UIBAS001 700 apps/components with S/4HANA 1909/2020, see SAP note 2436567.
To resolve this, you can keep the UIBAS001 version to 500 or 600 while upgrading SAP_UI to 7.56 during an upgrade to FES 2021. For more details, see SAP note 2217489.
SAP FES 2022 supports the S/4HANA releases: 1809, 1909, 2020, 2021, 2022 and SAP Business Suite systems. There are restrictions regarding the compatibility of UIBAS001 757 apps/components with S/4HANA releases lower than 2022, see SAP note 2436567. To resolve this, you can keep the UIBAS001 version to 500, 600 or 700 while upgrading SAP_UI to 7.57 during an upgrade to FES 2022. For more details, see SAP note 2217489.
SAP FES 2022 was released also for SAP S/4HANA 1809 and 1909 to support the extended maintenance of SAP S/4HANA 1709/1809/1909 (see also SAP note 3246630).
For SAP S/4HANA 1709, the SAP FES 6.0 is the long-term maintenance front-end server version.
For SAP S/4HANA systems both deployment options – embedded and standalone FES server – are supported. The embedded deployment is the recommended one.
SAP Fiori front-end server cannot serve as central entry point (hub) to multiple S/4HANA systems, see SAP Fiori deployment options and system landscape recommendations.
For SAP Business Suite systems only the hub or standalone server deployment is supported – not the embedded deployment. This is due to the minimum SAP NetWeaver version 7.52.
As shown in the graph, you can upgrade the front-end server components without upgrading the S/4HANA product version. This is valid for the embedded and for a standalone server deployment. To resolve some dependencies of UIBAS001 600/700/757 apps to the S/4HANA backend version (see also SAP note 2436567) you can keep the UIBAS001 version according to the fitting S/4HANA backend version while upgrading the SAP_UI component (including SAPUI5) to the newer version, see SAP note 2217489.
Technically SAP Fiori front-end server as of version 2020 and higher versions require SAP NetWeaver 7.52 as the minimum release. This is required to be able to consume technology features, such as OData Version 4.0, and thus reduces technical limitations for future UI technology innovations.
For lower SAP S/4HANA releases an upgrade to the long-term maintenance version SAP Fiori front-end server 6.0 is recommended. Please refer also to this blog post.
Please note that in general SAP Fiori front-end server versions have a two-years maintenance period. Then you need to upgrade the SAP Fiori front-end server components.
SAP FES 6.0 as a long-term maintenance version is an exception. See also SAP note 2217489.
SAP FES 2022 also has a longer maintenance period until end of 2027 (aligned with SAP S/4HANA 2022) as there will be no FES delta upgrade option to SAP FES 2023, but only a full-stack SAP S/4HANA upgrade option.
SAP Fiori front-end server with SAP Business Suite – upgrade options
Remark: In case you want to have IE11 support beyond the end of maintenance of FES 2020, which is end of 2023, you should stay with SAP FES 6.0.
Strategy 2023 and future direction
To allow the consumption of newest innovations of the ABAP Platform technology stack, the version SAP Fiori front-end server 2023 for SAP S/4HANA (SAP FES 2023) is planned to be based on SAP S/4HANA Foundation 2023, which includes ABAP Platform 2023.
Please note that SAP S/4HANA Foundation 2023 will not be released as development platform succeeding SAP NetWeaver but only for specific use cases and products. Further information you will find in the respective SAP note, similar to SAP Note 3015497 for S/4HANA Foundation 2021.
For SAP S/4HANA 2023 systems both deployment options (embedded or standalone server) will be possible. But the new SAP FES 2023 version will not support lower SAP S/4HANA releases and therefore a pure FES upgrade will not be possible. This means, a full stack upgrade of the SAP S/4HANA system to release 2023 is required to get the newest UI technology innovations delivered with SAP FES 2023.
SAP Business Suite systems are still supported with FES 2023 in the hub deployment. Also in this case the SAP FES hub is based on SAP S/4HANA Foundation 2023 and thus requires a SAP HANA database.
SAP FES 2023 is planned to be the last SAP Fiori front-end server version which can be used as a hub or standalone server. Beginning with SAP S/4HANA release 2025 the embedded deployment of Fiori UIs is the only deployment option.
As a consequence this is also the last SAP Fiori front-end server version which supports Business Suite systems. SAP FES 2023 will have a long-term maintenance period until end SAP Business Suite maintenance.
Please also checkout the newest update on the SAP S/4HANA release and maintenance strategy.
SAP’s strategic direction is to evolve powerful alternatives for a SAP Fiori front-end server as a central hub or standalone server with a much lower TCO on customer-side.
A first step might be a “lean hub” where the Fiori UIs are deployed on the backend system and the “lean hub” serves as a routing component with the option to run in a different network zone for external access scenarios. Later a SAP Business Technology Platform service as the Unified Gateway could serve as a hub in future.
The front-end server hub as central entry point to multiple systems with UX integration capabilities is covered by the SAP Launchpad Service on SAP Business Technology Platform, which will further evolve over times.
SAP Fiori Deployment Options and System Landscape Recommendations
Please check out the newly updated document SAP Fiori Deployment Options and System Landscape Recommendations for more detailed information.
Schedule of maintenance deliveries: SAP FES Support Packages
Thanks for detailed explanation here.
In future upgrades with S/4HANA for example from S/4HANA 2020 to 2021, will front end server 2020 required to upgrade ? Or there will be just support package upgrade for FES components?
A new SAP S/4HANA release comes with a new SAP Fiori front-end server version as a minimum. The new SAP Fiori front-end server components, you would get with the installation of SAP S/4HANA as embedded deployment. In case of a hub deployment you would need to upgrade the SAP Fiori front-end server accordingly. But so far there are no plans/details available on a future SAP Fiori front-end server version 2021.
thank you for the update and the good overview.
Is the FES 2020 a requirement for the CDM-Integration into the Cloud Lanchpad aka cFLP? Or will this be available for older FES releases as well?
thanks for your question.
The CDM content exposure feature is planned to be delivered also with SAP Fiori front-end server (FES) 6.0 as downport.
In this case, the prerequisite for CDM integration into cFLP for SAP S/4HANA and Business Suite systems, is to upgrade the SAP Fiori front-end server components to SAP Fiori front-end server 6.0, which is the long-term maintenance release of SAP FES.
can you confirm if this response is still valid? I tried to federate S/4 HANA content from an 1909 system to a Cloud Portal (CF) Launchpad, which did not work. I opened a ticket and was told that this feature would not be supported for 1909 (which runs with a 6.0 FES).
Thanks and best regards
Thank you for the update. I also like especially the Pros and Cons for HUB architecture section in the Recommendations Document.
Thanks for your feedback.
Currently it's not planned to offer a central entry point on-premise with the desired UX integration capabilities besides the central Fiori launchpad on SAP Cloud Platform.
You could setup a dedicated front-end server where you can deploy central apps like My Inbox and custom apps or define custom Fiori launchpad content to access apps of a dedicated system or link to system-specific Fiori launchpads. But it's not a real central entry point with deeper integration of apps running on different systems.
In general there are no plans to downport new controls to lower SAPUI5 releases. New UI innovations for on-premise systems are expected to be delivered mainly with the new SAP S/4HANA releases.
Dear Carola, thanks for this insight into SAP plan's related to the Fiori FES.
Am I understanding it right, that customers who will be using the new FES 2020 as a hub, will not be able to connect this new FES 2020 to a S/4 HANA backend (e.g. 1909) and at the same time to a business suite backend (e.g. SAP ECC 6.0) ?
Consequenlty this would mean, that the hub deployment for FES 2020 does only make sense from security perspective (external access etc.) as you have mentioned previously. Any other scenarios (mixed-scenario) are not relevant/possible anymore.
Thanks for clarification.
exactly. The mixed scenario with a FES hub for an SAP S/4HANA and a business suite backend is no more supported with FES 2020.
In your Blog you write
SAP Fiori front-end server 2020/2021 for SAP S/4HANA both support SAP Business Suite systems in a hub/standalone server deployment. The scenario with a central front-end server hub with one SAP S/4HANA system and one or several SAP Business Suite systems (the so-called “mixed” scenario) is still a possible deployment option.
So whats the status in end of 2021?
There is really no note which gives a clear answer.
Even not Note 2217489 - Maintenance and Update Strategy for SAP Fiori Front-End Server
UIBAS001 500 for Business Suite and <= S4H 2019
UIBAS001 600 for S4H 2020
or is 600 downward compatible and can be used for BusinessSuite as well?
SAP Fiori front-end server 2021 still supports SAP Business Suite.
The UIBAS001 600 dependencies apply only for SAP S/4HANA applications.
Does it really mean when using sap Business Suite ERP as backend and integrated FES 6.0, there will be no upgard-possibilty. So we have to switch so s/4 hana otherwise UI 1.71.xx is the last release we could ever use? This is not soo cool *g*
Yes, new UI technology innovations for on-premise systems will come with SAP S/4HANA only. But FES6.0 will be supported until end of maintenance of SAP Business Suite. So, there is no need to upgrade, because the EOM of the FES version as before.
If you want to use new features delivered with SAP Fiori Front-end server 2020. e.g. for custom developed apps, you could deploy them on a separate FES.
just to be clear. FES 6.0 will be the last FES available for ECC 6.0 systems. so UI 1.71.xx will be the last version useable as long as we stay on FES integrated in an ECC 6.0 system, is this correct?
no good news, but anyway, we are in upgarding to s/4 hana within the next year 😉
Thank you Carola for the detailed info.
Is there any possibility of getting new Dark theme for FES 6.0 installed Business Suite ?
the Quartz Dark theme comes with SAPUI5 1.72 and therefore it's currently not included in SAP Fiori front-end server 6.0. But we are evaluating a downport of the dark theme to 1.71.
Thank you ?
Hello Mrs Steinmaier,
are any new news to this topic ?
Currently alternatives for securing the backend systems without a SAP Fiori front-end server (e.g. in the DMZ network zone) for external access scenarios are being evaluated.
We are planning to migrate from Hub to embedded and plan to run both deployments concurrently until we are sure that the hub is working fine.
We, however, have one S/4HANA system which will be the embedded system. Is it possible to have this system act as the Frontend server (Embedded) and at the same time be the backend system for the existing Hub FES?
The embedded deployment inludes that the Fiori UIs are deployed on the same system.
From the Hub you can link to the FLP or single apps of this embedded system or also can get data from it of course.
Hi Carola Steinmaier
Have a query here, we plan to connect the new s/4 hana 2020 FES(hub setup) to s/4 hana 2020 backend. Client also has CRM, SRM - Suite on Hana systems. So will we be able to connect to these systems via s/4 hana FES 2020 under the cetral hub architecture ? or have to do an embedded setup for the SOH systems.
the FES 2020 as hub cannot be used to deploy SoH apps on the same. SAP Fiori front-end server only supports S/4HANA 2020/1909/1809 systems, as described in the Blog post.
For the SoH apps, the SAP FES 6.0 is the most recent and long-term maintenance version, which can be used in an embedded or standalone server hub) deployment.
Hi Carola Steinmaier
Today I read about the new FES 2020 and the option to use it on S/4 HANA 1909 systems:
2769531 – SAP S/4HANA 1909: Release Information Note,
2919182 – SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 for SAP S/4HANA
When updating a S/4HANA 1909 Initial Stack -> S/4HANA 1909 FP03, is it advisable to upgrade from FES 6.0 to FES 2020 in an embedded S4/HANA szenario or would you recommend to do this only when upgrading to S/4 HANA 2020:
Looks like there are 2 options:
SAP FIORI FOR SAP S/4HANA 1909 [ SPS 03 (11/2020)
SAP S/4HANA 1909 [ SPS 03 (11/2020) ]
SAP FIORI FOR SAP S/4HANA 1909 [ SPS 03 (11/2020)
SAP S/4HANA 1909 [ SPS 03 (11/2020) ]
Which one is recommended? Upgrade of our S4/HANA system to S/4 HANA 2020 is probably planned 2022 or later. FES 6.0 has longterm support. FE 2020 might have some new features but is brandnew.
BTW: note 2775163 – SAP-Fiori-Frontend-Server 6.0 – General Information – SAP ONE Support Launchpad should be corrected, as actually there is still written:
SAP S/4HANA 1909 is only supported for SAP Fiori front-end server 6.0
I opened a customer message and hope this will be corrected
Thanks for your comment. In general, I would recommend to use the newest version of SAP Fiori front-end server, that means SAP Fiori front-end server 2020. Features, as e.g. Pages/Spaces in SAP Fiori launchpad are only avaialble with this newest Fiori UI technology stack.
For productive usage, we recommend to use the maintenance version (SAPUI5 1.84), which will be released with SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 Sp01 in February 2021.
Of course you can do the general upgrade right now to FES 2020 Sp00, but then you would need to upgrade to FES2020 Sp01 soon. Just to be aware.
The FES notes are always dedicated to a certain version (e.g. 5.0 or 6.0) and reflect was is available at that point in time of the release of this version. This was handled like this also for the previous FES notes. But, I get your point and will check, how we could avoid misunderstanding.
Thanks and kind regards.
Great news! Thanks for this very important update. Customers will appreciate it.
great news about FES 2020 for Business Suite. Could you please clarify?
According to the Schedules for Maintenance Deliveries SP01 of SAPUI 7.55 is already shipped and SP02 is planned for Jan 27, 2021.
The same is told here: https://sapui5.hana.ondemand.com/versionoverview.html and here https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/softwarecenter/object/0010000001645292020
SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 for S/4HANA SP01 will contain SAP_UI5 7.55 SP02.
SAP_UI5 7.55 SP01 is already included in SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 SP00, which was released in October 2020.
Thanks and kind regards
Where can I check the release schedule of the FES SPs?
the FES SP schedule is not published, yet.
Please check SAP Note 2217489, which will be enhanced by the information on the FES support packages.
For FES 2020 the following support packages are planned for this year:
can you share the reason, why SAP changed the release strategy for FES 2020 and included Business Suite again?
At first there was given the technical reason about Odata V4 support of SAP Gateway.
this is due to accessibility requirements as mentioned in the blog:
"Due to mandatory legal requirements related to accessibility, SAP will also release SAP Business Suite apps for SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 as of SP01. This allows customers to reach accessibility compliance for SAP Business Suite apps by using the new SAP Fiori front-end server version as a central hub or standalone server".
we drawn almost the same Boxes ... 😉 - Upgrade to SAP S/4HANA 2020 – time to change
Best Regards Roland
great news about FES2020 for Business Suite. Thank you very much.
Is it planed to offer support for Business Suite for the next FES releases?
Or is it not recommended to upgrad to FES2020 if we need support for the FES till 2027 for a Business Suite system?
Thanks and Regards
the final decision regarding Business Suite support for a successor version of FES2020 is still pending. But, there will be support until Business Suite EOM - either by FES2020 or a next FES version.
is there an update to this statement now that FES 2021 is released?
When looking into https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/2977715/E/diff (Version 9) one would see that support for most "business suite apps" (read product versions) came in February.
Currently FES 2021 does not support e.g. "FIORI ERP APPLICATIONS X1 1.0" when looking into the similar https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/3069754
So basically: Will there be a "part two" where the same product versions will get support for FES 2021 as there is in FES 2020 or is the current list in 3069754 final
Many thanks and kind regards
we discuss internally to upgrade an embedded FES on a S/4 HANA system or not. Because of that we notice that the EOM of the FES is not the same as the EOM of the S/4 HANA system.
S/4 HANA 2020 EOM 31.12.2025
SAP FIORI FES 2020 FOR S/4HANA EOM 31.12.2023
Is the FES2020 supported till the EOM of the s/4 hana system (31.12.2025)? Or, is it necessary that we update only the FES on the S/4 HANA 2020 system to (for example) FES2022 for support reasons?
Thanks and Regards
SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 currently has a planned end of maintenance until 31.12.2023. These are two years - similiar to the previous FES versions (except FES 6.0).
After these two years you need to upgrade the SAP Fiori front-end server version to get further support, yes.
Thanks and kind regards.
that means we must update the embedded FES in the S/4 HANA 2020 for support? And the embedded FES is not supported similar to the S/4 HANA system till 2025.
Thanks and Regards
Yes, you need to update the FES components (UI technology) to a newer version after EOM of FES 2020.
This is the standard behavior since years.
We currently have SAP S/4HANA 1709 with embedded Fiori in our landscape and we are planning a technical upgrade targeting SAP S/4HANA 2020. As understood by reading this blog and couple of SAP Notes, I cannot directly upgrade to S/4HANA 2020 as 1-step approach, rather I will have to opt for 2-step approach -
SAP S/4HANA 1709 (FES 4.0) -> SAP S/4HANA 1709 (FES6.0) -> SAP S/4HANA 2020
Please correct me if you find me wrong with my understanding.
Do I have to perform these jumps manually or SAP SUM tool does the job in single run?
Please share your thoughts.
Thanks and Regards,
in case you want to upgrade the complete SAP S/4HANA 1709 system to SAP S/4HANA 2020 including the S/4H UIs and backend, then you can do it in one step.
In case you want to keep the S/4HANA Fiori UIs and the S/4H backend on the older release and you only want to upgrade SAP Fiori front-end server components (SAP_UI and UIBAS001), then you can do the upgrade FES4.0 to FES6.0 on the S/4HANA 1709 system.
SAP Fiori for S/4HANA 1709 is not released for FES 2020.
thank you for the new FES SPS schedule site.
FES 2020 SPS 01 is planned to be available in CW08. In CW08 will the FES 2020 SPS 01 also be available for business suite?
yes, SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 Sp01 is planned to support also SAP Business Suite.
The RTC is planned for next week.
that's great news.
What are the requirements for SAP Business Suite systems?
Is FES2020 also coming for NW750 systems?
Thanks and Regards,
The minimum NW version for SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 is NW7.52. This is the reason why an embedded FES deployment is not possible for SAP Business Suite systems, see this section in the blog above:
For SAP Business Suite systems only the hub or standalone server deployment will be supported with SAP FES 2020 (as of SP01).
In case of a standalone server (or hub) deployment, the minimum SAP NetWeaver(NW) release is NW 7.52 SP06 for the initial shipment stack and NW 7.52 SP07 for FES 2020 Sp01.
thanks for recent updates!!
We have Frontend Server 6.0 in Place (hub).
What are the tech. requirements to upgrade FES 6.0 to SAP FES 2020?
(Answer from your blog: SAP NetWeaver 7.52)
I followed note 2499175 - Add. info on the update/upgrade to SAP NW AS for ABAP 7.52
but now the question is: Is it possible without HANA DB?
I will appreciate your guidance.
Kind regards, Hans-Dieter
In case of an SAP Fiori front-end server hub deployment all SAP DBs are supported: SAP MaxDB, Sybase ASE and SAP HANA.
Running SAP FIORI Fiori front-end server as an embedded deployment on your S/4HANA back-end will require SAP HANA database.
See also note 2935911
in case of FES 6.0 hub deployment with s/4HANA 2020 FPS 2 as Backend:
Is it possible to deploy Z UI5 Apps to FES 6.0 and register OData Services while
the OData Impl. resides on the s/4HANA 2020 Backend?
The OData Version should be v2 in our case and is managed by the creation of the SEGW project
on the s/4HANA 2020 backend (project type "Service with SAP annotations" - means OData v2)
- is that correct or is there odata v4 out of the box enabled? How we can set up odata v2 for this scenario?
Thanks a lot.
Kind regards, Hans-Dieter
SAP S/4HANA 2020 needs as minimum FES version SAP FES 2020 for SAP S/4HANA. You can use SAP FES 2020 with SAP S/4HANA 1909 or 1809, but not an older SAP FES version with the newest S/4HANA release.
Thank you very much for your prompt response.
Is there any (technical) reasoning behind this to axe AnyDB like DB2 for a hub deployment of FES 2020 or FES 2021?
Any plans to change that to really support AnyDB? After all FES 2020 e.g. supports say product version "FIORI ERP APPLICATIONS X1 1.0" which than contains e.g. "Approve Purchase Orders" where Fiori Apps Libary states "Databaise = AnyDB" https://fioriappslibrary.hana.ondemand.com/sap/fix/externalViewer/#/detail/Apps('F0402')/W13
Out of curiosity (read: uncertainty) we planned upgrade from an existing FES 6.0 hub on AnyDB (DB2) via Maintenance planner and that worked fine to the step where we can download the stack XML. But then again, it's the maintenance planner after all and SUM might have a totally other opinion about FES 2020 on AnyDB.
Many thanks and kind regards
The restriction to an SAP DB is related to SAP S/4HANA Fiori apps, not the SAP front-end server components itself. E.g. refer to SAP note 2935911.
That means you could install SAP FES 2020 on a hub server with DB2, but not SAP Fiori for S/4HANA on the same.
Kind regards. Carola
That's interesting. The note specifically say that for hub deployment only SAP MaxDB, Sybase ASE and SAP HANA Database are supported.
In our case we have an old classic OracleDB in a hub front-end and we decide to not migrate and stay in FES6 due to this restriction. So, if we decide to migrate, the only real implications are SAP S/4HANA Fiori apps and not the SAP front-end server components itself? I cannot see this specific detail in note 2935911 but would be real good.
SAP Note https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/2935911 describes the dependencies for the SAP Fiori for S/4HANA apps, which require an SAP DB.
SAP Note 2919182 - SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 for SAP S/4HANA describes the front-end server components, where you cannot find a restriction related to the database.
Using a SAP FES hub for Business Suite/ERP apps works with AnyDB.
Understood. Now it all makes perfect sense. Those concepts and wordings are very similar in this two SAP notes so we mix them up.
Thanks for your quick answers and your dedicated work over here 🙂
Hi Carola and all interested folks,
while it is clear now, that FES (SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 / 2021 for SAP S/4HANA) is not restricted to any database but product "SAP Fiori for S/4HANA" is restricted to SAP databases (read that again, it's also Sybase and MaxDB, not just HANA) I have that bitter feeling that SAP flexes it's muscles to (not so gently) push us to HANA
I feel that because very few will deploy an FES on say MaxDB when coming from an say Oracle DB but they eventually must deploy an HANA DB for the S4H system anyways. So they will not introduce a (third) DB system but probably stick with either an embedded deployment on S4H or moving the FES to HANA.
The "bitter" part about that is that it does not seem to be a technical restriction to only support SAP DBs for product "SAP Fiori for S/4HANA" because where would an MaxDB perform better underneath an FES comparing to Oracle or DB2 or...
I could have understood some (weak) "we could only guarantee performance on HANA" argument, but to put simply, I don't see the reasoning (besides SAP wanting to bolster their HANA sales) to force SAP DBs
Anyhow, we need to consider deployment options little more in-depth as I would hoped for in an S4H conversion project
Hi Carola Steinmaier ,
the second graphic has in the rightmost column a typo (first line says EHP8, but below on the yellow box it reads EHP7). Could you correct this graphic?
Thanks for reading carefully this blog. Nevertheless, the graphic is correct. UI for EHP7 for SAP ERP6.0 includes the UIs also for backend EHP8 FOR SAP ERP 6.0.
We have dedicated Gateway system where SAP FES 6.0 is running with SAP_BASIS 750 SP15 and Backend system (ECC) is running with SAP_BASIS 750 SP5 (EHP8 FOR SAP ERP 6.0). Can we upgrade our Gateway system to SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 for S/4HANA by upgrading our Gateway to 7.52 SP07? Does it compatible with current running ERP version?
SAP FIORI FRONT-END SERVER 6.0 Initial Shipment Stack sap.com SAP FIORI FRONT-END SERVER 6.0
Thanks & Regards,
Yes you can upgrade the front-end server independent from the backend system.
NW7.52 Sp07 is the minimum NW version on the front-end server.
Thanks for the prompt response.
Thanks for detailed information.
We started our Green filed Implementation recently with Hybrid model : On-prem + SF Suit +SAC Planning + SAP Kronos Time Management System.
Would like to know whether the latest FIORI release, can help us to have one Inbox for all these system, where Managers / Employees can manage their task in single place rather going to multiple places.
We have FES 6.0 as central hub. Does not have HANA-DB. It is connected to 2 different business-suite ERPs.
Now we upgrade our old HR to Basis-Release S/4HANA 2020 (compatability pack). Reason is getting rid of ESS/MSS (based on java enterprise portal) and switching that to Fiori.
Could we connect (I know, not recommended) that HR system on 2020 to our FES 6.0? Or would we need to upgrade that FES 6.0 system to 2020 first. But could we upgrade to FES 2020? I think there is no upgrade-path, at least not if we would need to switch to S4 indeed.
I guess you could simply link that HR System in your central Hub FES more or less like an external link.
If you plan to use the HR apps within the FES and then use the HR system as backend --> I guess this is not working, but maybe Carola can spend some more words over here.
You would need to upgrade to FES2020 on the hub to use S/4HANA 2020 as a backend.
If an external link from FES6.0 hub to the S/4HANA2020 launchpad is sufficient, than you could keep the FES6.0 as hub. But then you have only a loose integration. For some cases this might be sufficient.
If we have s/4hana 2020 along with SAP MDG on a hub deployment , how do we deploy Fiori front end server ? We have Fiori apps for MDG and s/4 hana 2020 and they be deployed in a single hub FES ?
We plan to deploy S/4 HANA 2020, have opted for HUB deployment. Goal is to have one FIORI link for access to apps from various systems (S4, BW4, GRC etc.)? Will FES 2020 SP01 support this in HUB deployment?
Thanks for your informative blog.
I have a question. We want to use fiori for Business suite. We don't have HANA database.
Below is our system details.
SAP_BASIS Release 750 SP Level 0019 Support Package - SAPK-75019INSAPBASIS
SAP_ABA Release 750 SP Level 0019 Support Package - SAPK-75019INSAPABA
SAP_GWFND Release 750 SP Level 0020 Support Package - SAPK-75020INSAPGWFND
SAP_UI Release 754 SP Level 0006 Support Package - SAPK-75406INSAPUI
SAP_APPL Release 618 SP Level 0015 Support Package - SAPK-61815INSAPAPPL
SAP ERP Release 2005 SP Stack 32 (01/2020)
EHP8 FOR SAP ERP 6.0 Release EHP8 FOR SAP ERP 6.0 SP Stack 15 (09/2020)
SAP FIORI APPS FOR SAP ERP Release 1.0 SP Stack 07 (04/2019)
SAP FIORI FRONT-END SERVER Release 6.0 SP Stack SP04 (04/2021)
With above details, we are trying to use embedded deployment option. But our system does not detect below component for front end
UIX01EAP 100 - SP 0010 .
My question is , can't we use system with NW 7.5 without HANA DB as front end server?
Is it possible to upgrade to NW 7.52 on an ECC6 system currently using NW 7.50 or 7.4?
I found conflicting Notes about this.
If not possible, how are ERP clients supposed to use Draft Handling, and CDS functions not available in 7.50? Is there a path other than upgrading to S4, which is not a possibility at this point.
for an SAP ERP system you cannot upgrade to SAP NW7.52.
What is the SAPUI5 version that we need to have when we upgrade our current NetWeaver portal 7.5 from SP11 to SP15?
Below is our UI5 version details.
SAPUI5 Distribution: 1.52.9 (built at 16.03.2018 14:36:00)
OpenUI5 Version: 1.52.9 (built at 15.03.2018 13:34:00)
Couldn't find required information in any notes.
Thank you for the blog. It is a good starting point for Fiori FES deployment. In the above blog you mention the following:
"In addition, for SAP Business Suite systems, the SAP Fiori front-end server can serve as central hub to offer a single entry point to multiple systems. This is not possible for an SAP S/4HANA system landscape, because of the version dependencies of the SAP Fiori UI components and backend versions."
From the above I have concluded the following. Am I correct?
"For the on-premise S4-2020, the embedded Fiori FES is the only option. FES does not support on-premise S4-2020 in any type of hub configuration. "
For an S/4HANA 2020 on-premise system you still have the option to deploy the Fiori UIs on a standalone front-end server, separate from the S/4 backend.
But you cannot deploy the Fiori UIs on a central hub and use this to connect several S/4HANA backend servers using the same Fiori UIs. This is because of version dependencies between the Fiori UIs and the S/4HANA backend version.
What if all S/4HANA Backend Systems are on the same Release? Still not possible?
no change here. Technically it's possible, in principle, if the backends are exactly on the same Release/SP. This might be not practicable to keep as such on long-term .
There is no further SAP support for this scenario.
Thank you very much for the quick response, Carola.
We presently service our external & internal web transactions, including Fiori, via a SAP Gateway20 and FES40 Hub. I understand we cannot use this topology for S4 even if we upgrade the Hub. So that leaves us the embedded or the standalone options.
The challenge with going forward with the embedded FES option for S4, is that my company all ready has a policy of separating ERP and web transactions. But now with the embedded option this extra security layer is eliminated. The challenge with the standalone option as that it seems to double operation tasks, ie, objects need to be in sync with the standalone server as well as the S4 backend.
Is there a hybrid solution where we switch to the embedded option but still use a "lean" standalone SAP gateway acting only as a security filtering station ? That way it would not double the operational maintenance tasks for the basis personnel. (To me this means the "lean" standalone SAP gateway would somehow not have the FES product installed!)
Looking forward to your reply.
A lean standalone gateway as you described should be possible. But I wonder, why you then not want to deploy the UIs on this same standalone server as a FES Hub Deployment. From the Fiori content maintenance perspective I do not see a the double effort.
Thank you for the detailed documentation about recommendations on the Fiori deployment options every SAP customer should know.
As of today, we have an one standalone/hub FES with one S/4HANA backend system and we are planning to add one more S/4HANA backend system to our landscape in the upcoming phases. Hence we would like to use the same standalone/hub FES setup for the new backend system (the idea is to have all the S/4HANA backend versions in sync at any given point of time in present/future upgrades) to achieve the common central capabilities like Central Inbox, Central Notifications, Central Search etc., along with deploying all the Business specific Fiori apps centrally. Until we get towards the perfect Central FIORI Launchpad service offered & recommended by SAP on SAP BTP, we would like to reuse our existing one FES standalone/hub to a maximum extent.
My questions are related to #3 in FAQ section of the provided document (connect several SAP S/4HANA systems of the same release to a central FES). Could you please clarify the below questions from your side and share your view If there are in flaws in the explanations below.
Kindly comment on the above questions with your recommendations for our plan to use one standalone/hub FES to deploy all type of Fiori apps for multiple S/4HANA backends of the same version to consume the central features until we move to SAP recommended SAP BTP.
In principle the scenario you describe is possible, but it is not recommended from SAP side. To keep the backend versions in synch at any time in future might be challenging. For the individual topics, let me shortly comment as of my knowledge:
In general, maybe you can bridge the gap to a certain extend for a while with some effort. But the recommendation for a multi S4-system entry point is still to use the Launchpad Service on BTP.
thank you for the continous updating of this interesting and informative blog and a happy new year.
Do you have any information on support for business suite from new FES 2021 FOR S/4HANA? Is it planned?
If I see the maintenance times for FES 2020 und FES 2021, it seems, that business suite customers should stay on FES 6.0, right? At the moment after 31.12.2023, customers with business suite and FES 2020 FOR S/4HANA do not have a maintained FES anymore.
What is your recommendation regarding this? For me it is: Stay on FES 6.0, because it is maintained till the end of business suite.
thanks and best regards
With Business Suite you could stay on FES 6.0 until end of maintenance of Business Suite.
If you want to consume new UI technology innovations delivered with FES 2020 FOR S/4HANA (e.g. pages/spaces) you can upgrade to the newest available FES, which is FES 2021 currently. SP01 of FES 2021 will be released in February 2022.
Also for this SAP Fiori front-end server for SAP S/4HANA product, you will get a maintenance version until end of maintenance of SAP Business Suite.
Therefore, you don't need to stick to FES 6.0. But it's an option.
thank you, found the information in your blogpost text above as well. I first took a look at the pam and didn't read your updated version above carefully. 😉
Thanks for your explanations.
We have a standalone FES 5.0 (We must upgrade to 6.0) under Netweaver ABAP 7.50 connected to our Financial ERP 6.0 EHP0.
Now We want connect our Human Resources ERP 6.0 EHP8 to Fiori, but We are thinking to installed a new FES 6.0 independent of the current Fiori.
The new FES 6.0 will be used only for SAP Human Resources, not for multiples Business Suites.
We have doubts whether to install the new FES 6.0 embedded in the HR ERP 6.0 or as a Standalone system under Netweaver 7.50. HR ERP 6.0 is a critical system because it does the payroll calculation.
What is your recommendation for the new fiori, embedded or standalone?.
even though I am not Carola, I have one answer from my view. In the above linked system landscape recommendations, business suite is still recommended for hub deployment (separated gateway, as your described scenario).
We still follow this recommendation for our HCM clients. But we also have one client with embedded deployment and running payroll. From my view, separating data and view-logic is the better choice, especially for sensitive data like HCM. But let's see what H4S4 brings...
Thank you very much for your help.
The recommended setup for Business Suite is a hub deployment.
Either you upgrade your existing front-end server 5.0 to 6.0, where you also could connect your HR system,
or, if you definitively want to set up a new one for the HR system, then the recommendation would be to set it up with FES 6.0 on SAP NetWeaver 7.52.
Kind regards. Carola
Thank you very much Carola
We are going to try to convince the Finance and HR teams to use the same Fiori FES, after upgrade it to FES 6.0.
The main problem they see is that the Financial ERP system is ERP 6.0 EHP0 (waiting to migrate to S/4Hana directly in the next few years) and the HR ERP system is ERP 6.0 EHP8. They want to avoid compatibility issues between FES Hub and backend, but as you say in this blog FES 6.0 mantenance will be until the end of ERP Business Suite maintanance.
Currently, we have deployed Fiori FES as a Hub model and a few custom apps on Sap BTP. As a long-term single entry single sign-on and digital UX strategy, we are evaluating SAP Launchpad and Workzone. my question is if we implement the SAP BTP - Workzone, we want to know what is SAP recommendation on changing the underlying Fiori architecture. Should the HUb deploy be migrated to Gateway Embedded on S/4 and other on-prem apps and use FES/UI on the Cloud platform or should it be a mixed architecture?
The recommendation is to go for embedded deployment with S/4. This recommendation is valid independent of the usage of SAP Workzone or Launchpad service as entry point.
Kind regards. Carola
thank you for that awesome blog, it's always hard to find the relevant Information and you've mostly aswered als my open questions for our upcoming upgrade.
But I'm still struggling to understand how to chose the right version for UIBAS001 in our Business Suite Scenario:
FES (SAP_BASIS 7.52, SAP_GWFND 7.52)
BES (EHP7, SAP_BASIS 7.40, SAP_GWFND 7.40)
According to the notes (2436567, 3050199) it seems we only have to chose the right version for UIBAS001 depending on our target S/4HANA Backend.
We might attach our S/4HANA 2020 someday, so i thought about version 600, but currently we need to take care that our business suite system is still compatible.
I know that a lot of the included apps of UIBAS001 are S/4 only, but will it not also affect the My Inbox (F0862)? Or is this app identically in all versions?
There are no dependencies of UIBAS001 version including MyInbox with Business Suite.
today we've tried prepare our setup in the Maintenance Planner for our FES by choosing product FES 2021 SPS1 hub deployment, we see radio buttons to select the target UIBAS001:
I'm wondering why SAP_UI 755 would get selected, as it's related to FES 2020?
We would like to check the relevant note 2217489, but it's not available since end of last week, as it's currently getting updated.
What can we do now? I'd be glad if you gut give me input, thank you!
the SAP Note 2217489 is released now.
Please check, if you get answered your question there.
Kind regards. Carola
First I would like to say thank you for your ongoing effort in clarifying things in the area of FES and S4H / Business Suite. This is a prime example of value added by the community ♥
However, I wouldn't be here if there was not still something to ask ;). We are in a similar situation than Klaus, wanting to attach an to come S4H 2021 and an existing ERP to a Hub FES 2021 for S4H. IMHO there are these uncertaincies for My Inbox App
My questions to this are
Many thanks and kind regards and (kind of) sorry for all that questions, but it seems I'm not the only one 🙂
You are welcome with all the questions 🙂
What happens to user-developed custom Fiori if I upgrade my S/4HANA1809 to the S/4HANA2021?
Can I continue to use the custom-developed Fiori as it is?
If a refurbishment is needed, what tool can I use to investigate the refurbishment?
There should be no issue with the Custom Fiori apps based on standard SAPUI5 controls (which are not deprecated).
Kind regards. Carola
Hi Carola / all
What is right now?
The whole "what is supported in which condition for the FES itself, the "UI-Product" (like SAP Fiori for SAP S/4HANA 20nn) the SAP S/4HANA Foundation 20nn, the SAP_UI dependencies and on top the product specific dependencies (like FIORI ERP APPLICATIONS X2 1.0, etc.) is nothing short of a snakepit - filled with sharks with laser beams attached to their heads.
Many thanks and kind regards
There are several options to install SAP Fiori front-end server 2021 for SAP S/4HANA.
The front-end server hub is always based on SAP NetWeaver 7.52.
With an embedded FES deployment with SAP S/4HANA you have the corresponding ABAP Platform version as a basis.
See SAP Note https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/3050199.
Further information you can find here: SAP Fiori deployment options and system landscape recommendations.
Kind regards. Carola
Thanks Carola 🙂
So my takeaway would be to go for SAP NetWeaver 7.52 based SAP Fiori front-end server 2021 for SAP S/4HANA (SPS 1) to serve both an to be SAP S/4HANA 2021 FPS1 and an existing Busines Suite environment, e.g. HCM based on ERP EHP8.
Can we use S/4Hana embedded system as a hub for existing ERP systems?
even if it's currently technically possible to set it up in this way, this is not a recommended/supported deployment option. It's also not a forward-looking setup, because SAP Business Suite support might be not given for future SAP Fiori front-end server versions.
Thank you Carola for the update.
If we are going with mixed/hybrid, like Hub approach for business suites systems and embedded approach for S/4 Hana and try to call fiori apps of S/4 Hana via URL in Hub launchpad, will it support in-place navigation?
according to the last questions of Matt D above for that mixed scenario: If we like to have a full on premise scenario (business suite, S/4 and hub gateway in our own data center), there is no way of centralising ERP-S/4- and e.g. HCM-Business-Suite Fiori apps in one launchpad?
If I am reading the PDF document correct, in this mixed scenario, you will add a tile on the central hub Fiori launchpad, besides the HCM business suite Fiori apps tiles. This tile then links to the Fiori launchpad of the embedded S/4-sytem. Is there still no alternative for such a mixed scenario for on prem for a real central Fiori launchpad?
If not on prem: Are Work Zone and Launchpad Service real central alternatives for such a mixed scenario?
thanks and best regards
Hi Christian, SAP Launchpad Service on SAP BTP is the recommended approach where you need a central hub across multiple systems. SAP's strategy is cloud-centric and has been for some years now.
If I understood Matt's intention he asked about utilizing an S4H embedded FES as a hub for another ERP system.
If you are talking separate S4H, separate ERP (Business Suite) and separate HCM (also Business Suite) and dedicated separate FES hub (then on SAP DB because of S4H) you should be able to run it as a central launchpad.
There is a rather tight dependency between the S4H and the FES though. If you update the S4H you will need to update the FES also. SAP isn't (at least what I saw) commited to release all ERP / HCM apps for future FES for S4H versions. So there is a certain caveat lingering. Certainly you will need to stick to AS ABAP 7.52 for the FES. You will not get ABAP Foundation in the Hub Scenario.
Thanks a lot for your blogs, you are doing great job.
But I’m still not sure with my landscape. Could you please help me?
We have SAP FES 6.0 (SAP_GWFND 750 0022) and SAP Business Suite systems (ERP 6 EHP6, 6 EHP8, CRM) as back-end systems of this FES. One of our ERP (ERP6.0 EHP 6) is migrating to S/4HANA 2021. For security reason we want to keep hub-deployment scenario with one S/4HANA system and Business Suite systems. We want to
Is it feasible solution?
This is absolutely feasible. Please consider that you need to upgrade the SAP NetWeaver version to 7.52 on the hub as a prerequisite for SAP FES 2021.
Kind regards. Carola
Thanks Marina and Carola,
and forgive me to hijack this 🙂 We have a similar situation, but with ERP and HCM as backends, where ERP is moving towards S4H. So my takeaway would be that it is a good idea to select "embedded" setup in Maintenance Planner when planing S4H but one can then selectively provide some apps over the Hub system? So planning with "embedded" would not harm but give you more flexibility if a FES Hub is already existing in the landscape? Any downsides to this approach?
Many thanks and kind regards
You can always do URL tiles to launch apps in the other FES. This is the fallback for situations like these.
Re downsides: This is not SAP's strategic direction for Hub. So expect some limitations. It's advisable consider SAP Launchpad Service on BTP if you are considering a central hub approach - especially if this may be a longterm direction for your organization.
P.s. You might also want to look at the direction of HCM - embedding that in S/4HANA may provide you with an alternative to consolidate your landscape - depending on your requirements of course. . Refer to: SAP Human Capital Management for SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition – Available in Q4 2022 as part of the SAP S/4HANA release
i have a question about the "Strategy 2023 and future direction".
This means we cant upgrade our standalone FES to SAP FES2023 without upgrade our backend system to S/4 HANA 2023? Or is this restriction only with an embedded deplyment?
Thanks and Regards
Yes, in that case you need a full-stack S/4HANA upgrade to 2023.
Please check out also the newest post on SAP S/4HANA release strategy: New SAP S/4HANA Release & Maintenance Strategy | SAP News.
Kind regards. Carola
Thank you for sharing the useful guideline.
Could you expand a little more about the strategy 2023 and feature direction? It seems that it is recommended to deploy custom SAPUI5 apps onto BTP but not on-premise.
In case SAPUI5 app calls white listed OData on S/4HANA on premise, to where the UI should be deployed: to BTP or on-premise?
Thank you and best regards,
The SAPUI5 apps can be deployed on the on-premise stack.
From what do you conclude that the apps should be deployed on BTP ?
with the new announced release strategy for SAP S/4HANA 2023, there will be only a mayor release of S/4 every second year.
What happens with the release strategy of the FES for S/4? Will you start to ship a new SAPUI5 version with a Feature Package or will there be new innovations (SAPUI5 release) only every second year?
As is the past, with the FSP01 of each SAP S/4HANA release you will also get a new SAPUI5 version which is SAPUI5 maintenance version). That means with SAP S/4HANA 2023 you will get a new SAPUI5 version in February 2024 with FPS01.
In principle, the SAP S/4HANA feature pack stacks are planned to focus on application innovations using a stable technology stack. Therefore I would not expect that there are major UI technology innovations made available during the later feature stack pack delivery.
Finally, to which extend SAPUI5 innovations will be made available for the SAP S/4HANA feature stack packs is not yet decided.
Kind regards. Carola
thanks for the update. I also want to delve into the 2023 and future direction part. You said
Is a "Lean Hub" just a way to deploy the then 2023 or 2024... FES or will it be another product. Is it even available as a way to deploy today?
Is the "Later a SAP BTP service..." a look into the future to a new offering that SAP is coming up with or is it a way to describe a customer's journey with products and offerings already available today (read: BTP Launchpad Services, ...)
Background: We are in a S4H migration project where we will end up with one ERP S4H and maybe one HCM S4H. However, they will not come into place at the same time and we will be in 2024+ when that happens. So there is a need for supporting an S4H system and a business suite system over an FES. We currently opted for FES Hub because of internet facing scenarios. We really want to keep the single launchpad, though.
Cheers and many thanks
Dear Carola Steinmaier
Good day, thank you for your great & detailed post, which made things quite clear. We had just few queries about understanding before starting our implementation project, as we have multi system scenario, we want to understand which version UIBAS001 we shall keep in SAP FES S42022 while our FES upgrade from 5.0 so it will support multi system scenario where ERP running currently on EHP7 with plan to upgrade to S4HANA 2022 and HR system with from EHP7 to EHP8?
in the SAP Note, it says "600 or 700 or 757", which is not clear, hence would like to understand will 757 will support the requirement for multi system running where current multi systems are running on EHP7 or FES upgrade should plan at the same time of S4HANA conversion of ERP and keep version as 757.
Appreciate if you could guide.
Thank you in advance.
The UIBAS component version only has dependencies to the S/4HANA release and not to the ERP.
Therefore, when you upgrade the SAP Fiori front-end server hub to FES 2022 with an S/4HANA 2022 as connected backend, then you should choose UIBAS001 757.
Still the ERP system can stay with the same FES hub.