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SAP Fiori deployment options and SAP Fiori front-end server strategy – UPDATE 2020

**This blog post is updated on December 2020 **

Update: SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 for SAP S/4HANA will support SAP Business Suite with the release of Support Package SP01 (RTC planned for Q1 2021).

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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) 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 (released in October 2020) is a new front-end server version which was dedicated to the SAP S/4HANA product in the initial shipment version. 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.

SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 for SAP S/4HANA (FES 2020) can be used for the latest three SAP S/4HANA releases: 1809, 1909 and 2020 and with the release of support package SP01 (RTC planned Q1/2021) also for SAP Business Suite systems. Lower SAP S/4HANA releases are not supported.

It contains the software components SAP_UI 7.55 including SAPUI5 version 1.78 and UIBAS001 600 in the initial shipment. The next support package will include the SAPUI5 long – term maintenance version 1.84 (planned for Q1/2021).

Both deployment options – embedded and hub (standalone server) are  supported.  The  embedded  deployment  is  the recommended one for SAP S/4HANA systems.  In  case  of  a  standalone  server 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.

See also SAP Note 2919182 – SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 for SAP S/4HANA.

SAP Fiori front-end server with SAP S/4HANA – upgrade options

As shown in the graph, you can upgrade the front-end server components to version SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 for SAP S/4HANA for 1809 and 1909 systems, without upgrading the S/4HANA product version. This is valid for the embedded and for a standalone server deployment.

Technically SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 for S/4HANA requires 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.

SAP Fiori front-end server with SAP Business Suite – upgrade options

SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 for SAP S/4HANA as of SP01 (RTC Q1/2021) will also support SAP Business Suite systems. This is the last SAP Fiori front-end server version that supports browser IE11. The planned successor version SAP Fiori front-end server 2021 will no longer support IE11.

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.

As SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 for S/4HANA as of support package SP01 will support also SAP Business Suite apps, 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.

Future Direction

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.

The central front-end server hub as a single entry point to multiple systems with the required UX integration capabilities is planned to be covered by the central SAP Fiori launchpad on SAP Cloud Platform, which will evolve further over times.

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.

Updated 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.

 

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  • Hi Carola,

    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?

    Regards,

    Rupesh

    • Hi Rupesh,

      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.

      Kind regards

      Carola

  • Hi Carola,

     

    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?

     

    Best regards,

    Timo

    • Hi Timo,

      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.

      Kind regards

      Carola

      • Hi Carola,

        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

        Selim

  • Dear Carola,

    Thank you for the update. I also like especially the Pros and Cons for HUB architecture section in the Recommendations Document.

    Two Questions:

    • You describe the HUB scenario as “One single place to serve central functionality like Inbox, search, notification, etc.” Are there also plans for OnPrem customers who cannot switch to the Cloud and can’t use the central SAP Fiori launchpad?
    • FES 6 means SAPUI5 control set shipped with 1.71. Are there plans for control down port in SAPUI5? Living seven years with the current state are a long time for Business Suite and SolMan.

    Thanks,

    Stephan

    • Hello Stephan,

      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.

      Kind regards

      Carola

       

  • 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.

    Wladimir

    • Hi Wladimir,

      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.

      Kind regards.

      Carola

  • 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*

    • Hello Oliver,

      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.

      Kind regards.

      Carola

       

      • Hello Carola,

        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 ?

     

    Regards

  • 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.

     

    Best regards

    Damian

     

  • Hi

    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?

     

    Thank you

     

    • Hi Timothy,

      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.

      Kind regards

      Carola

  • 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.

    • Hi,

      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.

      Kind regards,

      Carola

  • 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 Frontend Server 2020 (SAP User Interface Technology 7.55, SAPUI5 1.78.xx) = SAP FIORI FES 2020 FOR S/4HANA [ SPS Initial Shipment]
      SAP FIORI FOR SAP S/4HANA 1909 [ SPS 03 (11/2020)
      SAP S/4HANA 1909 [ SPS 03 (11/2020) ]
    • SAP Fiori Frontend Server 6.0
      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

    • Hi Uta,

      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.

      Carola

  • Update: SAP Fiori front-end server 2020 for SAP S/4HANA will support SAP Business Suite with the release of Support Package SP01 (RTC planned for Q1 2021).

    Great news! Thanks for this very important update. Customers will appreciate it.

    Best regards,

    Fabian

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    • Hi Stephan,

      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

      Carola

        • Hi Stephan,

          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:

          • Sp02 end of May 2021
          • Sp03 November 2021

          Kind regards

          Carola

  • Dear Carola,

    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.

    Thanks,

    Stephan

    • Hi Stephan,

      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”.

      Kind regards

      Carola

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  • Dear Carola,

    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

    Christian