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Manage Spaces and Pages for SAP Fiori Launchpad

In the blog post Get to Know the New Spaces Concept for SAP Fiori Launchpad we have introduced the new spaces concept for SAP Fiori launchpad. Now it’s about getting to know the tools behind used by administrators.

New App for Managing Pages

For maintaining a page that can be displayed in the user’s launchpad, there is a new app called Manage Launchpad Pages. This app completely follows the principle what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG). It allows you to structure the layout of a page via drag and drop.

You can choose tiles from a set of catalogs in the context of the business role(s) that this page has been created for.

One thing, which clearly stands out, and where we listened closely to our customers: now you have the possibility to really define the layout of the page. This means that you can arrange the tiles within and across sections and you can move whole sections around in the order that you would like to provide to your users. On top of that, the app offers several additional capabilities like adding multiple tiles at once or providing detailed information on the available tiles, which help you to work even more efficiently.

The app Manage Launchpad Pages can either directly be launched via the launchpad or from within the app Maintain Business Roles.

To find out more about the new app and also about how to create the necessary connection to a space, have a look at the documentation about how to Manage Launchpad Spaces and Pages.

If you don’t know how to start with structuring your spaces and pages, you can use the SAP-delivered templates, which serve as a starting point. Have a look at the documentation for Space Templates to find out where to find and how to use them.

Enabling Spaces

Lastly, to make the pages available for your users, you need to activate spaces in the Manage Launchpad Settings app. For this we have introduced two new parameters: SPACES and SPACES_ENABLE_USER. Please have a look at the documentation for Enabling Spaces to find out more about the available parameters.

Availability

The new layout, the app and all the features around it for managing spaces and pages are available with SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2005. Stay tuned for another app which will enable you to manage spaces in detail as well. With SAP S/4HANA On-Premise and upcoming releases of SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP IBP, you will have the possibility to create multiple pages per space in the launchpad.

Please note, that at some point in time, the spaces will completely replace the home page. So, it’s time to get started and try out the new spaces now.

Further Information

You want to see all this in action? Then have a look at the brand-new microlearnings at openSAP, which include a demo:

  1. Open https://open.sap.com/microlearning
  2. Select “Microlearning for SAP S/4HANA”
  3. Select the Lines of Business: “User Experience”
  4. Choose the Playlist: “Expert’s Choice”
  5. Select the videos “Introduction to Structuring SAP Fiori Launchpad with Spaces” and “Tools for Structuring SAP Fiori Launchpad with Spaces”
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      • Hello Thilo,

        thank you for your clarification, but I am quite puzzled from your feedback!
        My understanding of the lastest Fiori Portal roadmap was that all innovation goes to Cloud (Foundry) portals first. Did I miss something there or was there a change in that strategy?

        Cheers,
        Alej

        • Hi Alejandro,

          I think this was probably a misunderstanding. While it is generally correct that release cycles in cloud products are shorter and therefore, many new features are available on cloud products first, this is not a general rule. In this specific case, the innovation was mainly triggered by  a need for additional structuring and flexibility in SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Cloud with their comprehensive roles containing lots of apps. That is why the new concept is first available on SAP S/4HANA Cloud. Nevertheless, we are working intensively to make it available on the launchpad running on SAP Cloud Platform as well.

          Hope that clarifies the situation.

          Best,

          Sibylle

  • Will this replace role groups? Will roles only contain catalogs then?

    Are there tools to reset personlisation so the user has the predefined layout again?

    • Hello Tim,

      Yes, this will replace the groups at a certain point in time completely. Roles will then contain catalogs and spaces instead.

      Currently, there are no tools to reset the space / page personalization of a user centrally. We will discuss this option internally. Thank you very much for this comment!

      Best regards,

      Sylvia

  • Dear Sylvia Strack , thank you a lot for this useful article! My question: when the spaces are implemented and enabled for the users, is this new page layout is irrevocable for all users? Can the users still change the local layout of the pages or the order of the roles tabs shown?

    • Hello Natalia,

      We provide two different configuration options: SPACES and SPACES_ENABLE_USER

      If “SPACES_ENABLE_USER” is set to “true” the end-user can switch between the classic homepage and the new spaces mode through the settings dialog. Personalization is saved for both modes independently which means the user can customize the classic homepage and each page in the spaces mode without losing any previously applied personalization. They are saved independently of each other.

      Currently, it is not yet possible to change the order of spaces displayed in the MenuBar. This is something we are considering for the future. Is this what you meant with “order of the roles tabs”?

      Best regards

      Sebastian Limbach

      • Dear Sebastian, thank you a lot for your answer. When the homepage will  be deprecated by the end of 2020, the users will have spaces only which cannot be personalised on the end-user level. Is my understanding right?
        And yes, I mean the order of spaces displayed in menu bar, as I imagine many users would like to put the spaces they work more frequently with as the first ones.

        This UI area is of great importance as this is the entering point for the end users and any change there impacts them immediately. As SAP consultant I’m frequently faced with the customers’ questions on UI changes of this kind that’s why I am interested to understand them in very detail to avoid giving wrong information to the customers. Thank you a lot for helping out!