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Curious? Previewing the SAP Companion (formerly Web Assistant)

Hello SAP Enable Now Community!

There is a question that many customers have been asking me once they got going with the SAP Companion (formerly Web Assistant): “Is there a way to preview the next release?” Short answer – yes! This blog post will take a look at what is currently possible.

Some background information to start with. The SAP Companion release dates are independent of the major SAP Enable Now releases (which happen twice a year, see the release cycle info). Usually we see about one release per month for SAP Companion, but it varies.

You can find the latest release information for the Factory SAP Companion release in the Infocenter. To make it easier for you, we have a section with release links on our main SAP Enable Now community page (scroll down to the expert section).

The SAP Companion uses two landscapes, one is called Canary (preview) and one Factory (production). Each landscape has its own URL.

So if you want to set up a preview of the new SAP Companion features you need to connect your target application to the preview URL of the SAP Companion framework instead of to the standard production URL.

We suggest you use your target application test tenant/system for the preview of SAP Companion instead of the production tenant/system. Because production should be, well, productive, and the whole point of having a sneak peek is so that you know about the new features before your learners or end users do.

Overviwer

SAP Companion Preview

Now the only thing you need are the preview URLs. We have an overview in the Infocenter, but I will also list them here. Applications where the SAP Companion is available by default and cannot be configured (like S/4 HANA cloud and similar systems) can unfortunately not switch to the preview URLs easily. Please contact your S/4HANA support to see if this is possible in your case.

For SAP Cloud Platform and SuccessFactors you can use the following URLs:

Release URL: https://webassistant.enable-now.cloud.sap

Preview URL: https://webassistant-outlook.enable-now.cloud.sap

For your SAP S/4HANA on-premise system you can use the following URLs:

Release URL Servlet: https://xray.hana.ondemand.com/xRayControls/resources/sap/dfa/help 

Preview URL Servlet:  https://xraycontrolstebofwk.int.sap.eu2.hana.ondemand.com/xRayControls/resources/sap/dfa/help/wpb/Help4.js 

Please be aware that the preview is a test release and is also used internally to test the release. It can be updated with fixes and it may contain bugs.

I hope this blog helped you to set up your SAP Companion preview and will make it possible to have a look at the awesome new features that are coming with each release!

Please leave your feedback and comments below and like if this blog helped you!

Take care,

Kristina

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      Author's profile photo Anton Mavrin
      Anton Mavrin

      And here goes the first comment! Great post, Kristina! Especially, revealing S/4HANA Web Assistant preview URL, as it had been a mistery for so long….

      Author's profile photo Kristina Kunad
      Kristina Kunad
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Anton! Exactly, that's what I thought when I recently found out 🙂

      Author's profile photo DARWIN BAYONA TORRADO
      DARWIN BAYONA TORRADO

      Hola Kristina, te felicito, muy buenos aportes en este blog, especialmente la funcionalidad de la vista previa de S/4HANA Web Assistant.

      Gracias por los aportes

       

      Author's profile photo Dirk Manuel
      Dirk Manuel

      What would the parameter be for S/4HANA cloud? (Specifically, I’m thinking about what would need to be added to the URL generated by the Web Assistant Link Generator)? I tried adding help-resourceUrl=… as above, but it declined to show the (?) at all…

      Author's profile photo Kristina Kunad
      Kristina Kunad
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Dirk,

      since we need to switch the framework server for this, it can only be done in the configuration and not via a parameter. The URL for the preview framework server would be the same as for S/4 HANA on-premise.

      Take care,

      Kristina

      Author's profile photo Beatrix Biegler
      Beatrix Biegler

      unfortunately I get a 404 Error when using  https://xray.hana.ondemand.com

      could you might check on it?

       

      thank you kind regards

      Beatrix

      Author's profile photo Kristina Kunad
      Kristina Kunad
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Beatrix,

      thanks for raising the topic - I have replaced the incorrect URLs which have been updated recently. These new ones should work now. Please contact me directly if there are still any errors.

      Take Care,

      Kristina