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 every 6 weeks 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). If you want to stay informed, sign up for the SAP Companion Newsletter here.
The SAP Companion uses two landscapes, one is called Canary (preview) and one Factory (production). Each landscape has its own framework 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.
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!
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