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Structure the SAP Fiori Launchpad Layout with Spaces

*** Updated 11th August 2021: Mainly the images have been replaced in this blog post, so that they show what is available now.

In the blog post Get to Know the New Spaces Concept for SAP Fiori Launchpad you have learned about the new concept for SAP Fiori launchpad. The blog post Manage Spaces and Pages for SAP Fiori Launchpad describes how to put the capabilities associated with this concept into practice. In the meantime, there is a new SAP Fiori app called Manage Launchpad Spaces available. The concept evolved and with this now there are more configuration options in the launchpad.

Evolved Concept in Short

With SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2005 we first introduced spaces and pages. In this first version, a space consisted of one page. With the latest innovations, a space may contain several pages. For the user this means, that the different pages are selectable for a certain space via a drop-down menu in the menu bar.

Each page can be personalized by the user separately. For example, users can select apps in the App Finder and add them to specific pages.

New App Manage Launchpad Spaces

In addition to being able to manage pages, it is now possible to manage spaces in detail as well. The new SAP Fiori app Manage Launchpad Spaces allows you to:

  • Get an overview of all available spaces, including the ones that are delivered as templates by SAP.
  • Create, edit, copy and delete spaces.
  • Copy spaces which are delivered as templates by SAP.
  • Add and remove pages and define their order in the user’s drop-down menu within a space.
  • Set a specific page to visible or hidden, in order to control its visibility for the user.
  • Easily navigate between the different apps Maintain Business Roles (SAP S/4HANA Cloud), Manage Launchpad Spaces and Manage Launchpad Pages.

You can either launch the app directly, or you can use the integration to the app Maintain Business Roles.

Enhancements in the app Manage Launchpad Pages

The first released version of the app Manage Launchpad Pages already allowed you to create a page in the context of a dedicated business role. At the same time, it was already possible to use a space and an assigned page for several business roles. With the enhancements in the app in the new release, you can manage your pages now independently of any business role. When working in the app you can directly add any additional catalog and tiles from that catalog to your pages. With this approach you are free to first create the layout of the page and afterwards take care of the role maintenance.

We have enhanced the user experience as well, so that you can manage your pages even more efficiently. This includes for example an improved information and error handling, so that you better understand, what you need to look after on your page.

Just like for spaces in the app Manage Launchpad Spaces, the overview of all pages is complemented by a new list of all SAP-delivered pages which are accessible for you. By this means you can browse through the pages individually and decide which one you would like to use as a template.

For Your Convenience

Both apps can be found in the SAP Fiori group User Interface Configuration, together with the app Manage Launchpad Settings. You can now find at one place everything you need in order to administrate the launchpad.

Availability

The new layout, the apps Manage Launchpad Spaces and Manage Launchpad Pages and all the related features are available:

  • With cloud products like for example SAP S/4HANA Cloud
  • As of SAP S/4HANA 2020
  • With SAP Launchpad service – currently spaces and pages are only available in the user’s launchpad; there are no design time tools available yet

Please note again that it is better to start as early as possible with investigating the new capabilities in the launchpad, because the home page will be replaced by them at some point in the future.

Further Information

To learn more about the evolved concept and the motivation behind, have a look at SAP Fiori 3: Multi-page spaces now available, and much more… There you will also see how spaces and pages fit in the overall SAP Fiori 3 story.

If you want to find out more about the app Manage Launchpad Spaces, please have a look at the documentation Managing Launchpad Spaces and Pages. In the very same documentation, you also find a how to, which guides you step by step through all necessary tasks when creating spaces and pages for a business role.

Don’t forget to check out the microlearnings at openSAP, which include a demo of the apps from this blog post. The app Manage Launchpad Spaces made its way to the videos as well, so don’t miss the chance to see the app live in action:

  1. Introduction to Structuring SAP Fiori Launchpad with Spaces – SAP S/4HANA User Experience
  2. Tools for Structuring SAP Fiori Launchpad with Spaces – SAP S/4HANA User Experience

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      Author's profile photo Jeroen Vanattenhoven
      Jeroen Vanattenhoven

      It is clear how to determine the order of the pages inside a space.

      It is unclear how we can determine the order of the spaces. We need to do this for our users.

      So in your screenshot sample: how would we place "Employee Self-Services" all the way to the left?

      Author's profile photo Sylvia Strack
      Sylvia Strack
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Jeroen,

      The ability to sort spaces has been added with the latest SAP Fiori front-end server 2021 release: Sorting the Spaces. It's available respectively for cloud products like SAP S/4HANA Cloud and works nearly the same way there.

      If you neither use a cloud product like SAP S/4HANA Cloud nor are you able to upgrade your on-premise installation to SAP Fiori front-end server 2021, then there is a workaround that you can use instead: 3012443 - SAP Fiori Spaces: How to sort spaces via technical keys.

      I hope that this helps you with your question.

      Best regards,

      Sylvia