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SAP Fiori for SAP S/4HANA – Overview of tools for maintaining custom launchpad content and layout

Latest updates September 2020: Added a couple of conceptual diagrams to explain the relationship between business catalogs and groups, business catalogs and spaces. Corrected the app id of the Manage Launchpad Pages app – which is F4512 and also SAP Fiori app F4834 Manage Launchpad Spaces. Added a link to another recommended blog Structure the SAP Fiori Launchpad Layout with Spaces Added a small clarification re LPD_CUST – it’s deprecated for SAP Fiori launchpad content creation, it still has some use for ABAP report launchpads using ABAP Web Dynpro.

This blog post is a quick guide to the currently available tools in SAP S/4HANA for maintaining custom launchpad content and layout, and part of our series on Understanding Business Roles.  You will also learn the history behind the different tools, which is particularly useful when you upgrade from a SAP S/4HANA release to a higher release.  You will also find clarified when to use which tool for what, and in which SAP S/4HANA releases. All of these tools support both SAP delivered and custom created content.

Below you will find launchpad content tools discussed first, followed by the launchpad layout tools.

Tip: Take careful note of the upcoming changes for the generic Launchpad Designer tool which will be gradually superseded by specific tools for content and layout with SAP S/4HANA 2020.

Evolution of launchpad content tools

Launchpad content includes business catalogs, technical catalogs, tile definitions, target mappings, and all the launchpad content entities discussed in Adding Custom Content to Business Roles.

The current main launchpad content tools as of SAP S/4HANA 1909 are:

  • Launchpad Designer – available since SAP Business Suite
  • Mass Maintenance App Descriptor – available since SAP S/4HANA 1511
  • SAP Fiori launchpad content manager – available since SAP S/4HANA 1709
  • SAP Fiori app F2814 Manage KPIs and Reports – available since SAP S/4HANA 1909

With SAP S/4HANA 2020, this mix of launchpad content tools will change to:

  • Launchpad App Manager – available from SAP S/4HANA 2020
  • SAP Fiori launchpad content manager – available since SAP S/4HANA 1709
  • SAP Fiori app F2814 Manage KPIs and Reports – available since SAP S/4HANA 1909

You can see a summary of how the tools have evolved over time. If you are upgrading from a lower release of SAP S/4HANA you are recommended to move to the latest tools on upgrade.

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The evolution of launchpad content tools from Business Suite to SAP S/4HANA 2020 and beyond

Generally older tools are not removed immediately from the system for downward compatibility and so that you have some time to move across from old to new tools.  Over time, some capabilities may be removed before the tool itself is removed, e.g. to block creation of new entries. So in the diagram you can see the removal of tools as a fade-out rather than an abrupt shift.

You will find a brief introduction to each of these tools and their current status below, followed by a summary of the current best practice for when to use which tool in SAP S/4HANA 1909.  Because you may be coming from older solutions, you will also find deprecated tools included – mostly to explain predecessor/successor tools and why you should move to the current tools.

The tools are listed from oldest to newest, general tools and then special analytical tools. These are the general tools:

  • SAP GUI Transaction LPD_CUST from before SAP Fiori – deprecated
  • Launchpad Designer – where it started for SAP Fiori
  • Mass Maintenance App Descriptor for classic UIs in the backend
  • Launchpad Content Manager – the tool to scale with SAP Fiori
  • Launchpad App Manager for technical catalogs – available from SAP S/4HANA 2020

These are the analytical tools:

  • SAP Smart Business tools for analytical apps with additional requirements
  • SAP Fiori app F2814 Manage KPIs and Reports the central tool for analytical apps with additional requirements

You can also find a summary of the available tools in the Tools for Setting Up Content section of your SAP Fiori launchpad guide for your SAP S/4HANA release.

Outlook: A new tool for maintaining custom content called the Launchpad App Manager will come to SAP S/4HANA 2020 later this year.

SAP GUI Transaction LPD_CUST from before SAP Fiori – deprecated

This was a very old launchpad tool from pre-SAP Fiori days, e.g. for customizing ESS (Employee Self Service) menus in the SAP Enterprise Portal.

It provided a basic way to assign application aliases and was still in use for a few scenarios as late as SAP S/4HANA 1511, although by then Launchpad Designer was already the recommended tool for managing launchpad content.

This LPD_CUST tool has been deprecated – i.e. no longer recommended – for creation of SAP Fiori launchpad content since SAP S/4HANA 1610 and SAP NetWeaver 7.51 (refer to Customizing Navigation Targets in LPD_CUST).  It is superseded by the Launchpad Designer. The SAP GUI transaction LPD_CUST still exists for compatibility reasons, however it should be avoided. New content created via LPD_CUST is no longer supported.

Important: This tool is not recommended for creating content for SAP Fiori launchpad content.  It is still used for some other use cases e.g. for ABAP report launchpads using ABAP WebDynpro.

Launchpad Designer – where it all started for SAP Fiori

The Launchpad Designer was the original web browser tool created to maintain SAP Fiori launchpad content in SAP Business Suite.  It is technically possible – but inefficient – to maintain everything using the Launchpad Designer in SAP S/4HANA.  This tool is currently still used for adjusting fine detail of target mappings.

Like the launchpad content manager, the launchpad designer can be accessed in either:

  • Cross-client configuration (CONF) scope
  • Client-specific customizing (CUST) scope

You access the desired scope by adjusting the scope parameter when calling the launchpad designer URL in your web browser, e.g.

https://<host>:<port>/sap/bc/ui5_ui5/sap/arsrvc_upb_admn/main.html?scope=CONF

or

https://<host>:<port>/sap/bc/ui5_ui5/sap/arsrvc_upb_admn/main.html?scope=CUST

You can also use SAP GUI transactions /UI2/FLPD_CONF and /UI2/FLPD_CUST respectively to launch the tool – i.e. these transactions will formulate and launch the relevant URL in your web browser.

Once launched you can use the top-right hand corner detail to see which scope mode you are in.  In CUST scope you can see the Client in the top right-hand corner just before the Settings icon.

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Launchpad designer in Customizing (CUST) mode showing Client detail

Tip: The Settings icon is where you nominate your Transport request for any changes. Naturally you will be asked for a customizing request in client-specific customizing (CUST) mode, and a workbench request in cross-client configuration (CONF) mode.

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Launchpad Designer showing Transport Settings dialog – Client-specific customizing (CUST) mode

In the CONF scope you see Client: ALL in the same top right-hand corner.

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Launchpad designer in Cross-Client (CONF) mode showing Client:All

The tool uses some drag and drop features. For example to copy an existing catalog or delete a custom catalog, you drag the catalog from the list to the lower left hand corner and onto the New catalog with references or Delete zones. These zones automatically  appear once you start to drag.

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Drag and drop zones for Catalogs in the Launchpad Designer

If you are using SAP S/4HANA 1709 to 1909 you are recommended to use this tool to:

  • Create custom technical catalogs for SAP Fiori (SAPUI5) apps and URLs from scratch
  • Create custom business catalogs from scratch
  • Create tile definitions from scratch
  • Create target mappings from scratch
  • Edit tile definitions
  • Edit target mappings
  • Create custom business groups from scratch

If you are using SAP S/4HANA 1511 to 1610 you are additionally recommended to use this tool to:

  • Copy SAP Technical Catalogs to the customer namespace
  • Copy SAP Business Catalogs to the customer namespace

Outlook: For maintenance of technical catalogs, this tool will be superseded by new Launchpad App Manager tool to be introduced with SAP S/4HANA 2020.  For maintenance of business catalogs, Launchpad Content Manager will be the primary recommended tool from SAP S/4HANA 2020.  However, the Launchpad Designer will still be available for maintaining content created prior to SAP S/4HANA 1909.

In the Catalogs pane, the Launchpad Designer has 3 main tabs for maintaining catalogs:

  • Tiles (1) tab – showing simulated visual appearance of tiles
  • Tiles (2) tab – showing details of the tile definition settings
  • Target Mappings tab – showing details of the target mappings

You use the footer buttons to further review or change the entries.

Tiles (1) tab – showing simulated appearance of tiles:

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Launchpad Designer – first Tiles tab showing simulated appearance of tiles

Tiles (2) tab – showing semantic object, action, and URL fragment:

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Launchpad Designer – second Tiles tab showing tile definition details

Target Mappings tab – showing semantic object, action, app type, and form factor settings:

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Launchpad Designer – Target Mappings tab showing target mapping details

For more on the Launchpad Designer refer to the section Setting up Content with the Launchpad Designer in the SAP Fiori launchpad guide for your SAP S/4HANA release in the SAP Help Portal.

SAP S/4HANA has brought several more useful tools.

Mass Maintenance App Descriptor – for classic UIs in the backend

With SAP S/4HANA, the desire to use the SAP Fiori launchpad as the single entry point for both SAP Fiori apps and classic UIs led to the creation of the Mass Maintenance App Descriptor tool. This tool is a Web Dynpro ABAP application that simplifies the mass creation and assignment of launchpad app descriptor items for classic UIs that exist in the (backend) SAP S/4HANA server.

You can reach the application through SAP GUI transaction MM_APP or by launching the URL, specifying your desired client and language.

https://<host>:<port>/sap/bc/webdynpro/sap/sui_tm_mm_app?sap-client=100&sap-language=EN

You specify your technical catalog id or search for it.

Tip: To create a new custom technical catalog from scratch, you just enter a valid catalog id in the customer namespace, e.g. Z_MY_BE_APPS. The tool will give a warning that the catalog does not yet exist, and then you can confirm the warning to get to the maintenance screen.

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Mass Maintenance App Descriptor entry screen

You can edit the launchpad app descriptor items within the tool.

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Mass Maintenance App Descriptor editor for launchpad app descriptor items

The mass-maintained content is then replicated/transformed from the backend into frontend technical catalogs ready in the Fiori Frontend Server via a replication program.

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Mass Maintenance App Descriptor to Technical Catalog replication process

Important: This replication process technically needs to be executed even if you are using an embedded SAP Fiori frontend server. You can find more on this replication process in Integrating Back-end Applications using Mass Maintenance section of the SAP Fiori launchpad guide in the SAP Help Portal.

If you are using SAP S/4HANA 1511 to 1909 you are recommended to use this tool to:

  • Create custom technical catalogs for classic UIs from scratch

For more on the Mass Maintenance App Descriptor tool refer to the section Integrating back-end applications using Mass Maintenance in the SAP Fiori launchpad guide for your SAP S/4HANA release in the SAP Help Portal.

Outlook: This tool will be superseded by new Launchpad App Manager tool to be introduced with SAP S/4HANA 2020. Refer to the section on the Launchpad App Manager later in this blog post.

SAP Fiori launchpad content manager – the tool to scale with SAP Fiori

Typically, approximately 300-400 new SAP Fiori apps are introduced with each new SAP S/4HANA release.  As the number of SAP Fiori apps has rapidly grown across SAP S/4HANA releases, the need for a mass maintenance tool to better manage the catalogs overall and the launchpad app descriptor items for frontend target applications (i.e. SAP Fiori apps) became clear.  So alongside the SAP S/4HANA 1709 and 1809 releases the Fiori launchpad content manager tool was released for SAP S/4HANA 1709 and higher.

The tool supports 2 scope levels – cross-client configuration (CONF) and client-specific customizing  (CUST) modes.

The cross-client configuration (CONF) scope is primarily for creating and maintaining custom technical catalogs.  You reach this scope via SAP GUI Transaction /UI2/FLPCM_CONF.

You can also:

  • View SAP technical catalogs and SAP Business catalogs which are always delivered cross-client
  • Create custom technical catalogs for web content – SAP Fiori (SAPUI5) apps, URLs, etc.
    • You open the catalog in the launchpad designer using the Open in Designer button to adjust the fine detail of the tile definition and/or target mapping

Notice that in cross-client configuration (CONF) scope the Roles tab is not shown, as business roles are usually client-specific.

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Launchpad content manager in cross-client configuration (CONF) mode

The client-specific customizing (CUST) scope is primarily for creating and maintaining custom business catalogs. This is also where you can view which catalogs are assigned to which business roles and vice versa.  You reach the client-specific scope via SAP GUI Transaction /UI2/FLPCM_CUST.

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Launchpad content manager in client-specific customizing (CUST) mode

You can also:

  • View and reference custom technical catalogs and SAP technical catalogs.
  • View and copy SAP Business catalogs into the customer namespace as a starting point for creating your own custom business catalogs
  • Add/remove references to existing launchpad app descriptor items in your custom business catalogs.

For SAP S/4HANA 1709 to 1909 you are recommended to use the launchpad content manager to:

  • Understand the relationships between business roles, business catalogs, technical catalogs, tile definitions and target mappings
  • Search across catalogs and their content
  • Verify whether catalog content is activated
  • Copy SAP Business Catalogs into the customer namespace
  • Copy SAP Technical Catalogs into the customer namespace
  • Remove unwanted tile definitions and target mappings from your custom business catalogs and custom technical catalogs
  • Create references from content in your custom technical catalogs and/or SAP Technical Catalogs into your custom business catalogs

For more on these tools refer to the SAP Fiori launchpad guide section Setting up Catalogs with the Launchpad Content Manager for your SAP S/4HANA release in the SAP Help Portal.

Launchpad App Manager for technical catalogs – available from SAP S/4HANA 2020

This will be a new tool called the Launchpad App Manager, which will be launched via SAP GUI transaction /UI2/FLPAM.

The purpose of this tool is to manage all technical catalogs in one place, providing a simpler experience for managing launchpad app descriptor items.

Essentially the tool will be an extended version of the earlier Mass Maintenance App Descriptor tool. However there is a little more to it than that under the covers… so watch out for an upcoming blog introducing the new tool once SAP S/4HANA 2020 is officially released later this year.

SAP Smart Business tools – for analytical apps with additional requirements

With SAP S/4HANA 1511, alongside the Launchpad Designer and the Mass Maintenance App Descriptor, some specific tools for handling certain frontend analytical launchpad content were added as part of the SAP Smart Business Framework under the SAP Business Role Analytics Specialist (SAP_BR_ANALYTICS_SPECIALIST).  These tools are a collection of apps known as SAP Smart Business Modeler apps.

The Analytics Specialist role included tools such as SAP Fiori apps F0818 KPI Workspace, F0817 Create KPI, F0822 Create Evaluation, F0820 Configure KPI Tiles, F0819 Configure Drill-Down, F0821 Manage KPI Associations.

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SAP Smart Business KPI Workspace app

Find out more about these in the SAP Smart Business Modeler Apps section in the Analytics guide for your SAP S/4HANA release in the SAP Help Portal.

If you need to use these apps you can find out more in the SAP HANA Academy series:

There are a number of useful blogs on this topic:

Including customer blog posts such as:

Important: You will also find there are some special authorization requirements for Smart Business apps listed in section Authorization for Smart Business KPI Tile in the Business Catalog role in the Analytics guide for your SAP S/4HANA release in the SAP Help Portal.

Later in SAP S/4HANA 1709 a similar set of tools for reports were introduced such as SAP Fiori apps F2319 Report Workspace, F2318 Create Report, F2322 Create Report Evaluation, F2320 Configure Report Visualization, F2321 Publish Report.

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SAP Smart Business Report Workspace app

Tip: You can find out how to use these apps in the SAP Developers tutorial Create an Analytical List Page Report.

Find out more about these in the Report Designer Modeler Apps section in the Analytics guide for your SAP S/4HANA release in the SAP Help Portal.

If you are using SAP S/4HANA 1511 to 1809 you are recommended to use SAP Fiori app F0818 KPI Workspace for KPIs and the related Smart Business Modeler apps to:

  • Configure KPIs delivered by SAP
  • Copy KPIs into the customer namespace
  • Create your own KPIs from scratch

For downwards compatibility in SAP S/4HANA 1909 and higher you can still access these tools however they are marked as Obsolete.

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SAP Smart Business KPI tools marked as Obsolete in SAP S/4HANA 1909

If you are using SAP S/4HANA 1709 to 1809 you are recommended to use the SAP Fiori app F2319 Report Workspace to:

  • Configure Reports delivered by SAP
  • Copy Reports into the customer namespace
  • Create your own Reports from scratch

For downwards compatibility in SAP S/4HANA 1909 and higher you can still access these tools however they are marked as Obsolete.

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SAP Smart Business Report tools marked as Obsolete in SAP S/4HANA 1909

 

The successor tool for KPIs and Reports in SAP S/4HANA 1909 and higher releases is SAP Fiori app F2814 Manage KPIs and Reports.

SAP Fiori app F2814 Manage KPIs and Reports – the central tool for analytical apps with additional requirements

In SAP S/4HANA 1909 the earlier SAP Smart Business tools were superseded by a new central SAP Fiori app F2814 Manage KPIs and Reports. This brought the KPI and Report apps together.

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SAP Fiori app F2814 Manage KPIs and Reports

Find out more about this app in the Manage KPIs and Reports section in the Analytics guide for your SAP S/4HANA release in the SAP Help Portal.

If you are using SAP S/4HANA 1909 or higher you are recommended to use the SAP Fiori app F2814 Manage KPIs and Reports to:

  • Configure KPIs and Reports delivered by SAP
  • Copy KPIs and Reports into the customer namespace
  • Create your own KPIs and Reports from scratch

Tip: In SAP S/4HANA Cloud you can even use the same app to create SAC stories as explained in Embedded Analytics: SAP Analytics Cloud in SAP S/4HANA Cloud – How to create your own Dashboard or Story

You can find more blog posts on SAP Community, such as these customer blogs posts:

 

Summary of when to use which launchpad content tool

For customers on SAP S/4HANA 1709 or higher you are recommended to use the Fiori launchpad content manager as your main tool for creating custom launchpad content.

Use the Fiori launchpad content manager to:

  • Search across all launchpad content – both SAP delivered and custom created content
  • Copy SAP content into the customer namespace
    • Both business catalogs and technical catalogs
  • Add/remove references to existing content
    • Add references from technical catalogs to business catalogs
  • Verify content is active
  • View where launchpad content is used, e.g.
    • Which business catalogs are used in which business roles
    • Which tile definitions and target mappings are defined in which technical catalogs or referenced in business catalogs

You can view and reference technical catalogs created via Mass Maintenance App Descriptor and Manage KPIs and Reports (and earlier SAP Smart Business Modeler apps).

You can launch from the Fiori launchpad content manager to the Launchpad Designer for fine detail maintenance via the Open in Launchpad Designer feature.

The remaining tools are still useful for specific needs, i.e.:

  • Use the Mass Maintenance App Descriptor to integrate classic UIs into custom technical catalogs
    • Create launchpad app descriptor items for your own custom classic UIs
    • Replicate the launchpad app descriptor items into technical catalogs
  • Use the SAP Fiori app Manage KPIs and Reports to configure and adjust analytical tiles
    • Configure SAP and custom analytic tiles and reports and publish them to catalogs
  • Use the Launchpad Designer for fine detail maintenance of tiles and target mappings
    • Create tile definitions and target mappings from scratch in your custom technical catalogs
    • Adjust copied tile definitions and target mappings in your custom technical catalogs

Evolution of launchpad layout tools

For managing the launchpad layout the current tool as of SAP S/4HANA 1909 is:

  • Launchpad Designer – available since SAP Business Suite

With SAP S/4HANA 2020 new tools will be made available:

  • SAP Fiori app F4512 Manage Launchpad Pages – available from SAP S/4HANA 2020
  • SAP Fiori app F4834 Manage Launchpad Spaces – available from SAP S/4HANA 2020

From SAP S/4HANA 2020 all of these tools will be available however you are recommended to move to the new tools and the new Spaces and Pages concept as quickly as possible.  While the Launchpad Designer will remain for now, the use of Launchpad Designer for launchpad layout is intended to decline over time.

You can see a summary of the evolution of launchpad layout tools below.

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The evolution of launchpad layout tools from Business Suite to SAP S/4HANA 2020 and beyond

Launchpad Designer – the launchpad layout tool for Groups

The current tool for managing the launchpad layout is the Launchpad Designer.  Launchpad layout is managed using Groups. Groups can reference tiles from one or more business catalogs, and display them as tiles or links.

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Conceptual relationship of business catalogs to groups

For example, you can see what the Journal Entries group looks like to a finance user – in this case the standard test user S4H_FIN_DEM in the SAP S/4HANA 1909 FPS02 on-premise trial system. Tiles are shown first followed by any links.

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Groups in the SAP Fiori launchpad showing tiles and links

This user experience of tiles and links is achieved by assigning tile definitions from one or more catalogs to the Show as Tiles and Show as Links areas respectively.

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Groups in the Launchpad Designer showing the Show as Tiles and Show as Links areas

 

Wondering why the user sees fewer tiles than are defined in the group? Since tile definitions can come from multiple catalogs, and the user may not be assigned all of those catalogs, any tiles or links the user is *not* authorized to use are automatically hidden and cannot be accessed by that user. You can check the source catalog of any tile or link in the group using the information (“i”) icon in the corner of the tile.

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Groups in the Launchpad Designer showing the source catalog of a tile using the Information dialog

To create a new group you press the add “+” icon at the bottom of the list of groups. To add a tile or link you press the add “+” icon in the relevant Show as Tiles or Show as Links section, which will then prompt you to reference the tile definition from your desired business catalog. You will need to give your catalog an id in the customer namespace, e.g. starting with Z, and a name, i.e. which will be shown as the Group title and Group tab on the home page.  You can add tiles one at a time or select multiple tiles from the same catalog.

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Groups in Launchpad Designer showing the Add Catalog, Add tile to Show as Tiles and Show as Links buttons

Tip: You can delete your custom groups by dragging and dropping them from the list of groups onto the Delete zone. The Delete zone will automatically appear as you start to drag.

These groups are then assigned to the technical business role, e.g. in SAP GUI transaction PFCG, as a way to default the launchpad layout of the role.  You can assign multiple groups to a business role.

Important: Groups do not impact on authorizations. If for some reason the group contains a tile/link that the user is not authorized to launch, that tile/link will be hidden and cannot be accessed by the user.

You can use the Launchpad Designer tool to:

  • Create/change/delete custom groups
  • Lock/unlock groups – to control whether users can change the groups via personalization option Edit Home Page
  • Reference tile definitions from business catalogs to appear in groups
  • Specify if the tile definition should appear as a tile or a link within the group

One of the known challenges with groups is the limited capabilities for controlling the sort order of groups. This becomes an increasing challenge as you scale your user experience to add more groups.

SAP Fiori app F4512 Manage Launchpad Pages and SAP Fiori app F4834 Manage Launchpad Spaces – the launchpad layout tools for Spaces and Pages

With SAP Fiori 3, the new concept of Spaces and Pages will supersede groups and provide more flexibility to better control launchpad layouts as you scale.

With this concept, the space is assigned to the business role, and the tiles/links are organized using Pages and Sections within the space.

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Conceptual relationship of business catalogs to spaces

By defining pages with meaningful sections, you will be able to define in which order the apps are sorted on the page. You can, for example, sort the most used apps in the top-level section and then create separate sections for apps that belong together.

Important: Spaces and pages do not impact on authorizations. If for some reason the group contains a tile/link that the user is not authorized to launch, that tile/link will be hidden and cannot be accessed by the user.

SAP will deliver predefined spaces and pages that you can use as a starting point for your own spaces and pages.

From SAP S/4HANA 2020 you will be able to manage spaces and pages using the SAP Fiori apps F4512 Manage Launchpad Pages and F4834 Manage Launchpad Spaces. These apps are already being used for SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

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SAP Fiori app F4512 Manage Launchpad Pages

In a nutshell with SAP S/4HANA 2020 these tools will be used to provide the following capabilities:

  • F4512 Manage Launchpad Pages: Create, update, delete pages
  • F4834 Manage Launchpad Spaces: Create, update, delete spaces and assign pages to spaces
  • SAP GUI Transaction PFCG: Assign spaces to roles

Important: You will be able to move from Groups to Spaces and Pages in a step-wise fashion, e.g. for specific users/roles at a time.

You can find more details on the Spaces and Pages concept and the Manage Launchpad Pages tool in:

And yes you will find more details in the SAP Fiori launchpad guide for SAP S/4HANA 2020 when it is officially released.

Summary of when to use which launchpad layout tool

Currently in SAP S/4HANA 1909 the only tool available is the Launchpad Designer tool for maintaining Groups.

From SAP S/4HANA 2020 you can start to move to the Spaces and Pages approach using the new SAP Fiori apps Manage Launchpad Pages and Manage Launchpad Spaces.

Since the concepts are different there is no way to automate moving groups to spaces and pages. So instead both tools will remain to enable a step-wise move from Groups to Spaces and Pages over time.  For example, you may decide to try out Spaces and Pages with one group of users – aka one business role – first, then use those learnings to smooth the move for other business roles.

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