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Six reasons why Web Dynpro is Better than Design Studio in SAP S/4HANA Cloud

In the past SAP S/4HANA Cloud users had two options. Either choose the red or the blue pill: Design Studio versus Web Dynpro.

The decision has been made. Since the 2102 release the Design studio apps are deprecated. Instead, the multidimensional reports will be used with Web Dynpro apps in the future. Besides performance improvements, there are many advantages, that simplify saying goodbye to the Design Studio. This blog highlights 6 reasons why you can be optimistic about the new Web Dynpro era.

  1. Filter bar always on top
  2. Filter measures
  3. Additional dimensions from data source
  4. Variants + bookmarks
  5. Excel + PDF Export
  6. More helpful query information

The functions are demonstrated using the “Journal Entry Analyzer” app.

  1. Filter bar always on top

With the Design studio it was always quite complex to filter. You could filter in the prompts and had to display them again via “Show prompts”. Or you had to configure the filter bar yourself. In the Web Dynpro the relevant filters are always available on top. The Navigation Panel can be shown if desired. Here you can also filter directly by the dimensions by activating “show filter”.

  1. Filter measures

Furthermore, you can filter key figures with Web Dynpro. With different operators the user can influence the result set, a very useful filter possibility.

  1. Additional dimensions from data source

Next, the users can use dimensions in Web Dynpro that are not contained in the query itself, but in the data source based on it. This offers key users new possibilities in the design of custom analytical queries. Because not all dimensions have to be contained in the query itself.

  1. Variants + bookmarks

In Design studio it was possible to maintain different variants of the reports. In Web Dynpro two levels of variants can be maintained. The first one saves the main filters, that were maintained by the user.

Within the second level, the bookmarks, the user can save the customizing, that was done directly in the data analysis. E.g. measure filters, drilldowns, additional attributes etc. That means working with variants is now more flexible.

Variants, that were maintained in Design Studio, must be recreated in Web Dynpro.

  1. Excel + PDF Export

Besides of the Excel-Export, in Web Dynpro it is possible to export the report in PDF format. With “PDF Export Settings” the concrete output can be defined.

If the export to MS Excel should be basic without formatting, it can be edited easily using the “Clear Formats” function.

  1. More helpful query information

In my opinion, the query information in Web Dynpro is more helpful than in Design Studio, because the InfoProvider name is available.

In comparison to the technical name, this information can be used in the View Browser in order to find the data source.

There are even more reasons, which should be considered:

  • The Navigation Panel can be hidden (more space on the screen)
  • Available for Desktop and Tablet devices
  • Fulfills SAP’s Accessibility Standard
  • Offers Exception Reporting
  • Offers for (onPremise) customers the option to define via BADI own field name mappings
  • Offers for (onPremise) customers the option to change via BADI the IBN navigation parameters


As a huge fan of the Design Studio first I was shocked about the deprecation. But after working with the Web Dynpro app for a while I must admit that it’s much better. It makes the life of users a lot easier with improved filter options. Users don’t have to add every dimension manually to the custom query anymore, the variant management is more flexible, as well as the export options. And most importantly the performance is much better.

In case you have any questions, please use the  SAP S/4HANA Cloud Q&A area. You are also welcome to provide your feedback in the comment section below. Thank you.

Good-bye Design Studio!

Welcome Web Dynpro!

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    • Hi Mustafa,

      thank you for the question.

      Embedding drill down reporting in Fiori UI5 is very complex. Web Dynpro is also HTML-based and fully adaptive (Data Grid Apps are also released for tablet devices) and thus has some similarities with Fiori.



  • Thank you for sharing this blog.

    I have a question. With "Query Browser" app, we would be able to search for CDS Views and execute Design Studio for a selected CDS View.

    Is there similar app for Web Dynpro Data Grid? Right  now I can find Tr: RSRT as only option for executing Web Dynpro Data Grid for a specific CDS View, which has not been registered as a Tile.


    Best Regards,




    • Hi Mio,

      thank you for the questions.

      In the "Query Browser" all queries of a user are listed and can be executed via "Open for Analysis".

      Another option in SAP S/4HANA Cloud is to select the query in "View Browser" and execute it via "Show content".

      In 2105 you will be able to open the reports with Web Dynpro by default.



  • Contrary to the design studio applications, regular users (not admin) are not able to make their variants public to share their layout with others. Any workarounds or a solution? Thanks,

  • Hi Sascha;

    Thanks for the blog. I agree that the Web Dynpro app has better performance, but this is basically all that we can find in favour of it.

    All our users see Web Dynpro as a big step backwards. Mind you we are not using onpremise S/4HANA and have always only used S/4HANA Public Cloud. Design Studio has definitely a more modern look and feel.

    Apart from this

    • Search functions in filter searches were much easier
    • Export to Excel did not merge rows with the same content (importing when working with the export)
    • Web Dynpro changes some of the format of dimensions to add unnecessary and confusing information, e.g. Fiscal year period from 010.2021 to SZ/2021010, similar behavior for GL account
    • different date format
    • whilst it was not always working drag and drop of measures/dimension was user friendly
    • filter that are not part of prompt screens difficult to find

    the list goes on. Please SAP let us keep Design Studio

  • Thank you for the blog, Sascha. As SAP has deprecated DS for S/4HANA Cloud, can we expect this deprecation to extend to on-premise as well? Is there already a (tentative) timeline for this? It'd be great if SAP could shed some light on this.