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SAP Portal and SAP Launchpad Service: Product and Community News in Q2 2021

I would like to point you to the latest news around the topics of SAP Portal portfolio (on-premise and cloud) and SAP Launchpad service and also what is going on in the SAP Portal/Launchpad service community.

Community Topic Page in New Design

You can find all product information on the SAP Portal product portfolio on SAP Community. As “SAP Portal experts” you might already know that SAP’s portal offering is available via various deployment options: SAP Launchpad service (on SAP BTP multi-cloud environment), SAP Cloud Portal service (on SAP BTP Neo and multi-cloud environment) and SAP Enterprise Portal (on-premise) on the SAP NetWeaver platform.

You can use our newly designed SAP Portal & SAP Launchpad service community topic page to access all the relevant product information assets such as presentations, tutorials, roadmaps etc. – which are created by our product and developer experts. In addition you can connect to peers and SAP experts to exchange information about product solutions and best practices. You can also search for answers, ask questions and create your own blog posts.

These are the main SAP contributors and experts from our area of expertise: Aviad Rivlin, Thomas Hensel , Sibylle Brehm, Iris Sasson, Dana Sarfati, Murali Shanmugham, Arne Stich and also myself.

Under the tab “Topic Resources” you will find the product information provided and created by SAP product experts:

Under the tab “Community Content” you find blogs and questions/answers, you can also filter according to content types and tags:

SAP Launchpad and the New Free Tier Model for SAP BTP

The free tier model for SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) was launched on July 1. In this first phase the free tier model for SAP BTP automatically provides free services to all existing Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) and Cloud Platform Enterprise Agreement (CPEA) customers with a direct path to productive use. You can keep all your project work without having to begin a new project in the productive environment.

It is available globally (except mainland China) and the free services can be accessed through a customer’s SAP BTP Cockpit. All other new and existing customers can simply sign up for PAYG through the SAP Store to get started. Among the services that you can explore is also SAP Launchpad service as of July 1.

On the SAP Discovery Center you get an overview on the free tier services which are available:

For more information check out this blog by Anja Schneider. Visit also the SAP BTP trial and free tier webpage and check out the free tier benefits in this video.

“What is New Section” for Product Enhancements and New Features

You want to know in advance which enhancements are planned for SAP Launchpad service? SAP Launchpad service on SAP Business Technology Platform is offering a what’s new preview which started in June 2021:


In this preview section we announce the upcoming planned enhancements ahead of time – allowing customers to be aware of the planned new capabilities before these enhancements arrive to the customer’s environment. In the what’s new preview we plan to publish new capabilities one week in advance. With this new process customers will gain great visibility into the capabilities planned to be delivered in the next release. You find more information in this blog post created by Aviad Rivlin

New Enhancements for SAP Launchpad Service

Business Suite Content Integration: You can integrate business content from different sources to the central launchpad. The so-called content federation feature is available for SAP S/4HANA (on premise) and SAP Enterprise Portal. SAP Business Suite was now added. For more information, see Supported Platforms/Products – SAP Help Portal.

Publish notifications from SAP BTP Cloud Foundry applications: Apps that are deployed to the Cloud Foundry environment can be configured to publish notifications. A notification channel is created between the app and the notification service using credentials generated in the subaccount of the SAP Launchpad service.

Support for Web Assistant: Administrators can activate Web Assistant to provide end users with on-screen help for the launchpad shell and for federated SAPUI5 SAP S/4HANA apps.

Get an overview on all enhancements on the What’s new section of SAP Launchpad Service on SAP Help Portal.

SAP Mobile Start Announced at SAPPHIRE NOW

This year at SAPPHIRE NOW, we introduced SAP’s new mobile experience and shared a glimpse of our new native entry point app: SAP Mobile Start. With SAP Mobile Start SAP creates a new harmonized user experience across industries and lines of businesses. Providing the right contextual content, at the right time, in the right place, it brings the Intelligent Enterprise to the fingertips of every SAP customer. It is integrated with SAP Business Technology Platform and it is planned to become the mobile client of SAP Launchpad service.

SAP Mobile Start Press Release

SAP User Experience Partner Webcast Series
By understanding the valuable role of our partners, we strive to enable them with the most up-to-date and key content. Register for the SAP User Experience Partner webcast series: in bi-weekly sessions we cover various UX-related topics of the SAP solution portfolio.

Register for the upcoming webcast events

New openSAP course: SAP Business Technology Platform in a Nutshell
Enroll for a new openSAP course: SAP Business Technology Platform in a Nutshell. In this course you’ll get an introduction to SAP BTP directly from the platform experts. Learn how SAP BTP empowers customers to develop their businesses into intelligent enterprises, and explore how SAP BTP enables SAP developers, customers, and partners to integrate and extend their SAP landscape.

Enroll for the course

Recommended Blogs on SAP Community

I would like to recommend the following blogs on the SAP Portal & Launchpad Community.

Enhance the Digital Workplace Experience using SAP Work Zone – Understanding the Admin Role concepts, posted by Murali Shanmugham
This blog is the latest blog post of a series in which Murali covers some of the key concepts of SAP Work Zone. It describes also the steps required to setup SAP Work Zone and integrate it with UI cards and applications. You might wonder what SAP Work Zone is and how it is related to Portal and Launchpad? You will soon learn more about it on SAP Community. Stay tuned!

Configure Single Sign-On with Okta & SAP BTP Launchpad service on Cloud Foundry, also posted by Murali Shanmugham
This blog post is about the setup of single sign-on with SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) and Okta. This was a request from a customer and the requirement also include to configure an IdP-initiated SSO from Okta to authenticate external users accessing a supplier portal hosted on SAP BTP Cloud Foundry environment.

If you want to see all SAP Community blog posts written about SAP Launchpad service, then follow this tagTo activate the notifications for new blogs, go to your profile and choose Account & Settings -> Communications.

Recommended Questions and Answers

I have collected some useful questions and answers tagged with the SAP Launchpad service and SAP Enterprise Portal. Have a look, maybe they cover also an issue that you need to solve:

 

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  • Hi Vera,

    thank you for the great article! There is some useful information and links :-).

    But one link (SAP Mobile Start on SAP Store) is not functional respectively I can’t go through, because it is the link to the demostore scenario 17562 and I am not authorized (You are not Authorized to view this Scenario). Is the link correct , please? If yes, how can I receive required authorization?

    Thank you in advance

    Radovan

     

    • Thanks Radovan!

      I added the link by mistake, sorry. The demo store seems not to be available to external people. I also removed the link from the blog post.

      I will let you know if something can be done about it, but I do not expect.

      Best regards and sorry again

      Vera

      • Hi Vera,

        thank you for the reaction. We can see many scenarios there in the demostore (as a partner :-)), but not this exact one. It doesn't matter. I believe that we can test Mobile Start app in a few weeks...

        Have a nice summer,

        Radovan