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SAP Portal, SAP Work Zone and SAP Launchpad Service: Product and Community News in Q1 2022

Disclaimer: note that this blog was published prior to the re-branding related to SAP Build portfolio, which was announced at SAP TechEd 2022. SAP Launchpad service and SAP Work Zone come together under the SAP Build Work Zone brand, with two editions: standard edition (formerly SAP Launchpad service) and advanced edition (formerly SAP Work Zone). You can learn more in this blog post by Aviad Rivlin. See also the announcement for SAP Build.

I would like to point you to the latest news around digital experience services on SAP Business Technology platform – with focus on SAP Launchpad service and SAP Work Zone.

If you are still using SAP Portal on-premise or cloud, we recommend to make yourself familiar with this offering and consider a transition to these services. You will find plenty of learning material in this blog, see for example the recording and the slides of the SAP MaxAttention Innovation Workshop.

In case you are an SAP Partner, you can register for some upcoming partner workshops focusing on SAP Launchpad service and SAP Work Zone.

Product News

Roadmaps Available

The updated roadmap for SAP Launchpad service and the new roadmap for SAP Work Zone are both available. You can find them in the Roadmap Explorer.

Watch new Product Demo Videos

On our YouTube channel you can watch some new product videos demonstrating product features and configuration scenarios. One new video shows how administrators can add an SAP S/4HANA on-premise system as a content provider to SAP Launchpad service:

In the second video you learn how you could use your personal digital experience dashboard in SAP Work Zone, which displays all relevant information to fulfill your tasks and connects you also to all SAP applications by a single point of entry:

I also recommend to subscribe to our YouTube channel, we are planning to provide more demo videos on the next weeks and months.

New Enhancements for SAP Work Zone

Enterprise search can now be enabled for SAP Work Zone: users can search for all applications that they have permissions to access (SAP S/4HANA apps and local apps):

It is also possible to exchange small set of data between different UI integration cards added on the same page on SAP Work Zone (= context awareness).

Check out What is new in SAP Work Zone!

SAP Task Center Generally Available

With the recent availability of SAP Task Center on SAP Business Technology Platform, it is now possible for users to access work items across different solutions in one place. This capability has been requested by many customers over the last few years, and we are happy to announce that it is now generally available. Task Center allows to aggregate approval tasks from multiple SAP solutions: SAP S/4HANA, SAP S/4HANA Cloud, SAP SuccessFactors, and SAP Fieldglass (further SAP solutions will be supported). SAP Task center is provided to the end user via the SAP Launchpad service.

Read these blogs for more information:

Handling tasks in an efficient, integrated and harmonized way using SAP Task Center

Getting started with SAP Task Center

SAP NetWeaver 7.5 Maintenance: Updated Section on SAP Enterprise Portal

I would like to remind you that mainstream maintenance for SAP NetWeaver 7.5 (and SAP Enterprise Portal 7.5) will continue to the end of 2027, with extended maintenance to 2030. Note that no functional enhancements are planned anymore for SAP Enterprise Portal on SAP NetWeaver 7.5 (only bug fixes will be available). This is also the case for Knowledge Management as part of SAP Enterprise Portal 7.5.

Read the document about SAP NetWeaver 7.5 Maintenance Strategy, there is a special section about SAP Enterprise Portal, which was also updated recently.


Enablement and Learning

Register for Upcoming Partner Enablement Workshops

You are an official SAP Partner? Then you can register for this free hands-on training to get experience with SAP Launchpad service and learn how to implement your own central entry point to business applications including mass content integration from SAP backend systems. You will also learn how to use SAP Work Zone to create your first digital workplace. There are 3 workshops planned:

June 1-2: Register on SAP Partner Portal (for area LAC/NA)

June 21-22: Register on SAP Partner Portal (for area APJ)

May 17-18: Register on SAP Partner Portal (for area EMEA/MEE) (finished)

Learn about the Key Components of SAP Work Zone

SAP is strengthening the UX integration capabilities of SAP Business Technology Platform with the SAP Work Zone offering. It is one of the digital experience services on SAP BTP (together with SAP Launchpad service) for building branded digital workplaces which connect people to business processes, information & business data. It also enables a consistent digital experience for end users across all digital touchpoints.
My new blog gives you an overview on the key components of SAP Work Zone, which are relevant for the end users using SAP Work Zone as their personal digital experience dashboard to fulfill their daily tasks. On this screenshot you can see for example a newly created workspace, which you could use for different use cases: to share company-wide information, interact with colleagues or for providing a central place for an internal project:

SAP Work Zone also allows to access SAP applications and systems via a built-in central launchpad. Read my blog and learn how to work with your personal digital experience dashboard provided by SAP Work Zone.

SAP MaxAttention Innovation Workshop “How to Create Digital Workplace Experience for the New World of Work”

Recently we hosted a virtual SAP MaxAttention Innovation Workshop “How to Create Digital Workplace Experience for the New World of Work” with speakers from SAP Product Engineering, Technology and Innovation, SAP MaxAttention Center of Expertise and SAP customers. The topics evolved were all around Digital Experience. SAP Launchpad Service and SAP Work Zone were also demonstrated and use cases were discussed, including the important topic of transition paths from other solutions such as SAP Enterprise Portal or SAP Jam.

I strongly recommend to have a look at this blog on SAP Community where you will also find links to the slide decks and also to the recording. The Work Zone and Launchpad session was presented on day 2.

Recommended Blogs on SAP Community

I would like to recommend the following blogs on the SAP Portal & Digital Experience Community. Thanks also to all the contributors!

Designing UI5 Apps for SAP Launchpad Service (Blog Series) by Matthias Schmalz

Get to know the differences between SAP Launchpad Service and SAP Work Zone by Pratiksha Agarwal

How to set-up your SAP Launchpad Service by Pratiksha Agarwal

And we also announced the lucky winners of our SAP Work Zone and SAP Launchpad Service Holiday Quiz in a blog written by Yumnah Abbasi.


Additional Learning Material and Assets

For SAP Work Zone:

Hands-on Tutorials: 


SAP Launchpad Service:

Hands-on Tutorials: 

And last, not least:

Subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter.

You can also register for our quarterly SAP Portal & Digital Experience Newsletter to get the latest news and updates.


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      Author's profile photo Varun Dixit
      Varun Dixit

      Hi Vera,

      Thanks for the brief updates.

      Quite Informative and useful updates as always.


      Author's profile photo Vera Gutbrod
      Vera Gutbrod
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Varun!

      Happy to read that the news blog post series is informative and useful for you. I will continue with the series also in 2022.

      Best regards


      Author's profile photo Bhaskar Burra
      Bhaskar Burra

      Hi Vera Gutbrod,


      What happened to SAP Cloud Portal Service?

      Author's profile photo Vera Gutbrod
      Vera Gutbrod
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Bhaskar!

      Cloud Portal is still existing, but it is not on the price list anymore. Existing SAP Cloud Portal service customers can continue using the portal service – there is no end of support date for it. See also the road map in the Road Map Explorer. The launchpad experience of Cloud Portal will continue to be enhanced over time with new capabilities. Note that the freestyle option is in maintenance mode. We recommend to create sites only with Launchpad design.

      If customer would like to transition to other services on SAP BTP, we recommend as follows:

      • Customers who implemented the Launchpad site template can transition to SAP Launchpad service.
      • Customers who implemented freestyle sites can transition to SAP Work Zone (note that there is no feature parity between freestyle sites and SAP Work Zone).

      Best regards