How To Setup the SAP Fiori Launchpad

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The Fiori Launchpad is great. If you’re not using it yet, you should be.

SAP Fiori Launchpad
SAP Fiori Launchpad
There is very little doubt that within three years, Fiori, and the Fiori Launchpad will be the primary way people use SAP. This is great news. Not only is Fiori an incredibly more simple, intuitive, and beautiful interface, it’s also responsive (it will work on iPads and iPhones as well as a desktop browser). It’s the primary user experience that everything will be based on at SAP in the future.
Since Fiori and the Fiori Launchpad are both a little new, there isn’t very much guidance on how to set this up. But good news, I’m about to show you how.

The Waves of Fiori

A quick review of the versions may be useful. The first version of Fiori with the 25 apps is now referred to as SAP Fiori 1.0 (Based on SAP Fiori Launch Page). Those are delivered as all individual apps, and use the Launch Page, not the Launchpad. SAP Fiori 1.0 is also the only version generally available, however the ramp-up program is easy to get into for the next and probably most useful version. Next up are the 66 apps in SAP Fiori Principal and Transactional Apps for ERP, SRM, and CRM 1.0 (prior to Business Suite Innovations 2013) (link gives the overview in PDF). Finally there will come the few hundred Apps with Business Suite Innovations 2013. These however, will require the latest ECC 6 EHP 7, which I think may take a while before everyone gets on board. We will focus our attention to the 2nd option, Prior to Business Suite Innovations 2013.

What’s Required

First off, just let me say: There are a lot of things to install. This will take some significant Basis time, probably a solid week. I’m going to use the following document as the main guide: SAP Fiori Principal Apps for ERP 1.0 (prior to Business Suite Innovations 2013). What a mouthful?

Let’s just assume a simple use case, Track Purchase Order and work from there. There are several components you will need to install, referenced here. It will look like this once you launch the App:

SAP Fiori - Track Purchase Order
SAP Fiori – Track Purchase Order

 

Systems

  • SAP Netweaver Gateway 7.4 SPS04 for HUB deployment (this is the most likely deployment option). This will come with most components like the UI Add-Ons out of the box. But you will need to add:
    • Fiori ERP Applications X1 1.0:
      • Central App UI NW740 – UIX01EAP
      • HCM UI NW740 – UIX01HCM (optional)
      • Travel UI NW740 – UIX01TRV (optional)
      • Approve Requests UI NW740 – UIX01CA1 (optional)
  • SAP ERP 6, with any enhancement package but with the latest support package.
    • Fiori ERP Applications X1 1.0, which is referred to as Central App INT. If you have ECC 6 ehp7, then you can use Central App INT 740. Personally, I would install everything here:
      • GBAPP002 600
      • Gateway BEP – Backend components of Gateway required to expose services.
      • SRA001 – SRA021  – The actual services you can explore with SEGW on ECC.

Installation / Configuration Tips

  • Apply for the Fiori Ramp-Up. Otherwise you will be installing the out of date Fiori 1.0 (not shown in this guide).
  • Follow the guide here.
  • Apply all of the SAP Notes as suggested! There are several errors that this resolves. There are a lot of notes, so this will take time.
  • Upgrade all of the components described above in systems to the latest support package.
  • Most software components are difficult to navigate to in the software catalog. You should do a search for “SAP Fiori ERP” which will locate the missing components.
  • Once everything is installed, follow the configuration guide here. This includes your Gateway SPRO configuration and connectivity and SSO between Gateway and ERP.

Configuring the Launchpad

The Launchpad has a few new components or concepts. I’ll refer to this next screen shot as we cover some of these:
SAP Fiori Launchpad with Catalog Open
SAP Fiori Launchpad with Catalog Open
You can use this URL to navigate to your Launchpad: https://<web dispatcher hostname>/sap/bc/ui5_ui5/ui2/ushell/shells/abap/FioriLaunchpad.html
If you don’t assign any Groups to your user, the screen will be blank. If you assign Catalogs to users, they can click the Open Catalog button on the top-left corner, search the catalog, and add Tiles to their home page by dragging the tiles to a target on the left.
SAP Fiori Launchpad Catalog Search
SAP Fiori Launchpad Catalog Search

Description of Components in Fiori Launchpad

  • Tile – The actual box you see above that when clicked will launch an App.
  • Catalog – All tiles must first be added to a Catalog. These are then searchable and can be added to Groups. Personally, I think this is a little redundant with Group.
  • Group – Looking at the end-user screen shot, the groups are what separate the apps: Experience Basis, and Buyer (MM). These can also be assigned to roles and a user will automatically see them when they login.
Once all of your components are properly assigned, you can add a standard role to a user which includes both a group and a catalog. For example,  Track Purchase Order Roles: SAP_MM_BCR_Buyer_X1.
If you navigate to transaction PFCG, you can see how in the Menu section, there is an assigned Group and Catalog:
SAP Fiori - Role for Track Purchase Order (MM Buyer)
SAP Fiori – Role for Track Purchase Order (MM Buyer)

Administering the Launchpad

You will probably want to change your groups and add some of your own tiles. For this, you need to go to the Fiori Launchpad Administrator.
** As of this writing, this does not work in Chrome, only in Firefox**
Navigate to this URL: https://<gateway hostname>/sap/bc/ui5_ui5/sap/arsrvc_upb_admn/main.html?sap-client=100&sap-language=EN
You will see something like this (notice all the Catalogs on the left):
SAP Fiori Launchpad Administration
SAP Fiori Launchpad Administration
If you want to create a new tile, you first need to add it to an existing Catalog or create a new Catalog and then add it. You can see the + icon at the bottom of the Catalogs on the left, or a new tile can be created by clicking the + button on the bottom-right tile in the main area.
Next, you would click the Groups option in the top-left corner and then you could add a new tile to one of your groups that are assigned to a role in the PFCG transaction:
SAP Fiori Launchpad - Managing Tiles in Groups
SAP Fiori Launchpad – Managing Tiles in Groups

 

A Few Other Notes

After following the above steps, you should have the Fiori Launchpad running and be able to add and maintain the tiles for your users. I hope you get to enjoy it. It’s a great experience for your end users, and an extremely versatile component itself.
Here are a few other things you could do:
  • Add dynamic tiles – Tiles that refresh every 15 seconds with a key figure such as pending approvals, sales orders, or system information.
  • Add non-Fiori tiles – You can launch Web Dynpro, or any other URL to make a single navigation point for all of your backend applications, similar to what your Portal does today.
  • Add RSS feeds – You could add your company news for easy viewing on mobile devices or for updates like system outages or SAP notifications, such as “System will be down tomorrow so that we can install more Fiori Apps!

Follow Ups

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Gavin Quinn

Gavin Quinn

Gavin Quinn is an industry thought leader and has a relentless commitment to making the SAP user experience simple, mobile, and beautiful. Gavin is the founder and chief architect of Mindset Consulting and has over 15 years of experience leading SAP projects for Fortune 1000 companies, internationally-renowned health care organizations, and government agencies. He got his start in UX design with SAP NetWeaver Portal and has quickly evolved to include mobile design using SAP Fiori and other web-friendly technologies. Most recently, his focus has been SAP ERP, SAP HANA, and SAP Fiori. Gavin is a regular blogger and speaker on the topics of mobility and SAP Fiori.

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