What is SAP Fiori?
SAP Fiori is the design language that provides a consistent and holistic user experience for SAP software. By creating visually pleasing designs with a strong focus on ease of use, the experience is intuitive and simple, across all devices.
At its core, the design concept of SAP Fiori:
- Provides role-based simplification of business processes
- Shifts from monolithic solutions to activity-based apps
- Empowers users and the way they work
What is the SAP Fiori Launchpad?
The SAP Fiori launchpad is the single entry point to all apps permissioned to a user on any device. The launchpad is role-based, meaning you only see what has been permissioned for you to access, based on the business role(s) assigned to your user. What you see on the home page may also change depending on the device that you are using. For example, not all apps support mobile devices, so they won't be visible on your launchpad when you access via a mobile device.
When end users launch apps from the SAP Fiori launchpad, the apps run within a shell. The shell bar is the outer frame of the SAP Fiori launchpad. The shell bar contains header and footer areas with various buttons, icons, and a logo. A default footer is not provided out-of-the-box with SAP Fiori launchpad. In the shell header, you'll see either Home (when you have the home page displayed) or the title of the current app you are using.
SAP Fiori Launchpad Shell Bar
Click on each of the orange frames for a description.
SAP Fiori Launchpad Layouts
Apps are displayed as tiles or links on the launchpad home page. A tile/link is a visual representation of an app, either in a square icon, or a basic link. Links can be useful for adding relevant apps (tiles) to a section without taking up the amount of space a tile would. There are two options for structuring the layout of apps in the launchpad: Spages and Pages and Classic Groups
Spaces and Pages Layout (recommended)
The concept of Spaces and Pages supersedes groups, although it has to be configured, otherwise groups will display by default. Spaces and Pages provide more flexibility to better control launchpad layouts for end users. With this concept, the space is assigned to the business role, and the app tiles/links are organized using Pages and Sections within the space. By defining pages with meaningful sections, you will be able to define in which order the apps are sorted on the page. For example, you can sort the most used apps in the top-level section and then create separate sections for apps that belong together. When you assign a business role with predefined spaces and pages, the end user will see the sections and tiles/links as they have been configured.
Classic Groups Layout
Apps are clustered into logical groups on your launchpad. Administrators assign tiles from one or more business catalog to a group. The groups and business catalogs are then assigned to a business role. Users with the business role assigned can view the group with the relevant apps on their launchpad. If configured, users can also personalize their launchpad by adding or removing apps from the standard out-of-the-box groups and create their own groups. Access these personalization features in your User Profile > Edit Home Page.
Try it out
Learn how to navigate and personalize the SAP Fiori Launchpad.
SAP Fiori Launchpad User Actions Menu
The User Actions Menu offers user-related options (e.g. open apps, change the launchpad layout, define settings, contact support). To open the User Actions Menu, click your profile picture or the User icon located at the top right corner of the shell header. Your profile picture appears only if SAP Jam integration is enabled and you have uploaded a picture in SAP Jam.
Click on each highlighted area of the screen for information.
The app finder is a convenient tool for finding apps, all in one place, and then adding them to your home page, if the administrator has enabled user personalization of the home page. The app finder lists all the apps available for your role that you may potentially use in your daily work. You can access the app finder from the User Actions Menu.
SAP Fiori Apps Reference Library
An excellent resource for learning more about the functionality of the applications in your SAP S/4HANA Cloud system is the SAP Fiori Apps Reference Library. The SAP Fiori Apps Reference Library is a comprehensive library of all relevant SAP content for the SAP Fiori launchpad. The library enables you to explore information about SAP Fiori apps as well as classic applications based on SAP GUI and WebDynpro.