From his experience at his former job, Adam was used to working with SAP GUI to access on-premise based SAP systems of SAP Business Suite (such as SAP ECC). This is no longer valid for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition, which only provides an HTTP(s) based access for both end users and administrators.
Developers may also access the ABAP environment with the help of ABAP Development Tools to enhance the SAP standard.
As the access of SAP systems with the help of a Web Browser is a significant change for him, he again asks Carl to show him how to access SAP applications in the context of SAP S/4HANA Cloud.
For this, Carl connects to SAP Fiori Launchpad of his partner demo system landscape and explains the role of SAP Fiori Launchpad.
He explains that SAP Fiori launchpad is the entry point to apps on mobile and desktop devices. It gives users the relevant information they need at a glance and focuses on their needs and how they work.
Carl points out that – after successful authentication with the help of the Identity Authentication Service – users are redirected directly to the entry page of SAP Fiori Launchpad for the system they are logged on. The entry page is the main area where the users work and where tiles (representing the apps they work with) are clustered.
As of SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2302, the default layout is to use spaces and pages.
- A space is assigned to a user based on their work profile (Business Role). It can hold one or more pages.
- A page is the part of the space that contains the apps as tiles and links clustered into different sections.
My Home has become the standard entry page, this page is divided into different sections. Users can view their To Dos, Pages, Apps and Activities, and Insights on this page. They can personalize the entry page to hide or display specific sections as well as the content maintained within these sections. For more information on the spaces and pages, see the blog Switching from Groups to Spaces and Pages in SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Public Edition that includes a comparison of the layout with spaces and pages with the previous layout with groups.
The available tiles depend on the Business Catalogs the user is assigned to (via the assignment of Business Roles, for details see below).
With the help of the Manage Launchpad Settings app, the administrator can configure different aspects of the launchpad. For more information, see the Administration Guide for SAP Fiori Launchpad for SAP S/4HANA Cloud (make sure that you display the latest version).
In case that Devin Developer creates an app outside the SAP S/4HANA Cloud system, Adam can use the Custom Tiles app to access the external application.
For security recommendations, Carl advises Adam to read the corresponding section in the Protect Your SAP S/4HANA Cloud documentation.