Deploying SAP Fiori at Scale

Deploying SAP Fiori at Scale

A greenfield implementation of SAP S/4HANA for one of SAP’s long-time customers demanded a modern, user-experience-centric (UX) approach based on SAP Fiori UX. Yet deploying around 1,300 apps to users in more than 50 countries proved quite a challenge. Join this session for a full-stack view of our solution to this challenge, covering hosting infrastructure, network optimisation, personalisation of SAP Fiori Launchpad, custom app development, and related topics.

Presented at SAP TechEd 2019 in Las Vegas.


Sascha Wenninger

September 25, 2019


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    Public Deploying Fiori at Scale UX212 Sascha Wenninger Tech Lead,

    4S Program Orica
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    Public 8 End-to-End Business Processes Business plan to reporting Market

    intelligence to order to cash Issue to resolution Source to purchase to pay Plan to inventory Project inception asset acquire to retire to project closure Recruit to hire to terminate Master data management Business budgeting, forecasting, month end, half year and full year reporting. Opportunities, bid management, sales contracts & orders, shipments, billing & accounts receivables. Complaints management. I.e., returns, credit notes. Sourcing, purchase contracts and orders, goods receipt, accounts payable. Sales and operations planning, distribution requirement planning, material requirement planning, discrete/continuous manufacturing, goods receipt in stock. Project approvals process, asset acquisition & maintenance, integration to fixed-assets, asset obsolesce & project closure. Recruitment, on boarding, succession planning, performance review, payroll, mobility, off boarding and organisational structure. Create / change / delete master data (i.e. customers, vendors, SKU’s) and enterprise structure, (i.e., company codes, plants, storage locations). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
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    Public Business Vision One System Consistent processes globally Quality Master

    Data Controlled IT system risks Predictability Visibility One way of working
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    Public Azure Our Architecture S/4HANA 1809 Business Suite (PY) Business

    Suite (GTS, EM) HANA 2.0 HANA 2.0 Front-End Server Web Dispatcher
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    Public Azure …if we were doing it again… S/4HANA 1809

    Business Suite (PY) Business Suite (GTS, EM) HANA 2.0 HANA 2.0 Front-End Server Web Dispatcher
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    Public Landscape Design Highly customer-specific! • Greenfield or Brownfield? •

    How many systems? How many S/4HANA? • SaaS footprint? • Scalability? Take the time to plan this! Also see SAP Fiori Deployment Options and System Landscape Recommendations
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    Public Choosing a Location Availability of SaaS apps IaaS feature

    availability Legal & Privacy Network connectivity Costs
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    Public What is it? New version of HTTP, feat: •

    Binary transfer • Multiplexing • Header Compression • Encryption
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    Public Multiplexing With HTTP/1.1, browsers open 4-8 TCP connections per

    origin For each connection: • TCP Handshake (2 Round-Trips) • TLS Handshake (2+ Round Trips) • TCP Slow Start HTTP/2 Multiplexing avoids this! 1 TCP Connection for everything
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    Public Basic Setup Requires kernel >= 7.49 WebDispatcher and ICM

    support this SSL mandatory! 2 Steps: 1. icm/HTTP/support_http2=true 2. Restart ICM More info: Nick Yang’s blog post SAP Web Dispatcher ABAP System Java System ICM HANA DB HANA DB HTTP/2 HTTP/1.1 ICM
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    Public Advanced Setup Requires kernel >= 7.49 WebDispatcher and ICM

    support this SSL mandatory! 3 Steps: 1. icm/HTTP/support_http2=true 2. wdisp/support_http2_to_backend=true 3. Restart ICM More info: Nick Yang’s blog post SAP Web Dispatcher ABAP System Java System ICM HANA DB HANA DB HTTP/2 HTTP/2 ICM
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    Public Performance Gains 0 1 2 3 4 5 0

    2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 Frequency Load Time (n=10) Fiori Launchpad: Load time -20% 18s 14s
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    Public SAPUI5 CDN Read more: Blog post by Jorge Baltazar,

    or Note 2526542 Map credit: $200inaire ~20ms
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    Public Will it Help? Often A Good Idea, but depends

    on network topology • Where are your users? Is Akamai really “closer”? • Do you have Riverbed WAN Acceleration? • Is your internet link congested? • Is your proxy slow? • Individual results will vary
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    Public Our Experience with Fiori Launchpad HTTP Requests 2.6 MB

    550 kB HTTP Requests 39 37 SAP Front-End Server SAPUI5 CDN
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    Public 0 1 2 3 4 5 0 2 4

    6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 Frequency Load Time (n=10) Fiori Launchpad: Load time Performance Gains -20% 18s 14s -20% 11s
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    Public 0 50 100 150 200 5 10 15 20

    25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 95 100 More Workers on Site Access from Anywhere 3,500+ Workers at Customer Sites 400+ Customer Sites “Access SAP from any Computer”
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    Public Azure Application Proxy • Managed by Azure • Single

    Sign-On with MFA • Pre-authentication • WAF features • Scalable • Secure • Cheap
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    Public Software Currency Keep up to date! Update your Front-End

    Server! –Performance improvements (e.g. FES 5.0) –Features (e.g. in-place GUI for HTML) Beware of version dependencies: Note 2618605 –usually some updates needed in all systems Beware of custom themes and dependencies with UI5 library
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    Public Software Currency Stateful Application Container for SAP GUI Improves

    performance for launching GUI for HTML and Web Dynpro Refer to Jocelyn Dart’s blog post on how to set this up Launchpad Generation Upgrading to FES 5.0 reduced load time by ~30%! 11s -25% 8s
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    Public Activating standard apps SAP-delivered Roles often don’t align to

    company processes Installation via Rapid Content Activation is not perfect… (though much improved since 1610/1709) Troubleshooting takes effort! Discover Activate Troubleshoot Evaluate 3.5 Apps/person/day 160+ SAP Incidents
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    Public Team Structure 4 Basis consultants Close collaboration with Security

    Once activated, it’s all about Security! Technology Development Basis Fiori Security
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    Public E2E Model Process Model Process Step Value Chain Diagrams

    Top-Down Decomposition Generated by SolMan from lower-level models
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    Public E2E Model Process Model Process Step Value Chain Diagrams

    8 x 28 x 153 x 567 x 6,728 x BPM Library
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    Public FLP & Security Process Models + Org Structure Authorisations

    + Fiori Launchpad content = Person Job Role
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    Public Target Design (This is dummy data from the dev

    system!) KPI Tiles always at the beginning
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    Public Target Design Target Mapping ~545 jobs Fiori Group ~28

    groups Fiori Catalog ~28 catalogs • Catalog contains all tiles available for the user to choose from, accessible from App Finder • One Catalog for each Level 2 process defined in BPM • Fiori Group contains Tiles displayed on first logon. • Rules-based organisation (KPI tiles first, alphabetically sorted, Display-only apps as Links) • Target mapping controls which Tiles will be shown/hidden based on Swimlane Roles, which are grouped to form Job Roles.
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    Public Use the App Finder Reduces clutter on the Launchpad

    Lets people discover less-frequently-used apps Encourage users to personalize!
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    Public Stay Standard We chose Belize Light + Orica logo

    Consistent with SuccessFactors, Cloud for Customer Minimises upgrade effort Fiori 3 will bring further UI alignment. Eventually…
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    Public Engage SAP MaxAttention Innovation Control Centre Regional Implementation Group

    (RIG) Customer Engagement Initiatives SAP Community Network …
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    Public Effort & Time! Deploying Fiori needs both. Needed from

    Design to UAT and hypercare. A dedicated team is best. Skills: Basis, Security, Empathy, Patience
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    Public Pain Point: Sorting • Must be done manually in

    Launchpad Designer! • Slow for large Groups (>1 minute to move a tile!) • There is no Excel upload/download or bulk maintenance Next time, we’ll build some custom code!
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    Public Pain Point: Smart Business Tiles • Cannot be controlled

    using Target Mapping • Always shown even no authorization to data! • Must use personalization to hide Next time, we’d probably put these into a separate Fiori Group Refer SAP Note 2644149
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    Public Fiori Launchpad Content Manager Released in July 2019 Requires

    SP upgrade of SAP_UI 7.52 or later Learn more at TechEd: UX361 – SAP Fiori Rapid Activation and Content Configuration (2h Hands-on) LT114 – Implement SAP Fiori Efficiently Out of the Box for SAP S/4HANA UX201 – Paving the Way to SAP Fiori with Basic Considerations and Implementation UX203 – All You Need to Know About SAP Fiori Launchpad
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    Public Pain Point: SolMan Process Modelling SolMan’s Executable Library is

    keyed by Semantic Object + Action. Apps cannot be added to the library automatically! Several Fiori apps have identical key values! Difficult to determine correct App for Job or Role…
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    Public Pain Point: User Experience of Old Apps Not all

    Fiori apps are beautiful Some require user to remember codes and IDs between apps. Many don’t implement navigation Newer apps generally much better: filtering, type-ahead, app-to-app navigation, etc. Still many inconsistencies (e.g. User Defaults in Me Area)
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    Public Pain Point: Personalization User friendly but challenging to maintain.

    Some changes can corrupt personalization data for some users. To fix, reset personalization. Complicates consistent look & feel across people with same Job.
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    Public Lessons Learnt Prepare & Plan Create a Factory Combine

    Security & Fiori teams Build your own tools Keep systems up to date Engage SAP It’s not easy!
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    Public Some Links • SCN Fiori Wiki – great central

    place for all things Fiori – Fiori on S/4HANA – specific for S/4HANA – Fiori Elements – more and more relevant as Fiori Elements matures • SAP Fiori Deployment Options and System Landscape Recommendations • Nick Yang’s blog post on enabling http/2 • Configuring SAPUI5 CDN, by Jorge Baltazar • Calling GUI and Web Dynpro apps without opening new tab, by Jocelyn Dart • SAP Fiori Launchpad Content Manager Keep monitoring Customer Influence!