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SAP NetWeaver Business Client (NWBC)

Introduction

NetWeaver Business Client 5.0

Roadmap

NetWeaver Business Client and SAP UI Technologies

Side Panel, SAP Screen Personas, Fiori

NetWeaver Business Client in Detail

NWBC 4.0

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SAP NetWeaver Business Client: Introduction

NWBC for Desktop


The SAP NetWeaver Business Client (NWBC) is the unified environment for SAP business applications, offering
a single point of entry. It can host a wide variety of content including Web Dynpro and SAP GUI applications and
any web-based content.

Benefits

increased end user adoption


single point of entry for the user
content tailored to users needs
low overall TCO

Key features
standard client for Business Suite
role-based (PFCG / PCD) access to SAP business

applications
browser-like navigation
integration of different UI technologies
allows modifications-free mash-ups via Side Panels
supports access and navigation to other systems

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NWBC for Desktop: Main Use Cases


Dynpro
transactions
enriched by side
panel

Web content
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Web Dynpro ABAP


applications including
Floorplan Manager
applications: Easy,
efficient and highlyconfigurable development
and adaptation of
consistent UIs
Page Builder entry
pages
mashing up reusable
components (CHIPs)
Power Lists offering
personalized access to all
relevant work items on
one screen
Side Panel

SAP UI5 applications


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SAP NetWeaver Business Client 5.0

NWBC: Change your end users experience

POWL

Side Panel
UI theme designer

from this
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Fiori app (planned)


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One common installation

One infrastructure

for all system connection info

for SAP GUI Windows, Java, NWBC

One access point to all systems


regardless of release

Admin
configuration

User
configuration

7.40

7.0

6.20

SAP GUI-NWBC integration

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ONE Desktop Client: Common installer

Common installer

Single download from SMP

All necessary components for installing

One Shell
or SAP GUI only

Single installation still possible


-

Separate patches

Testing

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ONE Desktop Client: Common infrastructure


Common infrastructure for NWBC, SAP
GUI for Windows and SAP GUI for Java
Admin files for configuring system connections
one UI landscape configuration
User-defined NWBC and SAP Logon system
connections converging into one

Same provisioning options for NWBC and SAP


GUI:
Push
Pull
Automatic migration

Admin
configuration
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User
configuration
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ONE Desktop Client: Other features


Better SAP GUI Integration
SAP GUI transactions always open in
NWBC tabs
SAP Shortcuts open in NWBC tabs
Stop transaction from context menu
Performance improvements
Use SAP GUI theme

Easy entry
Preconfigure entry page
Access work center page from index page

Favorites
Structure favorites in folders
Management using drag & drop

Side panel
More prominent visuals for opening
Configuration Open side panel with new tab
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SAP NetWeaver Business Client


Product road map overview key themes and capabilities
Packaging and tighter integration with
SAP GUI and SAPLogon *
Common installation and infrastructure
One access point to all systems regardless
of release
Optimization of SAP GUI integration
Possibility to use the SAP GUI defined
theme

Creation of folder structures in Favorites


+ drag & drop capabilities *
Configurable start page (choose
between Index page, New Tab page,first
pinned tab, or first work center page) *

Improved integration with SAP Screen


Personas:
Cross-system flavors with upcoming
versions of SAP GUI for Windows
7.40, NWBC for Desktop 5.0 and
SAP Screen Personas 3.0

Bring the SAP Fiori experience into


NWBC for Desktop

Integration of SAP Fiori stand-alone


applications, e.g. leave request, in
NWBC index page

FLP home page in NWBC


Integration of content from SAP
HANA and SAP HANA Cloud
Enable business experts, not
administrators, to configure content
Native experience for SAP GUI
applications

Touch enablement for Windows 8


desktops

Merge NWBC for HTML with SAP Fiori


Launchpad

Side Panel: improved visuals (toggle)


and personalization options *

Today: NWBC 5.0

* Desktop version only


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Planned Innovations

Future Directions

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NWBC and SAP UI Technologies

SAP NetWeaver Business Client for desktop side panels


Description
Side panels provide context information to ERP transactions via reusable chips. Available chips include context related
reports, master data details, 3D visualizations, social media integration, etc.

Social
media

Application
details

Key capabilities
Increased efficiency for expert users, faster decision making and
data entry
Modification free enhancements by customer and partners
Low TCO: consumption without system upgrade possible

Benefits
~ 1600 ERP transactions enabled with SAP EhP6 for SAP ERP 6.0
~ 100 reusable chips available
Reports

Visual
Enterprise
integration

* Desktop version only


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NWBC and SAP Screen Personas


Benefits
Improve visual appeal, end user productivity and
performance working with SAP
Fast and cost effective screen changes
User empowerment by enabling IT professionals, key
users, and end users

Integration in NWBC:
Add URL, wrapped in BSP, to users PFCG role (2.0)
Add transaction variant to users PFCG role (3.0)
SAP Screen Personas editor available (HTML version)
Personas scripting available
Side Panel interaction available

Limitations
Quicklaunch always brings up the default, not Personas
flavor
Flavors are system-specific (2.0)

More info: Blog: NWBC and SAP Screen Personas


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2.0 = SAP Screen Personas 2.0 for Silverlight + SAP GUI for HTML 7.30 + NWBC 4.0 or later
3.0 =SAP Screen Personas 3.0 for Windows + SAP GUI for Windows 7.40 + NWBC 5.0 or later
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Bring the Fiori experience into NWBC for Desktop

Fiori Launchpad inside NWBC for


Desktop as central access point for
the expert user, launching:
Transactions with SAPGUI for
Windows
Fiori Content
WDA
Other HTML based applications

This is the current state of planning and may be changed by SAP at any time.

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SAP Clients: Client Convergence 1


SAP GUI*
Win 7.3
NWBC
Desktop 4.0

NWBC 5.0 /
SAP GUI 7.40

1 Desktop
Client+Fiori apps

1 Desktop Client
+Fiori Launchpad

NWBC
(HTML)
Portal

Today
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SAP Clients: One Possible Way Forward

From NWBC Desktop


to all applications
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Fiori Launchpad embedded in


NWBC Desktop
This is the current state of planning and may be changed by SAP at any time.

From Fiori Launchpad


to all applications
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Fiori Launchpad
Web-based Entry Point for SAP Business Applications Across Devices and Platforms
Fiori Client (mobile)

Browser

In Desktop client

FIORI Launchpad

FIORI Launchpad

FIORI Launchpad

Device Integration

Performance (UI Caching)


Location services - planned
Camera - planned
...

Responsive design
Zero foot print

Desktop Integration
Native SAP GUI
Desktop Search integration

Future

Optional

Optional
This is the current state of planning and may be changed by SAP at any time.

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Summary: NWBC 5.0


The desktop client (NWBC+SAP GUI) is the standard, low TCO client for the
Business Suite
The desktop client transforms experience for both system administrators and end
users by offering:

Common installation and configuration

Much tighter integration with SAP GUI 7.40 for Windows

Integration with Fiori standalone apps

Much improved Integration with SAP Screen Personas 3.0 for Windows

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NWBC in Detail

NWBC Role Concept (PFCG)


Add new content to the users
workplace
Increase user satisfaction

SAP
GUI

WD
ABAP

SAP
UI5

Other

Assign several roles to one user


User sees only relevant content

Create role once, assign it many


users
Reduce maintenance costs

Synergies with Web Dynpro ABAP


applications (entry pages, side panels

Over 130 sample roles: more


information SCN: Sample Roles

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NWBC for Desktop and NWBC for HTML


NWBC for Desktop

Expert /everyday users

Installed on desktop

Embeds SAP GUI for Windows

NWBC for HTML

Occasional users

Zero installation accessible from


anywhere

Full range of functions

Can use SAP Enterprise Portal,


including role content

Integrated in Web Browser (uses SAP GUI


for HTML)

Does not use SAP Enterprise Portal

Runs only on Windows

OR

Use Cases

Use Cases

1.

All SAP GUI users

1.

2.

Expert users

2. Casual users

Customer-supplier collaboration

3. Linux, or Mac OS

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NWBC and SAP GUI Standalone

Do your end users work


mainly on SAP GUI?

Do your end users work with


SAP GUI?

AND Do your end users work


on Mac / Linux?

AND Do your end users work


on Windows?

Do you run older systems (ie


< NW 7.0 SP21 / ECC 6.0)? *
> resolved in future release

AND Do you have very few


(<5) SAP Screen Personas
transaction flavors?

SAP GUI alone

NWBC + SAP GUI

*See System Requirements in Appendix


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NWBC and SAP NW Portal

Do your end users work


mainly on Business Suite
systems?

Side Panel
SAP GUI for Windows
embedded

Do you have a homogeneous


landscape - mainly on ABAP
and on Premise?

NWBC
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Do your end users require a


classic Portal eg online
store, Intranet, Extranet?

Web) Content Management


System
Collaboration: Wikis, Forums

Do you have a
heterogeneous system
landscape:

Java
non-SAP
Cloud, eg SFSF, Ariba
Support for Mobile

SAP NW Portal
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Shell and Content Area


Integrating UI Technologies in One Client
Shell: Generic functions

Role-based access
Navigation, menus
System connections
Session handling
Powerful search functions
Quick Launch

Content area
One unified environment
Embedded rendering engines for:
SAP GUI
Web Dynpro ABAP / Java
HTML

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NWBC 4.0

Browser-like navigation in NWBC for Desktop 4.0

New in NWBC 4.0

Overview pages
Index page
New Tab page
Start pages

Panels
Navigation panel
Favorites panel

Quick Launch
Launch applications
Search for applications
or content

Personalized navigation
Favorites
Pinned tabs

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Quick Launch and Type Ahead

New in NWBC 4.0

Enter transaction or search term


opens in new tab

Auto-complete function
Search results in different sections:
ABAP transactions and Web Dynpro ABAP applications
available in the WebAS
Favorites and Recent Items
Navigation Items coming from the users menu (PFCG
roles)
OpenSearch results embedded in drop-down list

Start a search using other (custom) search


providers
Options for displaying search providers
(new with NWBC 4.0)

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Overview pages Index Page

New in NWBC 4.0

Index Page

Exposes entire navigation


structure for this user

Initial page when user logs


on to a system for the first
time

Can be unpinned if user


wants different home page.

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NWBC 4.0 and Corbu


New Visual Identity for the Business Suite

New in NWBC 4.0

Easy to use, browser-like


navigation
Neutral shell frames content from
diverse applications

Balanced mix of light gray and white

Shell design focuses on content

SAP branding is subtle

Subdued background with generous


spacing and height

Larger, clearer type


Fewer separating
elements/blocks
Bright, fresh, larger icons style

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Overview pages New Tab Page

New in NWBC 4.0

New Tab Page

Exposes most useful


navigation targets for this
user
From here, the user can
also access Index Page

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Appendix

The SAP User Experience Strategy

NetWeaver Business Client


Web IDE
UI theme designer

Personas

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SAP NetWeaver Business Client version overview


SAP NetWeaver
Business Client
for Desktop

Version 3.5

Version 4.0
Tabbed browsing
OpenSearch
integration
Corbu design
Theming

Multi window
Signature
design
Quick Launch

Windows-based

Version 5.0

Side panel feature

EhP 1-3

SAP ECC 6.0


SAP NetWeaver

< 7.0

7.0

EhP 4
7.0 EhP 1

EhP 5

EhP 6

EhP 7

7.0 EhP 2

7.0 EhP 3

7.40

UI Add-On for SAP NW


SAP NetWeaver
Business Client
for HTML
Browser-based,
restricted functionality
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From SP03 on:


Alternatively
Corbu design

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NWBC 3.5

Easy Access Favorites; SAP Menu

New with NWBC 3.5

Easy Access Favorites


Can be displayed in the
Favorites menu or as a
work center.

SAP Menu
can be displayed instead
of the user menu.

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Enterprise Search Enabling (Desktop Client)

New with NWBC 3.5

All Enterprise Search connectors active on


the Web AS are automatically offered as
search providers

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Further Information
SAP Public Web
SAP Community Network (SCN): http://scn.sap.com/community/netweaver-business-client
SAP Library (NWBC 4.0):
http://help.sap.com/saphelp_uiaddon10/helpdata/en/03/ecbafb844b450a9314a5683b75ed80/frames
et.htm

Download NWBC for Desktop 5.0 free!


SAP Service Marketplace: http://service.sap.com/installations , then search in A-Z Index under N

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