Category: SAP Fiori
Author: Sally-Ann van Nuland

Fiori: Access to apps (part 1)

Fiori apps can be developed in different kind of ways. The most common way is to do this via one central point: the Lauchpad. Other possibilities are approaching it via the Fiori Client or as a Native application build via the newest iOS SDK.

Launchpad The SAP Fiori Launchpad is the central accesspoint to find relevant and available Fiori applications. The Launchpad offers options when it comes to navigation, personalization, support and app configuration.

  The SAP Fiori Launchpad shows a homepage with tiles, they can be shown with live status indicators. An example; the number of open tasks. Each tile representd a business app that can be opened by the user. The Launchpad is rolbased: only the relevant tiles will be shown. Awarded with a reddot award in 2015 SAP has said goodbye to their previous UX reputation that was based on the Dynpro screens.

Viewport
Within Fiori 2.0 the Launchpad is extended with the ‘Viewport’ principle. What does this mean? Viewport is a partly view of a bigger picture. SAP Fiori 2.0 is using the space as an extra space for user-driven and system-driven data. Users can access the areas by using the buttons in the header. This can also be used to move content and zooming in and out. 

Me area
The Me area is shown at the left side of the SAP Fiori Launchpad in the off-screen part. The user can click the profile picture to access the Me area.

The Me area contain:
1. The profile picture of the user and access to the online status
2. Settings
3. A catalogue of available apps (The App Finder)
4. Tools to personalize the main areai
5. Recent searches and visited objects and apps. 

Notifications area  
The right part of the screen is dedicated to system notifications from several sources. For example the workflow inbox of chat messages. Notifications can be prioritized and grouped. Because of these notifications the user has more access to information and can take action.

The notification area is accessible from every app that is shown in the main area by clicking ‘notifications’in the right uperhand corner. * The use of the notifications in Fiori 2.0 only works with SAP S/4HANA with the option to integrate Business Workflow. In the next blog you can find more info in regards to the Fiori Client an iOS SDK. 

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