Updated: March 14, 2017

Overview – Floorplans, Smart Templates (SAP Fiori Elements) and Frameworks


SAP Fiori has a simple user interface hierarchy, designed to support users in the best possible way. In general, the SAP Fiori launchpad is the entry point for the user. All the apps available to a user are presented as tiles in the tile catalog, while the home page shows a personalized view of tiles the user has selected. The shell bar offers an enterprise search and other services, which are available across all apps.

Most app designs are based on one of the two basic page layouts that we call split-screen layout and full screen layout. These basic page layouts can be used with a range of different floorplans.

Floorplan is an umbrella term for the overall SAP Fiori UX concept for floorplans. It covers the different layout types, the structure of the controls used, and how to handle different use cases. Floorplans can be built with smart templates, or built from scratch (freestyle apps).

An application contains normally several pages. Every page shows a single floorplan, For example, the user starts by filtering a list in the list report floorplan and from there drills into a detail page showing the object page floorplan.

To get a better idea of the different floorplans, read on below.

Overview of Page Layouts

Full Screen Layout

Full screen layout
Full screen layout

The full screen layout uses the full width of the screen to display the app content. This layout provides maximum flexibility while maintaining the look and feel of SAP Fiori. The full screen layout is ideal for displaying wide tables with four or more columns, and for showing various types of information on one page. However, it is difficult to ensure that the layout is responsive due to the immense differences between a widescreen desktop and a mobile phone.

For more information, see full screen layout.

Split-Screen Layout

Split-screen layout
Split-screen layout

The split-screen layout is one of the most widely used and stable layouts in SAP Fiori. Use this layout if the user needs to switch easily between different work items. The master list on the left shows key information for each item, while the content area on the right shows the details and available actions. This layout lets the user work down the list without additional navigation. On a phone (or when the screen becomes too narrow), the master list and the details are split into two separate pages and the user navigates between the two.

For more information, see split-screen layout.

Overview of Floorplans

Dynamic Side Content

Dynamic side content layout
Dynamic side content layout

The dynamic side content layout is a control that allows additional content – such as a timeline, chat, and additional information – to be displayed in a way that flexibly adapts to different screen sizes. The behavior of the control on smaller screen sizes can be configured by app development following the guidelines.

For more information, see dynamic side content.

Initial Page Floorplan

Initial page floorplan
Initial page floorplan

Use the initial page floorplan if the user has to navigate directly to one object to view or edit it. The interaction point on the screen is a single input field that relies on assisted input to direct the user to the object in as few steps as possible (for example, value help and search as you type). If you need to display more than one object, use the list report floorplan instead.

For more information, see initial page floorplan.

List Report Floorplan

List report floorplan
List report floorplan

The list report floorplan allows the user to work with large lists of items and take action. This floorplan combines powerful filtering capabilities for large amounts of data with diverse and useful ways to display the resulting item list. This floorplan can only be used in the full screen layout.

For more information, see list report floorplan.

Object Page Floorplan

Object page floorplan
Object page floorplan

The object page floorplan is the new way to represent objects in SAP Fiori. The object page is set to replace the flat object view floorplan and, in the future, the object view floorplan. New features in the object page, such as flexible headers, an alternative anchor, tab navigation, and a flexible responsive layout, enable you to adapt it for a wide range of use cases.

For more information, see object page floorplan.

Object View Floorplan

Object view floorplan
Object view floorplan

The object view floorplan is the original floorplan used to display simple objects in SAP Fiori.  It can either be embedded in a split-screen layout or shown as a full screen page.

This is currently the preferred floorplan for displaying objects. It is especially suitable for smaller objects or objects with tabs that contain larger tables. The object view floorplan has already been used in numerous master-detail apps (such as approval apps), and offers optimal responsiveness.

The object view is optimized for displaying objects. For editing, we recommend switching the page to a flat object view (“edit” page). This prevents user input and validation errors from being scattered across multiple tabs.

For more information, see object view floorplan.

Flat Object View Floorplan

Flat object view floorplan
Flat object view floorplan

The flat object view floorplan is a flattened version of the object view. Flattened means that the page has no tab containers, and is only structured by a sequence of form groups and tables or other element arrays. This is very similar to the drilldown to line item level in the initial SAP Fiori apps.

Use this floorplan if you want the layout to stay the same when the user switches between display and edit modes.

For more information, see flat object view floorplan.

Wizard Floorplan

Wizard floorplan
Wizard floorplan

The wizard floorplan guides users through long and/or unfamiliar tasks by dividing the task into sections and guiding the users through the different sections. The wizard comprises a walk-through screen, where the form sections are sequentially revealed as they are completed, and a summary page, where the form is displayed in read-only mode for assessment and final submission. This floorplan can be used in both full screen and split screen layouts.

For more information, see wizard floorplan.

Worklist Floorplan

Worklist floorplan
Worklist floorplan

The worklist floorplan displays a collection of items to be processed by the user. Working through the item list usually involves reviewing details of the list items and taking action. In general, the user has to either complete a work item or delegate it.

The focus of the worklist floorplan lies on processing the items. This differs from the list report floorplan, which focuses on filtering content to create a list.

For more information, see worklist floorplan.

Create Page Floorplan

Create page floorplan
Create page floorplan

The create page floorplan is the simplest way to create new objects. It can either be used as a standalone in a full screen app, or as part of a split-screen layout. The floorplan is a regular form with multiple sections containing forms and tables. Users create the content in place, or by branching off into separate create screens (for example, to add items to a table).

The flow of the form should follow the logic for creating the respective object. For validation, forms use in-place messages that appear directly by the fields.

For more information, see create page floorplan.

Overview of Smart Templates

Smart templates provide a framework for generating UIs at runtime based on metadata annotations and predefined templates for the most used application patterns. For more information, see the introduction to smart templates.

List Report

List report
List report

The smart template list report floorplan is an instance of the general list report floorplan implemented as a reusable template. Therefore, the guidelines for the list report generally apply. The list report floorplan allows the user to work with large lists of items and take action. To get an overview of the general approach of smart templates, see the smart templates overview.

For more information, see smart template list report floorplan.

Object Page

Object page floorplan
Object page floorplan

The object page floorplan is used to view, edit, and create objects. This article describes the current implementation of the object page as a smart template. For details about the general floorplan, see the object page guidelines.

For more information, see smart template object page floorplan.

Overview Page

Overview page
Overview page

Based on a specific domain or role, the overview page (OVP) is a new data-driven SAP Fiori app that provides all the information a user needs to view, filter, and react to data in a one-stop-shop page. The OVP employs cards (containers of content) based on smart template technology as a UI framework for organizing large amounts of information on an equal plane within the page.

For more information, see smart template overview page.

Overview of Frameworks

Analysis Path Framework

Analysis Path Framework (APF) is a framework for creating interactive, chart-oriented analytical drilldown apps by configuration. APF-based apps enable the user to view and analyze the data of several key performance indicators (KPIs) from different data sources. Users can interactively explore data step by step from different perspectives to analyze and investigate root causes.

For more information, see Analysis Path Framework.

SAP Smart Business Framework

SAP Smart Business drilldown is an analytical app. It enables the user to view and analyze the data of one key performance indicator (KPI).

For more information, see SAP Smart Business Framework.