SAP Fiori 2.0 is the user experience for SAP S/4HANA 1610 – you can access all applications via the SAP Fiori launchpad, and they all have one look via the SAP Fiori 2.0 visual theme: SAP Fiori apps as well as classic SAP GUI and WebDynpro applications.

For most business roles in SAP S/4HANA a combination of newly designed SAP Fiori apps and classic applications are needed to cover the full variety of a user’s tasks. SAP S/4HANA 1610 now provides SAP Fiori launchpad content for more than 100 business roles. The roles combine in a meaningful manner SAP Fiori apps and classic applications, visually harmonized with the SAP Fiori 2.0 Belize theme, and serve as a template for customer implementations of the SAP Fiori launchpad. We have defined more than 7.000 app descriptors, which enable administrators to integrate classic applications with the SAP Fiori theme into business catalogs and roles for the SAP Fiori launchpad.


Over the last weeks and months we have received an increasing number of requests from customers and partners to extend the SAP Fiori apps reference library to include information about all the content included in the SAP Fiori launchpad for SAP S/4HANA 1610: so that they can see what content is available for each business role, and so that they can easily find relevant configuration information to integrate classic applications into the SAP Fiori launchpad.

By providing this content in the SAP Fiori launchpad and in the SAP Fiori apps reference library, customers can easily set up the SAP Fiori launchpad as the central access point for SAP S/4HANA 1610 users, so that they fully benefit from having a single point of entry to SAP Fiori apps and classic applications, and also benefit from having a harmonized visual experience via the SAP Fiori 2.0 Belize theme.

In order to quickly accommodate the above customers’ request, we extended the SAP Fiori apps reference library by adding the application type “SAP GUI”. With this, you can see all the content contained in the SAP Fiori launchpad for SAP S/4HANA 1610.

If you are only interested in what was shown prior to our adding the application type “SAP GUI”, then use the filter feature: choose the filter Application Type, then mark the check box next to Select All and then deselect the entry SAP GUI.

The decision to apply the Fiori theme to our classic UIs in no way means that we are abandoning the SAP Fiori design principles nor our commitment to SAP Fiori as the UX of SAP products. If anything this allows us to focus more strongly on building new Fiori apps to enable new ways of working; including conversational UI, machine learning, immersive experiences, etc.

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  • Anonym   1 year ago

    Hi Maricel, thanks for the article.

    I noticed that the “Techincal Catalog” has been removed from the Configuration section. Now there is just “Business Catalog”. So we should use just Business Catalog from now?

    It seems that when I use Business Catalog all apps assigned to it will be “forced” into the end user launchpad. When I was using Technical Catalog, all apps related were available in the “App Finder” only.

    What is your recommendation for it?

    Thanks in advance,

    • Sven Krueppel-Berndt   1 year ago

      Hi Valter,

      You can find the name of the Technical Catalog under Technical Configuration in section Fiori Launchpad.
      Technical Catalogs and Business Catalogs are both Catalogs in FLPD. There is no technical distinction.
      Nevertheless in SAP delivered standard content we use Technical Catalogs to DEFINE app launchers and target mappings. Technical Catalogs are structured by functional areas and represent a collection of all apps of that area.
      Business Catalogs are used to describe a meaningful business scope which can be assigned via business roles to users. App Launchers and Target Mappings in Business Catalogs are REFERENCES to the AppLaunchers/Target Mappings defined in Technical Catalogs. By this way of structuring the content we are able to reuse same definitions in multiple contextes (i.e. roles). Changes in a Technical Catalog are inherited to all Business Catalogs.

      With regards to visibility in App Finder: The scope of apps shown in the App Finder depends on the catalog assigned via a PFCG-role to a user. If you assign a Technical Catalog, the user will see all apps of an area, which is typically not useful. As the Fiori Launchpad is designed for a role-based access you should assign Business Catalogs to the user roles. If you want to have in addition some apps shown on the homepage, you need to define and assign a corresponding Business Group as well.