What options do you have to move to a cloud-based SAP Portal?

Tamas Szirtes |

50% of the workforce is now working from home or on the go, made possible by enabling technologies. At the same time user expectations are at an all-time high.  We’re demanding instant access to what is timely, tailored and relevant just for us, and in a consumer-led way. The new generations entering the workplace do not want to wait for data from a legacy system that doesn’t ‘talk’ to their other data sources in the cloud. They want a central access point and native mobile apps. 

These needs don’t align with existing operating models, such as the older style SAP Enterprise Portal. So here’s a guide to what portals are available now and in the future from SAP:

If you’re an SAP Enterprise Portal customer

For 15 years over 10,000 SAP customers globally have been using SAP Enterprise Portal, but maintenance is due to end on 31/12/20 (SAP NetWeaver 7.1, 7.3, and 7.4 Java), or you can extend to 31/12/24 if you’re prepared to upgrade to NetWeaver 7.5.

As an on-premise SAP Enterprise Portal customer we recommend you consider moving to the SAP Cloud Platform Portal for new projects. It’s not the same as the SAP Enterprise Portal so you will need to consider how you transition from one platform to the other. We can help do this by providing specific needs analysis and preparation.

If you’re an SAP Cloud customer

SAP S/4HANA customers already get the benefit of the mobile-first approach and modern user experience with the inclusion of SAP Fiori 3 and Fiori Launchpad for mobile apps. In addition, the Fiori innovation roadmap keeps on getting better and better.

For SAP Cloud Platform customers there are currently two portal options, the NEO technology stack or Cloud Foundry, with the latter being SAP’s strategy direction.

Coming soon …. the SAP Work Zone

The SAP Work Zone Portal will be launched in a few months. You may have already heard of it under other guises such as SAP Business Workplace. Not a replacement of the SAP Cloud Platform Portal, it is conceptually a Portal+ designed to meet the needs of the modern workplace.

It will work with any SAP application, so you don’t have to be an SAP S/4HANA customer although you do have to invest in SAP Cloud Platform.

What’s included?

It will integrate SAP and third-party content applications, provide native mobile access across any device, and crucially offer a central inbox that combines all the sources you need to do your tasks by delivering cross-device consumption. It will also include document management, web content management and development tools with Machine Learning, such as conversational AI.

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