Consumer software has focused on UX for years now, but it took business software a while to catch up. The SAP Graphical User Interface (GUI) definitely predates this movement. It can perform any transaction users need, but it’s all designed around a big, complex menu. It’s hard to learn, slow, and inefficient to use.
SAP Fiori was designed as a modern SAP GUI update, allowing users to access the tasks they need easily, in a sleek, attractive layout. This speeds up common processes dramatically, resulting in higher productivity. However, there are still many situations where SAP Fiori doesn’t quite meet a business’ needs. That’s where SAP Screen Personas comes in.
SAP Fiori Basics
SAP Fiori is designed to be an out of the box solution, providing a set of standard apps designed to make the UX simple, intuitive and consistent. Fiori began with a small suite of tools for the most common tasks, but has expanded to provide a huge range of apps, covering most roles across multiple industries.
Fiori has a consistent feel across the full range of devices and OSs, making it highly suitable for an on the go workforce. This, combined with its simple design, makes it well-suited for non-technical users, as well as specialists. Fiori can accommodate in-house app design via UI5 or Web IDE, however most customers probably won’t need to use that functionality. It is included standard with SAP HANA, and is the best choice for most businesses.
SAP Screen Personas Basics
Screen Personas is an ideal SAP GUI update for organizations that need functionality Fiori doesn’t provide. With Screen Personas, SAP companies with unusual roles or transactions with novel business logic can upgrade their SAP GUI without programming new apps from scratch.
SAP Screen Personas provides a drag-and-drop interface that supports the needs of non-technical users as well as IT. That means users can streamline and customize transactions to fit their needs in a fraction of the time it would take to program a new app.
SAP GUI Update: Fiori or Screen Personas?
Why not have both? As we said before, SAP Fiori is the ideal SAP GUI upgrade for many organizations, but it doesn’t fit all use cases perfectly. Maybe your company has some roles that work with Fiori, but others that don’t. Alternately, you might be in the middle of a multi-stage SAP implementation, migration or upgrade that makes Fiori impractical for the time-being, but not the long run. In either case, a hybrid strategy may be the most practical approach to your SAP GUI update.
However, if you’re using Screen Personas, it’s important to make sure your controls are organized in a logical, consistent way. SAP provides a Screen Personas Fiori Style Guide to help users maintain a consistent and intuitive user experience.
Fiori and Screen Personas also require expert configuration and ongoing support on the backend. As an SAP application hosting partner that understands both the business and technical end of SAP, Symmetry can help you plan your SAP GUI update, configure your new UX correctly, and ensure your users get the most benefit out of the improved interface.
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