Starting Small Series #4: SAP Suite on HANA & S/4HANA Migration - Fiori Apps Recommendations

27 July 2017

Rashad Malik

Rashad Malik

S/4HANA Consultant

In this ‘Starting Small Series’ we are breaking down the development of a business case or roadmap to SAP Business Suite on HANA or SAP S/4HANA, into bite-sized chunks.  In this instalment discover how to fast track the process of selecting the relevant Fiori Applications for your needs and your technical environment.

Fiori Apps Recommendations

I was recently exploring the SAP Fiori Apps library, desperately searching for the right application that would match the needs of my customer and yet be compatible with their existing landscape. Just as I was starting over, I noticed a new button that opened the door to a whole lot more. How had I not seen it before?
The “SAP Fiori App Recommendations” is an analysis tool which allows you to quickly pick out the Fiori applications which best fit the needs of your organization.  Here we’ll explain what prerequisite items you will need before using SAP Fiori App Recommendations, how to use the application wizard, and finally, how to read and interpret the analysis results.
 

Uploads required

Firstly, you’re required to login to the SAP Fiori apps reference library using your SAP Service Marketplace User ID (SSID). Once you have logged in, you can click on the “Get SAP Fiori App Recommendations” button. After clicking “Create New Analysis”, the wizard will ask you for a Usage Profile, and afterwards a System Profile. For the System Profile, you must select the correct product suite. If you have not implemented a separate Front-End server, you should upload the same profile for both the front-end and the back-end.
 
Upload prompts for a Usage Profile, and a System Profile.
 
  1. A Usage Profile is a list of transactions that you are using in a back-end system. This can be downloaded from your system, saved as a CSV file, and then uploaded for use with SAP Fiori Apps Recommendations (for further information on creating a usage profile, check the first instalment in this series: “Starting Small Series” – Workload Analysis). 
  2. A System Profile is a list of the software components that are installed on your system. Similarly, to the usage profile, you can download and save your system profile as a CSV file and upload it. The steps required to create a system profile is as follows:
 
  1. From the initial screen, go to System > Status. System > Status.
  2. Within the system status, click on the “Component” details under the Product Version section. 
  3. Make sure you are in the “Installed Software Component Versions” tab, then simply right click on the table, and select Spreadsheet… which will give you the option to export the system profile.
  1. Once you have downloaded the spreadsheet, you can save it as a CSV file to use with the Fiori Apps Recommendations wizard.

 Analysis results

 Now that we’ve got the uploads out of the way, it’s time for the analysis results. The analysis is split into two parts:
  • Relevance: The analysis displays how relevant each Fiori app is to your system.
  • Readiness: If you provide the tool with a list of your installed software component versions, the analysis will indicate how ready your system landscape is to adopt the Fiori apps.
Each app will display a Relevance Score, which is split into three ratings:
  • Level 3: The app is highly relevant for your system;  it directly matches a transaction code you have been using.  
How an app with a relevance score of level 3 is displayed
Source: SAP Fiori App Recommendations User Guide, January 2017)
  • Level 2 and Level 1: The app is slightly relevant as there are transactions you use which belong to the same application area as the app (a score of level 1 is less relevant than level 2).  
An app with a relevance score of level 2, note that it displays the application area shared by the transaction and app
(Source: SAP Fiori App Recommendations User Guide, January 2017)
 
Along with the relevance score, the tool will also display the System Readiness Status for each app. This gives you the status of each software component needed for the selected Fiori app. The status is displayed as one of three indications: installed, partly installed, or not installed.
 
App’s system readiness status
(SOURCE: SAP Fiori App Recommendations User Guide, January 2017)
 
 Keep in mind that the system readiness check does not assess the completeness of the overall system: for that you will need to use the SAP Maintenance planner to determine whether there are other missing components.
 
If you’ve read this far, you should now have a good understanding of how to use the Fiori App Recommendations tool, enabling you to quickly and confidently pick out the relevant Fiori apps for your new system. For further information, please refer to the SAP Fiori App Recommendations User Guide, which goes into further detail as to what you can do with the displayed analysis results, and the technical details for creating usage profiles.
 
Additionally, SAP provide a reporting service where you can upload your used transactions list using an online form. SAP will analyse the transactions for you and send you a customised report with their Fiori recommendations. Here is a sample report to get an idea of how it would look like.
 
If you are starting your journey to S/4HANA, check out our Free Discovery Workshop: designed by our experts to support the first steps in moving your current enterprise resource planning system to HANA.
 
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Rashad Malik

S/4HANA Consultant
As an S/4HANA consultant at Bluefin Solutions, Rashad strives to ensure his client’s transition to the world of S/4 is as efficient and painless as possible. Rashad’s keen eye for detail, along with his commercial awareness, has given him the tools to tackle any SAP related challenge. Whether it be granular data migration, or configuring a Fiori dashboard, Rashad can confidently deliver solutions of real value.
 
Graduating with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, and a Masters in Management, Rashad has been able to combine his technical interests with his commercial passions whilst at Bluefin.