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4 SAP Cloud Plat form Port al Scores High


in Business Agilit y

10 Put t ing Port als int o Act ion

11 Packing Up and Moving t o t he Cloud


Every organization succeeds or fails based on its ability to share information e ectively.
Portals connect and engage businesses with employees, partners, suppliers, and
customers and enterprise portals have helped in the process of sharing information.
But the features and functionalities of cloud-based portals reduce complexity while
adding new dimensions and value to your business. When organizations run their
portals from the cloud, they can advance and maneuver easily in the digital world.

The ease of online browsing and using mobile With SAP Cloud Platform Portal, your organization
devices has simpli ed information sharing with can reach these goals and support your broad
personalized, easy-to-use, responsive online por- digital transformation strategy. If you use SAP
tals. More important, the simplicity and security Enterprise Portal, you can move forward to take
in hosting, managing, and integrating with back- advantage of all the bene ts that SAP Cloud Platform
end data and services have made portals much Portal o ers. It has been recognized as a leader in
more powerful. the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals
for 20 16. Hundreds of cloud-based customers
The SAPEnterprise Portal component has been already enjoy the bene ts of easy, exible, and
available for more than a decade, and more than secure supplier product lists, corporate documents,
11,000 on-premise customers are running this portal and more. Linking your portal with SAP Cloud
today. As these customers look at their portal road Platform allows your business to build engaging
map and prospects consider investing in portal business apps, extend existing apps, integrate with
software many want a user interface (UI) that SAP and third-party apps, and collaborate better.
rivals that of consumer apps. They also want to SAP Cloud Platform brings rich functionality to your
access more business processes through the portal, portal, providing the much-needed agility that
to reach the portal from anywhere on mobile devices, complex, on-premise systems have historically
and to open the portal securely to the Internet. When prevented.
enterprises have a full-featured portal, employees
can work more e ciently and companies have
Forward-looking customers, particularly those
using SAP Enterprise Portal with version 7.0 of
the SAP NetWeavertechnology platform, are
ideal candidates for moving to SAP Cloud Platform
Portal. Organizations that run their portals from
the cloud are ready to succeed in our digital,
mobile world.

Figure 1: Personalized SAP FioriLaunchpad for a Manager


SAP Cloud Plat f orm Port al Scores High
in Business Agilit y
SAP Cloud Platform Portal delivers operational sim- relevant to them and their business role (see
plicity and feature richness that appeals to users, Figure 1). Site owners can manage who has access
administrators, and developers. When enterprises to the site and even the speci c content on the site,
migrate their portals to the cloud, they eliminate with permissions governing who can view versus
many of the installation requirements that fall on the edit content, and more. The work ow in-box leads
IT team while they also gain bene ts from migrating users directly to their action items to be executed.
to a highly functional and appealing user experience.
SAP Cloud Platform Portal has prepackaged con- For customers with SAP Enterprise Portal, moving
tent, templates, widgets, accelerators, and other to the cloud promises a longer, robust lifespan with
time-saving resources to provide a superior user fewer day-to-day operational requirements, as well
experience on both desktops and mobile devices. as access to a comprehensive suite of new enter-
Companies can also easily brand the portal with prise solutions. SAP Cloud Platform Portal is much
their own design elements. more than a portal, and it has the intrinsic bene ts
of the cloud and software as a service. If youre
The SAP Fioriuser experience (UX) has been still struggling with cloud-based services, here
recognized for design excellence. SAP Fiori are some common items that customers typically
launchpad, included in SAP Cloud Platform Portal, have questions about when considering a move
lets users easily access the apps that are most to the cloud.

Figure 2: Comparison of Features in SAP Cloud Platform Portal and SAP Enterprise Portal

SAPCloud Plat form and SAP Cloud SAP Net Weavert echnology plat form and
Plat form Port al SAP Ent erprise Port al

User experience SAP Fiorilaunchpad, freestyle sites SAP Fiori launchpad, portal L-shape
(Ajax framework), custom framework site

Branding User interface (UI) theme designer

SAP applicat ion int egrat ion Key SAP UI technologies: SAPUI5, SAP Fiori All major SAP UI technologies
UX, Web Dynpro for the ABAPprogramming
What is t he main advant age of moving from How does SAP Cloud Plat form Port al help
SAP Ent erprise Port al t o t he cloud? accelerat e building port als?
The short answer is, unrivaled simplicity. For Arguably, one of the largest bene ts of SAP Cloud
current customers of SAP Enterprise Portal, Platform Portal is the ability to get your portal up and
moving to the cloud o ers simplicity not available running quickly and easily ready to use in weeks.
with the on-premise option. SAP Cloud Platform You can build, brand, and publish sites that integrate
Portal is leaner and more streamlined. It has a with on-premise and cloud systems, leverage diverse
concise set of features that makes building and content, provide a consumer-grade experience
maintaining your portal easier than ever before. and go live in six to eight weeks. You can easily create
sites, connect to back-end systems, and update
SAP Cloud Platform Portal can be up and running content. SAP S/ 4HANA and SAP Business Suite
in weeks, not months. You can have access to the content assets are delivered in the cloud as a service.
portal software in just a few days and can move
lean applications into the cloud in as few as six We also o er a starting point with accelerators
to eight weeks. to help speed up the portal implementation:
Site accelerators provide sample site templates
Deploying and maintaining servers and data- and demonstrate the capabilities available for
bases for SAP Enterprise Portal requires multiple both portal developers and administrators.
hours each week from the data center sta , and The widget accelerator provides sample widgets
these hours expand two or three times a year that you can use in your portal sites.
during upgrades and sporadically for patches.
With SAP Cloud Platform Portal, all the hours for The preloaded content assets such as apps and
maintenance, upgrades, and patches are elimi- site templates are delivered through GitHub for
nated, because everything is managed by SAP your consumption. Having this preexisting content
software specialists in SAP data centers. empowers the SAP community to quickly deliver
amazing new user experiences for the enterprise.
For enterprises that are going digital, SAP Cloud Developers can download the accelerators,
Platform Portal is a reliable bridge for integrating customize, and deploy back to their portal site.
business apps or business processes and then
making them available through an online portal.
My business requirement s change all t he t ime. or three days. However, during the months other
Can SAP Cloud Plat form Port al adapt t o evolving 27 to 29 days, the portal experiences only inter-
business goals? mittent activity. SAP Cloud Platform Portal is an
User behavior today can be completely unpredict- excellent t for this scenario, as the company
able. Usage spikes happen without notice, espe- would no longer have to invest in excess infra-
cially around holidays or other events. Not only have structure to support the spike in monthly usage.
usage patterns changed, but so have user time It could scale automatically to support increased
frames and locations. In a global, mobile-friendly usage and even a global user base logging in from
world, users may need to access a portal in the laptops, smartphones, tablets, and PCs, regardless
United States in the morning and in Ireland 12 hours of the operating system.
later. Portals must be available at all times, from
any place, and on all types of devices. Port al sit es can become out dat ed and boring
quickly. How can SAP Cloud Plat form Port al keep
SAP Cloud Platform Portal provides the agility, scal- our port als looking modern and highly funct ional?
ability, and exibility to support your organizations With so many stunning consumer-based apps and
dynamic, fast-changing user base. It adapts as the Web sites, expectations for portals have soared.
user population expands or contracts and provides Swiping, tapping, clicking, easy search, drop-down
access no matter where people are. menus, and simple navigation are among the hall-
marks users expect of portals. SAP Cloud Platform
Take, for example, an organization thats consid- Portal includes SAP Fiori launchpad, so that portal
ering using SAP Cloud Platform Portal to streamline users can enjoy a modern, superior UX with a simple
its monthly paycheck process. Lets say that more and intuitive interface. As design standards change,
than 40,0 0 0 employees log in to the company the portals look and feel will never become out-
portal to view their paystubs at the end of the dated, because the UX is upgraded to the latest
month, resulting in continuous server hits for two SAP Fiori design automatically.
What about t he business apps running in t he What kind of user experience will my end users
port al? get wit h SAP Cloud Plat form Port al?
SAP Cloud Platform Portal bridges the worlds. It can You can have the design of your choice. Companies
aggregate and integrate cloud-based SAP Fiori apps that move to the cloud have two options for design-
side by side with classic UIs running on premise. You ing a portal user interface: They can choose a design
can take a phased approach to transitioning to the based on SAP Fiori launchpad or a design that
cloud by using existing on-premise applications and is custom built.
integrating them into a cloud portal that serves as
the single point of access for end users. Typically, the SAP Fiori launchpad design is used
for business-to-employee scenarios, while the
free-style, custom-built design is used for business-
to-business or business-to-consumer scenarios
but the choice is up to you. SAP Cloud Platform
Portal supports both design options.

SAP Cloud Platform Portal has helped us drive business


agility, deliver a great user experience, and accelerate time
to value. We could quickly build and deploy scalable sites
with access from anywhere and from any device.
Gareth Ryan, Enterprise Architect, AgilityWorks Limited
Will I be able t o collaborat e bet t er wit h SAP Cloud Will SAP Cloud Platform Portal increase or decrease
Plat form Port al t han wit h SAP Ent erprise Port al? operat ional cost s?
SAP Cloud Platform Portal gives enterprises out- It can lower operational costs. SAP Enterprise
standing collaboration tools. The SAP Jamsite Portal is far from free for on-premise customers.
provides a secure social software platform for Portal servers, SAP Gateway technology servers,
collaboration where people, content, applications, development-test-production servers, and data-
and real-time data are connected to back-end bases (as many as three tiers or more) account for
enterprise systems. With SAP Jam, internal teams ongoing operational costs to maintain, upgrade, and
and groups with partners and suppliers can patch. Theres also a high level of complexity around
brainstorm, problem-solve, and make decisions the implementation, which is resource intensive.
with tools for pro-con analysis, forums, ranking, and
more. Groups connect and communicate through SAP Cloud Platform Portal has a subscription-based
feeds, discussions, and document sharing. model that replaces operational and capital expen-
ses, and it is often more cost-e ective than an on-
To improve collaboration, customers can integrate premise portal. As an ongoing, monthly expense,
SAP Cloud Platform Portal with SAP Jam through enterprises can easily budget for SAP Cloud
Open Data Protocol (OData) and make use of its Platform Portal. They never have to nd funds for
power. Content from SAP Jam can be embedded capital invest ments to cover upgrading the infra-
into site pages that highlight community activities, structure or cover additional operational expenses
share experts knowledge, and provide team support for adding sta to manage the servers. Upgrades
and engagement. Widgets are available to help happen automatically, and SAP data center sta
developers get started fast. manage the servers.
What are t he maint enance requirement s wit h If you are not ready to completely embrace cloud-
SAP Cloud Plat form Port al? based services, you can take a rst step toward the
There are none. The emphasis on maintenance is cloud with a hybrid portal approach. Companies
a big portion of the cloud story for SAP. Customers that want to keep their back-end systems and data
that have SAP NetWeaver 7.0 or an earlier version of on premise can design a hybrid environment with
the technology platform may want to make a deci- SAP Cloud Platform Portal. In this environment,
sion soon about upgrading to SAP NetWeaver 7.5 corporate data, including enterprise resource plan-
or moving to the cloud. SAP NetWeaver 7.0 main- ning, customer relationship management, and
tenance is planned to end by the end of 2017, so now other business assets, remains on premise while
is a good time for these customers to move to the the user interface layer is served from the cloud.
cloud and realize the long list of bene ts and advan- We refer to this architecture as a hybrid architec-
tages that come with SAP Cloud Platform Portal. ture, supporting the best of both worlds cloud
Customers who are committed to their on-premise and on premise.
portals can still upgrade to SAP NetWeaver 7.5.
How is t he performance in t he cloud?
Will my dat a and corporat e asset s be safe in t he It is exceptional. SAP manages a network of dat a
cloud? cent ers that spans North America, Asia Paci c,
SAP has been rigorous in designing a cloud platform and Europe. SAP Cloud Platform Portal customers
that meets all security requirements and compli- can use the data center closest to them.
ance regulations for healthcare, retail, nancial
services, and other industries. Role-based access
protects users, apps, and data, allowing no one to
access systems through the portal unless they
have prede ned approval.

We use SAP Cloud Platform Portal for our own business as


Put t ing Port als int o Act ion
Todays organizations both large and small are portal and could integrate it with todays popular
perfectly poised to take advantage of what portals lightweight apps.
have to o er.
Portals are currently proving to be extremely useful
Large corporations can use portals to give tens for contact centers looking to provide customers
of thousands of employees access to all of their with better control. Customers can use the portals
applications all with just a simple login. The to create new tickets, track support requests, access
applications, de ned by user roles, can be per- a knowledge base, and collaborate with service
sonalized based on the employees daily work agents to resolve their questions.
needs; and employees can securely use the apps
from anywhere at any time. Portals are also prevalent within service-oriented
businesses for posting self-service materials. Cus-
With SAP Cloud Platform Portal, large city govern- tomers and employees can log in to look for help
ments would have the ability to share information information, software updates, and FAQs; and they
with their employees. With a single login, employees can post trouble tickets if they are unable to solve
could easily access multiple apps, including calen- their problems on their own.
dars, news, and press releases; and links embedded
in each page would o er easy access to associ- In the public sector, government agencies already
ated social media. The IT sta could use a set of rely on portals to share approved vendor lists and
page templates and custom widgets to build the services and to bid on new contracts.
Packing Up and Moving t o t he Cloud
For customers of the on-premise SAP Enterprise Moving to the cloud is only a phone call away. Exist-
Portal, SAP Cloud Platform Portal is a great oppor- ing customers can contact their reps now to begin
tunity. Moving to the cloud can make your life easier, the process and have access to SAP Cloud Platform
because SAP Cloud Platform Portal o ers unrivaled Portal in just a few days. For on-premise customers,
simplicity, reduced maintenance, and secure access the decision time for upgrading or moving to the
to business apps from mobile devices. Its also a cloud is fast approaching. Choosing SAP Cloud
good bridge for integrating your business processes Platform Portal will help eliminate operational
and systems such as SAP S/ 4HANA, SAP Business hassles, reduce management costs, and provide
Suite, SAP SuccessFactorssolutions, and other scalability letting you reach your goals more
SAP solutions. Many customers have been success- quickly with less e ort.
ful starting with one app or business process in the
cloud and then expanding. All of this is ready and waiting for you.

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