This is the second in a four-part itelligence blog series exploring SAP S/4HANA. In Part One, we examined why today’s businesses need S/4HANA and its top benefits. In this blog post, we will look at S/4HANA’s new user experience, SAP Fiori.
Just as a designer handbag blends style with durability, SAP Fiori, the new user interface (UI) for SAP S/4HANA, combines a clean, modern look and feel with new features and capabilities that are built to last. While a luxurious handbag may be tempting, it’s often difficult to grasp its functionality from afar. Similarly, many enterprises are unsure what to expect from SAP Fiori and whether or not they will truly benefit from it.
SAP Fiori is just one part of SAP S/4HANA, and its value is just one of many questions surrounding the next-generation business suite. To help decipher the mystery, this blog post will examine SAP Fiori and what users can expect from the new interface.
It’s In the Bag
A designer handbag is much more than an accessory; in addition to its high quality look and feel, it offers the wearer superior functionality and convenience on the go. SAP Fiori similarly brings a wealth of capabilities to the user, offering a collection of more than 500 applications spanning accounting, CRM, travel and expenses functionalities.
More than just a sleek new design, SAP Fiori is also far leaner and more flexible than past offerings. In contrast to the thousands of options in SAP GUI, SAP Fiori can be personalized, allowing users to select the apps they really want or need. Built with a goal of providing a new user experience, SAP Fiori is clear, consistent, streamlined and best of all, fun to work with. Coupled with its Red Dot Award-winning design concept, SAP Fiori is responsive and adapts to the device a user is accessing it through, making applications accessible and user-friendly anytime and anywhere.
This is a radical departure from previous business software UIs. Anyone that has spent time using business interfaces will recall many that, in spite of offering a huge variety of features, proved to be complex and cumbersome overall. Today, in line with SAP S/4HANA’s ‘Run Simple’ concept, the focus has shifted towards user-friendliness, mobility and flexibility. SAP Fiori promises to put an end to the frustration of complicated, confusing UIs, boosting business productivity in the process.
Is Less Really More?
Of course, simplicity does have its drawbacks. To keep the solution lean, several functions had to be sacrificed. At present, the user interface lacks the ability to map some important business processes, and the current range of applications available for SAP Fiori has not yet sparked broad enthusiasm amongst customers.
As well, SAP Fiori can work with a diverse range of clients, but at times some applications may need to be modified to suit individual needs. This can create more work and higher costs at the outset, but expert support from itelligence can help tailor solutions to fit unique business needs. By accounting for users as well as technology, the implementation phase will run more smoothly, and users will get more value from the investment.
With the roll-out of SAP Fiori 2.0 on the horizon, users can expect a platform capable of mapping even the more complex business processes in the near future. For now, SAP Fiori offers an attractive, customizable package of practical, lightweight tools that are accessible whenever they are needed – much like a trusty handbag. Axel Rosenthal, the itelligence UI Expert, explains more similarities in our short video.
In Part Three of this series, we will look at SAP S/4HANA Finance and examine its capabilities and performance.