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Dear Portal Community!


While I am preparing my laptop with interesting presentations and latest showcases about the portal portfolio, I am also getting excited about all the opportunities to meet with our customers, partners, mentors and evangelists. SAP TechEd is truly an amazing event - bringing all the experts from across the globe together for exchanging latest product insights, success stories and best practices.


This year we prepared again valuable roadmap and overview sessions including cool demos for you:

  • SAP HANA Cloud Portal: our flexible portal platform as a service (pPaaS) for building attractive business sites and extending on-premises and cloud scenarios across devices
  • SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.4: our proven user experience platform leveraging SAP HANA platform, unifying access to business information, services and apps (SAP or 3rd party)
    • Mobile Portal: our web-based, end-to-end, personalizable mobile entry point and user experience to quickly access content and applications (incl. SAP Fiori integration)
  • SAP HANA UI Integration Services: a common set of UI services to enrich and increase development efficiency of HANA native app development


The overview blog on “Portal Sessions @ SAP TechEd” provides further details about the various sessions on each of the topics.


In his video message Amir Blich shares which important portal-related highlights you can expect at SAP TechEd this year:




For the full educational package you can take advantage of various session formats to get in touch with our onsite portal experts Ifat, David, Segev, Ohad and Udi:

  • Lecture presentations provide an overview from the big picture down to the technical level
  • Hands-on sessions allow you to test-drive and experience our solutions in action
  • Networking sessions foster individual one-on-one discussions and knowledge exchange
  • MiniCode Jam encourage you to explore latest innovations on code-level
  • Customer sessions share insights and recommendations from real projects


Our session recommendations may help you identifying the right sessions for you:



Feel free to use the new SAP TechEd Mobile App and Agenda Builder to mark your favorite sessions, so you do not miss any of them!


If you are interested in live social media reporting and impressions just follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/portal_sap and join the discussions via #SAPPortal, #HANACloudPortal, #SAPTechEd. #MobilePortal


Looking forward to meet you @SAPTechEd!


Hi SAP Portal Community,

When we set up an external facing portal demo use case some time ago, I noticed that it is not easy to find all relevant information in one single place. Of course, there is lots of information in the documentation and on SCN, but still you have to find it. That’s why I decided to create one single blog to bring the information from these different sources together in one place without explaining everything again.


Here are some things you should consider what setting up anonymous logon for your portal:


  1. Portal


Setting up anonymous logon is described really nicely in the portal documentation. Read Configuring Anonymous Logon with Named Anonymous Users to get an overview of the steps.

In some cases you might not want to use standard URL alias /portal/anonymous for your anonymous users. In this case, you could either redirect the standard portal URL to the anonymous portal as described in the same article in the documentation. Or you might want to create a different portal alias and use this for anonymous access. Here is how to do that:

  • Open System Administration > Portal Display > URL Alias Manager
  • Create a new Alias Manager
  • Enter the alias which you want to use for anonymous login as name and select the Enable anonymous user access check box. Click save.

URL Alias.png

  • Open the master rule collection and assign a portal desktop to the newly created URL alias.

Web Dynpro: By default, the portal does not allow to open Web Dynpro content with an anonymous user. To allow this, you have to assign permissions for the component WebDynproPageBuilder to the anonymous user or group. This is described in detail in note 1031159 .



     2. Knowledge Management


Anonymous logon to Knowledge Management is often needed for external sites, even when you do not want to use it for sharing documents with external users. But you might want to display images as part of the portal desktop or the login page. In this case, you need to adapt some settings in KM configuration for enabling anonymous access. See note 837898 for details.
Besides that, you have to set the authentication scheme property to anonymous for KM iViews .You can find a really old (NW 04), but still valuable guide about that on SCN.  


There are some restrictions for anonymous KM and some recommendations which you should observe to ensure your anonymous KM is secure:

  • Use strict ACL settings: Assign permissions for anonymous users explicitly for the required documents and folders. Avoid assigning permissions to group Everyone, but use group Authenticated Users instead.
  • Remove permissions for anonymous users for /userhome/<guestid> und /entrypoints/recent
  • Restrict access to UI commands for anonymous users by assigning reduced command groups to layout sets and renderers used.
  • Keep in mind that some UI commands like permissions are displayed to anonymous users with read access.
    See the documentation for more details.



     3. SAP Portal Content Management by OpenText (PCM)

Since SP3, PCM also supports anonymous login and allows routing Content Server requests through the portal, which enables customers to hide the content repository inside the firewall instead of exposing the Content Server to the Internet in external facing scenarios. This is really useful to share documents like general guidelines or process descriptions with an external audience. A great part of the necessary settings for anonymous access is already set by default, so you do not have much configuration work. All PCM end user iViews, for example, already have the authentication scheme property set to anonymous and the technical portal user pcm_anonym also comes with the standard deployment.

These are the steps that are still necessary:

  • Register the pcm_anonym user in OpenText Directory Services. It is recommended to add it to the OTDS user partition pcm_technical_users, where the technical search user should also be managed.
  • Assign PCM roles to anonymous users/group. For external facing scenarios there is a dedicated OpenText PCM External Facing role with specific configuration.

PCM External Role.png

  • Assign read rights for the Web Dynpro component as described in the portal section above.
  • Enable anonymous links for folders: This feature enables logged in users to share links to folders and documents that are accessible for anonymous users via email as anonymous link.

You can find more details in PCM Installation and Configuration Guide section 7.8.



     4. SAP Portal Site Management by Opentext (PSM)

Since external and anonymous access is a basic feature of Web Site Management, it is also supported by PSM without much configuration. With SP3, even no additional portal configuration at all is required.The anonymous users of the portal are automatically mapped to the anonymous user of the Delivery Server and the PSM pages that were assigned to the user’s roles are displayed.


     5. Web Page Composer

To enable anonymous users to view WPC content in your portal, you have to execute some steps which Saar Dagan described in detail in the Anonymous User in WPC - Quick Guide. In a nutshell, the Authentication Scheme property needs to be assigned to the design time page template. Then the authentication scheme must be set to anonymous for the runtime toolbar iView and all pages that you want to show to anonymous users. Finally, you have to assign read permission to the anonymous user (group).


This blog is part of a series about creating sites with SAP NetWeaver Portal. If you liked this one, check out the rest!



Just in time for SAP TechEd Las-Vegas, I am very happy to share with you the availability of SAP NetWeaver Portal, enterprise workspaces 1.1 Service Pack 5.


With this new release of Enterprise Workspaces we extend even more the mobile capabilities of the SAP NetWeaver Portal. It provides end users a superior mobile experience with mobile application gallery, enhanced personalization capabilities and integration with the customer's Master Device Management systems. All, fully integrated with SAP Fiori applications.




The mobile application gallery provides end users a superior user experience with a native-like user interaction enables them to add to their mobile launcher, and install on their device, their frequently used mobile applications required for their daily work.



The personalized launcher enables end users to re-order, remove and un-install applications on/from their mobile device with a true native mobile experience.



Customers can now integrate the portal with their Mobile Device Management of choice, to ensure consistency between the device, the portal and the Mobile Device Management (MDM) system.


For additional information check the release notes, our YouTube channel and the detailed presentation. As usual, I will do my best to answer all comments posted below.



SAP TechEd kicks off today in Las Vegas, and the portal team has a lot share.

If you are here in Las Vegas, check out our activities today and be sure to come visit us in the technology showcase area, join our lectures, networking sessions and hands-on exercises and reach out to any of us if you would like to meet.


If you are looking to broaden your portal deployment and looking into cloud opportunities, take a look at the SAP HANA Cloud Portal and what it can offer you.



Enjoy the conference!





Please note in this scenario I have shown from the POWL example. This OBN configuration is applicable to all OBN configuration in Portal.


We have copied the standard iViews into our custom folder and created a role to launch a Maintenance Tasks iview.


We are able to display it fine. however, when we select any notification and click on the buttons such as change notification/display notification, it doesn't display the respective iView’s in new window, as it generally does in the standard role/iview.


It displays an error message saying "There is no iView available for system "SAP_ERP_Manufacturing": object "notification". For more information, contact your administrator."


In the below example on POWL screen select notification created by User link (Called Query).

10-21-2013 5-08-26 PM.png


Select any notification(in table row) and click on say, Display Notification button, below error messages pops up.


10-21-2013 5-09-40 PM.png


scenario may vary based on our requirements. Another exmample navigating from one webdynpro application to another webdynpro application. 


Root Cause


Even though we copied the standard iview to our custom folder, the iview doesn’t have the OBN properties copied and configured. We have to manually add the business operation to the OBN Business object.


10-21-2013 5-10-19 PM.png


Step by step procedure


Process Flow of Business Object and Business Operation in OBN


10-21-2013 5-11-01 PM.png


  1. User Logins in to Portal with User ID and access the assigned Role
  2. Access the assigned Application(In this case POWL application).
  3. Click on the appropriate action Button on Application (POWL)
  4. iView/ Page linked to BO Operation is triggered


Procedure to add the iView as Source and Targets in OBN:


  1. Adding Application as OBN Source:


Add business object operations that this iView activates at runtime. You can add operations automatically, if you check the iView runtime by choosing Check Source iView; or you can add operations manually from the Portal Catalog.


Here, we have the iview/application(POWL), which is the OBN source. From this iview, we would launch other iViews upon Action/Button.


10-21-2013 5-11-54 PM.png

  1. Adding Application as OBN Target


Current iView/page opens upon activation of the following business object operations


Here we create the Business Operation, by selecting the Business Object, Operation it would perform and System Alias defined.


Above fields selected are from standard Operations that we have under ERP Common Parts folder, in manufacturing folder


PCD path: Business Objects – ERP Common Parts – Maintenance Management – Maintenance Notification – select the operation that you want to activate.


10-21-2013 5-13-16 PM.png


We use standard business object that’s in the ERP Common parts folder as per the iview we want to launch, as the Business Object of Target iview.


This business object and operations we need to read from feeder classes or from ECC where ever you required.


Code Snippet of reading BO from ECC:


           ls_powl_follow_up-bo_system  = <system alias>.

           ls_powl_follow_up-bo_name    = 'maintenance_order'.

           ls_powl_follow_up-bo_op_name = 'change'.

           ls_powl_follow_up-parameters = <Passing Parameters to target iview>.


Please comment if any further clarifications.





What is it all about?

Recently we were requested to develop a very unusual consumption experience for exploring Fiori business content, enriched with context aware services (you can find here more information about it). While this is still in development, we thought some of you would be interested in learning about some of our considerations in selecting the technology for the UI.

Nir and I are developers in the SAP Portal group, in SAP Labs Israel, and we just love to bring Web UI to the extreme.

So what was on our plate? Complex shapes, dynamic graphics, multiple layers, complex and simultaneous animations, and, needless to say, mobile-friendly and absolutely smooth performance.

We also wanted: minimal learning curve, usage of a technology which is common in the industry, accessibility & text extraction, ability to embed external HTML content.

The good part: we were free to support a limited product-availability matrix, with only the most up-to-date Webkit browsers on PC and the retina iPad.

After a long investigation and numerous POC’s, we decided to go with CSS Transformations over HTML DOM elements with a pinch of Canvas. We were surprised to find out that the technology we had known for so long would fit us best, and while on this quest we learned to improve our skills using it.

Here are the technologies we investigated in order to find which best suit our requirements:

  • HTML5 Canvas
  • SVG
  • CSS Transform



First Option: HTML5 Canvas

According to the HTML5 specification, the CANVAS element is:

“a resolution-dependent bitmap canvas, which can be used for rendering graphs, game graphics, art, or other visual images on the fly.”

The HTML5 Canvas element is an HTML tag similar to the <div>, <a>, or <table> tag, with the exception that its contents are rendered with JavaScript.

In order to leverage the HTML5 Canvas, we need to place the <canvas> tag somewhere inside the HTML document, access the <canvas> tag with JavaScript, create a context, and then utilize the HTML5 Canvas API to draw visualizations.

The canvas element is the actual DOM node that is embedded in the HTML page.

The canvas context is an object with properties and methods that you can use to render graphics inside the canvas element. The context can be 2D or webgl (3D).

For example, let’s draw a rectangle with HTML5 Canvas:

     <canvas id="myCanvas" width="578" height="200"></canvas>
          var canvas = document.getElementById('myCanvas');
          var context = canvas.getContext('2d');
          context.rect(188, 50, 200, 100);
          context.fillStyle = 'yellow';
          context.lineWidth = 7;
          context.strokeStyle = 'black';


The result:


HTML5 Canvas Advantages:

  1. High-performance 2D surface for drawing anything you want
  2. You can save the resulting image as a .png or .jpg
  3. Best-suited for generating raster graphics (for example in games, fractals, etc.), editing of images, and operations requiring pixel-level manipulation


HTML5 Canvas Disadvantages:

  1. Poor text rendering capabilities. Might not be the best choice for cases where accessibility is crucial

  2. Events are binding to <canvas> tag and not on specific Web element, so in order to handle events for a specific Web element, you may need to do a lot of hard work or to rely on a Javascript library like KineticJS

  3. Poor debug tools



Second Option: SVG

SVG literally means Scalable Vector Graphics. It is a language for describing two-dimensional graphics in XML.

SVG allows for three types of graphic objects: vector graphic shapes (e.g., paths consisting of straight lines and curves), images, and text.

Graphical objects can be grouped, styled, transformed and composited into previously rendered objects. SVG also supports embedded or external CSS rules.

Example of SVG shapes:


<line x1="0" y1="0" x2="200" y2="200" stroke-width="1" stroke="#000"/>
<rect x="250" y="250" width="200" height="200" fill="rgb(234,234,234)" 
     stroke-width="1" stroke="rgb(0,0,0)"/>

SVG Advantages:

  1. Vector graphics: people are now using high-resolution iPads and monitors
  2. Accessibility: Humans and machines can understand SVG code even if they can’t render it
  3. DOM Handling: SVGs have a DOM so it’s easy to attach event handlers and manipulate elements like you would for other HTML elements. To move an item, you simply change its coordinates


SVG Disadvantages:

  1. Slow rendering when document complexity increases; frequent use of the DOM impacts performance
  2. Steep learning curve
  3. Longer application loading, especially with detailed graphics


Third Option: CSS Transform


Modern browsers (Safari, Chrome, Opera, Firefox, IE9+) provide Web developers with CSS animations capabilities.

The effect of CSS Transform is to modify the appearance of an element in the browser by translation, rotation, scaling or other means.

While CSS Transformation in itself is a powerful tool, the ability to animate the transformations using webkit-transition makes it even better, so you can define animation properties like duration, delay, easing etc.

For example:


.element { 


In addition, you can combine multiple transform animations to a single element by listing them one after the other, so you can create complex animations easily.


You can predefine animation for an element and control the timing by @-webkit-keyframes. A keyframe defines the style that is applied for that moment within the animation. The animation engine smoothly interpolate styles between the keyframes.


Here is an example of a keyframe animation that changes the element size:


@-webkit-keyframes item-animation { 
     0% {
           -webkit-transform: scale(0.2, 0.2);
     45% { 
          -webkit-transform: scale(1.1, 1.1);
     100% {
          -webkit-transform: scale(1, 1);


In the same CSS file you can attach the keyframe animation to an element:

.element {
     -webkit-animation: item-animation 0.5s; 
     -webkit-animation-fill-mode: both;


Furthermore, from a performance perspective, it is better to use CSS Transform in comparison to changing an object position and size by plain CSS properties (top, left, width, height).

Changing CSS properties by Javascript causes the browser to paint each frame, which result in a flickering transition. The CSS Transform version gets the screen element elevated onto its own layer on the GPU (called a RenderLayer). Now that it sits on its own layer, any 2D transform, 3D transform, or opacity changes, can happen purely on the GPU, which will stay extremely fast and still get us quick frame rates.


CSS Transform Advantages:

  1. Performance – uses GPU and not CPU
  2. CSS is a common technology, which doesn’t require much learning, and is easy to use – just a few more CSS properties and values
  3. Animations are made on the HTML DOM objects


CSS Transform Disadvantages:

  1. Bitmap graphics only - we have to take into consideration different screen resolutions
  2. Dynamic animations are made using Javascript and are slower (for example, items which should be moved to a calculated location)
  3. Creation of complex shapes are limited - we can draw circles, but more complex shapes might require images


Which one to pick?

It is quite hard to declare one technology as the optimal one, since the decision, like always, depends on your needs.

After investigating each technology and doing some POCs, we found out which of our requirements are answered by each UI technology:


HTML5 Canvas


CSS Transform

Draw complex shapes



Sufficient (for required implementation)

Dynamic graphics




Complex animations




Good performance


Partially (CPU costly)






Minimal learning curve




Common in industry




Accessibility & text extraction




Embed external HTML content


Partially (foreignObject)



The ability to embed HTML content is an important requirement since we must make sure our solution will support integration with other UI libraries like UI5.

In addition to technical pros and cons for each UI technology, we also took into consideration our team’s wide experience in using HTML and CSS, which could help us provide a good solution in minimal time and learning curve.

In conclusion, our main choice is CSS Transform for animations, complex Web elements with embedded HTML, and simple event-handling for each element.

Additionally, we chose to use HTML5 Canvas for animations of non-Web elements like background scenery elements.


Hope you enjoyed this post,

Nir and Yotam.















For making your sites easily accessible on mobile and attractive to mobile users, the Mobile Portal offers you a role based aggregation layer to integrate both your web and native applications with unstructured content from various sources. There are already lots of blogs out there on SCN describing SAP Mobile Portal capabilities and how to best use them. I recommend reading

For this blog, I built a very small example including a PSM Page. My portal was already configured for mobile (HTML5 support, filtering enabled, device groups configured), so I just did the following steps:

  1. In the Master Rule collection, I checked which Smartphone Desktop was assigned to Device Group Smartphone – it was the Default Smartphone Portal Desktop.
  2. Then I checked in this Portal Desktop which filterID was assigned. Result: the default com.sap.portal.smartphone.
  3. Next I created a copy of the Every User Mobile Role which comes with the standard delivery and made sure that the Filter IDs assigned to the Launcher and other pages contained com.sap.portal.smartphone.
  4. Now, the next step is adding some PSM pages to this role. This is really easy, as it is done using the Navigation Manager (before SP3: Navigation Assistant).  You just need to select a folder in a portal role on the left side and a node in the PSM project structure on the right side and click Add.
    As an example, I built a simple structure with PSM and published it:
  5. There are two possible locations where PSM pages can be added to a portal role:

    a. In the launcher: In Navigation Manager, you simply select the launcher folder in the mobile role on the right side and the top page of the PSM page structure on the left side and click Add Link. In the pop-up window, the Mobile checkbox needs to be checked, which in most cases is already done by the system. All other settings can just be used as they are, if you do not want to restrict the depth of the page sturcture. Mobile links always need to be static.

    The PSM pages are added as folder structure below the launcher. They inherit the filter ID from the launcher and mobile users can easily navigate through them to find the relevant content.

    b. In Portal Explorer:  The Portal Explorer gives users access to all items in their mobile roles that are entry points but not assigned to a mobile perspective like launcher or home page.  Therefore, you just need to add the PSM pages to any folder except launcher, e.g. to the role itself, using Navigation Manager; then it will be accessible from the Portal Explorer in the Toolbox.

    To define the types of devices on which the pages should be visible, you have to enter a filterID, when creating the link.

        6-Add PEx.png 


Now I am done. That is how the page structure looks like in the Portal role:

6-Role Ende.png


And in the smartphone:

Launcher_s.jpg   PortEx_s.jpg  


You can now click to open the Travel Information page or navigate to the sub-pages.



By the way, for sharing documents on mobile, SAP Portal Content Management by OpenText offers mobile UIs both for tablets and smartphones. These are the PCM smartphone UIs:

MobileBrowse.jpg   MobilePulse.jpg



Hope that blog was helpful. If you are interested in reading more about creating sites with SAP NetWeaver Portal, check out the other blogs in my blog series.




Applies to:


This article applies to SAP Enterprise Portal 7.0.




This document explains the procedure to add our predefined properties in the Search Options Screen of SAP Enterprise Portal.


Author(s):    Sreeram Kasturi


Company:    Infosys Technologies Limited


Created on: 16th September 2013


Author Bio



Sreeram Kasturi is working as Senior Technical Architect in Infosys Technologies Limited, Bangalore.  He has worked on SAP MDM, SAP BPM, EP, KMC and Java/J2ee Technologies. He has conducted trainings on behalf of SAP Education Center on EP KMC




1. Introduction


SAP Enterprise Portal comes with a set of standard predefined properties for each resource for example: created by, modified by. Sometimes we might require creating our own properties also. This blog explains how to add the new predefined properties to appear in the Search Options Screen of SAP Enterprise Portal.


Two main sections of this document are “Creating New Properties” and “Adding Predefined Properties to Search Option Screen” as shown below.


2. Creating New Properties


This section “Create New Properties” is already explained in my previous article published on SDN - Creating Predefined Properties in Knowledge Management - Step by Step Guide” .


3. Adding Predefined Properties to Search Option Screen


This section explains how to add predefined Properties to Search Option Screen in SAP Enterprise Portal

Go to System Administrator --> System Configuration --> Knowledge Management --> Content Management --> User Interface


Click on Show Advanced Options in “User Interface”


Click on Search +.



Click on “Search Options Set”



Select the 'UISearch' and click on Edit Button


Click on ‘Show All Object’ link to display all the properties under ‘Allowed Predefined Properties’


Select the newly created / required properties from the list shown in the above image.


Click on ‘OK’ button.


The newly added properties like approved, reviewed, printed are visible in the Search Option screen as shown below.



4. References






With Netweaver Portal 7.30 SP10 or 7.31 SP09 SAP launched the new UI Theme Designer. By default the old editor is still loaded, so here are the tips:



1) Enable UI Theme Designer in the portal

In Netweaver Administrator (/nwa) go to Configuration > Infrastructure > Application Modules;

Select the web module "com.sap.portal.themes.lafservice" in the Module List;

Now in the Portal Service Details the Properties are loaded. Change "Determine what will be the theme runtime provider" to LESS.

Save it and restart the portal.



2) By enabling the LESS functionality the portal has added a new menu option under Content Administration > Portal Display > Portal Themes. It is called UI Theme Designer.




If you launch the UI Theme Designer, be sure you are running a modern browser (e.g. CSS3 support -> IE9 or higher, Firefox and Chrome).

Otherwise it won't start / work correctly.




3) Check out the following: Note 1839261 - Application displayed without theme (UI Theme Designer). In our case we needed a patch for SAP_BASIS (SAPKB73108).



4) Now you can run the UI Theme Designer from the portal.




Some interesting information (thanks Shani and Itzik again )

OSS note 1890375




Noël Hendrikx - SAP Portal consultant @ Peppie Portals.

Specialized in Corporate branding SAP Portal / Adobe Interactive Forms.


UI Theming blog series

Portal theming - also waited a couple of years?

How to... UI Theme Designer - Installation

How to... UI Theme Designer - Migration

How to... UI Theme Designer - Locating elements

How to... UI Theme Designer - Transportation



Other blogs:

Tired of zipping / unzipping portal theme?

Tips for the Portal Content Studio

DSM Terminator and popup blockers (or not)

My best development friend - Autoresponder FTW


Hi SAP Portal Community,

Today, I would like to introduce myself to you and invite you to follow a series of blogs that I intend to start in the next days. My name is Sibylle Brehm and I have been part of the portal Product Management team since the very beginnings of SAP Portal, although at that time my focus area was Knowledge Management. In the last years, I took over the responsibility for planning, setting up, and configuring our SAP NetWeaver Portal demo scenarios, for customer events like Sapphire and TechEd, for our standard demo landscape and also for specific customer meetings.

Here you can see some of the portals that I worked on:



Since the portal management team decided in 2010 to further enhance and enlarge the portal offering with the best-of-breed Content Management and Web Site Management solutions of our partner OpenText, these new capabilities also needed to be reflected in our demo scenarios. Thus, I had the opportunity to build up a lot of experience on the integration of SAP Portal Content and Site Management of OpenText with SAP NetWeaver portal, on the benefits of using these add-ons to the portal, on configuration and administration.

This has been quite a fascinating time to get to know these new products in detail with long hours and some ups and downs, lots of learning by doing and help from our colleagues in the Portal development team and at OpenText. And it is this experience that I would like to share with you in a blog series on creating sites with SAP NetWeaver Portal. These are the topics that I am going to tackle in my first blogs:


  1. Leveraging SAP Portal Site Management by OpenText for building external sites
  2. Accessing sites built with SAP Netweaver Portal and PSM on mobile
  3. Anonymous logon for external sites
  4. What to consider when changing the portal look and feel with a custom framework page


If you have any additional ideas and points of interest around this topic, please feel free to provide your suggestions by writing a comment on this blog. I promise to take a close look at your ideas and provide some details wherever possible.

So, stay tuned! The first blog is already available and the second one just around the corner.


Hi SAP Portal Community,


Creating external facing portals is quite an important topic for many companies and there are lots of things to consider regarding architecture, security, user access etc. Today, I would like to take a closer look at how you can use SAP Portal Site Management by Opentext (PSM) with the SAP NetWeaver Portal to create even better, more appealing sites with a maximum of flexibility.

PSM provides customers with a rich set of features and functions to enable non-technical business experts to easily manage their content within the SAP Portal. To benefit from the close integration between Portal and OpenText Web Site Management and the advanced Site Management features of the product, you first need to install the OpenText Services and deploy the PSM Portal components.

From the Portal side of the solution, you get lots of functionality for providing an external facing site out of the box like navigation via short URLs or quicklinks, a navigation cache, a light framework page, and a resource-sensitive page builder. You can find more about this topic in the SAP help portal at http://help.sap.com/saphelp_nw73ehp1/helpdata/en/48/1d0555a4ef4e6fe10000000a42189c/content.htm?frameset=/en/48/1d054fa4ef4e6fe10000000a42189c/frameset.htm. For general information on SAP NetWeaver Portal, please take a look at the SAP NetWeaver Portal space in SCN where you can find for example a Getting Started blog and a roadmap presentation, or watch the portfolio video.

With the usage of PSM, you gain all features of a best-of-breed web site management solution for administrators and an easy-to-handle, quick editing tool for site editors in addition. Besides, PSM offers Asset Management to manage images you used on your web-sites, support for the whole content process and, very importantly, lots of options for building dynamic sites. For more detailed information on PSM in general, take a look at this presentation.

Well, how do PSM and Portal work together when building up an external site? Let’s take a look at different important decisions you have to make, when building up your site:

  1. Access: The OpenText Delivery Server, the powerful, XML-based tool for dynamic delivery of web site content to the Portal, has its own anonymous user. SAP Portal Site Management by OpenText automatically recognizes if the portal user is an anonymous user and then maps it the Delivery Server anonymous user without any configuration needed.
  2. Navigation: Since your external site will be first of all a portal, you can use the normal SAP NetWeaver portal concept to provide a role-based navigation structure. With PSM you can complement the role navigation by adding either single pages or complete navigation trees to a portal role and very easily link between pages. In addition, you can choose between static and dynamic links when adding pages or page structures to a role, so that in the second case, even after having connected the page to a role, all changes to the page structures will be automatically visible in the portal once they are published. You can see how to add pages to a role in this video.
  3. Look and Feel: In many cases, SAP Portal customers will create their own portal desktops and framework pages based on the Ajax framework page to shape the portal design according to their needs. You can easily integrate the same css and if needed js file both in the OpenText Management Server as part of the portal framework to attain a seamless experience both in your External Facing site and in your editing environment.
    To ensure a consistent look of Portal/PSM pages, the OpenText Management Server (the part of the solution where the actual page creation, editing and publishing workflow is handled) offers also a clear separation of content and layout and helps to enforce strict adherence to a predefined design, even when content creation is delegated to content experts in the LOB. To reach this, the whole content creation process heavily on templates that can be created in a way to fit seamlessly into your portal environment.
  4. Portal Content: In many cases, you will decide to bring together structured and unstructured content on the same page. In fact, this can be done easily by using the Application Integration feature of PSM. Thus, PSM pages are not just nice web pages created using cool templates and based on a stylish css, but they can also contain any application that is available in your portal as an iView, so that you can for example display the list of current purchase orders next to some information on the purchasing process in your supplier portal. The application integration is done in the template, so power users can provide a set of templates including different applications and add red dots to the template to modify iView properties of the application, e.g. root node and display options for a document list or transaction code for an SAP transaction.
  5. You can easily provide a mobile version of your external facing site, but that will be the topic of my next blog. To see an overview of the complete series about creating sites with SAP NetWeaver Portal, go the introductory blog.

Stay tuned!


Steps to remove tabs from UWL


By default we get below tabs in uwl.

  1. Alerts
  2. Tasks
  3. Notifications
  4. Tracking


If we need
to remove any tab, we can do it by following below given steps:



  1. Go to iview properties and check the
    property useNavigationId, as shown in fig below:




Note down the value ‘’com.sap.pct.erp.mss.Main”, this is nothing but an xml file.



2. Go to System Administration -> System Configuration -> Universal Worklist



Click on Click to Manage Item Types and View Definitions under Universal
Worklist Content Configuration

As shown below:




3.After that select the xml file, go to end of the page and download the file.3rd-step.JPG


4. Save it to your desktop and make a copy to preserve the original file.


5. Open the file with any XML editor or word pad and do the below changes,


      5.1To hide the Alert tab: change the visibility to no as shown below:5th1-step.JPG


    5.2  To Hide Notification Tab: Change the below given visibility to no.




   5.3  To hide Tracking Tab, change the visibility to no, as shown below:






6) Save the file after doing above changes. 


7) Go to the next tab in portal “Upload new configuration”.7th-step.jpg



Fill the Configuration name :  com.sap.pct.erp.mss.Main

Check the high priority.

Browse the file. And upload.




8) Next, message would be displayed that the file already exists. Choose yes to overwrite and save.


Now, check the uwl iview for the result.






if you are checking by any role. Then please ensure that the same iview is linked
to the role for which you checked the property in step 1.


Hope this document helps people.



Welcome to the September edition of the SAP Portal News Blog in 2013. We have news for you around the following areas:

  • SAP TechEd
  • Cloud Portal
  • Mobile Portal
  • Blogs from the Portal Community




We already informed you some time ago in our SAP TechEd blog on the set of educational sessions and hands-on exercises planned for SAP TechEd this year.


Meet now also some of our SAP TechEd speakers!


Tamas Szirtes who is working for Intenzz, one of our partner companies. He is speaker for the session POP114 Using a Mobile Portal to Monitor SAP HANA ASUG TechEd Session in Las Vegas. Read Tammy Powlas blog introducing Tamas and giving you more information on his session.


Aviad Rivlin "SAP Portal Product Manager" who is giving you a short preview of his planned activities at SAP TechEd this year: he is going to share with you all information on SAP NetWeaver Portal, mobile edition and on the integration between SAP Fiori and Mobile Portal.



Ifat Shwartz "HANA Cloud Portal Product Manager" who is giving you a preview on the latest innovations and capabilities of HANA Cloud Portal which she will present you this year at SAP TechEd in Amsterdam.



Yariv Zur who is a SAP Mentor and Director of Solution Management at SAP. His main focus is on SAP Portal, User Interface and User Productivity in the Enterprise world - Cloud based, On Premise and Mobile. In Yariv's sessions at SAP TechEd 2013 attendees can expect to experience Yariv's interpretation of SAP's UI strategy and gain guidance for their projects:




Reminder: SAP Portal Stars Challenge

We would like to launch another SAP Portal Stars challenge this year just prior to SAP TechEd 2013. This challenge provides you a platform to expose your innovative company to other portal customers and increase your brand visibility as a thought leader in this area. Contact us and share with us your Portal experiences. More information about the initiative and how to participate: see the blog SAP Portal Stars Strike Back by Aviad Rivlin.



SAP HANA Cloud Portal


Register for Partner Test, Palo Alto 19-21 November 2013

You are invited to get your hands on SAP HANA Cloud Portal during a free partner test event hosted in Palo Alto from November 19-21. During this event, you would have the chance to experience the technology of SAP HANA Cloud Portal, running on top of SAP HANA for in-memory computing. You would learn how to quickly and easily create engaging cloud-based business sites, and integrate with other SAP and non-SAP cloud solutions.


Some information on the tester profile:

  • Experience with Java development
  • Experience with developing web applications (HTML, JavaScript)
  • Cloud technology experience

In case you are working for a SAP partner company and you fullfill the tester profile, you can register here. Even though you cannot make it for the event, you can experience how to create cloud-based business sites by registering for a free and unlimited Cloud Portal trial with your SAP ID or SCN credentials.


HR Extensions with SuccessFactors and HANA Cloud Portal

This new screencast shows you how HANA Cloud Portal is integrated into SuccessFactors as an enabler for HR extensions:



Read also this blog by Filip Misovski to get more background information on this topic.


Out of the box sites for Cloud Portal

We launched two new beautiful websites available for free to all cloud portal users. These sample sites designed to give you a jump start on your first steps in setting up a site using SAP HANA Cloud Portal. Both sites were created based on the out-of-the-box content provided with Cloud Portal, therefore you can easily customize their content and branding for a wide range of scenarios.


Cloud Portal Hangout

Watch this new Google Hangout on HANA Cloud Portal with Sonali Mukherjee, SAP Technical Consultant at Ciber in the US. Sonali reports on her experiences with the product and the benefits she sees for partners and customers.



SAP Portal, Mobile Edition


SAP Fiori and Mobile Portal available as RPD Edition

SAP is now offering a new Rapid Deployment Solution (RDS) for SAP Fiori and the mobile portal. This new service will quickly and easily setup the mobile portal on your existing SAP NetWeaver Portal, and integrate the Fiori applications into it - proving you an extendable, role based, single point of access for your mobile apps and content. More information in this blog by Aviad Rivlin.


Creating Dynamic Actions for Your Mobile Framework Page Application

Read this blog by SAP Portal developer Yotam Kadishay, one of the client-side developers who implemented the new mobile framework page. Yotam describes how the SAP NetWeaver Portal mobile framework page gives you the ability to create dynamic actions for your applications, and add them to the framework action bar.



Blogs from the Portal Community on SCN


We recommend reading the following blogs on SCN:


Thanks to Murali, Fouad and Andy for their great contributions.

As you all know portal 7.3 has an ajax framework page which means that not the whole page is reloaded but only the contentarea div. So where do you have to place your google analytic code so that every time a user visits a page/iview the data is send to google?


That’s an easy question: you have to place it somewhere in the contentarea. So the easiest way is to create an iView with your google analytic code in it and to add that iview in every page. But what if you already have a lot of iViews or pages and you do not want to go to every page and add that iView? And in some cases you only have an iView so you have to add you existed iView in a new page and also add your google analytic iview to it => overkill.


Another solution is to download the contentarea war file from your server and change the code and then overwrite SAP code. But that solution I prefer not to use in this case.


So what I did was create an iView and add it to the Ajax framework page/ custom ajax framework page and thats it!
I listen to the event “navigate” and every time that happens the data is send to google. Which means this also works for Web Page Composer(WPC) pages.

First you need to create a portal application. After you deployed it to the server you create an iView of it and then add it to the framework page you use.


You can find the source code here. After unzippen it you have to import into youre NWDS(Import > General > File system).(Don't forget to change the google analytics id in the iview properties as explained below)


See below for the steps in detail:



- Create a Google Analytics account(https://www.google.com/analytics/web/provision?et=&authuser=#provision/SignUp/)

- Portal Server should be able to access(telnet) to www.google-analytics.com(check this with your basis team)


1) create a portal application



Click Next > Finish.


After the application project is created you have to create an portal application object.


Right click on the portal application project you just created. Follow the next steps:





After clicking Finish the portal object will be created and the googleanalytics.java file will be open in your NWDS.
The only code will put in the doContent method of the AbstractPortalComponent is:


package flexso.com;
import com.sapportals.portal.prt.component.*;
import com.sapportals.portal.prt.resource.IResource;
public class googleanalytics extends AbstractPortalComponent
    public void doContent(IPortalComponentRequest request, IPortalComponentResponse response)
              response.include(request, request.getResource(IResource.JSP,


(Don't forget to add the import statement "import com.sapportals.portal.prt.resource.IResource;")

The above code will load the jsp file that we still need to create.(see next step)


Next step is to create the JSP file where the google analytic code will be placed.

So first drilldown to the folder jsp under dist > PORTAL-INF > jsp and right click.





Attention: the name that you use here has to be the same as the one you used in the doContent method in the java file.

Click Finish to proceed.


<%@ page language="java" contentType="text/html; charset=UTF-8"
<%@ page import = "com.sapportals.portal.prt.component.IPortalComponentRequest" %>
<%@ page import = "com.sapportals.portal.prt.component.IPortalComponentResponse" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
<!-- begin part 1 -->
          String googleID = componentRequest.getComponentContext().getProfile().getProperty("googleanalytics.id");
<!-- end part 1 -->
// begin part 4
function callbackGetNodeInfo(currentNode){
                    (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o),
                    ga('create', '<%=googleID%>', 'flexso.com');
                    ga('set', 'title', currentNode.getTitle());
                    ga('set', 'location', currentNode.getNodeURI());
                    var loggindUser = LSAPI.AFPPlugin.configuration.getUser().FirstName + 
                                                                      ", "          +
                                                                      LSAPI.AFPPlugin.configuration.getUser().LastName +
                                                                      " ("+
                                                                      LSAPI.AFPPlugin.configuration.getUser().LogonUid +
                    ga('set', 'dimension1', loggindUser);
                    ga('send', 'pageview',{
                                'dimension1': loggindUser
// end part 4
// begin part 3
function navigationEventHandler(eventObj) {
   //eventObj.dataObject.target.split("?")[0] this will split the target at "?" and [0] will return the first part of target value which is the navurl
  if(typeof eventObj.dataObject.target === "string"){ 
// end part 3
// begin part 2 
EPCM.subscribeEvent("urn:com.sapportals:navigation", "Navigate", navigationEventHandler);//when you are navigate in the portal
EPCM.subscribeEvent("urn:com.sapportals.portal:browser","load", navigationEventHandler);//when you load the page
// end part 2



The JSP is divided in 4 parts:


Part 1: Is some java code to get the value of our google analytics id.(Which is provided by Google) This property will be maintenable through the iview property of the application. Which makes it easy when you transport the iview to acceptance or production you then only need to change the value of the property.


Part 2: Is the subscribeEvent method. With that piece of code you will run your EventHandler method every time the navigation event is triggered.


Part 3: Is the actual method that will be executed. In that method I use the getNode method of the LSAPI object. For more information about the LSAPI navigation method see the url: http://help.sap.com/saphelp_nw73/helpdata/en/c8/5eacdc37434cfb8ec5e5288b884100/frameset.htm


Part 4: Is the code that you get from google analytics. You only need to change the actual id with <%=googleID%> so it gets the value stored in the iview property. In this part I also added some additional information like user name , firstname and loginid which can be viewed in a custom report.(For more information check google analytics documentation) Attention: do not forget to change 'flexso.com'. You can find the value that you have to put there in your google analytic piece of code that is generated by google.


The last part of the portal object is to add the property googleanalytics in the portalapp.xml.

Replace the part <component-profile/> with:


        <property name="googleanalytics.id" value="UA-XXXXX-Y">
          <property name="category" value="Google Analytics"/>


Now the application is done and you need to deploy it to the server.

Once it deployed on the server the last step is to create an iview of it and add it to the ajax framework page you use.


Steps to follow:


Go to Content Administration > Portal Content Management > Portal Application.


Create an iview from the application by copying it to a folder in the Portal Content.





After you created the iview you must change the property "googleanalyticsid" in the property of the iview.



Click on the button "Modify Properties" and change the value with the id from google.

Do not forget to change the property "authentication scheme" to anonymous if you also want to track anonymous user on your portal.


Now you still need to add this iview to your framework page. If you use the SAP standard ajax framework page it is best to copy that page and change that one.

If you have a custom framework page just add this iview to it. If you don't have a container for "technical/hidden iviews" make sur the iview has no tray or something visible. (Maybe you can set the height to 1px).


In this example I will add the iview to standard framework.

You can find the standard SAP Ajax Framework page under: Portal Content > Portal Users > Standard Portal Users > Ajax Framework Content.



Open the page and select youre google analytic iview and right click on it and select Add iview to page > Delta link.




The last step is to change the container where the iview will be placed.




Now save your changes and go to your google account do some tests.


PS: this is my first blog.


SAP NetWeaver Portal has a component called “Activity Data Collector (ADC)” which traces user and content activity, monitors portal requests and maintains details of each request, such as the logged-on user, processing time and the iView requested and creates a record in a file. More details on activating ADC by Aviad in his blog - SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3 – Activity Data Collector Enhancements.   SAP NetWeaver Portal does not provide an out-of-the-box capability for reporting on the information collected by the ADC. Hence, it’s left to the customer to analyze the raw information from these files and develop a reporting mechanism.


I recently came across Lumira – a data visualization tool (formerly known as Visual Intelligence) and found it very easy to use. Few months back, SAP made it available on the HANA Cloud and hence there is no need to install a software on your PC. You can create reports from the browser and share it with other users. Since its HTML5 based, users can view it on any device.  I wanted to showcase how you could use this tool to display Portal Activity reports in a more visual manner.


Step 1: Setup ADC and generate a file. The file which I am using is below



Step 2: Login into Lumira Cloud to create a Dataset


Once you upload the file, it will automatically detect the measures and attributes. I have change the measure to aggregate based on Count.


Step 3: Build your report


In the design area, select the type of chart from the visualization tab and select your X/Y axis fields


Save the report. It is now ready to be accessed and shared across.


This is how the report would show up when accessing from Home page. This report shows the top iView being used on the SAP Portal



You can also share the report to other users who can view it with their Lumira Cloud login.



Below is snap shot of the email which is being generated.


You could go and create N number of reports in a very simple fashion. I have just created few reports to give an idea.




The below report shows Top active users on the SAP Portal. I have further filtered it to find top users accessing “Change Orders and Operations” iView using IE Browser.



A simple pie chart to show the user types - Authenticated vs Anonymous access to SAP Portal


Hope you found this informative.


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