To sum it up very quickly Fiori allows end users to access some "transactions" from their mobile phone, tablet or desktop with the same user experience. All you need is a browser recent enough to display HTML5. As a SAP CRM consultant I wanted to give it a try and see what we can get with those ~10 apps dedicated to sales representatives... And the good news is: a few weeks ago I noticed this big orange button on http://marketplace.saphana.com/Line-of-Business/Sales/SAP-Fiori/p/3570 to try Fiori for free!
In fact this button never worked for me: I was just directed to a page asking me to actually buy the whole package... So I contacted someone from SAP support, who asked me to contact someone else who knew the guy that heard someone tried Fiori etc. (you got my point 🙂 But in the end I could finally get the links I was looking for (thank you Mr. enrique.espinosa😞
If you click on one of those links (depending on your location) and enter promotion code TRYFIORI during checkout, you'll be able to download everything you need to install SAP Fiori applications on your CRM system to test it during 45 days for free.
That's what I did, except that I didn't have any CRM7.0 EhP3 (minimum required) available. So I created a virtual machine on my laptop running Win7 64bits, with 8Go RAM and 120Go free hard drive. I must admit that the installation process went quite smoothly until I had to download support packages: can you believe that you need someone to "approve" your download basket via Solution Manager? I'll probably write another blog post about it because obviously I didn't need to install SolMan to complete my installation, however I did had to contact a friend with a valid user on SolMan to be able to download the needed files from SAP Service Marketplace (which makes me think that this is a cra**y piece of software otherwise SAP wouldn't have to force people to use it).
Anyway, now it's working fine so I began to create a series of video showing what it looks like. I'll update this blog post as soon as new videos are ready to go so don't forget to click the "follow" button or "receive email notifications" on the right hand side of the page if you want to get notified when new stuff is out 🙂