SAP Fiori Elements FAQ

With the excitement around the release of SAP Fiori tools, a set of extensions that streamlines SAP Fiori elements app development, we have received many questions around SAP Fiori elements. Here are answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions.

Basic Product Information

What is SAP Fiori elements?

SAP Fiori elements is a UI development library based on UI5. It provides a collection of SAP Fiori app templates – called page types – that are based on the most common use cases for SAP Fiori apps. These page types provide for the both the user interface and related logic. For example: navigation, search, filtering, multi-device support, edit mode, and draft control, and more. This means that the developer can simply connect data sources and have a running app much faster than custom UI5 development.

Why did you build SAP Fiori elements?

SAP Fiori elements began as internal solution at SAP. We needed it to ensure consistency among apps as we scaled the number of SAP Fiori apps we were building from 10s to 100s to the 1000s that exist today in SAP S/4HANA. In fact, SAP Fiori elements is used to create approximately 80% of the apps for SAP S/4HANA. The page types themselves continue to be maintained and enhanced by SAP, ensuring that they comply with the latest version of the SAP Fiori design system.

Page Types

What kind of page types are available with SAP Fiori elements?

SAP Fiori elements streamlines the development of the most common SAP Fiori app scenarios. In many cases, this is some sort of list. The currently available page types are:

  1. Overview page: Provides a page filled with cards summarizing a business scenario. The cards can be used as a jumping-off point for accessing further information.
  2. List report page: Provides a page where users can view and interact with a large set of items. These typically accompanied by an object page, used to view details about an item. This combination is sometimes referred to as an LROP (List Report Object Page) app.
  3. Analytical list page: Provides a page where users can access KPI information and visualizations of data alongside a list.
  4. Worklist page: Provides a page where users can process a list of work items or processes.
  5. Object page: Provides details about a single item. Users typically navigate to object pages from any of the above page types. Object pages can also be nested, allowing users to continue drilling down for further information.

Benefits

How does SAP Fiori elements save development time and costs?

SAP Fiori elements reduces the amount of time developers need to spend on UI development. In addition to accelerating app development, the use of SAP Fiori elements page types also creates a consistent user experience, allowing developers to scale development more efficiently throughout their organization.

How does SAP Fiori elements reduce maintenance costs?

The page types available in SAP Fiori elements are developed and maintained by SAP. Further updates and improvements to the SAP Fiori design system will be automatically reflected in the apps upon the next UI5 update. Developers do not have to manually implement improvements as SAP Fiori continues to evolve.

Extending SAP Fiori elements apps with UI5

Can I extend the page types (templates) to go beyond what SAP has provided?

Yes. It is possible to add/modify the functionality of an SAP Fiori elements app, either through the use of UI5 flexibility features or custom code at extension points. For a quick look at what is possible, see this blog: Extending SAP Fiori elements Applications - What you need to know.

Before beginning you SAP Fiori elements project, we highly recommend that you research the available page types to ensure they meet your needs. The use of too many extensions can increase maintenance and development requirements, negating the benefits of development efficiency, UX consistency, and scalability of SAP Fiori elements.

When should I use SAP Fiori elements instead of creating a custom UI5 app?

SAP Fiori elements apps suit the majority of your use cases with little to no modification. In cases where heavy modification to the page types might be required, it may be better to create a custom application. The SAP UX Engineering team has created a guide to help you decide if SAP Fiori elements is right for you: When to Use SAP Fiori elements.

More Resources

Where can I learn more about SAP Fiori elements?

There are a variety of resources available if you would like to dive a little deeper with SAP Fiori elements. Here are a few to get you started: