Transition from SAP Enterprise Portal to the Cloud

Thousands of customers around the world run SAP Enterprise Portal successfully to provide their employees, customers, and partners a central and intuitive access point to business applications, information, and services. Get here some recommendations regarding a transition of your on-premise SAP Enterprise Portal to SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP).

General recommendations about SAP Enterprise Portal Transition

As a general strategic approach, we recommend to transition your SAP Enterprise Portal use cases to SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP), multi-cloud environment. Note that a transition to the Neo environment is not recommended. SAP BTP is SAP’s strategic unified, business-centric platform with an open architecture that turns data into business value.
SAP follows a multi-cloud approach, which enables organizations to run the platform and its services on the cloud infrastructure of selected hyper-scaler partners (Alibaba, Amazon, Google, Microsoft). To help driving innovative digital experiences initiatives, SAP further invests in flexible UX services, tools and UI technologies to develop custom apps and extensions using SAP Business Application Studio and SAP Fiori tools. 

Going forward we recommend SAP Enterprise Portal customers considering a transition to SAP BTP multi-cloud environment, in particular to the SAP Launchpad service or to SAP Work Zone. SAP Work Zone is a service on SAP Business Technology Platform connecting business applications, inbox, workflow, intranet, team and private workspace, documents and more. It enables customers to build digital workplace solutions to increase user productivity and engagement. It includes the capability from SAP Launchpad service (centralizing access to relevant business applications, processes and information), but also offers additional capabilities to build modern intranets with content pages, widgets and UI integration cards. 

SAP recommends adopting SAP Launchpad service or SAP Work Zone (depending on the use case) for new projects, and a gradual transition of existing SAP EP based scenarios to SAP BTP. For more information about SAP Launchpad service, see this overview presentation. More information and recommendations about EP transition will be added here step-by-step in the next months.

Why a transition to SAP BTP ?

  • The further development of SAP NetWeaver products will be limited primarily to bug fixing and the provision of transition tools to the cloud. Do not expect new functions for SAP Enterprise Portal!  
  • Cloud offers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by eliminating the need for complex on-premise infrastructure, systems and costly upgrades  
  • New, innovative solutions such as SAP Launchpad service, and other centralized services such as search, and notifications, will be developed and offered exclusively on the SAP BTP.

Transition is not a Migration!

    • If customers decide for a transition to SAP BTP,  they should consider it is not a 1:1 equivalent to SAP Enterprise Portal; hence there is no tool which automatically moves customers from EP to the cloud.
    • It is a transition from technology platform SAP NetWeaver to SAP BTP. Besides a transition to the Launchpad service it needs to be considered which additional services should be used.  
    • Planning a transition is customer specific and requires detailed analysis depending on use cases, business requirements, capabilities, and your cloud strategy.  
    • Doing the transition as a gradual process, starting with specific focus scenarios. 
    • Transition also means cleaning your SAP Enterprise Portal: consider which applications / services should be transferred to the cloud and which are not needed anymore (example custom development).  
    • Consider that some content / UI technologies from SAP Enterprise Portal can be easily migrated, some should be integrated and some require new development. Transition requires a comprehensive analysis and preparation that probably involves re-thinking and re-design.

    How to Reuse Your Legacy On-Premise SAP Enterprise Portal Content

    Many SAP customers have rich implementations of on-premise SAP Enterprise Portal that include many classic UIs such as Web Dynpro ABAP, SAP GUI, BSP, and other applications. To expose their legacy on-premise SAP Enterprise Portal apps on SAP Cloud Platform, customers can configure their SAP Enterprise Portal as a content provider and bypassing a full migration. 

    As a System Administrator, you can configure the SAP Enterprise Portal as a remote content provider to the SAP Launchpad service on SAP BTP. This enables you to expose your existing Enterprise Portal content (such as BEx, SAP GUI Applications, Web Dynpro ABAP, and Java) side by side with new content (such as SAP SuccessFactors and SAP S/4HANA) in one single entry point. More information, see this section in the SAP Help Portal.