SAP Screen Personas FAQ

This page summarizes frequently asked questions around the topic SAP Screen Personas.

General questions

What is SAP Screen Personas?

SAP Screen Personas is a tool that allows customers to simplify classic applications in their SAP ERP system. By hiding controls, changing labels, moving information around the screen, and generally making transaction screens more intuitive, you can improve adoption, reduce training costs, increase data quality, and make users happier about using SAP solutions.

Is there a license fee for SAP Screen Personas?

No. You do not need a separate license to use SAP Screen Personas. It is included with your SAP software. You can freely download the add-on to use with your SAP S/4HANA or SAP ECC on-prem system. For SAP S/4HANA Cloud, SAP Screen Personas features are integrated with the offering and made available through the Adapt UI user menu option.

Should I use SAP Screen Personas or SAP Fiori?

SAP Screen Personas is one way to bring the SAP Fiori user experience to your employees. Most organizations will use a combination of SAP-delivered Fiori apps, SAP Screen Personas flavors for classic applications, and SAP Fiori elements apps that they build themselves to provide a complete and consistent UX to their users. So, you should probably use SAP Screen Personas AND SAP Fiori.

Is SAP still developing SAP Screen Personas?

Yes. We listen closely to our customers and deliver new functionality to make it easier to build and consume flavors.

What is a flavor in SAP Screen Personas?

A flavor is a variation of a screen that is designed for a specific role. Most users will have access to one or a small number of flavors for each classic application or transaction that they use.

Where can I learn more about SAP Screen Personas?

Announcements on new versions appear in the SAP Community. Follow the SAP Screen Personas tag to receive alerts.

We have four openSAP courses:

  1. Introduction to SAP Screen Personas
  2. Using SAP Screen Personas for Advanced Scenarios
  3. Building Mobile Applications with SAP Screen Personas
  4. Adapting the UI in SAP S/4HANA Cloud Using SAP Screen Personas (planned for Fall 2022)

We also have a developer tutorial:

Can I create new transactions?

No. You build flavors on top of an existing transaction.


Can I use SAP Screen Personas with SAP S/4HANA Cloud?

Yes. This is a standard feature that you access through the Adapt UI user menu option.

Can I use SAP Screen Personas with SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud Edition?

Yes, SAP S/4HANA Private Cloud Edition uses the SAP S/4HANA on-premise stack hosted on the cloud platform. However, customers cannot install the SAP Screen Personas add-on themselves. They must reach out to their cloud operations partner who will install the optional components for them. This is a paid service.

Can I use SAP Screen Personas with SAP S/4HANA?

Yes. Download the SAP Screen Personas add-on, install it, configure it, and you are ready to go. For an experienced basis person, it should take less than an hour.

Can I use SAP Screen Personas with ECC?

Yes. Download the SAP Screen Personas add-on, install it, configure it, and you are ready to go. For an experienced basis person, it should take less than an hour.

Can I run flavors in the SAP Fiori launchpad?

Yes, definitely. In SAP S/4HANA Cloud, all flavors automatically run in SAP Fiori launchpad. For on-prem, we have documentation that explains the process for accessing SAP Screen Personas flavors from an SAP Fiori launchpad.

Can I use SAP Screen Personas to simplify SAP Fiori apps?

No. Use SAPUI5 flexibility to adapt your SAP Fiori app.


Is SAP Screen Personas a long-term solution for SAP?

Yes, the support commitment is aligned with SAP S/4HANA.

How long will SAP support SAP Screen Personas?

Our current support commitment is through 2040, which is aligned with SAP S/4HANA.

How often do you release new versions?

Historically, we have been releasing new service packs twice per year for on-prem. We expect to follow a similar pattern going forward. For SAP S/4HANA Cloud, we deliver along the main releases. For more information, see our roadmap in SAP Roadmap Explorer.

How long do you support each version?

We support the current of SAP Screen Personas as well as the two previous Service Packs for on-prem. This gives you plenty of time to test new versions before installing into your production systems. This SAP Screen Personas release strategy note contains details on our support. In cloud, we follow the version strategy of SAP S/4HANA Cloud.


Will my flavors work when I update to a new SAP Screen Personas version?

Yes – but you should always test your flavors before productive use. In some cases, you might want to make minor changes to your flavors to take advantage of new functionality.

Will my flavors still work when I upgrade to SAP S/4HANA from ECC?

Generally, yes. The main deciding factor is whether the transaction code for your flavor in ECC still remains in SAP S/4HANA. Another key factor is the theme based on which you created your flavor and whether it is still used in the new environment. Most of the time everything works smoothly.

Will my flavors still work when I update to a new version of SAP S/4HANA?

Generally, yes. Occasionally, something will change and you will have to adjust your flavor accordingly. This is rare.

Can I move my on-prem flavors to the cloud?

Yes, technically it is possible to export flavors from an ECC system and import them into SAP S/4HANA Cloud. However, SAP S/4HANA Cloud includes new business process, upgraded applications, launchpad integration, and new themes, all of which will require significant overhaul of the original ECC flavor, even if the underlying transaction code / application remains the same. We recommend designing a new flavor specific for the SAP S/4HANA Cloud process to leverage its new capabilities.