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In this blog, I m going to enlist all the important links for upgrading or customizing EHP5, EHP6, EHP7, HR Renewal ,Fiori and others widely discussed topics.

Before this you need to know and  decide are you sticking with JAVA WD (No more enhancement for HCM) or moving towards WebDynpro ABAP based ESS/MSS and UI5 Landing pages etc (recommended approach). Since you are doing Technical upgrade, its better to migrate to latest technology as in both cases testing would be involved and you can get much more out of testing when you plan to migrate.

Please note once you plan to move away from JAVA WD to Newer WDA or UI5 based ESS/MSS, its a project in itself ie

For customers not planning to use WDA ESS/MSS then :

When you upgrade your Portal to NW 7.3 or 7.4 and need new BPs and doesnt want to upgrade ECC ie from EHP4 to EHP6/7, Please check below note

SAP NOTE 1874939 - SAP Business Suite for SAP NetWeaver 7.4 hub systems

you will find any dependency using UDA Tool http://service.sap.com/uda

Need to use this new Business packages for new NW version

BP ESS 1.41
BP MSS 1.41




To understand how the EA HR and SAP HR versions vary in each EHPs

SAP versioning, part 2 (why EHP7 contains SAP APPL 6.17)

Now if customers plans to upgrade or install new EHP5/6/7 HCM, They have two deployments options ie without using Portal or use NWBC

Here are the options and benefits listed.

Moving towards ESS WD ABAP from WD JAVA, would indeed be a reimplementation but customer can preserve their configuration in backend but not in portal if they choose to use new Iviews. If they want to run parallel both JAVA WD and ABAP WD Iviews it ll require two set of roles once they activate switches for ESS and MSS as listed in below notes and links.

Please always familiarize with this new technology and switches, any new functionality in enhancement package is typically done through a switch, only once you activate this switch in SFW5, you ll see this option.

All Business Switches are listed here and their Important documentaion ie what and which functionality each switch brings and also the roles.

Each EHP release, brings its set of roles which you need to use :

Important Notes to consider :

1450179               ESS Based on Web Dynpro ABAP Available as of EHP5

1701634               HR renewal 1.0: Release Information Note

1685257               Portal Upload ie Business Package Deployment EHP6 above and beyond for WDA

Note HR Renewal 1.0 is based on EHP6, ie you can install HR add-on  on EHP6 to get HR renewal 1.0 ie effectively it ll make EA HR 607 (EHP6= EA HR 606). Read below the notes.

In similar vein, HR Renewal 2.0 is based on EHP7, But you need to install SAP HR 608, EA HR 608 ! for it, Ie if you install EHP8 directly you get HR renewal 2.0 with EA HR 608 etc, So in a nutshell, HR Renewal 2.0 is a pre-shipment of the HCM content of EHP8, therefore by installing HR Renewal the components EA-HR and SAP_HR will be

upgraded to 608,

1691231 - Release strategy for the ABAP add-on SAP HR renewal 1.0

1691232 - Installing SAP HR renewal 1.0 on ERP 6.0 EHP6

1965692 - HR Renewal 2.0: Release Information Note

1881006 - Release Strategy for the ABAP Add-On HR Renewal > For HR Renewal 2.0. See admin guide below.


HCM, Employee Self-Service on SAP UI5 - Human Capital Management - SAP Library   EHP5 ESS (EA HR 605) Switch HCM_ESS_WDA_1

Business Package for Employee Self-Service (WDA) 1.50 - SAP Library                        EHP6 ESS (EA HR 606)  HCM_ESS_WDA_2

HCM, ESS on Web Dynpro ABAP 3 - Human Capital Management - SAP Library            Business Switches        

ESS with UI5 Landing Pages ie HR Renewal, Now with HR Renewal we have provided functionality in Support package level as opposed to enhancement.

Configuration guide can be obtained from here (please note this require S user id)


Admin guides which provide information are listed here :


HR renewal is a shipment name for quarterly shipments (also called feature packs ) in the HCM area that belong to the so-called In-Advance Shipments (IAS). With the HR renewal shipments, the software component EA-HR is shipped in advance to the next ERP enhancement package.


Support Package 03 = Feature Pack 1

Support Package 05 = Feature Pack 2

Support Package 10 = Feature Pack 3

Support Package 14 = Feature Pack 4   UI5 based Landing Pages for ESS/MSS and few services launched.

Related blogs on this are :

Steps to configure HR Renewal Landing Page

Configuration of Suite Page Builder (UI5)

HR Renewal 2.0 begins

HR Renewal - Useful Information and important links        > HR Renewal 1 and 2 Different Features in each Feature Packs

HR Renewal 2.0 FP details :

HR Renewal 2.0 FP1 Available

An overview of latest functionality in HR Renewal 2.0 Feature Pack 1

Roadmap Forms and Dynamic Processing Rules - enhanced data quality and higher system automation with...

In ESS WDA, Homepage customisation is replaced with launch pad customisaiton, You need to use LPD_CUST or PFCG for configuring links or hiding them etc apart from the BADI given in ESS, Refer below

Tips & Recommendations for customizing ESS Menu (WD ABAP)

Embedding WD ABAP Self Services in custom buit pages and external portals

Adding custom pages (HTML or simple text) in ESS Homepage/Areapages (WD ABAP)

SAP Note 1943809, to call custom role ie ZESS in your Application etc

Important Customisation links Launchpad and Notes LPD_CUST, BADI Usage and Dynamic rendering

Dynamic Rendering of the Menu (BAdI HRESS_MENU) - Business Package for Employee Self-Service (WDA) 1...

Application Parameters - Business Package for Employee Self-Service (WDA) 1.50 - SAP Library

How to hide Help Center, Personalization, Map, Directory and Index options from ESS Overview Screen

Addition of custom infotypes or additional standard Infotypes in ESS

Adding any Info Type IN ESS in EHP5/6 through WebDynpro Configuration

Dummies Guide: Configuring Overview Screens in Personal Profile

Exciting Enhacements to ESS Personal Information Profile in Enhancement pack 6

You can check delta of functionality between different releases using the SAP Solution Browser

For MSS we have  called MSS ADD ON

1588625    Release information for Manager Self-Services Add-On 1.0

1582553    Release strategy for the ABAP add-on EA-HR_MSS

1582460    EA-HR_MSS: Overview note

Check the help links here first to understand the functionality :

SAP Library - Manager Self-Service (WDA)

What's New in MSS HR Renewal 2.0

Configuration of ZMSS role or calling custom role in MSS :

Manager SelfService - How to customize team view application Hierarchy in NWBC HTML

MSS Reports

What happened to HR Reporting and Analytics in EHP6 and HR Renewal 1.0?

Reporting on Operational Data Providers (ODP)

Workforce Viewer

HR Renewal 1.0 Feature Pack 4: New Org Chart functionality – The Workforce Viewer


Most often there is a confusion that POWL uses SWFVISU, It doesnt . Information on configuring POWL can ve accessed here

To hide unnecessary queries from the POWL use trabnscation code POWL_COCKPIT and delete those queries from the inbox you are using.

Leave request single level approval TS21500003for WDA, This WF should be used

Muliple level approval  configuration as of HR Renewal FP3 Configurations for enabling Multiple approvers for Leave Request

SAP Notes for customisaiton of Leave request and Working time approval

1773641     ESS LEA: Web Dynpro ABAP based Leave Request use in UWL

1800335   CATS WDA: Web Dynpro ABAP based CATS use in UWL

Fiori and HR Renewal

Fiori apps are designed to work on desktop, tablet and smartphones using the same code and based on SAPUI5.

SAP Fiori does not replace HCM UX renewal, which is an in-depth renovation across all HR processes. SAP Fiori focuses on simplification for the most broadly and frequently used business functions for enterprise users.  Fiori includes HR apps, but has a broad scope, including not only employee and manager but also purchasing agent and sales reps.  Fiori doesnt require extra licensing costs and is available free with software licenses.

Fiori Apps can be used in conjunction with your HR Renewal footprint or as a standalone if these new released apps meets your requirement

What everyone in HR (or anywhere) should know a... | SCN

Wave 7 FIORI Introduction:

New Fiori Apps for HCM

Wave 9 Fiori : (New Fiori Roles for Manager and Employee to launch services)

Just Released - New Fiori Apps for HCM in Wave 9

Fiori Wave 9 enabling Concurrent and Global Employment

My Time Events - The New Fiori App for Clock-in/Clock-out (Fiori Wave 😎

HCM Processes and Forms

HCM Processes & Forms: My Blogs

HCM Processes and Forms with new User Interface

HR Renewal 1.0: HCM P&F – Creating a Basic FPM Form

HCM Processes & Forms: Why pick ONE form UI?...we have OPTIONS!


New Visual Identity - Corbu Theme for ESS/MSS

Application Parameters and URL Parameters - Reference - SAP Library

ie WDTHEMEROOT to set SAP_CORBU theme in WD_GLOBAL_SETTING Web Dynpro ABAP application

SAP Note 1679127 - Transfer style sheets (themes) to Web Dynpro applications

Testing of ESS/MSS application in SE80:

Want to access ESS/MSS WD applications without portal?

Translation in ESS/MSS:

** TEAM FPM ** - All about Translation and Texts of FPM applications

We delivered Max Attention services to maximize the potential of your upgrade to HR Renewal and understand which functionality can be implemente . Please contact us if you need further information on how you can leverage these services for the smooth and successful implementation.

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