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NWBC: Side Panels and Page Builder Entry Pages

EHP6: Side Panels

Disambiguation:

This document refers to the side panel for a SAP GUI tx, released in EHP6, loosely coupled (has its own session),

not the Business Context Viewer side panels - released in EHP5, they are a side panel for a WD application, tightly coupled (in same session).

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General Information

Context-sensitive side panels work only with NWBC for Desktop (version 3.5 or later). Side Panels enhance traditional SAP GUI transactions, by providing context-sensitive information. To date, SAP has shipped side panels for over 1600 SAP GUI transactions in ECC 6.0 EHP6 (and over 900 in EHP6 SP4).

For an example of a side panel in action, see : SAP Visual Enterprise Viewer (video) .

For more details, see the SAP Library documentation.

For details about each Chip, including tags and prerequisites, there is documentation available in the Chip_Catalog.pdf.

For a video with voice-over of some chips, including the new UI5-based chart chips for EHP7, see Multiple Integration Options by Sandra Thimme.

UPDATE 29th April, 2014: The following enablement kit contains a complete list of all side panels available:

Enablement Kit for SAP NetWeaver Business Client – SAP Help Portal Page

Navigate to your language, eg English. On the yellow strip that appears, choose the 2nd point - Concepts, then choose the sidepanel.xlsx on the right.

Experts from the Business Suite have also written this three-part blog:

Side panel for SAP Business Suite - Overview

Side panel for SAP Business Suite (2) - Adapting SAP’s Side Panel content and creating new content

Side panel for SAP Business Suite (3) - How to build a master data and a chart-based CHIP?

FAQs for the Side Panel:

  • How do I find out which business functions to activate for each side panel?

At present, the business functions you need to activate are documented in the Chip Catalog itself (separately for each Chip). For the future, we are in the process of creating an XLSX with all side panel chips, their availability (by SP), plus the business functions they require.

  • Where can I find a list of chips?

For NetWeaver Chips: http://help.sap.com/saphelp_nw73ehp1/helpdata/en/62/88224213424de5aeb2cef68a7d7d00/content.htm?frameset=/en/a9/db5099ff304335b7db73a244950cda/frameset.htm

For Business Suite Chips: Chip_Catalog.pdf  or SAP Note 1718873  - scroll down to the "Attachments". (Note: This list covers only the first 74 Chips, released for EHP6, SP01. That is, there are now approximately 30 more Chips available, which are not included in this note. Documentation for these Chips is available by selecting them directly in the Chip Catalog. However, this SAP Note provides a useful introduction).

  • Where are the chips for the side panel or a list of applications that use the chips?

In your development system, Call transaction BSSP_CONTENT. (This is a support transaction for administrators/consultants. It is available with EHP6 SP05.)

Here you can find information about roles, side panels, and the transactions in which they are used.

Use the generic search (for example, SAP_ for roles and BSSP_SP* for side panels).

Collaboration Chips (SAP JAM chips)

These Chips allow you to display information from your SAP JAM server alongside an ABAP transaction. There are currently two Chips available: Feeds, and Groups. Since some of you have asked about how to configure these, I have reproduced the documentation below.

As a prerequisite, you need to configure your SAP JAM server as described in this Configuration Guide.

For general information on SAP JAM, see this Press Release. : SAP JAM - Secure Social Collaboration Where You Work.

Feeds Chip

Description
In the Feeds CHIP, you can view feeds, create feed entries, or reply to them.


Tags
/BSSP/:BORTYPE (BOR Object Type) and Tags for all Key Fields of the BOR Object Type


Prerequisites
The business function BC_SRV_STW_03 must be activated in the side panel system. Furthermore make the necessary customizing settings in Customizing for SAP NetWeaver under "Application Server/Basis Services/Collaboration".

Groups Chip

Description
In the Groups CHIP, you can create or change groups, or mark them as completed.


Tags
/BSSP/:BORTYPE (BOR Object Type) and Tags for all Key Fields of the BOR Object Type


Prerequisites
The business function BC_SRV_STW_03 must be activated in the side panel system. Furthermore make the necessary customizing settings in Customizing for SAP NetWeaver under "Application Server/Basis Services/Collaboration".

This documentation is also available in the Chip Catalog.

Help Chip (third-party)

If you are interested in configuring your own side panel, have a look at this tutorial from John Moy:

Context sensitive help in NWBC using side panels

HTML 5-based Chart Chip (EHP7)

NWBC Side Panel Demo combining a SAP GUI Transaction with an HTML5-based FPM Chart GUIBB


Shared Services Center Chip (CRM)

Shared Services Center Home - Shared Services Center (AIC, EIC) - SCN Wiki

SAP Library - SAP CRM: Business Scenario and Business Process Configuration

Visual Business Chips (Map Chips)

Side Panels: SAP Visual Business - Map Based Applications


Visual Enterprise Chips ("CAD" Chips)

Side Panels: SAP Visual Enterprise Viewer ("CAD Viewer")

SAP Visual Enterprise Viewer (video)

EHP5: Page Builder

Creating mashups to design home pages that enable users to access their main tasks and that provide the option to adapt the page, for instance by adding CHIPs to it in which their favorite Web pages are embedded.

Many Page Builder entry pages and work centers are role-specific, which means that they work only with NWBC (version 3.5 or later). For more details, see the SAP Library documentation.

Roughly 10 roles come out of the box with their own entry page:

    • SAP_EP_RW_FDMN = AC - FI - Customers
    • SAP_EP_RW_FKMN = AC - FI - Vendors
    • SAP_EP_RW_FSCM-CR = AC - FSCM - Credit Management
    • SAP_EP_RW_CO_KAMN = FI - CO - Internal Orders
    • SAP_EP_RW_CO_KSMN = FI CO - Cost Center Accounting
    • SAP_EP_RW_CO_CK00 = FI - CO - Product Cost Planning
    • SAP_EP_RW_CO_KKPM = FI - CO - Product Costs by Period
    • SAP_EP_RW_CO_KEMN = FI - CO - Profitability Analysis
    • SAP_EP_RW_IM´= AC - Investment Management
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