The mySAP.com Workplace is a role-based enterprise portal solution. Via
an easy-to-use and personalized browser-based frontend, users are presented
with all of the information, applications, and services they need to get
their job done quickly and efficiently. Users in the system are assigned
one or more roles that are applicable to their job - for example, Accounts
Payable Supervisor, Key Account Manager, and Employee Relations Manager.
In Figure 1, you see a workplace for the Sales Representative role.
The screenshot shows the "LaunchPad" for the Sales Representative organized
along the daily work tasks for this role. MiniApps (Web-enabled services)
are assigned to this role to provide the Sales Representative with valuable
market news as well as an overview of open work items and sales statistics.
Roles are defined to provide users with access to everything they need
during the day. As a result, many different types of activities can be
defined in a role. These include access to all mySAP.com components, such
as SAP R/3, SAP Business-to-Business Procurement, SAP Knowledge Management,
and SAP Employee Self Service. URLs can also be added to roles providing
users with easy access to Web-based services and information, as well
as to company intranet sites.
Included with Release 2.10 of the Workplace
is a role portfolio of approximately 180 cross-industry and industry-specific
role templates that customers are free to use as is, modify, or use as
the basis for defining their own unique roles.
The LaunchPad and Workspace
The mySAP.com Workplace provides single sign-on functionality permitting
a user to log on once and then have access to all of the activities needed
to do his or her job. Because of the open architecture of mySAP.com, users
are able to access both mySAP.com and non-SAP components alike.
The mySAP.com Workplace is divided into two
main areas: the LaunchPad and the Workspace.
The LaunchPad (the vertical slice of the Workplace
UI you see running down the left side of the user's screen) enables a
user to access all of the activities relevant to his or her roles within
an organization. From here, a user can post an invoice in an SAP R/3 system,
then make travel plans on a Web site, and finally run some reporting in
the SAP Business Information Warehouse.
The Workspace portion of the enterprise portal
(the main portion of the screen, just to the right of the LaunchPad) pushes
relevant information to the screen, based on the roles of the user. A
user may be presented with relevant WebFlow items, company news, document
alerts, or important reports. MiniApps form the push portion of the mySAP.com
Workplace, where key information and services can be presented to users
immediately when they log on.
MiniApps provide services that include the following:
- Web searching
- Company news and notices
- Document alerts
- Any Web service a user needs
In Figure 2, you can see how mySAP.com
Workplace MiniApps deliver Internet-based information to the user. Job-specific,
Web-enabled services are automatically pushed to the desktop, ready and
easy to use. As an example, you see the list of returns from your customers
as alert information pushed to your screen.
You can make your own MiniApps or download
them from the Web. You have a lot of choices, and it's easy.
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Drag and Relate Support
Drag and relate support solves integration hurdles across business applications
and Web sites. It lets you perform business tasks simply by dragging and
dropping icons. The example in Figure 3 illustrates this - a user
can drag and drop an overdue purchase order onto an overnight delivery
carrier's icon, and tracking information automatically appears.
||Drag and Relate Support in mySAP.com Workplace
Support for drag and relate increases productivity in the following ways:
- Saves irritating steps. For example, you no longer have to access
a Web browser, re-enter the delivery carrier's Web address, log on to
its Web site, and then re-enter the customer order details. You can
do it all in one step.
- Eliminates time-consuming searches and repetition. For example, the
need to look up order numbers and re-type shipping information is eliminated.
Test-drive the mySAP.com Workplace directly
from your desktop through our exciting Internet Demonstration and Evaluation
System. Just log on to www.sap.com/solutions/workplace/.
This is the place to get more informa-tion and an online demonstration
of mySAP.com. See what all the excite-ment is about. Everyone is welcome.
joined SAP AG in 1994. He currently works as development
manager in the mySAP.com/Workplace project and is responsible for the coordination
and develop- ment of mySAP.com user role templates. Sven spent two years
with SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California, where he was in charge of the profile
generator rollout in the Americas.