Lightweight and Low-Cost Options to Add Value to Existing SAP GUI Screens
with Side Panels and CHIPs
- by Nitin Gupta, Senior Developer, SAP Labs Canada
- Ilya Bibik, Scrum Master/Project Manager at SAP Labs Canada
- September 24, 2013
Discover how to improve the functionality of your SAP GUIs without affecting their parent applications, thereby reducing total cost of ownership. Learn about side-panel and CHIPs applications and how they can be used in business scenarios to add value to preexisting SAP GUIs and to integrate with SAP partner and third-party applications. Discover the benefits and weakness of implementation with SAP GUI (Dynpro) and Web Dynpro ABAP applications. Explore possible implementations of CHIPs and side panels across a wide variety of areas.
Located alongside the content area, a side panel enhances existing SAP GUI transactions from older releases without requiring modifications. Both SAP GUI (Dynpro) and Web Dynpro ABAP applications can use side panels. The side panel in SAP NetWeaver Business Client (NWBC) is not just a new user interface (UI) area located on the side of the content area, it is also an infrastructure designed to enhance existing SAP GUI transactions from older releases without needing modifications. A Collaborative Human Interface Part (CHIP) is a small widget-type, stateless piece of software that can be combined in a layout to form a page or side panel.
Even minor updates to existing SAP GUIs can frequently increase the total cost of ownership (TCO) for a company. However, such increases can be avoided by using independent side-panel applications to add value to existing screens.
SAP introduced a new Web Dynpro-based framework that increases the functionality of existing SAP GUIs independent of the parent applications, thereby reducing the overall TCO. This framework provides more flexibility to a company by allowing the addition of one or more placeholder content areas called Colloborative Human Interface Parts (CHIPs) in which each content area can be mapped to a different application.
Side-panel applications are embedded with CHIP applications to display data in a defined layout area based on the values displayed in the parent application. Side-panel applications and CHIPs provide, among other things, added value for existing SAP GUIs, making integration with other SAP partners or third-party applications possible. Side panels and CHIPS also offer users the potential for improved decision making by consolidating relevant applications in one area.
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