The Web User Interface Framework of SAP's Business Suite - The Floor Plan Manager

  • by Kay Eidner, Senior Developer, SAP AG
  • Thomas Frambach, Senior Developer, SAP AG
  • September 20, 2013
Read this article by Kay Eidner and Thomas Frambach. This is the third part in their series on the User Interface Framework of SAP Business Suite and Floor Plan Manager. The third installment covers advanced topics such as freestyle UI building blocks, navigation, and message management.
Key Concept
The Floor Plan Manager (FPM), as a User Interface (UI) Framework, offers a lot of advanced development capabilities besides the known generic features for patterns and general assembly. Developers use these capabilities to implement new or specialized UI building blocks independent from the generic patterns. They can take advantage of the integrated development and runtime features in their own code.

The Floor Plan Manager (FPM) offers all the necessary interfaces and tools to integrate separate user interface (UI) building blocks (UIBBs) into FPM applications to implement application content independent from SAP’s standard patterns. These freestyle UIBBs can be used in FPM applications side-by-side with any generic component. They can benefit from FPM runtime functionality to interact and behave like standard content.


As a general application framework, FPM provides navigation and messaging features to interact across application borders and content blocks. These features are completely tool supported and can be used by application experts and developers.


This article describes how to implement freestyle UIBBs completely from scratch. In addition, we introduce the concepts of navigation and messaging, illustrated by examples.

Kay Eidner

Kay Eidner graduated in economics and computer science at the University of Technology in Magdeburg. He has worked with and at SAP AG since 2000. He is currently working on IMS Development for SAP ERP HCM. His diverse areas of expertise include Java, ABAP, mobile technology, applications such as ESS, MSS, and DFPS, and several other focus areas in the context of SAP technology.

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Thomas Frambach

Thomas Frambach graduated in engineering and computer science at the University of Applied Science HTW Berlin. He has worked as a developer for SAP AG in Walldorf, Germany since 2004. As member of the FPM development team, he was responsible for the implementation of Floorplans. Currently, he is working on IMS Development for SAP ERP HCM with a focus on Talent Management.

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