Introduction to SCP portal Sites

A digital transformation journey usually includes a comprehensive review and analysis of the current business. In lots of cases, organizations recognize that they need to renovate their business processes and better engage with employees, customers, and partners.
The users should be able to more easily find and access information and self-services via an intuitive entry point. This is exactly where a portal helps organizations to build and manage intuitive business sites.

Use  cases
1) A very common scenario to start with is self- service launchpads for employees and managers. In every company, there is a need to provide central access to applications and workflow items. Users not only expect the services to be available inside the corporate network, but also via an Internet connection for employees on the road.

2) Secondly, we see a need for domain-specific home pages, such as human resources. In this area, line of business experts bring together business transactions and managed content such as documents, news, policies, and guidelines.

3) The third scenario is about external-facing sites for customers, partners, and suppliers. This could be seen as an advanced home page with special content for non-employees. In this case, the external users need to register and authenticate in order to securely access data coming from your back-end system. A partner portal or support Web site are good examples.

4) The last use case is social intranet, where we bring together structured business data with collaborative information and processes. The goal is to enable employees to share information and collaborate around a certain business object or process.

SAP Cloud Platform provides the necessary tools and services to implement such scenarios.

So what are the key capabilities of the portal?

1) First of all, the portal offers a design-time environment to build branded Web sites that follow your corporate design guidelines.

2) The portal enables users to easily consume content and services from on-premise or the cloud, with secured access via role-based authorizations.

3) To speed up the implementation, SAP offers out- of-the-box, prepackaged business content. If this doesn't fit your requirements, you can always extend the standard solutions or create your own sites using customizable templates and accelerators.

4) And finally, it enables developers to create their own sites and widget templates to build a truly customized user experience.


1) End users benefit from easy and intuitive access to information and services, which leads to greater productivity and satisfaction.

2) Administrators have the chance to support the line of business experts with driving new innovation projects or modernizing the user experience of their existing IT systems.

3) Developers can use the extension points and available APIs to customize and enhance the solution. Therefore, it also offers an integration with SAP Web IDE and UI theme designer. Developers can easily adjust the solution or complement functionality via custom development.

Each customer has different expectations about the best possible user experience, driven by individual preferences and guidelines for corporate design.
SAP Cloud Portal offers various templates to create new sites. 

1) SAP Fiori experience with the Launchpad - The launchpad is primarily suited for application and process-centric use cases, such as employee self-service launchpads. 

2) Flexible portal sites and home pages(Customized) – It fits well for home pages and more freestyle implementation projects. They combine Web content and applications on various pages, accessible via a navigation menu.

To speed up the implementation, you can leverage business content and templates provided by SAP or partners. For example, SAP offers prepackaged SAP Fiori applications running on SAP Cloud Platform, connecting to your existing SAP Business Suite or SAP S/4HANA back-end system on premise.

Besides the out-of-the-box content, it also provides integration to common services of SAP Cloud Platform. For example, adjusting the look and feel with the UI theme designer. ou may access documents using SAP Document Center. Or you may use collaboration and activity feeds coming from SAP Jam. Furthermore, SAP Web IDE is the central development environment for building new site templates and widgets. SAP Smart Business is especially interesting in case you would like to build analytical SAP Fiori applications.
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