The popular photo-sharing site flickr announced three very nice new features some days ago:
- “Guest Pass” allows friends and family to view private photos without the need to create their own flickr-account, which was one of the most requested features of all time
- “m.flickr.com“, flickr’s mobile site, has become some new features, but requires a Yahoo-based login now
- The “Camera Finder” gives you the possibility to investigate what the most popular camera-models are, have a look on photos taken with a given camera and so on. Thus you get some very good decision help if you want to buy a new camera yourself.
Perhaps most of the SAP professionals already know it: the currently released version 7 of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer causes some problems with SAPGUI (more precisely the HTML-control it uses in some Dynpros) and SAP’s web-applications based on WebDynpro or HTMLB. You can find more information in OSS-notes 981710 and 950975.
Firefox has quite the same features as the new IE, so perhaps installing this one and keeping IE 6 would be the better option :-)
A recently published whitepaper gives us more details about “Project Muse“, the new SAP-GUI, and SAP’s UI-strategy in general.
The cornerstones of SAP’s UI-family:
- Project Muse: Rich Internet Application (RIA) based on Adobe’s Apollo that integrates traditional Dynpros, WebDynpros and web-applications as kind of an alternative client for the browser-based Portal (“business browser”), but with improved user-experience and full desktop integration e.g. with MS Office
- Browser-based access within Enterprise Portal: The portal will continue to be the central point for browser based access to SAP’s applications, but become a face-lift and performance improvements with the help of AJAX-technology
- Duet: Access to some business processes from within Office-applications for casual, operational users
- Underlying UI-technology: Tools to build, model and compose user-interfaces (e.g. Visual Composer and WebDynpro-Tools), UI “building blocks” (enterprise search, knowledge management, …) and UI runtime services (roles, i18n, navigation, …)
In former R/3-times, UI- and application logic used to be wired together in Dynpros and transactions. In today’s ESA-times, we finally see a clear separation of the presentation and business logic layers, which makes it possible to connect a lot of different clients to the the ERP’s business services. Perhaps, as Thomas Otter states, this will lead to “a world where the GUI will change often”. Clearly, UI-technologies (and trends) change more often than business applications do.