Building Portal Sites on SAP Cloud Platform (2018 Edition)

Join this free online course to start building portal sites on SAP Cloud Platform. You’ll learn how to design and build a portal following SAP Fiori design principles, or use a freestyle design. And if you’re already an expert, we’ll show you how to get the best out of the latest features and share the advanced capabilities for administrators.

This course was retired in October 2023.

Self-paced since October 24, 2018
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

Course information


This course was retired in October 2023.

Course Summary

Portal technology has been around for many years, bringing together information and business processes under a common, single entry point. Portals help us to find the information and business apps that we need really quickly. So think about what could happen when you merge the power and simplicity of the cloud with your portal needs! This course will help you unleash this powerful new combination.

In this course, we cover all the essentials of building portal sites, starting with why we need a portal, how to build a site following the SAP Fiori design language, or using a freestyle design. You’ll learn how easy it is to customize sites to fit your needs. We also introduce you to advanced topics such as platform administration, and establishing secure, role-based access.

The course is designed for IT professionals and solution consultants focusing on portal administration. Furthermore, SAP Enterprise Portal administrators and architects, looking at moving their portal to the cloud, will also benefit from the comprehensive overview. It’s also relevant for user experience experts dealing with SAP Fiori and designing modern portal sites.

Course Characteristics

Course Content

Week 1: Introduction and Overview
Week 2: Building SAP Fiori Launchpad Sites
Week 3: Building Freestyle Portal Sites
Week 4: Advanced Portal Administration
Week 5: Platform Administration
Week 6: Final Exam

Target Audience

  • IT professionals & solution consultants with focus on portal administration
  • SAP Enterprise Portal administrators and architects
  • User experience experts

Course Requirements

There are no formal requirements to take part in this course.

Development Systems

At the start of the course, we will show you how to create a free trial account on the SAP Cloud Platform. You will be able to use this account to practice what you have learned in the course.

Changes to Hands-on Systems

Dear Learners,
Some of the hands-on exercises for this openSAP course were designed to be used with SAP Cloud Platform Neo trial accounts. These accounts are no longer actively supported and as of November 2020 it is not possible to create new ones. Please note that the exercises may not work when using an SAP Cloud Platform multi-cloud trial account.

About Further Content Experts

Ido Shemesh

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Ido Shemesh is a product manager in the SAP Cloud Experience team in South San Francisco, focusing on user and developer experience with SAP Cloud Platform Portal and SAP Web IDE. He has more than 10 years of experience as a software developer and is a technical expert in the PM team.

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Iris Sasson

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Iris Sasson is a Senior Product Manager, responsible for driving SAP Cloud Platform Portal go-to-market activities, Portal on Cloud Foundry go-to-market activities, and SAP Cloud for Customer integration. Iris has over 14 years of experience in the software industry and a wide experience as a product manager, working on various projects.

Course contents

  • Course content no longer available

  • Week 1:

    Introduction and Overview
  • Week 2:

    Building SAP Fiori Launchpad Sites
  • Week 3:

    Building Freestyle Portal Sites
  • Week 4:

    Advanced Portal Administration
  • Week 5:

    Platform Administration
  • I Like, I Wish:

    We Love Your Feedback … And Want More
  • Final Exam:

    Good Luck!
  • SAP Learning Hub Discount

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Course End
Oct 24, 2018
Course Start
Sep 11, 2018


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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Thomas Hensel

Thomas Hensel is a product management expert for SAP Cloud Platform, focusing on user experience, SAP Fiori launchpad, and portals.   Thomas teaches and advises customers on how to implement a central entry point on SAP Cloud Platform. He conducts enablement sessions and webinars, and drives customer engagement initiatives to collect feedback for the product teams.

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Ornulf Kittelsen

Ornulf Kittelsen is a platinum architect in SAP S/4HANA, where his focus is on building a holistic architecture. He has worked for many years on the technical architecture, from the UX components and middleware to the back-end SAP S/4HANA solution. Ornulf has written blogs and articles and presented both at SAP TechEd and Sapphire. He also led an openSAP course on building portal sites on SAP Cloud Platform.

Carola Steinmaier

Carola Steinmaier is a Product Manager for SAP Cloud Platform Portal. She is focusing on the SAP Fiori launchpad as a strategic entry point for end users and on the UI theme designer.

Carola has over 20 years of experience in SAP software development. She is an active member in the SAP Community and a regular speaker at conferences, such as SAP TechEd and SAP user group events.