Monday, October 19, 2020

What SAP software still using Adobe Flash?

Adobe Flash as platform to enable animations, rich web applications, games, video or a multimedia in general in mobile and desktop web browsers has come to end of its life. As predicted long time ago (approx. in 2010) by Steve Jobs in Thoughts on Flash due to its vendor lock-in, limited accessibility, security issues, rapid energy consumption, poor performance on mobile devices etc. the other technologies (mostly HTML5) proved to be better than the Flash. Thus, the Flash Player has been deprecated and has an official end-of-life on December 31, 2020. Web browser vendors will stop supporting it means whatever software using the Flash; it will not be possible to run the flash objects in the web browser anymore.

SAP has used the Flash technology in some of its products for web user interface therefore these products will no longer function beyond 2020. It is necessary to upgrade components of SAP software that is still using the flash to remain the SAP software functional. Below I provide a short overview of some SAP software in which the Flash technology was (is) used.


SAP Jam – within video functionality like screen capture and webcam recording


SAP Data Services – in Data Services Management Console (DSMC)

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform (SAP BI) - SAP BI LaunchPad, Central Management Console (CMC) – uses Flash prompt screen for the parameters, Xcelsius 2008, Dashboard Design 4.0, Crystal Reports for Enterprise, Crystal Reports Designer

SAP SuccessFactors - SAP SuccessFactors Learning administration (LOD-SF-LMS), SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting Marketing "Recruiter Dash" (LOD-SF-RMK), other Advanced UI features within the SuccessFactors (e.g. lineage charts and instructional videos)

SAP BPC – the BPC version needs to be upgraded to BPC 10.1, where Adobe Flash is replaced by HTML5 technology. Component that needs to be upgraded from is:

CPMBPC        801     CPM Business Planning and Consolidation

More information:

2458598 - Deprecation of Flash Support in Browsers

2935567 - BPC 10.0 for Microsoft and BPC 10.0 for NetWeaver regarding Adobe Flash end of support

2919654 - When is the end of maintenance for the BPC10.0 NW product?

2513517 - When does mainstream maintenance end for BPC 10.0?

2929829 - BPCMS 10.1: Retirement of Management Console component based on flash


Joe G. said...

SAP NetWeaver AS Java uses flash in NWA - System Overview. See SAP Note 2146086 - "System Overview" shows nothing.

Martin Maruskin said...

Thanks Joe, another place within SAP software where the flash is used.