Saturday, February 1, 2014

On close edge with SAP Gateway product development team

The SAP Fiori suite receives welcome confirmation from end-organisations. The concept of smaller productivity Apps for dedicated business scenarios, with a modern and user-friendly UI, is largely applauded in the SAP users market. The first wave started with 25 standard Apps targeting mainly at HCM and a bit of SRM, and SAP is continuously expanding on this suite to include more scenario's.
However, SAP alone cannot deliver Apps for all scenario's that may be relevant for individual organizations. The strategy is to augment the standard SAP Fiori suite with custom-build Apps. The end-users benefit as all the productivity Apps that a Fiori customer has installed (SAP standard + custom augmentations), have the same and familiar look&feel.
I've started on such a project to build a custom SAP Fiori-like App for Invoice Approvals, a step within the process running as a SAP workflow in the backend. The customer first consulted SAP to inquire whether such an App would be on the radar as standard Fiori App. Answer is no, and SAP's advice to customer was to hire us to build it custom for them.
The customer is (rightfully) very keen on security. One of their concerns is that the confidential invoice data may not remain behind on the device.
We do not use local data storage within the Invoice Approval App. But browsers could cache received data responses. To prevent that, I want to alter the response with 'No-Cache' directions:
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Cache-Control: no-cache
Pragma: no-cache
Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8
Expires: -1
When I could not find explanation how-to include the 'No-Cache' directions in the response of a Gateway REST service, I decided to consult a direct contact within the Gateway development team: the notorious Andre Fischer :-) The response on my request for help is a perfect example of the close collaboration of the Gateway development team with partners [playing] in the field. Not only did I receive an useful response within half an hour (!!). It turned out that Andre also on-the-spot created a page on SCN to share my question + his answer to benefit the larger Gateway development audience: How to Avoid Caching of Confidential Data.

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