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By Gerd Waloszek, SAP User Experience, SAP AG – January 21, 2010
Typically, people are interested in what's new and what the future will provide us with. Sometimes, however, it is useful or even enlightening to look back and ask where you are coming from. This is also true for the history of user interface (UI) design. For a number of years already, the SAP Design Guild offers three pages outlining the UI history of SAP's enterprise software, Web applications, and icons. But being on the Internet for about ten years now, the SAP Design has a lot more to offer than just these three pages. Therefore, we decided to expand the "history" corner in our Goodies section and add a number of mostly outdated, but historically interesting articles. Some cover the visual and branding aspects of SAP's user interface, while others refer to the UI design strategy itself. On this page, we provide a brief overview of our collection.
For your convenience and for comparison purposes, we also list some articles at the bottom of the page that cover current SAP user interfaces.
For those interested in the Enjoy initiative, starting in 1998, we also recommend looking into our "philosophy edition" from 2000, which collects articles from the very first version of the SAP Design Guild Website("Continuous Improvement!"; see disclaimer below). From a UI history perspective, the most relevant articles are:
Please note that these articles have not been copied to the Goodies section and still remain in their original locations.
Disclaimer: Please note that the articles collected in the philosophy edition were written in 2000. Therefore, statements in the articles, particularly those regarding SAP's products, product strategy, branding strategy, and organizational structure, are no longer valid.
Further details can also be found in the Resources Archive.
Please note that the following articles have not been copied to the Goodies section and still remain in their original locations. They are listed here for comparison purposes.
The following articles on the SAP Design Guild cover SAP's new and current "Signature" visual design:
The following articles describe the current SAP CRM Web UI and SAP's current UI strategy for enterprise software.