Your company wants to enable business users – who know best about everyday processes and how to improve them – to develop their own SAP extensions and apps, and to more closely collaborate with IT professionals in the development process.
What is SAP Build Apps?
SAP Build Apps (formerly SAP AppGyver) is a visual development solution to create enterprise apps without writing code. It lets you:
- Create apps by dragging and dropping pre-built components and then configuring them to your needs.
- Connect to all types of backend data, including SAP systems, via SAP BTP destinations.
- Create application logic, also by dragging and dropping flow functions and configuring them.
SAP Build Apps is primarily used to design mobile apps, so by default, the canvas where you build the app is the shape of a mobile phone. But you can set the canvas to any shape you want, so you can also design for tablets or web applications.
Front-ends versus Back-ends
SAP Build Apps lets you build either Web & Mobile Applications (the front-end UI and event logic) and Application Backends (back-end data and server-based logic).
Sometimes all or most of your data will come from SAP or external systems, and all of the logic can be done on the front-end. But many times, your app will need to manage its own data – extra business data not stored in the SAP system, user preferences, or a history of user actions, just to name a few possibilities. For these, you can build your own backend for your app.
Business users and professional developers
IT developers have always built applications. Now, SAP Build Apps enables also the business user to join in building or collaborating on building applications to improve a company's business processes.
What's more, SAP Build Apps comes with the ability to share projects, so business users and professional developers can work on the same app together, vastly speeding up the time to develop that app.