SAP woos developers with no-code / low-code tools

By: MRT Desk

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SAP woos developers with no-code / low-code tools

Everyone should be able to develop for SAP: The software company gives developers new tools and services to “accelerate the digital transformation”. To this end, SAP is expanding the range of no-code / low-code tools on its own Business Technology Platform (BTP), basically the SAP variant of a PaaS suite (Platform as a Service).

AppGyver takes care of the no-code part. SAP only took over the Finnish provider of the same name in February 2021. The tool can be used to drag and drop mobile apps and company applications for the web that are technically based on the JavaScript libraries React and React Native. As expected, one of the additions under the new rule is that AppGyver now in UI style can optionally follow SAP’s design specifications (Fiori).

SAP donated an additional low-code approach to the familiar Business Application Studio (BAS) development environment. Developers can start with the visual programming environment in the application modeling and then dive deeper into the coding if necessary. In the broadest sense, the development tools also include SAP Process Automation, which is available in a first preview version. There are numerous libraries with ready-made process packages as well as (workflow) bots that have been specially developed for use with the procurement management platform Ariba or the ERP package S / 4HANA. Employees from the specialist departments can click these together to create new process chains using drag-and-drop.

With the tool portfolio, the SAP board member and CTO Jürgen Müller publicly for the first time in a concentrated form as part of the in-house developer event TechEd presented, SAP apparently wants to counter the lack of skilled workers complained about everywhere. In fact, the group is once again vying for the favor of developers and makers. The fact that developers finally get free access to the BTP environment including HANA cloud and integration suite should develop additional persuasiveness. You should be motivated to implement new products in and for the SAP (application) world.

Whether SAP will succeed in luring developers to its own platform on a large scale remains to be seen for the time being. The pull of similar toolset offers from Amazon, Google, Microsoft & Co. is simply huge. At least the new offer could help ensure that SAP specialists remain loyal to their platform.

For the die-hard developers in the SAP environment, another innovation is likely to be more significant in addition to the free BTP access: Extensions to the new ERP generation S / 4HANA in the “eternal” SAP programming language ABAP are no longer just loosely coupled side-by Side scenarios with the ABAP environment in the cloud (working title Steampunk) possible. In Embedded Steampunk the environment is now based directly on the S / 4HANA cloud stack. Extensions in ABAP can thus incorporate S / 4 functions via the locally accessible S / 4 interfaces without endangering the stability and release capability of the ERP kernel.

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