What is SAP Build Apps?
SAP Build Apps is a professional application development solution that allows anyone to create web or mobile apps, regardless of their skill level. Build Apps is part of the SAP family of low-code and no-code solutions leveraging thousands of ready-to-go components and open connectors. Where once the choice was between packaged third-party apps and professional development services, Build Apps provides a logical, expedient, and economical third option.
- Citizen developers are business and process experts who understand ERP functions and company needs inside out but may lack the coding skills necessary to create apps through conventional methods. SAP Build Apps are bridging this long-standing gap.
Build Apps capabilities
As the next step in the evolution of the AppGyver no-code solution acquired by SAP in 2021, SAP Build Apps is continuing the tradition of unlimited versatility and creative freedom. Build Apps allows you to create stand-alone apps, native cross-platform apps, and side-by-side extensions. Business One users can use Build Apps to create:
1) New user interfaces
2) Data models
3) Enterprise-grade apps
1. Building user interfaces
The intuitive drag-and-drop format of SAP Build Apps is a natural fit for creating visually appealing and functional user interfaces to support data access and simplify common processes.
From the Build Apps Lobby, you can begin the application build process with just one click. Once the name and text elements of the new project are defined, customized images and buttons can be placed to optimize the look and feel of the UI and button text can be tailored to the intended function.
When you create and customize new UI buttons, the appropriate backend functions are linked easily as the Build Apps interface prompts you to add additional fields and labels for each entity.
2. Creating data models
Data modelling is the process of diagramming how data flows into and out of the database from the cloud, SAP systems, or entities you create. Data models create a foundation for software developers, particularly for data-intensive solutions like ERP applications. For new application development, Build Apps demystifies the data modelling process as well.
The same drag-and-drop simplicity used to streamline UI creation allows you to structure your data logic on screen and verify the output in real-time using a split screen option. The app and underlying data model can be viewed simultaneously to assess the impact of data flow changes.
3. Building enterprise-grade apps
The term enterprise-grade application is used to describe vetted, professional apps that are suitable for use in demanding business and government applications. Examples of common enterprise-grade app functions include point-of-sale (POS) transactions, customer relationship management (CRM), and supply chain management.
Leveraging SAP Build Apps, enterprise-grade app creation is no longer limited to professional developers. With more than four hundred built-in formulas, preconfigured workflows, and custom connectors, the no-code tool is ideal for creating reliable and polished enterprise-grade applications. Intuitive app publishing capabilities for the web, iOS, and Android are included.
Connecting to SAP Business One
Combining the power and flexibility of SAP Build Apps with SAP Business One is easy since only a few system prerequisites and connection steps are needed. SAP Build Apps is available as a pay-as-you-go option from the SAP store for business and individual users. The SAP Business One service layer also requires a few basic configuration updates to enable the data connection.
Business One users are assigned user-specific authentication rights when you populate the authentication screen in SAP Builds Apps with the appropriate usernames. From there, it’s time to make magic happen!
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