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Over 1,500 Learners Created Their Own SAP Fiori Apps in the Cloud in Just Nine Weeks!

Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud, the latest openSAP course to feature a design and build challenge, attracted over 20,000 participants with over 1,500 designing, building, and submitting apps for peer review. During this course, learners were introduced to the holistic approach to app design, including the theory of design thinking to encourage learners to think about their users and their approach to designing their apps. Once learners had a good understanding of how to design the app, the course moved onto creating and enhancing, followed by customizing and extending of SAP Fiori apps. After the learners had got to grips with the theory, the SAP Fiori Design and Build Challenge began.

Thanks to this course, over 1,500 learners designed and developed their own apps using SAP HANA Cloud Platform and SAP Web IDE. Submissions included a wide range of categories covered by the learners showing the dynamic use of apps across industries, lines of business, and end users. App designs demonstrated a high standard of thought and design with the end user in mind and here are just some examples included in the app designs:/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/274620_l_srgb_s_gl_721860.jpg

  • HR
  • Manufacturing
  • Lifestyle
  • Food and beverage
  • Retail
  • Finance
  • Customer Service
  • Talent management
  • Defense and security
  • Construction Health
  • Sales and distribution
  • Public Education
  • Finance

It’s amazing to see the real effect that this course has had on those who took part and feedback tells us that these are applications are intended to be used in the learners’ companies to enhance their user experience. SAP Fiori is enabling SAP Customers to deliver personalized, responsive, and simple experiences for users across an organization, whether they’re in the office or out and about.

As mentioned, the submissions were reviewed and graded by peers within the course and some of SAP’s executives even got involved in choosing the winning apps, including Sam Yen, Chief Design Officer, Quentin Clark, Chief Technology Officer, and Michael Kleinemeier, Member of the SAP Executive Board. Winners of the top three apps each receive an Apple MacBook Air for their submissions.

Congratulations to:


Tobias Hermanns (Netherlands) Football Team App

App for football coach to track and manage team players, formation, preferences, tactics, etc.Jacob Tan (Singapore) Hospital App


Jacob Tan (Singapore) Hospital App

Electronic Medical Records (EMR) solution for doctor to have a holistic view of patients


Bjoern Harzer (United Kingdom) Micro Brewery App

Sales order + customer service app designed specifically for Micro Breweries to take orders from their pub & restaurants customers

You can see the winning submissions and runners-up in our gallery.

Here is just some of the feedback from additional participants in the I like, I wish (login required) forum:

I really enjoyed the peer reviewing. It did not take a whole lot of extra “work” on our part, and it was pretty cool to see some of the creativity coming from others.”

“It’s really good to see other submissions.”

“At first I was a bit skeptical about the Fiori UX Design and Build Challenge. However having participated in it and seen peoples commitment to it. It was just fantastic. I am sure we have all learnt a lot and will do better with the next set of courses that follow this. The benchmark for the next team is now set.”

“the final assignment is probably quite challenging for everyone, and that is a good thing – for me with a developer background, it was both difficult and rewarding to really set aside implementation and technological feasibility questions for most of the steps in the process, and to really have to think about user-centric design methods.”

“The peer review was a great addition, both reviewing and being reviewed gave added value to the course.”

“I also liked the peer review beta very much because it really helps to elicit fair Reviews and to have every participant contribute to the reviews. Interestingly, I’ve most appreciated the review of the one peer who has given me the lowest score: the more specific the review, the better the lessons learned”

“This has been by far the best openSAP course. Thank you to SAP to make it available to people for free. I would like to start building applications using SAP Fiori.”

“I was a bit skeptical about the Design and Build challenge to begin with, but I got caught in it, and saw that others were also pretty involved in it. It was by far the best way to learn more about Fiori and the Web IDE. Reviewing the submissions of others was also a great way to get new ideas and visions and understand how our work could have been better.”

“Best of all: this course gives me confidence I now can design and build a working Fiori app, which was (for me) the main goal of doing this course.”

“This Course is really practical and any one can learn Fiori by the end of the course.”

“Without the design and build challange I would not have spend half of the time to try out all the nice feaures you have shown in this course. Thanks to all of the open sap team and to all of the participants that went through all tasks and reviews! I had lots of fun and would not have expected to build a full fiory application without installing any additional tools. Amazing!”

“Great course, also for functional consultants very understandable. As functional consultant I thought “let’s see if we can get this done”. Fortunately the explanation was very clear.”

If you missed out on any of the UX courses available at openSAP, it’s not too late! All courses remain available in self-paced mode and you can complete the learning content at your convenience.

SAP’s UX Strategy in a Nutshell by Sam Yen

Introduction to SAP Fiori UX

SAP Screen Personas

Creating Business Value with User Experience

Do you have an SAP Netweaver license and you’d like to access SAP Fiori? Find out more about accessing SAP Fiori.

Details about peer assessment

This feature was introduced as part of the first SAP Fiori course, Introduction to SAP Fiori UX, in late 2014. Learners were asked to design an app and submit it for review to their peers, with the top three designs winning an iPad Air for creativity. The openSAP team took participants feedback onboard and continued to evolve the feature to include a “Learn to grade phase” and “Evaluate yourself phase”. The Learn to grade phase allowed learners to review sample submissions and how they were graded by an SAP expert. The idea behind this is to ensure learners use the same grading standard and grade peers fairly and objectively.

With all of these new features onboard, the next openSAP course Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud, went one step further by adding hands-on practice. Students were asked not only to submit the design of an app but also to demonstrate the development of an app in SAP Web IDE, SAP’s cloud based development environment. 

Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud has received astounding feedback from learners and has proven itself as one of the most popular openSAP courses to date. Learners rated this course for the holistic approach The course started by explaining the theory of design thinking to encourage learners to think about their users’ needs when designing their apps. Once learners had a good understanding of how to design the app, the course moved onto creating and enhancing SAP Fiori apps, and customizing and extending SAP Fiori apps. As a bonus feature, the course experts delivered two Q&A sessions to give learners the opportunity to get direct answers in a live chat in addition to the usual discussion forums. After the learners had got to grips with the theory, the SAP Fiori UX Design and Build Challenge began, a peer-graded assignment. The challenge asked learners to take what they have learnt and put it all together. Learners demonstrated end-to end the design and build of a SAP Fiori app, starting with the story (app idea), the description of the app user (persona), the user experience journey and ending with a mock-up and proof-of-concept Fiori app. Learners documented their work and submitted it for peer-grading. 

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