SAP Community @SAPMentors Call: Mendix Stand Out in a Software-Driven World
This was a SAP Community call today, hosted by SAP Mentor team
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Agenda is above
Digitization puts pressure on IT
Multi channel application, available any where, any time
Fulfill business needs fast
Leverage previewed components, do not have to write code for application
Average development time is 12 weeks
Service available on SCP in all regions
Uses Fiori templates, use any theme
Starts with the requirements
Modeler creates UI, model, persistency, in one tool
Deploy on SAP Cloud Platform
Developer can collaborate with end user on platform for continuous improvement of the application
Integrating with Leonardo
Drills down to Mendix; where item is
Using Edge platform
Create “smart contract”
Writes to blockchain if temperature is too high
Two different applications linked by OData Services
Starter SAP applications
Direct link from stories, sprints to development
Mendix modeler with drag and drop
Mendix App store
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Question and Answer
Q: How position this RAD to BUILD?
A: BUILD is a solution for prototyping;
Q: do the “restful APIs” that are to be consumed have to confirm to some sort of interface or contract?
A: Mendix does not produce SAPUI5 application but it has a set of page templates with the Fiori look and feel
Q: When you say Mendix platform. is the another SAAS app or does it run on an SAP cloud stack somewhere?
A: Mendix platform resides on Mendix cloud. The application created with Mendix run on SAP Cloud Platform
Q: can Mendix be compared with Neptune?
A: No, both are Rapid application Low Code solutions…
Q: How granular could we go in terms of modelling these UI elements. Does it support concepts of formatting? Could I show a Purchase Order in red color if it is beyond 30days?
Q: it’s great that facilities like user story management and source code control is included. Can one use their own agile / user story systems, and source code control / flow systems, in combination with Mendix. Can one generate debuggable (ie non-minified JS) sources for testing and exploration in browser developer tools? How extensible are the generated apps? More philosophically, are they designed to be extended / modified?
A: Mendix is extensible at client/server; Atlas framework based on bootstrap
Open Source, and build your own building blocks
Debugging – showed in demo
Q: Is there any integration capabilities with SAP SuccessFactors?
A: SuccessFactor Integration is not yet supported. But it is planned on the roadmap
Q: If I am a UI5 developer, how do I embrace this to be successful?
A: Has own client technical; moving from Dojo framework
With UI builder, you create native HTML structures
Style it in any form you want
A: Yes; can design for tablet and mobile
Comment from DJ Adams
“this is a fabulous example of the difference between Fiori (the design language) and UI5 (a toolkit that can be used to implement Fiori). Looking behind the curtains of the Fiori app that’s being demo’d … there’s no UI5 “
More comments from Mendix
Mendix does not produce SAPUI5 application but it has a set of page templates with the Fiori look and feel
Comment from webcast host Chris Kernaghan
Love a good widget
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