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Recipes: The newest members of the SAP Cloud Platform cockpit family

Have you ever found it challenging to know what specific SAP Cloud Platform services you need and how you need to use them in order to achieve the technical goal you had in mind? If so, this article is for you!

What are recipes?

We’ve made it easier for you to select, configure and consume platform services, by introducing recipes – sets of guided interactive steps which help you achieve specific goals. You can use recipes for a range of use cases, and they often result in an artifact. This can be anything from an application to content for integration and workflows, or even a document.

There are currently 2 types of recipes available in the cockpit:

  • Automated recipes, where you can choose “Start Recipe” to launch a wizard that guides you through the steps
  • Documentation-only recipes, which include the technical details needed to follow the recipe, like tutorials or openSAP courses.

To access them, simply go into your global account in the SAP Cloud Platform cockpit and you will find the brand new Recipes page in the left-side navigation. There you will see all existing recipes grouped by capability:

What does a recipe look like?

Let’s take the recipe Build Micro App for SAP Mobile CardsĀ as an example. Clicking on its tile will take you to the Overview tab of the recipe, where you can learn more about what this recipe will help you achieve and how. Graphics are also included to make the whole process (and in this case also the outcome) of the recipe clear and easy to digest.

Moving on to the Components tab, you will find all the technical components (such as services) which are either mandatory for the recipe to work or which can be used to gain certain functionality.

Finally, under Additional Resources you can find sources of information (for instance documentation or tutorials) which can help you further understand the process and components used by the recipe.

Now you have an overview of the recipe, you understand what is needed, but there is one very important question left to answer:

How do I follow a recipe?

The recipe we’ve chosen as our example is an automated recipe – this means you can use a wizard to go through the steps and create your artifact. To launch that wizard, all you have to do is choose Start Recipe from the top right corner.

In the first step of the wizard, you must choose a Cloud Foundry subaccount and space where you would like your micro app to be deployed:

Next, you must choose the cards you want to use for your micro app:

In step 3, you must enter a name for each card you selected previously:

Finally, review your selections and choose Finalize to create the micro app.

Once the recipe is finalized, your cards are created and you can view them or even launch the Mobile Services Cockpit:

That’s it!

Now that you know all there is to know about the new SAP Cloud Platform recipes, go ahead and try them out! Be sure to provide feedback either through the cockpit or by commenting directly on this blog, so that we can continue to improve your development experience.

Have questions or what to learn more about recipes? Check out the documentation: Recipes

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    • Dear Shantanu,

      Thank you for your comment! The blog post was accidentally published a few days earlier and therefore the links to the documentation as well as the recipes are not yet available. This feature will actually be accessible in the cockpit from February 28th (this Thursday).

      I have updated the post to include this information and have temporarily removed the links to the documentation.

      I apologize for the confusion and inconvenicence!

      Best regards,

      Otilia

       

  • hi Otilia,

    it looks like a good feature added to the other set of products.. will this only be useful for the current version of SCP? or would these recipes be also applicable to a couple prev versions in case on-prem customes have the need? (if so.. .how many versions prior?)

    how would these recipes be different from official documentation or even opensap course where some of the products are showcased and demoed ?

    thank you again for sharing this information.

    • Hi Sergio,

      Thank you for your comment!

      Recipes are only available starting with the current and future versions of SCP (so from the Feb 28th release onwards).

      In terms of the difference between recipes and other resources:

      1. Recipes are active guidance. Some of the recipes also provide an wizard which helps in automating the recipe steps.
      2. Recipes are connected both to the overall commercial aspects like products, as well as to the management aspects like accounts and services. Therefore, they can offer capabilities such as checking if you have the required entitlements to use a particular recipe.
      3. Recipes help realize a specific, narrow, technical goal.

      I hope this helps! If you have any further questions do get in touch!

      Best regards,

      Otilia

    • Hi Vishnupriya,

      Apologies for not getting back to you sooner!

      For this particular recipe Mobile Services are required, particularly the following components:

      • Mobile App Lab
      • Mobile App Update
      • Mobile Cloud Build
      • Mobile Network Trace
      • Mobile Connectivity
      • Mobile Push Notifications
      • Mobile Client Log Upload
      • Mobile Settings Exchange
      • Mobile Content to Go (Mobile Card Kit)
      • Mobile Sample OData v2 ESPM

      In order for the recipe to be able to run, you need to enable them in your chosen Cloud Foundry subaccount by following these steps:

      1. At the global account level, ensure that the Cloud Foundry subaccount where you want the recipe to run has entitlements for all of the components above. To learn more about adding entitlements to subaccounts, see Add Quotas to Subaccounts. A quantity of 1 for each component is enough to run the recipe.
      2. Ensure that the Cloud Foundry space where you want the recipe to run has at least 512 MB of memory and 1 route available, since this will be needed for the application created by the recipe. If you don’t have enough memory or routes, simply add more Application Runtime quota to the subaccount by following the same process in Step 1.
      3. Once these steps are complete, run the recipe again. After selecting your Cloud Foundry subaccount and space, you will be asked to initialize your mobile card kit. Click on that button to proceed.
      4. After a couple of minutes, the status of Mobile Card Kit should change to Available.
      5. Choose Next to proceed to the next step of the wizard. Please note that it may take a few minutes until cards show up on this next step. If you see an error message telling you that the card templates could not be fetched, simply navigate back to the previous step, wait a few minutes and try again – they will eventually appear!

      I hope this solves your probelm. If you stumble accross any other issues please get in touch, I am more than happy to help!

       

      Best Regards,

      Otilia