No-Code App Development using SAP AppGyver
The availability of Low-code/no-code tools on SAP BTP has sparked lot of interest among SAP customers and partners. Most of the SAP customers that I speak to are dealing with changes and are looking for ways to empower their staff to be able to address these changes quickly. Many of them are already evaluating options of using low-code/no-code (LCNC) tools and have started to try out SAP AppGyver.
There has been also interest even in universities to leverage no-code tools to build apps to solve real world problems. Few months ago, SAP ran Train-the-Trainer session for 15 SAP University Alliance lecturers at Tamasek Polytechnic to enable their students to leverage no-code tools to rapidly build apps. Thanks to my colleagues Crispian Tan & Mohini Verma for leading this initiative.
In my previous blog post, I wrote about how the rise of the Citizen Developers is driving operational efficiency and the role SAP is playing to address that segment of users with LCNC tools like SAP AppGyver and SAP Business Application Studio.
Please follow my blog post to get an overview of how to get started with SAP AppGyver and SAP Business Application Studio and also explore some of the possible scenarios which you could leverage to build apps.
Over the last few months, I/my colleagues have been part of few customer discussions where we have evaluated the use of SAP AppGyver to meet their requirements. I would like to share some of these use cases here to provide some ideas as to how you could leverage SAP AppGyver.
Smart Retail app:
This is an app for the shop person which integrates with
- SAP Cloud for Customer to retrieve customer information
- S/4HANA for Inventory, Order Lookup and Order Creation
- Third party system for Customer Loyalty & Rewards
Credits Greg Carino
Inventory App with barcode scanning capabilities for product lookup and stocktake purposes. This can be applicable for utility or retail stores where you require the ability to scan a bar code and pull up product information and update details on the go.
To know more about the Architecture and the overall process, please refer to this blog post
Here are examples for few apps built for this scenario
Service Engineer Travel Recording
This solution is meant for service Engineers who will be travelling multiple locations to serve different customers. This app can help calculate and record the distance travelled, time spent traveling and time spent by the service engineers to serve the customers.
Extending Cloud Solutions
SAP AppGyver can also be used to create web-based apps and embedded within other solutions. In the below example, SAP Cloud for Customer solution has been extended to use an AppGyver screen which manages documents stored in an external repository.
There are many other use cases which could be applicable within your industry. Here are some of the popular ones where you can build an app using AppGyver on top of SAP solutions.
Employee Facing Apps:
- Field Customer Service/ Service Engineer App
- Point of Sale
- Inventory/Product Lookup
- Attendance capture/Vacation Request
- Parental Leave
- Spot Recruitment
Customer Facing Apps:
- B2B Apps/Support Portal
- Delivery Status
- Customer Feedback
- Complaint/Case Management Apps
Credits to my colleagues Mohini Verma, Min Pyae Moe, Greg Carino, Thorsten Freitag, Viktor Rudometkin who helped me with compiling these use cases.
AppGyver No-Code Challenge
A fun way to start your journey with SAP AppGyver is to participate in a simple no-code challenge. Look for scenarios that help you in your daily work or with a hobby and build a simple app using SAP AppGyver. Share your experience with the tool and your ideas and get win an SAP branded no-code no-problem hoodie.
Daniel Wroblewski shares more details in this blog post on how to participate in this no-code challenge.
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #SAPLowCodeNoCodeChallenge
Here is a new Learning Journey Low-Code / No-Code Applications and Automations for Citizen Developers which is targeted specifically towards the non-technical user who have little-to-no experience writing code. You’ll learn about the role as a citizen developer and how to foster the adoption of low-code/no-code and hyper automation technologies in your organization. This is a great and fun place to start learning about this topic.
There are also new Developer Tutorials along with Tech Byte Videos which will help you onboard and get started with using these tools.
How to engage
There are many experts who are active on the SAP Community who could help you get started or point you in the right direction when you are using SAP Low-Code/No-Code tools.
SAP Community’s spotlight topic for May 2022 is Low-Code/No-Code tools. I would encourage you to join the SAP Community “Low-Code/No-Code Development Tools“ and follow all the updates on this topic.
Curious about low-code/no-code tools? Join SAP Dev Advocate Daniel Wroblewski on his journey to learn about the various SAP low-/no-code capabilities in his #100DaysOfSAPLowNoCode.
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Thanks for the plug, and some of the great ideas for using SAP AppGyver
I'm sharing your blogpost and the fabulous use case ideas! Thank you!