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SAP Process Automation – Consume APIs with ‘no-code’ using Actions

 

SAP Process Automation supports now also Read, update and delete Actions for APIs.
so far create (POST) Action was supported
Next Version of Action Project and Action Editor

We will publish a series of blog posts with information how actions can be used to simplify the consumption of APIs (see below Getting started and Best practices).

What are Actions ?

We introduced the Action concept to simplify the experience for Citizen Developers to consume APIs without coding (no-code). An action reflects a single operation or method of an API, but hides the complexity from the users.

Supported API types: REST, OData (limited)

Here a high level overview how you would work with Actions in SAP Process Automation.

Preparation

  1. Add and configure a BTP destination to connect to the backend of your API
    – recommended but optional for Action Editor (you can use URLs to test the Action)
    – mandatory for using the Action in SAP Process Automation
  2. Create an Action Project for your API from the Lobby (see The New Actions Project – Major Changes including the Actions Editor Available Now !!). This needs some technical knowledge and will be done by a persona called ‘Action Designer’. Open API specifications are used to discover the capabilities of the services (see OpenAPIs in the SAP ecosystem)
  3. Relase and Publish the Action Project to the Library

Using in SAP Process Automation

  1. Create or open your Project
  2. Create a Business Process and add actions from the library to your process
  3. Create an Automation and add ations from the library to your automation
  4. Create a Form and use actions for Value Helpers (planned)

Getting started and Best practices

The table below shows the published or planned topics

Area Theme Published
Tutorial Walkthrough all steps using a simple REST API
SAP Process Automation – Your first simple Action Project: End to End
October
Tutorial Using the S/4 HANA Cloud Business Partner API with Actions
Connect to External Systems using Actions in SAP Process Automation
October
Information Action Project and Action Editor overview
The New Actions Project – Major Changes including the Actions Editor Available Now !!
October
Information Actions Editor – Feature List, Usage and Maintenance of Actions Project October
Demo The session will show how developers can build extensions or “Actions” for business users so they can extend real-world processes that they create with SAP Process Automation
Develop Process Extensions with SAP Process Automation (Actions)
October

 

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