Master the SAP Build Lobby (in 3 minutes)
SAP Build came out last month, and most of the focus is on the individual products, but I wanted to take a look at the SAP Build lobby, the one part that really unites all the products – and give you a few tips so you can use it efficiently and effectively.
In an SAP BTP tenant, if you are subscribed to all three products, all the links to open any of the applications will take you to the same lobby.
I’ve been using demo machines where a lot of people are creating a lot of projects, and I find it difficult to find the stuff I’m looking for. Yes, the last project I update rises to the top (assuming I haven’t changed the default Last Accessed sorting), but maybe I’m looking for something I did a while ago.
This is/will be a problem as large organizations adopt SAP Build and everyone creates a lot of projects.
Click the Filter button on the right, and then you can select to see only projects by you. [Currently, I can’t figure out why I don’t see other users in the Created By dropdown.)
Another useful search is by type of project (just added Business Application Studio).
I’m not 100% sure what Live Process is for, since any RPA bot now is encapsulated in a Process Automation. Let me know if you know.
Being able to share your project is probably the biggest thing to improve productivity since the creation of SAP Build Apps itself.
You can open the project up to everyone, or selected people within the identity service within BTP.
Users can have the following permissions:
- Viewer: Can see and publish the project
- Developer: Viewer + editing the project
- Administrator: Developer + sharing and deleting the project
A colleague just used SAP Build Process Automation for his own internal work (see, SAP does use its own products), and I wanted to look at what he had done so I could write about it. Luckily, we had the handy-dandy import/export feature.
This is now available for SAP Build Apps as well
Lobby / Store / Monitor / Settings
At the top are the different areas you go to from the lobby. We’ve explored what’s in the lobby.
- Store: Extremely powerful feature, where you get templates/samples. I wanted to know how to automate sending email with Outlook, and a sample showed me – and it worked! – in 2 minutes.
- Monitor: Provides information about your processes, including which have been started and their statuses.
- Settings: Mostly settings related to SAP Process Automation.
I’m sure in the future these will be expanded with more stuff for SAP Build Apps and SAP Build Work Zone.
Happy Building (and have a great holiday and new year)!