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Author's profile photo Rich Blumberg

Business Teams Can Create Their Own Apps (with Occasional Help!)

Inspired by the growing opportunity for business professionals to leverage Low-code/No-code (LCNC) tools, I decided to take the SAP Build LCNC Learning Journey, share a few thoughts, and encourage fellow business Citizen Developers to join the SAP Builders group to connect to peers and experts.

Reprioritizing Opportunities

As inflationary pressures and marketplace conditions are challenging business leaders to focus on game changers and reprioritize investments, the need to move faster, increase automation, and become more productive is more important than ever.

As a business practioner, professional coding with SAP ABAP, JavaScript, Python, and Swift are incredibly admired, but too complicated and out of reach to work with hands on.

Until recently leveraging the SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) to gain access to SAP S/4HANA Cloud, SAP SuccessFactors, and other SAP and third-party apps and data was best left to the professional coders.

For many of us, it was like standing on the side of a swimming pool and watching all the experts (aka coders) swim. We business people were stuck on the side to watch, admire, or hire a professional programmer to do the work.

With less professional coders than business experts, SAP Build represents a substantial opportunity for business teams to create their own apps (and yes, professional coders can give much appreciated tips and guidance).

Over time it has become apparent that Low-Code/No-Code (LCNC) apps, platforms, and tools are an important, growing part of the IT landscape. According to Statista, the LCNC platform revenue will grow from $22.5 billion (USD) in 2022 to ~$32 billion in 2024 (CAGR: 26.1%).

That stat along with many other indicators show that there is an enormous opportunity for business people to set free their expertise, provide significant value, and help their organizations do more with less.

Learning LCNC Requires Effort

Given this market trend I started on the SAP Build Low-Code/No-Code Learning Journey. It’s exciting to learn about the three key apps:

Keep in mind that Low-Code / No-Code does not mean no effort. It takes focus and time to learn about these tools and put them to use. Each week I set aside some time to learn and deep dive into the Learning Journey concepts.

The good news is that the learning exercises to build these tools along with the free access to an SAP Build Apps sandbox makes it all very accessible.

For example, for years I wanted to work with certain SAP and third-party apps to set up connections to the open data application programming interface (Odata API) to fetch data, but didn’t have the coding skills or knowledge.

With SAP Build Apps I created my first mobile app using the scenario of scanning a barcode and pulling data (using the JSON format) from an OpenFoodFacts API to populate data around products and calories. I jumped for joy when it worked knowing that as a business practitioner the possibilities are endless.

Going forward – Unleash Expertise

Thankfully, the SAP Community provides many resources for Citizen Developers to connect, collaborate, and learn including:

The future is bright where SAP Build apps and tools can make incredible impact in working with organizations, customers, and strategic partners.

Afterall, when working in SAP environments, leveraging SAP tools is a big advantage.

Clearly the teaming between business practitioners and professional coders is very helpful and worthwhile in terms of gaining LCNC insights related to expertise, support, tips, security, governance, and enterprise compliance.

In this business climate where doing more with less is paramount, business Citizen Developers can use their knowledge and experiences to work with SAP Build to leverage SAP and third-party apps, data, and tools, which were previously out of reach to unleash their expertise!

Appreciate any comments…

  • Are you taking the LCNC Learning Journey now or in the near future?
  • What are your experiences with any of the SAP Build products? What have you built?
  • Are you working on any interesting use cases?
  • Please leave any comments below!

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      Author's profile photo Stephanie De Camara Marley
      Stephanie De Camara Marley

      Rich Blumberg this is a great blog. I know that many are active in their local community building together. Would be great to have everyone doing this share their experience so far - here! Chandra Bhushan Singh Phil Cooley ...#sapchampions

      Author's profile photo Rich Blumberg
      Rich Blumberg
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks for your comments! I look forward to meeting fellow SAP Builder practioners and sharing insights! Joe Binkley Miguel Angel Meza Martinez Pawan Kumar

      Author's profile photo Chandra Bhushan Singh
      Chandra Bhushan Singh

      Indeed a good blog Rich Blumberg. Stephanie De Camara Marley I too started exploring LCNC some time back and could not stop. Though I come from a technical background, but using SAP Build Apps, it gave me a quick way to prototype the requirements and have a web based and mobile app in no time. Using SAP Build Process Automation, I have done few automation projects involving automating my routine tasks.

      Author's profile photo Rich Blumberg
      Rich Blumberg
      Blog Post Author

      Chandra... Thanks for your comments! Look forward to tracking your LCNC achievements if you share them further by blog, forum comments or in the SAP Builder group! Every time I hear about successfjul prototypes or deployments using these tools...I'm inspired!

      Author's profile photo Chandra Bhushan Singh
      Chandra Bhushan Singh

      i am glad to put across some of my LCNC achievements for a wider audience here.

      I did utilize the SAP Learning Journey and other platforms to learn about SAP's Low-Code/No-Code offering.

      I did my certification for SAP Certified Citizen Developer Associate C_LCNC_02 too. Then, I decided to share what I learned with our community and hence started a series on SAP Build Apps. It can be accessed from here.


      Author's profile photo Rich Blumberg
      Rich Blumberg
      Blog Post Author

      Thx! Look forward to checking these out!