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3 solutions for no- or low-code app development – and why SAP Build is becoming a strong contender

Want to empower business by bringing your own app ideas to life? Need a tool to help you create new applications faster, so you can improve your bottom line? Great news: SAP has several easy to use no- or low-code solutions that can help you achieve enterprise-ready applications fast. A new favourite: SAP Build. Let’s take a quick tour around SAP’s low-code options to see what sets SAP Build apart.

SAP is embracing no/low code development, empowering a larger base of experts to develop applications. These are the three key tools you should consider using:

SAP Business Application Studio

This is SAP’s next-generation IDE. It enables developers to create multi-target business applications in the quickest and easiest way possible. A backend service can, for example, be generated with the Cloud Application Programming model, while the frontend can be assembled using Fiori Elements. As a developer, however, you are not limited to the low-code options. You can easily switch to full-on coding, potentially increasing efficiency or adding functionality for which a no-code alternative is not an option.

SAP Fiori Elements

SAP Fiori Elements is a low-code solution mainly targeted towards backend developers who are no experts in SAP UI5 or who don’t have the budget or time to have a UI coded from scratch. The framework includes the most common floorplan templates. Starting from one of these templates, you can generate SAP Fiori apps quickly and easily, with no or very little coding.

Read more about Fiori Elements here.

SAP Build

SAP Build helps accelerate development by allowing you to visually create apps, automations and business sites with drag-and-drop simplicity. It consists of three main components: SAP Build Apps for creating applications, SAP Build Process Automation for building and automating tasks, processes and workflows and SAP Build Work Zone for building business sites. Combined with the power of the Business Technology Platform and the Fiori User Interface you can easily and quickly deliver business value with scalable enterprise-ready solutions.

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What low-code solution should you choose?

What you should choose depends on the type of developer you are. If you are a citizen or business developer, you might have less actual coding skills but more functional knowledge about the business domains at hand. In that case, tools such as SAP Build are ideal. However, if you are a seasoned frontend-, backend- and full-stack developer, SAP Business Application Studio is your best bet to speed up development.

SAP Build on the rise

Focused on application development? SAP Build Apps is the solution that requires the least amount of coding and coding skills. Its drag-and-drop user interface allows you to design entire front-end applications from scratch. Just select and customize predesigned components, and bring them to life by using visual logic. With formulas, you can further add automated data transformations. In addition, SAP Build Apps has REST and OData support so integrating with external APIs is not a problem.

Good to know: soon, you will be able to build not just front-end interfaces, but also back-end data models and services. This update should make SAP Build Apps a fully enterprise-ready application development tool.

Interested in the newest features available in SAP Build?

Check out our Build release page!


Low-code development: here to stay

No-/low-code development is on the rise and here to stay. With SAP Build, SAP is fully embracing that evolution. Technologies such as SAP Build Apps are on the fast track to becoming enterprise-ready, making them real options to replace a ‘classically’ coded application. Depending on which type of developer you are, you can now also use SAP Build as a platform to translate your business logic and expertise into powerful applications.

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