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What is the Low-Code/No-Code development and what is SAP Build?

Updated: May 10, 2023

Do you know that 70% of applications will be built using no-code/low-code technology by 2025. Source: Gartner


Organizations are now looking for new and faster ways to create their own business Applications? The No code, Low Code is the key.



In today’s post, we’re going to cover what a Low-code/ No-code development is and will walk you through the solution offered by SAP to help companies create and design applications without writing a single line of code, this solution is SAP Build



Let's have a look at the Table of content:




What is a Low-code no-code (LCNC) development?


Simply the Low-code/No-code development platforms are tools for users who do not have any coding skills or don't have time to code. with these tools businesses can create and design applications in a short time.


This will take us to the growing term so-called "Citizen Development"

Have you heard before about the Citizen Developer?


If you are new to the term Citizen Developers, it broadly refers to people who are not developers but can build applications, using a simple visual interfaces, usually with drag and drop capabilities. This allows users to create what they want to see without having to learn a programming language.


Even professional developers can use these tools to streamline their work and accelerate the time for application delivery.


 

Organizations with citizen developers score 33% higher on innovation measures


Source: McKinsey & Company

 

Comparison between Citizen Developer vs. Professional Developer

​Citizen Development

Professional development

Cost of Development

Cost-effective

Expensive

Technical Knowledge

No Coding Skills Required

Coding Skills Required

Development Speed

Faster development speed

Slow development speed

IT Burden

Low burden

High burden


so, let's come now to the solution that SAP offers in this context.


What is SAP Build?


Now that you understand what Low-Code/No-Code is, let's dive into the solution that SAP offers to address this technique. SAP has launched it's Low-code No-code platform, that is called SAP Build.


​SAP Build is a key component of SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP), it is an easy to use with drag-and-drop capabilities, the objective is to encourage business users to build beautiful web and mobile enterprise applications regardless of their coding skill level.


So let's know more about the three components of SAP Build:


Watch this video from SAP explaining what is SAP Build and the benefits of its three components.


1. SAP Build Apps (known before as SAP AppGyver )


SAP Build App is the tool used to create applications and SAP extensions through a drag and drop capabilities, the video below shows the tool.



A Mobile application created using SAP Build App


2. SAP Build Process Automation


SAP Build Process Automation is a solution that helps automate business processes with Workflow Management, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), and AI capabilities, all without the need to write code.

Using SAP Build Process Automation, Business users can:

  • Build workflows and Process processes

  • Automate tasks and decisions


A workflow created with SAP Build Process Automation


3. SAP Build Work Zone


This solution helps users to create their own personalized business websites for the required business information and applications. In other words, you gather all the information whether it's SAP or non SAP system in a single page so it can make it easy for you to track your business.


A business site created with SAP Build Work Zone.



The Bottom Line of SAP Build


SAP Build is a powerful tool that can unlock capabilities that weren’t possible before. Now Business users empowered to build apps, create process workflows, and design websites without any line of code, this can save time, energy, money and easily digitalize daily work.


Start promoting this new method in your company, it definitely will help in many ways and you will be able to see the result on your processes right away.

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