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As bimodal IT enters the mainstream, we’re noticing that plenty of organisations have bright ideas about business-boosting extensions to deploy on top of their core IT systems. But, it’s easy to get bogged down by all the platforms, services and software available out there claiming to help you develop enterprise-grade applications. Fortunately, SAP Cloud Platform offers a killer toolkit for business-focussed innovation.

Stay ahead of the pack, and ditch the learning curve

SAP is all about “keeping the core clean” – and we absolutely share their vision on this. Keeping the core clean means maintaining its pure, standardised nature without introducing customised elements that could get in the way of future upgrades.

However, running a tight ship when it comes to your core doesn’t mean you can’t branch out with custom development. Far from it: your organisation needs these extensions in order to achieve its unique business objectives as efficiently and effectively as possible.

With the SAP Cloud Platform for integration and application development, SAP empowers development efficiency in a number of ways. First, it manages underlying tools and core services, including:

  • connectivity services;
  • intelligence (RPA, machine learning, IoT, etc.);
  • application runtime;
  • portal services;
  • cloud platform integration.

On top of that, it’s a streamlined process to create applications that leverage and extend these core services with the SAP Cloud Application Programming Model.

SAP Cloud Application Programming Model

A model containing built-in languages, libraries and tools that guides developers along a yellow brick road of best practices and out-of-the-box solutions to handle recurring tasks. It’s completely open and flexible, meaning it guides, but it doesn’t lock your team in when it comes to the choice of tools and technologies you can use to build your app.

Develop your way

To give just a couple examples of this guidance and flexibility in action, you can use a software development kit (SDK) to create an out-of-the-box virtual data model – zero development needed. Or build front-end applications without writing a single line of code; simply use annotations from your core data service layer. The cloud-based SAP Business Application Studio offers a number of “wizard” features that make it easy to get up and running.

And of course, SAP Fiori UX is one of the most proven technologies of the SAP Cloud Application Development Model: a highly consistent and responsive UI built on top of tried-and-true design principles. 

Metadata-driven development: Fiori Elements

Fiori Elements enables you to create an application without having to write any code, through SAP-provided “floor plans” for commonly used applications. The app is generated for you automatically, saving time and avoiding the addition of proprietary code that needs to be continuously tested for errors. This method of code-free programming that relies on annotations is called metadata-driven development.

Not all apps can be built using Fiori Elements, since it’s based on templates. But don’t worry – you can create awesome custom Fiori applications from scratch.

A development approach customised just for you

Now you’ve got the platform and you’ve got the technology – but to set yourself up for success, you also need an approach that gets demonstrated results. That’s where our team comes in.

When working with us, you have plenty of deployment options, from ePaaS to a completely greenfield development project. When building from scratch, we follow a concrete methodology based on design thinking and agile development. This way, we ensure an application that meets every single business need, as well as your timeline and budget.

Looking for an example of a built-from-scratch Fiori app? Take a look at the CV-matching SAP SuccessFactors extension for inspiration.

Want to stay ahead of the curve with custom extensions to your core IT system – without the learning curve? Get in touch.

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