How Do SAP Build Apps and SAP Business Application Studio Compare?

SAP Build Apps (formerly called SAP AppGyver) offers a no-code, drag-and-drop-based, visual app development platform that is extremely user-friendly and powerful for business users without prior coding experience.


Professional developers can build sophisticated applications that work seamlessly across all operating systems—all without writing a single line of code. SAP’s acquisition of the Finnish company AppGyver and the launch of SAP Build Apps really fits the “Keep the core clean” message that SAP has been promoting with SAP S/4HANA, as many SAP customers have come to adopt. SAP Build Apps will drive SAP’s no-code paradigm shift as a comprehensive offering to deliver a full range of both simple and integrated application development tools. The solution will allow customers and partners to enhance process automation and facilitate the creation and management of workflows, forms, bots, and lightweight use cases.


With the increasing adoption rate of no-code-driven solutions, the criticality of underlying business processes—as well as the integration of various systems, services, business models, workflows, and more—is never going away. On one hand, the newly introduced SAP Build Apps will ensure a rich, interactive, and native UX. On the other hand, SAP Business Application Studio on SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) will complement and support frontend needs with the required services, data models, and more.


Thus, to address a real enterprise business scenario, collaboration between citizen developers and professional developers can really help build winning solutions. Citizen developers can take advantage of the SAP Build Apps platform to concentrate on the frontend, and professional developers can utilize the low-code offering to build endpoints, create backend UIs, define data models, and create the necessary workflows. In this aspect, the table below is a quick feature comparison illustrating how the low-code SAP Business Application Studio can complement the no-code SAP Build Apps in various aspects.


SAP Business Application Studio versus SAP Build Apps


Editor’s note: This post has been adapted from a section of the e-book Hands On with SAP Build Apps by Avijit Dhar.


Hands On with SAP Build Apps
Hands On with SAP Build Apps

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