SAP Rapid Application Development is a tool that was introduced by Mendix. It's intended to help businesses develop their apps faster. Over the last few years competitions has sprung up form Outsystems and Pillir.
We've outlined the basic steps you need to take and the tools you need to follow to build an application that can be completed much faster and at a much lower cost.
The first step is developing a strategy. We recommend building the app in iterations and providing a basic app prototype to get feedback from your IT department after each iteration. This way, you can implement the new features requested by end-users into a new version of your app while testing its performance, reliability, and functionality at each stage.
This will allow you to eliminate any potentially fatal flaws and shape the business solution to fit your end users' needs.
The next step is designing. We recommend using Sketchflow, a rapid wireframing tool built by Mendix. Using Sketchflow, we can build a prototype of our app in no time. It's available for you to use free of charge, so there has never been a better time to start using it.
You can also use PowerPoint or another presentation tool to create your wireframes and sketches. Just remember to keep it simple; focus on the functionality rather than design details.
When your app is ready for the build phase, you will have to go back and forth with our development team. Our developers will help you determine which technology would be best to use to achieve the desired functionality of your application.
We recommend using .NET because integrating data from SAP with any other system is relatively easy.
Once your developers are finished, they will hand off the completed apps to you for testing and QA, after which they will launch the app into production.
During this phase, we recommend that testers have access to a sandboxed version of SAP to help execute transactions against the system.
You can use the test transactions that are available on this site or create your own. You should also consider integrating with our support team to help you find and resolve any issues quickly.
When the testing phase is complete, go ahead and launch your app in production. We recommend using a staging environment when you deploy your app.
This will give your end-users a chance to try out the new app in a closed sandbox before going live with it.
To ensure everything is running smoothly, we recommend managing your SAP business apps using System Operations (SOPHOS). SOPHOS allows you to monitor and manage the apps in your system so you can be sure they are working properly.
Scaling is an important capability when it comes to SAP business apps. For the most part, scaling is based on server load and whether or not your end-users need more throughput to support their transactions.
We recommend that you monitor this and communicate with your app administrators and end-users to determine what capacity you need.
SAP Rapid Application Development is a great way to make a significant impact on your business in a short amount of time. However, there are some things you can do to get the most out of your investment in SAP Rapid Application Development apps:
Although development team builds incredible apps, they are not SAP experts. Your IT department's expertise is the ERP system you use, so it makes sense to collaborate with them throughout the application development process.
They can provide valuable feedback on the functionality your app needs and how best to integrate it into your existing system, especially when establishing secure connections between your app and SAP.
Find a team that is full of experts who know the inner workings and capabilities of SOPHOS and will work to find a solution for you if something does not function as expected. That will also help you troubleshoot any issues your testers may encounter so we can help your app launch go smoothly.
We recommend that you hand off support responsibilities from your team to experts as soon as possible during the testing phase because a proactive approach will make a big difference when it comes to managing the ongoing performance of your business apps.
Working with a dedocated development team and partners at SAP is an easy way to build apps that will help you achieve your business goals. However, before you jump into a partnership with us, it's important to get the inside scoop on what you are getting yourself into.