SAP, Coursera Put App Development in Hands of Business Users

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The launch of SAP Build, which enables ordinary users to develop applications to automate processes in their business software, was announced at the SAP TechEd conference in Las Vegas.

SAP Build is a low-code development environment that allows users to build their own applications on SAP Business Technology Platform using thousands of templates, without programming skills, using modular elements and drag-and-drop, saving corporate budgets and reducing the burden on corporate development queues that have grown after the pandemic. The free training materials that introduce the use of SAP Build are produced by SAP in partnership with the popular online training specialist Coursera.

SAP Build provides a single developer access point to low-code solutions in SAP's business platforms. Business users are given easy-to-use tools to build their own applications, for example, to automate business processes, provide data flow between subsystems, review specific events, or customize input interfaces. The solution also includes more than 1,300 pre-built industry and business process templates to speed development.

"The demand for professional developers worldwide is outstripping available capacity, and this is no different in Hungary. SAP Build equips business users to perform specific development tasks, saving customers time and money," said Szabolcs Pintér, CEO of SAP Hungary, summing up the Las Vegas announcement.

Market intelligence firm IDC expects that over the next 10 years, more than 100 million enterprise workers worldwide will be involved in some form of digital transformation project as digitization becomes more and more important to businesses. SAP Build's low-code development platforms enable business developers to build and drive digital solutions at scale using their domain expertise, coupled with basic technology skills.

Within the group, Qualtrics employees have relied on this low-code development environment to implement some of their recent developments. In their experience, SAP Build has delivered an average cost reduction of 90%, while also increasing the speed of deployments, thus improving the customer experience.

Over time, almost all companies are becoming technology-driven, and SAP has recognized the growing emphasis on skills that, for now, only professional developers can provide, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

That's why SAP is committed to training two million people worldwide by 2025 to easily develop with SAP tools, tripling the number of free courses available on SAP Learning, in partnership with the world-renowned Coursera learning platform, the company explains.

The courses offer entry-level professional certification, do not require a college degree or industry experience, and are available to learners from all backgrounds.

"These courses train candidates in today's most in-demand skills, easing the burden on companies, driving digitization, increasing business value from business software, and improving the return on IT investments," added Pintér.

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