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Getting started with SAP Cloud Platform Rapid Application Development by Mendix

Set up your SAP Cloud Platform account so you can use SAP Cloud Platform Rapid Application Development by Mendix to build applications to be deployed on SAP Cloud Platform.

You will learn

  • How to set up your environment to use SAP Cloud Platform Rapid Application Development.
  • How to open SAP Cloud Platform Rapid Application Development.

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You can build business applications for the SAP Cloud Platform Cloud Foundry environment using SAP Cloud Platform Rapid Application Development by Mendix, without needing to write code.

In this tutorial, you will set up your SAP Cloud Platform account so you can use SAP Cloud Platform Rapid Application Development to build applications to be deployed on SAP Cloud Platform.

This tutorial is applicable whether you have a productive or trial Neo environment, but assumes that you are using a trial Cloud Foundry environment.

The Mendix Desktop Modeler, for building your application, is available for Windows platforms only.


Step 1: Log onto SAP Cloud Platform

Go to https://account.hana.ondemand.com/cockpit and log into your SAP Cloud Platform account.

SAP Cloud Platform
Step 2: Cloud Foundry trial

If you do not already have a Cloud Foundry environment, go to Home | Cloud Foundry Trial.

Start Cloud Foundry

Choose a region for your Cloud Foundry environment, and then choose OK.

Region

You will automatically be assigned a subaccount, an organization within your subaccount, and a space within your organization.

Then choose Go to Space.

Go to space

For more information about creating a Cloud Foundry environment, see Get a Trial Space on the Cloud Foundry Instance.

Step 3: Open the Mendix portal

Go back to your Neo account. In the trial landscape, choose Home | Neo Trial.

Back to Neo

Choose Services (left-side navigation tree), and then find the SAP Cloud Platform RAD, by Mendix tile. You can filter the services by entering Mendix in the search field at the top right.

SAP Cloud Platform RAD

Choose the tile, and then from the SAP Cloud Platform RAD by Mendix service screen, choose Open Development Portal.

Open Mendix portal

This opens the registration page.

Step 4: Create a Mendix account

Choose to Sign in.

Sign in

Choose to sign in with SAP.

Sign in with SAP

Choose your SAP Cloud Platform region from the drop-down and click Select region.

Select region

This will redirect you to SAP Cloud Platform’s login page. Enter your SAP Cloud Platform credentials and sign in.

Login SAP

Choose Authorize.

Authorize

Choose Confirm.

Confirm

Enter your name and a password, and choose Create.

Register

Select an option or choose to Skip this step.

Skip step

Now you’re in the Mendix development portal.

Step 5: Create app and environment

You need to set up an environment for your SAP app. An environment points to the Cloud Foundry environment that you want to deploy to.

You can do this now, or you can do this when you are ready to deploy. When you deploy, you will be prompted to create an environment. Environments are created for each project.

In the development portal home page, choose Create App.

Open Mendix portal

If not already selected, choose SAP Apps to see the SAP-related templates.

SAP templates

Choose the Fiori Blank template, and choose View Details.

Choose template

Choose Use this app.

Create app

Enter a name, and choose Create App.

Enter name

Enter your SAP Cloud Platform credentials, select a region, and choose Sign In.

Sign in to SAP Cloud Platform

Choose the Cloud Foundry environment you want to deploy to, and choose Create.

Choose Cloud Foundry environment

The environment is created. To see it, go to Environments.

Environments
Step 6: Build your app

To start working on your app, choose Edit App.

Build app

You build apps using the Mendix Desktop Modeler, which is an application installed on your desktop. If you don’t have the modeler, install it by going to the app store.

Mendix Desktop Modeler

Next Steps

Prerequisites

  • You have access to an SAP Cloud Platform account. If you don’t have an account, you can open a trial one. See the tutorial or documentation.
  • You are using a Windows desktop.
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