Recently I was just trying to show my app to a friend… to have someone else take a look at it. This turns out to be very difficult to me.
Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but if you wanted to show the app to someone actually on the phone, before you go through the long buggy build process, then they have to download the SAPAppgyver application (the easy part). After this, you don’t want to give them your user ID and password do you? I’m not gonna wait around to give someone a PIN, so the only other way is that QRcode/URL to get into Preview. But that constantly changes. It’s not like you could send it to someone late at night and have them wake up in the morning and check the URL because it will change or time out. I think it is only valid for four hours. But it’s extremely difficult
from what I have experienced.
So I thought about writing this up. And then I thought about what incentive do they have to fix it?
Because I’m not a paying customer.
SAP, the owner, doesn’t really need me.
They purchased the tool to have in their toolbox for their global product, SAP. If you think about it, all us freebie people are to them is a free source of beta testing.
Lots of us out there banging our heads against simple issues like a date picker, playing a video, a hamburger menu in a mobile app, or even just trying to get an app built into the stores. Look how many threads there are on this not working. We are helping them improve their product, while having lots of frustrations.
How many of us are coming here because we want to achieve something now? I doubt many of us are coming here because we want to invest time learning the tool, because it may be mature in one year. In fact, many threads on the forum are from over a year ago talking about things that would be coming, and they’re still not here.
SAP isn’t going away tomorrow. They don’t need to have a product built in 90 days (like some of us).
They’re playing the long game, and we’re coming here trying to get something done now. This is the disconnect.
If you’re just trying to do an MVP and then move onto real code or something else, then more power to you. It may work for you for that. But if you’re actually trying to do something for real, then does it really make business sense to bet your business on this tool? I don’t think so.
And that doesn’t change SAP’s position one bit !