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Edit: Recipes are now called Boosters. To learn more about this change, check out From Recipes to Boosters – Powering Automation and Fueling Acceleration.

Have you ever found it challenging to know what specific SAP Cloud Platform services you need and how you need to use them in order to achieve the technical goal you had in mind? If so, this article is for you!

What are recipes?

We've made it easier for you to select, configure and consume platform services, by introducing recipes - sets of guided interactive steps which help you achieve specific goals. You can use recipes for a range of use cases, and they often result in an artifact. This can be anything from an application to content for integration and workflows, or even a document.

There are currently 2 types of recipes available in the cockpit:

  • Automated recipes, where you can choose "Start Recipe" to launch a wizard that guides you through the steps

  • Documentation-only recipes, which include the technical details needed to follow the recipe, like tutorials or openSAP courses.

To access them, simply go into your global account in the SAP Cloud Platform cockpit and you will find the brand new Recipes page in the left-side navigation. There you will see all existing recipes grouped by capability:

What does a recipe look like?

Let's take the recipe Build Micro App for SAP Mobile Cards as an example. Clicking on its tile will take you to the Overview tab of the recipe, where you can learn more about what this recipe will help you achieve and how. Graphics are also included to make the whole process (and in this case also the outcome) of the recipe clear and easy to digest.

Moving on to the Components tab, you will find all the technical components (such as services) which are either mandatory for the recipe to work or which can be used to gain certain functionality.

Finally, under Additional Resources you can find sources of information (for instance documentation or tutorials) which can help you further understand the process and components used by the recipe.

Now you have an overview of the recipe, you understand what is needed, but there is one very important question left to answer:

How do I follow a recipe?

The recipe we've chosen as our example is an automated recipe - this means you can use a wizard to go through the steps and create your artifact. To launch that wizard, all you have to do is choose Start Recipe from the top right corner.

In the first step of the wizard, you must choose a Cloud Foundry subaccount and space where you would like your micro app to be deployed:

Next, you must choose the cards you want to use for your micro app:

In step 3, you must enter a name for each card you selected previously:

Finally, review your selections and choose Finalize to create the micro app.

Once the recipe is finalized, your cards are created and you can view them or even launch the Mobile Services Cockpit:

That's it!

Now that you know all there is to know about the new SAP Cloud Platform recipes, go ahead and try them out! Be sure to provide feedback either through the cockpit or by commenting directly on this blog, so that we can continue to improve your development experience.

Have questions or what to learn more about recipes? Check out the documentation: Recipes