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Jan 01, 2020 at 07:03 AM

Guidance for a new user - SAP automation using VB to manipulate the GUI (v7400.3.9)

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I'm an automation developer primarily using RPA (Robotic Process Automation) tools, specifically Automation Anywhere along with some ancillary tools like Excel, VBA, python and G Suite scripting. I've recently changed companies and now for the first time am using SAP, in the sense that I'm being asked to automate end user processes within it. My understanding from my team is that due to security concerns we don't have access to built in SAP tools like ABAP & BAPI, as far as I know we can only write VB to manipulate the SAP gui. I've noticed JavaScript mentioned in various posts as I was perusing the Community site - is this a viable option to directly manipulate the GUI? If so, is either considered a better or worse option?

If anyone has suggestions for other methods to automate within SAP, or good places to start learning SAP scripting via VB or Javascript (hopefully a broader and more linear process than just searching for a solution each time I run into an issue, which I will also do), please share.

My question is somewhat open-ended, but I promise to mark one or more as answers based on value of info shared.

Thanks in advance!