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SAP Lumira 2.0 – A future with impressive improvements

Yasmina Couty

SAP Lumira 2.0 – A future with impressive improvements

Following on from our previous post, Xoomworks BI assesses the latest November 2016 SAP 2.0 Lumira announcements from SAP

  • SAP Lumira 2.0 release early 2017 integrating Lumira and Design Studio into one product promises more than just an enhanced user experience. With reduced TCO, scalability, mobile BI, and efficient integration with SAP technology.
  • Which BI tool to choose has been a roadblock to company investment in BI and user adoption of BI.
  • SAP’s product development roadmap states their intention to simplify their BI portfolio, offer increased utility for a BI investment, and continue down the path to mobile BI.
  • SAP Lumira 2.0 due out Q2 or Q3 2017 will maintain compatibility and benefits of both Lumira and Design Studio with access to SAP HANA and Offline Content under one branding.

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Lumira Discovery Home screen including latest items, last connections used, and server connections. The home screen also includes a global search.

Summary Assessment

Xoomworks BI 2015 and upcoming 2016 BI trend survey reports the BI client tool confusion issue. Direct user and developer comments over which BI tool to choose for their specific needs are frequently cited as a major factor in not adopting and usage problems with BI. Business will benefit if they can quickly choose a BI tool to cater for 90% of their BI needs. The current growth in data, user requirements and expectations precludes lengthy proof-of-concepts and navigating a complex product portfolio. SAP aims to give the user a clearer choice of BI client tools:

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  • Lumira 2.x integrating Lumira and Design Studio for Data Discovery & Applications. Design Studio for the IT professional and power user, Lumira for the business user.
  • Analysis Office for Office Integration
  • Crystal Reports & Web Intelligence for Reporting

Xoomworks BI sees several benefits to promote company and user adoption of SAP Lumira 2.x. The new product will offer a SAP Fiori based user experience with its most current User Interface. Changing user requirements won’t require a tool switch and will promote business user visualisations to enterprise dashboards.

Xoomworks BI calculates a reduced total cost of ownership from a single BI platform add-on. The new SAP Lumira 2.x architecture will save on maintenance time, have a single runtime server, single CMC platform, and a single Web application. Time and cost savings will be made for maintenance, simplification will be achieved for implementing clustered and distributed environments.

Lumira 2.0 gains access to SAP HANA in-memory technology, and Design Studio gains access to offline data. This brings Design Studio’s strong integration with BW and HANA to the new product.

We predict Lumira 2.0 will integrate with SAP technology seamlessly. Especially with SAP BW online access and analysis, with support for business logic and elements defined in BEx queries.

Design Studio and Lumira documents within the Enterprise platform will ensure security and respect authentication. Compatibility will be there for auditing, life cycle management, and scheduling support. There will be potential for growth and scalability.

There will be an improved user experience on the mobile BI platform. An area where Lumira 1.x has lagged seriously.

ESRI map component will be delivered as default, the Lumira 2.0 license will now include it.

SAP Lumira 2.0 Architecture

Two desktop clients continue to exist for Lumira 2.0, with a common file extension. Only a single server-side add-on will need to be installed on the BI Platform.

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Until the release of SAP Lumira 2.0, no new features will be included in Lumira or Design Studio. Patches will be released for the existing products to resolve issues for both products. SAP Lumira 1.31 and SAP BO Design Studio 1.6 will remain in regular maintenance until mid-2018.

To protect a customer’s existing investment in BusinessObjects SAP promises good interoperability between lower versions of Lumira and design Studio ensuring legacy content can be opened in the Lumira 2.0 release. Lumira 1.x files and Design Studio 1.x files can be opened in Lumira Desktop 2.0. Compatibility will be provided for 1.x SDK extensions for Lumira and Design Studio respectively according to SAP.

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Single Canvas concept for Lumira Discovery

SAP reports that Lumira Discovery will adopt a single-screen/canvas workflow display moving away from the three room concept. Some of the advantages they cite will be:

  • One canvas to prepare, visualise and compose.
  • The left-hand side panel can be used to prepare data with contextual actions.
  • The left-hand side panel can be used to show infographics, shapes, and images from Design objects.
  • Stories can be previewed before they are shared.
  • Contextual actions can be used to analyse and format visualisations.
  • Stories and Pages can be managed within the canvas for re-ordering or duplicating.

The simplification of the SAP BusinessObjects toolset is a positive step forward for users and developers. It will remove the confusion over which tools to use as SAP is making it very clear as to each tools functions for IT and the business user in an organisation. SAP is looking at maximising the investment an organisation makes into BusinessObjects, which will continue to be a major factor in decisions to adopt, upgrade, or migrate BI. The transition to Mobile BI and integration of Design Studio and Lumira into Lumira 2.0 enhancing the capabilities of both is worth the extended wait. Xoomworks BI will continue to monitor and consult with SAP in the run-up to the launch of Lumira 2.0. We will also make further assessments and run trials which we shall report on in 2017.

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