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SAP Lumira – Simple yet powerful!

I started exploring Lumira couple of weeks back and had written my thoughts about it prior to learning. I haven’t really spent lot of time exploring the tool. I am impressed because of it’s simplicity and intuitiveness. At the same time, my concerns about the issues that this powerful data exploration tool brings in an enterprise world, have gone up.

The tool is simple enough to be mastered very quickly for any data analysts. But I still can’t understand how this tool can be positioned in an enterprise deployment. I am also learning SAP HANA which talks about moving all the business logic into the database layer to take advantage of the in-memory architecture. And I come from the traditional EDW world where data integration/preparation is pushed to provide single version of the truth. Will this tool lead to silo-ed data analysis solution?

It is easier to learn compared to web intelligence. I feel that the product still needs lot more iterations of development before it becomes robust enough to be used as a complete self-serve analysis tool. Leaving my concerns out, the tool is well-thought with easy to use data integration capabilities, data manipulation functions and hierarchy definitions.

Of course the popular facet view that we had seen in explorer is a stand out because it provides so much of information for an analyst with very few clicks. And I guess that SAP HANA studio integrates the facet and visualization features into it as both the tools are built based on eclipse plugins. So it was nice to see that things are being reused across product lines.

This will be my tool of choice if I have to create a prototype/short term solution for an analytic project with data coming from various sources.

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