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Dear All,

Recently I got a chance evaluate the capabilities of SAP Lumira against BusinessObjects Explorer. Though both are Self Service BI tools and complement each other in most of the cases, below are some of my findings to differentiate both the tools. Feel free to add as much as you can in the table below if you come across something.

Category Sub Category Lumira Explorer
Data Acquisition Tool Selection Used wherever data acquisition, Transformation and excellent Visualizations needed Used for Search and data exploration with visualization needs
Data integration layer No need of Information space. Data source can be accessed directly Needs Information space which is an intermediate layer between User and data source.
Data Acquisition Data acquisition is performed by the Business user The task of creating and maintaining Information Space is usually accomplished by an IT person or a BI system administrator, not the business users themselves.
Data Transformation Hierarchy creation Custom Hierarchies creation is not supported other than Time and Geo
data.
Not Available
Data source Merging Data source merging is possible thus it is possible to merge local and
departmental data
No provision for data source merging
Column/Data Manipulation We can create/Modify the available columns and the data in the columns
of the data set.
Not Available
Data Cleansing Data cleansing is possible for columns that contains Geographical and
Time series data by using NAVTEQ Sybase IQ database
Not Available
Data Visualization Visualization choice More advanced visualizations choices and greater granular control over
the final product (i.e.) visualization
Visualizations are built and rendered automatically based on the Dataset  with limited option to change the Visualization
Custom Charts Extensions (Custom charts) can be created and deployed using SDK Not Available

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