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SAP Lumira SP13 has just been released on SMP today and has a few new features of interest and the “What’s New” readme states the following:

  • An Edit Formula option has been added to columns that have been created using the formula editor

You can now edit the formula used to create a column, without having to create a new column for the modified formula.To use the new edit feature, click the down arrow in the title of the formula column and select Edit.

For example in a formula column combining first and last names, you can now edit this column to add middle names to the column, without having to create a new column for the modified formula.


  • SAP Lumira document file format changes to .lums

  1. When you create a new document in SAP Lumira 1.13 the document is saved under the new file format .lums.
  2. When you open and edit document created with a previous version of SAP Lumira, the file is saved under the new format .lums.
  3. You can open files with the previous format .svid , but if you want to modify and save the file, it is saved in the new .lums format.
  • Named range in Microsoft Excel now supported when creating a dataset

If your Microsoft Excel data source contains one or more named ranges, you can now select a range to apply to the columns acquired for your dataset. A dataset is restricted to the columns defined in the Range.

You select the range from the Advanced Options tab on the new dataset page when creating a dataset from a Microsoft Excel data source.


  • Averages defined in datasets are now supported when publishing to SAP Lumira Cloud

This fixes an issue in a previous version of SAP Lumira. Now all aggregated averages in a dataset are retained when published to the SAP Lumira Cloud.

  • Extended support for SAP HANAdata sources

In addition to the current SAP HANA supported data sources, SAP Lumira now adds the following SAP HANA data sources:

  • SAP HANA external views
  • Hadoop Hive
  • Help is now available directly on the SAP Help Portal

The SAP Lumira Help available when you click the question mark icon, or select  Help Help  now opens the documentation from the SAP Help Portal. It is no longer installed locally. Ensure that you have an internet connection to access the Online Help. The Help opens in your internet browser. You can download the PDF version of the user’s guide at any time to ensure that you have access to the documentation when working offline. Refer to Related Topics for information on accessing the documentation offline.

My Conclusion

The transition from SP11 to SP12 was a significant change and as I mentioned in a previous blog was a bold move. I have only played with SP13 for 1 Day and it feels certainly less buggy and a even little snappier.  Initially I felt a little disappointed by this sparse set of enhancements however, giving it some further thought it seams to me that SP13 could be considered a needed stabilization release with a few new features added.

What do you think ?

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  1. Former Member

    Great job with the post Andrew!

    Another awesome intro to the newest, SP13.

    Something to add: The AutoUpdate function will now be fully supported in this release. No more having to go look for updates!


    1. Former Member

      Just to be clear.. the auto update from sp12 to sp13 will work.

      Not from sp11 ( or earlier) to sp13.

      Thanks Andrew! good article.. right on the money!

        1. Antoine CHABERT

          Hi Andrew,

          As Mani said, nice article!

          I just want to advertize here on the fact that the what’s new for SAP Lumira 1.13 is documented here:

          The initial mention we made in our 1.13 documentations related to Extended support for SAP HANA sources was confusing. Apache Hadoop Hive data source support is not related whatsoever with SAP HANA data source support.

          For official and latest information on data source support, please refer to the Lumira’s PAM:

          then search for Lumira.



      1. Former Member

        I can confirm Mani’s response.. Just did the auto update from my SP12 version to SP13 and works like a charm

        @Andrew, great article and the first thing that ppoped up when I type “what is new lumira” in Google 🙂

        1. Tammy Powlas

          It sounds like the auto update only works if you can get to it through SMP – we purchased from the SAP Store/eStore and it is not working today.  Mani says it will work tomorrow.

    1. Henry Banks

      Yep, no problems – Sharing stories from Desktop to Cloud is looking good for SP14 .

      however, it has to be clear: the designer/editor capabilities for ‘compose story’ remain in the desktop client.  sharing can happen between cloud accounts.

      More news to follow in our series of blogs and tutorials as we go ‘generally available’ with that release 🙂



  2. Former Member

    I agree this is a good update for Lumira. Better UI and it seems a bit faster. I especially like the new Storyboard feature. However I am running into one annoying problem.

    Since upgrading I created a new document in Lumira but for some reason I’m not able to reopen it.

    I get this error:

    “An error occurred while reading the document (HDB 00054)”

    And the second time I try to open it I get this:

    “The workspace is already in use”

    Any ideas on what the problem is?

    1. Henry Banks

      As suggested by Bijan, please open a seperate discussion thread if you can’t find a solution for HDB 00054 after searching.

      It would also be worth requalifying this issue on SP14 update too.



  3. Former Member

    The other thing I find a bit strange is it doesn’t seem to be possible to display currency symbols in Lumira. Most of my Excel spreadsheets include the “$” symbol but when I bring them into Lumira the $ symbol does not display. Maybe I’m missing something but this seems a bit strange, considering how common the use of currency symbols are.

    1. Former Member

      Hey Bijan,

      We were discussing this offline through email, and I appreciate you taking the effort to post on the SCN as well. Please remember to follow the rules of engagement, and search before posting.

      If there is no post that is already discussing this situation (which there are). Then create a NEW thread, so that we can effectively monitor everything.

      **Moderator Note** Please remove as required


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