Part 1 is here Integrating SAP Lumira into Your Existing BI 4 Landscape – SAP TechEd Online Notes Part 1 and discusses current state of Lumira including Cloud.
This is Part 2 covering the future. Note that things are subject to change. This is a recorded online EA201 session Integrating SAP Lumira into Your Existing BI 4 Landscape
Future: On Premise
Figure 1: Source: SAP
“SAP Lumira for SAP HANA” is in quotes as it is future functionality. It is not generally available.
Looking at native implementation on HANA appliance – use HANA accounts and security mechanisms
Figure 2: Source: SAP
You have today the cloud version on the left in Figure 2.
Put in cloud, mobile device and on premise with multiple deployment options
Lumira for HANA needs a HANA system with scalability and volumes
Figure 3: Source: SAP
BI4 is not going away but for some things you need HANA
Focus on BI4 will be more on quality and innovation, less disruption
Figure 4: Source: SAP
Figure 4 shows the future…two launchpads?
SAP knows this. Keep reading…
Figure 5: Source: SAP
Figure 5 is what SAP is working on. SAP wants to have HANA technologies and take advantage without dealing with HANA, having it show in BI Launchpad.
Administrators do not want 2 things to administer.
They want to bring in the user experience of Lumira into the BI4 platform but does not mean bring HANA into the BI Platform.
They want to see your Lumira artifacts next to the Crystal artifacts.
They are working on granular rights.
You would publish to BI Platform and not HANA
Figure 6: Source: SAP
Vision to have Lumira in the BI Launchpad – an integration with new technologies – not a replacement
Figure 7: Source: SAP
SP13 is now available
Lumira connects to universes today
Working to bring user and administrative experience in and use Lumira now
Question & Answer
Q: Doesn’t look like that much of enterprise solution as it is disconnected from the data source
A: This is why the Scheduling Agent is there and the server is coming in the future
Q: Why not publish in Launchpad?
A: Working on
Q: Can use an Excel spreadsheet from Analysis Office as a source for Lumira?
A: He has not tried this
Q: Can you pull up changes from HANA Views?
A: Yes – big deal about publishing back to HANA view – the big deal is the credentials
Q: Is this an offline tool that allows refreshes?
A: It is a desktop – “Explorer on the Desktop”
Q: How is the performance in writing back to the desktop?
A: This is a tough question to answer as part of the limiting factor is the desktop which has memory and depends on nature of the data; once it gets to 30 million cells – not recommended
Q: Can you deploy on a Citrix Server?
A: There is an SAP note for Lumira Desktop on Citrix
Browser side should be good
Q: Is there a scripted installer?
A: It is on the roadmap but not available today.
Q: Seems at odds with BI Platform?
A: Lumira uses universes, BI authentication, publish to Explorer
Q: Is there a plan to have a schedule on the server to refresh data?
A: Philosophical question; if HANA is your data store – the data is already there