This is a recorded online EA201 session Integrating SAP Lumira into Your Existing BI 4 Landscape
The usual disclaimer applies that things for the future are subject to change.
Ashish Morzaria covered Lumira, which is self-service, how to enable business user and the analyst. SAP started with BusinessObjects Explorer
Lumira Cloud is hosted by SAP and is a SaaS offering. Lumira acquires data, connects to sources, take it to the analyst, and the analyst transforms data
Figure 1: Source: SAP
Using the Java Connector, Lumira can connect to SAP ECC and any JDBC source. It can connect to HANA in an online (data does not go down to desktop) and offline (bring data to desktop – use it locally).
Figure 1 shows it can connect to BI universes.
Does Lumira connect to BW directly? Today it does not but in SP12 it connects to the BW universe.
Figure 2: Source: SAP
Figure 2 shows how to share the information.
SVID – SAP Visualization Document format – will contain dataset and visualization can be exported
You can export datasets to SAP Lumira Cloud
You can upload dataset in Cloud and the SVID file to share
Soon will be able to publish visualizations to the cloud
You can create HANA views without HANA studio
In BI4 you can create Information Spaces in the Explorer; this mobilizes the information as well.
The visualizations in Lumira are different than Explorer.
How refresh that data? In Lumira you have a Scheduling Agent that allows you refresh and replubish the data – as Information Space, HANA View or to Lumira Cloud
It leverages BOE credentials
Figure 3: Source: SAP
On the right of Figure 3 you can see it “flattens the stack”.
It is important to take advantage of platform – HANA is a “fast execution engine”.
Figure 4: Source: SAP
Run applications on HANA such as XS and have more native capabilities
Figure 5: Source: SAP
Pushed application logic into HANA and processing as close to the data as possible with fewer layers to go through
Why discuss it with BI4 integration? It allows you to publish. You can go cloud.saplumira.com and get your free account (no trial no expiration)
It is a way to share content and you don’t need IT
They are committed to HTML5 includes nice visualizations and fast execution and a “touch first interface”.
Figure 6: Source: SAP
Figure 6 shows a highly simplified version of the Lumira Cloud architecture
At the base you have the HANA cloud platform, HANA XS, and above this is Lumira and it is on a multi-tenant cloud that SAP runs
It has straightforward access to HANA.
HANA is moving from fast database to application engine with an HTML5 front end you are hitting the cloud directly
It uses HANA services directly – take advantage
It is hosted by SAP and uses SAP ID (SCN ID) then you have single sign-on
The account does not expire and free GB of storage of HANA.