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Author's profile photo Christina Obry

Publishing of SAP Lumira stories to SAP Lumira Cloud

In SAP Lumira you can create stories that provide a graphical narrative to describe your data by grouping charts together on boards in order to create simple presentation style dashboards.

With the latest SAP Lumira 1.14 release you can publish your offline-data-based story board to Lumira Cloud and easily share it with others. In this blog I’ll introduce the new publishing workflow.

I am assuming that you have completed data cleansing and enrichment for the dataset used for the charts; that you have created and saved your charts in the Visualize tab and that you have create and saved a story in the Compose tab by dragging and dropping your charts into the board.

Below is a screenshot of a story created within SAP Lumira.

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In order to publish the story to SAP Lumira Cloud navigate to the Share tab.

By default the dataset is selected for sharing. In addition to the datasets on the left hand side of the share room, all stories that are included in the .lums file are displayed. You also have the ability to toggle between sharing of stories and sharing of visualizations. Depending on whether you have selected a dataset, a story or a visualization the sharing options at the top will change to

  • Datasets
    • Export as file
    • Publish to SAP HANA
    • Publish to Explorer
    • Publish to SAP Lumira Cloud
  • Stories (new in Lumira 1.14)
    • Publish to SAP Lumira Cloud
  • Visualizations
    • Send visualization by email
    • Print Visualization (new in Lumira 1.14)

Select the story to be published. The “Publish to SAP Lumira Cloud” button will appear at the top of the Share room. Note that you can only publish one story at a time.

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Press the “Publish to SAP Lumira Cloud” button at the top, enter your SAP Lumira Cloud credentials and connect.

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If the story and/or dataset have not been published from SAP Lumira SP14 to SAP Lumira Cloud yet, then a new dataset and story will be created. If the dataset and/or story do exist then you have the option to chose between overwriting the dataset and story or to just update the story if no changes have been made to the dataset. For the overwrite case a verification process was put into place to warn the user in case the dataset schema has been changed and may break other stories or visualization that are already on the cloud. More information about dataset re-publishing can be found at Re-publishing of datasets from SAP Lumira to SAP Lumira Cloud

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Once publishing was successful a confirmation message will be displayed.


Next log on to SAP Lumira Cloud to view the published story. In the document listing you can now see the published story and dataset.

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Open the story by double clicking on it. You can see the same story as in the desktop with the same type of filtering interactions.

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Stories cannot be edited on SAP Lumira Cloud, however you are able to re-publish and update the story with publishing from the desktop. Using the regular SAP Lumira Cloud sharing capabilities you can share the story with other SAP Lumira Cloud users.

Note: That predictive charts and custom visualization that are added to a story are not supported on cloud.

You can also view and interact with your SAP Lumira Cloud storyboard using SAP Mobi (5.1) on your ipad.

Tammy Powlas explains the storyboard viewing on Mobi in her Seeing Lumira Cloud Storyboards on Mobile BI 5.1 blog.

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Its  a great visualisation tool and did handson experience during SAP Teched.

      Author's profile photo Mohamed Abdel Hadi
      Mohamed Abdel Hadi


      this is Great - also that you are able to share the Storyboards to other People.



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member


      I am using SAP HANA Server on cloud and using the same for SAP Lumira.

      After composing the story, I am unable to share the story on Lumira Cloud.

      Could you please help me with this issue.

      Author's profile photo Henry Banks
      Henry Banks


      for clarity, please could you create a seperete discussion thread under this Lumira space?

      if you could annotate your post with a few screenshots (to illustrate what you are trying to achieve), including errors etc, that would be great.

      many thanks,


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hey Christina,

      Great post as usual. This is a great resource for anyone wanting to share stories to the cloud. Great step-by-step guide.

      Author's profile photo Christina Obry
      Christina Obry
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Chris!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      I'm playing with Lumira, using several datasources, the performance It's really amazing, A great Development even be so young, the Story Concept and Share on Cloud are handy!