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Lumira Roadmap Webcast Notes Part 2 – Planned Innovations Future Direction

These Part 2 are my notes on the 5/14 webcast given by SAP’s Ty Miller.  Part 1 is Lumira Roadmap Webcast Notes Part 1

Ty is part of Lumira Product Management organization.

Note the usual legal disclaimer applies that future items not yet released are subject to change.


Source: SAP


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Lumira today means what SAP is planning to release within the quarter

Planned Innovations


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Planned innovations are planned for the next 6 to 18 months


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Concatenation, grouping, parsing grouping can be done against hundreds of datasources

They are building extension support for new data connectivity

Figure 3 shows direct connectivity to BEX queries and InfoProviders

Lumira is planned to work on Mac OS


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 wants you to do transformations and track them


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 shows the arcGiS/ ESRI partnership will allow integration for spatial functions, change colors, and make comments


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Figure 6 shows support for 3-D visualizations is coming


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7 shows web authoring experience with Infographics


Figure 8: Source: SAP

8 shows big data visualizations

Question and Answer:

Q: Can we expect custom calc on HANA views?

A: can do this with HANA as offline source today

Looking at online

Q: Many tools only leads to confusion and higher TCO for customers

A: Heard this loud and clear; working on this

Q: Does this require ESRI licenses? Can this work with ESRI on premise and ARCGIS online servers?

A: Yes

Q: Regarding the geo-information: Currently, only cities with 100,000 inhabitants are supported. Will that change with this partnership?

A: Able to leverage whatever ESRI provides

Q: What version is exactly being released for Sapphire, 1.16 or 1.17?

A: not sure yet

Planned innovations – some may be at SAPPHIRE – may change

Q: what release will have SAP BW connectivity?

A: Expect 1.17 or 1.18

Q: Will Lumira and Explorer become one integrated product in the future?

A: continue to add exploration with Lumira

Not planning to have Lumira be a legal successor to Explorer

Q: Will there be a path from  Exploration View Sets to from Storyboards at the least?

A: Yes

Q: Will the offline mode of Lumira to HANA be improved so it doesn’t need SQL knowledge?

A: Don’t Know


Figure 9: Source: SAP

Today SAP store has extensions and some have a cost

Figure 9 shows the plan to have an in-application purchase

Extensions will be cross-compatible


Figure 10: Source: SAP

Figure 10 shows the plan to provide continuous exploration

It also shows to plans to add search based on datasets and metadata


Figure 11: Source: SAP

Figure 11 shows planned innovations to share visualizations, with also new features for BI4.1 SAP BI add-on


Figure 12: Source: SAP

Figure 12 shows how Lumira will work on the BI Platform


Figure 13: Source: SAP

Figure 13 shows more BI Lumira planned innovations and the architecture needed.


Figure 14: Source: SAP

Figure 14 shows planned innovations with SAP applications


Figure 15: Source: SAP

Figure 15 shows the future direction of Lumira (no timeframe is given for future direction)

Today competitors do this outside the support of IT

SAP is looking at enterprise self-service and governed data discovery with business supported by IT

SAP is looking to simplify SAP experience

Question and Answer

Q: Lasso components to drill to charts?

A: can do that now – filter or exclude

Q: Are the Mike Bostock D3 samples shown in this deck going to make its way into Lumira?

A: Can’t comment on specific D3 visualizations will make

Visualizations on D3 can be created by you and use in Lumira

Q: Will there be any drilldown capability within the Storyboard mode?

A: Yes working on that

Q: What are the possible embedding capabilities with Lumira 1.6 (with office suite, …)

A: via URL; working on MS office integration with Lumira – no specifics

Q: So within a Formula to define a Measure, you currently cannot refer back to a Dimension (for example)

A:  Add to idea place

Q: Will the BW connectivity for datasets be like a HANA online experience vs data acquisition?

A: will be online

This roadmap will be on SMP soon

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Also attend Ty’s session at ASUG Annual Conference – session 0201 Future of BI with BusinessObjects

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      Hello Tammy, when talking about BI Lumira Mobile, when will you support the Android Version ?

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      Hi Matthias,

      I don't work for SAP so I don't know the answer (sorry).  Maybe post this question in the SAP BusinessObjects Mobile space.