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Lumira Roadmap Webcast Notes Part 1

These are my notes on the 5/14 webcast given by SAP’s Ty Miller.  This is part 1.  Part 2 is Lumira Roadmap Webcast Notes Part 2 – Planned Innovations Future Direction

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


Figure 2: Source: SAP

Lumira is agile visualization

It started as a desktop solution

It is now branching into cloud, server

Visualizations are consumed by browser, mobile device


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 shows the ability to “Create visualizations from the data” and share insights with colleagues by telling a story

You can connect to corporate data, connect to HANA, traditional relational databases

You can also combine with personal data and acquire from multiple sources, with a rich library of charts

You can extend and embed visualizations through public API’s

You create storyboard to engage users and insight


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Today Lumira allow business users, not just IT, to acquire data themselves, combine with other data


Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 shows you can connect to Excel, CSV, import to Lumira as a datasource and combine with corporate approved IT

You can do this from desktop, cloud and server


Figure 6: Source: SAP

Figure 6 shows you can connect to HANA online real time as a data source

There are multiple ways to leverage “Big Data”

Big data is a big part of Lumira


Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7 shows the ability to transform data including trimming, replacing values, new groups, calculated measures or dimensions, with built-in hierarchical engines, to define time and geographic hierarchies


Figure 8: Source: SAP

You can personalize visualizations through public API’s and tell a story


Figure 9: Source: SAP

SAP doesn’t have all visualizations which is why have SDK’s based on D3 (open source library of visualizations)

As an example, look at this Github site:


Figure 10: Source: SAP

Want guidance on visualizations includes visual discovery

Visual discovery is the ability for Lumira to recommend other visualizations based on measures and dimensions applied


Figure 11: Source: SAP

Figure 11 shows the create a storyboard feature – create a composite board with single or multiple visualizations to drive filtering

Infographics as shown in Figure 12 allow you to combine data and visualizations

1.16 will be released this quarter

Question & Answer:

Q: Can Lumira be installed on a stand-alone HANA box and connect to BW on HANA via Smart Data Access?

A: working on connecting BEx queries via Lumira Desktop  & BW on HANA

Q: Will Lumira ever support BWA?

A: no

Q: What is the roadmap for integration with SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio?  WIll Lumira and DS converge to a single product?

A: Want them to interoperate

Q: When Lumira would have visibility to HANA Attribute views and tables

A: Don’t know

Q: Will vizPacker move to a real IDE like Eclipse?

A: Recommend using Design Studio which will share same extension capabilities (in 1.3)

Q: What are the enhancements planned for Geo analytics? Will that be based on ESRI?

A: Yes it will


Figure 12: Source: SAP

You can publish stories composed in Compose Room and extensions to Lumira Server, a native HANA application as shown in Figure 12

You can access compose room from Cloud or Server and leverage 4.1 environment

Lumira Server is a native HANA application.


Figure 13: Source: SAP

Lumira Server is installed on HANA as shown in Figure 14, using identity and access management

It is the “enterprise self-service solution” with governed data discovery – IT & business needs to create enterprise self service


Figure 14: Source: SAP

Figure 14 shows connecting via Fiori Launchpad to make data accessible, view stories in Fiori

Lumira Server app is a tile


Figure 15: Source: SAP

Figure 15 shows using HANA Cloud Integration to access data behind firewall


Figure 16: Source: SAP

Figure 16 shows accessing storyboards on any platform using SAP BusinessObjects Mobile

Q: Will Lumira Server customers require full HANA license?

Q: Do we need HANA enterprise license to install Lumira on HANA?

A: No – if you have full use HANA today, you have Lumira Server components to install

If you have limited use version of HANA (SAP BW Powered by SAP HANA) – provide ability to update for 15% of BI suite license

Q: Will Lumira Server end up being capable of housing CR, Webi, and other BI artifacts? Design Studio?

A: Working on a number of ways to have Lumira Server host other content types – CR on HANA to acess through Lumira Launchpad

WebI – likely not

Design Studio – yes

Q: Will this displace the BI Platform’s role?

A: No – not something looking to do.  BI platform is important for governed data discovery – scheduling monitoring auditing universes

Q: It was mentioned on the BI council call that we can use Lumira agent to refresh data on the published story boards in the cloud but not on the server. When will it become available for the server?

A: Working on Cloud & Server to have direct live data connectivity – if data in HANA it is inherently live

HCI – can have live connectivity with Lumira Cloud

Part 2 is coming next – Lumira Roadmap Webcast Notes Part 2 – Planned Innovations Future Direction

ASUG Annual Conference

Preview of ASUG Annual Conference 2014: Focus on Analysis Office/OLAP/Predictive

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

Share your Story: Call for Sessions for ASUG at SAP d-code (former TechEd)

You are invited to submit a proposal to share your experience and expertise with your colleagues to speak at SAP d-code to be held October 20-24 in Las Vegas.  Others will benefit from your experience while you make a valuable contribution to the profession’s field of knowledge.

Follow this link to create a speaker account where you can formally submit your proposal, review important deadlines, and other general information about SAP d-code.  The deadline to submit your abstract is May 25. If you have any questions, please e-mail

Upcoming ASUG Analytics Webcasts:

May 15: Lumira Self Service for Business User

May 21: SAP Lumira Question and Answer Session

June 23: Predictive Analysis Roadmap

September 15: Design Studio and Analysis Scenarios on HANA

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      Author's profile photo Florian Henninger
      Florian Henninger

      Hi Tammy,

      thank you for that share here.

      I didn't got time to join the party 🙁 , but so I got everything I need 🙂 .



      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Hi Florian - thank you for taking the time to read and comment.  It is a lot to take in but Ty always does a great job with roadmap presentations.