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Author's profile photo Shankar Narayanan SGS

Working with SAP Lumira – Part 1

SAP Lumira is a new Offering from SAP for Data Visualization and Dashboard building. It is integrated with SAP Lumira cloud to share the Dashboards built. Currently the version is 1.15 and available in free personal edition or the paid professional version. It has both client and server versions.

Downloading the client

A free trail of SAP Lumira client can be download from here. You would need profile for that, if you don’t you can create one for free. You will get SAPLumirainstall.exe a compressed archive.

Installation the client

Installing the client is just usual routine of any other software installation. The wizard on completion will install SAP Lumira client.

Building a Dashboard

Lumira has the concept of storyboards, where each of the Dashboards tells a story in Visual format. Building a storyboard has the following phases.

Prepare – The prepare phase is the first phase where the Data source is selected. The data from the Dataset is parsed into Lumira and can be cleansed as necessary. The Data can be from Excel files, CSV formats, HANA One cloud, SAP BO or from SQL Server.

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The CSV file that consists of Stock data for TESLA is selected for this Dashboard.

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Lumira is intelligent to parse the Data and present the list of columns that are need. A basic level of Data cleansing can be done here.

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Further cleansing can be done by splitting,and trimming of Data in the column or by applying a formulae to create a new Dimension. Data can be merged from two sources and there should be one common column in both.

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Visualize – Visualize is the second phase where the visual charts are build. Lumira lists the Measures and Dimensions on the left that can be used in the chart and the chart types and properties on the right.

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New visualization with different measures and dimensions can be created and those appear below the main content pane

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Compose – Compose phase is where the actual storyboard is composed. It has all the objects created in the previous steps along with filters, heading, style and customization. Everything around is drag and drop and multiple stories can be created. The attributes for the board can be defined at the right side pane.

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Share – Share is the final phase where the newly created storyboards can be published. There are various publishing options. Storyboards can be published to Lumira cloud where it can be shared, to Lumira on premise server or SAP Streamwork. Datasets can be exported to Excel or CSV or to Lumira cloud.

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member


        Thank you for the step by step there is some things I was missing in the development of my storyboards however, there is one final step that I feel I am missing.  Can I establish a real time link to my dashboard(storyboard) to be able to utilize the data as sales and other processes are  seen as the transaction is occuring?  I am doing the SAP HEC Montreal training and I would like to utilize a real-time dashboard to perform at a level.  I am hoping also to utilize this for the data geek challenge.



      Author's profile photo Henry Banks
      Henry Banks


      you can use the Lumira desktop scheduler to the Lumira cloud - the agent runs on a desktop with the various login credentials.

      certainly, this would update the dataset in the cloud at least. however, I have not tested to see if the data in the dependent storyboards would be refreshed.

      Also, not sure where your storyboard url is embedded, does it maintain the session open? refresh at regular polling intervals etc?

      good luck, keep us updated. maybe ask this question in the discussions. (after trying out some of the above)



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Kerry,

      If the dataset is based on a Universe you can use the scheduler in the BI platform to refresh the data. Most optimal solution would be to connect directly to a HANA view. If you open the storyboard it should fetch the latest available data.

      With kind regards,

      Martijn van Foeken | Intenzz

      Author's profile photo Sneha Jadhav
      Sneha Jadhav


      Thanks for sharing all the steps. I want to explore the Lumira. This blog will surely help me.



      Author's profile photo Shankar Narayanan SGS
      Shankar Narayanan SGS
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Sneha,

      Thank you for the warm feedback. Feel free to explore my other blogs on SAP Lumira and Design Studio. Do post your queries if you have any.