Book Review for SAP Press Getting Started with SAP Lumira
Getting Started with SAP Lumira by SAP’s Christian Ah-Soon and Peter Snowdon is a new SAP Press Book that is 565 pages long. This time I read the electronic version of the book, and I had the book open on a laptop while I followed along with SAP Lumira Desktop (and in some cases, SAP Lumira Cloud). You can read a sample of the book here which also includes an index.
Why should you be interested in Lumira? Forbes predicts that for 2015 that “Companies will invest in self-service, automation, and augmentation to answer the skills shortage” and “Storytelling will be the hot new job in analytics“. These are areas that Lumira represents for SAP.
Following along in the book, I learned how to set up tracing bsed on the BO_trace.ini file:
I also learned about How to Configure the Auto-Enrichment File in Lumira
The heart of the book, in my opinion, is the visualization. I followed along with the book using the Titantic dataset, Olympics dataset, and the SAP Price data set that I downloaded from Yahoo Finance.
I should note that the book is based on an older version of Lumira as the “explore” icon is missing. That said you can still learn from the book.
What did I learn? I can only highlight a few items here.
I liked the calculated dimensions example. In my example, I counted the number of times “HANA” appeared in the ASUG SAP TechEd Data Management sessions using the Contain function in Lumira:
I had been using Data Services to perform this type of text analysis and processing.
I also created a custom hierarchy, following along with the book:
Using the Titantic data I see a use for the radar chart:
You can see from above that females had a higher percentage of surviving than 3rd class adult males or male crew members.
I also hadn’t paid much attention before to the Copy to clipboard feature available in the visualization gallery; this is good to know if you want to use the visualization you created in PowerPoint.
This is just a subset of what I have learned and I will share more as time allows.
I encourage you to try the book today. I am looking forward to learning more about Lumira at BI 2015 in March.