This is our second release of the year. SAP Lumira 1.23 is on the way shortly. It primarily focuses on improving your first hour experience. We also add Citrix support to make it easier for you to rollout Lumira Desktop to many users. We are working closely with several key customers on their Citrix deployment. If there are others out there, we would love to hear from you about your experience or questions you may have.
Here are key values of SAP Lumira 1.23, thanks to Jacob Stark for the catchy headline:
Start your journey of Lumira 1.23 with a fresh new look.
What do you think?
You might have seen in the January revision of the road map on SMP that Lumira Desktop will be based on a new in-memory engine called “Velocity Engine”. Yes, that is an old name. It will be called “In-Memory data engine” which is embedded in the product. This is the same engine that Lumira Server, for Teams (“Lumira Team Server”) is based on. The change applies to the 64-bit version only. 32-bit is still based on SAP IQ. You will see a further communication on our future plan to de-invest in 32-bit. There was a heads up mid last year about this plan in this blog. In order to keep up with many great ideas from our customers, we have to start investing in the future technology and it comes with some tough decisions to de-invest in the old platform that could also compromise product performance.
One of the immediate benefits of running in this In-Memory data engine is our ability to support multi-user environments more easily. SAP IQ required a large amount of disk space assigned to each user profile, making it difficult to scale across many users.
We have also improved the way we handle application failure by enabling document recovery process. You can enable or disable this feature and set the recovery interval.
We have learned from your feedback that workflows that access external network in the corporate environment and the need to configure proxy set up were not intuitive to get you started on Lumira. In this release several improvements were made as explained in this slide:
Ok, I know you waited a while to format your currency, add scaling factor, and express other units of measure. Here is a flexible way to achieve it for all of those cases. Select a number dimension or measure, open Display Formatting.
Internally we are improving our visualization component library (a.k.a “CVOM”) to make it more customizable and easier to build info charts from so that we can accelerate our progress on supporting more customization options and feature enhancements. A few of these improvements are delivered. More to come in the next few releases!
Finally, among various user experience improvements, I thought I would highlight one on renaming dataset as there was a recent post on the SCN. In the past you had to do this in the Share room. Now you can to it from the dataset name drop down in Prepare and Visualize rooms. Compose room is an exception because by this time there is tighter binding between the datasets and visualizations already. Thanks to the development team for squeezing quick wins in between big features you are working on 😆
This is all I have to say about Lumira 1.23 overview. As usual there will be other posts and tutorials to introduce enhancements at more detailed level.
We are working on our next releases which include some nice capabilities that you have been waiting for. I will let the suspense build a little longer.
Looking forward to talking to you soon and hearing about your experience.