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Lumira Overview and Roadmap Webcast Notes

This was an APOS webcast that SAP provided today.  The usual disclaimer applies that things in the future are subject to change.


Figure 1: Source: SAP

Server for HANA on the right has been around for a while.  The teams is a departmental solution

Customers with BI4 want Lumira without HANA, and offering the add-on to the BI Platform

It will allow you to view the Lumira content on the BI Platform.


Figure 2: Source: SAP

The rest of the webcast covered these features.


Figure 3: Source: SAP

Coming soon to Lumira is the ability to drill down on multiple charts


Figure 4: Source: SAP

The crosstab features in Figure 4 is requested by users with the ability to swap dimensions, rows, and hierarchies

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Figure 5: Source: SAP

Marimekko charts are coming to Lumira.  For more about these types of charts read Stephen Few’s analysis here.


Figure 6: Source: SAP

SAP is “pleased with the extensions”.  The speaker said to go to github for extensions.

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Figure 7: Source: SAP

Figure 7 shows the new extension manager; SAP says they want to make it easier to apply extensions.


Figure 8: Source: SAP

On Figure 8, SAP says “go above and beyond sources supported in Lumira” including big data sources

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Figure 9: Source: SAP

Enhanced universe query panel – full function query universe panel


Figure 10: Source: SAP

Figure 10 provides a platform support update and new language support for Korea


Figure 11: Source: SAP

Figure 11 shows the “trusted platform”

In the market now SAP has Lumira Server for Teams

The SAP speaker recommends BI4.1 SP5 for the platform add-on


Figure 12: Source: SAP

Figure 12 shows what is coming – SAP is working on blending, flexibility on data merging

The speaker said they are “Continuing to innovate, adding capabilities around multiple sources”

Lumira is “becoming a first class citizen of BI platform”.  Coming soon also is support for BW – acquisition mode, direct connection

Question and Answer

Q: Just to clearly understand, the UNX connection capability… is not currently supported by Lumira now, but is available with an extension package from a SAP partner. And it’s planned in the near future to be a native feature, right?

A: it is an sap extension. Planned very near future.

Q: How move to BI4?

A: Do a save as to BI Platform; when add-on is installed (coming in Q2) – when click on Lumira document you will open in a viewer experience depending on rights

For BI-add-on BI4.1 SP5 prerequisite; HANA Is not required

Q: Which license

A: This is part of the BI Suite License

If BI Edge – then it is an additional license cost

Support for tools for the life of the platform

Q: BW support?

A: BEx query support is coming in the middle of the year

Q: Connectors?  Google Analytics

A: constantly adding connectors can also look to partners for this

Q: Velocity?

A: this is not HANA, not Microsoft – it is embedded on desktop and server editions; run on existing – it is a lightweight in memory engine

Q: Sizing information?

A: Will release addendums to

Plan for Lumira to interoperate with Design Studio

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