Summer has begun, school’s almost out, and so is SAP Lumira 1.27! It is time for nice big summer PAR-TAY!!
For those of you who are in SAP Lumira 1.25 or earlier version, there was no public release for Lumira 1.26. We kept it as an internal release because Lumira 1.25, 1.26 and 1.27 were too close to each other. Here comes the latest and the greatest Lumira release to date!
We know that many of you have been waiting for BW connectivity to Lumira. We are very pleased to deliver this capability in 1.27 with ability to compose stories and sharing to the server.
It is important to understand the difference between BW acquired mode compared to online mode. The acquisition mode provides the ability to connect directly to BW queries or OLAP connections managed in BI platform. Then the data is acquired to Lumira by flattening the hierarchy to individual dimensions. From there, you can merge another acquired data, and perform any other workflows that Lumira performs. Here are three detailed blogs part1, part2, and part 3 from Eric Yew.
Although sharing to all editions of Lumira Server and Lumira Cloud are possible, we recommend for future investment, you share to Lumira Server, for BI platform and Lumira Server, for teams. In an upcoming release, we will be providing more enhancements for refresh and modifying prompt values on these two editions. Also please pay close attention to the new Blending feature to take advantage of power of Lumira’s ability to link BW data with another data.
One of the latest Lumira’s new innovations! Lumira Desktop comes with an ability to prepare and preview a sample of data before applying it to big data. For those who are exploring big data strategy in your organization, our very own Paul Ekeland will be thrilled to connect with you! Check out his latest blog SAP Lumira 1.27: Big Data for everyone!
In addition to merge, Lumira delivers Blending capability for acquired data (blending HANA online data is planned in the road map). This allows users to link data on the fly to analyze across multiple datasets. This is useful when there is no clear reason to physically merge the data. Blending can also be done from the Visualize room as this does not need to be a “preparation” step. This means you can blend from Lumira Server, for BI platform and Lumira Server, for teams as well! Check out the detailed blog from Kenneth Li
Once you can blend two datasets it is easier to perform an analysis that is of comparison nature. Check out the new Difference From calculation for easier period-to-period calculations coming from two sets of data.
Running and moving calculations are enhanced. There are finer-grained controls and better dialog to help you define the calculation.
Similar enhancements for the Percentage of calculation too.
Is there anyone out there who has been waiting for Time and Datetime support? We know! And you can have it!
It is pretty common that your dataset might have changed and you need to re-acquire the data. Not to worry, Data Mapping feature informs you when changes are detected and allows you to make a decision on how to map the structure changes.
Why not stories with multiple HANA queries? We can do it.
In our focus of staying simple, we have now completed converging the three story layout types into one that does it all. You can choose to make your story static, interactive, informative, graphical without having to make a decision upfront.
Of course the one storyboard comes with all the powerful interactivities that you already like. Linked Analysis is further improved to include the ability to filter on a visualization to update the rest of the visualizations on the page.
Input controls are enhanced to handle multiple datasets and different selection types among many other enhancements.
Data behind what you see is important. You now have the ability to export the detailed records.
We want your story to look beautiful. This release includes various enhancements to alignchart axis and better display different chart elements by default.
When you are building a story, you can simply Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V to duplicate a story element and make further changes. Ahhhhh!
Thanks for waiting for the ability to undo/redo. It is here and there is no limit to how many times you can undo. I just asked the Development team to not undo this feature delivery. 😆
Just like simplifying the story layout, we have merged the two table controls into one that can handle both use cases. You can now adjust the column width in the crosstab by simply dragging the column border.
Another eagerly waited feature is conditional formatting on charts. In this release you can set conditional formatting on bar and column charts. More chart types are planned to be supported in upcoming releases.
More ways to update the colors to your taste either from the chart or from Preferences!
Collection of small improvements together make a big difference.
To wrap up, Lumira Servers to complete the end-to-end trusted data discovery!
Do we have you at Hello for SAP Lumira 1.27? 😉
We are expecting the builds to be available this week on SMP! As you may be already aware, we are moving to a quarterly release cycle, and I promise you that it is only getting better!
Have a great week!