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Author's profile photo Blair Wheadon

SAP Lumira Roadmap Update

We have some ambitious plans for SAP Lumira that we are excited to share with you.

Our team spends a lot of time meeting with customers and simply listening. What is clear from these conversations is that expectations for usability, simplicity, and flexibility are high.

To meet and exceed these expectations, both the SAP Lumira and SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio teams are collaborating on the following major themes:

1. Usability: From listening to customers, we know there are opportunities to improve the workflow and make the tool more productive

In Lumira 1.30, we have started to address this by removing the Share room. In the future, we plan to continue that theme by consolidating the Visualize and Compose room into a single experience.

2. Simplicity: We have heard that customers want the choice of either online access to BW/HANA data with full support for the rich metadata supported by those data sources, or access to flattened BW/HANA data for mashing up with other data in spreadsheets or relational sources.

In a future release of Lumira and Design Studio, we plan to converge these tools to enable both styles of data access – online (with full support of metadata) or offline (with access to flattened BW/HANA data to enable mashups).

3. Flexibility: Customers want to be able to start in either Lumira or Design Studio and switch to the other tool as needed.

We plan to enable the creation of prototypes in Lumira and allow for these simple dashboards to be promoted to a comprehensive enterprise dashboard that requires a high degree of polish to align with corporate standards.

Another example of flexibility: Customers want to use Lumira on the Mac, and IT wants to avoid having to deploy desktop software.

In the future, we plan to add data preparation capabilities to the server to enable Mac use cases as well as simplify deployment.

These are the three major themes we are focusing our development teams on for SAP Lumira. We know that there’s huge demand for improvements on Lumira – we love all the ideas that are listed on Idea Place and review these regularly, so please keep these coming – they are a key part of influencing our ongoing investments.

Unfortunately, we cannot set detailed timing expectations for delivery of these themes due to internal rules governing forward looking statements. Delivery times will vary among these themes, but the first items we are working on are converging the Visualize and Compose room, and the convergence with Design Studio.

Our roadmaps will be updated prior to Sapphire 2016 to reflect these major themes, and to begin to give you an better idea of the timelines for some of these major items.

I expect you will have some questions regarding this blog and will likely want more details. Unfortunately I’m unable to go into more detail on this public forum. If you would like more details, please contact your account executive or partner and we can arrange a 1:1 discussion.

Blair Wheadon

GM of Data Discovery

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      Author's profile photo Michael Howles
      Michael Howles

      Hey Blair,

      Thanks for the update.  Will the pre-Sapphire roadmap include details on this convergence/interop between Design Studio and Lumira?

      I'm just curious (possibly excited) how major of a refactoring will be occurring with DS and Lumira as a result of this commitment.

      Author's profile photo Vincent Dechandon
      Vincent Dechandon

      It's even more interesting than technically speaking both products are really different. There is already some (but really limited) interoperability with custom extension, I hope they'll create a system where you could have only one extension that could be used (and fully functional in terms of both today SDK) in both products.

      Author's profile photo Blair Wheadon
      Blair Wheadon
      Blog Post Author

      Yes, the official SMP roadmaps will reflect this just before or during Sapphire.

      Author's profile photo Michael Hamm
      Michael Hamm

      Hi Blair,

      will this interoperability Lumira vs Design Studio be like the Smart Copy functionality like for Analysis for Excel or will it be possible ti import the whole Lumira Story to Design Studio?

      Thanks & BR,


      Author's profile photo Blair Wheadon
      Blair Wheadon
      Blog Post Author

      Hi MIchael,

      The objective is for full interoperability between the 2 desktop clients - so Lumira stories can be opened in Design Studio and the viz and story definitions retained.


      Author's profile photo Dhinesh Kumar Ganesan
      Dhinesh Kumar Ganesan

      Hi Brian

      Can you please let us know whether there is direct installation using Lumira Desktop over Mac OS possible ?

      I can see that you mentioned the data preparation capabilities over the Lumira Server as below

      “In the future, we plan to add data preparation capabilities to the server to enable Mac use cases as well as simplify deployment.”

      – Request you to elaborate more on this below statement so that i can understand well.

      Best Regards
      Dhinesh Kumar Ganeshan