Data-visualization is both an art and a science, in which the goal is to communicate information clearly and efficiently using graphs, plots and charts. It is more important to know how to effectively use a tool for data visualization rather than selecting the tool itself for improving the business process.

 

Lumira is a self-service data visualization that is part of the SAP BusinessObjects BI portfolio.

 

Why do we choose Lumira as the software ?

 

Here are the top 4 reasons why I would prefer Lumira especially if the client is a SAP shop,

 

1)   Simplicity

Lumira is a fairly simple tool to learn and with basic training you can build effective visualizations and self-service reports within a few days.

http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-26507

There are lot of learning resources available online in the SCN community, Webinars, YouTube videos and other offline training workshops.

http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-52806

       This would enable business users to learn and use the tool easily in spite of their busy schedule.

 

2)   SAP Integration

Being an SAP product, Lumira has the following advantages,

– Evolving connectivity options to various SAP sources like HANA, BW, S/4HANA, ERP and Universe.

– Interoperability with other BOBJ tools, especially after the convergence with Design Studio.

– Publishing options to the SAP BI Platform and Fiori Launchpad is also a big win for Lumira.

– The security and data governance can be extended across the SAP BI environment.

3)   Customization

Ability to build extensions for charts and maps is a big advantage where customizations can be done based on the client requirements.

http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-61422

Lumira can have custom connectivity with data sources that are not available out of the box.

This option is on top of connectivity to a large variety of data sources from Excel – Big Data.

http://saplumira.com/solutions/#datasources

 

4)   Lumira 2.x

In SAP Sapphire 2016, the convergence of Lumira and Design Studio into SAP BusinessObjects Lumira was announced. This includes the self-service data visualization capabilities of Lumira with the dynamic dash-boarding of Design Studio.

SAP Lumira and Design Studio Convergence.

 

The links under comments show how simple it is to use SAP Lumira to both find and eventually communicate answer to business questions.

 

Self-service data visualization using Lumira can be divided into 5 simple steps,

 

1) Acquire a Dataset

2) Prepare Your Data

3) Visualize Your Data

4) Create a Story

5) Share Insights

 

This would be an overview of the steps and other best practices for beginners. I will also post other links from SCN that have helped me learn the tool effectively.

Lumira is a very powerful tool that will dramatically improve the efficiency of your analysis. It will help you clean your data, find patterns in your data, test your hypothesis, and tell stories with your data. That’s what visualizing data does for you. It helps figure out what your data mean efficiently. And in the process of doing so helps you narrow in on what factors you should take into consideration in your statistical models of predictive algorithm.

 

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