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Data Visualization – Then and Now…

Data visualization is a general term that describes any effort to help people understand the significance of data by placing it in a visual context. Patterns, trends and correlations that might go undetected in text-based data can be exposed and recognized more easily with data visualization software.



In today’s world organizations are under pressure to adjust business strategies and tactics to fast-changing markets and economic situations, and they are depending on Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics to help them make good decisions. They are seeking tools that help their business users get quick access to data discovery and advanced data visualization capabilities which are easy to use, tell the story graphically, and avoid IT bottlenecks so users can unearth relevant insights in a timely manner.

These digitally aware organizations are seeking to arm frontline workers with data-driven insights to increase business agility and gain a competitive advantage.

Accordingly, independent software vendors (ISVs) that want to remain relevant and expand must overcome the challenges of data growth and meet customer expectations by delivering agile BI through their applications.


So, how do ISVs separate out the best “advanced” data visualization products? In the Forrester Wave™: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms, Q3 2015 report by analyst Boris Evelson, 13 agile BI providers are reviewed for their strategy, market presence and offering – including how well they stack up across key agile BI requirements:

  • Empowering business users to be self-sufficient
  • Helping business users get more insights through effective data visualizations
  • Empowering application development and delivery professionals




SAP was one of the 13 agile business intelligence providers reviewed as part of the report and was cited as having solution options which enable the “start small, think big” approach — one of BI deployment’s best practices. Central to SAPs agile BI offering is SAP BusinessObjects Lumira, data visualization software that makes it easy to create beautiful and interactive maps, charts, and infographics and integrate them into applications with a simple URL based OpenDocument interface.


‘Lumira makes SAP a formidable leader in Agile BI’

Forrester Wave™: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms, Q3 2015


If you’re exploring agile business intelligence (BI) to extend your core software applications and meet the demands of your customer organizations that want to empower frontline workers with data-driven insights, consider an OEM partnership with SAP.

Through this partnership, you’ll get access to SAP BusinessObjects Lumira, which enables you to add self-service data discovery and visualization quickly into your cloud and on premise solutions. With SAP BusinessObjects Lumira you can go beyond integrating basic data presentations by quickly building the stunning visualizations you need to tell great data stories.



Start your discovery process today by exploring our OEM partner program and the technology information below for SAP BusinessOjects Lumira. Click on an asset link to register:

  • The Forrester Wave™: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms, Q3 2015

Explore Forrester’s evaluation of agile BI vendors, designed to help application development and delivery professionals select the right platform for their agile BI requirements.
Forrester report >

  • Bring Data To Life

Learn about exploding data volumes, the amount of data that goes unused, the purpose of data visualization, and the opportunities of partnering with SAP.
Infographic >

  • Embed Agile Self-Service Data Visualization in Your Customer Solutions

Discover the benefits of SAP BusinessObjects Lumira and ways a co-innovation partnership with SAP can help you provide the self-service agile visualizations your customers need.
Solution brochure >

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