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SAP Lumira 2.0 – Road Ahead Webcast Notes

This was a Visual BI webcast last week, covering where Design Studio and Lumira are headed

How these are combined into next major release

Figure 1: Source: Visual BI

Things might change in the future

Figure 2: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Core of what happens in Lumira 2.x

Still 2 products – customer can use 2 product

1 product in terms of technology, branding

You decide Lumira Discovery (Desktop) or Lumira Designer (Design Studio)

Still 2 clients

Figure 3: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Figure 3 shows the consolidation of BI tools

Figure 4: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Why is SAP doing this?

Sharing technology

Lumira gains access to BW/HANA

Design Studio gains offline data access

Retain scenarios already familiar with

Interop between the products

Figure 5: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Three main categories

Design Studio is for the power user, IT professional

SAP Lumira is the tool for your business user

Top – Analysis Office – Excel, PowerPoint, quickly analyze data

Figure 6: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Figure 6 shows what happens in 2017

Still have 2 installable products

Figure 7: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Today 2 add-ons

Future – one add-on

Lumira was using Velocity engine for offline access

Lumira will gain strong BW/HANA integration

Both tools will have ability to talk to online/offline data sources

Figure 8: Source: Visual BI/SAP

2.x features interoperability

Figure 9: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Licenses today honored and move on to the next release

Figure 10: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Facet navigation won’t be there in 2.x

Figure 11: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Lumira Discovery (new name for Lumira Desktop) – see on the right side will have home screen feeling, latest items, last connections used, server connections

Global search is part of the home screen too

Figure 12: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Lumira Discovery will move away from the 3 room concept; it will be single-screen/canvas workflow

Figure 13: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Reduce chart types but not losing functionality

Example: today Lumira has a column chart, column with dual axis, combination chart – reduce chart types and make elements visible/configured

Figure 14: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Filter for only for chart, or multiple charts, or page, or complete story

Figure 15: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Input control so user can interactively filter

Drag and drop filter onto canvas

Figure 16: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Major enhancement is connectivity

Design Studio has a strong integration with BW and HANA

Now it will be shared in 2.x with both clients

HTTP connection means you don’t have to configure ODBC connection

Figure 17: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Going into both clients

Enhancements – PDF export

Figure 18: Source: Visual BI/SAP

If you use bookmarks in DS before and earlier versions

There are limitations today; not select specific items overall dashboards/application; SAP plans to address 2.x

Decide which elements of overall dashboards become part of the bookmark

Personal vs. global bookmarks

Figure 19: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Create new component without code

Creating own “constellation of elements”  – checkboxes, grid box, panel, logo to reuse in multiple dashboards

Figure 20: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Not many details on this often-discussed feature

Figure 21: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Chart becomes contextually aware

Figure 22: Source: Visual BI/SAP

ESRI maps will be part of the product, similar to what happened to Lumira Desktop (ESRI maps are part of the product)

Figure 23: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Conditional formatting – plan general conditional formatting – data source independent

Figure 24: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Prompting dialog improves as shown in Figure 24.

Figure 25: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Ability to define list of values – define once

How many members you want to have

Reuse definitions across components

Figure 26: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Single cell selection and related screen

Figure 27: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Key advantage is shown in Figure 27

Figure 28: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Scheduling – based on a discover dataset

2.x focuses on BusinessObjects platform

Figure 29: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Update add-on and client tool

Conversion is shown in Figure 29

Figure 30: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Option 1 – keep in 1.6 (like BW3.5 to 7.0, still use 3.5 queries) – same idea

Upgrade at a different point in time

Figure 31: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Figure 31 shows the platform going forward is the BI platform

Figure 32: Source: Visual BI/SAP

Share material between discovery & designer unlike before

Also see some upcoming workshops here.

Question & Answer

Q: offline mean?

A: means offline data – connecting to BW system

Q: Do we need additional licenses for Lumira if we have BusinessObjects licenses?

A: Check your license – today have Lumira Desktop & add-on

Q: Can Lumira 1.31 and 2.0 coexist?

A: No official statement

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      Author's profile photo Senthilkumar VP
      Senthilkumar VP

      Great Post.. Lets wait and see the Product.

      * Main Feature like auto drilldown , When adds the dimension objects to the report layer.
      * Time dimension hierarchy navigation.
      * Drill Down features as in AO / Excel version
      * Good Looking charts and Graphs.
      * Prompt support of SAP BW as in Bex Workbook or AO. For Example if random list of material added as clipboard to the Prompt.

      Will that compete with the features available in Power BI.

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Thank you for comments.
      Not sure about competing with PowerBI though

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Tammy, thanks for the write up.

      Do you know which BI Platform version will be required for Lumira 2.0?  BI Platform 4.2 required?


      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Adam - thank you for reading and replying - please see Blair Wheadon's blog for your answers:


      Author's profile photo BDA-BICC Team
      BDA-BICC Team

      Hi Tammy


      Do we have any end of life date for Analysis edition for OLAP? what happens for the existing Analysis edition for OLAP reports?




      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Ven - I don't think SAP has announced any EOL for A-OLAP, so they should continue to work in the latest BI4.2 versions

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Tammy,


      Good to meet you last Month @ SAP Insider Conference, Nice Blog ! waiting to hear the official release of 2.0.




      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Tammy,

      Can you please confirm if the cell editor functionality is supported in Lumira 2.0

      Today we have an issue with time characteristic not refreshing when using two structures with cell editor.

      Please let us know.



      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Sini - the product is not available yet so I can't confirm anything

      Perhaps you want to create a new discussion at to describe the problem you are experiencing?

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Tammy - what is BW version requirement for Lumira 2.0 online connectivity to BW?

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Hi - please review the SAP Product Availability Matrix (PAM) for this - S-user may be required to access:

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Tammy,

      The PAM says Lumira Server for BI Platform will be available for Redhat and SUSE Linux in GA Version. Do you know if the Linux version of BI Platform Add-In is already available?


      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      HI - I do not work for SAP - but the product is not yet GA

      Author's profile photo John manlo
      John manlo

      Hello Tammy,


      On BO server can we keep both server components like design studio and new lumira 2.0 ?

      I heard that we will just have Lumira 2.0 server component, If so what happens to exsiting design studio 1.6 dashboard on platform, Do it need a conversion to lumira ?




      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      There is a 1.6 compatibility mode; you can run 1.6 apps in 2.0

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member


      Good day!  It sounds like Lumira 2.0 will be released before Q3 (or is GA already).  Can you please confirm.  I am running Lumira 1.31 and am ready to move to 2.0



      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Please see my latest post here: