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This was an SAP Webinar last month, moderated by SAP Mentor Joyce Butler.  Slides can be found here. The replay can be found here.

Figure 1: Source: SAP

The legal disclaimer in Figure 1 applies

Figure 2: Source: SAP

The analytics community moves from IT to self-service analytics, SaaS, to meet business requirements against diverse data sources. The second trend, as shown in Figure 2, is data discovery and applications

Self service data preparation is governed and reusable, accessible to business analysts, data flow, joins, data lineage and blending. It includes automated machine learning algorithms.

Increase in BI cloud deployments has accelerated and including hybrid solutions.

Figure 3: Source: SAP

Figure 3 was the result of a poll of attendees

Figure 4: Source: SAP

Cloud includes BusinessObjects Cloud including BI, planning and predictive

Figure 5: Source: SAP

Figure 5 shows key investments

Balance enterprise with agility, enabled by smart technologies, integrating with predictive, take actions on insights in visualizations

Big data trend – complements central data warehouse, with new opportunities, take advantage of HANA and Vora

Cloud deployment model provides agility of deployment  – applications are moving to the cloud and provide analytics and BI solutions in Cloud

BusinessObjects Cloud is a public solution

Private cloud options includes running BI4 on HEC, AWS or Azure

Figure 6: Source: SAP

Figure 6 shows overall strategy

BusinessObjects Cloud and digital boardroom includes 4 themes shown above  – all analytics capabilities – BI predictive and planning in one product with a modern user experience

On top, Roambi is the mobile cloud solution

The bottom shows the traditional solutions

Support hybrid solutions, with bridges between cloud and on-premise

Bridges from cloud to cloud are available too

Figure 7: Source: SAP

On-premise convergence strategy is based on 4 key principle; been around 2-3 years now with a focus on use cases

Continue to support BI4.X platform content and no forced migrations

Figure 8: Source: SAP

Figure 8 shows 5 products SAP is focusing on and progress to date

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Lumira and Design Studio will converge into 1 with 2 desktop tools, Lumira Discovery and Designer and one combined client-server add-on

Lumira Discovery users can promote their application to enterprise application

As requirements move between business-focus and IT one file format is available

Offline application support will be available

Planned GA is June 2017

Figure 10: Source: SAP

2 clients, and one combined add-on, enabling interoperability between discovery and designer

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Figure 11 shows the planned convergence of products by next June of 5 products to 4

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Beyond convergence, ease of use is planned for Lumira with consolidating visualize and compose room with the Fiori style

Beyond 2.0 focus on server-side data preparation and eliminate the desktop dependency

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Figure 13 shows planned dates, subject to change (see Figure 1)

Question & Answer

Q: Will there be an early adopter program for Lumira 2.0?

A: See Figure 13, guided beta (not for productive use) and early adopter is for productive use; contact sales rep if interested

Q: Is it planned to release a Design Studio up until Lumira 2.0?

A: Continue to patch Design Studio 1.6

Q: Will Lumira 2.0 work on the Mac?

A: No, strategy on desktop is to move all functionality to server

Q: is Roambi going to replace SAP Mobile BI app ?

A: No – Mobile BI is included with your BI license and focuses on mobilizing existing BI content. Roambi supports data in any datasource including Reporting Services, Cognos, BI Platform, SQL and web services. Roambi also supports offline consumption for all templates, but Mobile BI offers partial offline support depending on the content type. Roambi also has complete support for both Android and Windows devices whereas Mobile BI has much better support for iOS. In the future we may leverage some of the Roambi technology in Mobile BI. But we see a need for both use cases – standalone mobile BI (Roambi) or mobilizing existing BI content (Mobi).

The rest of the webcast covered Predictive Analytics and Roambi – the Roambi part was similar to this blog.

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