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SAP BusinessObjects Lumira 2.0 Preview Webcast Q&A Summary

This was a webcast last week which was mostly a demonstration of SAP BusinessObjects Lumira 2.0.  You can see a demo from this recording in this blog: here

The usual legal disclaimer applies that things in the future are subject to change.

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I’ve seen this slide before, and covered in in other blogs.

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Discovery and Designer are leveraging same technology

Designer is a further development of DS 1.6

Composites, also called reusable objects – create objects for what you want, such as KPI tile, application header, footer, publish to BI platform then every user can reuse basic component in application; lower change management; can make central changes

Mobile support – responsive layout for mobile display – only develop application once; layout is automatically adjusted – adaptive layout container

PDF enhancements; this is a new technical component; support geomaps, charts, export of chart quality is improved.  Configuration options

Charting enhancements

ESRI is a basement in 2.0; you don’t need to purchase an extra license

Clustering capabilities

Question and Answer

Q: When will be Lumira 2.x release?

A: GA is planned for early Q3 this year


Q: Will a full recording be available?

A: available from recordings page about a day after this event:


Q: Will we need to install 2 client tools for discovery & Designer?

A: yes, two clients for different user group


Q: What means offline applications in designer?

A: That means user can acquire data from BW/HANA /Excel etc. with Discovery client. data then are saved in the velocity engine on BI Platform. Designer application can reuse these offline data sources


Q: What type on connection will be there for HANA in Lumia 2.0.. HANA Online and Normal HANA connection

A: HANA online based on HTTP connection. OR acquire HANA data to velocity engine


Q: on what code line of DS 1.6 is Lumira 2.o based?

A: Lumira 2.0 is based on the design studio technology. Lumira 2.0 only supports BI Platform as deployment platform.


Q: If we’re still using DS 1.5, can we upgrade directly to Lumira 2.0? Or do we need to upgrade to DS 1.6 first?

A:  Hi, You can directly upgrade DS 1.5 to Lumira 2.0. no need to upgrade to 1.6 as the between step


Q: Will SDK Components developed for DS1.6 with m mode be compatible with Lumira 2.0?

A: yes, all extensions that are developed with DS 1.6 based on the m libraries should work in Lumira 2.0


Q: Do you mean that there will be a client tool for discovery and one for designer?

A: Lumira 2.0 contains 2 clients. one for discovery and the other for designer. You need to install 2 clients on your laptop


Q: can we install the new server component on existing design studio add on

A: you can install Lumira 2.0 BIP add-on in addition to the existing design studio add-on. Design studio 1.6 client and Lumira 2.0 designer client can be installed on your laptop parallel. And, Lumira 1.31 and Lumira 2.0 Discovery can be installed on laptop in parallel

Q: can the Lumira desktop 1.31 and 2.0 be installed on the same PC on the same time?

A: yes, clients can be installed parallel


Q: Design Studio upgrade to Lumira 2.0 is only possible for DS 1.6 or lower versions also?

A:  Lower version also possible, e.g. 1.5 release


Q: can we publish both to BI platform and execute from Launchpad?

A: discovery and designer are based on the same technology. so, the document created by discovery or designer has the same format. they can be published on the BI Platform

Q: what code line of DS 1.6 is Lumira 2.o based? DS 1.6.4 or 1.6.3?

A:  all 1.6 code line. So, all the functions are included in the SP3 or SP4, they are available with Lumira 2.0


Q: what about Lumira integration with Microsoft office products like PowerPoint?

A: Currently with Lumira 2.0 we are supporting export to PDF, not PPT.


Q: Is this Lumira 2.0 is supported for BI 4.1 platform

A: yes, BI 4.1SP7&8, BI 4.2SP3+


Q: Can we have live connection to non-sap data sources?

A: in discovery, the live connections are only BW and HANA. Other are Data acquisition /data import scenario. In designer, we can use UNX to have the live connection to the Oracle data base etc.


Q: What type of connection would be available for BW?

A: both clients are support online and offline connection with BW. All BW queries/views/infoprovider are supported as data source


Q: Does SAP Universe not have a live connection in Discovery?

A: in Discovery, not yet. in Designer yes

Q:  Does the Lumira 2.0 BIP component replace the current Design Studio 1.6 add-on & Lumira Server 1.31 components or can they exist side-by-side?

A:  yes, Lumira 2.0 add-on replaces the add-on of existing design studio add-on and Lumira 1.31 add-on. It’s not possible to run side-by-side for the add-ons. though it’s possible to run the clients side by side.


Q: Are BW/4 objects supported as a data source in Lumira 2.0? And are there any types of objects that are not accessible?

A: BW4HANA is also supported by Lumira 2.0 discovery and designer


Q: can an interaction in 1 chart impact another chart

A:  currently not possible with the discovery client with 2.0 version. You can select filter in each visualization, the whole pages or multiple pages


Q: Can we do conditional formatting on cross tab/charts

A: this should be possible. It is available now on Lumira 1.x.


Q:  Will there be new features added to the “Geo Map” visualization in SAP Lumira 2.0? For example, will flow arrows between data points be a feature?

A: Not planned for 2.0

Q: Does it support publishing on BW Platform at all?

A: on the BI platform


Q: Hi, when combining data from a live BW source and a csv file are combined, is the result then stored in-memory? Can be quite a lot with live BW data …

A:  Data is loaded onto memory only while working on the document for rest of the time it would be on filesystem


Q:  We have currently licensed DS but not Lumira. What is the license implication when upgrading to Lumira 2.x?

A: You would only be able to use Designer and BI add-on


Q: When is the exact release date for customer. We must make decision based on the release date.

A: RTC planned for Mid-April


Q: We have currently licensed DS but not Lumira. What is the license implication when upgrading to Lumira 2.x?

A: You would only be able to use Designer and BI add-on


Q: Is Lumira Discovery a recommended tool for customers running BW on non-HANA databases? Previously it was only recommended for customer running BW on HANA.

A: It is recommended tool for end user data discovery on BW, HANA, UNX and 3rd party OLTP sources


Q:  Can we exclude data preparation for users

A: will take it as a feedback, not possible in 2.0


Q: What is Lumira 2.x position in connection to BOC? Many icons look similar btw

A:  Lumira 2, x is on-prem offering and BOC is our cloud analytic solution


Q: is there any vision for integrating 2 designers under Lumira 2.0 in one tool?

A:  We would be considering to have one tool with different experience in future releases


Q:  Is SSO available for the live connection to BW in Lumira 2.0?

A:  Yes


Q: we are using Lumira 1.30 – do we need to go to Lumira 1.31 first before we migrate at Lumira 2

A: we plan to support upgrade from 1.30 onwards, so you are good


Q: Will there be a need to uninstall the old BI add ons for DS and Lumira?

A: No, you can upgrade


Q: can we download the 2.0 Lumira as trial version? and start making demos? is it available on sap support portal?

A: It’s not yet released, RTC is planned for Mid-April


Q: Can we have live connection to non-sap data sources?

A: Live connection is supported only for BW and HANA in this release


Q: if integrated to HANA (not Excel) can we also create hierarchies? Right now, only if you download the data you can create hierarchies?

A: Right, we don’t support all enrichment on live connections, plan to enhance in future release


Q: will Design Studio provide the same functionalities as Lumira (e.g. XLS as data source, Geography Hierarchies?)

A: You must use Discovery for data preparation and use prepared data in Designer


Q: You must use Discovery for data preparation and use prepared data in Designer

A:  with in memory engine embedded in tool, the limit would depend only on resources on your system


Q: keeping 2 clients separately will still be confusing to the clients, is there any vision to integrate these 2 tools in one?

A: Yes, we are considering this feedback for future releases


Q:  Does data preparation have to be done with the client

A: Yes, in Lumira 2.0. we plan to deliver it on browser in future release


Q: Do we need new licenses?

A: your existing license entitlement would be respected


Q: Is this exploration view available with all data sources?

A: All Imported data connections


Q: Will there be Commentary functionality in Lumira 2.0 with security restrictions?

A: Planned for future releases


Q: can Lumira 2.X be installed on citrix server?

A: Yes


Q: From a License and Support POV, as a current LUMIRA customer – is LUMIRA 2.0 DESIGNER version a “legal successor” for upgrades to the new client …?

A: Yes, existing license entitlement would be respected


Q: Will Lumira 2.0 Q3 release support Linux server?

A:  would support Linux with Lumira 2.0 GA


In-Depth Learning at ASUG Annual Conference


For hands-on with SAP Lumira 2.0 consider joining us at ASUG Annual Conference on Monday, May 15:

SAP BusinessObjects Portfolio: What’s New in SAP BusinessObjects Lumira 2.0, SAP BusinessObjects Lumira Discovery, and SAP BusinessObjects Cloud Hands-on Workshop

See Jump Start ASUG Annual Conference 2017 with SAP Lumira 2.0 BusinessObjects Cloud Pre-conference

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Nice blog Tammy 🙂

      Please note, the recording of the "SAP BusinessObjects Lumira 2.0 Preview" webinar from the Lumira Expert Series on March 29th can be found here.


      Author's profile photo Jason Scanlon
      Jason Scanlon


      I currently have the most recent version of Lumira Designer. I cannot find the standard export application that is in Design Studio. Is this something that is coming soon in releases? I am also connected to a BI Platform, and i have no publish ability. Is this expected functionality?

      Thank you,



      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Jason, you are in Beta or Early Adopter Care; please contact your SAP point of contact for this - there should be materials available for you

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Tammy

      Can I open design studio 1.6 boards in Lumira Designer?

      Thank You,



      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Sebastian - see Figure 30 here:

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Tammy


      Tell me why the import and live connections BW and HANA, what´s the difference in Lumira 2.0?



      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Hi- one is acquiring the data into memory (faster) while the other is a live connection (not as fast) - you may want to ask any future questions at

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      Former Member

      "A:  would support Linux with Lumira 2.0 GA"

      Hi Tammy,

      do you have an update when the Linux version (Lumira 2.0 server) will be shipped?

      ... as prelim. or GA version




      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      Please see this blog - planned for August 21, subject to change

      You can also ask SAP in person at this webcast on Aug 31 Yes, Lumira 2.0 is GA

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      OK, I'm trying again, I got a site error the first time I tried to reply

      See this blog: - August 21 is planned GA, subject to change

      You can also sign up for this webcast on August 31 -  Yes, Lumira 2.0 is GA to ask SAP in person

      Author's profile photo chandra koduri
      chandra koduri

      Nice blog Tommy

      Author's profile photo Simon Mac
      Simon Mac


      Hi Tammy,


      Who could I talk to about the ESRI capabilities built in to Lumira 2.0? Does this simply enable the user to display the 4 standard map types or with an ARCGIS corporate account, is the user able to access their corporate maps and data layers?

      Are there any materials available specifically related to Geo coding / Maps functionality & ESRI?