This blog is part of the Lumira 2.0 launch blog series.

As you know, Lumira 2.0 is an ambitious project to bring together 2 code lines into a single product that can address data discovery and analytic application use cases.

To review, Lumira 2.0 includes 3 separate components:

  • SAP BusinessObjects Lumira, discovery component
  • SAP BusinessObjects Lumira, designer component
  • SAP BusinessObjects Lumira, server version for BI Platform

The discovery component is the successor to Lumira Desktop 1.31.

The designer component is the successor to Design Studio 1.6.

The server version for BI Platform is the successor to BOTH the Lumira Server for BI Platform 1.31 and Design Studio server addon 1.6.

So for the desktop clients, it’s pretty straightforward:

  • If your license entitles you to Lumira Desktop 1.x, you get the discovery component.
  • If your license entitles you to Design Studio 1.x, you get the designer component.

But what about the server version of 2.0? We are bringing together 2 sets of customers with 2 different license entitlements onto a single component.

Before we made any decisions about how to handle this, we established a few principles to guide our decisions:

By taking a use case approach, we are able to ensure continuity of functionality that is in line with what customers expect while protecting the investment of existing Lumira customers.

One thing you may notice here is the mention of ‘managed data discovery’ and ‘modern self service data discovery’. What do we mean by that?

  • Managed data discovery requires IT to perform initial setup – such as creating a Universe, creating a BW query, configuring the connection from Explorer to these managed data sources.
  • Self-service data discovery aligns with Gartner’s definition of modern BI, which allows a business user to complete the entire BI workflow without assistance from IT including data access and data preparation.

Now that we have established our use cases, we can align them with product entitlements:

This table shows how Lumira 1.x customers continue to be entitled to server features that supports the self service data discovery use case, while we are creating use-case appropriate restrictions on single Lumira 2.0 server that narrows the functionality to just what is required to support enterprise dashboards, analytic applications and managed data exploration functionality.

This also significantly simplifies our BI solution portfolio and provides a clear licensing path forward for customers that own licenses to any of the following products:

  • SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards (Xcelsius)
  • SAP BusinessObjects Explorer
  • SAP BusinessObjects Lumira 1.x
  • SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.x

We have literally hundreds of legacy material codes that include these licenses that needed to be updated to include Lumira 2.0. Once Lumira 2.0 hits the general availability milestone, you should be able to download the components you are entitled to.

If you have specific questions regarding the license entitlements for the licenses you own today, please contact your partner or SAP account executive. As every contract is different, I can only provide generic answers here.

What to do next

In the next months, you’ll be hearing many more details on SAP BusinessObjects Lumira. I’ve personally briefed many many customers and user groups on the solution, and the interest has been nothing short of inspiring! While you eagerly wait for more details, here are a few key activities you can start to get ready.

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  1. Francisco Almeida

    Thank you for the post, Blair. The information is particularly relevant for Customers who own Design Studio/Xcelsius licences, but not Lumira. The table you put together is really interesting, but more details would definitely be welcomed.

    As per said table, Customers in the situation described above would be entitled to use Lumira Designer, but not “create or modify Lumira documents (…) on the server”. Does that mean these Customers can create Lumira Designer applications/dashboards, but not share them on the server? Or does that limitation only applies to Lumira Discovery objects?

    It would be really important to understand what the impact on Design Studio (but not Lumira) Customers would be if they decided to upgrade to Lumira 2.x.

     

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

      Thanks for the question – here’s the XC/DS details.

      Neither XC or Design Studio has ever had the ability to create a new dashboard from scratch on the server. All workflows need to start with the desktop and publishing to the server. Those capabilities and limitations continue with Lumira 2.0 for these customers who are NOT entitled to ‘full’ Lumira.

      Sharing dashboards / templates on the server is core functionality for both products so that continues in Lumira 2.0.

      Self-service data discovery workflows like data preparation and creating new documents on the server require a ‘full’ Lumira license.

      Thanks, Blair

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      1. Mustafa Bensan

        Hi Blair,

        Regarding the statement:

        “Neither XC or Design Studio has ever had the ability to create a new dashboard from scratch on the server. All workflows need to start with the desktop and publishing to the server.”

        I think there might be some terminology confusion here about what was previously known as Lumira Server for publishing Lumira 1.x documents versus the current Design Studio 1.x “server” publishing capability.

         

        At the moment Design Studio 1.x DOES support the ability to create a new dashboard from scratch on the BusinessObjects BI Platform Server by logging onto Design Studio 1.x in BI Platform Mode instead of Local Mode.  So presumably, customers who currently only have a Design Studio 1.x license will still continue to be able to create/edit/publish new documents directly to the BI Platform Server (i.e. the BI Launchpad) when they upgrade to Lumira Designer 2.0.  Would that be an accurate interpretation?

         

        Thanks,

        Mustafa.

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        1. Blair Wheadon Post author

          You’re still logging on to the platform from the desktop client.

          Certainly by using the desktop client of Design Studio & Lumira designer customers can continue to create / edit / publish new documents to the BIP.

          My point is they cannot create from scratch on the BIP without Lumira designer.

          Thanks, Blair

           

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  2. Martin Stillnerus

    Hi,

    Thanks for the post. I’ve been waiting to get som more details regarding the licensing conversion. Let me give you a real life example and se where that lands. If a customer has:
    – 50 CS  (concurrent sessionbased) SAP BO BI, Edge (that includes Design Studio 1.x)
    – 5 CS Lumira, edge edition
    – 5 Lumira, desktop edition licesens (named users)

    Will that customer be able to:
    1.a) Create a Lumira document in Lumira 2.0 desktop, publish it on BO Edge Server (using the lumira desktop license).
    1.b) Consume the published lumira document (using SAP BO BI, Edge licenses that includes Design Studio)?

    //Martin

     

     

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    1. Blair Wheadon Post author

       

      Hi Martin,

      Edge is one of those ‘corner cases’. When we originally released Lumira Server, Edge did not include it. Instead we sold Lumira Server to Edge customers with the Lumira Edge add-on.

      Later, we simplified things and decided to include Lumira Server in Edge.

      So the answer to 1b) depends on which material code of Edge is owned. It may be one of those Edge versions that now includes Lumira Server. If you email me the specific material code I can give you the definitive answer.

      The answer to 1a) is yes.

      Thanks, Blair

       

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