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Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas

Book Report – SAP Lumira, Discovery Edition

So this past week I finished reading the new SAP Press book SAP Lumira, Discovery Edition.  I read the electronic version which was 501 pages long.  You can read a sample here.




Source: SAP Press


I have followed both authors, Xavier Hacking  and Martijn van Foeken  on social media for a while now.  Additionally Martijn van Foeken has written some nice SAP Community blogs in the past so you know he knows BI.  Also interesting about him is that he has a family with three children – really amazing he found time to write a book.


The book is comprehensive, whether you are getting started with Lumira Discovery or you think you know it – you will learn something.  I had the electronic version of the book open while I followed along the examples in the book.


The book covers licensing (not an easy topic for this product) and troubleshooting.


Source: SAP Press

Above shows the license options; I always thought Lumira Desktop referred to version 1.31 but no it is the license/version that allows you to connect to BW, whereas the standard edition does not (e.g. you purchased Discovery from SAP Store).


SAP Press supplies the data files so you can follow along the book:


Above is the auto customer example from the book, and the snapshot of me following along.


The book covers calculations such as the one above.


You can use the “+” next to the possible dimensions to be added to the axes.


Where you right-click on the context menu is important


I forgot about the enable ad-hoc analysis feature.  This is a nice useful feature to learn from the book.




If you click the right arrow on the enable ad-hoc analysis feature you see the pop-up above.  I didn’t know about this.


You can have fun with Marimekko charts


I do like the tag cloud that comes with Lumira.  It also shows a lot of movies I haven’t seen yet.


The book also covers the BI platform, differences in live data options, mobile options and more.  I encourage you to check it out.  ASUG members receive a discount, learn more here 


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Note: this is cross-posted from here.

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      Former Member

      Great post and n these book are also awesome. Thanks mate

      Author's profile photo Paul Hardy
      Paul Hardy

      Fascinating stuff.

      Back at TechEd 2015 there was an evening session I went to about Lumira, it was all about using cutting edge technology to save the world, and had free food and beer, not that the latter influenced me in the slightest.

      The business benefit is crystal clear - to try and make some sense out of vast amounts of data and present it in a way it makes sense - hence the "story" concept, and the ever popular "a picture is worth a thousand words".

      The only trouble is, that SAP has struggled to fight off competitors in this area such as Tableau, and recently announced that no further development effort would be put into Lumira and it would go into "maintenance mode" (i.e it is on the slow road to death) which i am sure some people were disappointed with.