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Book Report: SAP Lumira, Designer Edition

Source: SAP Press
This is a new SAP Press book over 750 pages long!  It takes some time to read.   You can browse a preview here.  You can also review a report on the new SAP Press Lumira Discovery book here.  This is another book by Xavier Hacking  along with co-authors Dwain Chang and Jeroen van der A.Speaking for myself, I recommend buying a hard-copy of the book.  It is far more technical than Lumira Discovery, and for me it was easier to consume in hard back.  The book covers end to end Lumira Designer, including IBCS principles, visualization best practices, planning, SDK, mobile and more.

Where possible, I encourage you to have the book open along with Lumira Designer and follow along.  Ideally please use Lumira Designer 2.1 when starting the book.

If you are new to Lumira Designer or Design Studio, this book is a good start for you.  Since the book is a good size, you may want to take your time in reviewing it as I did.

This is a sample of the basic layout, and I have total hours calculated in the title.The book also draws attention to features I hadn’t considered:


Source: SAP Press

You can send your application BI platform version to a mobile device.


I also played with the modified click through from graph to cross tab:

I used the NetWeaver demo data source

var currentMembers = CHART_1.getSelectedMembers("0D_NW_REGIO");
if (currentMembers.length > 0) {

DS_1.setFilter("0D_NW_REGIO", currentMembers);



I modified the code for my data source:

I also followed along with the tabstrip button navigation:

var tabnumber=TABSTRIP_1.getSelectedTabIndex();

if (tabnumber==4)



} else{

TABSTRIP_1.setSelectedTabIndex(tabnumber +1);



There is a chapter on CSS guidelines (must read) and chapters on performance.   I encourage everyone with CSS questions to read the book.  I did skip the planning and SDK chapters, as I am not using that functionality.


There are chapters on building a sales application and KPI application that you can follow step-by-step.  So this is a nice complementary offering to the free Open SAP course on Lumira.  You can also.  The book also comes with application samples from BW on HANA.  The appendix is fun, as it covers little-know features such as the “Math Component”.


I encourage you to check it out.  ASUG members receive a discount, learn more here 


Please join ASUG for this upcoming related webcast:

And, join us June 4 for Jump Start ASUG Annual Conference 2018 SAPPHIRENOW with SAP Analytics Cloud/ Lumira Designer Session

See 2018 ASUG Annual Conference BI Brochure

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