Lumira 2.1 - next generation analytics

SAP Lumira and SAP design Studio will converge into SAP Lumira 2.0

SAP Lumira 2.0 - convergence of SAP Lumira and SAP design Studio

Creating the most powerful visualization component in the market
SAP Lumira and SAP Design Studio converge into ONE tool

SAP recently announced the convergence of SAP Lumira and SAP Design Studio into ONE tool. The announcement is in light of the SAP simplification program. I think this is great news bringing a visualization tool that combines both self-service analytics with professional and authored dashboarding. This combination is second to none, and will be hard to beat in the analytics market offerings: it will be the only single solution for both data discovery and data-blending, combined with enterpirse, managed dashboarding.

Today there is already the possibility to export Design Studio content to Lumira: a use case could be a user reviewing his shop performance insights with Design Studio. This user can filter, sort and slice and dice with his data. However, the moment that the user wants to blend his shop performance data with for example wheather reports (to see if the wheater influences shop performance), he needs to export his Design Studio data onto Lumira. In Lumira one can blend the data with other data (i.e. wheater info). The interaction the other way around - bringing a Lumira storyboard directly into Design Studio - is not possible today. After the announced convergence between SAP Lumira and SAP Design Studio, it is !

New: SAP Lumira 2.1 Designer & Discovery tech page

Below is an overview of the announcement with a number of key highlights:

  • Lumira and Design Studio will share ONE combined server add-in

  • 2 desktop clients optimized for different personas

  • Design Studio gains offline BW connectivity on top of the online BW connectivity

  • Lumira gains online BW connectivity (enheriting it from DS) on top of the offline connectivity

  • no license impact

  • rampup in April - 2017 and GA July - 2017

  • the name will be SAP Lumira 2.0


I have seen some first cut demo's and the Lumira 2.0 product looks very nice. Fiori based user interface with full re-usable components (imagine a footer that is always the same in all your dashboards; one can re-use it), embedded and clustered ESRI and many, many more. The number of embedded templates allows to create a self-service enterprise dashboard with full detail in a matter of minutes.

Lumira 2.0 was highlighted at the recent SAP TechEd event. The presentation used can be found here. The latest roadmap discussing Lumira 2.0 and how it fits in the broader SAP Business Intelligence strategy, is available here.

Want to play around with a very nice example including a downloadable Lumira 2.1 LUMX file? Of course you want ... go here.



the appetite to go beyond and beyond 

Inherit each others strong points


There is lots to like as you can see in below video, but if I can take out two:

  • What basically happened in Lumira 2.0 is that Lumira and Design Studio inherit each others strong points. Where Lumira 1.3x didn't have a live connection to SAP BW and Design Studio could, Lumira 2.0 now lets the user choose between a live (data stays in BW) or an off-line connection. The same applies for connecting to SAP HANA.

  • Interoperability: A story board with blended data created in Discovery is brought to Designer with a single-click to professionalize it into a enterprise dashboard. In other words: business users who create their necessary insights can have these promoted towards and enterprise dashboard in an extremely easy way.


Luckily Lumira 2.0 still has the even stunning as simple 4-way approach to get to an insight:

  1. connect & acquire

  2. enrich & prepare

  3. visualize & create a story board

  4. share


The architecture is driven by the previous SAP Design Studio engine and provides two user interface:

  1. SAP Lumira 2.0 Discovery to do ad hoc data discovery & visualization, and create & share storyboards

  2. SAP Lumira 2.0 Designer for professionalized enterprise dashboards, bearing one can re-use the Discovery storyboards very easily using the interoperability

The information consumer (read: 90% of your user community, accesses and interacts with both via a regular browser.

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The interoperability between Discovery and Designer makes SAP Lumira 2.0 the most capable data discovery and self-service analytics tool on the market. Quickly pimp a storyboard or professionalize a mock-up into an enterprise wide authored dashboard


With SAP Lumira 2.0 it is now possible either have a live connection to SAP BW or an offline connection. With a live connection the data stays in SAP BW and is not replicated, opposite to the offline connection. The live connection makes SAP Lumira 2.0 a great tool to browse and analyse SAP BW.

SAP Lumira 2.0 Discovery offers great flexibility when it comes to data exploration. Everything is in one screen now with a dramatically refines grid. All right-hand click menu's make visualizations easy. 




the fidget in me of not being able to sleep or rest before that one idea is being worked out 


Roadmap Lumira 2.0

How Lumira 2.0 fits in the broader SAP Business Intelligence strategy

Below you can find the public roadmpa on SAP Lumira 2.0. Most recently SAP already published an outlook on the SAP Lumira 2.1 release which we can expect later in Q4-2017. You can find that outlook using this link.