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SAP Lumira – How Has Analytics Evolved in SAP?

SAP Lumira – How Has Analytics Evolved in SAP?

Today, the place that analytics has gained in decision-making and becoming a significant component to driving profit is unquestionable. In the past, when business analytics technology was still evolving, there was heavy involvement of technical staff and statistical staff to comprehend all the data and turn it into usable information.  With the advancement in technology, the analytics solutions today are extremely user-friendly and can be used by anyone with little technical expertise with ease.

How advanced is SAP Lumira?

SAP Lumira was initially called SAP Visual Intelligence upon its release in 2012. It ensures that customers can gain insights from trusted enterprise data sources and personal data and share those insights on desktop browsers and mobile devices.

With Lumira’s drag-and-drop interface, business users can transform and visualize data in a repeatable and self-service way. With a few clicks, data from multiple sources can be gathered and combined. You can access stunning visualizations that enable users to quickly analyze data without the need for scripting.

Key trends in the business Value Propositions
Consumerization of Analytics: Customers increasingly expect consistent and engaging user experiences while using analytics SAP Lumira is based on modern UI technologies such as SAPUI5 and is Fiori compliant; it can, therefore, be consumed in browsers of multiple platforms.
Business users aim to explore enterprise and personal data sources to respond to business questions which otherwise cannot be answered from centrally provisioned reports and analyses. Provision of specific tools for business users to create simple dashboards in a self-service manner
Cost Reduction: Integrate optimally into the existing landscape and ensure cost-effective operation of a software solution. Integrates with existing system landscapes and provides scalable, secure and enterprise-ready operation of large analytics deployments

The comparison chart below provides details on the various features included in each edition or version of SAP Lumira software.

Source: SAP

Feature Highlights and Future Roadmap

Though SAP has several other analytics solutions such as SAP Crystal Reports, SAP Design Studio, BI platform, SAP Dashboards, SAP Analysis for Office etc. SAP Lumira has topped several user ratings for being most user-friendly. Lumira has over time integrated with other SAP analytics solutions and the most well-received being SAP Lumira with SAP Design Studio. This combines both self-service analytics with professional and authored dashboarding.

SAP Lumira, discovery edition
SAP Lumira, designer edition
SAP Lumira, server edition
Access to XLSX and CSV files
Access to SAP data sources
Combination and transformation of data
Creation and editing of storyboards
Secure sharing
Web and mobile browser support
Ability to design centrally governable visual analytics content
Broad publication with easy scalability
Integration with SAP BusinessObjects Business intelligence suite
Trial available
Administration stand-alone stand-alone administration console

SAP Design Studio content can be exported to Lumira. For instance, a sports goods shop owner is reviewing her performance insights with Design Studio. This user can filter, sort, slice and dice the data. But if the owner wants to integrate shop performance data with weather reports to see how the weather influences shop performance, she needs to export the SAP Design Studio data to Lumira to blend data. Bringing a Lumira storyboard directly into Design Studio is also possible today.

  • Lumira can present complex graphing with 3D, heat and bubble charts
  • Create map-based charts using geolocational data to view information by country, state, county, city etc. with the ability to drill down by clicking within the map
  • Add text, images, shapes, pictograms, and input controls through simple drag-and-drop functionality
  • Add formulas, create time and geographical hierarchies, merge data sets, create measures, clean and format data without the use of code or scripts
  • Simple options for collaborating, sharing documents and datasets

 As more customers are moving into the cloud for analytics solutions, SAP introduced the SAP Analytics Cloud solution in 2015 as the way forward to combine the functionalities of all major analytics product portfolio. It will function as a self-service platform with native access to SAP S/4HANA, SAP BW/4HANA, SAP HANA, and SAP Cloud Platform. However, SAP will continue to invest in SAP Lumira Discovery and will support SAP Lumira as a part of its BI suite at least until the end of 2024.

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