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Overview of SAP BI Tool Convergence (with Focus on Lumira Roadmap)


SAP’s visualization offerings have evolved over the past 2 decades. Going from desktop-installed, flat-file based dashboarding to browser-based, cloud integrated solutions. Because there’s such a wide selection of products, we’ve heard that customers can use some clarity on the intersecting product roadmaps. To help clear things up a bit, we’ll provide some perspectives on two editions of SAP Lumira: 1) SAP Lumira Discovery Edition and, 2) SAP Lumira Designer Edition. These two tools provide different approaches to data visualization and data discovery. In this blog, we’ll cover the key features and benefits of these two tools, recent enhancements, a historical overview, and an explanation of SAP’s plans for these two products.

Lumira Future Plans

SAP plans to have Lumira Designer as their flagship application for development of dashboarding solutions. Lumira Designer edition is still planning to be supported through at least 2024 and receive development with Lumira 2.X. Lumira Discovery on the other hand will slowly become deprecated with minimal development happening in 2018 to 2019 and stoppage of full support in 2024. Lumira Discovery is not seen as SAP’s flagship data discovery tool. SAP is planning to end development for Lumira Discovery in the far-off future. SAP currently sees Analytics Cloud as the future of data discovery and the product will be the flagship tool for that solution. This is not to say though that Lumira Discovery should not be considered as a data discovery solution. If a business has a decent investment into Business Objects and other SAP products, there are scenarios where Lumira Discovery can still be used as a primary data discovery solution. Lumira Designer and Discovery’s compatibility benefits is one example why a business would choose to use Lumira Discovery. This feature can be very useful at times, particularly when you need to share work between the two applications. This is something that is only available with Lumira Discovery.

Below is SAP’s BI Convergence strategy (as of September 2018):

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Version history of Lumira since the release of Lumira Discovery & Designer Editions (including future releases):

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SAP Lumira Product Roadmap:

Lumira Designer edition is still planning to be supported through at least 2024 and receive development with Lumira 2.X. Lumira Discovery on the other hand will become deprecated with minimal development happening in 2018 to 2019 and stoppage of full support in 2024. Yet, this doesn’t mean more functionality will not be added to Lumira Discovery.

SAP is currently placing an enormous amount of resources into the next generation of analytical tools, specifically SAP Analytics Cloud. If you are not interested or don’t have the resources to move to the cloud, Lumira Discovery is still a viable data discovery tool for Business Intelligence. SAP is looking to make sharing dashboards and data discovery possible between Lumira Discovery and Analytics Cloud with the ability to move objects between the two. Moving forward, Lumira Discovery will be more oriented towards standalone Business Intelligence users looking for a more flexible analytics solution.

SAP has made it simple to deploy Analytics Cloud on top of your current systems. Analytics Cloud has been created to be integratable and can connect to over 200 SAP and non-SAP sources, to establish a single point of truth for data. Organizations can now connect millions of users at once allowing for better collaboration and business solutions using accurate insights and analytics. Analytics Cloud can be deployed quickly without taking huge amounts of resources in its support and maintenance. Analytics Cloud provides a lot of planning and predictive features that many tools do not have, and even has excel like capabilities as well. SAP has put a lot of time into this product and is a tool worth looking into.

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To learn more about the future of SAP Lumira and Discovery Products and how it fits into your roadmap, read our recent whitepaper.


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