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Deep Dive into SAP Lumira Discovery Edition

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

For this blog to we will be discussing SAP Lumira Discovery edition and what we can do. Lumira Discovery allows users to create business intelligence visualizations and manipulate large amounts of data for better decision making. Lumira Discovery is a part of the SAP BusinessObjects software package, paired with Lumira Designer. In this section we’ll cover the history of the tool, recent updates, and benefits.

Lumira Discovery has come a long way as a powerful Business Intelligence tool from its original launch as “SAP Visual Intelligence” in 2012. When SAP Lumira first launched over six years ago, the software could only use SAP HANA as a data source making its functionality as a versatile data manipulation and visualization tool limited to only HANA database users. In 2013, SAP Visual Intelligence went through a re-brand to what we know today as SAP Lumira Discovery. This included extra functionality of being able to use Excel and CSV files as data sources.

In 2015 the visualization market became competitive with big releases from companies like Tableau and Domo. In result SAP made a transition to make Lumira into a software as a service package which has evolved into today’s SAP Analytics Cloud.

In early 2018, SAP made the announcement to stop all future development of Lumira Discovery to simplify their Data Analytics portfolio. SAP Lumira Discovery will have minimal development in 2019 and support will end in 2024. The future of SAP Analytics resources and all future developments has now changed direction to SAP Analytics Cloud. Which integrates with both on-premise and cloud-base sources and applications. Yet,Lumira Discovery still stands as an established data manipulation and visualization tool. With plenty of functionality for Business Intelligence solutions.

(To learn more about SAP Analytics Cloud and how it can support your business, please read our blog post “Is SAP Analytics Cloud Right For You?)

Despite the eventual phase-out of Lumira Discovery, there are still advantages to using the software. One of the key benefits of Lumira Discovery is the ability to get data from a variety of data sources. Such as SAP Business Warehouse, SAP HANA, and on-premise, cloud, and streaming services. Lumira Discovery can then gather BI Insights from these consolidated data sources. By being able to have join data all under one platform. Users can make ad-hoc visualizations and dashboards with large amounts of data to give insight to better decisions.

SAP Lumira Discovery is also already well established, meaning that there is currently a wide range of data source drivers available for out of the box use today. Also, it’s able to connect to “generic” external data sources using JDBC’s and ODATA API’s with some extra configuration. This allows users to connect to trusted data sources and acquire, manipulate, and merge data or query data from live connections.

Insights can be visualized as stories and shared with other business users. SAP Lumira Discovery can also integrate with the SAP BusinessObjects BI. This allows users to share stories and dashboards between the two platforms for business end users. Another feature is the ability to merge data from many sources using joins if the datasets have a shared key dimension between them. After the merge, the additional columns will be added to the original dataset.

Additional Advantages:
  • Business users can help rapidly prototype dashboards.
  • Organically created visualizations can be easily promoted to enterprise grade analytic applications.
  • The discovery component can be used to create data mashups that provide the data for analytic applications in the designer component.
  • Most visualizations created with the discovery component support offline access in the SAP BusinessObjects Mobile app.
  • The discovery component supports end-user access to relational data from the SAP BusinessObjects Universe.
  • The SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform can be used to create a brand new Lumira document from scratch – but only against HANA online data sources. No need to use any desktop software.

The current version of SAP Lumira Discovery is version 2.0.2. In addition to small usability and GUI updates there have been some major overhauls from the 1.X to 2.X versions. Some of the major updates include being able to acquire data through live connectivity options for both SAP HANA and SAP BW and utilize Hadoop and Spark data sources. You are also now able to create a linked analysis in your data visualizations, allowing a more precise in-depth look into your data by multiple visualizations sharing the context of whichever piece of data was clicked. In addition, you are now able to move SAP Lumira Discovery stories, visualizations and data into SAP Lumira Designer. Forecasting has also returned, with the ability to add Time Series charts and the ability to make predictions based on time measures. Additional updates can be found on the infographic below.



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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