Rod Stewart’s 1987 song, “Some guys have all the luck,” definitely applies to me. Since a few weeks ago, I have been using a pre-release of SAP BusinessObjects Lumira 2.0, and to end this review with my conclusion—it’s good … very, very good!

The convergence of SAP BusinessObjects Lumira 1.3x and SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio was already announced last year. SAP’s simplification program also applies to analytics, and its decision to combine the self-service SAP BusinessObjects  Lumira component with the managed dashboarding capabilities of SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio, is as understandable as it is valuable. To obey SAP Digital Transformation agility requirements, BI modal architectures that pin IT-centric platform delivery towards Line of Business responsiveness are a necessity. 

Enterprises are torn between running their business in a stable environment versus reacting quickly to changes in market dynamics. As such, it made sense to converge the two offerings and make the “bridge” of data discovery and managed dashboarding in one tool with consistent experience and capabilities for both IT and business users. Now, business users can personalize enterprise dashboards, while IT and power users can promote business user visualizations into enterprise dashboards. Nice!!

 The new product is named SAP BusinessObjects Lumira 2.0 and is expected to be generally available in July 2017. The new product has one combined server and two desktops, named respectively Designer and Discovery, and all fully (!) governed. The information consumer accesses via a browser.

Inherit Each Other’s Strong Points

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

  • In the convergence, the two solutions inherit each other’s strong points. Whereas SAP BusinessObjects Lumira 1.3x didn’t have a live connection to SAP Business Warehouse and SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio did, SAP BusinessObjects Lumira 2.0 now lets the user choose between a live (data stays in SAP Business Warehouse) 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, SAP BusinessObjects Lumira 2.0 still has the stunningly simple, 4-way approach to get to an insight:

  1. Connect & acquire
  2. Enrich & prepare
  3. Visualize & create a story board
  4. Share

Interoperability between SAP BusinessObject Lumira 2.0 Discovery and Designer

One of the key objectives for SAP when developing SAP BusinessObjects Lumira 2.0 was to ensure interoperability between end-user data discovery and ICT professionalized dash boards. It applies to the BI Modal architectures. And did SAP ever succeed! See in this video how easy it is to bring a Discovery storyboard into Designer and quickly pimp it. Wonderful.

Live Connectivity to SAP Business Warehouse for Discovery and Designer

My personal favorite is the new live connectivity to SAP Business Warehouse that applies to both the Discovery as the Designer component. Now all your SAP Business Warehouse data is available for full data discovery and insights. Create your storyboard with a live connection in Discovery and easily professionalize in Designer. That’s the way to go!

Countless Features and Functions

 The list of new features and functions is countless—yet, let me provide you with some of them that made me smile. Here, I focus on SAP BusinessObjects Lumira 2.0 Discovery. In the next article, I will focus on SAP BusinessObjects Lumira 2.0 Designer

All starting points as sources, connections, local, and platform documents in one screen:

  • Enrich, visualize a story and share in one screen
  • Right click enabled for all components
  • Simple converting charts to dual axis charts
  • Filters on storylevel, page level and (!) individual chart/grap level; mulitiple filter conditions
  • Drag and drop filters to create input controls; measure slider & date picker
  • Drillable cross-tabs with full drag/drop/swap function; scaling factors for measures
  • Options for showing labels as value, percentage or both
  • Increasing and decreasing color customization for waterfalls
  • Smoothen line option for line charts
  • Drill operations on custom and level based (SAP HANA Live) hierarchies
  • Additional aspect ratios for better rendering
  • Copy/paste graphs/charts for re-usability
  • Better bookmarking

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This post originally appeared on Iver van de Zand’s blog  and has been republished with permission. Connect with him here, on his blog, or on Twitter at @IvervandeZand