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How to Detect BPC Risk in SAP Access Control

Discover how to detect cross-system risk between SAP ERP and SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC). See how BPC task profiles map to business functions and understand how to create cross-system connector groups and assign appropriate connectors to that group. Key Concept Cross-system groups logically define what connectors are involved in cross-system risk analysis. Task...

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Decoding Sales Order Statuses in Financial Reporting

Exactly what controls the status indicators of a sales order? Follow a step-by-step order-to-cash process and see exactly when and how sales order statuses are set in sales and distribution. Key Concept Document status fields are coded to represent the current state of a document. They are single-length character data elements (i.e., fields), and at…...

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How to Use ABC-XYZ Classification in SCM 7.0, Enhancement Package 2

Find out how to harness the ABC-XYZ functionality of SCM 7.0, enhancement package 2 to automate classification of products and optimization of statistical forecast model selection according to historical sales value and the products’ value volatility. Follow 6 steps to set up SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) Demand Planning for product classification and forecast…...

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Using SAP Lumira Desktop in Combination with SAP BW Queries

With the latest release of SAP Lumira Desktop, you can now connect directly from SAP Lumira Desktop to your SAP BW system using BEx Query connectivity. Learn the steps required to connect to SAP BW using this new option and see how your existing metadata is supported by SAP Lumira. Key Concept Until recently, SAP…...

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Ingo Hilgefort
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Ingo Hilgefort started his career in 1999 with Seagate Software/Crystal Decisions as a trainer and consultant. He moved to Walldorf for Crystal Decisions at the end of 2000, and worked with the SAP NetWeaver BW development team integrating Crystal Reports with SAP NetWeaver BW. He then relocated to Vancouver in 2004, and worked as a product manager/program manager (in engineering) on the integration of BusinessObjects products with SAP products. Ingo's focus is now on the integration of the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite with  SAP landscapes, such as SAP BW and SAP BW on SAP HANA, focusing on end-to-end integration scenarios. In addition to his experience as a product manager and in his engineering roles, Ingo has been involved in architecting and delivering deployments of SAP BusinessObjects software in combination with SAP software for a number of global customers, and has been recognized by the SAP Community as an SAP Mentor for SAP BusinessObjects- and SAP integration-related topics. Currently, Ingo is the Vice President of Product Management and Product Strategy at Visual BI Solutions, working on extensions to SAP’s product offering such as SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio and SAP Lumira. You may follow him on Twitter at @ihilgefort.



Support Test Planning During the Blueprint Phase with Transaction Variants

During the business blueprint phase, variations in business processes are identified. How these variations affect end-to-end test scenarios is information that is often lost between the design phase and integration testing. Using transaction variants is a way to get a jump start on end-to-end integration test design. Key Concept Transaction variants are one way to…...

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Scheduling Reports and Using Events in BusinessObjects 4.0

BusinessObjects 4.0 includes functionality that allows users to schedule Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports documents, refresh them automatically, and send them to specific destinations. In addition, the events feature controls the execution of reports by waiting until a trigger within the system is fired. Learn how to use all these features to save time, effort,…...

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SAP Lumira – An Introduction

Last year SAP enhanced their tool called Visual Intelligence and made it much more user friendly. In general, the graphs became more advanced, while the self-service data visualization development effort was simplified. They also renamed the tool Lumira. In this blog I’ll take a quick look at some of the features of this tool and provide a couple of demos.

 

Overview

Basically, SAP Lumira enables business users to access, transform, and visualize data of any size in a repeatable and self-service manner. The tool emphasizes a simple user-friendly interface and creates very captivating visualizations which allow users to swiftly analyze data without the need for scripting.

SAP Lumira’s drag-and-drop interface is easy to become familiar with, and with a few clicks data from multiple sources can be gathered, combined, and visualized. After the tool is installed and system access is setup, training is really not needed, but some basics by someone who knows the tool can be helpful.

SAP Lumira’s capabilities include:

  • Maximizing business knowledge by integrating wide-scale insights and drill-down to granular details
  • Accelerating decision-making with immediate fact-based solutions to intricate business questions by avoiding list tables and fixed format reports. Interaction is key.
  • Increasing self-service data usage without increasing the workload of the IT department
  • Visualizing any amount of data in real time using SAP HANA and simple deployment to mobile devices.  

The Different Versions and Capabilities

Currently there are two versions of SAP Lumira that are available; SAP Lumira Standard Edition which must be purchased and SAP Lumira Personal Edition which is free to download and explore:

 

Feature Comparison

SAP Lumira Standard Edition

SAP Lumira Personal Edition

Connect to database servers

X

X

Manipulate and transform data

X

X

Use Excel and CSV data sources

X

X

Share data sets using BO Explorer*

X

 

Use SAP HANA to analyze live data

X

 

Visually navigate data using interactive charts and maps

X

 

*Included in SAP Crystal Server named user license




SAP Lumira Cloud

SAP Lumira Cloud enables the use of self-service BI in a secure cloud environment, including the capability to access, visualize, and share data without IT assistance. This solution empowers users to explore information and expose insights with the ease of drag-and-drop. Flexible and ‘budget-conscious’ licensing options are available toward rapid cloud deployment.

The benefits of the cloud environment include reducing the amount of time that it takes to access and upload data from numerous resources, and the ability to expand self-service BI consumption with flexible accessibility at any time and on any device. Furthermore, no software or hardware is necessary to get up and running quickly.

Data Visualization

Naturally the visual options are the real reason why you might want to start using Lumira. This is where the tool excels. It has much more graphical features than most of its industry competitors, and complex graphing with 3-dimensions, heat, and bubble charts are standard. Also included is the capability to easily create map-based charts using geolocational data to view your information by country, state, county, city, etc. with the ability to drill down by merely clicking within the map. 

Lumira also provides the ability to add text, images, shapes, pictograms, and input controls via simple drag-and-drop functionality. The extremely clean and highly intuitive interface makes creating visually pleasing and informative charts easy for end-users, no matter their experience level.

A powerful element within Lumira is the Infographic. This can be utilized to create highly visual, non-interactive narratives, such as newsletters, which can be effortlessly absorbed by the viewer at a glance.

 

Data Preparation

The basic idea of the tool is that Lumira will lower IT time and costs by allowing end-users the ability to easily prepare data themselves. For example, users can add formulas, create time and geographical hierarchies, merge data sets, create measures, clean and format data, and more – all in simple steps, without the use of code or scripts.

Sharing Capabilities

To support BI self-service, accessibility, and collaboration, Lumira offers multiple, simple  to use options for sharing documents and datasets. Currently, both Lumira files and datasets can be published to Lumira Cloud, Lumira Server, or the SAP BI server.  In addition, you can also export datasets as a local file or publish them to SAP HANA, Explorer, or StreamWork. The following screen shots capture the options:

 

Example of a completed Lumira file, viewed within the Compose screen and on Lumira Cloud:

Summary

While the tool was initially based on ‘Visual Intelligence’, and is in its first release, it is really a solid tool that SAP has brought to market here. Best of all, it is truly a low-cost, yet powerful tool for end-users and it brings user-friendliness, a short learning curve, and highly flexible sharing capabilities, while decreasing dependency upon and freeing up resources within the IT organization.

So, go-ahead and unlock the power of your data by creating beautiful J visualizations. If you want to learn more take a look at a couple of more in-depth demo of the tool that we created:







End-to-End Business Process Test Planning and Management in Solution Manager 7.1

Solution Manager 7.1 has some new features to help you perform end-to-end testing with or without advanced test automation and management tools. Testing plans, test packages, email notifications, and work centers help you plan, execute, and manage testing for your SAP solution. Key Concept Solution Manager test planning and management provides reusable test assets for…...

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How DRP Stability Rules Reduce Supplier Schedule Variability

Reducing supplier schedule variability is critical to reducing total supply chain costs for the aftermarket service parts industry. Learn how distribution requirements planning (DRP) stability rules in SAP Service Parts Planning (SPP) can reduce schedule variability and optimize planning from order to delivery. Learn how to configure DRP stability rules. Key Concept Supply chain schedule…...

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