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Are non-sap data sources available for lumira designer 2.0

Aug 15, 2017 at 10:45 PM


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It appears that we are only entitled to use lumira 2.0 designer. We don't have a license for lumira 2.0 developer unless were willing to pay a bazillion dollars for it. Anyway..

I think lumira 2.0 designer is limited to Bex quieries and Universes but I can't find any documentation on this. Can it read excel files and more importantly can it access Oracle or SQL server database connections directly? Is it similar to webi in that one can use free hand sql?

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Martin Pankraz Aug 16, 2017 at 06:54 AM

Hi Jayme,

Lumira Designer (formerly DesignStudio) can also consume Hana Views in addition to the data sources you mentioned. Apart from that there is a data source SDK that allows to integrate with any web service based data source you can think of. Of course that involves developments.

You might also consider using BO Universes to integrate the databases you mentioned (Oracle, SQL Server etc.). Free hand SQL is on the road map for Lumira designer as far as I know. There is no specific data source for Excel files. Depending on your backend version (BW on Hana or S4) you might want to look into BW workspaces to upload your excel data directly into the reporting layer using Analysis for Office.

The DesignStudio SDK community offers some more data sources like CSV that you can look into.

Lumira Designer is the dashboarding and web application partner in the Lumira-team next to the ad-hoc analysis part called Lumira Discovery (formerly Lumira). So make sure to pick the right tool for the right task.

Kind regards


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Henry Banks
Aug 16, 2017 at 08:44 AM


just to clarify again, Lumira 2.0 has two components: 1) “Discovery” and 2) “Designer”.

(1) is for end-user-driven data exploration, agile visualizations & storyboards.

(2) is for IT-designed analysis applications .

.. not quite sure where your "developer" tag came from?

but yeah, you're right - your current licensing might not suddenly enable access to the 2 tools.

Regards, H

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Jayme MacDonald Aug 18, 2017 at 05:52 PM

Thanks for the info. My mistake, I meant discovery vs developer.

Unfortunately, as we have access to design studio now, we have looked into lumira 1.x but its too much money. As a result, based on what we can currently do, it appears licensing would prevent us from gaining access to lumira 2.0 discovery. We have chosen not to use designer for a couple of reasons. SAP Dashboards was not successfull here and frankly, people are Tableau crazy for their dashboarding. Our site is migrating to use Hana but won't be there for awhile yet.

Were migrating to 4.2 sp4 of business objects and want to look at the lumira add on and take another look at lumira designer. I was hoping that it might take on more data source options.

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