SAP Lumira Designer, the new version of the erstwhile SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio, is the flagship product in the SAP’s BI portfolio for building pre-authored analytic applications. It has been recently released along with SAP Lumira Discovery as part of SAP Lumira 2.0.
In this column, we’ll look at ten (10) key feature additions & enhancements in SAP Lumira Designer.
1. Architecture & Tool Design
The biggest change in SAP Lumira Designer is the architecture redesign. The predecessors to SAP Lumira Designer and SAP Lumira Discovery were two independent tools, SAP Design Studio & SAP BusinessObjects Lumira – respectively meant for pre-authored dashboards and self-service BI.
With the new SAP Lumira 2.0, they have become an integrated tool/platform/server with two different clients.
Technically speaking, SAP Design Studio used to have an exclusive BIP add-on for SAP BusinessObjects server. Today, the tool (now SAP Lumira Designer) shares the BIP server add-on with SAP Lumira Discovery, bringing down the maintenance overhead.
2. Interoperability Between SAP Lumira Designer and SAP Lumira Discovery
With the new release, SAP Lumira Designer brings to the table something that is not available with other BI products in the market today – interoperability.
The concept of two-way interoperability is simple. Stories created using SAP Lumira Discovery can be consumed in SAP Lumira Designer, and applications created using SAP Lumira Designer can be consumed within SAP Lumira Discovery. This means that the IT developer who designs and develops a dashboard with SAP Lumira Designer can easily collaborate with the Business User or Analyst, who is likely to be more comfortable with SAP Lumira Discovery, and in the process build a BI solution that can leverage both their strengths.
While interoperability is a by-product of the integrated architecture outlined earlier, it can drive strong use cases such as collaboration, reusability, additional data sources and offline BI – due to which it merits its own attention.
The concept of Composites allows developers to modularize SAP Lumira Designer applications by building re-usable components using a group of other existing components. These composites can have their own properties and events too.
The concept of Bookmarks has been re-engineered in SAP Lumira Designer. In the new version of the tool, developers still enable Bookmarking using scripting. However, to get started, a Bookmark Technical Component must be created. This technical component now enables users to define-
- The component(s) on the dashboard that are saved as part of the bookmark
- Folders into which the bookmarks get saved, and
- Access type of the bookmark – whether ‘Personal’ or ‘Global’
Instead of having 3 separate types of bookmarks – Standard, Fragment and Portable Fragment – as in the earlier versions, the features have now been accommodated under a single canvas. In addition, bookmarks are now more robust against changes in the application, and are LCM (LifeCycle Management) capable.
5. Conditional Formatting
Conditional Formatting has moved one generation ahead with the latest release of SAP Lumira Designer. Users now have access to the following key capabilities as part of conditional formatting:
- End users can now create and manage their own formatting rules at run time – without having to involve IT
- It is not restricted to sources such as BW and works on all data sources including SAP HANA
- Consistent UI for cross tabs and charts
6. Improved Mobile Experience through Adaptive Layout Containers
SAP Lumira Designer introduces a new container component known as the ‘Adaptive Layout’. This allows users to create applications that have near responsive UI. The Adaptive Layout Container can contain ‘Blocks’ (which can contain components inside them) which occupy a specific width mentioned in ‘Colspan’. When the resolution of the view port changes, these blocks rearrange themselves either one below another or beside each other.
7. Technical Components
A number of Technical Components have been added in SAP Lumira Designer – some are enhancements to existing functionality, and some are new. These include Technical Components for export options (PDF, CSV, Excel and Analysis Office), personalization, bookmarking, conditional formatting, value help settings, and even keyboard shortcuts.
Note that the above list is not comprehensive. There are a lot of additional features & enhancements which we would review in our upcoming blogs.
8. Charting Enhancements
Charts in SAP Lumira Designer have been reworked to simplify chart types, with added customizability and more run-time options. A new component, the Chart Property Editor, has been added to the list of charting components, which works in tandem with enhancements in components such as the Chart Feeding Panel to provide better run-time customization for end users.
In addition, the integration of Chart Properties within the Chart Configuration window offers ease of development..
9. Mapping Enhancements
The Maps component has also been reworked. SAP Lumira Designer now ships with a default ESRI base map (which you can change, of course), and has additional features such as Data Selection and Clustering that help improve functionality and usability.
10. Runtime Application Loading Status
SAP Lumira Designer shows application status as it loads during runtime. While it may not seem like much, it helps developers and users get a high-level idea of what causes performance bottlenecks. This is one of the first things many legacy SAP Dashboards / Xcelsius users missed when they started using SAP Design Studio.
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