This is where we get to see what SAP has in store for Lumira and the other BusinessObjects client tools. As we have seen, SAP plans to merge three product areas (Discovery and Analysis, Dashboards and Application, and Office Integration) into two products.
The roadmap that SAP has in store for the BusinessObjects products (see Figure 1) in terms of the planned convergence of the BI client portfolio is much needed, but also a step towards the future of BI. Customers don’t really care what the tool is as long as it is clear what they use it for. They simply want the tool to be easy to use, have a low cost of ownership, high performance, and for it to be agile and flexible, all of which the planned convergence of the SAP BI client portfolio delivers.
Figure 1. SAP BusinessObjects client portfolio planned convergence roadmap.
One product, two clients
SAP is planning to have two different clients for Lumira: Studio and Desktop (see Figure 2). These clients will be based on common technology. This enables commonalities between the two clients (BW online, HANA online, acquire data, etc.); combines the strengths of both products; enables the same look and feel (one document model, contextual actions, SAP Fiori-style look and feel); and provides seamless interoperability between the two clients. It also means that customers only have to invest time and effort in one product.
Figure 2. Two clients, one common technology.
There is no migration required from Lumira 1.x or Design Studio 1.x, as conversion will apparently be seamless. This also includes support for Lumira and Design Studio SDK extensions. So if any customers or partners have invested in creating any extensions, these will be supported in Lumira 2.0. Last, but not least, an existing license can be used.
SAP are also looking to merge the SAP Lumira Server for BI Platform and SAP Design Studio for BI Platform plugins. This reduces the total cost of ownership as only one plugin needs to be installed and maintained (see Figure 3).
Figure 3. Proposed Lumira architecture.
As shown in Figure 4, SAP is planning a lot of functionality additions in Lumira 2.x. Which is very exciting, so watch this space.
Figure 4. Planned Lumira 2.x innovations and future direction.
SAP is proposing the following timelines for Lumira 2.x. However, as with any software releases, these dates are tentative and are subject to change at any time.
Figure 5. Planned Lumira 2.x innovation timeline.
Kevin Allen is lead BI consultant for UXC Oxygen.