SAP Lumira books combi deal at SAP Press

Posted by on Feb 10, 2019

SAP Press offers a very nice mid-winter deal, as you can now get both the SAP Lumira books (Designer and Discovery) with a 20% discount!

To take advantage of this deal, you only have to add both books to your shopping cart at The discount will be added automatically and you don’t need a coupon code.

SAP Lumira, Discovery edition – The Comprehensive Guide

SAP Lumira, Designer edition – The Comprehensive Guide (3rd edition)

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SAP Lumira, Designer edition – The Comprehensive Guide (SAP Press) now available!

Posted by on Apr 28, 2018

SAP Lumira, Designer edition – The Comprehensive Guide is now available for purchase via and Amazon and can be ordered as hardcopy, DRM-free ebook or bundled editions. This is the ‘Designer’ counterpart to SAP Lumira, Discovery edition – The Comprehensive Guide that we released just a couple of weeks ago. Just as the Discovery book, it covers all the new features from the recent 2.1 release of SAP Lumira.

This massive book with over 750 pages is the ultimate resource for every Lumira Designer user, whether you are completely new to the tool, or already have experience with the earlier – SAP Design Studio – releases. With our step-by-step instructions, and hundreds of detailed screenshots, we explain the possibilities that SAP Lumira, Designer edition has to offer in an easy to understand way. Next to all of the components, scripting and configuration options, we show several usage scenarios for Lumira Designer. Also, topics like planning, CSS and the SDK are covered. We added several sections on designing principles for building applications and performance tuning.

A reading sample, the full table of contents and the index is available here.

SAP Lumira, Designer edition – The Comprehensive Guide [SAP Press]
Xavier Hacking, Jeroen van der A, Dwain Chang
755 pages, 3rd, updated and revised edition 2018
E-book formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF, online
ISBN 978-1-4932-1616-1

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SAP Lumira Discovery 2.1 – New Features Overview

Posted by on Dec 17, 2017

SAP Lumira 2.1 is here and comes with a couple of nice new features! In the below video I have a quick look at the added functionality for the SAP Lumira Discovery client tool.

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SAP Lumira 2.0 – an introduction

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017

The wait is almost over, SAP Lumira will be GA by the end of August 2017! As you probably already know, Lumira 2.0 is the successor of SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.6 and SAP Lumira 1.31. Indeed, both products will be converged in one tool (to rule them all!). I’ll discuss the impact of this, and of course all the other new features in this blog. By the way, for those who understand Dutch, please check for the original post.

A new foundation

The last major release of SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.6 dates back to November 2015. Since then, some service packs have been issued on quite a regular basis, which even contained some new functionality in a few cases. For example, almost all components have now been made m-mode compatible, currency conversion is possible and the generic analysis template has improved considerably.

SAP Lumira 1.31 was launched in June 2016, and since then we have only seen some patches with bug fixes, including running Lumira in combination with BI Platforms that use SSL.

The long time between major releases with new functionality is definitely something we weren’t used to regarding SAP Lumira. The reason behind this is that for Lumira 2.0 a completely new foundation has been laid to keep the tool future-proof. The focus of the development team has been deliberately shifted to Lumira 2.0, with the consequence that the further development of the two existing tools has mostly shut down.

Lumira 2.0 consists of two client tools and a common backend add-on for the BI Platform.The client tools are Lumira Designer (successor of Design Studio 1.6) and Lumira Discovery (successor to SAP Lumira 1.31). Both tools are built on the same code base and use the common file type LUMX. This means that a document created in Lumira Discovery can be opened in Lumira Designer and vice versa.

Before we dive into this scenario, let’s get a have look at both tools first.

Lumira Designer

As mentioned, Lumira Designer is the successor of Design Studio 1.6, and remains within Lumira 2.0 the client tool for developing advanced BI applications and dashboards. It is still the place to build predefined applications, in which scripts can be used for specific functionality.


An important new feature is the Composite. The composite  allows you to develop your own component based on other components. You can then reuse a composite in your applications; even in other applications! An example is a composite of a KPI tile, which consists of a text, a KPI value and a chart. You could reuse such a composite four times in an application, showing for each version the values of another measure.


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De Nederlandse BI Podcast – Episode 27

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017

A new episode of De Nederlandse BI Podcast, live from the BI2017 SAPinsider conference in Amsterdam. Topics are:

  • BI2017 Keynote
  • SAP Analytics Hub
  • BPC 11
  • SAP Analytics Cloud
  • SAP Lumira 2.0
  • Predictive Analytics with R
  • The food at BI2017.

As always, you can find the show in iTunes, on our website or just use the Podcast player below to listen instantly. Warning: Dutch content only!

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