SAP Lumira, Designer Edition: The Comprehensive Guide

A solid guide for new and experienced SAP Lumira Designer professionals.

SAP Lumira, Designer Edition: The Comprehensive Guide (ISBN 978-1-4932-1616-1) is a thoroughly revised book about the software formerly known as SAP Design Studio. After writing two editions of the SAP Design Studio book, authors Dwain Chang, Xavier Hacking, and Jeroen van der A have delivered a solid third update for Lumira 2.0.

SAP Lumira 2_0 Designer Splash Screen

SAP Lumira Designer is currently the preferred dashboarding and web applications tool in the SAP analytics portfolio, superceding both SAP Dashboards and SAP BEx Web Application Designer. SAP plans to continue to enhance the tool in the short term, as SAP Analytics Cloud will be introducing its own application design capabilities in 2019.

The book is both a reference guide to the product but also includes several step-by-step examples (which can also be downloaded from the SAP Press web site). It assumes no previous knowledge of SAP Lumira Designer or its predecessor, SAP Design Studio, so it’s a great resource for people like me who’s previous dashboard design experience is with SAP Dashboards (Xcelsius). While the CSS and JavaScript used by SAP Lumira Designer may be unfamiliar to SAP Dashboard developers, they’ll be very familiar to anyone with a traditional web design background. Those folks will no doubt appreciate the chapters on using the SDK to extend the product functionality.

Whether your organization has been using SAP Design Studio for several years or just started looking at SAP Lumira in 2018, this solid and comprehensive guide will help your organization be successful with SAP Lumira Designer.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Garbage Collection for SAP Lumira

The default settings for the latest edition of Lumira appear to be the preferred settings.

I recently installed the Lumira 2.1 SP1 add-on as part of upgrading a customer to SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence SP5. Then I performed a landscape analysis using the SAP BI Platform Support Tool, as I’m always curious what kinds of observations it makes.

The Platform Support Tool currently has an alert regarding the default garbage collection method for SAP Lumira.

Checks the command line on all APS servers with a “LumiraServerServiceContainer” service for the argument “-XX:+UseConcMarkSweepGC”. Alert is triggered if the argument is missing.

Sometimes the Platform Support Tool makes a recommendation I’m not familiar with, so I try to confirm the recommendation against the SAP knowledge base. In this case, I found SAP KB 2578661, which recommends switching from "-XX:+UseConcMarkSweepGC" (the garbage collector recommended by the Platform Support Tool) to "-XX:+UseG1GC -XX:MaxGCPauseMillis=200 -XX:+UseStringDeduplication", which are default settings for the Lumira 2.1 SP1 Adaptive Processing Server.

I assume that the Lumira rule will be revisited in a future release of the Platform Support Tool (UPDATE: version 2.1 SP2 will give specific guidance depending on the Lumira version detected). But in the meantime, I kept the default settings intact. This customer is brand-new to Lumira and it will be a few weeks or months before there are Lumira Designer dashboards to test. But we’ll be ready, as CA ADM Introscope is installed as part of the BI landscape. We’ll be able to monitor in real-time how well the Lumira Adaptive Processing Server performs garbage collection with production dashboards and make changes if we see a benefit.

Have you made any interesting modifications to Lumira settings, documented or otherwise?

Resources

SAP Lumira, Discovery Edition: The Comprehensive Guide

SAP Lumira, Discovery Edition: The Comprehensive Guide from SAP Press will help get you creating engaging data stories quickly, whether you are a first-time Lumira user or upgrading from a previous version.

SAP Lumira, Discovery Edition: The Comprehensive Guide by Xavier Hacking and Martijn van Foeken (ISBN 978-1-4932-1613-0) is an exceptionally upgraded book for a substantially upgraded product. SAP Lumira, Discovery Edition received a major UI redesign and tighter integration with SAP Lumira, Designer Edition (formerly known as SAP Design Studio). Whether you’re new to SAP Lumira, Discovery Edition or have experience with its predecessor SAP Lumira 1.x, this book is a helpful companion. The authors have provided multiple sample data sets in Microsoft Excel that can be downloaded from SAP Press, making it easy to follow along with its examples.

Because SAP Lumira, Discovery Edition was created for business users, not technical users, authors Xavier Hacking and Martijn van Foeken have written in a clear and easily understood style. It works equally well as both an inductive tutorial or a reference guide.

The book also addresses integration with SAP Lumira, Designer Edition, which will have its own SAP Press book in a few more weeks. Whether you’re upgrading from prior versions of SAP Lumira 1.x or taking a first look at SAP Lumira, Discovery Edition, there’s lots of material to like (nearly 500 pages) and lots of hours to save creating data stories by following a useful companion to the product.

SAP Press provided me with a digital copy to review and I must say how impressive the color illustrations look on my iPad as compared to the black-and-white illustrations of the hardcover edition. The digital copy can only be obtained by ordering directly from SAP Press, either with or without the hardcover edition. It comes in three editions (Adobe PDF, epub, and mobi) so you’ll be able to read regardless of whether your favorite reading device is a PC, an iPad with iBooks, or a Kindle device. Having the PDF copy on your workstation is indispensable, as you can make Adobe Reader do all the work looking up a desired keyword.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”