Yesterday, SAP unveiled SAP Lumira 2.0 at the SAP Insider BI2017 conference in Orlando, Florida.
SAP BusinessObjects Lumira and SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio are coming together under a single name, retaining 2 user experiences but on a common technology platform. Learn about the next step in SAP’s convergence strategy.
from SAP Insider breakout session description
This year’s conference has an interesting vibe. The stories from the keynote stage are about SAP BusinessObjects Lumira 2.0 and SAP BusinessObjects Cloud. Customers on the showroom floor are telling different stories – stories of more time and energy spent using SAP BusinessObjects tools to prepare data sets for competing products.
What we know is that Lumira and Design Studio are coming together (see Blair Wheadon’s SAP Community blog), with the Lumira Desktop getting a rebranding as Lumira Discovery. Design Studio will be rebranded as Lumira Designer. Design Studio is getting a new splash screen with a smattering of new features, most importantly integration. However, the current Lumira desktop is getting quite a major UX overhaul. Gone are the prepare, visualize and compose rooms in favor of a single workspace. Also rumored to be gone are many of the pain points and limitations experienced by early Lumira adopters.
But out of all the product features that were demonstrated yesterday, there’s only ONE feature that matters.
Can Lumira 2.0 beat Tableau?
Can it clip Qlik?
And can it punch PowerBI?
Lumira 2.0 cannot just be a “better Lumira”. It must be a credible alternative to what’s currently available- and leading- in the marketplace. It’s no longer sufficient for SAP to prepare its sales force or its partners to do battle in the marketplace. The battle is being played out at customer sites around the globe. SAP must also prepare its customers to fight- and win- data discovery projects from the vendors who are landing and expanding right in front of their eyes.
For many SAP customers, it’s no longer about keeping tools like Tableau out of the enterprise. It’s already there. The game is now about keeping Tableau and its peers running in tandem with solutions from SAP. Is it time for SAP to adjust strategy and help their customers reach that goal instead?
- SAP Lumira and Design Studio Convergence, published on SAP Community May 20, 2016 by Blair Wheadon
What are your impressions of SAP BusinessObjects Lumira 2.0?