SAP Lumira Designer is the inheritor of the ubiquitous SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio. It encompasses the capabilities of Design Studio with the visual effects of SAP Lumira and is the flagship product released alongside SAP BOBJ 4.2 and remains the go to dashboard creation tool for on premise systems in the SAP BI portfolio. It retains the same user interface and drag and drop functionality as SAP Design Studio while modernizing the look and feel of its components in accordance to new visualization trends. Lumira Designer also brings in new features to make the solution match up to competing software and the rising demands for advanced analytics and visualization.
Valid question; why fix what is not broken? Well, in this case, think of it as an upgrade, giving you even more control on the functionality of your dashboards. It would also allow you to improve on the look and feel, making your dashboards more visually appealing. It also gives you more tools to create applications faster; This would reduce the need for custom scripting with the addition of new components and properties.
Since the move to SAP BusinessObjects 4.2 SP5 and the introduction of SAP Lumira Designer, there has been 4 updates. The first release, 2.0 up until 2.3. Here are a few of the biggest changes:
As of version 2.0, developers now have the ability to build reusable components. Additionally, these can be added to different applications without the need to resort to scripting. Indeed, users can group multiple components with properties and script events and save them as Composites, thus giving them the means to “create” their own components.
Several capabilities have been added into what are called Technical Components. These are components that affect certain functionality elements in the dashboard, such as Bookmarking, Exporting, Conditional Formatting and so on. In fact, these are made to reduce the amount of low-level scripting required to code the functionality of these components.
Bookmarks are already a component present in SAP Design Studio but have been refined since the release of SAP Lumira Designer 2.0. Indeed, gone are the Fragment Galleries, replaced by 1 new Bookmark Technical Component (see above). This must be created and defined in the application and allows developers to identify, for example, the access type, which folders the bookmarks are saved in and the components on the dashboard to be saved.
Comments are a component newly added with version 2.1. This is a feature that allows users to add comments at runtime, either for the entire dashboard or certain components.
Authoring is a Technical Component. It gives more control to end users. In fact, it allows them to modify existing dashboards at runtime, thus promoting self-service BI. Users can drag and drop new components, modify the size and position of, and copy and paste existing components.
These are only a small number of enhancements that have been created for Lumira Designer, making an upgrade from Design Studio a must-do for any organization looking to empower its end users and developers with the means to create and edit dashboards on the fly.
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