A Comprehensive Guide for Using SAP Lumira Server with the SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform

  • by Ingo Hilgefort, Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions
  • November 17, 2015
Gain an overview of the technical prerequisites for installing the SAP Lumira, server for Business Intelligence (BI) platform, add-on. Learn about workflows and the functionality that is now available to your users with SAP Lumira, server for BI platform, and the steps for using these new capabilities.
Learning Objectives

By reading this article, you will learn about:

  • The technical prerequisites for SAP Lumira, server for Business Intelligence (BI) platform
  • How to set up authorizations for SAP Lumira, server for BI platform
  • The post-installation server configuration
  • How to save, edit, and refresh SAP Lumira documents with SAP Lumira, server for BI platform
  • How to schedule an SAP Lumira document to create an instance for keeping a history
Key Concept

SAP Lumira has mainly been seen as a pure desktop environment and sharing of documents was often done by sharing actual SAP Lumira documents via email. With the addition of SAP Lumira, server for Business Intelligence (BI) platform, companies can now integrate their SAP Lumira desktop installations as well as all their SAP Lumira documents with their existing SAP BusinessObjects BI landscape and in that way share SAP Lumira documents without having to install SAP Lumira desktop.

With the addition of SAP Lumira, server for BI platform, your users now have very easy options to save, share, edit, view, and schedule SAP Lumira documents via the SAP Lumira server add-on for the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) platform. I explain the steps needed to install and configure the SAP Lumira, server for BI platform, add-on as part of your overall BI landscape. Using this new SAP BusinessObjects BI platform add-on, companies can now integrate their SAP Lumira documents the same way any other BI client documents are integrated.

Prerequisites
To install SAP Lumira, server for BI platform, as part of your overall SAP BusinessObjects BI landscape, you need to make sure the following prerequisites have been fulfilled:
  • Your SAP BusinessObjects BI landscape needs to be on release 4.1, Service Pack 04 or higher.
  • You need to have Windows 2008 or Windows 2012 server as your operating system (OS).
  • You need to have at least 16 GB of RAM, but 32 GB of RAM are recommended.

Note that in the current release (SAP Lumira release 1.28), English is the only supported language for SAP Lumira, server for BI platform.

Note
You can find the installation instructions for SAP Lumira, server for BI platform, here:  http://help.sap.com/businessobject/product_guides/lumS4BIP1/en/lumS4BIP_128_rel_restr_en.pdf.

First, I show you how to set up the authorizations on the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform to structure the necessary user rights for leveraging SAP Lumira documents as part of the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform. I then explain how to create a new SAP Lumira document and how to save and share the document via the BI platform. Finally, I show you how to schedule an SAP Lumira document so that you can keep a set of historic instances.

Set Up Authorizations

After the SAP Lumira, server for BI platform, add-on has been installed on your SAP BusinessObjects BI platform, you can set up the user rights for SAP Lumira-related tasks, such as creating, viewing, editing, or sharing a document. You also must perform some initial configuration tasks for the new SAP Lumira services as part of your overall platform.

To set up the necessary rights for your users, you should consider creating specific user groups for your SAP Lumira-related tasks so that you can quickly assign your users to these user groups, depending on their rights. For example, create one group named LUMIRA_VIEWING and another group named LUMIRA_EDITING.

Ingo Hilgefort

Ingo Hilgefort started his career in 1999 with Seagate Software/Crystal Decisions as a trainer and consultant. He moved to Walldorf for Crystal Decisions at the end of 2000, and worked with the SAP NetWeaver BW development team integrating Crystal Reports with SAP NetWeaver BW. He then relocated to Vancouver in 2004, and worked as a product manager/program manager (in engineering) on the integration of BusinessObjects products with SAP products. Ingo's focus is now on the integration of the SAP BusinessObjects BI suite with  SAP landscapes, such as SAP BW and SAP BW on SAP HANA, focusing on end-to-end integration scenarios. In addition to his experience as a product manager and in his engineering roles, Ingo has been involved in architecting and delivering deployments of SAP BusinessObjects software in combination with SAP software for a number of global customers, and has been recognized by the SAP Community as an SAP Mentor for SAP BusinessObjects- and SAP integration-related topics. Currently, Ingo is the Vice President of Product Management and Product Strategy at Visual BI Solutions, working on extensions to SAP’s product offering such as SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio and SAP Lumira. You may follow him on Twitter at @ihilgefort.

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