How to Generate Advanced Visualizations in SAP Lumira with Maps and GIS Integration

  • by Anurag Barua, Independent SAP Advisor
  • December 2, 2015
Learn how to use SAP Lumira in conjunction with a geographical information system (GIS) to easily and efficiently carry out geographical/geospatial analysis. Learn how to more effectively answer data-related questions using geospatial analysis.
Learning Objectives

After reading this article, you will:

  • Get an understanding of the data prerequisites for geospatial analysis
  • Learn how to integrate SAP Lumira with GIS applications for deeper geospatial analysis
  • Learn how to more effectively answer data-related questions, in this case, outstanding accounts receivable balances, using geospatial analysis
Key Concept
The best visualization tools available offer map/geographical information system (GIS) features. Such applications integrate data with geographic information (such as city, state, country, latitude, longitude, and so on) to provide a way to visualize and analyze data. SAP Lumira has enhanced its offerings in its latest releases and now provides users the ability to incorporate GIS functionality.

A picture is worth a thousand words, as the old adage goes. And no picture is more powerful than the one that incorporates maps (assuming your data contains geographical components). In this article, I provide step-by-step directions for incorporating Geographical Information Systems (GIS) capabilities into your BI data, sharing details how to build geospatial analysis capabilities in your enterprise using SAP Lumira.

In my previous BI Expert article, “Enhance your Visualization and Analytical Capabilities with for Accounts Receivable Aging Using SAP Lumira,” I wrote about how a Fortune 500 company used the visualization and analytical capabilities of SAP Lumira to get a better handle on its sub-optimal accounts receivable (A/R) tracking process. That was the first step in Company XYZ’s journey from having a virtually non-existent analytical framework to using SAP Lumira’s visualization and analytical tools for business users. The second step in the company’s evolution entailed the introduction of geospatial capabilities that enable users to see the various geographical components of the data on a map, which is discussed here.

Note
The SAP Lumira-specific screen prints in this article are from version 1.28. Enhancements to SAP Lumira are being made rapidly, so it could be that newer versions may be available by the time you read this article.

While SAP Lumira only has basic, pre-packaged GIS capabilities as of the current release, there are many ways you can circumvent this limitation. And what does this really mean from a user perspective? Let’s try and understand this in the next section.

Anurag Barua

Anurag Barua is an independent SAP advisor. He has 23 years of experience in conceiving, designing, managing, and implementing complex software solutions, including more than 17 years of experience with SAP applications. He has been associated with several SAP implementations in various capacities. His core SAP competencies include FI and Controlling FI/CO, logistics, SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects, Enterprise Performance Management, SAP Solution Manager, Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC), and project management. He is a frequent speaker at SAPinsider conferences and contributes to several publications. He holds a BS in computer science and an MBA in finance. He is a PMI-certified PMP, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and is ITIL V3F certified.

Anurag will be presenting at the upcoming SAPinsider BI 2017 conference, June 14-16, 2017, in Amsterdam. For information on the event, click here. He also will be a presenter at the SAPinsider Managing Your SAP Projects 2017 conference, October 24-26, 2017, in Copenhagen. For information on that event, click here.

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