SAP debuts Lumira; self-service business intelligence

SAP debuts Lumira; self-service business intelligence

Summary: The new cloud offering will replace today's Visual Intelligence product.

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Ahead of its Sapphire Now customer conference next week, SAP announced this morning the availability of Lumira, a self-service business intelligence platform that replaces the Visual Intelligence product it has on offer today.

(Why the name change? It's a more "human-friendly yet Google-ready" moniker, Timo Elliott writes. Well, okay.)

The company is touting the new software's cloud capabilities, such as its ability to visualize data in real-time, share documents across devices, publish datasets to the cloud and share analytics around them. It's built on HTML5 and, naturally, has native support for SAP's HANA in-memory computing technology.

Nonetheless, the business case remains the same: with self-service software, you can reduce the need for IT support without necessarily resorting to the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

Standard, personal and trial editions of the software are available today in SAP's Store.

Topics: SAP, Big Data, Cloud, Enterprise Software, Business Intelligence

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  • Lumira is a great name change

    For those of us in the SAP ecosystem, is has always been a challenge to market the products of SAP, given the names of many of them. Just try capturing SEO on Google when the product is called SAP Business One. As you can tell, "Business" and "One" are not terms that Google is going to associate specifically with an ERP.

    Same for Visual Intelligence. That is what it does, but it isn't a great brand name.

    With Lumira, regardless of whether you like the name or not, at the very least, it is a brand/product name that can be marketed and be unique.

    This all wouldn't matter if the product was no good, but it's just the opposite. SAP Lumira is a great solution for large and small enterprises. It is affordable, simple, elegant, and connects to just about any data source, most importantly, HANA.

    SAP may have the reputation for getting product names wrong in the past, but they have heard the criticism and made changes. And these changes take them in the right direction.
    bradwindecker
  • Self-Service Business Intelligence and Natural Language Reporting

    Self-service business intelligence is nice, but adding natural language processing is even better.

    For that, check out Qwalytics: http://www.qwalytics.com.

    Self-service business reporting and natural language business intelligence made easy!
    qwalytics
  • Qwalytics: Self-Service Business Intelligence and Natural Language Reportin

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    qwalytics
  • Qwalytics: Self-Service Business Intelligence and Natural Language Reportin

    Very nice article, I used some of your useful concepts to write my own article on Self-Service Business Intelligence and Natural Language Reporting : http://blog.qwalytics.com/introduction-to-self-service-business-intelligence-and-natural-language-reporting/. I'd love to get your feedback. Don't you think that Natural Language Business Intelligence is the next step of Business Intelligence's evolution?
    qwalytics