SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence vs. SAP Lumira Discovery

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
The SAP® BusinessObjects™ Business Intelligence Platform provides users with ad hoc queries, reporting, data visualizations, and analysis tools. Its integrated, unified infrastructure aims to offer scalability from one-to-many tools and interfaces on-premise, in the cloud, or as a hybrid approach.N/A
SAP Lumira Discovery
Score 7.6 out of 10
N/A
SAP Lumira Discovery is SAP’s data visualization and discovery application. It facilitates data discovery, visualization, and analysis by assisting users with creation of dashboards, infographics, presentations, data facets, tag clouds, and more.
$185
per user
Pricing
SAP BusinessObjects Business IntelligenceSAP Lumira Discovery
Editions & Modules
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SAP Lumira, standard edition
$185
per user
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SAP BusinessObjects Business IntelligenceSAP Lumira Discovery
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
SAP BusinessObjects Business IntelligenceSAP Lumira Discovery
Considered Both Products
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
Chose SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
When we get the installation of the SAP BO BI Platform done on one of the BO servers, we get a whole of stacks of SAP BO BI suite tools installed. This is a package that has reporting tools inside it. For instance, web intelligence-rich clients, SAP Crystal reports, etc. We can …
Chose SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
We currently have implementations of both Microsoft BI and SAP Business Objects so our enterprise has found reasons for both. Some users prefer BI over SAP and it depends on the department they are working for. SAP was chosen for the more complex tasks that require large data …
Chose SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
Some organizations use Spotfire which is far more advanced in terms of its analytical capabilities vs. Lumira/PA etc. but the sharing/storage side of the BI Platform is far superior and much better managed. The ability to create user groups, access levels etc. on BI Platform …
Chose SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
I feel that SAP Business Objects tool gives me the competitive advantage over other tools because most large organizations use SAP Business Objects because of its endless scalability. Moreover it has more secured features with restrictions levied at the row level and easy to …
SAP Lumira Discovery
Chose SAP Lumira Discovery
It is a little more technical.
Chose SAP Lumira Discovery
For a full featured SAP environment, Lumira is the suitable platform for a BW, Hana, ECC universe or third party DB universe sourced reporting compared to all of the other analytical platforms.
Chose SAP Lumira Discovery
I have used Web Intelligence, Crystal Reports, SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio, Dashboards, and Office for Analysis
Chose SAP Lumira Discovery
SAP Business One and implementing the tools of the same product is the best because they are designed by the brand.
Chose SAP Lumira Discovery
We chose SAP Business Objects Lumira versus other options mainly because we trust the vendor and have had good experiences with their software and customer service in the past. We found that the other software that we considered offered similar capabilities, and from past …
Chose SAP Lumira Discovery
Major reason to go for Lumira was it was part of SAP Business Objects family and most of the organization is using BO for most of their reporting needs.
Chose SAP Lumira Discovery
Both Tableau and QlikView score very highly in end user experience and visualisation development compared to Lumira. However the integration of Lumira with existing Universes you may have or cost implications if you have a SAP BI Suite licence can help shift the preference into …
Chose SAP Lumira Discovery
When compared to other tools our approach is towards the self-servicing rather development that grabbed out attention towards SAP Lumira. also has more scope of maturity as a Self-Service BI.
Chose SAP Lumira Discovery
There is lot to improve to match up with Tableau, but based on current BI platform in the organization & licensing models, ti was easy to go with Lumira which was meeting the basic requirements.
Chose SAP Lumira Discovery
Just for trial since its SAP product and the lisence was free intially for SAP Lumira if you have HANA but I would not recommend it for people who would have to buy this product from SAP. The other ad hoc tools are far ahead in the game. Please look at Gartner for BI tools …
Chose SAP Lumira Discovery
  • It's tightly integrated with SAP BI suite 4.0.
  • Quick development of stories, dashboards in Lumira is one additional reason to select the tool.
  • The tool has lower licensing fees compared to others. I guess it comes free with BI Suite.
Chose SAP Lumira Discovery
This is by far easier to use.
Chose SAP Lumira Discovery
Data Analysis is best suited with Lumira compared with any other product. Visualisation and decision making is best thing you would recommend using Lumira for.
Chose SAP Lumira Discovery
Ease of use was the reason I recommend it. Also I really enjoyed the "story" feature which had a really nice professional looking template that was impressive. I especially liked that the charts and data can be exported as a pdf or image file or just data as an Excel file.
Chose SAP Lumira Discovery

Lumira is better at visualization than Analysis Office but does not allow as much in depth analysis. Also it's much easier to consume quickly with Lumira as you don't have to build a query to pull the data.

Design studio is more flexible but dashboards and visualizations need to …

Chose SAP Lumira Discovery
I actually prefer Lumira because it integrates better with my current business intelligence investment, it's free for me to use, and it allows me to use my enterprise data as well as other data I can pull in and merge with it.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
SAP BusinessObjects Business IntelligenceSAP Lumira Discovery
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
7.7
49 Ratings
6% below category average
SAP Lumira Discovery
7.5
96 Ratings
9% below category average
Pixel Perfect reports7.444 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable dashboards8.145 Ratings7.596 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates7.745 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
8.2
46 Ratings
1% above category average
SAP Lumira Discovery
7.6
102 Ratings
7% below category average
Drill-down analysis9.045 Ratings7.799 Ratings
Formatting capabilities8.345 Ratings7.9102 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages7.531 Ratings00 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration8.245 Ratings7.497 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
8.7
46 Ratings
4% above category average
SAP Lumira Discovery
7.2
94 Ratings
15% below category average
Publish to Web8.338 Ratings7.781 Ratings
Publish to PDF7.944 Ratings7.693 Ratings
Report Versioning9.140 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling9.145 Ratings6.355 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers9.224 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
8.3
41 Ratings
3% above category average
SAP Lumira Discovery
5.6
103 Ratings
36% below category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)8.339 Ratings8.1101 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization7.737 Ratings6.794 Ratings
Predictive Analytics8.936 Ratings2.072 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
9.4
46 Ratings
9% above category average
SAP Lumira Discovery
-
Ratings
Multi-User Support (named login)8.946 Ratings00 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model9.144 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)9.843 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)9.927 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
8.8
32 Ratings
10% above category average
SAP Lumira Discovery
-
Ratings
Responsive Design for Web Access8.331 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Application9.026 Ratings00 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile9.128 Ratings00 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
7.5
22 Ratings
5% below category average
SAP Lumira Discovery
-
Ratings
REST API7.319 Ratings00 Ratings
Javascript API7.217 Ratings00 Ratings
iFrames8.116 Ratings00 Ratings
Java API7.520 Ratings00 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)7.319 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)7.318 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
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Likelihood to Recommend
7.7
(71 ratings)
6.8
(104 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.3
(24 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(14 ratings)
7.8
(14 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(5 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(10 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.6
(16 ratings)
7.0
(11 ratings)
In-Person Training
10.0
(4 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
9.0
(2 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.0
(8 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Configurability
9.0
(2 ratings)
2.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.0
(1 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.0
(2 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
SAP BusinessObjects Business IntelligenceSAP Lumira Discovery
Likelihood to Recommend
SAP
The proper management of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards requires an expert on the team to manage and build reports. If an organization does not have the proper expertise on board to build and deploy reports it will fail. Data analytics, dropping into excel, and broadcasting of information are major bonuses for the use of SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards.
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SAP
Infographics derived from specific data sources appears to be well suited for development using Lumira. The development of executive level dashboards was less appropriate from my perspective. The software does not provide sufficient demonstration or samples for the users to learn from in my opinion.
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Pros
SAP
  • This software is easy to initially learn, and very powerful in producing reusable reports.
  • It is much faster than my company's internal manual queries. The ability to build off of a saved query and share queries to other users is a great positive.
  • My favorite part is that you can run queries in the background and it does not interfere with your current work or slow your computer down.
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SAP
  • SAP has built in features you would expect from a data visualization package, like easy import from other SAP systems.
  • SAP has most of the typical charts that you would expect in order to visualize your data.
  • SAP allows you to have multiple charts on one visualization for your data.
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Cons
SAP
  • The installation can be very complex and time-consuming, it requires a lot of planning and foresight as to what role the software will play in the organization.
  • The software has a relatively large learning curve that takes dedicated users months to get comfortable with, the UI is a bit intimidating for new users.
  • SAP could organize their help better, it can be difficult to find dependable solutions to issues via their website and support channels.
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SAP
  • Even though the process of creating visualizations of data is now greatly improved, it could still be a lot better as users become accustomed to this kind of tool and bring forward edge cases the developers did not anticipate.
  • It would be awesome to have a cross platform tool that works on more than just Windows.
  • Some options for specific graphs feel limiting.
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Likelihood to Renew
SAP
The institution has decided to move in a different direction, and will be using MSBI for reporting. I have been very happy with the Business Objects suite of tools, and will continue to use them heavily until we make the transition.
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SAP
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Usability
SAP
From a server and client side perspective. the Business Intelligence Platform provides a foundation for all aspects of content development, distribution, analysis, collaboration and self service. Ease of use from targeted content delivery through controlled accessibility. Content exporting in the format of the users choice. Scheduling for internal or external delivery. Public and private folders for secure content access when requied. Web based for viewing on the users device of choice without the need to download additional applications.
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SAP
SAP Lumira is very good self service analytical tool with powerful capabilities. However need to look into other SAP products in BI space, like SAP SAC. SAP Lumira is more used for custom and complex analytical need in business intelligence area. Also SAP Lumira is going out of maintenance in coming future replaced by SAP SAC.
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Reliability and Availability
SAP
When we implemented 3.1, we had a tough time managing the system: It took almost a year to stabilize.

With 4.0, we want to roll out to more users, and are holding back because of fears about the performance issue
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SAP
Lumira is a desktop application runs in its own JVM. It installs its own java runtime libraries to avoid any core java version conflicts. The availability of the application is completely relies on individual machine hardware configuration. On a decent desktop, it performs well and always launches in either 32 or 64 bit environment based on the hosts system's OS
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Performance
SAP
Overall, the tool (Web Intelligence 4.2) is fast and solid. One issue is a dependability on JAVA for a full feature report creation/edit capabilities (as opposed to limited HTML option). Second, planned end of JAVA support by major browsers (Chrome is already not supporting JAVA applet).
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SAP
The performance is linear with amount of data that is being explored. We have done some benchmarks acquiring 10million data cells without having any performance problems. We need to make proper adjustments to jvm run time properties to start with higher heap size and other parameters that optimizes the run time performance
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Support Rating
SAP
SAP has released various versions of SAP BO BI. starting from 3.1 and going to 4.0,4.1,4.2 and latest being 4.3. SAP provides support to these new versions. As new versions keep on coming, support for the very old software goes out of scope from SAP. it is when the different organization plans to get their BO content migrated from a lower version to a newer version. The newer version had definitely added functionality and features which ease the work of users.
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SAP
It does not have many bugs or issues since not a lot of new features are being added. The customer support for SAP Lumira Discovery is good and anyone considering this as a self-service tool would be happy. It integrates well in the SAP BI suite of products and the overall experience is positive.
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In-Person Training
SAP
SAP authorized training is best, Please go ahead with it. Even lot of online training options/videos available for self learning
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SAP
We did not take in-person training
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Online Training
SAP
I haven't used it or got feedback from the end user.

Content looks to be pretty detailed. Focused on SQL but not BW.
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SAP
Most of the user guides are pretty comprehensive and very easy to understand. The product itself is designed to be self-serve tool, did not need much of the end-user training. Most of the training we had is to how to read the data, how to explore the data, how to acquire the data etc.
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Implementation Rating
SAP
Hire specialists and experienced staff. Mix some beginners so that everyone is not a leader but a learner too. Plan well; architect well; break down implementation in small steps and move towards larger steps. Create a centralized and authorized SAP Business Objects implementation team.
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SAP
Installing the desktop software on end-user machines is always challenging. The machine specifications are the biggest factor when running Lumira and be able to handle large datasets during data exploration. This often demands beefy machines at least for power-users. Although Lumira software licensing is not a big problem but managing partner's extensions and keeping track of their individual licenses may be an issue. If there is a way to bundle the more popular extensions such as vSQL or vOLAP should be bundled in core product and offer them as part of Lumira license instead of a separate license which causer operational burden.
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Alternatives Considered
SAP
We selected SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) based on price. It can stack up against others in terms of price and honestly, that's about it. Salesforce Commerce does a hell of a better job at handling it. However, in the space of Business Intelligence, SAP can do more, and that's why at the end we went with it
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SAP
Even though SAP Analytics Cloud is considered to be better in aspects such as data connectivity or analytics, we decided to choose Lumira as it was easier to understand, learn and use. As our business is not really that big and does not require the inclusion of large amounts of data, Lumira was overall the safest and most comfortable option. Also, some members in our team had previous knowledge so it was easier to adapt
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Scalability
SAP
SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) Platform supports SOA Service Oriented Architecture. You can start/restart/enable/disable all the servers. You can seamless do load balancing and clustering. It supports all leading application and web server. Supports LDAP SSO integration. People who can work on excel with training they can work on SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence, dashboard, Lumira, Information design tool product suite. Tool is very user friendly and easy to learn and implement
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SAP
Enterprise wide implementation is a challenge with data security and trustedness. No easy installation can be done across the enterprise. no upgrade paths also available from SAP. They have so much of experience with desktop implementation, there it could be a controlled environment with a capital budget. These may be resolved in the upcoming releases
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Return on Investment
SAP
  • By generating and distributing reports in a timely manner, we were able to save millions of dollars for the company which otherwise would not have been visible.
  • Almost realtime dashboard, saved the company a huge amount by showing the outages and kept the company from buying a tool to do just that.
  • It showed the customers who were not paying the bills and were missing in the system due to some loophole. This was visible by doing reporting on the theft usage of electricity.
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SAP
  • We could obtain original data from vast and detailed corporate and personal data sources.
  • We could share visual analysis results with stakeholders via the cloud, and it could also be viewed on a tablet.
  • It is very flexible and accurate to use. It can be used for forecasting sales, resource planning, and scheduling.
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ScreenShots

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