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If a spreadsheet or database has ever made your eyes glaze
over or your audience members slip into a haze, you're in for a real treat.
Lumira software takes massive amounts of data and transforms it
into colorful, easy-to-grasp visual displays. Moreover, the application itself is
as simple to use as painting by number. So it saves users time because they
won't need IT to help with a database every time and won't spend hours fine-tuning
Start off in SAP
Lumira by pulling data from a broad range of sources: Excel
spreadsheets ("personal data sources") as well as many types of
databases (for example, Access, Oracle, SAP HANA, BusinessObjects). Users can input
data in seconds with a couple of points and clicks.
Oftentimes with other applications, data needs to be prepped
before it can be converted into visual form (such as a graph or chart), whether
that means adding a column, combining data sets, inserting a new formula, or
the like. Before Lumira, users might have had to wait for IT to segregate or pull data
from a database, or write scripts or code, before the analysis can even start.
Lumira shaves off hours of time spent doing prep work because features
built into the application allow the user to do what was formerly
"prep" simply by dragging and dropping criteria and filters in a few
The screenshots don't lie. The endless options and the stylish
look might make you think these reports are difficult to achieve. The exact
opposite is true. Basic bar charts, bubble charts on geographic maps, and
multidimensional layouts are all possible by toggling through the
"picker" buttons at the top of the screen and making a choice. The
visual options merely begin with the different chart types (pie, bar, graph,
geographic, line, or scatter charts), but relationships, patterns, trends,
geolocation, and other qualities can easily be added.
Share your SAP
Lumira works of art by attaching them as images to emails. Another
option is to copy and paste them into Microsoft Office documents or other
View the archived Lumira Expert Session webinar here for tips and tricks on how
to best utilize this tool and streamline your process. Or stay tuned for the next live session on Friday, July 12, at 9 a.m. Pacific time (noon Eastern time).
A 30-day trial is available on the SAP Lumira
website along with a contest aimed at new and nontechnical users. Enter the Data Geek Challenge by first downloading
30-day trial version of SAP
Lumira or receiving it as a donation from TechSoup. Then choose your own data or use
sample data sets SAP has provided, visualize or solve a problem by plugging data
into the software, and share your creation in a video, blog, or email.