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Live from the SAPinsider Studio: Pierre Leroux discusses SAP Lumira

An interview recorded live at BI2014 in Orlando

June 2, 2014

SAP Director of Product Marketing Pierre Leroux interviews with SAPinsider's Ken Murphy at the SAPinsider Studio to discuss SAP Lumira. This interview was recorded live during the SAPinsider BI 2014 conference in Orlando, Florida.

View the video, and read the edited transcript of this conversation with Pierre Leroux here:

Ken Murphy, SAPinsider: Hi, this is Ken Murphy with SAPinsider and I am reporting live from SAPinsider’s BI and HANA 2014 event, and I’m pleased to be joined by Pierre Leroux, who is the director of product marketing with SAP. Pierre, welcome.

Pierre Leroux, SAP: Thank you, thank you for having me.

Ken: So, big star of the show this week has been SAP Lumira—

Pierre: Yes.

Ken:  We saw a lot about Lumira in Steve Lucas’s keynote, including a lot of demos. I was hoping you could explain a little bit about building visualizations on Lumira?

Pierre: Absolutely. I think what you’re seeing right now is people’s expectations changing a lot, with regards to data, and what they’re expecting, and what I think they’re expecting is to be able to look at data really quickly, and doing this very engagingly, very visual, in terms of experience, and that’s what Lumira is delivering, so people can connect to different data, whether it’s data they’re familiar with or big data. And they bring this into an environment, the Lumira environment, and they can just look at the data and dragging and dropping the measures, dimensions, into the user interface. They can build visualizations; they can build very simple ones, and also very sophisticated, what looks a bit more like little stories, and it can share those on a server, in, with the colleagues, or, in a more public way using the cloud.

Ken: I was hoping you could address the real-time aspect, and that’s something we heard a lot in the keynote with SAP HANA and just the ability to refresh everything, and I’m just curious from the user standpoint, does that mean you can just refresh or do you build once you have new data, can you explain that?

Pierre: Yeah, the real-time aspect I would say there’s two components to it. The first one is the fact that you can do this as you think, so in a sense it’s real-time, you think about oh, I have questions, I can look at—I can drop a measure, I can drop, say, my revenue, my cost in the graphic and look over time what it looks like. That way it’s really real-time, you see the result immediately, that’s the first one. The second one is about big data, right, you want to have the latest data available so you can connect with Lumira onto SAP HANA and look at the data as it’s coming into your system, the latest and greatest data that you have from your ERP system, from CRM system that is live. And do exactly the same workflow, which is oh, I’m looking at my measures, I want to see exactly today as we speak what’s going on in my company, what’s going on with my costs, my inventory, and you can do this real-time.

Ken: And another thing I’m curious about is as far as Lumira’s optimization for a specific device, so, for example if I’m using a desktop, or tablet, or phone?

Pierre: Yeah, we work hard to put a complete vision around Lumira, so it’s not only on the desktop, we’ve been talking a lot about the desktop in the last few months, but there’s also a device that is part of this vision and also the cloud, and as part of that, we want to be able to consume these visualizations that maybe you’re doing with your team, on the device, because you maybe have some colleagues, you may have some teammates that are outside the office and you want to give them an access with something they’re familiar with, and a lot of people, a lot of executives, a lot of managers, what they do look at the data now with is a tablet, so we have two experiences with tablet, we have a direct HTML5, so you don’t have any applications to go through, or we have also the business objects mobile application that connects to the Lumira visualizations, and you can have the same crisp interface that you’re familiar with when you use a tablet.

Ken: Interesting. And then lastly, I’m just curious about how easy it is to maybe switch visualizations?

Pierre: Yes, I think that that has to do with the cycle or of the expectations of “fast,” right, people want the answer fast, right, they don’t want to wait a week or a month before a report writer creates something and then they finally show what is the answer to their questions. And then perhaps you have a question, perhaps you’ve built something initially with nice visualizations, but you want to slightly change it a bit, and have something different. You can always go back to visualizations that you’ve done, a story that you’ve done, and you know, change the graphic, change the filter, and save it, and share with the others, so it’s very easy to go back to what you had, change in a matter of a few clicks, the visualizations and share a totally new one with your colleagues and your teammates.

Ken: Interesting. Well, a lot of information, Pierre, thanks for joining us.

Pierre: Thank you, Ken.

Ken: Again, this is Ken Murphy, with SAPinsider, reporting live from SAPinsider’s BI and HANA 2014 event.

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