Uncovering Hidden Chart Types in Lumira Designer

One of the advantages of using Lumira Designer over Lumira Discovery is the ability to have much more granular control over the look and behavior of your dashboard application.

With Lumira Discovery there are 26 chart types (excluding Maps) available “Out of the Box” (as per SAP documentation). That’s a great list and covers most standard business use cases.

Chart TypeVarieties
Column and Bar
  • Column
  • Bar
  • Stacked Column
  • Stacked Bar
  • Marimekko
  • Waterfall
  • Bullet
Line and Area
  • Line
  • Stacked Area
Pie
  • Pie
  • Doughnut
Dots
  • Scatter Plot
  • Bubble
Tile (Square)
  • Heat Map
  • Tree Map
Numeric Point
  • Numeric Point
Time Series
  • Line Chart for Times Series
  • Scatter Plot for Times Series
  • Bubble Chart for Times Series
Other
  • Tag Cloud
  • Box Plot
  • Radar
  • Network
  • Funnel
  • Parallel Coordinates
  • Tree

As you might expect, all these charts are supported by Lumira Designer…but there are some hidden chart types that might hint as to the future direction of the product.

Background

The Chart Component is a malleable component; meaning you will not find 26 different chart components, just one that you can configure to your needs. You can access the Chart Configuration dialog from the Chart Properties panel.

From here we see a familiar chart selection menu, just like Lumira Discovery.

As the dashboard designer, I can select the visualization that I believe best fits the data presented for analysis. However, I can also give the end user the power to change the view either by adding the built-in Chart Type Picker component (looks just like the menu above) or controlling the UI myself via script.

What’s Under the Covers

Where things get even more interesting is when we look at the scripting of the Chart component. One of the many “scriptable” properties is called setType that…you guessed it…sets the type of the chart. You can control the chart type from a button or other control in the dashboard to change the view interactively.

If we look into the available options there are 43! – Many of these are variations on the core chart views, however, there are a few new ones that are not accessible from the Chart Picker, such as Hichert bar and column charts.

Before

After

This appears to be the initial implementation of Dr. Rolf Hichert’s IBCS chart grammar.

Interestingly SAP Analytics Cloud was recently IBCS Certified.  So, clearly, SAP is aligned with a consistent presentation for data visualization.

Conclusion

By having this very granular control over the behavior and look of charts we can create extremely rich and compelling BI application that goes beyond the basic analysis provided by static charts.

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By |2018-09-02T17:39:37+00:00April 12th, 2018|Kingfisher, Lumira, Tips & Tricks|0 Comments

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