Just in time for its Sapphire Now conference this week, SAP has released a deluge of product and partnership updates including the debut of HANA Enterprise Cloud and HANA powered OpenText for SAP Solutions.

HANA in the Cloud

Despite the expense involved in enterprises migrating to the cloud, SAP has obviously decided its customers deserved the increasingly popular deployment option. SAP's customers wanted a cloud option, and now the HANA Enterprise Cloud offers it.

"I had the vision of running SAP as fast as Excel and today I am happy to share with you that we were able to complete the app migration and cloud on boarding in just two months," Don Whittington, SAP Enterprise Cloud launch partner Florida Crystals CIO said in a statement.

Those running SAP ERP, CRM and NetWeaver Business Warehouse powered by the in memory HANA system will be able to deploy in the cloud if they so choose, and of course, SAP will no doubt focus on building new apps customized just for the cloud.

Visual Intelligence is Now Lumira

SAP has also added its Visual Intelligence data visualization tool to the cloud, and has renamed it as Lumira. A company blog post lays out some of the rationale for the renaming, and the service will be sold at monthly rates in annual blocks.

Lumira is an HTML 5 based analytics tool that allows for publishing and sharing data visualizations for viewing or editing on any device. It integrates with on premise data sources and can also be used to share SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio files and SAP Crystal Records documents.

OpenText Integration

Information management juggernaut OpenText has updated its ECM Suite for SAP Solutions with full integration of SAP HANA. The update includes a collaborative Invoice to Pay option that is a hybrid on premises and cloud offering for connecting buyers and suppliers. It could help them make better use of invoice management tools like dynamic discounting, for example.

Another tool, SAP for Travel, has been updated to include OpenText capture and optical character recognition capabilities. This update is designed for business travelers who need to file expense reports via scanned documents or mobile devices. Additionally, the OpenText Employee File Management 4.0 tool now offers an SAP SuccessFactors integration through a cloud connector interface. This connector can import forms and processes that are then stored in a cloud based repository.

A few mobile apps have also been updated, and they will soon integrate with the SAP Afaria mobile device management system. They are OpenText Vendor Invoice Management for SAP Solutions, OpenText Employee File Management for SAP Solutions and SAP Portal Content Management by OpenText.

CoreMedia, Tagetik Integrations

A WEB CMS tool from CoreMedia and a unified performance management tool from Tagetik also have announced SAP integrations this week. Both companies are SAP partners, and the SAP HANA integration will allow for their customers to take advantave of the core HANA benefits of high processing speed and advanced analytics and dashboards.

The recently released CoreMedia 7 WCM system will couple with SAP HANA to allow for connecting to customers in real time, and using compiled data to create better customer experiences.