ORLANDO – Waterloo, Ont.-based OpenText has joined the ranks of companies offering an enterprise-friendly version of the storage and sharing services offered by popular public cloud tools like Dropbox and Box.net.
OpenText’s new Tempo Box offering, though, offers a unique twist on the the sharing genre – tight integration with SAP’s business applications.
“Tempo Box lets users do what they can do with DropBox, but in a safe environment where everything is stored in your repository,” said Hans-Gerd Schaal, senior director SAP Solutions Group at OpenText EMEA.
Tempo Box itself is free for the software vendors’ joint customers, but the system really shines when paired with OpenText’s Enterprise Content Manager (ECM). With that software in place, documents are not only held on-site by customers, but are linked when and where appropriate directly into the customer’s SAP deployment.
“We create a business workspace in the SAP processes and mange the content directly from those SAP processes, so transaction records live in the SAP sales space, for example, and everything is managed centrally out of that workspace,” Schaal said.
As well as combatting security and regulatory issues that many clients have with letting employees use public cloud-based services, the fact that data contained on those services are outside of the enterprise’s view from a BI standpoint.
“It’s a new silo and it’s a terrible silo because it’s not even a departmental silo, it’s a personal silo,” Schaal said.
Companies can pick and choose which users have access to the free Tempo Box repository, and which users have the paid connection via ECM into the core of SAP.
While ECM is targeted at large enterprise, Schaal said OpenText does have customers for the product in the midmarket and below, and he expects to see more pickup as a result of introducing Tempo Box, which also includes apps for major mobile platforms to access content stored in the Tempo Box.
The company also announced that its Archive product is now being built for HANA as well as continuing to be available on other, more traditional database environments. The idea is to make Archive available on SAP’s HANA Enterprise Cloud, and while today using Archive on HANA requires an existing license for Archive, by the third quarter of 2014, Schaal said OpenText and SAP will offer Archive on HANA in a subscription model
While putting Archive on HANA doesn’t necessarily speed up the archiving process itself, Schaal said it has tremendous benefits in terms of being able to build analytics on top of the data held in Archive, allowing enterprises to take advantage of HANA’s massive in-memory footprint to do things like realtime finance and cash flow predictions on enterprise financial data stored in Archive.
The two new products are part of an overall push between the two longtime partners to get all of OpenText’s wares certified for HANA. Schaal said that effort will be completed over the next year.
“All of our solutions are being certified for HANA, and the next step is Archive and Tempo Box,” Schaal said. “The only question is how fast the customers wil adapt the enterprise cloud.”