Also Tuesday, SAP is set to announce NetWeaver Cloud, an upcoming PaaS offering that will feature its HANA in-memory database under the covers. NetWeaver Cloud will be compatible for use with competing PaaS offerings such as VMware's Cloud Foundry, SAP said.
Other details to be revealed Tuesday include a planned cloud-based data integration service from SAP, for connecting on-demand and on-premises applications. SAP intends to court third-party data integration vendors as well, such as Mulesoft and IBM's Cast Iron, according to a statement.
Hoping to give Sapphire attendees a proof point on cloud software's ease of deployment, SAP and SuccessFactors executives are also expected to discuss during Tuesday's keynote how the two companies quickly began using each others' products.
Within six weeks, SuccessFactors has gone live on SAP's Sales OnDemand, Sourcing on Demand, Travel OnDemand and Business ByDesign software, according to a statement. SAP is also planning to use SuccessFactors BizX suite for its own HCM system, and made it available to all SAP employees this week.
Of all the announcements slated for Tuesday, SAP's plans for an on-demand financials application were of particular interest to Forrester Research vice president and principal analyst Paul Hamerman.
Despite the presence of Workday as well as NetSuite in the market, the level of adoption for cloud financials has been "way behind" on-demand HCM and CRM, Hamerman said.
Still, a market is materializing for such software, according to Hamerman. "I think SAP is recognizing an opportunity here."
The sheer number of announcements shows that SAP wants to "present the pace of innovation at this conference," Hamerman said.
What's not clear is whether SAP plans to spend much time at Sapphire discussing its core, on-premises ERP software, which still represents the bulk of its revenue.
SAP has sought to alleviate the pain of performing a full upgrade to its flagship Business Suite by issuing periodic enhancement packs. But the last major version of the software was released in 2009, with no new one in sight.
"Their strategy has been to innovate around ERP and not in it," Hamerman said. "I think customers are looking for something more around the ERP road map besides a succession of enhancement packs."
Still, SAP's planned emphasis on refreshed user interfaces is a good sign for longtime ERP customers, according to Hamerman.
"[SAP has] lagged in usability and gotten beaten up around it," he said. "That's a big strategy they feel they need to address."
Sapphire continues through Wednesday in Orlando.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com.