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Executive Summary
Updated on Sep 19, 2022

We performed a comparison between Oracle HCM Cloud and SAP HCM based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both solutions feel installation and deployment is simple and straightforward.
  • Features: Oracle HCM offers an intuitive core part and talent management part that users feel are very valuable. The solution is robust, reliable, and scales easily. However, many users feel the solution could be more user-friendly and provide better reporting.

    SAP HCM offers users a great Organizational Management (OM) feature in addition to intuitive talent, recruitment, and learning features. The employee self-service feature is a PeerSpot user favorite. Many users feel the solution could be more flexible, offer better performance, and should offer more integrations.
  • Pricing: Users feel both solutions are expensive.
  • Service and Support: Users of both solutions are satisfied with the service and support.

Comparison Results: PeerSpot users feel Oracle HCM cloud is the slightly better option. Oracle offers very intuitive dashboards, is easy to configure and customize, and is very fast. It is a cloud solution, so it can scale super easily and can be used securely anywhere at any time. Oracle updates the solution regularly with new robust features, making it very competitive in the marketplace. Many users feel SAP HCM can be a bit bulky and slow, and there can also be a steep learning curve to getting the solution up to speed.

To learn more, read our detailed Oracle HCM Cloud vs. SAP HCM Report (Updated: March 2024).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: Which product would you choose: Oracle HCM or SAP HCM?
Answer: For HCM, Oracle is the ultimate to meet business needs.
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Pros
"This solution has localized the payroll which is a good thing.""The solution has good integration with other applications.""Oracle HCM Cloud's most valuable feature is that it is user-friendly.""The most valuable features in Oracle HCM Cloud are the employee and manager self-services.""Oracle HCM has a great reporting platform, OTPI, with drag-and-drop functionality. I can design my own reports without relying on the technical team. This empowers HR users to create reports based on their needs, which is a huge advantage.""HCM Cloud's most valuable feature is its ease of use - it's interlinked, so you can drill down into information.""The most important function is definitely managing the employee and employer staff system. This module allows the company to see information about its own employees. It's crucial for our organization, along with talent management.""All the features are good."

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"The payroll and time management features are useful.""The technical support is quite good.""The most valuable feature is the Personnel Administration.""The tool's most valuable features for our HR operations include easy reporting capabilities, which allow us to generate reports for management meetings and auditing purposes. Additionally, it supports appointment preparation and processing benefits.""It has the best data management features.""I like the talent, recruitment, and learning features the most.""The setup was straightforward.""It is a scalable solution. There are three administrators maintaining the solution: an HR person, a payroll person, and one backup."

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Cons
"Occasionally there are problems with stability.""HCM's analytics features could be improved.""In the next release, I would like to see a new recruitments module. I would like to see the preboarding so that it sends out integrations through personal email. That would be very useful.""In some geographies, you might not find specific localizations. For example, here in Turkey, we can use all Oracle Cloud modules except for payroll. The Oracle payroll module isn't localized for the Turkish system. So, we need to integrate a separate, localized payroll solution with Oracle HCM.""The support from Oracle HCM Cloud is great, they are responsive and helpful. However, they still could improve.""Oracle should have different bundles to provide access to courses. Then, we would be able to increase our knowledge on how to use Oracle applications.""Exposure to users on the volume or utilization of servers and memory is necessary. Currently, when users hit the threshold, the system experiences a slowdown.""I was part of a program I went to where I had a discussion on the latest innovation of the Oracle HCM. I think some of the newer technology innovations, such as gamification and consumerization are areas that could be improved."

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"It was difficult to deploy. There were challenges regarding configurations and implementation. So, we had a lot of issues.""It needs a lot of end user training as it is not intuitive at all.""It is a bit tedious and manual to work with.""The organizational structure visualization could be improved in future releases. The solution has a very poor interface.""System usability is a challenge.""SAP HCM has many different channels for communication with the consultants which makes it complex. There are delays when there is a problem.""On the personnel administration side, it's very difficult to do custom development.""It takes a long time to apply an update patch to the system."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "On an annual basis, we pay about $25,000 for our company. This includes the VAT, support, upgrades and everything else."
  • "Oracle HCM offers many features at a low price."
  • "On average, it's not a cheap solution."
  • "It has a licensing cost. It has a cloud-based subscription, which is quite cheap."
  • "The solution is expensive."
  • "Licensing fees are on a yearly basis."
  • "There is a license required for the use of this solution and we are on an annual license."
  • "I cannot comment on the cost, as this is handled by a different team."
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  • "Licensing is pretty complex. SAP does not have a straight forward way of licensing, and it differs from client to client."
  • "The terms on which you buy licenses might change due to the way they license in a particular product."
  • "For implementation, SAP offers little support unless you buy SAP Safeguarding from SAP Consulting."
  • "Be careful and guard against future changes in licensing."
  • "In my view, this product is a waste of money for SMB because there are much better products available and licensing is an issue."
  • "You pay per license. There not any costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "SAP is extremely expensive. The integration costs and customization costs are also a lot."
  • "SAP is expensive, but if you're using the product, then the expensive product becomes inexpensive. Considering its performance and features, I find it quite reasonable."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Although both are solutions to manage HR, their differences make each one suitable for different companies Oracle Cloud HCM is a platform for connecting all human resource processes in your… more »
    Top Answer:The most important function is definitely managing the employee and employer staff system. This module allows the company to see information about its own employees. It's crucial for our organization… more »
    Top Answer:I rate the product's pricing a seven out of ten. A comprehensive understanding of your requirements is essential for successful deployment. Without it, the process may become challenging and less… more »
    Top Answer:SAP HCM is the one of the best ERP for an organization with a small to large scale business. It has the most efficient payroll functionality. Regards : SAP HR classes in pune
    Top Answer:HCM is a very important module that each organization should want to use. It will help any organization to calculate and control the cost of their human resources.
    Top Answer:When it comes to user experience, SuccessFactors is unquestionably superior, as it provides end users with a new experience and an advanced user interface. Additionally, the entire concept of SF is to… more »
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    Also Known As
    Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud
    SAP Human Capital Management
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    Overview

    Natively built for the cloud, Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management is a complete solution that connects every human resource process—and every person—across your enterprise. We help you create a community where people feel valued, heard, and like they belong. With a single user experience and data model and seamless processes and infrastructure, Oracle Cloud HCM can help you redefine what best looks like for your people.

    Platform capabilities empower every HR process including: Global HR, Talent Management, Recruiting, Learning, Workforce Rewards, Workforce Management, Work Life Solutions, HR Help Desk, Workforce Health and Safety Incidents, Payroll Management, Benefits Management, Advanced HCM Controls, and Strategic Workforce Planning.

    Top 10 Reason Why Customers Choose Oracle Cloud HCM:

  • Tailored User Experience

    Employees expect tailored experiences from their work technology and want to feel supported by their organization regardless of where, when, and how they work. Providing employees with a tailored user experience is now a necessity—one that many HR teams are striving for as they evaluate their technology. That’s why Oracle Cloud HCM offers the only complete employee experience platform that empowers your people to connect, grow, and thrive.

  • Adaptable and Extensible

    HR is at the forefront of navigating change and needs to be able to adapt quickly as new challenges arise. Oracle Cloud HCM delivers an adaptable and flexible solution to meet changing business practices, regulations, and environments.

  • Complete HCM Cloud Solution

    Organizations that want to manage the entire employee lifecycle select Oracle Cloud HCM because it’s the most complete HR cloud solution on the market. Built as a single cloud solution for all HR functionalities, it connects every HR process from hire to retire.

  • Complete Enterprise Solution

    One of the many things that sets Oracle apart from other vendors is that we natively built our software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications on our own cloud platform and infrastructure. With applications and data all on one platform, you can gain unobstructed visibility across your organization and increased data security

  • Improved Business Value

    Oracle customers leverage our HCM cloud application to drive business value through better user engagement and adoption, streamlined processes, improved productivity, and lower total cost of ownership

  • Dedication to Innovation

    Innovation is the biggest benefit of moving your systems to the cloud. Our quarterly updates allow us to continuously deliver new and exciting features. With a team of more than 20,000 engineers, Oracle delivers more than 1,000 innovation updates annually—80% of which are based on customer feedback.

  • Data Security and Privacy

    Oracle has a strong security culture and is trusted by

    organizations worldwide with strict security requirements. Stored in state-of-the-art data centers, Oracle Cloud HCM and our infrastructure have advanced multilayered security measures that can help customers meet both local and international regulations

  • Vibrant HR Community

    Oracle Cloud Customer Connect is a vibrant online

    community of more than 40,000 HCM users and a great place to crowdsource information, discuss the latest releases, register for in-person or virtual events, and submit product suggestions.

  • Customer Success

    Oracle customers have access to an implementation success manager, on-demand education, and success planning tools. We offer 24/7 customer service in 145 countries worldwide to help you maximize the value of your investment.

  • Global Capabilities

    Most enterprises today operate at both the global and local levels, so our customers appreciate that Oracle Cloud HCM is designed to meet both international and regional needs for more than 200 jurisdictions and 27 languages.

  • Oracle HCM Cloud is a complete HR application suite which helps organizations become more strategic and agile with a best-in-class workforce experience. It integrates HR best practices and technology to provide an engaging, informative, and adaptive HR experience throughout the entire employee lifecycle. Oracle HCM Cloud allows organizations find, develop and retain the best talent, enable collaboration, deliver deep workforce insights, and increase operational efficiency

    SAP HCM is a benefits administration solution that has a comprehensive set of tools and features for managing and optimizing all aspects of human resources. SAP HCM covers various HR functions including payroll, time and attendance management, talent management, succession planning, and employee performance evaluation.

    The goal of SAP HCM is to help organizations streamline HR processes, improve workforce productivity and efficiency, and support strategic HR decision-making. With SAP HCM, HR departments can manage employee data, track and analyze key HR metrics, and automate various HR processes to save time and resources. It is widely used by large organizations across various industries.

    SAP HCM Features

    SAP HCM has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Personnel administration: With SAP HCM, users can manage employee master data, such as personal details, employment contracts, and job information.
    • Payroll: The solution provides automation of payroll processes, including tax calculation, payment generation, and reporting.
    • Time and attendance management: Automated tracking and management of employee time and attendance help users streamline HR processes. 
    • Talent management: SAP HCM includes tools for recruiting, onboarding, training, and development of employees.
    • Succession planning: With this feature, users can plan and manage employee career development and succession within the organization.
    • Performance and goal management: SAP HCM is designed with performance evaluation, goal setting, and development planning for employees.
    • Compliance management: SAP HCM offers management of legal and regulatory requirements related to HR processes.
    • Reporting and analytics: Generation of reports and analysis of key HR metrics help support decision-making.
    • Integrations: The solution has integration with other SAP modules, such as SAP Finance and SAP Supply Chain, that provide a comprehensive solution for HR management.


    SAP HCM Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing SAP HCM. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Improved HR processes: The solution’s automation of HR processes, helps reduce manual effort and increases efficiency.
    • Better data management: SAP HCM provides centralized management of employee data, improving data accuracy and reducing the risk of errors.
    • Increased productivity: Because the solution streamlines HR processes, it frees up HR staff to focus on other strategic tasks.
    • Improved compliance: SAP HCM helps businesses reduce the risk of non-compliance by making legal and regulatory requirements related to HR processes easy and manageable. 
    • Better decision-making: Access to real-time HR data and analytics enables data-driven decision-making.
    • Increased transparency: SAP HCM improves visibility into HR processes, enabling HR departments to monitor performance and identify areas for improvement.
    • Better employee engagement: The solution’s provision of self-service options for employees improves employee satisfaction and engagement.
    • Cost control: SAP HCM’s automation of HR processes reduces costs associated with manual HR processes.
    • Talent management: The solution’s tools for attracting, retaining, and developing employees increase overall workforce productivity and effectiveness.


    Reviews from Real Users

    SAP HCM is a solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. Some of its major advantages are that it has good payroll and personnel administration, it’s a powerful tool for maintaining company data, and has valuable SuccessFactors talent modules. 

    According to Dave D., Project Manager at Telecom Namibia, “[SAP HCM] allows us to do all of our HR management processes, including payroll and personnel administration.” He also adds, “Technical support is excellent."

    “I think that it's a very powerful tool for maintaining your company data. When you maintain your data in SAP, you can generate any kind of HR report with one click,” says Sameer Y., Team Leader at Fauji Meat Limited.

    Another PeerSpot reviewer, Arsala A., SAP HCM / SF Consultant at a computer software company, explains what she likes most about SAP HCM: "Payroll processing is my favorite HCM feature, and I like all the SuccessFactors talent modules also. SAP is making good progress on enhancements to the features in the SF modules."

    Sample Customers
    Kovaion Consulting India Pvt. Ltd., eVerge Group, Kalpataru, Logicalis Inc., Macmillan Science and Education, Drivestream Inc., Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group LLC, WAXIE Sanitary Supply
    City of Cape Town, ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd., TransAlta Corporation, Keolis, PT XL Axiata Tbk, National Football League (NFL), Plan International, Yoh, A Day & Zimmermann Company, China Talent Group (CTG TMO), Umicore S.A., Butterfield Bank, Skrill Group Ltd.
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Insurance Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Educational Organization45%
    Computer Software Company7%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Healthcare Company4%
    REVIEWERS
    Energy/Utilities Company20%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Educational Organization7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise51%
    Large Enterprise38%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise65%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
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    March 2024
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    Oracle HCM Cloud is ranked 2nd in Benefits Administration with 62 reviews while SAP HCM is ranked 4th in Benefits Administration with 45 reviews. Oracle HCM Cloud is rated 7.8, while SAP HCM is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Oracle HCM Cloud writes " Capable of consolidating data from all countries and providing access to any employee information across locations but poor user experience". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP HCM writes "Efficiently handles the entire hire-to-retire cycle management within an organization and the ability to scale is outstanding". Oracle HCM Cloud is most compared with SAP SuccessFactors, PeopleSoft, Workday, Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Taleo, whereas SAP HCM is most compared with SAP SuccessFactors, Workday, ADP GlobalView Payroll, PeopleSoft and UKG. See our Oracle HCM Cloud vs. SAP HCM report.

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