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PeopleSoft vs. SAP SuccessFactors
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about PeopleSoft vs. SAP SuccessFactors and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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"I'd like PeopleSoft to be like on the cloud and more mobile-friendly. If I try to access it from a cell phone, it's a bit difficult, so it would be great if PeopleSoft could improve these features.""It's great for helping users deal with their supply chain.""PeopleSoft is a good core system. It has a lot of functionality. They frequently update the solution and recently they have added some good enhancements features for higher education. We just switched to the new fluid interface and that is working very well for us is very good.""The PeopleSoft interface is very good.""The solution is easy to scale, expand and make bigger.""Scales up very well.""PeopleSoft is scalable.""This solution integrates very well with other products which is helpful."

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"The initial setup was pretty simple.""The most valuable feature of SAP SuccessFactors is that it is a full suite of applications to enable your employees. Additionally, it has good integration with S4 HANA. Our payroll solution is from SAP and the integration becomes much easier when using SAP SuccessFactors.""This solution offers good flexibility and configurability. It can handle different types of performance management.""SAP SuccessFactors is a stable solution.""It has improved my organization by enabling us to efficiently manage our personnel.""What I like the most is the KPI management formula.""The performance and goal management is good, and it has a fairly detailed employee central.""SuccessFactors offers all aspects of Human Resources Management. What I love most about it is that it can be implemented for any company very quickly."

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"PeopleSoft should be more flexible with the configuration. There should be less coding and more configuration.""There can occasionally be complexity in the initial setup.""The biggest disadvantage with things like PeopleSoft is that they do continuous support and fixes and upgrades. You get to choose when you want to implement that upgrade. However, in order to keep up, you have to upgrade.""Tools and UI could be enhanced.""One of the areas that could improve is the capability of utilizing mobile for some of the self-service activities that are missing. They are running on the older platform. What is happening is people are focusing on the cloud. PeopleSoft is a good provider and should into the cloud. That could be an advantage for them. Customers would not have to go find another solution that is a completely different platform that has different functionality altogether.""The API integration could be better.""PeopleSoft can improve by having proper connectors. It's very difficult to change some interfaces with the other systems.""An area for improvement would be that it's quite difficult to learn how to use this product, and the documentation provided isn't helpful in giving you practical advice."

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"Everything, including the provisioning dependency, should be moved to the instance, and coding should be kept to a minimum. Wherever possible, coding should be minimized, and everything should be a drag-and-drop.""The initial setup could be simplified.""There's room for improvement in SAP SuccessFactors, particularly in terms of innovation. I'd like more flexibility in its functionality and more customization. In terms of what additional feature I'd like to see in the next release of the product, it depends on the module because you have various modules in SAP SuccessFactors, so it's easier to go module by module and understand what features you have in each module. The product has a lot of features coming up, but the product being more mobile, or having mobile features would be nice.""SuccessFactors could be improved by making it usable on mobile and making its features less rigid.""They should be more user friendly and give us more tools to make it more flexible.""SAP SuccessFactors functionality doesn't meet the expectation of our end users. There are other solutions that have better functionality, such as Workday, which is one of the top applications. Additionally, the solution could be easier to use.""The complete integration process between SuccessFactors modules is not at the level that all customers expect when it comes to complete HR user experience from all angles.""The integration between the recruitment module and employee central is a big problem."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "There are no additional costs for licensing."
  • "We are a University and the cost and license are negotiated privately."
  • "The main issue we have with the solution is that it is very expensive."
  • "One of the cheapest solutions available and also one of the best."
  • "I would consider this to be an expensive product, but the quality justifies it."
  • "This solution offers annual licensing. We pay per user."
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  • "If you go by best practices and do it right from the outset, the setup won't be a costly endeavor. In terms of setup, there is a lot of flexibility compared to three years ago."
  • "It could be cheaper."
  • "We have a yearly license. There are no additional costs."
  • "SAP SuccessFactors requires an annual subscription."
  • "It is not expensive because it is a complete suite with a module-based cost."
  • "For SAP, the product is pricey, both CAPEX and the OPEX. It's something that could be improved."
  • "Our costs for the solution are subsidized by our parent company, I am not aware of the exact cost because of this. However, we pay $50,000 annually. If we move to another solution it will be more expensive."
  • "The pricing for SuccessFactors is ridiculously high, and there are costs in addition to the license fee for some features."
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    Anthony Collier - PeerSpot reviewerAnthony Collier
    Real User

    Big question but let me try to sum this up without diving too deep into the details.

    1. Workday is the only fully in memory consolidated application on the market. It is an event-driven snapshot-based system and is SAAS only. Everything you do is an event and some of the events are exposed as business processes on the Workday business process framework. The only way to access data is through API operations.

    2. PeopleSoft has been around a long time and is a database-driven application. You can access it through a browser and leverage PeopleTools to customize it to do what you need. PeopleSoft can be on-premise or hosted by Oracle. No new releases have come out in a while that I am aware of. I don’t know what the long term prospects of PS being around are. Different databases house different functional areas, i.e. HR, Financials, Student.

    3. SuccessFactors is a consolidation of systems through acquisition. Its several databases being kept in sync under the covers with triggers and coding. I think parts of the application work well and others have a ways to go.

    To me, the bottom line is really the technical aspects of the applications are hugely different in their approach. Workday being fully consolidated in memory SAAS solution,

    PS being older highly customizable and SuccessFactors being a bunch of systems under the covers all pushing data between different databases to keep things in sync. Functionally I would say they each have their wheelhouse.

    HeHR893021 - PeerSpot reviewerHeHR893021
    Real User

    Workday is excellent for global implementations where you want to have employees from different geographies on the same HCM platform. Workday gives you the comfort of end to end global implementation on the same platform.

    SAP SuccessFactors has strength in PMS and learning. India payroll is not so strong.

    PeopleSoft (Oracle HCM) has strength in core HR data management, time and attendance, and recruitment, but their learning module is quite average.

    I’m sharing my experience based on the evaluation I had conducted two years back.

    Wouter Schaap - PeerSpot reviewerWouter Schaap
    Real User

    I have compared some with Oracle Fusion and all have their pluses and minuses.

    Workday was too complex for a company to maintain. They replaced PeopleSoft (old version) by Oracle Fusion because this was
    preferred due to the integration and UX.

    TRUNG PHAM TAN - PeerSpot reviewerTRUNG PHAM TAN

    Currently, we applied the HCM - Oracle Fusion for Capital Management in our industry operation.

    We already take time for package selections of HCM solutions then we understood for success to be deployed of solutions belongs to the implementation partners.

    We based on the optimization triangle concepts are “SOLUTIONS – REALISTIC/APPLICABLE – COSTS”.

    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:Annual subscriptions are offered from a pricing perspective.
    Top Answer:Differences between Workday, Oracle Cloud,w and SAP SuccessFactors:w Oracle: "simple interface and deep customization to suit the purpose." SAP: Multiple functionalities that increase process… more »
    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 »
    Top Answer:What I like most about SAP SuccessFactors are its recruiting and compensation features.
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    Oracle's PeopleSoft applications are designed to address the most complex business requirements. They provide comprehensive business and industry solutions, enabling organizations to increase productivity, accelerate business performance, and provide a lower cost of ownership.

    SAP SuccessFactors is a valuable human resource management system (HRMS) solution that streamlines numerous HR tasks and activities, such as payroll, talent management, and people processes, to help make the entire HR process run more smoothly and improve the overall employee experience. It is primarily developed to meet the needs of enterprise-class organizations. SAP SuccessFactors can also help users to boost business processes and achieve desired outcomes.

    SAP SuccessFactors is cloud-based and built as a Software as a Service (SaaS) tool. It can integrate seamlessly with any existing ecosystem. This solution can easily be accessed from any web browser, from any location, with any device.

    SAP Success Factors Key Features

    • Improve core HR and payroll process: SAP SuccessFactors can help users improve productivity by simplifying everyday tasks, streamlining processes across the organization, establishing consistent business practices, and improving the bottom line by reducing risk. SuccessFactors core HR tools include time and attendance, payroll management, document management, and additional core HR services to meet regulatory and compliance needs.

    • Staff planning and HR analytics: SuccessFactors can facilitate an improved DE&I (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) environment using intuitive people data measurements. The solution can help create action plans to ensure that hiring goals are met in a timely manner, preventing critical staffing gaps and ensuring that productivity and profitability goals are consistently being achieved.

    • Employee welfare management: SuccessFactors allows users to respond in a timely manner to employee needs and concerns, to better understand employee motivations, to keep employees happy and involved, to specify employee dissatisfiers, and to help improve the overall employee experience. The solution will also facilitate employee performance using an intuitive holistic approach, improve employee benefits, and guide and administer the entire employee career growth. SuccessFactors provides valuable opportunities for employee growth through intuitive individualized learning and career development opportunities. It also rewards and recognizes good performance and provides pathways for successful career growth. The solution will help to attract and retain the best available talent in the marketplace.
    • Succession Planning: The solution can be used to assist with talent sourcing, candidate management, and improving the overall candidate experience to include new hire onboarding, offboarding, and more. SuccessFactors also provides action plans for performance and compensation management, education and career development, talent reviews, leadership planning, and even sales performance management, goal setting, and quotas.

    Reviews from Real Users

    “We are using it for a lot of things: HR, performance management, and learning management. There are a lot of features embedded in SuccessFactors. We recently implemented a learning platform that employs the individual staff to actually manage their own learning. They can do it at their own pace. SuccessFactors allows you to manage your team, have calibration for promotion, and you can generate reports and see how you're doing.” - Alaba O., IT Asset Management Lead at Dangote Industries Limited

    “SuccessFactors Talent Management tools help us in managing the entire employee journey. HR and managers can use the succession and development tool to create career paths and staff development plans. When combined with the learning tool, these development objectives can help employees gain the skills they need to advance their careers within the company.” - Yamen Z., SAP Project Manager at a manufacturing company

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    Sample Customers
    BMI Healthcare, Lone Star College System, Jefferson County Public Schools, Griffith University, Los Rios Community College District, Tervita Corporation, INFRA S.A. de C.V., ICF Habitat, Central Washington University, Tech Mahindra Limited, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Stanford Childrens Health
    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, Skril
    Top Industries
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Manufacturing Company24%
    Recruiting/Hr Firm11%
    Consumer Goods Company11%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Company Size
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    PeopleSoft vs. SAP SuccessFactors
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about PeopleSoft vs. SAP SuccessFactors and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    PeopleSoft is ranked 3rd in Talent Management with 19 reviews while SAP SuccessFactors is ranked 1st in Talent Management with 26 reviews. PeopleSoft is rated 7.8, while SAP SuccessFactors is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of PeopleSoft writes "Mature with a variety of features and multiple use cases". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP SuccessFactors writes "Stable solution with automatic interlinking and reporting features". PeopleSoft is most compared with Oracle HCM Cloud, Workday, Oracle ERP Cloud, Oracle E-Business Suite and SAP ERP, whereas SAP SuccessFactors is most compared with Workday, SAP HCM, Oracle HCM Cloud, Cornerstone Learning and Oracle Taleo. See our PeopleSoft vs. SAP SuccessFactors report.

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