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We performed a comparison between PeopleSoft and SAP SuccessFactors based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Talent Management solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed PeopleSoft vs. SAP SuccessFactors Report (Updated: May 2024).
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Question: What are the biggest differences between Workday, PeopleSoft, and SAP SuccessFactors?
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Pros
"Scalability-wise, I rate the solution a ten out of ten.""PeopleSoft allows you to schedule upgrades and inform users beforehand. This gives your IT team time to manage the implementation and minimize disruption.""The synchronization of business processes, and the software, streamlined the shared service departments to run 40% leaner.""I would rate scalability a nine out of ten.""The solution is easy to scale, expand and make bigger.""The most valuable feature is ERP application information.""A solid and mature product.""Flexibility in configuration."

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"The interface is really useful and it's very easy to combine different information. For example, we can easily get reports that we need. It's very easy to create reports.""The UX in SAP SuccessFactors is good.""The tool is easy to use for performance management. We haven't experienced any issues with SAP SuccessFactors for performance management, which is great. However, since we're still learning to use it fully, we might not utilize all its available features yet.""The performance and goal management is good, and it has a fairly detailed employee central.""What I appreciate most about SAP SuccessFactors is that it has all the modules in one platform. SAP SuccessFactors is the best option in the market for HR use cases. I also find the solution user-friendly.""Flexible with a lot of good features.""There are a lot of features in SuccessFactors that HR can actually explore. We recently implemented a learning platform that employs the individual staff to actually manage their own learning.""The most valuable features of SAP SuccessFactors are onboarding, recruiting, marketing, and performance."

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Cons
"Having applications which provide more enhanced features and user-friendly elements.""We have already deployed it and we have had it for several years but we are switching to a modern HCM SaaS cloud product.""The solution could improve by offering PeopleSoft site licenses. Currently, Oracle is pushing for everyone to transition to the cloud, but clients are discontent with this approach. Offering new PeopleSoft site licenses would be the most beneficial for our clients.""The learning and development side of the product is an area of concern where improvements are required.""Agile system configurations to accommodate business dynamics.""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.""It would be nice if it became even more declarative in its development.""Global payroll could be easier to use."

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"The price could be lower.""SuccessFactors should consider building their best practices around critical industries to help companies become more differentiated in the markets they operate in.""The stability could be a bit better.""There are a few features that are missing. There are specific features on the HTM, such as telecom safety, that just isn't there. It's not a very detailed solution in that sense. However, it is maybe not expected to have those kinds of features on the surface level of the product.""LMS, Learning Management Systems, needs improvement because there were some stability problems.""Analytics could use some work.""The reporting tool is not as good as IBM Cognos which is very, very powerful.""I think there is room for improvement in user friendliness. In my experience, users are sometimes confused about how to use the solution."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Check all options before a decision is made."
  • "It's approximately $3,000,000 to $4,000,000 USD per year."
  • "The licensing cost for PeopleSoft is 3,500 per course and the annual subscription fee is 6,500."
  • "I don't know if they are still providing licenses or if they have suspending licenses."
  • "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."
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  • "The licensing fees are based on the number of modules that are being used, and the number of users."
  • "I don't want to comment on the license cost, to be honest. It could be about $1,000 approximately per customer. However, it's very flexible in terms of the licensing costs depending on the volume and depending on the deal of installation."
  • "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."
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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
    User

    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:I use the reporting feature occasionally to check for potential improvements in timesheets. We have integrated it with Power BI.
    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:The tool is easy to use for performance management. We haven't experienced any issues with SAP SuccessFactors for performance management, which is great. However, since we're still learning to use it… more »
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    Overview

    PeopleSoft is an ERP solution that provides businesses with tools for managing their entire workforce including human resources and financial operations, such as payroll, benefits, talent management, and supply chain management. Originally developed by PeopleSoft, Inc., and later acquired by Oracle Corporation, the software helps address talent management needs and maximize employee productivity and efficiency.

    PeopleSoft Features

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


    • Simple and intuitive: PeopleSoft HCM delivers a clean, consistent, and user-friendly design, resulting in greater user satisfaction that leads to higher adoption without the high cost of training employees.


    • Anywhere, anytime mobility: With mobile devices being such an integral part of today’s modern work life, PeopleSoft offers today’s mobile and wireless managers and employees an effective and secure method for accessing the information they need, with the ability to effectively execute HR transactions from anywhere, at any time.


    • Flexible and configurable: PeopleSoft enables you to leverage a single application optimized for all form factors that works on any mobile device – no need for separate applications for mobile and desktop.


    • Robust: Because the solution is robust, you can use it to increase retention and improve employee engagement.


    • Powerful and actionable, embedded analytics: PeopleSoft’s actionable, embedded analytics help you spend less time gathering data and more time analyzing and executing employee data.



    PeopleSoft Benefits

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


    • Greater employee satisfaction: Users will find PeopleSoft’s software easy to use, leading to better productivity levels and also increased employee satisfaction.


    • Manage dynamic workforce: The solution provides secure access to employee information so users can manage essential HR functions effectively.


    • Increased administrator productivity: PeopleSoft empowers employees and managers by enabling them to execute common HR tasks so administrators can focus on other top priorities.


    • Quickly make informed decisions: By using PeopleSoft’s embedded, real-time, multidimensional analysis capabilities, users can make more informed business decisions.


    Reviews from Real Users

    PeopleSoft is a solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. Some of its major advantages are that it has a lot of functionality and is customizable.

    A Regional Director at a tech services company mentions, “The most valuable feature is that it's wide and broad and it does about everything anybody needs in a major organization from a back-office systems point of view.”

    "PeopleSoft is a good core system. It has a lot of functionality. "They frequently update the solution and recently they have added some good enhancement features for higher education. We just switched to the new fluid interface and that is working very well for us. It is very good," says another reviewer who is an HR/Pay Systems Administrator/Director at a university.


    A Senior Manager for DevOps Infrastructure at a financial services firm, explains why he finds the solution so beneficial: "It is a customizable product. We can customize it based on our needs, which is one of the features that I like about PeopleSoft. As far as financial accounting is concerned, the user interface is very good. You can also configure a Chart of Accounts for all performance insights."

    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

    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
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    University12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company10%
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    Computer Software Company11%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government9%
    University9%
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    Manufacturing Company26%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
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    Educational Organization45%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business10%
    Midsize Enterprise50%
    Large Enterprise39%
    Buyer's Guide
    PeopleSoft vs. SAP SuccessFactors
    May 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about PeopleSoft vs. SAP SuccessFactors and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
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    PeopleSoft is ranked 5th in Talent Management with 80 reviews while SAP SuccessFactors is ranked 1st in Talent Management with 90 reviews. PeopleSoft is rated 8.0, while SAP SuccessFactors is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of PeopleSoft writes "Comprehensive solution for SCM but requires add-ons for fluid pages". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP SuccessFactors writes "Offers many useful modules and integrations, and helps companies adhere to best practices". PeopleSoft is most compared with Oracle HCM Cloud, Workday, Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP, SAP ERP and Oracle E-Business Suite, whereas SAP SuccessFactors is most compared with SAP HCM, Workday, Oracle HCM Cloud, UKG and Cornerstone Learning. See our PeopleSoft vs. SAP SuccessFactors report.

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