SAP HCM vs Sage People comparison

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We performed a comparison between Sage People and SAP HCM based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Cloud HCM solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed SAP HCM vs. Sage People Report (Updated: May 2024).
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The solution's initial setup was straightforward.""The most valuable features of Sage People are the reports that are useful for decision-making and the API that can be integrated well. Additionally, the solution can be accessed from mobile devices onto the cloud.""Compared to the other system that we were using, I think Sage is more friendly. As an administrator, Sage's dashboard is visually friendly and many tasks are easier to accomplish. Another feature that we've liked since we started using Sage is the reporting. With the other system, we needed to configure a lot of things manually when it came to reporting, but with Sage the reporting tasks are much simpler.""The solution is beneficial overall.""Sage makes all the information accessible, like pulling a file because an employee needs something ASAP. It's all in the system. It's easy to find old reports if I need them for payroll purposes. It might take days to do some of this work by hand.""The solution provides the ability to trace back records, is reliable, makes life easy, and is secure.""The most valuable feature of Sage People is the integration with our payroll system.""The reporting features are also very valuable because, on top of 300+ reports available on the system, you can also customize quite a number of reports."

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"It is a scalable solution. There are three administrators maintaining the solution: an HR person, a payroll person, and one backup.""The technical support is quite good.""The setup was straightforward.""SAP HCM has valuable features for analytics data management.""I like the talent, recruitment, and learning features the most.""Sometimes, employees may have pending requests that need approval, so you should check those and clear any errors to ensure smooth processing.""They have some interesting features in the learning space.""All of the core processes are very valuable aspects of the solution. These include personnel, administration, organizational structure, and payroll."

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"The automation in Sage People could improve. The solution is the best used for data storage but the automation could be better to have more functionality.""Its stability could be better.""Right now, Sage doesn't seem to have what we are looking for when it comes to managing HR tickets. In my previous experiences with other HR software, we had to buy another solution to obtain this functionality, and it would be a great feature for Sage to consider adding. For an HR system, Sage would do very well to include it.""In my opinion, the performance management module of this system could use improvement as it falls behind compared to other specialized performance management platforms.""The user interface is not great.""If Sage People were to become a fully cloud-based solution, it could lead to significant improvements. With the COVID pandemic highlighting the benefits of remote work, a complete shift to cloud-based functionality would be a welcome development for users.""Its technical support could have been better.""There were a couple of things that we wanted to customize, but we couldn’t do it ourselves."

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"It needs a lot of end user training as it is not intuitive at all.""Reports need to be added on the time management side.""It would be nice if the solution migrated to S/4HANA.""The product's license is very expensive.""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.""The implementation of the solution can be a bit difficult. They should make it easier. If it could be as simple as the SuccessFactors implementation that would be ideal.""Managing changes in applications can be challenging since it complicates testing and unit testing, resulting in longer testing phases. This time-consuming process often leaves little room for actual work."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I believe we pay licensing on a yearly basis, but I can't comment on the total amount that we pay on licensing."
  • "From an SME standpoint, I wouldn't necessarily describe it as expensive. However, for the average startup, it may not be affordable since our current annual expenditure on the system, which supports approximately 210-220 users, amounts to approximately £15,000 to £18,000."
  • "The cost of Sage People varies depending on the financial resources of the organization. While it may be affordable for middle-level companies, it may be more challenging for young companies to bear the cost."
  • "There is other software on the market that can do similar functions to Sage People that could be better in price. Some solution allows you to do your payroll processes by month or by the process. Small companies could benefit by using another solution."
  • "We have to purchase the solution's license to use it."
  • "Its cost is moderate for a multi-group licensing model."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable."
  • "The pricing is reasonable."
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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:The report builder and dashboard builder are very, very good.
    Top Answer:The product is definitely not cheap. However, it's probably not uber-expensive. It is definitely on the higher end. Companies must understand that the more modules they choose, the more expensive the… more »
    Top Answer:There were a couple of things that we wanted to customize, but we couldn’t do it ourselves. So, we had to do another project that cost us. The product must improve how absence works.
    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
    SAP Human Capital Management
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    Connect teams across borders

    • Customise communications: Deliver business updates to specific groups and gather feedback with surveys.
    • Personalise experiences: Create engaging, branded experiences – tailored by group or region.
    • Connect global teams: Manage your entire workforce, wherever they are. Embed global policies while enforcing local regulations.
    • Help teams thrive, anywhere: Support wellbeing, provide localised benefits packages, and more.

    Get ahead with actionable HR analytics

    • Make informed decisions: Use People analytics for actionable insights in seconds.
    • Provide real-time insights: Give up-to-the-minute recommendations so leaders jump on trends and adjust plans.
    • Customise dashboards: Plan hiring, analyse attrition, manage absence, and more.
    • Get actionable feedback: Understand the employee experience through surveys, tailored to different groups.

    Compete successfully for top talent

    • Deliver a differentiated, stand-out candidate experience with easy-to-use employer branding themes and options that shows off your culture and company story.
    • Fill roles faster with skilled talent using our unique, AI-powered, intelligent candidate matching.
    • Have new employees hit the ground running with seamless remote pre-boarding and onboarding experiences.

    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
    Rocketship Education, Monitise, u-blox, SolarWinds, Mitsubishi, SmartStream, Canonical, Betfair
    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
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Logistics Company10%
    Outsourcing Company10%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Educational Organization8%
    Construction Company6%
    Energy/Utilities Company19%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Hospitality Company6%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise44%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    SAP HCM vs. Sage People
    May 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about SAP HCM vs. Sage People and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
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    Sage People is ranked 8th in Cloud HCM with 15 reviews while SAP HCM is ranked 3rd in Cloud HCM with 48 reviews. Sage People is rated 7.8, while SAP HCM is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Sage People writes "Highly customizable, robust, and access to helpful online community". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP HCM writes "Allows you to generate reports, easy integration and offers out-of-the-box support". Sage People is most compared with PeopleSoft, Workday and SAP SuccessFactors, whereas SAP HCM is most compared with SAP SuccessFactors, Workday, Oracle HCM Cloud, ADP GlobalView Payroll and ZingHR. See our SAP HCM vs. Sage People report.

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