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Executive Summary
Updated on Oct 30, 2022

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

  • Ease of Deployment: For the most part, users of both solutions feel their installation and deployment is simple and straightforward.
  • Features: 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.

    Users say Workday provides a seamless business process framework that is very easy to use and customize. Their out-of-the-box reporting framework is also really powerful and provides many value-added features. Many users feel that having backend access would help the technical teams better handle issues on their own. Additionally, many users feel a mobile version would be a great option.
  • Pricing: Users feel pricing for both solutions is expensive.
  • Service and Support: Overall, users of both solutions are satisfied with their service and support.

Comparison Results: Workday comes out on top in this comparison. Users say it offers robust security features, is very easy to use, and has excellent compliance features. The tool enables companies to save time and help with financials, payroll, and even recruiting. 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 SAP HCM vs. Workday Report (Updated: March 2024).
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Q&A Highlights
Question: Which HCM solution is better for a healthcare organization: SAP HCM, Appian, or Workday?
Answer: Hi Michael, My top reasons to consider SAP SuccessFactors would be: 1. Robustness of the Core Employee Central. 2. GDPR Compliance and Audit tracking capability for transactions given the healthcare industry regulations. 3. Scalability of the solution, especially if your organization is spread over multiple geographical locations. 4. Vast support ecosystem and string tech capabilities. 5. Lastly, leverage SAP S/4HANA.
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"It's very suitable for large, multi-geography companies but also very suitable for medium companies with multi-geography operations.""The most valuable feature is Organizational Management (OM).""SAP HCM has a good performance.""It is a pretty stable solution.""The setup was straightforward.""It simplifies everything for human capital management, and all users can do self-enrollment for leaves and those kinds of things. The employee self-service feature is quite a powerful feature for me. You can install it on your mobile phone or iPad and do your employee service activity there.""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.""They have some interesting features in the learning space."

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"This product is leaps and bounds above the competition. Part of the reason is that it is built with modern technology. It has no legacy coding in it at all.""The solution is stable.""Workday is easy to use. Timesheet and resource management are also easy.""It is a one-stop solution for everything. You can look for information about other employees or you can track your information. There is a directory, so you can search for other employees. You can also see and track your personal details and salary details on the employee profile page.""The most valuable feature is the ease of reporting.""It's a fully consolidated system. All the transactions and configuration are co-located in one fully in-memory system, so there is no need to go to different data sources (multiple DBs) to pull data; it’s all in one place.""We like the fact that this solution is very user-friendly, with a straightforward user interface.""Workday is a holistic HR solution."

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"A better user interface and greater AI integration are crucial.""It is a bit tedious and manual to work with.""SAP HCM's long and tedious transactions can be improved.""There are already success factors for the cloud solution which cannot be integrated into S/4 HANA.""Reports need to be added on the time management side.""SAP now does the most innovation for the cloud solution and less innovation for the on-premises client.""There needs to be a renovation of the interface and functionalities of the talent management modules.""I would like it to move more towards a single data space, a single data source. SAP as a platform relies on multiple data sources because traditionally, it's been bolted together by the acquisition of other products rather than a single database. That's why there are lots of points of failure and lots of required points of integration. They need a single integration point."

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"It has missing functionalities. Specific countries, like Germany, didn't have the option to do payroll. Now we need to look for another product for HR.""We would like to see improvement in the mobile app variant of this solution. The time sheet entry and approval, and the geo-tagging features all need to have their functionality updated, in order to be comparable with other products on the market.""They could provide a web chatbot feature in the dashboard for Workday.""One potential feature that could be added is the ability to streamline business processes through quick tips and guided tours. This would allow for a smoother and more guided experience for colleagues as they navigate through different processes and steps. It would be similar to a guidance system or a step-by-step tutorial that could be added after the business process to guide users through it.""Workday could improve by adding other features, such as messaging to candidates and other recruiting capabilities that other new-age solutions have.""In terms of reporting, we have to rely on a consultant to do the report customization. The most important thing is to be able to do your own reporting, which it can't do. We rely so much on our consultant to customize reports for us.""In a future release we could like to have access to asset, supply and treasury management functionalities.""They don't offer any backend database access. This is one limitation that I found in this product. Workday hasn't opened up about what kind of database they are into, which can make it easy for the technical team to emulate issues. It would be good if they can offer backend access to the technical team. It would be helpful if they can also provide a Troubleshooting Guide that we can use to troubleshoot issues. When we have an issue, there are very limited resources to refer to."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "With a bigger budget, I would recommend SAP."
  • "Workday is an expensive solution."
  • "You have the license fee per module, and then you have a kind of annual training fee, which is a kind of add-on. I wouldn't say it is exhaustive; it is minor. Licensing is pretty transparent for most of the part."
  • "The pricing is good from an HR perspective, although management gets upset after spending $500,000 a year, every year."
  • "Its price is pretty high. It is more expensive than what is offered by other competitors in the market."
  • "It has an annual subscription rate, but I'm not sure how it will work."
  • "The pricing for this solution is fairly high. It is not affordable for small and mid-sized companies."
  • "By and large, Workday is expensive. It is based on the headcount. I'd probably rate it a three or four out of five in terms of pricing. It'd be like buying a Mercedes or a high-end car. It's expensive, but there's a specific value that you're getting with additional features and things of that nature. Using that metaphor, Workday probably tends to be more of a luxury. There are others like ADP that can do your payroll, your time off, and other things, but they don't do it as well."
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    Answers from the Community
    Michael Kellenbenz
    Ashwin Bhadouria - PeerSpot reviewerAshwin Bhadouria
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    Hi, is HCM the only requirement with the organization, or are other solutions also required? As far as HCM is concerned, SAP is comprehensive and can be tailored as per requirements. Thanks - Ashwin

    Questions from the Community
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    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.
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    Compared 4% of the time.
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    Compared 3% of the time.
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    Compared 3% of the time.
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    Compared 21% of the time.
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    Also Known As
    SAP Human Capital Management
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    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."

    Workday is a cloud-based software solution that specializes in developing applications for capital and finance management applications. The system is built to work in global workforces and is adaptable. The global system ensures that users are up to date and can manage internal career-related information, and everyday business problems like timesheets, payrolls, and time off.

    “A Pioneer in Software-as-a-Service”

    Workday Human Capital Management tool is designed to simplify and streamline your work. It leverages machine learning to adapt capital management to a changing environment.

    The Workday model is based on delivering a single system that uses a single source of data and a single security model to deliver a unique user experience. The system is user-friendly and ensures that employees and management can use it from any and all devices. Workday HCM integrates into a central system that includes financial management, payroll, recruiting, learning, and planning. Managers and employees can provide feedback to one another, too.

    Workday’s features include:

    • Flexible framework that lets you organize your staff according to different criteria. You can group employees by function, hierarchy, or department.
    • Personalized career guidance: Knowledge management and career guidance that can be easily customized for each staff member and also done at scale.
    • Augmented reporting and analytics: Configure, change, update, and publish reports, scorecards, and dashboards. The system centralizes the transactional and analytical data so you can act on the data from anywhere.
    • Compensation tools: Compensatio, payroll, and time tracking are automated and simplified.
    • Workforce planning allows you to uncover and address talent gaps and get visibility of your staff.
    • Mobile-first ensign approach: Users can access all resources from any device, and they are always in sync.
    • Machine learning capabilities enable personalized enterprise experiences and faster business processes.

    Workday smart platform consists of the following modules:

    • Human resource management
    • Business process management
    • Reporting and analytics
    • Benefits administration
    • Compensation management
    • Talent management
    • Survey framework
    • Employee and management self-service

    Reviews from Real Users

    Many organizations choose Workday because it provides an all-in-one modular solution for human capital and finance management. Our users say they like the ease of use for time-off requests, career and development segments, and overall HR management. The records and reporting capabilities are another popular feature.

    "The solution was very good at reconfiguration and customization of their software. It helped us to meet federal regulations," said one user. Another said that the best feature is the optimization of the work day experience with a unified platform that can be applied across different business units. “You will never find a use case that cannot be covered," said a third.

    Sample Customers
    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.
    AAA, Allied Global, Avago Technologies Limited, Aviva, Cardinal Health, CareFusion, Chiquita Brands International, Equifax, Flextronics, HP, Life Time Fitness, McKee Foods, MGM Resorts International, Sanofi, ServiceSource International, Symantec, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!
    Top Industries
    Energy/Utilities Company19%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Educational Organization6%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Financial Services Firm27%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Hospitality Company6%
    Educational Organization26%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise32%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Buyer's Guide
    SAP HCM vs. Workday
    March 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about SAP HCM vs. Workday and other solutions. Updated: March 2024.
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    SAP HCM is ranked 4th in Benefits Administration with 45 reviews while Workday is ranked 1st in Benefits Administration with 49 reviews. SAP HCM is rated 7.6, while Workday is rated 8.2. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Workday writes "The solution's interface is clean, organized, and easy to use ". SAP HCM is most compared with SAP SuccessFactors, Oracle HCM Cloud, ADP GlobalView Payroll, PeopleSoft and UKG, whereas Workday is most compared with SAP SuccessFactors, Oracle HCM Cloud, PeopleSoft, UKG and Cornerstone Learning. See our SAP HCM vs. Workday report.

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