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"The ability to build and customize our own courses is one of the most valuable features. When we launched with Cypher Learning, their team helped us build our courses. They took our paper-based coursework and developed a really engaging digital solution on the platform. The best part, for us, is being able to continue to customize and edit it.""The reports are also something that's very helpful from an administrative perspective.""One of the things that we are really excited about is being able to tie the state or national standards as competencies. Then, when students complete a course, they are awarded certain competencies or standards that we have aligned with the course. This shows schools evidence that students are meeting standards. Right now, we are not tying any of our courses with how schools are testing and assessing students. However, our company goals are to provide access to STEM for all students and help schools engage with communities to develop the STEM talent and workforce, which then impacts a community's economic development.""In terms of the user availability, there is access to the platform 24 hours. So, we don't need to determine a specific time for training. We just give them a link, password, and period for them to complete, e.g., four days, then it is up to them. What is important is they pass the minimum requirements needed to pass the exams and certification process.""We love the group feature allowing students to have peer-to-peer learning experiences. In our case, it is for students, but this feature could also be useful for a business to provide peer-to-peer learning experiences for employees. The group tool provides an opportunity for students to connect with their peers inside of their own digital space. One of the aspects that we love about the group tool is that it allows students to leave the course but engage in a digital space where they access materials that are personalized to their group."

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"SAP SuccessFactors Learning is highly scalable.""SAP SuccessFactors Learning's most valuable features are accessibility and updated UX. The solution can be accessed from outside of the office network and the user's experience is good.""The interface is really friendly, and the training embedded in it is very easy to use, explore, and search. The catalog is pretty strong."

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"The most valuable feature of Workday is the ease of navigation to browse the application. The solution can hold information about the company and people with accounts can be discovered by others in the whole company.""The most valuable feature is the ease of reporting.""Workday is a secure product.""The user interface is good and very easy to use.""There is a lot to like about it. I really enjoy the business process framework. It's something that's really seamless. It allows you to have people within the flow. They get assigned a task to complete something to approve, etc. That's a really good piece of functionality that Workday offers. Their out-of-the-box reporting framework is also really powerful in terms of what it provides. These would be two things that I would highlight.""There is a lot of scope for customization with this solution""First time users, understanding accessibility and consolidated data is fairly easy. The solution improves productivity for users and reduces the need to switch between different tools.""The reporting feature is quite easy for a layman to use, and the look and feel of the application is good. Its security is robust. You will never find a use case that cannot be covered."

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"I do wish that there could be some formatting option so that I don't have to do some manual work in terms of translating the data into, for example, a PowerPoint presentation.""I'm an instructional designer, and from a build or a designer standpoint, it would be nice to have a more user-friendly resource folder to access artifacts to pull into course modules. The second feature that I would love is that while editing any page inside MATRIX, there should be more functionality to design it well.""If there is one area that I would like to see more improvement in, it would be around detailed reporting. There are some little things that they could add that would give us more insights and we'd like to access those things through the reporting.""I have one team member who is in charge of monitoring and checking students' progress. She is very tech savvy and has really dove into the reporting feature in MATRIX. If I had one complaint, it would be the reporting. It is so robust and detailed that it is hard to obtain some of the specific things that we want. That has been her response to me, and I have found the same thing. If I just want to know how many students have completed a course in a specific organization, then it is a little bit too daunting and difficult to obtain exactly what we use as our key indicators."

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"SAP SuccessFactors Learning's e-learning portal has a very poor interface when compared to Cornerstone or PeopleFluent. It's a very basic interface, but I know that it has a very good foundation.""I am talking about SAP in general, so there are multiple screens that you have to go through, and it takes some time to get used to it."

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"The user interface can be enhanced.""The navigation of Workday is good but could be better.""The cost of Workday is certainly not inexpensive. It's very pricey.""The security console should be made less complex.""The finance module of this solution is not great and needs improvement.""The solution should be more user-friendly.""The expenses and reimbursements module could be improved. Creating expense reports is time consuming and inefficient compared to other expense solutions.""It is very unique as compared to other tools in terms of the employee master data and how it is organized. That's why sometimes the information needs to sit in two different systems because, in Workday, it is organized differently. This issue is not related to benefits. It is more or so related to how you categorize employees. I don't think this is a problem that could be solved. Workday is aware of this. It is one of those kinds of situations that you just got to live with."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Because our cost went down by 50%, I would say that the pricing is competitive."
  • "We are on a plan where we pay for 1,000 users every month. The pricing structure is pretty straightforward. It just depends on what you need. We are currently going with a monthly model because sometimes there are still months during the year where we will have a lot less students on the system, and we took that into consideration."
  • "Their plans are based on enrollment numbers. We're at the silver level with 100 active learners. So, you're really beholden to how many learners you're going to accommodate. There are no extra costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "Understanding your active users, compared to total users, in terms of the plan you choose, is something to be aware of."
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  • "SAP SuccessFactors Learning is an on-premise solution, there is a one-time fee, which will be given by a company during the implementation. Additionally, there are support fees, which are annual."
  • "The price of SAP SuccessFactors Learning could be better, it is expensive. There is an annual subscription. It's overpriced for small enterprises."
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  • "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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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The reports are also something that's very helpful from an administrative perspective.
    Top Answer:Their plans are based on enrollment numbers. We're at the silver level with 100 active learners. So, you're really… more »
    Top Answer:I do wish that there could be some formatting option so that I don't have to do some manual work in terms of translating… more »
    Top Answer:This is a very nice one and gives in-depth information. I am really happy with the quality and presentation of the… more »
    Top Answer:SAP SuccessFactors is used company-wide (globally).  It has replaced a number of local systems and assisted us with… more »
    Top Answer:SAP SuccessFactors Learning's most valuable features are accessibility and updated UX. The solution can be accessed from… more »
    Top Answer:First time users, understanding accessibility and consolidated data is fairly easy. The solution improves productivity… more »
    Top Answer:The pricing for this solution is fairly high. It is not affordable for small and mid-sized companies.
    Top Answer:This solution could be improved by providing user-level access to customization capabilities. Users currently rely on… more »
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    MATRIX is a world-class learning management system for businesses. The platform integrates all the essential tools companies need to support efficient training and learning experiences for their employees, clients, and partners.

    MATRIX is a product of CYPHER LEARNING, a company that provides learning platforms for organizations worldwide. The company also has NEO, an LMS for schools and universities, and INDIE for entrepreneurs.

    CYPHER LEARNING products are used by more than 20,000 organizations around the world, have millions of users, and have won several awards.

    SAP SuccessFactors Learning is an omni-channel training solution that provides the most comprehensive, simple way to improve employee skills, reduce compliance risk, and effectively engage external learning audiences. SAP SuccessFactors provides innovative capabilities that help create a culture of continuous learning, flexible and open approaches to supporting learning content, and proven business results at organizations around the world.

    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.

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    Sample Customers
    Westpac Helicopter Service, Pivotal Education, Fundacion Capital, Early Learning Innovations, NeuroLeadership Institute, Vinteck, Coaching4Clergy, Learning Specialists
    SHORE Solutions Inc., TranSystems Corporation, Day & Zimmerman, Serco Group, Harlequin Sales Corp, China DataCom Corporation, Sonova AG, Metropolitan Utilities District (M.U.D.)
    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
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Financial Services Firm32%
    Transportation Company11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Pharma/Biotech Company5%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    SAP SuccessFactors Learning is ranked 7th in Learning Management Systems with 3 reviews while Workday is ranked 2nd in Talent Management with 15 reviews. SAP SuccessFactors Learning is rated 7.6, while Workday is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of SAP SuccessFactors Learning writes "Highly scalable, reliable, but poor interface". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Workday writes "Offers good business process framework and out-of-the-box reporting, and brings operational efficiencies". SAP SuccessFactors Learning is most compared with SAP Litmos, Cornerstone Learning, Wombat Security Education Platform and Moodle, whereas Workday is most compared with SAP SuccessFactors, Oracle HCM Cloud, PeopleSoft and SAP HCM.

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