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What are the biggest differences between Workday, PeopleSoft, and SAP SuccessFactors? at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I work for an industrial automation company with 1,000-5,000 employees. 

We are currently researching Workday, PeopleSoft, and SAP SuccessFactors. What are the biggest differences between the three? Which would you recommend? 

Thanks! I appreciate the help. 

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Anthony Collier - PeerSpot reviewer
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 reviewer
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.

Rivka Alexander - PeerSpot reviewer
Community Mgr

Check out our comparison page of Workday vs PeopleSoft vs SAP SuccessFactors:

Wouter Schaap - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real 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 reviewer

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”.

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