Why choose Oracle over SAP?

Why stitch together and maintain separate HR and back-office applications? Why pay for expensive middleware to get real-time insights into your workforce? Why rely on unproven partners and settle for an inferior experience? It’s time for a change. Natively built for the cloud, Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management offers a comprehensive solution across HR, Talent Management, Workforce Management, and Payroll. It even extends beyond HCM, with one cloud connecting processes and data across your entire organizations— from HR to finance, supply chain, and sales—for faster decisions and execution.

Supercharge employee experience

Oracle Cloud HCM improves and modernizes the processes that define each employee’s personalized experience - from recruitment and onboarding to collaborating with colleagues to long-term skills development. Empower your talent to connect, grow, and thrive.

Oracle Fusion Cloud HCM vs. SAP SuccessFactors

Oracle provides one cloud that unifies the entire enterprise across HR, finance, supply chain, and customer experience. This means one solution with a consistent look and feel built for the cloud, from the ground up. Make Oracle your final upgrade to the cloud.

Compare SAP SuccessFactors to Oracle Cloud HCM and see why Oracle is the better choice for you.

Business benefit
SAP SuccessFactors
Oracle Cloud HCM

Why this matters

True cloud SaaS applications Requires a hybrid of SuccessFactors and S/4HANA for end-to-end processes.1 One SaaS solution. True SaaS is required to enable continuous digital innovation–essential for today’s business–without implementation disruption.
Fully unified ERP and HCM solutions SuccessFactors and SAP S/4HANA are two different products with different architectures, integrated with middleware.2,3 ERP and HCM on one cloud platform with a common data model. Working in a unified cloud can help reduce costs and IT staff workloads, which helps increase efficiency and savings.
Single-data-source HCM solution To fill functional gaps, Employee Central leans on the use of third-party modules that often use different data sources.4 All HCM modules use a single, unified data source. Disjointed and disparate applications are expensive and complex to maintain.
Embedded generative AI Claims to have embedded generative AI, but dependent on integrations with Microsoft 365 Copilot and Copilot in Microsoft Viva Learning. 5,6 Embedded capabilities include assisted authoring, suggestions, and summarization for key candidate and employee experiences, all built on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Embedded generative AI supports better levels of security, performance, and business value.
Full native recruitment Leans on a network of more than 80 partner apps for full recruiting functionality.7 Robust, comprehensive, and native talent acquisition solution. A native and innovative hiring solution helps provide better candidate experiences, drive internal mobility, improve efficiency, and unify recruiting with the rest of the business.
Native health and safety functionality SafetyFactors EH&S is a separate module, built by a third party.8 Oracle Workforce Health and Safety is native to Oracle Cloud HCM. A flexible, global, rules-based application allows for programs that are customized to each company’s business strategy and culture while offering employees choice.
Flexible and global benefits application included in HCM solution Dependent on third-party integrations to fully administer benefits.9 Robust, flexible, native, global, rules-based benefits application. A flexible, global, rules-based application allows for programs that are customized to each company’s business strategy and culture while offering employees choice.
Automate administrative tasks using advanced HCM controls Additional governance, risk, and compliance and cybersecurity modules are necessary.10 Automated, built-in, and AI-driven functionality. Automated advanced HCM controls help reduce fraud, breaches, and cash leakage, which helps save on remediation costs.
Consistent functionality across devices Not all features are supported on either mobile browser or mobile app.11 Consistent functionality on any device. The completion of manager and employee self-service tasks on virtually any mobile device can lead to an easy and engaging experience.

Product comparison as of June 2023.

Oracle ME vs. SAP SuccessFactors

Oracle ME, part of Oracle Cloud HCM, is the only complete employee experience platform, giving business leaders the power to orchestrate tailored experiences from a comprehensive understanding of each employee—empowering talent to connect, grow, and thrive.

Compare SAP SuccessFactors to Oracle ME and see why Oracle is the better choice for you.

Product features
SAP SuccessFactors
Oracle ME

Business benefits

Unified employee experience platform Products such as SAP Qualtrics require integration.1 Unified platform. No integrations needed usually means fewer cybersecurity risks.
Designated HR communication tool General workforce experience tool with some communication features.2 Purpose-built HR tool with a flexible audience builder, visual editor, automated engagement, insights, and more. Personalized communications help build a better employee experience and shape culture.
Native listening tool Acquired tool that was added on a different platform, spun off in an IPO, then sold off completely.3 Listening tool is natively built within Oracle Fusion Cloud HCM. Natively built solutions use critical data more effectively to help improve employee-manager relations.
Digital assistant with seamless communication Inconsistent history moving between a first digital assistant built on different (S/4HANA) infrastructure, then one in an early adopter program, now another promised to be embedded across the cloud portfolio4, 5, 6 Leading solution with a conversational and contextual support interface across HCM, ERP, and CX with more than 90 functional conversations. Access to the right information helps mobilize the workforce and eliminate the need for complex training.
Quick and consistent help desk More-basic case management functions and submission options.7 Intelligent case management, submissions via digital assistant, SMS, email, and social platforms. Effective case management helps reduce HR calls, increase employee satisfaction, and drive down costs.
Generative AI-powered knowledgebase articles No use of generative AI to author knowledgebase articles.8 Assisted authoring quickly generates HR help desk content for users to review, revise and approve. Answering frequently asked questions with less time and effort streamlines and simplifies day-to-day HR activities.
One solution for collaboration and skills searching Two solutions—one for employee collaboration, another for profiles and talent search.8, 9 One solution with a consumer-grade public profile and powerful search capabilities, helping employees find colleagues, experts, and mentors. Easy access to colleagues’ skills, interests, and experience can enrich workplace relationships and drive collaboration.
Unifying growth solution Limited integrations between different talent and employee experience products, but no fully unifying single experience. 11 Growth solution that unifies learning, skill development, and career mobility in one hyper-personalized experience. When learning, career growth, and talent mobility come together in one place and are connected to individual and business goals, the entire organization can thrive and adapt to change.
Tailored, peer-to-peer recognition More basic rewards and recognition program, but no use of embedded generative AI. 12 Personalized peer-to-peer recognition with a generative AI messaging assistant, active recognition social feed, real-time engagement data, and more, all part of the Oracle ME employee experience platform. To effectively address employee needs and drive engagement and core values, organizations must make peer-to-peer recognition meaningful, timely, and continuous.

Product comparison as of November 2023.

Discover Oracle Cloud HCM

We relentlessly innovate on behalf of our customers to ensure their success with 80% of our updates based on customer feedback. Our innovation is also focused on disruptive technologies—such as AI to simplify and automate processes and blockchain to improve process accuracy—helping our customers stay ahead. Here are 3 key reasons to choose Oracle Cloud HCM:

Complete & Unified Solution

Unlike solutions made from acquired products and external partnerships. Oracle provides one cloud that unifies the entire enterprise across HR, finance, supply chain, and customer experience. This means you get one solution with a consistent look and feel built for the cloud, from the ground up.

Elevated Employee Experience

Oracle improves and modernizes the processes that define each employee’s personalized experience - from initial onboarding to collaborating with colleagues to long-term skills development. Other solutions that are made up of numerous acquired technologies and external partnerships struggle to deliver simple, consistent, and self-service tools.

Total Cost of Ownership

Oracle provides an intuitive experience and a common data model, giving you a single source of truth and real-time visibility into the rest of the business – without having to pay for expensive middleware and consultants. You also don’t need to pay for or integrate products from other vendors for advanced functionality.

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HCM vs. SAP SuccessFactors sources:

1 “Integrating SAP ERP HCM with Employee Central Using the Core Hybrid Deployment Option,” SAP Help Portal, 13 June 2023, https://help.sap.com/doc/ee0246e9eca34638b2764fb117938fd2/2305/en-US/SF_ERP_EC_CoreHybrid_Int_en-US.pdf

2 “SAP Solutions to Add on to an SAP S/4HANA System,” SAP Press, 7 April 2023, https://blog.sap-press.com/sap-solutions-to-add-on-to-an-sap-s4hana-system

3 Naidu, Sri, “Integration Capabilities of SAP S/4HANA to SAP Cloud Solutions,” LinkedIn Pulse, 6 July 2023, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/integration-capabilities-sap-s4hana-cloud-solutions-sri-naidu

4 “Streamline Core HR Processes to Enhance the Employee Experience,” SAP, Accessed 7 December 2022, https://www.sap.com/products/employee-central-hris.html?pdf-asset=eeadd8d4-0b7d-0010-87a3-c30de2ffd8ff&page=11

5 “SAP and Microsoft Collaborate on Joint Generative AI Offerings”, SAP News Center, 15 May 2023, https://news.sap.com/2023/05/sap-microsoft-joint-generative-ai-offerings-talent-gap/

vi Prause, Jacqueline, “SAP SuccessFactors Helps HR Solve Skills Gap with Generative AI”, SAP News Center, 24 May 2023, https://news.sap.com/2023/05/sap-successfactors-helps-hr-solve-skills-gap-with-generative-ai/

6 “Empower Your Recruitment Teams to Deliver Winning Candidate Experiences,” SAP, Accessed 16 August 2022, https://www.sap.com/products/hcm/recruiting-software.html?pdf-asset=30e44f31-6f7d-0010-87a3-c30de2ffd8ff&page=4

8 “Manage Environmental Health and Safety at Workplace for SuccessFactors,” SAP, Accessed 23 June 2023, https://store.sap.com/dcp/en/product/display-0000043381_live_v1

9 “SAP US Benefits Administration by BenefitFocus,” SAP, Accessed 23 June 2023, https://support.sap.com/en/product/onboarding-resource-center/benefitfocus.html

10 “Governance, Risk, Compliance (GRC), and Cybersecurity,” SAP, Accessed 23 June 2023, https://www.sap.com/products/financial-management/grc.html

11 “IT Landscape Requirements for SAP SuccessFactors,” SAP, 19 June 2023, https://help.sap.com/doc/f1faf8a7182340c69b62032fb1fce51c/2211/en-US/SF_HXM_IT_Landscape_1.pdf

Oracle ME vs. SAP SuccessFactors sources:

1 “Integrating SAP SuccessFactors with Qualtrics”, SAP, 4 October 2023, htps://help.sap.com/doc/e2efd0a4e67f4edb9b30be189755adb6/2305/en-US/SF_HXM_Qualtrics_Integration.pdf

2 “SAP SuccessFactors Work Zone”, SAP SuccessFactors, Accessed 1 November 2023, https://www.sap.com/products/hcm/workzone-hr.html#features

3 “SAP Completes Sale of Its Stake in Qualtrics”, PR Newswire, 28 June 2023, https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sap-completes-sale-of-its-stake-in-qualtrics-as-silver-lake-and-cpp-investments-complete-qualtrics-acquisition-301864877.html

4 Tech Innovation Forum, “SAP CoPilot for Better Insight from Data & Improve Productivity”, Gemini Consulting & Services, 26 October 2022, https://www.gemini-us.com/sap/sap-copilot-for-better-insight-from-data-improve-productivity/

5 “Informational Experience Now Supported in Digital Assistant”, Help Portal, 9 December 2022, https://help.sap.com/docs/SAP_SUCCESSFACTORS_RELEASE_INFORMATION/8e0d540f96474717bbf18df51e54e522/6d8d4a0812f4407a8453ef8caa6fd3e4.html

6 “SAP Announces New Generative AI Assistant Joule”, SAP News Center, 26 September 2023, https://news.sap.com/2023/09/joule-new-generative-ai-assistant/

7 “SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Service Center”, SAP SuccessFactors, Accessed 1 November 2023, https://www.sap.com/products/hcm/employee-central-service-center.html?pdf-asset=3630f89d-487e-0010-bca6-c68f7e60039b&page=1

8 Ibid.

9 “SAP SuccessFactors Work Zone”

10 “SAP SuccessFactors Succession and Development”, SAP SuccessFactors, Accessed 1 November 2023, https://www.sap.com/products/hcm/succession-development.html?pdf-asset=9895a128-d67c-0010-82c7-eda71af511fa&page=1

11 “SAP SuccessFactors Second Half 2023 Release”, SAP News Center, 23 October 2023, https://news.sap.com/2023/10/sap-successfactors-second-half-2023-release/

12 “Compensation Management Features”, SAP, Accessed 1 November 2023, https://www.sap.com/products/hcm/compensation-management/features.html