Why choose Oracle HCM over Workday?

Maintaining a competitive advantage and adapting to change requires organizations to be agile, operationally efficient, and innovative. That’s why organizations across the globe are moving to Oracle Fusion Cloud HCM. Oracle offers a complete cloud HCM solution that doesn’t burden IT or rely on third-party products to fill gaps. Oracle’s unified cloud connects processes and data across HR, finance, sales, and beyond, so you get one source of truth to make confident decisions, one employee experience that’s easy to scale, and the ability to quickly adjust your processes in uncertain times.

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Oracle Fusion Cloud HCM vs. Workday

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

Business benefit
Workday HCM
Oracle Cloud HCM

Why this matters

Innovative, next-generation cloud Built for more first-generation cloud, relies on multiple public cloud partners for innovation.1 On Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, a best-in-class second-generation cloud platform designed for running enterprise apps. Benefit from autonomous services that automatically secure, tune, and scale applications, as well as integrated security and superior performance.
Unified HCM solution HCM data may be on multiple platforms due to acquisitions.2 All HCM modules unified from a single data source. Disjointed and disparate applications can be expensive and complex to maintain, and more difficult for employees to use.
Dedicated generative AI models Models trained using data from all customers who have opted into sharing.3 Custom models trained on a customer’s data can only be used by that customer. By giving customers control of the data used by generative AI, it can help keep sensitive and proprietary information safe.
Compliant global payroll Only five built-in global payroll solutions in US, Canada, UK, Australia, and France, still yet to fulfill its investment in Germany.4, 5, 6 Seventeen Payroll and Payroll Core offerings-Payroll in Bahrain, Canada, China, Kuwait, Mexico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK, India, Oman, and US; France expected in 2024, plus Payroll Core for IGOs and NGOs in the Bahamas, Egypt, Jordan, and Philippines. A global payroll solution should be equipped to help meet data sovereignty requirements, be updated regularly to meet regulatory requirements, align with business strategy, and help reduce risk when natively linked with workforce management tools in as many territories as possible.
Comprehensive talent acquisition/recruiting recruitment system, but lacks candidate-facing digital assistant use and only has SMS candidate communication. 7, 8 Robust recruitment platform that unifies recruiting with the rest of the business, with a digital assistant that simplifies hiring for candidates and has both SMS and email communication. An innovative hiring solution provides better candidate experiences, drives internal mobility, and improves recruiter efficiency.
Native health and safety functionality No full native functionality, requires third-party integrations, such as Intelex.9 Full Workforce Health and Safety native to HCM. Native health and safety embeds itself into the daily processes of all employees, promoting a culture of workplace safety, risk mitigation, and reduced costs.
Advanced HCM controls designed for HR Basic controls available in areas such as audit and fraud prevention, but only through Financial Management.10 Deep segregation of duties analysis, secure role design, sensitive access certification and more, built into the HCM. Automated advanced HCM controls can help reduce fraud, breaches, and cash leakage, which will help save on remediation costs.
Full work life functionality Limited wellness programs available.11 Full work life functionality with wellness programs, brand development, and volunteer recommendations. Wellness, volunteering, and personal brand opportunities encourage employee engagement and overall well-being.
Value-driven TCO TCO can be expensive, particularly at renewal with CPI-driven renewal lifts and innovation index fees at up to 5%.12, 13 Low TCO while driving business value through better engagement and adoption. A cloud HCM solution is at the core of modern HR taking on a more strategic role in the business; this means finding ways to enhance productivity while increasing revenue and reducing costs.

Product comparison as of October 2023.

1 Kurian, Thomas, “Welcome to Google Cloud Next ‘23”, Google Cloud, 29 August 2023, https://cloud.google.com/blog/topics/google-cloud-next/welcome-to-google-cloud-next-23

2 “Workday Adaptive Planning Integration”, Workday, Accessed 17 October 2023, https://www.workday.com/content/dam/web/en-us/documents/datasheets/enus-pln-da-workday-adaptive-planning-integration.pdf

3 Motley Fool Transcribing “Workday Q2 FY 2024 Earnings Call Transcript”, Motley Fool, 24 August 2023, https://www.fool.com/earnings/call-transcripts/2023/08/24/workday-wday-q2-2024-earnings-call-transcript/

4“Workday Payroll for the US”, Workday, Accessed 17 October 2023, https://www.workday.com/content/dam/web/en-us/documents/datasheets/datasheet-workday-payroll.pdf

5 “Workday Announces Plans to Deliver Workday Payroll”, Globe Newswire, 8 June 2021, https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2021/06/08/2243685/0/en/Workday-Announces-Plans-to-Deliver-Workday-Payroll-for-Australia-and-Workday-Payroll-for-Germany.html

6 Tiliakos, Pete, “Payroll for Australia”, Twitter, 27 September 2023, https://twitter.com/PeteTiliakos/status/1707135480863834564/photo/1

7“Workday Recruiting”, Workday, Accessed 17 October 2023, https://www.workday.com/content/dam/web/en-us/documents/datasheets/datasheet-workday-recruiting.pdf

8 “Workday Messaging”, Workday, Accessed 17 October 2023, https://www.workday.com/en-us/products/platform-product-extensions/workday-messaging.html

9 “Intelex-Workday Gateway”, Workday Marketplace, Accessed 17 October 2023, https://marketplace.workday.com/en-US/apps/414802/intelex-workday-gateway

10 “Audit and Internal Controls”, Workday, Accessed 17 October 2023, https://www.workday.com/en-us/products/financial-management/audit-internal-controls.html

11 “Workday Benefits”, Workday, Accessed 17 October 2023, https://www.workday.com/content/dam/web/en-us/documents/datasheets/datasheet-workday-benefits.pdf

12“State of Nebraska Service Contract Addendum”, Nebraska State Purchasing Bureau, 12 October 2022, https://das.nebraska.gov/materiel/purchasing/contracts/pdfs/92458(o4)awd.pdf

13Lazarto, Jeff, “Risk of Paying More for Workday is Greater Than You Think”, Upper Edge, 5 April 2023, https://upperedge.com/workday/workday-tco-risk-is-greater-than-you-think/

Oracle ME vs. Workday

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
Oracle ME

Business benefits

Unified employee experience platform Products such as Workday Peakon require integration.1 Unified platform. No integrations needed usually means fewer cybersecurity risks.
Engaging communication tool More basic employee communication tool with suggestions functionality on the roadmap. 2, 3 Purpose-built HR tool with a marketing-grade audience builder, visual editor, automated engagement, insights, and more. Personalized communications help build a better employee experience and shape culture.
Native listening tool Acquired and added tool. 4 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 multichannel support Aside from desktop and mobile, supported only through Microsoft Teams and Slack. 5 Open, scalable, and secure multichannel support, such as the web, mobile, SMS, Microsoft Teams, Slack, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, smart speakers, and more. Enabling users to connect to the organization in the way they feel most comfortable drives engagement without losing context.
Engaging help desk Less robust functionality, third-party integrations are common substitutes. 6 Intelligent case management with quick and consistent HR service. Effective case management helps reduce HR calls, increase employee satisfaction, and drive down costs.
Interactive employee directory Standard searchable organizational talent profile with skills and interests available. 7 Consumer-grade profile to showcase interests, expertise, and social media links, with powerful tagging search capabilities. Workplace relationships are enriched by an interactive directory that helps people find expertise and mentorship while sharing interests and feedback.
Unifying growth solution Has skills, career, and learning features, but no single solution to fully connect them all. 8, 9 Growth solution that unifies learning, skill development, and career mobility in one hyper-personalized experience. When learning, career growth, and talent mobility comes together in one place and is connected to individual and business goals, the entire organization can thrive and adapt to change.
Tailored, peer-to-peer recognition Limited feedback and gift card solution built on Extend.10 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 October 2023.

1 Kristiana, “Set Up Peakon’s Workday Integration”, Peakon Support, 3 August 2023, https://support.peakon.com/hc/en-us/articles/4405995533714-Set-up-Peakon-s-Workday-integration

3 “Workday Messaging”, Workday, Accessed 17 October 2023, https://www.workday.com/en-us/products/platform-product-extensions/workday-messaging.html

3 “Workday Rising Innovation Keynote”, YouTube, 27 September 2023, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qarmWT0KNc

4 Somers, David, “Workday to Acquire Peakon: Why Employee Engagement Matters”, Workday Blog, 28 January 2021, https://blog.workday.com/en-us/2021/workday-acquire-peakon-employee-engagement.html

5 “How Can Workday Assistant Improve Worker Productivity”, Surety Systems, 29 August 2023, https://www.suretysystems.com/insights/how-can-workday-assistant-improve-worker-productivity/

6 “HR Service Delivery Integration with Workday”, ServiceNow Product Documentation, 3 August 2023, https://docs.servicenow.com/en-US/bundle/vancouver-employee-service-management/page/product/human-resources/concept/w-integration.html

7 “Workday Talent Optimization”, Workday, Accessed 17 October 2023, https://www.workday.com/content/dam/web/en-us/documents/datasheets/datasheet-workday-talent-management.pdf

8 Ibid.

9 “Workday Learning”, Workday, Accessed 17 October 2023, https://www.workday.com/content/dam/web/en-us/documents/datasheets/datasheet-workday-learning-us.pdf

10 “Employee Recognition”, Workday Solutions Marketplace, Accessed 17 October 2023, https://marketplace.workday.com/en-US/apps/414229/employee-recognition/overview

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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