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Comparing Workday, Oracle HCM Cloud & SAP SuccessFactors for Large Businesses

by Tarek Hamzeh

Which HRIS system is best for you?

In the realm of HRIS, large-sized businesses require robust solutions to meet their complex and dynamic needs. Among the leading platforms, Workday, Oracle HCM Cloud and SAP SuccessFactors have emerged as the key players. In this brief comparison, we'll explore a few pros and cons of each, drawing insights from user reviews, industry analyses, and official documentation.



  • Unified Cloud Platform: Workday offers a unified cloud platform, providing a seamless and integrated experience for HR, payroll, and finance functions (Workday).

  • User-Friendly Interface: Workday is praised for its intuitive and user-friendly interface, reducing the learning curve for both employees and HR professionals (Gartner).

  • Continuous Innovation: Workday is known for its commitment to continuous innovation, with regular updates and improvements to meet evolving business requirements (Gartner).


  • Cost: Some users have reported that Workday can be on the higher end of the cost spectrum, potentially posing challenges for budget-conscious organizations (Gartner).

  • Customization Challenges: While highly configurable, extensive customization may present challenges, requiring careful planning and expertise (SelectHub).

Oracle HCM Cloud


  • Integrated Suite: Oracle HCM Cloud offers a comprehensive and integrated suite, encompassing HR, talent management, and workforce management functionalities (Oracle).

  • Global Capabilities: Oracle HCM Cloud is well-suited for large, global enterprises, providing robust capabilities for managing a diverse and distributed workforce (Gartner).

  • Scalability: The platform is scalable, accommodating the growth and changing needs of large organizations (Gartner).


  • Complex Implementation: Some users have reported challenges with the initial implementation of Oracle HCM Cloud, citing complexity and potential delays (Gartner).

  • Integration Challenges: Users may encounter difficulties integrating Oracle HCM Cloud with other enterprise systems, requiring careful planning and expertise (SelectHub).

SAP SuccessFactors


  • Comprehensive HCM Suite: SAP SuccessFactors offers a comprehensive Human Capital Management (HCM) suite, covering a wide range of HR functions, including talent management, workforce analytics, and employee experience (SAP).

  • Global and Local Compliance: SuccessFactors is designed to meet global and local compliance requirements, making it suitable for large enterprises with a diverse workforce (Gartner).

  • Continuous Innovation: SAP SuccessFactors emphasizes continuous innovation, ensuring that the platform evolves to meet the changing needs of businesses (SAP).


  • Complex Pricing Structure: Some users have reported challenges understanding the complex pricing structure of SAP SuccessFactors, which may impact budget planning (Gartner).

  • User Interface: While generally user-friendly, there have been occasional reports of users finding the interface less intuitive compared to other platforms (Gartner).


Selecting the right HRIS for large-sized businesses requires careful consideration of unique organizational needs, scalability requirements, and the ability to navigate a complex technological landscape. Workday, Oracle HCM Cloud, and SAP SuccessFactors each bring distinct strengths and considerations to the table. 

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