Oracle HRMS vs SAP HCM: an objective comparison

Oracle HRMS and SAP HCM are formidable vendors of HR systems. Both have many years of experience and thousands of customers between them. The two vendors offer a full suite of modules in addition to HR so that you can have one provider for many functions. Which HRMS is these best one to choose? Here are key highlights and differentiating factors.

Company size and industry

SAP was one of the first ERP vendors, they started operations in 1972. Oracle was only a few years behind with its formation in 1977. They hold a similar position in Gartner’s HCM quadrant and both have moved into the cloud in recent years. As SAP is a German company it will appeal to organizations that have European locations and requirements. Oracle has accommodated customers in different market segments and industries so it’s an option for customers who are worried about diverse requirements.


Both systems offer a range of functionality that supports business operations. SAP HCM delivers global payroll in 41 countries so it’s a good match if you have global operations. Oracle is strong in the talent and development areas, so one to consider if you are in an industry where you struggle to attract and maintain talent. Oracle also puts a lot of development efforts towards building out their analytics so companies who require numbers on a daily basis may be interested in its functionality.

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Oracle is the most expensive HRMS to implement but it is successful in its implementations. SAP is the second costliest HRMS to install but it has a faster implementation duration and payback so it may appeal to customers who have restricted budgets.

Oracle’s cloud solution was developed as a standalone system while SAP has purchased and integrated their HCM into their product. Deployment can be a little more difficult in SAP’s setting due to the backend code differences as the product wasn’t part of the original build.


Both vendors offer online and phone support with forums for customer interaction. Oracle’s headquarters is in California so it is ideally suited for American time zones as well as Asia. SAP is based out of Germany so companies that have support teams in Europe or the east coast of the US will benefit from this location. Both products are seen as intuitive and easy to use.

As they are cloud solutions training manuals and documentation are often highlighted as areas for improvement for both companies due to the frequency of software updates and changes.

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Heather Batyski

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Heather is an experienced HRMS analyst, consultant and manager. Having worked for companies such as Deloitte, Franklin Templeton and Oracle, Heather has first-hand experience of many HRMS solutions including Peoplesoft and Workday.

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