Top 3 SuccessFactors alternatives

Last updated: December 05, 2011
SuccessFactors’ time-tested, analyst-recommended solutions drive goal execution across your business from top-to-bottom like no other alternative. By focusing on the three pillars of Business Execution excellence—Business Alignment, Team Execution and People Performance—SuccessFactors Business Execution Software delivers real business impact. It provides the foundation for organizational success by giving you the tools to put the right people in the right place to work on the right things.

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2011. SAP acquires SaaS-champion SuccessFactors

(SuccessFactors CEO Lars Dalgaard) SAP (aka the world largest developer of business software) has won the reputation of the SaaS-snail. Not because SAP wasn't trying to build SaaS solutions. It launched StreamWork, CRM On-demand, Business ByDesign. But all these projects were implemented without much desire, so none of them caught the wave. And it's quite understandable. SAP really doesn't need these miserable $50/month per user, when it makes millions just for one-time sale of its monster systems and projects. But with these earned money, SAP can easily buy the title of SaaS-champion. SAP Ventures has long been sponsoring many SaaS-startups. For example, SAP stands behind such projects as SocialText,, Alfresco. And now, SAP has decided to play a big game and acquired (perhaps the second company on the SaaS market) SuccessFactors for $3.4 billion. SuccessFactors - is a SaaS talent management system (on SAP's language it sounds HRM = Human Resources Management). It's not like SAP. Rather, it wants to be like Facebook. SuccessFactors is the champion in SaaS project size competition (see the Top 5 largest SaaS implementations). And in 2009, it was SuccessFactors that stolen one of SAP's largest customers - Siemens.

2011. Top 5 largest SaaS implementations. SuccessFactors vs WorkDay

It wasn't so easy to create a list of the largest SaaS projects. Because though SaaS vendors would like to promote themselves, they often have no clearance from customer to go public on their deployments. Sometimes, when a dispute on the largest projects starts, they claim that they have a customer with XXX users, but don't tell what customer and provide no proof. Therefore, our rating is based on unverified information. However, it is interesting that neither Salesforce nor Google Apps are included in it. And four out of five deployments - are talent management (or human capital - HRM) systems: 1. The biggest SaaS-deal is considered the contract between SuccessFactors and Wal-Mart for 2.1 million seats. (Recall, SuccessFactors - is SaaS talent management solution). The contract was (not publicly) concluded in May 2010 and now is (theoretically) in progress 2. Second place is also occupied by SuccessFactors, and this time everything is public. SuccesFactors states that its 400,000-seat implementation at Siemens - is the largest working SaaS-solution in history. No one has disproved this yet. 3. In third place - one of the SuccessFactors rivals - Authoria, which tells (confidentially) that it has a customer with 340,000 users. And it's a leading global food services business. Perhaps it's McDonalds, which is listed among Authoria clients. 4. IBM splits this list of HRM solutions with its 300,000-user contract with Panasonic for its Email-service LotusLive iNotes. The contract was signed in early 2010. 5. And on the place #5 - again HCM solution by SaaS-vendor WorkDay. For 200,000 users. The client - is a leading electronics manufacturing services provider Flextronics. The contract was signed in May 2008 and was the largest at that time. Interesting that the largest Salesforce customer - the financial company Merrill Lynch has 25,000 users. And the biggest Google Apps customer - automotive components manufacturer Valeo - 30,000 users.

2010. Talent Management 2.0: SuccessFactors vs Taleo

Everyone knows that "talent is everything". Everyone knows that 80% of his time boss should  devote to employees and their motivation. But in practice, boss remember about an employee only when he did something wrong and proved once again that his salary is too high. However, as competition in all areas is growing and business becomes more and more dependent of its talents, this outdated practice will only lead to deadpool. That's why talent management software and services are now experiencing a rapid growth. In the recent SaaS tool ratings talent management (and related technologies - HRM and e-Recruting) - are among most demanded. In this talent management market two gorillas have emerged: Taleo and SuccessFactors. And both these companies provide SaaS solutions. Taleo In 2008 Taleo was in top-four most profitable SaaS companies. Taleo solution is mainly focused on recruiting processes and managing relationships with potential employees. The solution allows to manage employees, jobs, resumes, appointments and features integration with social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn), which are used for collecting information about people and posting job announcements. SuccessFactors Unlike Taleo, SuccessFactors is still not profitable. Nevertheless, it's probably the most rapidly growing SaaS company after Salesforce. Last year the company won the tender for one of the largest SaaS-deployments - 420 thousand users in Siemens. SuccessFactors solution is primarily aimed at assessing talent progress and manageming his career. Each employee can log in the system to see his goals and log his completed tasks. Bonus system allows each employee to know exactly what profit he can earn for certain results. In addition, last week SuccessFactors acquired the enterprise social collaboration service CubeTree. So, probably, the company will soon compete with Salesforce and Sharepoint Online on this market.