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SAP Ranked highest in Payroll Management by Ventana Research

Ventana Research has just published the 2015 Value Index for Payroll Management.  SAP payroll Processing has been awarded the Hot Vendor ranking and the highest overall ranking! This means SAP outranked ADP, Ceridian, Workday, Ultimate Software, Oracle, and Kronos. For SAP this proves that its robust Payroll Processing solution is still the market leader. You can find the detailed ranking here: Payroll Management Software Rated in 2015 Ventana Research Value Index

What does this mean? How were we evaluated?

This is a great achievement, as it demonstrates our continued leadership in Payroll Management. The Ventana Research Value Index for Payroll Management is based on a comprehensive examination of vendors’ products in seven evaluation categories, five that evaluate the products’ ability to support the full payroll process and two that address vendor validation and total cost of ownership/return on investment.

The Ventana Payroll Management research value index is a distillation of a year of market and product research made by Ventana Research. It rates the following product related categories: Usability, Manageability, Reliability, Capability, and Adaptability. In addition, TCO and ROI are considered. SAP Payroll Processing was rated higher than all other participating vendors.


The Value Index for Payroll Management in 2015 shows that SAP is the top supplier! According to Ventana Research, SAP ranks first Overall and also ranks first in the Reliability, Capability and TCO-ROI categories.

SAP Payroll Processing is in use by more than 7,600 customers and it is undisputed for reliability. SAP Payroll Processing is localized in 54 countries and SAP Partners offer an additional 38 countries. This means that SAP customers can run a localized payroll in over 90 nations around the globe. Ventana Research also validated that customers experience high Return on Investment and low Total Cost of Ownership when the payroll is in full operation.

The SAP Payroll Processing solution is a highly configurable solution which can be implemented by a vast ecosystem of partners. In addition, The SAP Payroll is offered on-premise, in the cloud or via BPO partners. This flexibility helps customers to implement the solution according to the need of their business operations in every location they operate in. SAP Payroll Processing customers experience lower TCO and higher ROI as a result.

Recent innovations delivered via the SAP Payroll Processing control center add-on are improving payroll accuracy and at the same time providing a boost to usability. Ventana Research therefore ranked SAP’s solution high in this category.

Check this link for the full report or an executive summary: Payroll Management Value Index

Source: Copyright – Ventana Research “Payroll Management 2014,” December 2014.  This chart was published by Ventana Research as one representation of its research findings which assessed payroll management vendors and products. Ventana Research’s ratings are not intended to endorse any vendor or product, nor do we advise organizations to use this chart alone in determining vendor selection. The full Ventana Research Value Index Market Report is available through Ventana Research for purchase. Learn more at

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Frans - This is only available to those already running SAP ERP HCM, correct?

      Author's profile photo Frans Smolders
      Frans Smolders
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Mark, the research was done for SAP HCM Payroll indeed. And that payroll engine is also the foundation for Employee Central Payroll. So if customers want to take advantage of this functionality in the cloud that's also possible!  

      Author's profile photo Sven Ringling
      Sven Ringling

      Excellent job. Congrats.

      Interesting that you even mention Workday. It may be a lot, but no payroll system. It's an HR software that has been playing with payroll in a single pilot country for a few years. They also seem to have a few people, who specialise in announcing payroll for other countries on an ongoing basis... (Sorry, but can only deal with that by applying cynicism).

      Anyway: I'd agree SAP is still the best global payroll. However, if PY-GB is any measure to go by, that's based on great work of the past and currently being eroded by what seems to me developers, who just don't care. Wouldn't it be cheaper (apart from keeping customers happy) to invest in on-shore resources to get it right first time? With some of the errors in the last few years, if you debug to find the issue, the code you see does give you the creeps. Honestly.

      I'm a big fan of the solution - don't get me wrong. But I'm afraid without some resource re-allocation towards high quality payroll basics, this position may get eroded in the long run. We're at least 10yrs - if not an eternity - ahead of workday in global payroll. But others are probably not quite as far behind

      Looking forward to a smooth taxt year change 2015/2016 🙂

      Author's profile photo Frans Smolders
      Frans Smolders
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks for the feedback Sven. I only described the parties which were researched. The research clearly explains that there is no comparable payroll functionality on the market when looking at Reliability, Capability and TCO-ROI categories. This is mainly due to our deep localization which is unmatched by any vendor. You will see lots on innovation in the coming year ahead! And thanks for keeping us straight

      Author's profile photo Sven Ringling
      Sven Ringling

      Hi Frans,

      I wouldn't argue with that for one second. I can't see an alternative for international or even integrated payroll that gets anywhere close. That's why I am so keen on seeing quality standards maintained. There's nowhere else to go 🙂

      Author's profile photo Jagan Gunja
      Jagan Gunja

      I agree absolutely with the SAP's capability, integration between modules, HANA, so on.

      See link for Dimitry's blog and my further comments:

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