Choosing between SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) for SuccessFactors Strategic Analytics and the built-in SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics (WFA) tool

Here's a breakdown of SAC and WFA key differences to help you decide:

SuccessFactors Workforce Analytics (WFA):


Built-in: Seamlessly integrated with SuccessFactors, requiring minimal setup.

Pre-built reports and content packs: Offers a variety of readily available reports and dashboards catering to common HR analytics needs.

Ease of use: Designed for HR professionals, often with user-friendly interfaces and drag-and-drop functionalities.


Limited customization: Offers less flexibility compared to SAC for creating custom reports and visualizations.

Limited data source integration: Primarily focuses on data from SuccessFactors, limiting the ability to incorporate data from external sources.

Scalability limitations: Might not be suitable for large-scale, complex analytics or handling massive datasets.

SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) for SuccessFactors Strategic Analytics:


Powerful and flexible: Offers advanced capabilities for data manipulation, analysis, and visualization, allowing creation of highly customized reports and dashboards.

Wider data source integration: Can connect to various data sources beyond SuccessFactors, enabling a more comprehensive view.

Scalability: Handles large datasets and complex analyses effectively.


Complexity: Requires more technical expertise to use compared to WFA, potentially needing additional training for users.

Implementation effort: Setting up and integrating SAC with SuccessFactors requires more time and resources compared to WFA.

Cost: Might involve additional licensing fees compared to WFA, which is included in some SuccessFactors subscriptions.

In Summary:

Remember, the best choice depends on your specific requirements and priorities. Consider factors like technical expertise, budget, data sources, and desired level of customization before deciding.

Use WFA if:

  1. You need pre-built reports and quick insights for common HR analytics needs.
  2. You have limited technical resources and prefer a user-friendly interface.
  3. You primarily rely on data within SuccessFactors.

Use SAC if:

  1. You need highly customized reports and advanced functionalities.
  2. You want to incorporate data from various sources beyond SuccessFactors.
  3. You require a scalable solution for large-scale or complex analytics.

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