Oracle or SAP which one is Better?
During my work experience in different companies, I was asked same question again and again sometime by company employees some by my friends, which software is better Oracle or SAP.
I use to give answer on the basses of their needs or need of company. Now here I decided some general differences between Oracle and SAP B1, but keep in mind these are my views and does’t mean to discriminate any software, any manufacture, implementer or any user.
|Inbuilt Drag n Drop Reports||No
SQL programmer is required to develop customized reports.
Managers and other non-technical users can also develop simple reports
|Print Layout Drag-n-Drop Customization||No
Skilled resource is required to setup print layouts.
A naive user can change print layouts by drag and drop like WYSWYG editors.
|WYSIWYG refers to “What You See is What You Get”|
|Data Import||Requires Advance User
|Requires Advance User
|Data Import from Excel and other formats|
|Module Plug-ins||Only Oracle
Only Oracle developed plug-ins.
|SAP and Third Parties
Other than SAP, a large number of third-party plug-ins are available. We can develop our own modules inside SAP.
|Integration with Microsoft Outlook||Yes, Limited||Yes||Emails can be linked to documents and emails can become source documents for a process using Outlook integration.|
|Chart of Accounts||Up-to 30 Levels, No Segmentation||Up-to 5 Levels and 9 Segments||The term “Segmentation” refers to the segregation of one natural account data into different regions, locations etc without making levels in chart of accounts.|
Users have to put a request to server and check the status himself if the report is completed or still in progress.
Single click access to reports instantly.
|Popup based Document Approval||No
Email alerts are possible through “Oracle Alerts” which can be purchased as plugin.
Managers get popups instantly.
|Intuitive, Storable, Interactive Reports||Plain Text Reports exportable to PDF, Excel etc||Sorting, Grouping / Ungrouping and filters without exporting to Excel.||Report view/designer for users.|
|User Interface||Complex||User Friendly||—|
|Blackberry & Mobile Devices Access||Yes||Yes
Plug-in readily available
|Application Architecture||3 Tier
(UI, Business Logic, DB)
(DB and Client)
|Resource Person Cost||High||Low||—|
|Learning Time||Comparatively High||Comparatively Low||—|
|OS Platform||Platform Independent
Windows, Linux, Solaris
|Database||Oracle||Microsoft SQL Server||—|
|Implementation Time||Comparatively High||Comparatively Low||—|
|Scalability||0 products up||2 products up||—|
|Client Application Installation at User Machines||Not Required||Required||—|
|Loading Time of Application over Internet||Not tested yet||Not tested yet||—|
|Product Maturity and Company Experience||Oracle launched its “Financials” in 1989
about 20+ years ago
|SAP launched its first full ERP in 1973
about 37+ years ago
|Additional Licensing||None||MS SQL Server, SDK||—|
And here is cost comparison
|Oracle Financials||SAP B1||Remarks|
|No of Users||15||20||Both companies claim that the quoted number of users is within the legal boundaries.|
|Implementation Time||6 Months||4 Months
|Approximate, needs further discussion.|
|License Cost||$30,000||$24,907||Microsoft academic discount applied on SQL Server @ $6,000|