SAP will also be able to go down-market, selling Employee Central to growing companies that want their first serious HR system to be cloud-based, Hamerman said.
Oracle recently made a big move into cloud HR software earlier this month when it announced the acquisition of SuccessFactors competitor Taleo. Oracle is paying $1.9 billion for Taleo, a significantly smaller sum than what SuccessFactors cost SAP.
"SAP paid more but they have a lot more to work with here in terms of assets," especially on the talent management front, Hamerman said. "What Oracle gets is a tier-one recruiting solution, but the other assets they're getting are not necessarily going to benefit them as much."
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