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Construction Accounting Software Recommendations Needed

  • 1.  Construction Accounting Software Recommendations Needed

    Posted 03-03-2019 12:44
    Hi CFMA Central Texas: Do you have any recommendations for a construction accounting software? What are your favorites? By 6/1/19, I want to identify the next construction software for my company, with an implementation date of 1/1/2020. I'm looking for a program that is built to scale as we grow from a small to medium to large provider of construction-related services. We are considering Viewpoint (Spectrum) and ComputerEase. We are using Foundation Software, but it is not meeting our needs. I'd be happy to hear your thoughts. Thanks for your help!

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    John Katona
    Accounting Manager & CPA
    BryComm, LLC
    Austin TX
    (512) 712-4008
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  • 2.  RE: Construction Accounting Software Recommendations Needed

    Posted 03-04-2019 13:16
    Hi, John.  So much of software use is personal and specific to the culture of an organization so it's important to take my recommendation in the context of  your operating environment.

    I implemented ComputerEase in 2015 for less 30% of the cost of the previous implementation of a Viewpoint-like product completed 8 years prior.  It's look and feel is a much better fit for our organization than the other more "sophisticated" feeling products out there.  It is driven by plain language choices as opposed to accounting-lingo choices which makes it much easier for the rest of the business to use.  It's ability to import data is much easier in my experience than with other software.  Equally as important is that it provides  a variety of ways to get data out of the system (standard reports, an excel-like tool, ODBC, self-created report templates using XMS, MS Query and other options), and exports to MS Excel easier and quicker if that's important to you.  Also, we use NextSystems here in Austin for support which is hands down a much better experience that I have ever had compared to the support from a call center at a large software conglomerate.  An added benefit is that it buys me time:  instead of staff coming to me with "how to" questions they go directly to NextSystems who knows my company and setups so they can guide them for me.  NextSystems has even worked with users to implement new CE tools without my day-to-day involvement.

    I think you'll find both products can accomplish similar things - although we don't use much of the CE mobile apps, so I have limited experience there.  Both products are scalable although I'm not  sure if to a multi-national scale.

    I would warn you not to get caught up in the bigger is better idea - it's really about fitment with the culture of your organization.   If it's not abundantly clear, I recommend ComputerEase for an organization similar to our culture - and while I have a good business relationship with several of the CE people, I receive no benefit from my recommendation other than trying to help others through a challenging myriad of choices.

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    Jody Delino
    Chief Financial Officer
    Texas 5th Wall Roofing Systems
    Austin TX
    (512) 926-3940
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  • 3.  RE: Construction Accounting Software Recommendations Needed

    Posted 03-04-2019 22:12
    Thanks Jody! I appreciate the feedback and recommendation.

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    John Katona
    Accounting Manager & CPA
    BryComm, LLC
    Austin TX
    (512) 712-4008
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