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Job costing software for construction firm?

My client currently uses sage line 50 and is looking at alternatives, £15-20m turnover

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My client currently uses Sage line 50, including the job costing add-on, they are a medium sized construction firm generating £10m-20m turnover so quite a number of transactions are being processed.

They are considering switching software as they have been told sage are going to pull support for the job costing module (I plan to verify this with sage), does anyone have any recommendations or experience with other software for this sector? I wonder if they would be better keeping sage and purchasing a industry specific software that integrates for the job costing rather than try to adapt something like Xero.

I have had a google and there seems to be options out there but it would be great to get opinions from anyone who has actually used anything that ticks all the boxes (CIS, Costing/valuations, budget monitoring etc)

I would appreciate your thoughts.

 

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By Paul Crowley
22nd Jun 2021 11:16

I have a client that uses Redsky
No personal opinion as I am only interested in annual accounts, not project management

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By [email protected]
22nd Jun 2021 11:23

Thanks Paul, does your client appear happy with it?

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By Paul Crowley
22nd Jun 2021 20:27

Yes
But they have been using it for over 20 years, know its quirks and have probably not recently looked at any competing products.

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By johnt27
22nd Jun 2021 17:22

simPRO might be a good solution equally Buildertrend may also be. Really depends on whether your client wants to stick with Sage 50 or would consider a change and not just to something like Xero, but equally a larger ERP system like Xledger, for example

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By DJKL
22nd Jun 2021 19:26

I used Access Accounting some years back, I used their project costing module to allocate costs and timesheets to small works but I believe they do a whole suite of construction module including estimation and budgeting, the one thing I am not sure about is what they have to integrate CIS, they certainly from the website can deal with reverse charge invoicing within their ledgers.

I only used them as a single user package as their ledgers (S/P/N)+project management system was at the time (over ten years ago) cheaper than Sage Ledger system with added job costing .

Their website is not clear how the various offerings fit together but maybe you should prepare a wish list and ask them.

https://www.theaccessgroup.com/en-gb/construction-management/solutions/f...

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By spilly
22nd Jun 2021 23:07

It might be worth checking with Sage. They have a Marketplace section on the website which lists software programmes that will feed into Sage. It looks there are a few specifically for the construction industry.

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By Arthur Putey
23rd Jun 2021 07:15

Have you looked at COINS ?

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By [email protected]
23rd Jun 2021 10:40

I've not looked into anything yet, I was hoping to gather some good recommendations from this post then go off and book demos etc to see what one fits best with the client's needs.
Really appreciate all the feedback, thank you.

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By GarethThom
15th Jul 2021 11:05

We have a dedicated construction costing solution called TMS Contract Costing and it handles everything you have mentioned plus a lot more. It fully integrates with Sage 50 Accounts and Sage 200 (should your client wish to upgrade their financials at a future date) as well as Sage Payroll (to integrate labour timesheets and/or allocate full employers costs to jobs).

You can review the features, watch a video and book a demo on our website here:
https://contractcosting.com

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