Five construction ERP systems to consider

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We looked at ERP systems for the construction industry in the past.   Sage, Epicor, Dynamics, Penta, and Maestro that we discussed in our previous update (which can be seen below), are all still available and will suit the requirements of many businesses.  Here are some other construction ERP systems worthy of consideration.

Remember the first filter is to know where your business fits within “construction”.  A developer needs to control costs at a high level. Likely, that business will hire contractors to perform most or even all the actual construction.  The developer still wants to earn a profit. General contractors will perform much work with their own staff and will hire subcontractors for other components of the work. That general contractor wants timely payments from the owner or developer and needs to manage payments and costs that belong to the subcontractors. Plumbers, electricians, crane operators, and those specialty trades depend on everyone involved to keep the project moving as planned while controlling their costs, receiving payments from the general, and keeping the paychecks flowing to their working staff.

No single ERP handles all these diverse needs perfectly but let's look at a few and you can make up your own mind.

 

What is construction ERP software?

Construction ERP software is a specialized enterprise resource planning system built for the unique needs of construction companies. These systems should include management of general contractors, subcontractors, financial management, construction accounting, payroll, and service operations in one central database.

What ERP modules are for construction companies?

Construction companies should look for a system with:

  • CAD interface
  • Service fleet asset management
  • Financial management
  • Payroll
  • Management of contractors
  • Sub-contractor management
  • Logistics and transport
  • Scheduling
  • Complex workforce management
  • Inventory
  • Workflow processes

What is the best ERP software for a construction company?

The best construction ERP will meet your ERP module requirements, but some systems we've included in our top construction ERP roundup include:

  • Sage
  • Epicor
  • Dynamics
  • Penta
  • Maestro

There are more systems you can discover using our comparison, and you can filter these based on your feature needs as explained below.

How should you sort construction ERP?

The first filter is to know where your business fits within “construction”.  A developer needs to control costs at a high level. Likely, that business will hire contractors to perform most or even all the actual construction.  The developer still wants to earn a profit. General contractors will perform much work with their own staff and will hire subcontractors for other components of the work. That general contractor wants timely payments from the owner or developer and needs to manage payments and costs that belong to the subcontractors. Plumbers, electricians, crane operators, and those specialty trades depend on everyone involved to keep the project moving as planned while controlling their costs, receiving payments from the general, and keeping the paychecks flowing to their working staffs.

No single ERP handles all these diverse needs perfectly but let's look at a few and you can make up your own mind.

 

Viewpoint

Viewpoint is from Trimble and provides a construction accounting system that is at the heart of their ERP.  ViewpointOne, hosted in the cloud, combines the industry’s best construction enterprise resource planning (ERP) offerings with project management and field products.  Viewpoint has modules aimed specifically at a variety of construction businesses such as general heavy, highway, civil, engineering, mechanical, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing.  All of the software can integrate with Trimble instruments including laser and optical measurement and GPS systems.

Solidblox

Solidblox is ERP software designed to set a construction business on solid footing.  If your business is a real estate developer, infrastructure developer, general contractor, this could be the system you need.  Integra is their ERP foundation.  ProjectMan is for the management and costing of construction projects.  RealtyMax is the CRM component of their system.  Resourcer helps manage labor, subcontractors, inventory, and equipment.  Costless is the name of the financial management and human resources modules.  And Mallwox provides tools to help optimize the return from shopping malls.

Foundation

Foundation Software claims to be America’s number 1 construction account system.  They offer a variety of modules that link creating a complete ERP.  The majority of their users have 15 to 250 employees in the field and between $3 and $50 million in revenue each year.  Many wanted to upgrade from QuickBooks or other small business accounting products.  Components include job costing, payroll, scheduling, project management, equipment tracking, and time & material.

 

Use our free construction ERP comparison tool to find the best software for your business needs

Jonas

Jonas construction - ERP is a comprehensive and fully integrated construction accounting and service work order solution used by over 1,000 clients across a number of construction markets.  Jonas Enterprise serves mechanical, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, general, excavating, and heavy highway businesses.  Jonas Premier is for general contractors, design builders, home builders, and land developers.  Jonas is best suited for companies in the revenue range of $5 Million to $100 Million.

Acumatica

Acumatica is a major provider of ERP systems for a variety of businesses including construction.  Their products are a modern construction ERP for residential and commercial construction management.  The system has the latest project reports, contracts, budgets, plans, specifications, change orders, invoices, purchase orders and job costs.  It will keep staff and subcontractors informed and communicating—on phones, tablets and PCs.  You get accurate information by making the financial system your single source.

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Tom Miller

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Tom completed implementations of Epicor, SAP, QAD, and Micro MRP. He works as a logistics and supply chain manager and he always looks for processes to improve. He lives near San Francisco Bay in California and can be found on the water in his kayak or on the road riding his motorcycle. Contact Tom at customerteam@erpfocus.com.

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