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Old 03-13-2019, 07:31 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,
I'm looking for anyones advice on Project Management software that allows flexibility of permission levels for employees, isn't too costly, and allows quickbooks integration. We are a residential renovation general contractor. Does anyone have any recommendations for a specific software they're currently using? I have spent a lot of time trying some already but I keep coming into roadblocks that seem non-negotiable, so I'm looking for additional ideas out there .... ?
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Old 03-13-2019, 11:00 PM   #2
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With my previous employer we used Co-Construct. I haven't used it in a few years, but I liked what it was capable of

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Thanks Rich, I've tried this but found it lacks flexibility in permission levels, to the point where it's unusable for the different levels of employees we have.
Any other suggestions?!
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Sage Timberline is one of the industry leaders. Have used it for many years as a GC.
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You are touching on one of the riddles of the universe. Construction management software is so full of opportunity and disappointment at the same time. Historically, producers of integrated programs want to be everything and so don't play nicely or share information easily with other programs.

The problem you face here is nobody is good at everything. And software people have an infuriating habit of telling you to run your business a certain way because that is how their program works (business is supposed to work the other way round with suppliers asking you what you need). The other pain is how do you choose the solution you are looking for today (e.g. scheduling) with any confidence that the other future modules do the job for you when the time comes (e.g. material take-off)

Some other software producers recognize the need to focus on what they are good at without forcing you to use their all-in “solution”. They are willing to share information across platforms. But building the bridge between them is a tech-heavy task.

There is some hope on the horizon. There are standards evolving among developers so that if their products are designed to share information with other compliant software products. You choose the best solution for what you need now (e.g material take off) and choose different software to meet other demands in future (e.g. Scheduling, change management) with some hope that they will work together.

We aren't there yet though. Sorry, not really an answer to your question. But the industry needs to make some noise. When you talk to software people let them know that this is what you need/want. Then you would be able to introduce technology to your business in bite size amounts.

If you're interested look here:
https://www.buildingsmartcanada.ca/open-standards/
They get it, although maybe all about building/construction management, less so about running your business.

Or here:
https://zapier.com/zapbook/
Helping you integrate different software products is their thing. They list compliant software solutions on their website (still kind of light on options for builders/contractors)
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What kind of permissions are you looking to separate out? We were able to give field guys access to clear out to do items and tasks, but not be able to go into scheduling and financials that office and project managers would have access to.

I don't even know all the options available now. Builder trend (I think?) Was the only other option really available. Donny is a good guy though, had lunch with him a few times over the years

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