C/F Data Systems STRUCTURE Construction Software


 

STRUCTURE, by C/F Data Systems, is a construction management system that combines accounting, project management, and service management in a single package. With a 30-year history, STRUCTURE is now used by over 500 specialty contractors.

STRUCTURE is designed for specialty service contractors, including earthwork, electrical and teledata, finishing contractors, mechanical, HVAC, ductwork, plumbing, roofing, and others. It is a good fit for medium-sized contractors with 20 to 500 employees, or those that generate between $5 and $100 million in revenue annually.

Job costing and accounting are arguably STRUCTURE's strong points. The accounting module is feature-rich and includes many construction-specific features such as AIA billing, time and materials billing, equipment tracking, prevailing wage reports, insurance certificates, and more. It also includes typical core accounting software capabilities like general ledger, AP/AR, and purchase orders. Finally, STRUCTURE also offers procurement, payroll processing, and order entry in it's accounting module. Accounting can be purchased by itself as a stand-alone system, but the project management and service management modules have to be purchased together in an integrated suite.

In 2007, principles from an ENR top specialy contractor purchased a majority interest in the company. They’re helping C/F Data Systems fund future development and growth.

 

C/F Data Systems STRUCTURE - Executive Center
 
  • C/F Data Systems STRUCTURE - Executive Center
    Executive Center
  • C/F Data Systems STRUCTURE - Job Summary inquiry
    Job Summary inquiry
  • C/F Data Systems STRUCTURE - Project Management Main Screen
    Project Management Main Screen
  • C/F Data Systems STRUCTURE - Service Management Dispatch Board
    Service Management Dispatch Board
  • C/F Data Systems STRUCTURE - Workforce Labor Schedule
    Workforce Labor Schedule
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2000

23 Reviews of C/F Data Systems STRUCTURE

 

from Heaton Erecting, Inc
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

First two months on a new system

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Very basic accounting system with an intuitive functionality.

Functionality

I had hoped it would do several functions that it won't. The purchase order system does not work for our needs.

Product Quality

It works and is easy to understand, and the overall transition from our old system to the new one was mostly painless.

Customer Support

Support and training has been excellent. It's been the best part of the experience with the product!

Likes Best

It is thorough in the information that it provides via reports, yet it's a basic, intuitive product to use. Second, the support staff is fantastic.

Likes Least

It's not at as useful as I had hoped for our very specific type of work. It's geared toward general contractors, not as much for specialty contractors.

Recommendations

Call other users of the product for feedback and real life experiences with the product.

 

from Commercial Flooring Systems

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I work for a flooring contractor and we switched over to STRUCTURE on 1/1/12. We were attracted to this software because none of our departments were integrated together (i.e. estimating to ordering to accounts payable to the warehouse). So we had to enter everything several different times and that causes mistakes. Also, not everyone was informed about what was happening with jobs and now everything is right in one place!

I found STRUCTURE easy to learn because they have THE BEST customer support. We call all the time with big and small questions and they are always willing to help us or to research things if they don't know. In the beginning we were calling a couple times a day but because they are such wonderful teachers we might only call once a week (if that).

The only downside I have found is that STRUCTURE feels a little antiquated, but I still feel it's a definite step up from what we had.

 

from JWC Specialties, Inc.

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I work for a subcontractor in Tennessee. Our scope or work ranges from site work / underground utilities to waterproofing, caulking, roofing up to erecting pre-eng metal buildings. The accounting program we had was not able to efficiently handle our varied workload. In 1999 after much research, we invested in STRUCTURE and have never had one regret with our decision. The program is easy to navigate and the training provided by C/F Data Systems was invaluable. When our comptroller left unexpectedly in 2003, we were able to pick up and go on without a hitch. In today's market, one person has to do the jobs that two or three would have done in the past. STRUCTURE is a valuable tool that allows you to make the most of your time and effort.

Job costing was always an issue with our company, and our project managers always complained with our old system; but STRUCTURE has eliminated the dissatisfaction. It provides a system that generates the information we need in a timely fashion and in a format that is easy to understand. Customer support at C/F Data Systems is highly qualified to meet and exceed their customers' expectations. C/F Data maintains a line of communication with their customers through newsletters and emails and is always making revisions/updates/improvements as needed based upon the feedback they receive and the evolving industry.

I give Structure my highest recommendations; Ease of use, excellent customer service, and Cutting edge technology - what more could you ask for?

 

from American Contractors

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Having utilized STRUCTURE as an employee (Controller) and also as a consultant to the construction industry, including contractors that use STRUCTURE, I've had the opportunity to see Structure used by small and large contractors, accounting and non-accounting personnel, sub-contractors and general contractors, over various business types. By far, STRUCTURE offers the most complete package, competitive price, high degree of "user friendliness", and support team readily available to answer your questions. My opinion is a result of over 20 years of experience partnering with C/F Data Systems.

When evaluating job cost/accounting software, one of the features that is very important is the report writing capabilities. STRUCTURE gets very high marks from me when compared to other industry software products. Nothing is as easy to use, or create, across the modules, as STRUCTURE. This system provides contractors with: job costing information they need to manage their projects and their company; the modules required to process everything in house to create that information (A/P, A/R, payroll, G/L, etc.), and by processing the information in-house, it is a more cost effective and timely process.

The financial reporting features are very solid. Often times, the ability to provide internal financials is a big plus with banks, bonding companies, etc. and is very helpful in running and growing your business. I would be happy to further discuss more features and benefits of using STRUCTURE, please let me know if i can help.

 

from New England Finish and Affiliates

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When I first started working for New England Finish in 1997 the software we had was lacking, to say the least. A general contractor suggested I take a look at C/F Data Systems. I have used a lot of different accounting packages over the years and I have to say that C/F Data Systems is one of the best. I now have 5 companies (drywall, paint, demolition, ceilings and doors/hardware) using the software. I have trained many people in my office to use the software with ease.

I have always been impressed with the staff at C/F Data and the fact that I am still dealing with the same people after all these years is a true testament to the quality of the company. The staff is like one big family, and they treat their customers that way as well. Support is always top notch and being able to communicate and receive "wish list" items for specific reports and procedures for my companies has been invaluable. I highly recommend this software to any subcontractor.

 

from AMX Contracting

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We started using STRUCTURE in 2001, and have had a great experience right from the start. Ease of use and customer service are the two qualities that come to mind when describing the software. Whether you are entering payables or managing a multi-million dollar project, the logical menus make it easy to enter or obtain the data you need instantly. If you do have an issue, a knowledgeable and helpful C/F Data tech is always available to help. Most recently we had a new company set up on a holiday, so it didn't interfere with our normal workday.

 

from Congress Flooring Corp.

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I would not use any other software. In my previous company I had used STRUCTURE for over 8 years. While setting up my current company I did have the opportunity to review and change software. There is no comparison. The software is easy to use, functions smoothly, and is customizable. C/F Data Systems is constantly upgrading and incorporating user ideas. It is also important to note that their customer service completes the whole package. I would highly recommend STRUCTURE.

 

from Masotti Electric LLC

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We have been using STRUCTURE for 14 years. C/F Data Systems is constantly upgrading to keep up with the needs/wishes of their clients and any necessary federal/state tax changes required. STRUCTURE covers all aspects of managing our company from job costing to all necessary up-to-date financial information. Their training and support is second to none, and they are available when you need them. The best part is that they will help you until you are completely satisfied. I highly recommend STRUCTURE to anyone who wants all the necessary software, training, and support needed to operate his or her business in one package.

 

from Topper & Griggs Group, LLC

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STRUCTURE is a wonderful program! We are a structural Steel Fabricator. We have used the program for AP, AR, Job Costing, Purchase Orders, General Ledger and Payroll modules. It is very easy to learn, and it is all integrated. If there is ever an issue, the customer support team is very helpful, and will not let you walk away until the problem is fixed. If you need to customize the program for your company, they are willing to work with you as well. I recommend this program to all I encounter.

 

from Mid Atlantic Construction Group, Inc.

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We are a Virginia based General Contractor with a focus on large commercial buildings as well as convenience stores and gas stations. We have our own Pump and Tank Division for the installation and removal of underground storage tanks. Our search for new software began in 2001, and we looked at a lot of packages. We had been using Peachtree but with our sales increasing rapidly it was suggested by our outside accountants that we obtain a product that would grow with us. We eventually were introduced to C/F Data Systems by an outside business consultant and after reviewing what C/F Data offered and the cost differential of competitors it was an easy choice.

After purchasing STRUCTURE we began the implementation process, which to anyone who has experience knows can be nightmare. The staff at C/F Data with their online classes and telephone support made it a breeze. They were with me every step of the way supportive and inquisitive; making sure I was making the best use of their product. We have been up and running now for nine and a half years, and I am still very impressed with the support C/F Data Systems provides. I always get the answers and help I need and it is always from a friendly and courteous person, eager to help. I truly enjoy the C/F Data staff.

Currently we have all the key modules we need for our business and recently added the Project Manager Module. It was interesting to watch our PM’s eyes light up when they were first exposed to their new tool. It will help them keep better track of their jobs and all the associated documents. It will also help with all the necessary communication between Owner and Subcontractors to assure better efficiency. The past few years have been tough on General Contractors, and in my position I get to see why a lot of the companies in this business fail. One of the main reasons is not tracking the data needed to understand where you are on a job. I can say with confidence that C/F Data Systems has provided us with the information that has helped us survive.

 

from DON MARTIN CORPORATION

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I positively love STRUCTURE. I know I can depend on it completely; and if something is wrong it is always an error on my part. The support is great and fast. I used another software at my previous employment and the support was absolutely horrible. You could wait for days before they got back to you. I cannot say enough about the friendliness of the people who work for STRUCTURE. They are always kind, even if your requests sound a little crazy! I would recommend this software to any company.

 

from Yankee Remodeler of New London

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Our company has been using STRUCTURE since 2001. STRUCTURE has proven to be everything they promised and it continues to improve. Customer service is quick to respond when we do encounter a problem, or simply have a question about the program features. We are continually discovering features of the program to help us streamline our daily use, and if the program can't currently do something, they will do there best to see that it can in the near future for everyone, or write a "special" just for you.

Structure seamlessly allows you to gather information from accounts payable, payroll, and job costing to billing customers. This is a great program when job costing is a priority!

 

from Broadway Electrical

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My company has been with C/F Data Systems since their inception. We have grown with them, and they have grown with us. The words that come to mind to describe CF Data and their staff are dedication, knowledge, expertise, and follow through. C/F Data gets to know their clients. They delve into each new client's business persona, operations, identify their needs, and then they MAKE IT WORK. The various program modules are well integrated and the result is accurate data produced efficiently.

Over the many years, they have helped us with a variety of routine issues, but there have been times when they have gone far beyond our expectations of customer service. I can honestly say that we have learned from each other, and the C/F Data programs and upgrades reflect their constantly developing knowledge base.

 

from PJR

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When I was put in charge of researching new accounting software for my employer, I knew immediately what product stood out in my mind – STRUCTURE by C/F Data Systems. Having been a STRUCTURE user with both of my previous employers and I understood firsthand the capabilities of STRUCTURE, comprehensive yet easy to use, and the superior customer support of the entire C/F Data Team.

We researched 3 popular construction software products and in the end decided STRUCTURE was the best fit for our organization. We have been running STRUCTURE since 2008, and have not had one regret. Thank You C/F Data Systems!

 

from Glynn Electric, Inc.

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I love C/F Data Systems! Since my company changed to their program a few years ago, organizing my work is so much easier to manage! The program is easy to navigate and the C/F Data staff is always ready to help with any questions or suggestions! Their programs are a great tool that makes my job much more efficient and time saving!

 

from Balance4kids

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We recently upgraded to the newest version of STRUCTURE and we LOVE IT. It makes our life so much easier and our organization more efficient. We cannot say enough good things about the support staff. They are patient, kind, understanding and funny. The response time is incredibly fast. Each and every time we speak to one of the support staff our problem is solved very quickly. The people at C/F Data Systems are AMAZING!!!!!!!! I would like to give SPECIAL shout outs to Barbara, Jena, Pat and Sally.

 

from R J Koning Electric

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I've personally been using STRUCTURE for almost 4 years. I am responsible for all aspects of STRUCTURE activity in this company, and know the basics about all areas that I use (A/R, A/P, Payroll, G/L, Job Costing). Occasionally I need help from tech support, but the issues usually require fairly quick answers. I think the people you have in tech support are Great!

However, I've been very dissatisfied in the past year when C/F Data Systems started using an internal message center to post messages on the "board". I used to be able to call, be placed on hold, and then got through to someone rather quickly. The response time now can be very long... usually several hours. As a result I usually have to stop whatever I'm doing in STRUCTURE, and move on to something entirely different, until someone is able to call me back. I appreciate that there needs to be some sort of wait list, but something's not working.

 

from Advance Electrical Corp.

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We purchased Structure almost 20 years ago, and have grown with their ever-changing software upgrades. Change is sometimes hard in an organization, as it tends to disrupt the ordinary flow. However, C/F Data Systems makes the change easy and with little to no disruption. The staff is always available to help with questions and training if needed. The changes that are made are researched so that they make sense and keep up with growing trends in the industry.

Some of our staff has used various types of software and by far, STRUCTURE is the most "user friendly" product we've seen. When we first purchased STRUCTURE we had a somewhat manual system in place with staff that had little to no experience in costing and accounting, but with the installation of STRUCTURE and it's ease of use we've saved hundreds on yearly CPA fees and bookkeeping costs. I would recommend this product to any size company, with any level of staff experience.

 

from Commercial Painting

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Commercial Painting, Inc. has been a customer of C/F Data Systems for over 13 years. We are very pleased with their software and their customer service. We always get calls returned quickly and our questions answered in a timely manner. The years before we purchased C/F Data we were using spreadsheets, doing invoices by hand, and keeping job information only in files. This caused much frustration and time and keeping track of sales and payments was a nightmare. C/F Data Systems has changed the way the company operates, saving time, making things more organized, and more proficient. Not to mention, it is easy to use and all the reports that you have access to help in several situations. Such as Audits, insurance certificate renewals, sales for previous years, and all with a click of a button.

 

from Florence Electric

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I used STRUCTURE "back in the day" when they first started, and started using it again at another company 4 years ago. I would not switch to another software vendor. Not only does STRUCTURE provide everything that is needed in the construction industry, their customer service is second to none. If you have a question, just pick up the phone and someone is there to answer it. They walk you through your problems and don't give up until you are satisfied.

STRUCTURE provides the construction industry with all of the tools necessary to handle accounting, purchase orders, payroll, job costing, and much more. There is no need to use outside services for any of these applications. By having all of these resources in-house, it is easier to keep track of costs, scheduling, and planning. The software is user friendly and is compatible with Excel and Outlook. It is a great tool for any user in the construction industry.

 
 
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