eCMS is construction ERP software that offers integrated project and financial management applications supported by business intelligence, content management, workflow and mobile applications. The solution can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud and provides secure access to ERP data for all users.
eCMS offers scheduling, project management, service management and accounting. All four applications include features unique to the construction and service industries. For example, the project management application supports equipment management, drawing management and cost control. The accounting system has job costing, time and materials billing, insurance certificates, along with the usual AR/AP and general ledger capabilities. Finally, the service management system offers dispatching, work order management, quote generation, service order management and mobile support.
eCMS is designed for large companies that generate over $50 million in annual revenue. It can be used by nearly any type of commercial, residential, or specialty contractor, and architectural and engineering firms.
Jeffrey from Parsons Electric
Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees
It meets or exceeds all our needs for managing construction projects and providing financial data.
Flexibility and configurability. The payroll module is awesome, a must for a union contractor who works in multiple states. Great job cost module for managing construction projects. Tech support is first class.
Purchasing module could be improved on. The interface could be made more user friendly for non accounting type personnel.
Luther from IveyMechanical Company
The product is web-based and can be accessed from any machine with an internet connection through an encrypted VPN back to our servers. The product is fully integrated and maintains a great amount of detail on transactions so we can follow everything that goes on within the system as well as the fact that it runs on a very reliable backend platform.
I dislike the length of time it takes to get to a complete resolution on issues that are found in the software. This has gotten better over the years, but still needs some attention.
Take a hard look at how the applications work in relationship to your business. It is so flexible in many parts of the system. You need to make sure it is configured to meet your needs as a company. If it's not done right the first time, it could be painful going back and changing the way the system operates.
Jeff from Parsons Electric
Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees
Complete financial and job management system. Very scalable to meet our growth.
Configurable to meet many different needs. It has the best payroll module I can imagine. It is very easy to extract data for reporting. It is specially tailored for the construction business in both accounting and job cost. It runs on an IBM iseries and thus is virus proof.
Inventory module is not very robust. Software updates are complex and require the vendors support to install them.
Mark from TN WARD COMPANY
Employees number: 201-500 employees
Our company reviewed every best in class software package before deciding on eCMS by Computer Guidance Corp. Integration in one product across departments was a very important part of our decision. We went from living in 3 different software platforms in addition to all the excel spreadsheets to just one package doing the same work. Access to data across departments increased alleviating the need for review and reconciliation steps for many processes. After 4 years live on the system i would still go back and make the same decision again. There is always a new product to market that may do something a little better but from an overall value standpoint eCMS has not let us down.
Full integration between operations and change management to accounting/financial reporting. Value compared to competition that required substantial money and customization just to get going. Robust functionality across Operations, Human Resources, Payroll, Accounting right out the box. Custom Form editing logical and easy. Custom report writing through IBM Cognos is valuable and logical way to analyze data across the ERP. Support for critical items is addressed with the appropriate level of urgency. Ownership at JDM has exhibited a commitment to innovation and development as they bring in features from their other AEC vertical products. we have seen features come online in the few years that they have owned the company which addressed our desire for updates and improvements.
Customization/Support at times can have lengthy lead times when not critical to daily operations. Based on IBM iSeries so IT staff used to a Windows only environment have some training to do. (we have gone to their cloud based SAAS model to alleviate these concerns)