Dataforma Construction Software


 

Dataforma Roofing Software was originally designed for roofing contractors, but it is now utilized by other construction trades, including Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC. It's a web-based business management system that helps contractors manage projects, create proposals, track leads, monitor marketing campaigns, and more. Dataforma has over 3,500 users from across the country. Their customers range in size from $3 million to over $150 million in annual revenue, and work on both commercial and residential projects.

There are four main customer management modules, and nine business process modules offered in Dataforma. The customer management modules include a contact management system, correspondence management, and a calendar. The business process modules include those specifically designed for service management: work order management, project management, warranty management, and document management.

Dataforma also offers a customer portal, which allows contractors - and their customers - to access information about active construction projects in real time. They just announced the launch of a new iPhone/iPad app that helps contractors track and update service requests in real time from the field. 

Dataforma requires a minimum of three users, but offers discounts as you add users to the system. They offer month-to-month pricing, but do require a one-time installation fee. Dataforma offers a 90-day guarantee, 24/7 email and telephone support, and 24 hour system monitoring.

 

Dataforma - Home page
 
  • Dataforma - Home page
    Home page
  • Dataforma - Work Order Calendar
    Work Order Calendar
  • Dataforma - Project Bid Tracking
    Project Bid Tracking
  • Dataforma - Bid Reports
    Bid Reports
  • Dataforma - Project Calendar
    Project Calendar
  • Dataforma - Report Generator
    Report Generator
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, Unix, IBM OS/400, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000

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Dennis from EXCEL Roofing Service
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Poor Client Service

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Started using the Data-Forma system in 2009/2010. In a lot of ways it helped us track our work orders, provide clients with an easier way to share info versus a DropBox or related service.

However, all the benefits of the service have been lost by failures in customer service, addressing customer concerns and simply even returning a phone call.

Like all vendors in the construction industry, they make all kinds of promises to get a sale and are very attentive until they get your check. Then it's on to the next sale and you are old news.

Pros

Easy to learn.

Cons

Needs to allow you to complete windows before updating after every entry. Boggs down, kicks you off too often requiring you log back in, sometimes several times in a day.

Poor customer service, lack of follow through, privacy concerns.

Advice to Others

Look somewhere else.

 
 

Michelle from Guardian Roof Systems
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2016

December 2016

New to Dataforma

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We used Software Advice to put us in touch with products that could work with our current business practices and we were lucky enough to find Dataforma. We are just getting under way with them as our CRM software and thus far have been pleased with the product and overall process with them.

 
 

Nathan from Pyramid Roofing
Specialty: Construction
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Flexible and robust functionality with great support.

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We started using Dataforma a little over three years ago when we were informed about it during a trade conference. This was a large shift for us and as a roofing company, our end users were not technically proficient to begin with. We immediately noticed how supportive their staff was in making sure we transitioned to the software as smoothly as possible; they even had a company representative visit our offices to help train our staff. The software is fairly robust and there are a number of fields that can be populated in order to retrieve detailed information for reporting and reference as needed. Once familiar with the basics, we were able to speak directly with the Dataforma developers to have custom templates produced for data experts and reporting needs. The stability of the system has been absolutely consistent as they have redundant servers in multiple states. Over time we have been excited to find new ways to improve our operations, scheduling, accounting and basic CRM needs by becoming more familiar with the software and communicating with a helpful and readily available support staff. We now attend biannual super user conferences where the system administrators and various users from different companies can confer directly with the Dataforma design team. The events are very helpful in that we also confer with other users to find new ways to better use and adapt the software to our ever-changing needs.

Pros

The software is very robust and capable of producing reporting from a variety of perspectives and directions. The software continues to improve as the developers actively seek input from the end users. System stability and support has always been first rate. Great value for the investment.

Cons

Initial learning curve can be a challenge to some but the quality support makes this less of an issue. Looking forward to expanded accounting functionality.

Advice to Others

We can recommend this product to roofing companies that appreciate the importance and value of accurate information management.

 
 

Mike from Ja-Mar Roofing
Specialty: Roofing & siding
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2016

November 2016

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Poor UI/UX. Generally not a user friendly product. It is not a modern looking interface and that reflected in longer training time for new users.

Pros

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Should there be a problem, DF does provide good support.

Cons

Although Dataforma states that users "own" the data; DF won't provide connections between data tables.

Advice to Others

Be well aware of all the various options on the market. Carefully consider what features you will use.

 
 

Johnny from CRC Roofing INC
Specialty: Construction
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Hand Written work orders to 100% paperless during the first big RAIN storm of the year.

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We are new to using Data Forma field service. So far it has been great and very easy to use once a data base is built. The customer service has been great and we never feel rushed or that we bought a product and have been passed off. The hardest thing for us has been not going backwards and resorting back to hand written work orders and reactive behavior vs pro-active when dispatching a repair or an emergency type of call. Change is never easy but it is necessary to grow in a positive manner. This Dataforma is exactly as advertised and as the Data is provided it becomes easier to use and manage. Positive Results are immediate.

Pros

The ability to track everything possible about a job, customer or building is amazing. It is very easy for the field techs to use and get us the info we need so our customers get what they require in a great turn around time. The Dataforma employee who is doing our training etc has been amazing and exceeded our expectation by leaps and bounds.

Cons

Anything negative I have to say so far is on our companies end and accepting change without resorting back to old habbitts.

Advice to Others

Do yourself a favor and at least get a free demo run of the product.

 
 

Maureen from NorthStar Construction Services Corp.
Specialty: Roofing & siding

July 2015

July 2015

I use this product for Accounts Receivable and Payroll Processing.

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The software is easy to use once you've worked with it for a while.

Likes Least

I am very disappointed with the reporting. I would like to easily create my own reports and I do not have that ability. It can be very frustrating at times.

Recommendations

Know what your exact needs are when evaluating this product. It does not interact with other softwares easily.

 
 

Brittney from Building Power
Specialty: Roofing & siding

July 2015

July 2015

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I like the plot feature. It allows you see all the contractors in a particular state. I like that i can see the many different vendors that are located around the work i need performed.

Likes Least

So far i have not ran into any problems with this database. I am able to accomplish everything i need to using this site. There are a lot of features i am sure i have not learned about.

Recommendations

Because of the many features my recommendations would be to do all the DataForma training available. Any webinars that you are able to take i would, there is a lot to learn.

 
 

Michelle from Rackley Roofing Company, Inc.
Specialty: Roofing & siding

July 2015

July 2015

Dataforma - Great!

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Ease of use is fantastic. Any time I've had a question or an issue, the customer service response is immediate. Everyone is friendly.

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No complaints here. I have one computer screen dedicated to Dataforma--it's my one-stop for everything in day-to-day operations.

Recommendations

We've looked into other systems that are similar but we can't find anything that houses all the information you need like Dataforma does. Also, most of the system is editable, so you can add/delete items to tailor it to your business practices.

 
 

Mark from Franzoso Contracting
Specialty: Residential remodeling

July 2015

July 2015

Dataforma is a great solution for us. We consolidated from 3 programs

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It's easy to use, has features we can grow into. The company is made up of people interested in building out a database with a lot of stock and custom features. They're very accessible and accommodating.

Likes Least

I've been waiting for them to release a previously announced update and finalize development of other features in discussion that will really help us.

Recommendations

Make sure you and /or a key employee are detail oriented and want to maintain complete accurate records.

 
 

Curtis from Rackley roofing Company, Inc.
Specialty: Roofing & siding

July 2015

July 2015

Dataforma is a great asset to our company!

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Dataforma has helped us streamline our service work and has given us a central location to manage all of our important documents for each job. It's web-based, so any of our employees can log in, no matter where they are. The mobile app has been very useful for our field technicians as well.

Likes Least

The only issue we've had has been a request for automation on email generation for reminders, events, etc. But, this information is available on each employee's home screen.

Recommendations

I would recommend attending Dataforma's PSU yearly event. This has been helpful for training and tips on how to utilize the software to its full potential. They are constantly upgrading the system to make it better for their clients, and they bring the new information to the PSU each year.

 
 

Robin from NorthStar Construction Services Corp.
Specialty: Roofing & siding

June 2015

June 2015

DataForma Review

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Easy to locate information, can get at information from anywhere, can store documents in one central place

Likes Least

Can't write my own reports, Warranty portion of software still has errors,

Recommendations

Try it. I found that the search options were the best feature.

 
 

Jana from McCormack Roofing
Specialty: Roofing & siding

June 2015

June 2015

Dataforma is Excellent!

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Dataforma has, as the office manager and job scheduler, make my life easier. It is an amazing program that allows me to see the results of an inspection or a finish job almost immediately, before the workers are off the roof. Easy to schedule, easy to create jobs, all the information is at my fingertips. Proposal with picture reports are fast and very professional.

Likes Least

The only thing Dataforma is lacking is more accounting features.

Recommendations

If you are in the roofing, construction industry, this is the software for you, don't even bother looking farther.

 
 

Nathan from Pyramid Roofing
Specialty: Roofing & siding

June 2015

June 2015

We are very happy with this product.

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We like the versatility of the product as well as the ability to customize the menu options for more focused reporting. The Dataforma staff has also been very supportive in helping us tailor the product to our specific needs. The software has been reliable and the layout makes it easy to create relationships among the data fields. Our clients also appreciate having access to selected information via a client portal that we can invite them to use.

Likes Least

The number of menu selections can make it seem a little overwhelming until the user is familiarized with the product. Otherwise, we don't have any major complaints.

Recommendations

The company sends a very knowledgeable trainer out to ensure the product launch goes smoothly. Configuring various users with specific tiers of access is not difficult and the "clone permissions" feature helps save time.

 
 

Geoff from Mid-South Roof Systems
Specialty: Roofing & siding

June 2015

June 2015

Great software for management of customer info in a Service Department

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DataForma allowed us to be much more effective and efficient in serving our customers. The organized way information is kept and the relationships that are built between data allow for an account manager to quickly answer customer questions.

Likes Least

The software user interface can be overwhelming at times. There are a lot of options on any given screen. This is necessary because of the power of the software but it needs some polishing, particularly for use with mobile or tablet devices.

Recommendations

The key to software roll outs or evaluations is to make sure that the closely mimic your business process. With DataForma, walk through the process of entering service work orders or a project and make sure that it either is similar to your process or that you want to modify your process to match the software's flow.

 
 

Alexandria from Building Power LLC
Specialty: Roofing & siding

June 2015

June 2015

I have truly enjoyed using Dataforma.

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The customer support is excellent. They are quick to respond and very friendly. Also I work in a lot of other facility databases and this one is the simplest and most straightforward system. I also like how I am able to work with other vendors of ours through the system.

Likes Least

I wish it were possible to set up custom alerts to email or on the dashboard for WOs that are in one status to long. I also would like to see the accounting system be able to integrate with Quickbooks.

Recommendations

I would recommend using the full capability of the database. Work with the Dataforma team to customize as much as possible to help you business run much smoother.

 
 

Jeff from SK Quality Roofing
Specialty: Roofing & siding

June 2014

June 2014

Dataforma review

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The software performs well and can be as simple or complex as you like it. The vendor is great. They are very nice folks, who really believe in their product. Phone support is excellent.

Likes Least

They don't seem to grasp the importance of online and email-based support. They are fantastic with the phone, but virtually nonexistent otherwise.

Recommendations

Knuckle down and do it, step by step.

 
 

Michael from Affordable Construction Co.
Specialty: Roofing & siding

March 2014

March 2014

Sophisticated software that is very versitile for roofing contractors.

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The staff is always willing to help.

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The software does so much that it will take time to learn and implement. It's also a little pricey.

Recommendations

If you are a roofing contractor, this software will be beneficial.

 
 

Jason from Carpenter's Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.

February 2012

Date: February 2012

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The application is fantastic and has the natural flow of a roofing company, due to the fact that individuals that have managed a roofing company developed it.

The most important issue with any software or Cloud based application is training and technical support. Dataforma is unmatched in these fields. Their technical support alone is well worth the price of admission! Don't be mislead by the term technical support, meaning that there are issues with the application. The application works great and their technical support is available immediately to answer any "How To" questions.

I am not a satisfied customer; I'm a raving fan!

 

Jeannie from Roofing Atlanta, Inc. - erroneously pushed through the wrong product link. Reposting for Dataforma.

August 2011

Date: August 2011

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Our company specializes in commercial flat roofing. Customer service and satisfaction are our primary goals with any roofing project. We struggled for years to create a database that would be at our "fingertips" so we could easily contact our customers. We were using Quickbooks for our accounting and customer database. As our company began to grow, we really needed a database that tied all our contacts and their properties together in one "easy to access" area.

A lead gen company put us in touch with a sales rep from Dataforma, and an appointment was scheduled. Scott came in to talk with us regarding Dataforma. Needless to say, Dataforma was exactly what we needed! We were ready to get started - "Where do we sign?!"

Shortly after signing our agreement, Mike came to our office for "Dataforma training". We were pleasantly surprised how informative the training session was, and how easily the system flowed. Of course, we couldn't take in all the functionality of Dataforma at that time; however, the basic program was easily learned and implemented. Practice makes perfect - so the more comfortable we all became with the system, the better the information input. Mike would check on us every week or so to see if we had any questions. He could even check our input from his computer. The customer support is wonderful. Any time I have called in, someone always answers the phone and has answered my questions immediately.

The system has been a wonderful asset to our company. From lead sheets to projects and work orders, all the information we need regarding a particular customer is just a click away! The Dataforma seminar in Baltimore last fall was so informative. My co-workers and I quickly learned that we were not utilizing half of the capabilities of the Dataforma system. We came away with a new perspective and understanding of Dataforma.

Dataforma is always looking for input and suggestions to improve their system. They have a background in the roofing industry, which is a plus for us. Dataforma has minimized data entry and maximized the tracking of each project to give an overall view of the profitability and performance of our company.

I would highly recommend Dataforma to everyone!

 

Robin from NorthStar Construction Services Corp.

July 2011

Date: July 2011

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We were not looking for new software when our estimators stumbled upon DataForma at a trade show. At the time we were using another vendor and were happy with them. Shortly after the trade show in 2007 we bought DataForma and have been using it ever since. At the time we were only going to use it to manage our service work, now it’s 2011 and we are looking forward to using the accounting in DataForma.

 
 
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