Electrical Bid Manager Estimating Software


 

Electrical Bid Manager Enterprise is the electrical bid management offering of Vision InfoSoft. The software has served the bid management needs of over 11,800 commercial and residential electrical contractors. We like the product for its ability to handle small jobs as well as projects with larger budgets.

Vision InfoSoft offers their estimating and takeoff solutions for electrical contractors on a best-of-breed basis. Companies can expect to find features for conversion calculators, on-screen takeoff, proposal generators, and conceptual estimates. Electrical Bid Manager Enterprise comes with an integrated pricing database service that helps electrical contractors incorporate the most recent prices of electrical supplies into their bids.

Vision InfoSoft offers three editions of their Electrical Bid Manager Enterprise offering: Classic, Plus, and Pro. The Classic version is great for light users while the Pro version is more suited for electrical contractors that need significant editing capabilities in their programs to manage bids and estimates.

Vision InfoSoft has won back to back awards for Electrical Bid Manager Enterprise in the last two years. In 2010 they won the NECA Showstopper award and in 2011 received the Construtech Commercial Top Product prize. The product has also been recognized in Electrical Current Magazine.

 

Electrical Bid Manager - Electrical Estimating Software
 
  • Electrical Bid Manager - Electrical Estimating Software
    Electrical Estimating Software
  • Electrical Bid Manager - On-Screen Takeoff Software
    On-Screen Takeoff Software
  • Electrical Bid Manager - Electrical Pricing Service
    Electrical Pricing Service
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000

13 Reviews of Electrical Bid Manager

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from Electrical Enlightenment
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

I use EBM for electrical bids.

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There are a good assortment of ways to provide breakouts and to edit item costs and labor. I appreciate the speed of the software.

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Labeling a takeoff is not clear. The user interface is bland.

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It is a basic estimating software with not a lot of bells and whistles.

 
 

from Enlightenment Companies, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

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The program is intuitive and very user friendly. It has proven to be helpful for estimators in training especially.

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Not enough format options for form letters. For example, Rich text formatting would be a nice option.

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Good product for the price! We will continue to use EBM at our company and recommend trying it out!

 
 

from Enlightenment Companies
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

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Easy to understand output for our estimators and clients.

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I really have nothing bad to say about the product.

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We like it best because of the ease of use in working with other clients that use the same software. When you use our services, you get our knowledge of the software as well.

 
 

from North Country Electric Service,LLC
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

Quick efficient estimating program

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Bids can be started quickly. Item edits can be done directly from the audit screen. I'm still learning all that this program has to offer.

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Limited access to database in standard edition. You have to upgrade to plus or pro edition to gain access to these items.

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Ask for a demo of the software before you purchase.

 
 

from Enlightenment Companies
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

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The simplicity of the program. Items are easy to find and enter into the program.

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That after you extended your materials and then add more take off the program does not reextend the same way.

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This software is very user friendly. Easily learned and a breeze to manipulate.

 
 

from Americom Technologies Group, LLC
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

This software has the flexibility I was looking for

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Simple to use, customer support and sales is very responsive

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The cost, however it is the best bang for the buck

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Look at all the products out there, discuss any hidden fees or constant updates, go with your gut!

 
 

from North Coast Refrigeration & Electric, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 6 to 10 employees Employees number: 6 to 10 employees

Solid program thats logical, easy to use, and vey flexible

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it is extremely flexible in breaking a job into many parts and being able to change things as needed throughout the bid process. You can always pull portions out of the main job should change orders or alternate options need to be estimated along with the main part of the job. take off is easy and flexible. Job extensions are quick and you can verify pricing on large $ materials quickly. Form letters make the final bid preparation painless and help to provide consistant format across proposals.

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A couple of items although they are definately not reasons to stay awaywould be:
-> Pricing is not updateable with Trade Service (they have some bad blood between them) so i have to use their price updates.
-> It would be nice if they had a report generator so one could generate some reports that are not available in the program
-> would like to see more format options in the form letters. Rich text formatting would be a nice addition to an already useable feature

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There are a lot of programs out there and this is one area where price is not an indicator of quality. Look carefully (try before you buy!) and take off a job that has many alternates and options if possible because that is where the real flexibility is key. See if you can make large changes to the breakouts with minimal efforts as these things seem to happen in the real world. You want it to work for you, not against you. Once you make a decision learn it well to make it really function for you. Don't expect the first estimate to be dead on. There are a lot of variables and adjustments that can be made to labor rates and pricing discounts and until you get these tuned to your company and style it may be a bit rocky. But once you get things adjusted you will know that what it says can be relied on.

 
 

from Hussmann
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

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Ease of setup and knowledgeable sales staff. Tech support was helpful but 1 hour was not enough.

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More flexibility with the drop downs. Branch circuits should have junction boxes and whips to add as an option

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It was the most straight forward program I looked into

 
 

from Electrical Enlightenment, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

I have used EBM since early 90's making that about 25 years

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This is the only product on the market with a user interface that makes the estimating logical.
Vision Infosoft is great to work with. If there are any issues, they are there to help.

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The initial loading of the program is difficult, requiring IT expert.

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Get the demo loaded and play with the software. Call the company an ask for a short walk through on the database.

 
 

from Power Comm Electrical Contractors, LLC.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11 to 20 employees Employees number: 11 to 20 employees

Great product to introduce you into computer-based estimating

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It's a good step into on-screen estimating. Lots of webinars for business owners with a hectic schedule.

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On-screen takeoff is a separate program and has some difficulty transferring data.

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Great step into computer-based estimating software.

 
 

from Metropolitan Electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

Great system for the price you pay

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I like how easy it is to make temporary Items. I also like how accurate the labor times are on the install of material. I used this to bid a fairly large job, and the labor for all the panels, lights, m/c cable, switches, receptacle, and low voltage came up to within six hours of the actual time it took to do the job. That's not bad for a 743 hour job!

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The thing I like least about this product is that it is difficult to do breakout prices. It can be done I am told, but you have to go through training. I have set up a time several times, but unfortunately, I get called out of the office when those scheduled training's are going to happen. The other is lack of material on certain options, mostly supports, hangers, and junction boxes.

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It's a great product, is very accurate, and customer support has been great. It is nice to actually have someone answer the phone that speaks English when you have a simple question. If you are looking for a estimating program that will work for years to come, then this is the right system for you.

 
 

from REC Solar Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

I haven't had much face time currently, but my team likes the tool.

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The vendor is friendly. The tool is easy to use, and it's easy to set up specific material important to your line of work.

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I wish it had the ability to include more Solar and Wind material. The electrical industry is moving in all directions, and the tool should keep up with the industry.

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It takes time for any tool to work properly, but if you take your time and get to know the tool, the review will be better than expected.

 
 

from Speid Electric, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 2 to 5 employees Employees number: 2 to 5 employees

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Excellent estimating program. Once you get started, it's pretty intuitive and semi-self-explanatory. We landed two of the first four projects we bid on with the software, and we are very encouraged by the early results. I love how everything is organized and contained within the program. I also like the ability to have the labor units calculated for me, as well as being able to adjust them depending on the circumstances. I wish I would have invested in Electrical Bid Manager sooner!

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There is almost nothing so far that I do not like about this product.

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If you are a small contractor, you need Electrical Bid Manager!

 
 
 
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