PENTA Construction ERP Software


 

PENTA is an enterprise system that manages every aspect of accounting, project management and service for construction, engineering and service firms. PENTA is developed by Penta Technologies, a technology company with more than 30 years of construction industry experience.

Delivered via cloud hosting or on-premise, PENTA provides functionality for construction management, service management, multi-company accounting, project management, equipment management, mobility and enterprise content management.

PENTA Role-Based Workbenches graphically present advanced analytics. Every user has their own Workbench filled with key performance indicators relevant to their role and receives proactive alerts about urgent issues.

The project management software contains job costing, progress billing, contract management, drawing management, quote generation, time sheet tracking and other functionalities to manage projects. Firms can bid on jobs, manage project designs, track hours worked by job and generate invoices using multiple billing options; contracts can be billed at a discount, a specialized rate, a fixed-rate or a custom pricing scheme.

PENTA has integrated mobile capabilities. With the PENTA Mobile Field Service iPad app, service management staff and field service technicians stay connected all day.

Companies can also use a Customer Portal to provide their clients self-service access to detailed service history. 

PENTA software is designed specifically for midsized to large engineering, construction and service firms. It is suitable for mechanical, HVAC, fire protection, industrial and EPC contractors, and other specialty contractors including electrical, concrete, utility and roofing that generate $25 million in revenue or more, have 50 or more employees and give six or more users access to the system.

 

PENTA Construction ERP Software - Enterprise content management
 
  • PENTA Construction ERP Software - Enterprise content management
    Enterprise content management
  • PENTA Construction ERP Software - Role-based workbenches
    Role-based workbenches
  • PENTA Construction ERP Software - Project management
    Project management
  • PENTA Construction ERP Software - Customer self-service portal
    Customer self-service portal
  • PENTA Construction ERP Software - Mobile project management workbench
    Mobile project management workbench
  • PENTA Construction ERP Software - Mobile field service iPad app
    Mobile field service iPad app
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

31 Reviews of PENTA Construction ERP Software

 
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from Meade Electric
Specialty: Utility contractor

PENTA Driving Technology

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What I like best about this product is that it is pretty intuitive to use. I do not get confused with new setup tools, and that PENTA is consistent from product to product on how they label and identify items. PENTA has always been willing to work with us to develop new products and make upgrade to our system as we need them which is great.

Likes Least

The only issues I have had is that PENTA has not always been ready to implement there products with new technology, for instance service management on tablets. I know this version is coming out on the next upgrade, which will help us out greatly.

Recommendations

Make sure you understand how you want to use the end product of your data collection. Like most financial and job tracking systems, the systems are only as good as the data that is entered and collected. You also need to understand how to export your data, in order to utilized it for internal reporting.

 
 

from J. F. Ahern Co.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

Well-Designed Construction ERP System

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PENTA has a solid product that is well-engineered. Their staff is very experienced and knows the industry.

Likes Least

The current UI is somewhat dated. It is usable, but it needs to be updated, made consistent, and made to work on both PC and mobile platforms.

Recommendations

As with any ERP evaluation, get past the hype and sales and into the details. Define your "must-have" processes and then evaluate the software. Be open to process modification to fit the software. Do not modify the software. Make sure you have solid buy-in from the top down for the project.

 
 

from K2 Industrial Services
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

Glad that we selected PENTA as our ERP system.

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The vendor was extremely helpful when we transitioned from our old system to our PENTA one. They are professional and easy to work with. The product has been extremely helpful to the business.

Likes Least

The dates are inconsistent, which is frustrating to the users.

Recommendations

Take the time to evaluate your needs and whether or not PENTA meets those needs. If you think there is a business process that the product does not meet, then talk to the vendor and see if it can be added.

 
 

from Berkel and Company Contractors Inc
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

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The thing I like the best is the ease of use in producing rapid checks. We have a large number of union employees that have to be paid on demand. Another good thing is the number of options of reports that are available.

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We need to work on certified payroll reports. I like the options of only using the last four digits of the social security number or printing it with no addresses. I have problems when a union employee works in another area and the result is a confusing report.

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It has a very wide scope so look at each area. For payroll, it works well.

 
 

from K2 Industrial Services
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

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The integrated applications that specifically address the construction industry and its support of union payroll and reporting.

Likes Least

Ability to easily facilitate workflows within the application and between other external applications.

Recommendations

Make sure you a have fully documented your functional requirements and key process flows prior to any software selection.

 
 

from Setzer Corporation
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

A must have software in a fast-paced, construction industry

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We are a company with multiple entities in various types of construction industries. PENTA offers the versatility to adapt to different types of construction industries such as telecommunication, outside plant, private network and electrical contracting industries. The flexibility within PENTA allows us to use the job costing and service management software in various ways to meet our accounting and job costing needs in each of our organizations.

Likes Least

In the past, getting information out of PENTA electronically was difficult. However, PENTA listened to their customers and has created a new product enhancement that is currently available that allows users to get information out of the software and in a downloadable format into Excel.

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PENTA is continually evaluating and adapting their software in attempt to keep up with ever-changing technology. Since we converted to PENTA software, they have added several value-add products to stay current with technology changes. A few of these added products or enhancements include Mobile Field reporting, Workflow Processes, Document Imaging, & Workbench. It is important to evaluate whether a software company is growing and attracting new customers by staying current with technology and the current market.

 
 

from DEEM LLC
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC

Still learning.

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That is is very detailed for both a service and contract company in one package.

Likes Least

While the product is good for the field transactions, it has some limitations on the actual accounting side.

Recommendations

Be flexible. There is no one out-of-the-box product that is going to work for everything that you have to do. You just have to pick the one that works for "most".

 
 

from Keenan, Hopkins, Suder & Stowell Contractors inc.
Specialty: General contractor

Functional, fully integrated software.

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Fully integrated software and good tech support.

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The data cannot be downloaded into Excel to create an easy functioning spreadsheet.

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Keep an open mind. Once you learn the ins and outs, it is relatively easy to work with each day.

 
 

from Townsend
Specialty: Utility contractor

Best ERP in their space

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Support!

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Platform is Linux and Oracle-based. This requires more expertise that can normally be found in small enterprise.

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Virtualize! Whether you're using Hyper-V or VMWare. This product should be virtualized for business continuity and disaster recovery.

 
 

from Ajax Building Corporation
Specialty: Construction manager

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Tailored to the individual customers needs and helps organize the data I need.

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I don't have any dislikes. Always works fine if I don't make an error.

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Take it for a test drive. It works. Once a person has a chance to see how it works on a day-to-day basis, it becomes apparent that it's easy to use and works well in the field of endeavor.

 
 

from Ajax Building Corporation
Specialty: Construction manager

Use extensively every day

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Easy to use, good reports and easy to modify. Most reports download into Excel easily. Good inquiry function. Their customer service is very responsive to our needs.

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I really do not have any complaints about PENTA. It works well for us.

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This software puts a tremendous amount of information at your fingertips, and all modules work seamlessly together. It is much more than accounting software. Our construction field staff very much like the PM Workbench. I have been using PENTA for 15 years now, and it just gets better every year

 
 

from Ajax Building Corporation
Specialty: General contractor

PENTA is a geat accounting software.

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PENTA is very user-friendly and most errors can be corrected easily. Also, the customer service is excellent.

Likes Least

Things are often hard to locate in the PENTA menu. If there are things you don't use often enough to add to your hotlist sometimes it can be quite time consuming to try and locate them.

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I would recommend having a user from each department within a company evaluate the software.

 
 

from Ajax Building Corporation
Specialty: Construction manager

PENTA for Construction Management

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Support is good, and the system seems stable.

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Some of the features could be more user-friendly and intuitive.

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Spend the time to learn the product well before making the evaluation.

 
 

from Henkels & McCoy, Inc.
Specialty: Utility contractor

PENTA Technologies Review

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It's an integrated system. It's user-friendly. It handles multiple companies. There is always someone available in Customer Support to handle any system issues as they arise. The system can be customized for your needs. They are always upgrading the system with new features. They take an interest in their clients and ask for recommendations for changes that may be on our Wish List to be put in place in the new upgrades. The initial training that you get before you put the product in place is thorough.

Likes Least

It would be nice to copy/paste entries from Excel directly into PENTA.

Recommendations

Check out PENTA Technologies, Inc. You'll be glad you did.

 
 

from The Townsend Corporation
Specialty: Utility contractor

Excellent Product, Great Support

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The PENTA team is great to work with. They are very attentive and responsive to us and always eager to help with solutions. They definitely are the best in the business to work with.

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There isn't much not to like. Great to work with.

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Don't overlook the value of a strong service team.

 
 

from The Townsend Corp.
Specialty: Landscaping

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Ease of use. Easy to install. Great support.

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Performance and latency. No cloud-based version yet.

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Give it a shot and explore the options. It has worked well for us.

 
 

from Miles-McClellan Construction Company, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor

PENTA has been a lifesaver!

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We have developed a very good relationship with PENTA and feel like they are always working on new enhancements to the software that will help us be more successful. They have done a great job helping us use the software better.

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I have not run into anything that I do not like about PENTA. They are quick to address any concerns I may have.

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I would recommend carefully examining how the different modules fit together. Some vendors I looked at rely on standalone third-party solutions to supplement their offerings, and these solutions usually seem to be very different from the rest of the software, even though they may carry the same brand name as the main package. Also, make sure you understand the needs of all of your users, especially non-accounting folks who are sometimes overlooked in the software buying process.

 
 

from Norment Security Group, Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

Using PENTA from an Accounting Perspective

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PENTA's accounting package is fully integrated with all modules: job cost, payroll, fixed assets, accounts receivable, accounts payable, etc.

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You can't export reports to Excel. Although there are a lot of good add-on modules, the additional cost of those modules and the increased annual maintenance cost make obtaining the modules cost prohibitive. There are not enough financial statement formats available to create reports with.

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Make sure you know what you need your software to do. Ask a lot of questions to see how PENTA's capabilities compare to the software you are already using. Make sure that PENTA can solve problems that you have with your current software.

 
 

from Todd & Sargent, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor

Todd & Sargent, Inc. & PENTA, a strong partnership with a solid future

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The accounting and job cost system is rock solid. We have diverse needs in payroll, and PENTA has always provided the flexibility to handle each circumstance. We have a great relationship with the PENTA staff, and they always meet our needs.

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PENTA's custom reporting capabilities did not always meet our needs. But that issue should be solved with the Dashboard capabilities they've added to the software.

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Make sure you are working with people committed to helping you achieve your goals. We have always considered PENTA a partner, and they have never let us down.

 
 

from KHSS Contractors
Specialty: Other specialty contractor

Reliable stable product

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The software is fully integrated and reliable.

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I'm unable to download reports to Excel. This would be especially helpful for audits.

Recommendations

There are many ways to set up software. Spend time with PENTA going over all the available options to make sure you understand all the functions.

 
 
 
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