Spectrum Construction Software by Dexter + Chaney


 

Spectrum Construction Software provides complete construction management, combining accounting, job cost and project management software in one cloud-based application. Spectrum is developed by Dexter + Chaney, a technology company with more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry.

As a customizable enterprise software application, Spectrum can be customized to meet the end users’ needs, only providing the necessary features and functionality. It can be used by nearly any type of contractor, including general contractors, heavy/highway, electrical, mechanical, utility and specialty trade contractors.

Spectrum offers full-featured accounting, document management and job cost solutions, as well as project management capabilities. Dexter + Chaney recently redesigned the project management application to combine financial data, document management and project workflow information. It also offers service management and equipment management functionality.

Spectrum’s Web-based design offers mobile access to all of the software’s applications and functionality, as well as a user interface that replicates a browser environment. The Dashboard gives users an at-a-glance view of relevant information and can be customized by each user with apps relevant to their job. This feature is available to employees without requiring a paid seat. For the times when an Internet connection is not available or a specific task needs to be performed, Spectrum also offers unique native apps for iOS and Android devices such as time tracking, equipment management and Plan Room. 

 

Dexter + Chaney Spectrum - Dashboard
 
  • Dexter + Chaney Spectrum - Dashboard
    Dashboard
  • Dexter + Chaney Spectrum - Job properties
    Job properties
  • Dexter + Chaney Spectrum - Document imaging
    Document imaging
  • Dexter + Chaney Spectrum - Accounts payable
    Accounts payable
  • Dexter + Chaney Spectrum - Project managment
    Project managment
  • Dexter + Chaney Spectrum - Vendor management
    Vendor management
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Web browser (OS agnostic)

50 Reviews of Dexter + Chaney Spectrum

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from Alterman, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 501 to 1,000 employees Employees number: 501 to 1,000 employees

Great for accounting, payroll, job costing, etc.

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It is user-friendly (quite easy to use and to train others to use). There are constant updates (service paks) that keep the product current. There is always something new that enhances existing modules. If we ever have problems, they are addressed quickly.

Likes Least

The HR module is lacking in many ways. We run many HR functions outside Spectrum (spreadsheets, files, etc). User securities could be improved on (ease of setup).

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As long as you are not looking for heavy HR usage, this is a great product and will do everything you want it to do.The modules all work well together for the greatest functionality (except HR).

 

from Paragon Tempered Glass
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Decent construction software, but could use some work.

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Spectrum did a great job with tracking our union info, as we had a few different unions, all with more than one local. The standard reports were easy to use, although could use a bit of tweaking for saved templates. Payroll was an easy step-by-step process.

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We were only allowed 2 people to be authorized for support calls. We had more licenses than that, and everyone that works on the system should be allowed to call with their own issues. The report writing feature could be much more user-friendly. We had to create our custom reports directly in Crystal Reports, which takes much training. Other software I've used have used Crystal in the background, but with an intuitive, easy writer built into the software. This was a much better software before they moved from an installation to a web-based system.

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I used this at my last job. Our company was already using this when I started my position, but it was an installed system. There are probably better software solutions for our company, but since switching isn't cake, we stayed with them even when the new web-based system had several issues. I'd recommend really looking around if you're just starting or looking for a change.

 

from Ultimate Software
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

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This product offers plenty of customization capability and provide any type of user a unique working experience. Its full featured reporting and document management offers a great piece of mind. The application, with little customization, can support a wide variety of industries. The multi-company support capability offers a solution that can grow as you do.

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The dashboard has some limitations and the configuration can take some time depending on information you need. Deployment of bug fixes often results in the introduction of new issue that may take a little time to get resolved after the patch was applied. The add-on can drive up the cost quickly

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Be sure all the features you need are included in the package to avoid additional future charges. Shop around on pricing but be mindful of the processes and objectives having and using this software will provide.

 

from Westbow Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

A powerful product for multiple company use

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I like that the product is able to be used online, so I can access my data anywhere. As a company, Dexter + Chaney is very professional and responds to consumer feedback.

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I don't like that the dashboard doesn't read from multiple companies at once. I don't like that it's very expensive to add on extra components.

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I would say to do a few trials of the software and have someone sit down with you to go through every step of your current system and determine what you're trying to achieve before making a decision.

 

from Radius Developments Ltd.
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

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I like being able to scan copies of invoices into the system and the approval processes, as well as being able to search account numbers by name.

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I don't like the limitations of posting in A/R. Costs cannot be deducted from sales entries, causing time-consuming extra entries. We're not able to get an account balance at a specific date.

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Count on requiring a lot of extra time for training. The changeover was extra stressful for me because I was already behind in my workload.

 

from Westbow Construction Group Ltd.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

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There are some really good accounting tools. It's able to load quotes, subcontract agreements, and change orders.

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There are too many features missing that are add-ons for more money, leaving the program incomplete. It's not very user friendly, and there's no scheduling program for project management.

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Do your homework before you buy. Know exactly what you need and are going to get.

 

from Westbow Construction Group, Ltd.
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Easy to use program with great accessibility to invoices and quotes.

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I like the ease of seeing invoices match quotes.

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I don't use the system a lot, so I don't have any complaints at this time. It's user-friendly and helpful for invoice approval.

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Again, I don't use this program often, but when I do, it's user-friendly and easy for invoice approval.

 

from Westbow Construction Group
Specialty: Home builder - production
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Mostly good.

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The integration of images and accounts payable invoices is fantastic. It's really easy to navigate the software and use it to work. The learning curve is also fairly easy.

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Sometimes, when there are software bugs and Canada-specific issues, the vendor takes an awfully long time to resolve them. However, on the whole, they respond in a relatively timely fashion.

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Make sure that you need all the features included in this software. Also, ensure that the support is going to be there for the applications you need it for.

 

from Westbow
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Two years of working with the software so far.

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The product is new technology and cloud-based. It can be accessed from any location.

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Support is slow to make changes to fix obvious problems with the software.

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Try a few products before you decide and make sure you know the full cost. These purchases are often not very good when compared to the original quote.

 

from Christenson Electric, Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

It is a good product which makes our company function at a high rate

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We have used this software for over ten years. It's very user friendly with lots of features that are beneficial to running our company, like payroll, financial reports, billing, purchasing, and accounts payable. I mostly use the purchase order feature, which gathers the information that we need for our accounts payable department to use to match up to invoices.

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It seems that sometimes you have to press a lot of buttons to get to the screen that you need.

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When I was trained, I took lots of notes and just started to use the purchase order program, which was easy to learn and get the information that we needed to capture.

 

from Westbow Construction
Specialty: Home builder - production
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

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The fact that we can use the system to manage multiple companies. Having a dashboard that gives a summary of cash flow and invoicing. I like that once you buy a product from Dexter Chaney, you always get the updates for free.

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At first, there was a steep learning curve. I don't like that it's complicated to create your own custom reports if you don't know how to use SQL.

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I recommend asking them to let you in a test system to try for yourself. Also, make a list of everything you need the system to do and run it by them to make sure there are no surprises once you've bought it.

 

from Christenson Electric, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

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There is so much this program can do; most any employer can make this program fit their unique circumstances and get the kinds of reports and data they need.

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Because there is so much to this program, the learning curve is pretty high if you have not worked with a computer program this complex.

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If there are special needs for your business, I would talk to a Dexter&Chaney representative about what you specifically need from the program so they can recommend how to accomplish it.

 

from Washington Rock Quarries, Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Great product and helpful service

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The software is easy to use, and if I ever have any issues, I am able to get a person on the phone quickly.

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In version 14.2, it can sometimes feel cumbersome to navigate through the software.

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With some of the other software programs we use, it can be impossible to get helpful software support. That is an important aspect to look at because no matter how good a program is, there will always be problems. Spectrum does a good job of problem-solving, and the support people I have spoken with are all helpful and efficient.

 

from Washington Rock Quarries
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 51 to 100 employees Employees number: 51 to 100 employees

Spectrum for Aggregate

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User-friendly. Easy to learn and has many features.

Customer Service is quick and easy to get a hold of to resolve any issues and to help with any questions.

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There are too many windows to get to where you want to be. But there is the favorites option, which helps reduce the amount of windows you need to open.

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I would recommend deciding at first what you want the software to do. What kind of calculations and reports are you going to need. Spectrum really covers everything for construction-based businesses.

 

from Duran & Venables, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

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The product is pretty straightforward once you learn it. You can access the same item from several different locations.

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Sometimes, you get locked out of functions if they have already been executed. You are unable to see attached images very well without enlarging your entire box.

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Take the time to learn your basic functions. There are many functions in the program that may not even be relevant to you. So learn only what you need to know, or else you can easily get frustrated and overwhelmed with functions.

 

from KERR CONTRACTORS
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

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It's possible to bounce around from section to section and keep your starting place.

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We're not able to email invoices as before and we have to click the box for approvals or direct entry.

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Look at the details and small stuff; that's where the frustration can live.

 

from Westbow Construction
Specialty: Home builder - production
Number of employees: 21 to 50 employees Employees number: 21 to 50 employees

Controller with large construction company using D&C Spectrum

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The vendor makes upgrades fairly quickly and is mostly attentive to the community using the software.

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There is a steep learning curve and many of the operations are not intuitive to use.

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I would recommend that if you can meet with someone using the software to get a complete walkthrough of its features.

 

from Kerr Contractors
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Number of employees: 501 to 1,000 employees Employees number: 501 to 1,000 employees

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From what I have access to in Spectrum, it's pretty easy to navigate and find my way around the site. I am new to the company, so I got a small crash course in the beginning, but other than that, I have been able to find my way around.

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I feel like I'm doing a lot of my scanning twice. It takes a while to load. I also find myself wishing there was a way to save without opening up tabs and dragging. Like a quick save I guess you could call it?

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I've realized patience is the key with software like this. Most of my frustration with Spectrum is also my own patience. I find myself pulling my hair out when my computer doesn't want to work as fast as my fingers and brain. But, just like humans aren't perfect, we can't expect the human behind Spectrum to make it perfect either.

 

from Kerr Contractors, Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Use daily for PO/invoicing/equipment lookup

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I'm not really sure.

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At times, tech support seems like they are unsure of what they are doing.

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Make it simple. There are too many clicks to get to a finished product.

 

from Christenson Electric, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

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The product is pretty straightforward. The modules are named appropriately, and individual processes within the modules are relatively easy to find. The layout is easy to read. Generally, it is easy to maneuver through the program and each process as needed.

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It is not very versatile or flexible. It seems to have trouble expanding to manage an increasingly larger customer/project base. As our company has expanded, the system has struggled to keep up.

Recommendations

Really evaluate where you are and where you are planning on going in your business before taking on this particular software. It may work for small companies for a long time, provided they have no major growth. If you foresee major growth in the future, you may want to evaluate a more robust and flexible software.

 
 
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