Ventus, by Vertical Market Software, incorporates over three generations of construction industry knowledge into the software. The software serves a wide range of companies working in the construction market - HVAC and mechanical contractors, to residential remodeling and heavy highway construction. Although many construction trade companies currently use Ventus, we think the product is ideal for service contractors that operate a field service organization.
Ventus software offers modules for job cost, estimating, service management, part sales, and accounting. Because Ventus is written and supported by a single source (Vertical Market Software) it is typically purchased as an integrated suite. The accounting solution contains general accounting features like accounts receivable and purchase orders as well as industry-specific functionality like time & material billing, AIA/progress billing and equipment tracking.
The broad functionality of Ventus means it is capable of serving many different trades in the construction market. Ventus will support service contractors working in HVAC, mechanical, and electrical, in addition to residential,heavy highway, and general contractors to name a few. We find that the software is ideal for medium and large construction firms that operate at revenues ranging from at least $1 million all the way up to $500 million.
The company takes pride in the Microsoft .NET/SQL architecture of the Ventus solution. Vertical Market Software also likes to extend a helping hand to customers at their Annual User Conference where they offer training and support.
Scott from Jemco Incorporated
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Ventus by Vertical Market Software was not only affordable for our company but was one of the very few options that offered a full package with the ability to handle multiple entities under one roof. The software and staff has allowed us to operate 3 separate business models including manufacturing, rental, service and sales. Again, great value and a huge array of solutions for every business! I appreciate that the vendor is able to make adjustments/additions so the software works specifically for the us and that the staff is always available for questions. (Especially during Go-Live!)
Honestly, there are really no negatives that we have found. The processes for some of the applications were different than what we were use to but that is expected with a new software. Some processes seem to take a bit longer and some a bit shorter but at the end of it all we are able to get better and more accurate information.
1. Keep in mind the drivers of your business and make sure you are viewing the software as a tool to help improve them not as purely an expense. The software has allowed us to review data for each service technician, salesman, conversion ratios for quotes and so much more.
2. Understand that the implementation of a new software requires change, and if you are going to move forward that you only have to do it once, rather than having too narrow of a system or multiple systems. For us, working with one vendor for all of our software needs has been convenient.
3. Have a list of what you are trying to accomplish as a business and what you are hoping to solve or would like to solve with a software solution. We did this during our interviewing process and Ventus was the only solution that could not only check everything off of the list but also gave us room to grow in our price range.
Jessica from Stuart Mechanical, LLC
The ease of learning the software and customer support received from VMS has made our transition to the software much smoother than we anticipated. The programmers and reps are always willing to listen to your problems and help with different suggestions.
Crystal reports have been a struggle for us, when running reports. More training with Crystal Reports would be beneficial.
The mobile data has changed our business performance. We instantly have our technicians write up, customer signature, pictures, unit information, etc... This allows us to quote and bill as soon as our technicians have completed a call.
Michele from Duke Hicks Plumbing and Petroleum, Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Very detailed software has allowed us to increase our control, efficiency, and effectiveness in the area of job cost, inventory, and service. Profit margins are up 15% in 4 yrs. Great Customer Support.
There is nothing I do not like.
This software will bring your company into the 21st century with software, dispatch, and mobile data to make the efficient use of human resources and management control tools.