Vista™ by Viewpoint Software


 

Vista is an integrated, collaborative suite of finance, operations and project management applications for contractors and capital project owners. It is designed to help synchronize the diverse aspects of a construction business to help meet project profitability, delivery, and quality expectations.

Users can maximize job profitability and lower risk with control and reporting that adheres to demanding control requirements. Viewpoint is compliant with comprehensive regulatory reporting requirements, including EEO, Certified Payroll, DOT, OSHA, and ACA.  Simplified data entry facilitates accurate and timely information throughout the company.

Vista is designed around role-based management of all aspects of the project life cycle. Integration capabilities help eliminate redundant data entry and improve information flow between departments and project team members using ‘real world’ workflows all the way through accounting. 

 

Vista™ by Viewpoint - KPIs
 
  • Vista™ by Viewpoint - KPIs
    KPIs
  • Vista™ by Viewpoint - View statistics
    View statistics
  • Vista™ by Viewpoint - Photo management
    Photo management
  • Vista™ by Viewpoint - SM work center
    SM work center
  • Vista™ by Viewpoint - Mobile time entry
    Mobile time entry
  • Vista™ by Viewpoint - Productivity analysis
    Productivity analysis
Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

75 Reviews of Vista™ by Viewpoint

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from A1 HIghways
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

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Wide system with many functionalities that suit different type of construction companies. Massive list of reports that allow you to analyse different aspects of a Project/Contract.

Likes Least

Australia operation has been poorly managed during the last 2 years. New management seem to take care a bit more. On-site consultant very handy and approachable. Tax side of the system may be incomplete for Australian Taxation System (cash basis).

Recommendations

If buying the product in Australia/New Zealand, make sure all setup is done before going live. Confirm that all basic and fundamental reports you need are available upfront and no further development is needed (it may take months to arrange something with America HQ where all developers are located).

 

from Mark Cerrone
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

A Good Software with lots of flexibility

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Gives the owner total visuals on all his financials. Creates accountability for Project Managers.

Likes Least

A bit tedious with lots of pop up warnings. Can be super frustrating.

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Be sure to review the different types of reports. There are great ones, but also ones that need to be cleaned up which takes a crystal reports person.

 

from NA
Specialty: Landscaping
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Superior Software!!

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I like how easy it is to use no matter what department you work in. It's very reliable.

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I like all of it especially the way you can tailor it to your specific needs.

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Choose a point person for upgrades, issues, and technical support.

 

from Minnesota Limited, LLC
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Daily Use in PM and SL.

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The product is great! Simple to use, but does amazing things as far as reporting goes :) The vendor is also great to work with, in my experience they have always been quick to offer help and answer questions. Or even fix a bug when one is found.

Likes Least

From what I have been told, sometimes writing reports can be difficult and cumbersome, however, I am not sure if it would be like that no matter who we were using.

Recommendations

Think through ALL possible scenarios, and be open to making changes to processes. As much as we thought we had prepared, we can almost always find a better more efficient way. Or, maybe the original way just didn't work. Also, use the resources available to you!

 

from Minnesota Limited, LLC
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

5 year user

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The vendor is very easy to work with and I love the ease of use of the product.

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training - I wish there were easier ways to connect with other contractors who do the same type of work my company does to "compare notes". My business does things very differently than, say, a heavy-highway contractor so getting ideas or sharing tips isn't really helpful or even possible.

Recommendations

Make sure to find a good implementer!!! This will be the most important thing you do.

 

from MCI, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

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I can view reports for all aspects of my job at any time, including submittals, cost, revenue, etc.

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The software covers a lot of material so it takes time to learn how to use it.

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The implementation of the software is critical, so have a good plan for the switch to this software

 

from JB James Construction LLC
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Happy with Vista

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Very robust product that helps us run our business.
I think Viewpoint is a solid company with great customer support.

Likes Least

Set up can be complicated. Need a good bit of vendor help to get product set up properly.

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Try to get a feel for the big picture and where you want to end up / accomplish.

 

from Roeslein & Associates Inc
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Use this product everyday

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It is Accounting's only financial tool to see the metrics we need to see on jobs without having to get bogged down in the details that our Engineers and PM's can't explain to us in laymen's terms. We created our own customized WIP reports that tie directly to our financial statements, and help us to narrow down what questions we need to ask our PM's on a job's performance related to cost, change orders, status and invoicing to the customer.

Likes Least

Would like the help to be a little more helpful. sometimes I can't find the help I need on my own.

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Encourage all facets to get involved, not just IT, or just accounting. Need full cooperation from IT, Accounting, PM, and HR. Also find users groups in your region; you can always come away with some helpful nugget or tip or advice or things to avoid... best practices.

 

from Rogers and Sons
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Good start....

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Microsoft platform, integration. Notifier so are great.

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implementation setup is too long. Consulting cost for implementation is too expensive.

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understand your resources for implementation. Budget your implementation costs.

 

from Mark Cerrone, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Very robust software with a bit of a learning curve

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The reporting offered by this software is second to none, especially if you are willing to take the time and write custom reports. There is a module for nearly every data processing task I have completed and the document tracking and approvals system can be very beneficial if setup with realistic constraints.

Likes Least

The structure of the software is such that if a company is setup to utilize and enforce all approval settings, there can be delays in processing time sensitive documents. This software does not work well with a "Shoot first, ask questions later" mentality.

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Keep it simple! While modern business can require document tracking to the fullest extent, I believe it is more realistic to utilize a few modules in this software that will greatly benefit your company rather than try to utilize every last feature.

 

from Mark Cerrone Inc.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

I write Crystal Reports within Viewpoint

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They very helpful with any issues that we have with Viewpoint.

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Some of the reports are very generic but, that is the reason I was hired. I make the reports more useful for the unique way we use Viewpoint.

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I would recommend that they put one job through the whole system since they may have to slightly change the way way do things before switching over their whole operation to Viewpoint

 

from Mark Cerrone, Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

Great Product Great Service

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Viewpoint is easy to navigate, and great for new training. The support is excellent. They follow through with any issues to make sure you are up to speed and running efficiently.
Each module is similar to use, so once you have a comfort level in one module, you can navigate any module.

Likes Least

Some times the issues can take a few days to get feedback on. Mainly if the issues are not critical or emergency issues.

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I recommend trying it out. It's a robust system that is beneficial to all departments in its own way.
Involve your department heads for their respective modules to get feedback from all parties, and you will see the benefits that each department will receive from utilizing the system.

 

from Mark Cerrone, Inc.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

One stop work center for project management

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Allows for real time collaboration with coworkers and faster access to information. There are many reports that help to remove guess work from project management.

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As a comprehensive program that includes many departments, there is so much information available, but a cheat sheet on the most used functions have helped tremendously.

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There is a learning curve to this program, however, we have found it really facilitates teamwork as we learn from each other.

 

from Mark Cerrone, Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Viewpoint: The myth. The legend. The software.

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I like that it can be somewhat customized to the user to best suit his/her needs.

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It often seems cumbersome, and in some instances, repetitive.

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Give it time to learn the ins and outs of this type of software. Once you have a solid understanding of what it can do, you will be much more comfortable using it.

 

from Mark Cerrone, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

A view of Viewpoint from Contract Administrator Point of Veiw.

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It is a great way to track all Project cost, documentation, paperwork. Makes it easy for all users to see all aspects of a project in one system. Contracts, Subcontracts, Change Orders, Invoices, Payroll, Equipment, all in one easy to use location. Easy to customize forms.

Likes Least

The system allows emails to be sent right from it. However the tracking of emails does not always work. Not all upgrades are user friendly to custom added fields.

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Truly look how your procedures and processes before setting up your procedures in VP. They are hard to change once you begin. Give your employees plenty of time and hand on training to use the system.

 

from Mark Cerrone, Inc.
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

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The adaptability of the crystal reporting and project management modules is very useful for a large company. The history reports on many items is also helpful with so many users editing information.

Likes Least

Some modules are over complex in their setup. Entering some items in Viewpoint takes more time than any other method.

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Using the test company and having all users well trained on the software will help limit errors and create uniformity.

 

from Black Diamond Paving Inc.
Specialty: Paving
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

A well thought-out package but very inflexible

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The support staff is great, and because the package is industry-specific they also have some degree of knowledge about the industry, which is really helpful.

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1) The integration was very poorly done, and we are still experiencing problems related to poor set-up over a year later even though we paid thousands and thousands of dollars for Viewpoint specialists. 2) The inflexibility in reporting has significantly hindered our ability to drive and analyze our business. Vendor-provided customizing is laughably expensive and slow, and outsourced report writing is expensive and has a long turn-around. While Viewpoint has many native reports, it makes no allowance for simple report creation or customizing, even the simplest thing like using a native report but wanting to sort or filter on a different field.

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Don't assume anything, even the simplest thing. Get an evaluation product and work with it to do everything you do now in order to see what it will and won't do. Once you spend the money, you're stuck with your decision.

 

from The Mount Group
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Multi-Entity Controller, Hvy Hwy Contractor

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Not sure if it's the need for redundant duplication of setup and data input or the near impossible task of correcting things that were either setup or input wrong.

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The setup is unnecessarily poor and inefficient. The consultants lack a basic understanding of construction accounting and they will mess anything up that you ask for help with, and then require more money to fix. Everyday input is tolerable, but anything above that, such as changing a period, removing sales tax, adjusting a unit cost, correcting an invoice that has already been paid, is horrible.

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I manage a 12 person accounting department, and not one person likes the software. The outside accountants hate this software. I've used over 30 different software packages, and none of them are as bad and poorly designed. The software will let you post to an already closed pay period without prompting a warning, adjustments posted to cash accounts cannot be reconciled on the bank reconciliation, checks that have been voided still show up as reductions to accounts payable, some jobs will show total job costs on reports instead of just that job, and don't even get me started with equipment.

 

from Mark Cerrone Inc
Specialty: Utility contractor
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

Overall very positive.

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Connects all aspects of the company together. Allows each department to pick up the tasks and move it to the next level. Provides accountability for tasks performed.

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Sometimes its sluggish. Filter bar saves last request too long.

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Take your time and allow multiple point persons to train. that gives a wider range when distributed comany wide.

 

from Troy Life & Fire Safety Ltd.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 100+ users Portfolio size: 100+ users

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The interface is very intuitive and reasonably easy to use. I also appreciate the flexibility we have to customize changes but that is because we have our own developers in house which makes this simpler.

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As intuitive as the interface may be the workflows in some modules are inefficient and should be more frequently reviewed for continuous improvement. There are many great ideas on the ideas bank and in Vantagepoint but I'm not confident that Viewpoint organizes/filters the information efficiently enough to assess changes needed to base framework to maximize the efficiency of future improvements.
The result is new ideas/improvements appear to be 'bolted' on and are not always fully integrated in all areas of the product (where they should be).

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The sales team do a good job focusing on improvements which do have a lot of merit but if there are gaps with the framework/duplicate sessions required to perform certain day to day tasks it's better you find them early. These won't be apparent to you until you're configuring the system more for your business so make sure your evaluation is based on your current business practices. Fully and test out the day to day functionality of base modules and base your comparison on work-flows between your current operating system, Vista's current system and your end goals. Assume that you will go live with what Vista has at the time you evaluate it and this will save you a lot of headaches during implementation.

 
 
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