Vista™ by Viewpoint Software


 

Vista™ by Viewpoint (formerly known as Viewpoint V6 Software) is a full-featured suite of solutions designed to allow contractors to efficiently manage all areas of their operations. Built for medium- to large-sized contractors, Vista features integrated project management and accounting; collaborative cloud based capabilities including BIM, to share and mark up drawings among internal and external stakeholders; estimating with digital takeoff and bid management, service management and mobile field management.

The Project Management and Accounting modules in Vista offer several construction-specific capabilities. For example, the project management module provides the ability to easily manage RFI’s, change orders and transmittals

The accounting module includes job costing to help collect accurate information on all costs – from sub-contractors, labor and any other cost that can impact a construction business. Industry standard progress billings and flexible T&M formats make billing a one-step process.

With construction collaboration software, including BIM, drawings, documents, emails, and contracts can be shared quickly among all stakeholders helping teams increase project control at every stage of the project lifecycle. And with estimating, construction firms can quickly and accurately takeoff, estimate, and bid projects for best profit.

Mobile field capabilities enable employees to easily enter crew or their own time, record their hours on equipment, and quickly and accurately enter and track production hours and units on smart phones and tablets.

Viewpoint has specific solutions for every role in the project ecosystem as part of its integrated product platform. It's a great fit for any type of contractor, business role, or project role, including General Contractors, Subcontractors, CEOs, Suppliers, Architects, Project Managers, or Engineers.

 

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54 Reviews of Vista™ by Viewpoint

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from Southwind Construction Corp
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

CFO. Used Vista for our accountig software for the past 11 yrs.

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Like the product's versatility and flexibility as well as its outstanding customer support.

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Not much to dislike. It was time consuming to implement due to its flexibility, but have definitely enjoyed the product since.

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If you find several companies that have products that meet your needs, then evaluate them by how progressive the company is as well as its customer support.

 

from JD ECKMAN INC
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

Implementation Team and Management horrible, Software good otherwise

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Viewpoint is very flexible software and they are constantly making improvements to it. The support team is great.

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Bugs that do not get fixed for several months that have a large impact. Absolutely horrific implementation team, we wasted a huge amount of money with their implementation folks before giving up and going with a consultant. The so called experts used their own software's help files constantly to figure it out. Viewpoint corporate did not care at all, and never gave us any money back. The management at this company knows the problems that exist, but do not care about the customer.

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Stay FAR AWAY from Viewpoint's implementation folks, they are clueless and you will waste money on them. Use an outside consultant to get your software implemented.

 

from Plant Improvement Company, Inc.
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

High Powered Management tool with Excellent background data tracking.

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I like the integration between modules, like Billing and A/R, Subcontracts Ledger and Accounts payable, etc., including document management almost all areas. Vendor is progressive in all phases of management information needs and is proactive in advanced products and changing customer needs.

Likes Least

Software flexibility sometimes leads to confusion for implementation and basic users. The financial reporting product is separate from the main Vista software and I have had difficulty in using it effectively.

Recommendations

Make sure your staff is advanced enough to take advantage of the technical improvements made by vendor.

 

from Schilling Paradise Corp
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

I don't see a difference

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Customer service is awesome. I can send in an email, and normally get an ANSWER within hours, not just a call back and require me to repeat everything I've indicated in the email. If I have an urgent need, I can call and someone actually answers the phone!

Great customer service.

Likes Least

they are adding many new modules that we don't need/want, but we still have to upgrade our version, which sometimes is a pain.

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i would recommend they take a tour of the facility in Portland, it's amazing, and will give the reviewers insite as to the belief system of the company, which is awesome.

 

from Corliss Resources
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

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It is very sophisticated and allows for lots of detail.

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It is very difficult to maintain and manage. There are so many separate programs that need to be updated. It would help a LOT if some of the modules could be combined so that the user wouldn't forget that a change to this module needs to be updated in a myriad of other modules.

Recommendations

Talk to users. And have a good team of people that understand the system to help manage it.

 

from Koss Construction Company
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Koss Construction

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Easy to use and very flexible with Crystal Reports capability.

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Disappointed that there wasn't a control to prevent receipts beyond the purchase order quantity. This negates why a purchase order would be needed if the system allows for receipts exceeding the PO quantity without any errors or warnings. This is the first system I have seen that doesn't have this basic important control.

Recommendations

Visit with industry peers and ask which software they are using. Most all of our peers in heavy highway are using Vista.

 

from Redstone Construction
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Difficult to learn

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Support gets back to you very quickly and usually has the answer right away.

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Does not generate P&L or Balance sheet. No lookup screen for histories, always have to run a report. Some things don't work if you don't have the correct module.

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Very powerful, lots of options......however some options are not available unless you have the correct module.

 

from Terra Engineering & Construction Corporation
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Support below par

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the software is very flexible and powerful. Crystal, User database, Import process increase efficiency

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support takes too long to respond. company seems to focus on too many other ventures rather than funneling into Vista or V6 or whatever they call it now

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definitely call references for the software packages you are evaluating

 

from Market & Johnson, Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

Packers Fan

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The integration between all of the modules makes things much easier. So many add-ons available that integrate directly as well.

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Nothing comes to mind that we don't like about the product

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Easier integration of the estimating systems acquired from Maxwell Systems with Vista would be extremely helpful

 

from Charter Mechanical Contractors
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

THE integrated project management&accounting software for contractors

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I like the product's flexibility and ease of use. It can be customized to fit a contractor's individual needs.

It has good security to ensure data is only accessed by the people that need to see it.

The available reports that come with the software are great places to start and its relatively easy to customize these to fit an individual company's needs.

Likes Least

A few years ago, you could expect a support call back within 30 minutes; now, it takes days, unless you really let Viewpoint know you need something done NOW. This has been a very disappointing trend.

Recommendations

Make sure you understand the underlying database architecture of the software before you select it. Selecting new software is a company decision, not just an accounting or project management one. Involve IT, they can understand how software is built and how users can interface with it better than most other employees.

The main other consideration is how much will a company have to pay to have its employees trained on the software and how much it will cost to customize the software and available reports. Viewpoint comes with thousands of reports that can be customized to fit a company's needs. Other software comes with very few and reports must be built new, which is much harder and more expensive.

 

from Griffith Company
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: More than 100 users Portfolio size: More than 100 users

Vista by Viewpoint

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The high degree of flexibility and customization. It can be made to do almost anything you need.

Likes Least

Update quality assurance and testing. It can be painful to jump on updates immediately after they are released.

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It can do almost anything you want it to do, but it requires a lot of internal resources devoted to report development and custom coding. If you lack those capabilities and can't afford to hire consultants, it will be challenging to customize.

 

from WestCan Seal Coating Ltd
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 6 to 10 users Portfolio size: 6 to 10 users

Viewpoint - Construction Software under development.

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Support staff genuinely seem to care and want to help.
Cloud environment.
Spreadsheet import functions.

Likes Least

Lack of multi-currency.
Lack of flexibility in application of federal and provincial tax rules/rates and their application to material and hauling sales.
Exporting and working with Crystal reports; many canned job cost reports include tax in revenue
Material Sales Intercompany invoices do not post tax amounts in the purchasing company if there is no material - ie Hauling only
Extra billing for project managers over and above quoted module costs.
Form and Report security set-ups.

Logins to other sites when logging support calls.

Recommendations

Know what you need and want before evaluating any software.
Does management support purchasing new software.
Don't believe the sales force because they will tell you it does everything.
Identify all the hidden costs that aren't on the sales contract before you sign it.

 

from Adjustable Forms
Specialty: Concrete
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

Very experienced.

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Company seems to be progressive in approach and interested in improvements. Overall pleasant experience. Customer service (although not as good as it was) is very attentive.

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Cloud service is slow, and updates and progress have lagged behind dates promised. After strong early support, we don't get the same service we used to. Out of the box reporting is lacking relative to other software packages. MFM in general we thought would be more robust and less buggy.

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Timing of implementation is everything. Trying to do implementation during busy periods will create issues. Start small, and build up.

 

from Progressive Pipeline
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Progressive

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To be determined,,,, although we are using parts of the system, not everything is functioning. Perhaps a set up issue, perhaps incompetent staff with my company, but overall not impressed.

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The system is not field friendly. Not sure if it was setup incorrectly, or if we purchased the wrong modules. We have spent several months internally and with Viewpoint support trying to get the system to function properly. I need to discuss this with sales and technical. Would like to have Viewpoint come and inventory our system and help ensure we have all the components in place.

Vista does not have good financial reporting capabilities.

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Need to develop a team effort from all areas of the company to ensure everyone needs are met.

Do not attempt to roll out and implement system on your own.

 

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

Consider other options until this product matures

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I like the fact that Project Management and Accounting are tied together ins the same product. This allows for real time financials without duplicate entry of data.

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Change Orders in the Project Management module are difficult and frustrate users. This problem alone has lead us to start exploring other options for our PMs. While Viewpoint has a plan to modify this, it is unknown if we can wait until the solution is finally rolled out before needing to implement another option. Also, a simple dumbed down module for Field staff is not available to meet our needs, We bought the product with the intent to implement the Connects product from Viewpoint, but this product has gone away. We tried to implement it initially, but it was far too cumbersome. Viewpoint needs to be more aggressive in its rollout of a web based Project Management module for the PMs and Field staff that aligns with the needs of Project Management of a General Contractor. That would include a more robust option to manage drawings during the course of the job (4 Projects is not it today and not sure if it will be it in the future when it is integrated with Viewpoint.

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Recently we evaluated Procore for Project Management. It is an awesome solution for Project Management, but lacks good tie-ins to Viewpoint Accounting. If I had it to do again, I would lean more towards a true web based solution like Procore for Project Management and figure out how to integrate an accounting solution as a compliment to that type of product.

 

from Albritton Williams, Inc.
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 2 to 5 users Portfolio size: 2 to 5 users

Using it since Aug 2011

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Accounting and Project Management under one system

Likes Least

Extremely detailed with too many boxes to check or things to do to get from Point A to Point B

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Be sure to understand the process of what you want to do and how the system will do it

 

from CG Schmidt Inc
Specialty: Construction manager
Size of portfolio: 51 to 100 users Portfolio size: 51 to 100 users

Great product but could be made better with targeted improvements

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Billing Module gives us the ability to handle many of the unique challenges of our cost + with Guaranteed Maximum projects. Unapproved AP process works very well (would be nice to get a process refresh to streamline process for non accountant approvers) / Just in early stages of converting to Equipment module (from Toolwatch) but inially appears that it will serve most of our needs / Core modules all are very solid (PR, JC, HR, etc)

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Struggle with doing projected costs based upon billing rates to be able to show owners current project cost to them (our total billings) in a cost+ GMP world. Forced to go offline with too many excel/manual processes.

Financial Manager needs to be overhauled to produce modern financial reports not something proceed in the 90's.
Dashboard process seems neat but unusable until above is setup.

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Very solid product with a forward thinking (for the most part) organization. The core processes work very well but many are getting to a point where they will need a refresh. The next 5-10 years will be critical for the Construction Software companies as more & more construction organizations get out of the technology dark ages and even more aspects become electronic based. (invoice/time/subk entry - payment process, project team communications (external & internal), blueprints/BIM, etc) I feel that Viewpoint is the right partner for this journey

 

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

Vista by Viewpoint

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Customer Service is very good. Software is very flexible and can be used by both small and large companies. Easy to export data to other formats.

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Viewpoint is so customer focused that often they make changes for a small group of customers while the majority of the customers like the current application. You can't make everyone happy but there have been some changes that I would have preferred not been made.

Recommendations

Visit them at their Portland HQ and try the software.

 

from Clark Pacific
Specialty: Concrete
Size of portfolio: 21 to 50 users Portfolio size: 21 to 50 users

Ok, but probably other products to do the job

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The depth and ability to "customize" without writing code

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The knowledge base and the easily accessible training is a joke! If you are not a seasoned job cost accounting system analyst, figure out how to use the system optimally is unlikely. The phone support is ok, but in about 1/2 the cases, I know more than the person I am talking to. The software needs a much stronger technical support structure to use it properly.

The product lacks modern tools, such as Key Conversions/Data Conversions, such as the ability to merge jobs, or change coding. Other cost products I've used have this and it is a life saver (Deltek Vision). It also lacks a modern look and feel.

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If you need Job Costing with Cost Projections, shop around. The most critical piece of information for financial reporting is not simple enough to use.

Payroll is also pretty clunky and not user friendly.

 

from Russell & Sons Construction
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Size of portfolio: 11 to 20 users Portfolio size: 11 to 20 users

Getting better all the time

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They are always trying to think ahead in what the customer might like. They bring in other companies are doing things that will benefit us.

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Sometimes they are moving so fast and try to be part of the next best thing, they they do not fully develop a solution or keep improving it. I have had several issues with implementation of add-ons.

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It is easier to link solutions together the first time, so if you think you might need it, go far it.

 
 
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