The Builder Information System is a construction accounting and job costing for general contractors, specialty contractor, residential home builders, electrical and mechanical contractors as well as accountants. The solution provides modules such as general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, job cost analysis, job billing, payroll, bank reconciliation, subcontract control, job scheduling, document manager and more.
Builder Information System enables users to enter financial data for current and prior years which will automatically be updated in all reports and books in real-time. It offers a drill-down feature which allows users to find where the figures come from in a particular report. The solution has a My Desktop feature which provides users a color-coded three-part screen.
Builder Information System provides a user dashboard that gives a view of one job, several jobs or all jobs. It also allows contractors and accountants to create customized reports with user-defined fields. Support is offered via an online portal, knowledge base and through training.
Dee Dee from Arcadia Electric Inc.
Employees number: 11-50 employees
A good product for the money.
You can edit invoices very easily. If you need to find the mistake it is easy to go back and figure it out.
Gerald from Alpha Construction Co. Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
It's a great system. It has all-in-one realtime accounting, job costing, payroll, reporting, estimating, scheduling, document handling, etc. in one package.
There is nothing that I dislike about the product.
My recommendation is run, don't walk to get it!
Susan from Builderscape
Specialty: General contractor
This is a software program for a small company. The vendor always returns phone calls quickly and are extremely pleasant and helpful. Their customer service is the best part of the program.
This seems to be a small software company. While their customer service is great, I find the program lacking some technology in areas. Paycheck stubs don't reveal all information like prevailing wage hours vs. regular rate hours. They say they are working on updates. Certified payroll reports need an affidavit page added. Multiple companies can't report information to each other leading to double data entry if you have a staffing company/subcontractors and another company doing the work.
It's a good program, but if you are doing a lot of AIA reporting or have multiple companies that need to report to each other, there might be better options out there.
Sharon from Clements General Construction, Inc.
I have recommeded this construction software for small to midsize contractors for many years because of the price, ease of use, and for the ability of the system to expand as a business grows. I have been using BIS since 1994 and have always emplemented all of the upgrades to the modules that we use. The upgrades always give us something that saves us time and therefore, saves us money/ We are long-time users that will probably continue to be BIS users for years to come.
It's easy to teach new users how to use the system. We find the reports easy to understand by the field people. The ability to export data to Excel and Word has been a huge time saver for us because of the Time and Materials work that we do. It gives the client a clean, easy set of reports with just the information that they need to see. I like that we can have up to nine entities set up in the system, if needed. It's helpful for small businesses to be able to emplement individual modules as needed and as they can afford them. The "real time" posting of job costs is great. The fact that when we enter accounts payable invoices and when we write the checks, those costs go immediately to the jobs allows our field personnel to see an up to the minute report the same day as the payroll is posted. Why you would send payroll out of house when this is so easy is beyond me! With BIS, we've got the information right now - not next week.
All accounting systems must have some drawbacks, but I've used others that are very cumbersome and convoluted to the point that reports are difficult to read. I don't like that you have to purchase a seperate module to do custom reports. We use the export feature to make customized reports.
Response: Management Information Control Systems, MICS, Inc.
Date: July 2010
Sharon and Clements Const. have always been a very easy and pleasant part of the BIS family of wonderfult customers to work with. The only reason we have a Report Writer module is that there are so many reports in the system that most don't need to create their own. So why buy something if it's not needed? We also have a Custom Report Writing service for those who wish to utilize it for lack of time or very specific needs. We are also in the process of developing Time and Materials into BIS, which we know will help Sharon and others that have the same needs.