C/F Data Systems STRUCTURE Construction Software


STRUCTURE, by C/F Data Systems, is a construction management system that combines accounting, project management, and service management in a single package.

STRUCTURE is designed for specialty service contractors, including earthwork, electrical and teledata, finishing contractors, mechanical, HVAC, ductwork, plumbing, roofing, and others. It is a good fit for midsize contractors with 20 to 500 employees or those that generate between $5 and $100 million in revenue annually.

The accounting module is feature-rich and includes many construction-specific features such as AIA billing, time and materials billing, equipment tracking, prevailing wage reports, insurance certificates, and more. The solution also includes typical core accounting software capabilities like general ledger, AP/AR, and purchase orders. STRUCTURE also offers procurement, payroll processing, and order entry in the accounting module. Accounting can be purchased by itself as a stand-alone system, but the project management and service management modules have to be purchased together in an integrated suite.

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7 , Windows Vista , Windows XP , Windows 2000

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  • Ashley from Belknap Plumbing Systems Inc.

    May 2018

    Very easy and I enjoy how secure this soft ware is.

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    Pros

    I like the security about this software. It makes me feel secure knowing everyone has their own account which lets you know who has edited a certain job. I also enjoy the software letting me know how many attempts of logins.

    Cons

    what I like least about this software is that sometimes it will freeze or exit out of my screen. Not all of the time. there inst really anything I dislike about the software.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Debbie from Belknap Plumbing

    April 2018

    All in all it is a good system.

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    Pros

    User friendly and easy to use. It is easy to create invoices and AIA forms. I like the aging reports.

    Cons

    AIA invoices you can't make corrections after you post them you have to void them and it is too time consuming. Statement are hard to read per our customers.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Jennifer from John H. Lyman & Sons, Inc.

    April 2018

    Great overall, user-friendly!

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    CF/Data software run almost our entire business and it is great to have everything all in one place and great customer support whenever needed!

    Pros

    The customer service is awesome, I love that they can log in and help you solve issues that cannot be fixed over the phone. I also enjoy the efforts in moving towards making our business more paperless every day.

    Cons

    It took awhile to learn and get the hang of things especially when you have to self-teach the software but the customer support is great at getting in touch when you have questions.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Carrie from Commercial Flooring Systems

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    April 2018

    There seems to be functionalities that do not sync together...example in the jmt/qmi.

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    Ease of creating PO's for vendors.

    Pros

    The support team is prompt and very helpful.Team is always willing to help or investigate a problem. Team is very knowledgeable!

    Cons

    The submittal module could use some enhancing. I think it would help to be able to add multiple lines at a time to the document and edit them. This has improved over the past, but there is still room for improvement. The warehouse/stock/receiving material seems to be confusing.

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    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    April 2018

    It is a little outdated with software

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    It took us from Manual paperwork to doing things on the computer. The thing I like the most was the PO system. Be able to email PO directly to our Vendors was life changing for me.

    Pros

    It is way better then what we had. We did everything manually before so it streamlined everything and made it a faster process. It also allowed us to store documents all in one place and have a lot of information in one place.

    Cons

    You have to push too many buttons to get what you want done. It also is not as user friendly as it was described to us. When we got into it, there were a lot of things that didn't flow well or that were not easy to use.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    April 2018

    Customer service is excellent, but there are some hiccups with flow

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    Streamlined work functions

    Pros

    It does keep us more organized and is more streamlined than our prior system of each person having an excel worksheet.

    Cons

    The warehouse inventory system is not user friendly, particularly when our warehouse employee struggles with computer skills

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • erin from BayState Air, Inc.

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    April 2018

    I find CF Data easy to use and learn.

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    Pros

    I like that it is user friendly and easy to navigate. If and when I do have an issue, I like that I can call the call center and get online/screen grab feature to help me out.

    Cons

    I would say I don't have alot of cons, but if i had to say something, I'm wondering if CF Data could implement some type of "void" proc for invoices.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Ernie from Bent Electrical Contractors, Inc

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    April 2018

    Easy to use great support

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    Cost reporting in a real time

    Pros

    Bent Electrical have been using STRUCTURE FOR 25+ years, I have been a user for 13 years. Bent use the AP, AR, GL, Purchase Orders, Payroll, Work Orders, and Project Management modules, all the modules integrate seamlessly. Their support is outstanding and they listen to their users. I strongly recommend STRUCTURE to any size construction company.

    Cons

    As with most software they are not specifically written for Bent Electrical. STRUCTURE deals with by working with you to ensure you are getting the most out of their program.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Nichole from Poindexter Flooring, Inc.

    April 2018

    USING STRUCTURE MY SKIN IS CLEAR & MY CROPS ARE FLOURISHING. WELL NOT REALLY, BUT MY BUSINESS IS!

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    Streamlining our office processes, time saved by having less transactions without info that have to be researched before being processed, the document management has allowed sales people to easily access documents and complete their own project research rather than reaching out to AP to get invoice copies and such.

    Pros

    We are a commercial flooring dealer and use job costing for all of our projects. We use Structure for sales/estimating which then feeds into placing orders to vendors and receiving the AP invoices for those vendors, which is super slick and cuts down on a lot of inter-office research on who ordered what and how much for where, it's all right there matching and lining up from the bid process to the order process to the AP process. On the AR side there are multiple options for creating your AR documentation depending on the types of projects and customers, we use several different formats and it has been working out nicely. Being able to create the shedules of value for AIA applications straight from the bid is a huge time saver!

    Cons

    My only con, is not really a con, it's just warning that if you make a mistake you have to actually follow all the steps to undo it. Void your item re-enter it re-process it. No QuickBooks style open it up and edit it and it was never a mistake. Which was hard for me to get used to at first, but has paid off when I look something up and wonder why it's different, I have a transaction trail to follow of when I did what.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Ruby from Belknap Plumbing Systems Inc

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    April 2018

    Great for construction!

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    All our processes from accounting to HR to service in one portal!

    Pros

    I like the simplicity of the program, its very intuitive. I do not have to read through a book to get what goes where, I can easily understand the flow from screen to screen. And C/F data's willingness to customize is the best!

    Cons

    In order to keep it simple sometimes features are missing but the essentials are there and with every update we get more and more features.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Brian from Christian Brothers Flooring & Interiors

    April 2018

    A great company who listens and responds to support questions.

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    Pros

    The financial reporting aspect is beneficial to accurately track our jobs. Putting together proposals is easier than our previous system and easier to note misses.

    Cons

    As with any software solutions there are things you would like the ability to more quickly customize. We would like more customization and editable fields in workorders.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Tammy from Hinton Refrigeration

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    April 2018

    Very user friendly! They are always trying to improve their product!

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    We are able to run our business more efficiently. We can check our profitability per job, division, and overall company quickly.

    Pros

    I like being able to scan in vendor invoices so that others can see the invoice without having to dig thru a filing cabinet. Dispatch board lets you see all techs, you can open the work order from the dispatch board and issue POs. This software is very easy to learn and use! The customer service is awesome - quick response! They are always making improvements and updates!

    Cons

    Some reports are confusing to read. Customer statements can be hard to understand what you are looking at.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Patty from Pierce Refrigeration Inc

    April 2018

    we use structure blue for our daily work order entry, billing, accounts payable and dispatching.

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    Pros

    Scanning invoices to Vouchers is great. Being able to print service reports is a great feature. Tech link is a great function and has added more flexibility and timely billing to our system. Online service report shows work order number in subject line. Can use multi-sessions at one time - eliminates toggling back and forth saving time and efficiency.

    Cons

    Uploading a picture to work order would be a huge stride. WOE history is limited. when suspending the order for parts, the signature of the client erases. If an update goes wrong, can't get out of it and continue the day. Dispatch board can not move an entire column to next day.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Carol from Heaton Erecting, Inc

    Specialty: Other specialty contractor

    October 2014

    First two months on a new system

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    Pros

    It is thorough in the information that it provides via reports, yet it's a basic, intuitive product to use. Second, the support staff is fantastic.

    Cons

    It's not at as useful as I had hoped for our very specific type of work. It's geared toward general contractors, not as much for specialty contractors.

  • Heather from Commercial Flooring Systems

    March 2012

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    I work for a flooring contractor and we switched over to STRUCTURE on 1/1/12. We were attracted to this software because none of our departments were integrated together (i.e. estimating to ordering to accounts payable to the warehouse). So we had to enter everything several different times and that causes mistakes. Also, not everyone was informed about what was happening with jobs and now everything is right in one place! I found STRUCTURE easy to learn because they have THE BEST customer support. We call all the time with big and small questions and they are always willing to help us or to research things if they don't know. In the beginning we were calling a couple times a day but because they are such wonderful teachers we might only call once a week (if that). The only downside I have found is that STRUCTURE feels a little antiquated, but I still feel it's a definite step up from what we had.

  • Lisa from JWC Specialties, Inc.

    March 2012

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    I work for a subcontractor in Tennessee. Our scope or work ranges from site work / underground utilities to waterproofing, caulking, roofing up to erecting pre-eng metal buildings. The accounting program we had was not able to efficiently handle our varied workload. In 1999 after much research, we invested in STRUCTURE and have never had one regret with our decision. The program is easy to navigate and the training provided by C/F Data Systems was invaluable. When our comptroller left unexpectedly in 2003, we were able to pick up and go on without a hitch. In today's market, one person has to do the jobs that two or three would have done in the past. STRUCTURE is a valuable tool that allows you to make the most of your time and effort. Job costing was always an issue with our company, and our project managers always complained with our old system; but STRUCTURE has eliminated the dissatisfaction. It provides a system that generates the information we need in a timely fashion and in a format that is easy to understand. Customer support at C/F Data Systems is highly qualified to meet and exceed their customers' expectations. C/F Data maintains a line of communication with their customers through newsletters and emails and is always making revisions/updates/improvements as needed based upon the feedback they receive and the evolving industry. I give Structure my highest recommendations; Ease of use, excellent customer service, and Cutting edge technology - what more could you ask for?

  • Sean from American Contractors

    February 2012

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    Having utilized STRUCTURE as an employee (Controller) and also as a consultant to the construction industry, including contractors that use STRUCTURE, I've had the opportunity to see Structure used by small and large contractors, accounting and non-accounting personnel, sub-contractors and general contractors, over various business types. By far, STRUCTURE offers the most complete package, competitive price, high degree of "user friendliness", and support team readily available to answer your questions. My opinion is a result of over 20 years of experience partnering with C/F Data Systems. When evaluating job cost/accounting software, one of the features that is very important is the report writing capabilities. STRUCTURE gets very high marks from me when compared to other industry software products. Nothing is as easy to use, or create, across the modules, as STRUCTURE. This system provides contractors with: job costing information they need to manage their projects and their company; the modules required to process everything in house to create that information (A/P, A/R, payroll, G/L, etc.), and by processing the information in-house, it is a more cost effective and timely process. The financial reporting features are very solid. Often times, the ability to provide internal financials is a big plus with banks, bonding companies, etc. and is very helpful in running and growing your business. I would be happy to further discuss more features and benefits of using STRUCTURE, please let me know if i can help.

  • Mary from New England Finish and Affiliates

    February 2012

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    When I first started working for New England Finish in 1997 the software we had was lacking, to say the least. A general contractor suggested I take a look at C/F Data Systems. I have used a lot of different accounting packages over the years and I have to say that C/F Data Systems is one of the best. I now have 5 companies (drywall, paint, demolition, ceilings and doors/hardware) using the software. I have trained many people in my office to use the software with ease. I have always been impressed with the staff at C/F Data and the fact that I am still dealing with the same people after all these years is a true testament to the quality of the company. The staff is like one big family, and they treat their customers that way as well. Support is always top notch and being able to communicate and receive "wish list" items for specific reports and procedures for my companies has been invaluable. I highly recommend this software to any subcontractor.

  • Mike from AMX Contracting

    February 2012

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    We started using STRUCTURE in 2001, and have had a great experience right from the start. Ease of use and customer service are the two qualities that come to mind when describing the software. Whether you are entering payables or managing a multi-million dollar project, the logical menus make it easy to enter or obtain the data you need instantly. If you do have an issue, a knowledgeable and helpful C/F Data tech is always available to help. Most recently we had a new company set up on a holiday, so it didn't interfere with our normal workday.

  • Terry from Congress Flooring Corp.

    February 2012

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    I would not use any other software. In my previous company I had used STRUCTURE for over 8 years. While setting up my current company I did have the opportunity to review and change software. There is no comparison. The software is easy to use, functions smoothly, and is customizable. C/F Data Systems is constantly upgrading and incorporating user ideas. It is also important to note that their customer service completes the whole package. I would highly recommend STRUCTURE.

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