Electrical Bid Manager Enterprise is the offering of Vision InfoSoft that serves the bid management needs of commercial and residential electrical contractors. The software provides features such as conversion calculators, on-screen takeoff, proposal generators, and conceptual estimates.

Electrical Bid Manager Enterprise comes with an integrated pricing database service that helps electrical contractors incorporate the most recent prices of electrical supplies into their bids. The software provides features such as electrical database, material pricing data, and electronic on-screen plan takeoff. The tool includes thousands of pre-built assemblies and users can create new assemblies as per the requirements. The software offers customize wiring methods, conduit types, fittings, and wire type to create a more competitive bid.

Vision InfoSoft offers three editions of their Electrical Bid Manager Enterprise offering: Classic, Plus, and Pro. The Classic version is for light users while the Pro version is more suited for electrical contractors that need significant editing capabilities in their programs to manage bids and estimates.



32 Reviews of Electrical Bid Manager

Overall rating

4.17 / 5 stars

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December 2018

Mazen from Saudi Naval Support Co.

Company Size: 501-1,000 employees

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Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Estimation & Biding got Better

Pros

Worth every penny invested in this software, having the right tools to prepare your bid will increase your chances to win it and your investment shall be returned with no time

Cons

minor improvement on prices data base would assist in keeping fresh price of materials and allow to proper pricing.

April 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

2 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

April 2018

It is very easy to use

Pros


I think the most important thing is that it has commands that are already known and compatible with the office package, which simplifies the use

Cons


for me what I do not like is the price is somewhat high with respect to what it offers .. I consider it very basic for its price ..

Response from Vision InfoSoft of Vision InfoSoft

Replied December 2018

While Electrical Bid Manager is easy to learn and you'll quickly start creating competitive bids, there are many advanced features that take a little time to learn. We offer several live training webinars for free to all our customers each month. We also have an extensive help video library built into the software. Once our customers use some of our free training and help resources, win a few jobs, and feel more confident, there is no question about the Value for Money. Thank you for your review! Please offer any additional feedback on how we may improve how you feel about our Customer Support and Value for Money. I am actively working on exceeding customer expectations, adding resources internally, and updating our priorities.

March 2018

Alexandra from Spectrum Electric Inc

Company Size: 2-10 employees

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Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

2 of 5

March 2018

Does the job

Pros

The program is quite easy to navigate and find your way on it. We liked it very much and felt good to get out money's worth.

Cons

What we like very least of it, I would have to say the Customer Service is very complicated. After the first call you have to wait for a call back from one of the representatives.

December 2017

Daniel from Echo ED Corp

Company Size: 11-50 employees

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Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2017

Well rounded and easy to use electrical bid software

Overall this application is ready to compete with other top electrical biding software developers.

Pros

great integration with windows, if you are familiar with Microsoft Windows and the office suite, then it is really easy to navigate the software. You can also utilize windows commands like copy and paste within the application.

Cons

Upgrades and customers request could be developed faster. Customer service is friendly and knowledgeable but you have to wait for a callback, which tends to be 20 to 40 min after the initial call.

November 2017

Kathleen from Native American Electric

Company Size: 2-10 employees

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Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

2 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

November 2017

sales person was helpful

Pros

it integrates with a special software for pricing and take off. The uploading processes went smoothly.

Cons

I do not like that you need to have codes to unlock the integration between the takeoff software and the estimating software.

September 2017

Jim from Americom Technologies Group, LLC

Company Size: 11-50 employees

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Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

September 2017

Worth every penny

Great product for my needs as a contractor averaging in 3mil in sales a year. It has sped up my estimating process by 3x.

Pros

Ease of use with the ability to make your own custom assemblies, training is available regionally and over the phone if needed. Customer support is very efficient. And no monthly hidden fees!!!!

Cons

It isn't cloud based yet. I think it has catered to the residential side on certain functions that I wished I had for the commercial side, that would be helpful.

May 2017

Jesse from Downtown Property Services

Company Size: 2-10 employees


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

May 2017

Very helpful for bidding jobs

I would like to thank all the customer support for the help on getting started.

Pros

This software is very handy to have if you are in the market for bidding multiple large jobs. I was able to figure out the program on my own by playing with it.

Cons

If you are not handling multiple large jobs. I feel this is not a necessary program to have based on the cost.

April 2017

Wendell from WG ELECTRICAL SERVICES

Company Size: 1 employee


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

April 2017

Outstanding

It saves time and money

Pros

Its required for all businesses owners. Professionals big or small. It save time, money and leaves customers happy.

Cons

Easy to use once you get the hang of it. I think all businesses owners should invest in this software.

February 2017

Brenden from Brava Electric & Telecom, Inc.

Company Size: 2-10 employees


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

February 2017

An Estimator's Best Friend!

This is a great, no non-sense tool that helps me get my job done and be more efficient. Highly recommended for the experienced estimator that needs to crank out estimates in a short time frame.

Pros

Familiarity, relevant features, ease of use, integration with PlanSwift

Cons

UI is a bit outdated for 2017

February 2017

Joshua from Redbird Electrical Svc. LLC

Company Size: 2-10 employees


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

February 2017

Overall a great product

The basic features of the program are easy to use and will allow any estimator with a little experience to jump right in and begin. The only downside and I have seen this with all these estimating programs are if you want to learn how to utilize the full capabilities of the program you will have to take a training class and they can be pricey. Overall I am happy with my choice and would recommend this to others.

January 2017

Wes from Wade

Company Size: 11-50 employees


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

January 2017

Great Product Easy to use

I have been using EBM for about a year now and I have grown to LOVE it. This software is extremely user-friendly. It is easy to find material or import it from EPIC. You can find anything. It is also easy to go back and edit when you have a mistake or if there has been a change.

December 2016

Michael from B M A C - E, Inc.

Company Size: 2-10 employees


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2016

Electrical Estimating

I became acquainted with EBM through another Electrical Contractor, Cannon Electric. After learning the software several thing about the product really impressed me, the first was the lay out of the materials and spreadsheet format, the ease of identifying specific items associated with each portion of the quote, and the bid break out page, however after owning the product for several years, and going through several PC's with both viruses and simple upgrades, the thing that disappoint me the most with this program, is when you purchase it you think you own it, but if you don't use the program for 30 days it shut down, if I replace my PC which seem to be common for me I had to repurchase the program, or pay a fee to get back what I had purchased.

Pros

The first was the lay out of the materials and spreadsheet format, the ease of identifying specific items associated with each portion of the quote, and the bid break out page

Cons

when you purchase it you think you own it, but if you don't use the program for 30 days it shut down, if I replace my PC which seem to be common for me I had to repurchase the program, or pay a fee to get back what I had purchased, there is no transference ability.

December 2016

Terry from Guarantee Electric Inc.

Company Size: 11-50 employees


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

December 2016

Just trying someone's method

I down loaded this product just to see how these people who most likely never even worked in the electrical field would do it...I found this software to be for maybe a company just starting out...there's almost too much stuff to fill out in order to make a bid

Pros

It keeps your record straight, and makes sure you don't forget anything that maybe you bought and forgot

Cons

The price

November 2016

Rick from Premier Electric

Company Size: 201-500 employees


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

November 2016

EBM Review

I have used EBM for over the past year, it has reduced the time spent quoting by approximately 70%. Linked with Plan swift reduces our consumable waste immensely by not printing jobs until they are landed. The functionality between the two packages interfaces easily and makes it a breeze to navigate your take offs. Selectable colors on pipe runs and circuitry makes items easily distinguishable for as built drawings. By taking the extra few minutes to layout your project during the quote process saves much time over having to create as built drawings from scratch after the project is complete.

Pros

Ease of use, EBM is a very stable and versatile product.

Cons

Plan swift can be a little temperamental

November 2016

Benjamin from The CRESS Company

Company Size: 11-50 employees


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

November 2016

Electrical Bid Manager Pro and PlanSwift

The two products used together make on-screen estimating very effective. No need for hard copy prints to be made and manual takeoffs to be done. Just use the on-screen format, and have quantities calculated for you.

Pros

Allows efficient use of the estimators time by having an on-screen takeoff made without the need for hardcopy prints.

October 2016

Paul from Poleset

Company Size: 11-50 employees


Ease-of-use

2 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

2 of 5

October 2016

Software Review

Overall a good product that does what it advertises. The only gripes that I have with it are its ease of use and accessibility. It requires more technical knowledge and work than its competitors. This isn't to say that this is a bad piece of software, its price is definitely affordable and can fit into a lot of budgets. There just isn't much that stands out about the software.

October 2016

Tibin from Steel corp

Company Size: 501-1,000 employees


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

October 2016

Great tool for my work

I use electrical bid manager to allow the bidders bid for the electrical supplies I buy. The custom assemblies really do a good job of counting every material that in the system.

October 2016

jason from jackson electric

Company Size: 1 employee


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

October 2016

Lost and confused

attempted training seminars, but gained little knowledge of how to access features

Pros

lots of options

Cons

troublesome to figure out

October 2016

Eric from Electrical Enlightenment

Company Size: 2-10 employees


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

October 2016

Electrical Master

Very intuitive, easy to learn and teach others how to use it. Very important to and organization is the ability to upload/UPDATE Pricing on a regular basis, with Minimal problems. EBM has a few issues here, like price per C vs price per M, etc. Easy to manipulate labor rates.

September 2016

Dennis from Electrical Enlightenment


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

3.5 of 5

Customer support

3.5 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

September 2016

I use EBM for electrical bids.

Pros

There are a good assortment of ways to provide breakouts and to edit item costs and labor. I appreciate the speed of the software.

Cons

Labeling a takeoff is not clear. The user interface is bland.