Electrical Bid Manager Estimating Software


31 reviews(4.0/5)
31 reviews(4.0/5)

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.

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7 , Windows Vista , Windows XP , Windows 2000 , Windows 8 , Windows 10

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  • Verified Reviewer

    April 2018

    It is very easy to use

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    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 ..

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  • Alexandra from Spectrum Electric Inc

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    March 2018

    Does the job

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    N/A
    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.

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  • Daniel from Echo ED Corp

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    December 2017

    Well rounded and easy to use electrical bid software

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    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.

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  • Kathleen from Native American Electric

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    November 2017

    sales person was helpful

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    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.

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  • Jim from Americom Technologies Group, LLC

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    September 2017

    Worth every penny

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    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.

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  • Jesse from Downtown Property Services

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    May 2017

    Very helpful for bidding jobs

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    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.

  • Wendell from WG ELECTRICAL SERVICES

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    April 2017

    Outstanding

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    Value for Money

    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.

  • Brenden from Brava Electric & Telecom, Inc.

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    February 2017

    An Estimator's Best Friend!

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    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

  • Joshua from Redbird Electrical Svc. LLC

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    February 2017

    Overall a great product

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    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.

  • Wes from Wade

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    January 2017

    Great Product Easy to use

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    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.

  • Michael from B M A C - E, Inc.

    Specialty: General contractor

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    December 2016

    Electrical Estimating

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    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.

  • Terry from Guarantee Electric Inc.

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    December 2016

    Just trying someone's method

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    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

  • Rick from Premier Electric

    Specialty: Design/build firm

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    November 2016

    EBM Review

    Ease-of-use
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    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

  • Benjamin from The CRESS Company

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    November 2016

    Electrical Bid Manager Pro and PlanSwift

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    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.

  • Paul from Poleset

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    October 2016

    Software Review

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    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.

  • Tibin from Steel corp

    Specialty: Engineer

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    October 2016

    Great tool for my work

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    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.

  • jason from jackson electric

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 1 employee

    October 2016

    Lost and confused

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

    Pros

    lots of options

    Cons

    troublesome to figure out

  • Eric from Electrical Enlightenment

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 2-10 employees

    October 2016

    Electrical Master

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    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.

  • Dennis from Electrical Enlightenment

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    September 2016

    I use EBM for electrical bids.

    Ease-of-use
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    Value for Money
    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.

  • Liz from Enlightenment Companies, Inc.

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    September 2016

    EMB Review

    Ease-of-use
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    Pros

    The program is intuitive and very user friendly. It has proven to be helpful for estimators in training especially.

    Cons

    Not enough format options for form letters. For example, Rich text formatting would be a nice option.

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