FOUNDATION Construction Accounting Software


 

FOUNDATION® construction accounting software is a job costing, project management and scheduling solution available as traditional installed software and on the cloud.

The system offers hundreds of automatic job costing reports and formats, as well as the ability to create custom reports. FOUNDATION is able to calculate and track multiple jobs, unions, rates, states and localities, as well as automatically job cost labor burden.

FOUNDATION offers a variety of additional modules that include Project Management, Scheduling, Service Dispatch, Document Imaging & Routing, Equipment, Inventory, Fixed Assets, Time & Material, Unit Price Billing, Consolidated General Ledger, and the Executive Dashboard. Mobile solutions are also available to extend FOUNDATION’s capabilities into the field.

FOUNDATION is used by commercial, government, prevailing wage and industrial contractors that range widely in trades and sizes. The system is developed, sold, and supported by Foundation Software, Inc., a single-owner company with over 30 years of industry experience. Foundation Software offers support with expert training and continuing education programs.

 

Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10

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Kevin from Gypsum Systems Interiors
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2018

January 2018

Over a decade of success with Foundation

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Pros

The beautiful thing about Foundation Software is its ability to be customized to fully fit your company needs.

Cons

Although Foundation has the ability to be a complete tailored fit accounting software, it does require a lot of hands on time to fully grasp all of its workings.

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Rich from Formerly - Celerity Integrated Services, Inc.
Specialty: Utility contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2018

January 2018

Not a turnkey product for Technical Services Co.

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Pros

Low initial cost to own software, can customize to certain degree. While I have not used all of the available modules, the software seems like it can be customized to suit most applications.

Cons

Document storage cannot handle active files. Mobile 1 time entry/ reporting and time approval portal were terrible. Mobile 2 was delayed for way too long and that was problematic. Inventory management module is not great. In general, difficult to navigate, not intuitive and takes more time to use that is saved from use of. Not refined.

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Brian from J'B Fabricators LLC
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2018

January 2018

Best of the Best

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Great training, Andrew our trainer has went above and beyond. They help you through everything. They make sure you are comfortable throughout.

Pros

customization of the product to meet your businesses specific scenarios as each business has its unique way of setting things up.

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matt from Neumiller Electric, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2017

December 2017

They are all about the sale

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Unless you are an accountant do not waste your time or money on this product as it just complicates everyday process' rather than helping them.

Pros

I have not found a pro yet. I am sure it is good for my accountant and my banker but not for an electrician

Cons

Not user friendly. Unless you are a banker, accountant, or computer engineer it only complicates things. The people were wonderful up until the final sale, then we were shuffled around to people that obviously had too much going on. They tell you they can fix or change anything but when you ask for that they just give incomplete excuses and tell you they will get back to you. Not worth the money or the headache.

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Kimberly from Automatic Fire System Services
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2017

December 2017

New Software

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Pros

I decided to go with changing to Foundation because of all the features and the reports built in to provide us the information we need easily. The price for what we have is reasonable and allows for remote functions- employees can live anywhere and work for us.

Cons

It is more complicated than the normal easy accounting software so training employees to use something that requires more information at the beginning is imperative !

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Olga from Drywall Company
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

December 2017

December 2017

VERY DIFFICULT, NOT USER FRIENDLY!

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I'm looking for another software program that meets our construction needs, not to just benefit our accountant. This program took us a long time to impute all our date and 3 years later we are not any better off. Certain reports are horrible, the PM module is useless!
After investing so much money, we are still VERY DISAPPOINTED!

Pros

IT'S GREAT FOR ACCOUNTANTS

Having everything in one place, like payroll and not having to use multiple programs to get work done.

Cons

Not user friendly at all! It took me two years to get them to put in a check register!
Not user friendly!

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  Response: Robin, Foundation Software

Date: December 2017

December 2017

 

Hi Olga,

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback about FOUNDATION. We are sorry to now learn that your experience has been anything less than positive. One of our training managers will reach out this week to coordinate a date and time to personally discuss your concerns in greater detail. Our hope is that you will allow us the opportunity to work with you and your team to eliminate any issues and help make FOUNDATION a valuable tool for your business. We look forward to working with you on a resolution.

Please let me know if there is anything else I need to provide.

 
 

Sandra from Alternalite Electric, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Pleasantly surprised

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As I said, this is a great product created with the consumer and ALL its needs in mind. From invoices, to AIAs, reports, etc....it is all so easy. And should you need any type of support, Foundation is really quick to return your call and to find a solution. We couldn't be happier about this choice we made. We save so much in time using this over other programs we've tried.

Pros

It is EXACTLY what we need being in the Construction business. It is so easy to get all sorts of reports we need, to create documents (invoices, etc), and to get support when needed.

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David from Nelson Electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Powerful software package with great customer support.

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Pros

Feature-rich design
When we place a support call, we almost always have a call back that same day, even for non-critical issues. Critical issues are usually addressed within hours.

Cons

As a new customer, the software can be intimidating, but we've always been able to move forward with customer support.

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Brian from Carol Electric Company
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

August 2017

August 2017

Electrical Contractor Review of Foundation

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We chose Foundation for it's array of features, depth of reports, its customization options, and its affordability. Much cheaper than buying software that you have to pay per user access fees for. There are quirks, but once you understand the system, it's generally easy to navigate and manage them. Extremely feature rich. Would definitely recommend.

Pros

Incredible amount of features, options, and reporting functionality. Can pretty much do anything you would ever want to do, accounting-wise. Project Management module pays for itself. Other customization options are very nice. Price is extremely attractive for amount of features in the software. Customer support is A+++++.

Cons

Very steep learning curve, to use advanced features. Genie is a pain and really cumbersome, probably my least favorite part of the software, even though it's sold as a great feature. Software isn't always forgiving about mistakes, but customer support makes up for it.

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Doreen from Dearborn Mid West Company
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

August 2017

August 2017

Great Union Payroll System

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We have a very complicated payroll for the simple fact that we are a multi state, multi union company. This means many different rates of pay, taxation tables and unions, as well as our Administration and Shop payrolls. P4C thru Foundation has been able to handle this with ease and I really am happy with the service they have provided to us in the past 2 1/2 years. I hope to continue a much longer relationship with them. Whenever a support call is logged, usually one of the 2 reps. call back almost immediately and help work through any issue, no matter how long it takes. They are personable and professional and always helpful. Reliable system, easy time entry and reports generated are very easy to read.

Pros

I love the fact that P4C can handle all of our multi state and multi union (sometimes up to 55 different unions) Time entry is very easy, and includes attaching hours to jobs and tasks with ease. The system is very user friendly and the Support staff is phenomanal. Generates great union reports, job costing and also great HR reports as well, such as 401k reporting. We can process same day layoff checks which is a must for union payrolls. Also not charged by the number of employees in the system as with other payroll companies. I love that it is web based so i can work from anywhere. They are able to create payroll cycles, so each cycle can have a different address, and they deliver the checks to the exact locations. So i can enter all my time and be assured that jobs in other states have checks go directly to the location versus coming here.

Cons

I don't like that if i have multiple payroll cycles computed and i have to purge one, that it will purge ALL computed cycles, not just the one I had chosen.

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karen from R.V. Carey's Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Specialty: Plumbing
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

August 2017

August 2017

Glad we purchased Foundations!

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Pros

Job costing reports have been very helpful; payroll processing has been great; support has been absolutely WONDERFUL!

Cons

ease of ability to find past transactions; having to find transaction numbers. If there was a way to be able to use some kind of "find" method that would be awesome.

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Jenna from Maertens-Brenny Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

July 2017

July 2017

Easy to learn!

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I find it easy to use. It was easy and quick to learn. Reports are helpful - different than I am use to but cleaner.

Pros

I think the layout of the software is great. Its easy to follow and easy to find functions needed. Easy to learn!

Cons

Foundation doesnt have every report I am use to, but I was using the same software for 10 yrs, I just need to get use to the new reports.

 
 

lou from ASL
Specialty: Landscaping
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

July 2017

July 2017

Strong Program, lack of support and updates

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There are better programs out there.

Pros

The program does it all besides estimating. Has a good system of checks and balances and everything is tracked so very hard for employees to cover their tracks. It does a lot well but everything has its hiccups.

Cons

There are several things I dislike about the product as it has so much potential to be 10x better yet they have no ambition to make it better. 95% up the updates released by foundation software are fixes to glitches or problems. Very rarely is there an actual new feature or upgrade to the program. There are several flaws with the program that would be easy to fix, which have been suggested but go unanswered. Such as the pages scroll very awkwardly, they jump at the end of the page onto the next page but not at the top of the page. Very difficult to review a report on the screen when it keeps going back and forth. Their support team must have a very high turnover as everytime I call I know more than the person who is suppose to be providing the support. To their credit they do go and get the right answer and get back to you but the typical resolution to a problem is 24 hours. For us 2 hours is a long time when your waiting on an important resolution such as payroll.

  Response: Tracie, Foundation Software

Date: July 2017

July 2017

 

Hi Al. We appreciate you taking the time to provide your thoughts on FOUNDATION. Honestly it is not what we expected to hear from you and are deeply concerned about your disappointment. We strive to produce the absolute best product and service for our clients, although we understand at times using new software can be frustrating. One of our training managers will reach out this week to coordinate a time that’s convenient for you and discuss your concerns in greater detail. We hope that you will take our call so we can work toward resolving any outstanding issues and make FOUNDATION a successful accounting investment for your construction business. We look forward to working with you.

 
 

Cheryl from American Southwest Electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

July 2017

July 2017

Exceeded my expectations

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Great trainer - great response time to questions

Pros

Logical and menu driven. Easy to train my co-workers. The similar menus in each module make it simple to navigate.

Cons

Learning to make my own reports is a challenge. The report Genie is useful, but I need to take the time to learn to perfect my reports

 
 

Steven from R. Nichols Excavating
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

July 2017

July 2017

Full of features but complicated

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Pros

They are constantly adding to the platform which already holds a ton of applicable features. Lets you set up a template for estimating that can be tweaked for individual jobs.

Cons

I've been using the software for a year now and it's still complicated to use. Change orders, as they often change or cancel, are difficult to change in the software.

  Response: Robin, Foundation Software

Date: July 2017

July 2017

 

Thanks for the review Steven! We would love to chat more about change orders as well as any other areas of the system that are presenting challenges. Someone from our training department will be in touch with you to coordinate additional training to help with this.

 
 

Ryan from VEI Solutions, Inc.
Specialty: Finishing contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Perfect for our business!

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One of my biggest complaints with our previous accounting software was that I still had to do so much manually on the side with Excel spreadsheets. This system automates all of the most time-consuming activities and also reduces errors because it eliminates the double and triple entries required across multiple systems and spreadsheets. The time savings and reduced errors

Pros

All-in-one flow through data tracking, integrated payroll, highly-detailed and automatic reporting, top customer support.

Cons

Some coding could be improved (but that is coming from our highly in-house technical coding expert). However, they do regularly update the software and take customer input into account when rolling out updates.

 
 

Dawn from Ewing Electric, Inc
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Intuitive design plus great support staff equals a great product in Foundation!

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Pros

I most like the knowledgeable support staff and quick response times to our assistance calls. We also had a great trainer at the beginning of the cutover to Foundation and the transition between one software system to the other was fairly smooth.

Cons

Biggest pet-peeve is that A/P Full Invoice Report cannot be pulled by job. That is the one really hindering issue I have in the A/P module, which is where I usually work.

 
 

Stu from TechCrete Contracting, Inc.
Specialty: Concrete
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Foundation Construction - Decent Entry Level Software

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N/A

If you need a basic software this is as good as anything else out there. You will be pleased with migrating away from manual systems, but will probably be ready to migrate again in 5-7 years to a more robust package.

Pros

Handles AP/AR/Gl/PR/ and job costing adequately. This is definitely a step up from Quick Books. Good customer support when contacted.

Cons

Very little help collateral for clients. Usually, a software whether ERP, Office, or even photo/video editing has a robust users group with many YouTube videos online to provide a self-service kiosk of information and recommendations on how people use the software. Virtually everything online is aimed at marketing the product, not supporting existing users. The Help Desk people are great, but I would rather be able to research my own solutions from people that are actually in the industry using the software rather than programmers.

  Response: Robin, Foundation Software

Date: June 2017

June 2017

 

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback about FOUNDATION. We’re committed to helping you however we can and value the opportunity to know if you find we’re falling short in any area.
Client education resources is something we’ve been deeply passionate about, and we’re excited to share our current offerings with you. Our client advocacy specialist will reach out to walk you through the many resources we provide, including webinars, how-to videos, FAQs and our client forum. We’d also love to hear if there’s anything else you think we can provide to help with your success on FOUNDATION.
It’s our goal to continue working hard to provide you with a positive experience on FOUNDATION.

 
 

Melissa from Collier Construction Company
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2017

May 2017

I have not been using Foundation for very long but I am very pleased with the product, the support for implementation and the overall process of coversion.

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Overall very happy with my decision to go to Foundation.

Pros

Much more robust product than what I have been using. The job costing module is very intuitive and seems to have all the reporting options I will need. The implantation process has been smooth and my trainer has been extremely professional and helpful.

Cons

I have only found a few small things that I would change. Would like more contact fields for contacts in the vendor maintenance.

 
 

Sherri from Hoff Mechanical Inc.
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2017

May 2017

All encompassing software program

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I would highly recommend this program to contracting and construction businesses that employ 20+ people and also wants to track maintenance for equipment. The program, in my opinion, is not cost effective for smaller businesses

Pros

Very user friendly, if you have a basic understanding of accounting practices, it is easy to figure out where to go or what to do to find things, or fix errors. The report are easy to find, run & read. Customer service is excellent! The company hosts a training week for the software that is incredibly beneficial for both new & seasoned users. This software is similar to People Soft in what it can do without the complications and confusions!

Cons

Some of the add on programs (such as project management) appear to be unnecessary or even over complicated. You purchase a specific number of "seats" for users to log on which can be a huge hassle if you do not have enough seats, as it leaves employees waiting for others to finish up their work or stop mid-stream so that another user can log on and work.

 
 
 
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April 2018

April 2018

Great accounting software, mediocre project management software.

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The cloud capabilities are great and don't tie you down to one spot and the ability to create detailed custom reports to meet your needs.

Cons

Was hoping for a all in one accounting and project management software but it just doesn't deliver as a all in one.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Kevin from Madison Concrete Construction

January 2018

January 2018

This is a fairly simple program with solid features for specialty contractors.

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Easy processing of payroll and invoices and solid job cost reporting.

Pros

The payroll system is one of the best I have seen. Great at processing payroll and capturing job cost information. Drill downs are simple and provide good data. Having scanned copies of invoices to drill down into is also a smooth feature. It is relatively easy for someone with little training in the software to use.

Cons

Some elements of the reporting doesn't allow for easy access to all relevant database fields. Some reports do not even list the jobs that are being reported on.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Neal from Adams Masonry, Inc.
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

January 2018

January 2018

All around great accounting and project management software package.

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Great accounting system with additional project management features.

Pros

Foundation has more features and options then I can hope to use. It is able to be configured and set up work work around any business work flow and accounting style. Our accountants love it and the senior management loves it because they can quickly and easily get a overview of the financial status of the company then drill down to individual invoices and pay applications if they want to. The project management module allows our project management team to tie in everything they generate and respond to the project.

Cons

Some of the features feel tacked on with little integration between the different modules. The project management system could definitely be easier to use and more intuitive.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Randy from Romsco inc
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Not very good

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Honestly the benefit I got was to see that you really need to do your homework before making a purchase. Especially one of this magnitude.

Pros

I wish I could say I like this product. I had very high hopes that it would bring us to a new level of business. It certainly looks like it can.

Cons

Well, we spent a lot of money on training for our company to use it. But I really believe you need a solid background in accounting to utilize it best.
Not the most visually pleasing software. In a society where software companies are making visually stunning improvements while simultaneously creating better updates. They have been a bit slacked.
It took us a year for us to see it was too difficult for us to continue using it. But we gave it every chance.

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Foundation Software, Foundation Software

Date: January 2018

January 2018

 

Randy,

We are sorry to hear that your company is having issues using FOUNDATION. You are correct that FOUNDATION is a robust construction accounting system and is intended to help growing construction companies advance to a new level of business. We will have a training manager reach out to you this week to talk about your specific concerns. Our hope is that we can continue working together and provide what you need to make FOUNDATION the valuable tool that you expected for your company. We look forward to speaking with you.

-Robin, FOUNDATION Software

 

Don from Frontier Railroad Services, LLC

September 2017

September 2017

Great construction accounting software

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Extremely intuitive. Great functionality out of the box. The ability to easily write our own reports is a huge benefit.

Cons

Mobile software somewhat lacking. We would like the ability to better customize this feature for our specific needs.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Carol from Raffin Construction Company
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

June 2017

June 2017

I utilize this software for job costing reports. It is exceptionally easy to compile reports.

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Ease of use and functionality.

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The ease of use and flexibility of options that are available to use in time and material billing and job costing.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Patrick from Dallas Glass

January 2017

January 2017

Buyer Beware

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We used Foundation for just under 2 years. We had previously used some other software but had to find and different software program because our business had outgrown it. We spent a lot of time and money trying to get Foundation to work for our business but it was never a good fit. After just under 2 years we heard that our previous software had made some big changes and was able to accommodate our business so we made the transition back to them.

Foundation may be good for some business, but it wasn't a good fit for ours. At the time they had no representation on the west coast and only a few of their customer service/tech support could ever answer our questions. The system was very complicated and even seasoned 'pros' with years of experience in accounting and construction management struggled to use it effectively.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Becky from HSC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Good for simple process

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Software is good for basic uses in contract work. It is not the most user friendly for financial accounting report. Correcting mistakes is some times difficult and cause many steps to correct issues

Pros

Software is great for tracking construction jobs

Cons

Making corrections is difficult to do

Review Source: Capterra
 

Troy from Troy's painting

March 2016

March 2016

Purchased Foundation for my painting business in 2015

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Cons-software did not perform as promised by the sales staff, poor implementation process from the company trainers, too many different trainers, help hot line took too long to answer questions, extremely difficult to learn., a very cumbersome system.
Pros-basic reports are good balance sheet, income statement, A/R & A/P
My company has been in business for 36 years, as our business has grown we have installed 4 different software systems all with great success. I spent a great deal of money, time and resources trying to implement Foundation software only to scrap the whole process and go back to my old software.
If you employ a full time IT person it might work for you but as a company averaging 4-6 million a year it didn't work for us

Review Source: Capterra