Spectrum (formerly Dexter + Cheney) software


143 reviews(4.0/5)
143 reviews(4.0/5)

Spectrum Construction Software is a cloud-based construction ERP solution for small, midsize and large enterprises. Primary features include accounting, document management, job cost, project management, equipment management, human resources, payroll, purchasing, inventory management and reporting.

The accounting module offers general ledger, accounts payables, accounts receivables, cash management and payroll features. The project management feature allows users to maintain project logs including submittals, transmittals, meeting notes, RFIs, daily logs, change orders and others. It offers integration with Comdata, LCP Tracker, Textura, Prophix, FYI Soft, TopBuilder, B2W, ConEst, ProEst, QuoteSoft, Sage Estimating, Procore, FieldConnect and others.

Spectrum offers apps for iOS and Android devices such as time tracking, equipment management and Plan Room. Support is offered via phone, webinars, white papers, videos and podcasts.

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

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  • Leah from Accounting

    September 2018

    Top of the line construction software

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    Pros

    This is great software for the construction industry. I was very impressed. I have researched and used many accounting software. This has the functionality of much more expensive software at a lesser price. This is a software for large to mid size companies that wish to keep accurate monthly accounting records. Standard cheaper accounting software doesn't offer the same functionality.

    Cons

    There are no time tracking abilities. The construction company I was working for needed time tracking with GPS functions. We could use T-sheets for this but to my knowledge this doesn't integrate with Spectrum.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
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  • Brandon from Windemuller

    Specialty: Electrical/teledata

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    September 2018

    Very Robust Software for Medium to Large Companies

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    Our accounting group really likes the software. It seems like it could be a little more intuitive for PMs but once you learn it, it all makes sense.

    Pros

    Tons of options for tracking and measuring projects. Great WIP functionality. Good options for large projects and also for service work orders.

    Cons

    Different modules are addition cost. Work orders, inventory, field technician connectivity, etc are all add ins to the base package.Best to look at all the modules you would get good use of as one price.

    This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.
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  • Michelle from The Raymond Group

    Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees

    August 2018

    Construction Software

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    I am a project accountant and have been a Spectrum user since 1996 when it was called ForeFront and this is the only construction software I've used. Overall I find the software easy to use. I've participated in training led by Spectrum trainers and their help and advise is invaluable. The ability to export data in different file types for analysis - exporting to excel file, data only is one I use regularly. We're also lucky to have an IT software support specialist with extensive Spectrum background who is able to provide SQL reports for those times when the standard reports and exports don't give us enough flexibility with the data for analysis.

    Pros

    Most processes in Spectrum are intuitive for the user.

    Cons

    As a long time user of Spectrum, we have a heavily customized Job Cost Report. It's becoming more difficult to accommodate our custom needs as new versions are released.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Karen from COMANCO

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    August 2018

    Connects all aspects of our company

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    Pros

    It's fairly easy to use, once you figure out how to navigate.

    Cons

    The standard reports are not very useful. Custom reports are almost always needed. Even though most reports can be exported to Excel, they are practically unusable without spending lots of time moving data around.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • JANICE from METRO ELECTRIC CO., INC

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    July 2018

    satisfied with wide range of modules and input

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    Value for Money

    Can access data from prior years, access to many modules to provide research and reporting.

    Pros

    modules feed information to each other in relatively familiar pattern and scanning of documents mkaes info search and data backup much less paper intensive and time saving

    Cons

    Accounting of cash and posting to g/l archaic and not offer options to summarize A/P posting, cannot extract g/l account balance as of a particular date, few internal controls on input of rates and parameters.

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

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    July 2018

    I am always learning something new with Spectrum!

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    I benefit daily from spectrum from payroll and certified payroll reports it really is helpful to get those reports from spectrum and every Contractor I have sent them to has excepted them. We also benefit from job costs and equipment costs management .

    Pros

    What I like most about spectrum is it really is an all in one program and is always improving, also being able to pull reports on jobs and costs is very convenient and easy.

    Cons

    Customer support be a bit time consuming. There is so much to spectrum that it can be a bit overwhelming if you are a smaller company.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Shelley from Traine Construction

    Number of employees: 11-50 employees

    July 2018

    If you have a strong team with good buy-in you will have success with this software.

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    Moving from a stand-alone accounting solution to an ERP system has had many benefits and I only see the benefits increasing with the merger/acquisition by Viewpoint.

    Pros

    Extremely robust software with customization options. The software is flexible enough that you can grow it with your company and it can accommodate changes in your business.

    Cons

    At first it can seam like there are extra steps to perform tasks, but once you've used the software for a while you'll understand why. The controls are good and the software delivers accurate results when used properly. Thorough user training is critical.

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

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    July 2018

    Feels like service is going backwards

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    It qives our accounting team the tools they need to provide a quick and accurate overview for our company. They are able to perform all accounting functions in one platform.

    Pros

    Familiar feel, rather easy to train new users. Features are simple and quick to learn. It has served our company well for numerous years.

    Cons

    Customer service and new features feel like that are going backwards. Takes forever to get issues solved when a few years ago it was quick

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

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    July 2018

    Easy to Use

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    Value for Money
    Pros

    It's practical, there are a lot of short cuts that can be used like starring your favorite menus items. The reporting options are great.

    Cons

    There have been times when someone is trying to post invoices and you can not run certain reports or it posts slowly.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Dan from Triangle Refrigeration Company

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    July 2018

    Spectrum satisfies multiple needs for us, Constructions as well as Service & Dispatch.

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    Our business entails both Construction (installation) and service. This software was chosen because it seemed it would satisfy more of our needs than other software that was demonstrated.

    Pros

    Seems very logically designed and easy to maneuver. One screen provides easy access to all related data/documentation.

    Cons

    Some areas are still in need of some enhancement, specifically Inventory & Dispatch. But enhancements are released frequently.

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

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    July 2018

    Great Experience!

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    Value for Money
    Pros

    I am a big fan of Spectrum. My company has been on it for over two years now and we love it so far! The implementation process was as expected, a lot of work but totally worth it. The customer service they offer is great and very quick responses. It is rather expensive, but we have had a wonderful experience so far!

    Cons

    a little limited on the estimating software side of things, but they do partner with some other companies that you can use but the price you pay is definitely up there.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Aimee from FHI Plant Services

    July 2018

    Overall the software is user friendly & offers a lot of tools.

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    Pros

    I love the document imaging function. We've been able to reduce the amount of paper files in our office. Additionally, it is now much easier to access information quickly when needed. We use the cloud based program, which gives us a lot of flexibility - everyone is able to work from anywhere with an internet connection.

    Cons

    The standard reports leave a lot to be desired. I find it extremely frustrating that in many cases the only option is to write a report in a separate program.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Mamie from JRT Mechanical

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    July 2018

    My overall experience with Spectrum has been pretty good.

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    Pros

    The thing that I like most about the software is that it is generally easy to use. There are a lot of places to go if you can't figure something out.

    Cons

    The cons of this software is the customer help. We have been charged to get something fixed that was Spectrum's fault.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Karen from Jim Smith Contracting Co, LLC

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    July 2018

    We have been with Spectrum since 1997 (when it was Forefront). This software is a workhorse!

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    Ease of use and great support!

    Pros

    I like how easy this program is to use. If I can't find the report I need, I can easily export to Excel or Crystal Reports. The document imaging module saves us time when we need to review invoices or other documentation later. When I have issues, the support team is right there and usually can fix the problem while we are on the phone. It is rare for us to have an open ticket.

    Cons

    There are some differences between modules. When you exit a previewed report, some take you back to the site map while others take you back to the report page so you can adjust and run again if necessary. Consistency would be nice. It isn't a big deal, it could save a few steps.

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

    Response: Viewpoint, Viewpoint

    August 2018

    You have truly seen the evolution of the software, going all the way back to the Forefront days. Wow! Thank you for your support through the years, Karen. We really value your partnership.

  • Shannon from SDB

    Number of employees: 201-500 employees

    July 2018

    Enjoying all the different aspects of the software

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    Value for Money

    More accurate data tracking to keep our projects on budget and on schedule.

    Pros

    It makes it much easier to log all different aspects of the project that need to be tracked. The real time data makes keeping on track easy.

    Cons

    There can be a bit of a learning curve to the software but they have worked hard to make it much easier since we first started using the product.

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

    Response: Viewpoint, Viewpoint

    August 2018

    Shannon, we really appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. It's great that our efforts to make Spectrum easier to use have been helpful for you. And it's only going to continue getting better! Thanks!

  • Tracy from Building Controls and Services, Inc.

    July 2018

    Good Construction Software

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    Pros

    We were looking for a software with a service side and strong job cost all in one. Spectrum nails it! Ease of use. Endless custom report options. Ability to create custom dashboard apps. Great security features. All in the cloud!

    Cons

    Purchasing add-ons to accommodate the project managers can get pricey, but there are a ton of options that integrate with Spectrum.

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

    Response: Viewpoint, Viewpoint

    August 2018

    Thank you for being such a terrific advocate! It's great to see that you're getting so much value from the software. Also, we now have a native integration between Spectrum and our Team project management platform. We would be happy to give your project managers a demo if you like.

  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    July 2018

    great way to bring all departments into one software system

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    Value for Money

    document imaging, integration of technology with the field employees

    Pros

    the document imaging capabilities on the work orders, jobs, purchase orders and invoices have revolutionized how we do business

    Cons

    when mistakes are made, it has to be 'unwound' and redone, you must know what you are doing prior to performing the action as errors are time consuming to correct

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

    Response: Viewpoint, Viewpoint

    August 2018

    Thanks for the kind words!

  • Verified Reviewer

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    July 2018

    I am the administrator for Spectrum in our company and overall the Experience has been very good!

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    Value for Money

    Ease of administration and our accounting team rarely has any issues with the software

    Pros

    The support team is amazing. They are extremely helpful and are good at fixing the annoying bugs and getting to the root causes of our problems. The accounting and hr side of the software works extremely well and I have very few if any complaints or issues that I have to fix or call support for.

    Cons

    The project manangement side of the software was never really completed so its less than impressive. But I think on the positive side since Viewpoint has purchased Spectrum I think that integrating it with their Team software will make a huge difference in this section!

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

    Response: Viewpoint, Viewpoint

    July 2018

    We think our customer support team is amazing, too. Thank you! You¿re absolutely right about our project management focus moving to the Viewpoint Team platform, which is now integrated with Spectrum and has a product development roadmap that will open up a lot of new PM functionality to Spectrum/Team users.

  • Caleb from Westbow Construction Group

    July 2018

    Well done accounting software with good front end use.

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    Pros

    What I really like about this software is how detailed it can be. There are many modules that help track a vast range of categories to a very accurate degree.

    Cons

    I do not like lack of quality customer support in answering questions or making suggestions on how to best use the software. I find that there are many good modules, but are very difficult to implement once systems are already in place. Better quality help with implementing and using the software prior to use would be very helpful for future customers.

    This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered
    Review Source: Capterra
  • Ariel from Building Controls & Services

    Number of employees: 51-200 employees

    July 2018

    User-friendly

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    Value for Money
    Pros

    I really enjoy the ease of use and functionality of this software. Prior to my current job, we utilize project management software that was constantly going on the fritz. Spectrum has been a fantastic product thus far.

    Cons

    There are not many things to dislike about Spectrum. The main thing would be that it's sometimes difficult to use the software on my phone.

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

    Response: Viewpoint, Viewpoint

    July 2018

    Thank you, Ariel, for your great feedback. Much appreciated!

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