Viewpoint Spectrum Software


 

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.

 

Viewpoint Spectrum - Dashboard
 
  • Viewpoint Spectrum - Dashboard
    Dashboard
  • Viewpoint Spectrum - Job properties
    Job properties
  • Viewpoint Spectrum - Document imaging
    Document imaging
  • Viewpoint Spectrum - Accounts payable
    Accounts payable
  • Viewpoint Spectrum - Project management
    Project management
  • Viewpoint Spectrum - Vendor management
    Vendor management
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Web browser (OS agnostic)

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Delmas from Earl Weaver Contractors LLC
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2018

May 2018

Great accounting software for construction

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

Spectrum is fairly easy to use. It covers such a wide range of accounting and project management tasks. We are happy with our investment.

Cons

I still think the Work Order/Service Management has a ways to go. Also I am not real thrilled with the Inventory management.

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leea from rountree construction
Specialty: Earthwork/excavating
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

May 2018

May 2018

oVERALL OK

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Value for Money

Pros

This product is very easy to use and overall is great with reporting. I really enjoy all the different report and filters.

Cons

The customer service and tech support has been quite lacking for some time now. I would love to see some improvements on that area.

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Bette from Scott Builders Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Love the ability to export out of Spectrum

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Functionality

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Customer Support

Value for Money

Ease of use

Pros

The ability to export data out of the tables within Spectrum to manipulate the information is great.

Cons

Determining the tables is sometime a challenge finding the correct one with the information you are looking for,

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Travis from Ranger Plant Constructional
Specialty: Construction manager
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Good to Go!

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Value for Money

Spectrum has made life easier.

Pros

It is the online access with the permissions built in so we can have multiple users from all over the nation access it according to their needs. Also, being able to store information and images on the cloud to be paperless is great.

Cons

When a browser does an update, it seems to take Spectrum a while to adapt to that update. It meas that things run slow for a small window of time.

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Scott from Thompson Electric, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

April 2018

April 2018

One-stop construction ERP

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

Spectrum offers everything under the sun for your construction needs; from your basic accounting functions, to project management, and everything in-between.

Cons

Spectrum is definitely more geared to be an accounting ERP. That being said, it's construction management capabilities are adequate, and improving with every update.

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Erin from Walsh Mechanical Contractors
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

April 2018

April 2018

This is the first Accounting Software I've come in contact with and it is fairly simple to use.

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Pros

This is the first Accounting Software I've come in contact with and it is fairly simple to use and navigate. Most things you want to do are self-explanatory but being trained by a fellow employee who has used the system for years was also extremely helpful. I've also heard the in-person training's are helpful.

Cons

There are some quirks with the Contract Status Report. I also have difficulty finding reports I would like to use and don't have the Crystal Report skills I need.

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Christina from Doyon Associated, LLC
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Straight forward construction software!

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Customer Support

Pros

The ease of use for every day tasks is awesome! You can attach supporting documents easily and run specific reports needed for management very quickly.

Cons

It would be nice if there was a way to instigate a mass routing change in the approval process. It also be convenient to have preferred settings for column placement when approving invoices.

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Debbie from SDB, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Spectrum is user friendly.

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I love this product and I'm so happy we made the change 2 years ago.

Pros

It is extremely user friendly and very easy to navigate through. Reports run in seconds. The menus are clear and you can move easily from one module to another. Help is either a click or a phone call away. The support staff is very knowledgeable and they answer your call when you call.

Cons

It works better on a laptop than a tablet, but I know they are working on that. The Project Management Module is not robust enough, but they are working to get their Viewpoint product compatible with Spectrum.

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Mary from Duke Electric Co.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

April 2018

April 2018

10 years and still going strong

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Value for Money

Our go live date with Spectrum was 4/2008. Yes, we've been using the core accounting program for 10 years. We've also added other modules that help us do our business efficiently. Over the past 10 years our company has more than doubled in the number of employees, gross sales and net income. 2017 was the best year in the 70 year history of the company. I can honestly say that Spectrum has played a large role in helping us attain this level of success. With this software, the amount of information that is right at our fingertips is amazing!

Pros

The software is user friendly. There are plenty of help menus if you get stuck. The software is constantly being updated and often the updates are in response to customer requests. The document imaging feature and access to a variety of reports has greatly reduced the amount of paper necessary to run our business.

Cons

The cost is the biggest issue. The annual fee to go to the cloud is several times more than the cost if you provide your own server. Although there are many benefits and additional features that we'd love if we went to the cloud, it's just too much money for a regional independent contractor to spend.

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Joan from Turnagain Marine Construction
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Mixed feelings

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N/A

Create a book, something that can be highlighted, tabbed, notes written into it. Offer training in more cities, and more affordably.

Pros

Easy to check status of payments, see and print POs, look at phase codes, relatively easy to enter pay applications.

Cons

For someone without a strong accounting background, the sequence of required events is not intuitive or readily apparent. Help queries turn up too much or too little, and don't help with that sequence of events. Can't create new reports without learning a whole new program, one that we hired people specifically to do at a previous job because of the complexity. Email reminders before trigger events would be nice (an email a month before a subcontractor's COI is set to expire, for example, instead of just holding up payment when an invoice is being processed). An app for field engineers to be able to create POs on their iPhones would be an awesome feature, but I don't know of any plans to add it.

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Marjie from Walsh Mechanical Contractors
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Great Accounting Construction Software

Ease-of-use

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Customer Support

Pros

Great software for analyzing data and trends while still being pretty easy to use. The ability to create custom infolink reports enable you to create virtually report using the data you have in Spectrum that will auto refresh with just one click of a button.

Cons

I wish there was a way to sort the canned Spectrum reports a bit easier. I am quite comfortable using infolink, so it is easy for me to create a quick variation of the Spectrum reports, formatted the way I want it to look. But unless you have knowledge of infolink, there is no way to easily rearrange Spectrum reports to show the data in the way you want it

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Marlene from Dick Building Company LLC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Once you get used to Spectrum's logic, most processes seem to work correctly

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Value for Money

Classes offered are cost prohibitive for small companies.

Pros

Integration between different modules. Reports can be run to share information with PM's rather easily.

Cons

Certain standard report items that were available with other software used previously are not available with Spectrum. After working with report writers for over a year to get a simple cash flow analysis on our job summary reports (aka job overview report), we were told they were unable to provide. Also, a few other instances of reports that should be readily available were offered to be prepared for us at an outrageous price. Once developed for us, I would guess that other would find them useful and they would appear on future releases.

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PAULA from PIEPER HOUSTON ELEC
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Don't fix what isn't broken

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Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Spectrum has continued to grow their products. They have a superb support department. The staff is fairly consistent with not a lot of turn-over. You get to know the people behind the scenes and build relationships with them and their network.

Pros

My favorite thing about Spectrum is that it continues to grow with our business. We have been Spectrum users for 25 years. In these 25 years Spectrum has been on the cutting edge of technology. We continue to get value from the updates and software collaborations.

Cons

My least favorite thing is it takes too long to get updates. I would like the easy updates to come out once a month. I realize this is not cost effective, but typically if there is anything I am disgruntled about it will show up in a future quarterly update.

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J from O.C. McDonald Company
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

April 2018

April 2018

A Step Above

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

The ability to get exactly what I need out of the data without having to print multiple different reports and compare them manually.

Cons

It takes a bit of education and a lot of practice to get where you need to be without going thru each menu the long way.

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Kiauna from Coeur d'Alene Paving
Specialty: Paving
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Good product

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Pros

Spectrum is very easy to use and very user friendly. It has many different features for the company to utilize for its day to day activities.

Cons

It is kinda pricey, between paying the normal fee plus an additional fee for each additional user. We frequently have people that can't log in because we've exceeded our maximum users.

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Sean from Building Controls & Services
Specialty: Mechanical/HVAC
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Spectrum is pretty decent

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Pros

Regular updates and added features, Dexter Chaney Network is awesome (I mean, who doesn't like earning rewards points for learning about your work software?!)

Cons

I wish the Project Management module had more to offer. Also, some of the workflow items are clunky.

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Linda from SDB, INC
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

April 2018

April 2018

We are finally paperless!

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I looking forward to seeing improvements with bench marking for estimating and more project manager features

Pros

I spend most of my day in the purchase orders module. Little struggle at first to get everything set up correctly but it's smooth as silk now. Best part is the search feature I can easily find by job, vendor or purchase order number. I have found if I put notes into the Other purchase order information comment section I'm able to search for anything I have in this field. Makes trying to find those oddball purchases easier to find down the road. I also love the document imaging as they say a picture is worth a thousand words and this keeps using paper to a minimum. I also like that I can get to multiple modules from one screen - for example if I'm in a purchase order I can search that vendors information.

Cons

I don't like that I can change the purchase order lines after the invoice has been entered - seems that should lock down. I wish I could copy a purchase order - I often order the same thing over and over again - it would be nice if I could copy from the last purchase order to make a new order. I also found that in the vendor contact screen simply removing the contact doesn't actually remove them - you have to inactivate them - so I'm not sure why the remove button is there.

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ELIZABETH from ROUNTREE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
Specialty: Heavy/highway contractor
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

April 2018

April 2018

This software streamlies the accounting and data managment process.

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Product Quality

Customer Support

Pros

The level of detail that is tracked. The ability to maintain both modules, and the general ledger with one entry. The audit records, checks and balances, and security controls that are built in to the system.

Cons

The fact that you have to spend quite a lot of money to add features to a system you are already paying for.

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Harris from H and L Electric
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Look elsewhere if you want a successful implementation with a company that cares.

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If you want a successful implementation with a company that responds promptly and effectively when problems arise, look elsewhere! On our "go live week", Spectrum was not configured, AP and AR were not fully imported and the parts that were imported did not match up. Due to overworked Project Managers, it often took 2-3 days out to schedule a call time with them and no one from Spectrum senior leadership team seemed to care that our implementation was not proceeding successfully. We had to cancel the implementation and revert back to our previous accounting system (at substantial financial cost).

I am currently waiting for my PM to update me on how they plan to take us live yet again with a detailed project plan so the above never happens again (Note: My PM never offered any suggestions here, I had to proactively reach out asking for a go-forward plan to keep them organized.) See below for all the struggles we have had with Spectrum.

Also if you are transitioning from anyone other then the major accounting software systems, stay away! They promised that they had the past experience and knowledge to transition us from our current accounting software, Starbuilder, but when it came time to transition they had no one who knew how to do it.

See "Cons" below for additional problems

I will continue to update this post as things evolve.

Pros

-None so far as they failed to take us live.
-Competitive pricing
-Great user community with a forum.

Cons

Cons:
-Custom projects not delivered on time for "Go Live". At least 1.5 months behind schedule
-Sales team would send a contract and then when we went to sign said they made a mistake and increased contract price.
-Never provided solutions to problems.
-Implementation specialist what tell us features about features that we would be using then come back to us and say those features are actually not included and would be additional.
-Never told us when purchasing that future modules might not be available for self-hosted customers only to more pricey cloud hosted customers (2 are already not available for self-hosted)
-PM teams are not proactive or reactive.
-Concerns and problems are documented by PMs but are never reviewed or escalated to management.
-The purchase of Dexter+Cheny by Viewpoint has hurt the customers as admitted to by employees and seen by users (Short staffed, reassigned positions, information not shared across teams/ companies. )
-Dexter Chaney/ VIewpoint has not once, without a fight, offered acceptable solutions and any problems caused by them.
-User is billed for time spent by PM team to fix problems caused by Dexter Chaney/ VIewpoint
-This list can go on for another 30 bullet points at least.

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Carol from Meiners Electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

April 2018

April 2018

Very user friendly!

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Value for Money

After trying several accounting softwares before this one - let me tell you "Spectrum/Viewpoint was well worth the wait"

Pros

Again, very user friendly and has many valuable features. We have added several modules over the years and changed procedures due to the many features included in each module.

Cons

The only thing that I can really think of is the Annual User's Conference is so far away. I have been to several and want to return each year but it's not always plausible.

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Ryan from Joeris General Contractors

September 2017

September 2017

We just changed to this product and it is a big step up

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Pros

The flexibility of this product is great. We use it for accounting and there are many different reports and formats you can print to sort data

Cons

There was a pretty decent learning curve for use. It took a little while to get everyone on track for use but it is going a lot better

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Khalil from Riviera Engineering Consultancy L.L.C
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Product Quality
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