Electrical Bid Manager Estimating Software

4.17 / 5 (32)

Our advisors have recommended this product 57 times in the last 30 days

About Electrical Bid Manager


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.



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Supported Operating System(s):

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10

32 Reviews of Electrical Bid Manager

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.17 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

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(9)

4 stars

(17)

3 stars

(6)

2 stars

(0)

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April 2016

Dan from North Coast Refrigeration & Electric, Inc.


Ease-of-use

4.0

Customer support

3.5

Functionality

5.0

April 2016

Solid program thats logical, easy to use, and vey flexible

Pros

it is extremely flexible in breaking a job into many parts and being able to change things as needed throughout the bid process. You can always pull portions out of the main job should change orders or alternate options need to be estimated along with the main part of the job. take off is easy and flexible. Job extensions are quick and you can verify pricing on large $ materials quickly. Form letters make the final bid preparation painless and help to provide consistant format across proposals.

Cons

A couple of items although they are definately not reasons to stay awaywould be:
-> Pricing is not updateable with Trade Service (they have some bad blood between them) so i have to use their price updates.
-> It would be nice if they had a report generator so one could generate some reports that are not available in the program
-> would like to see more format options in the form letters. Rich text formatting would be a nice addition to an already useable feature

December 2017

Daniel from Echo ED Corp

Company Size: 11-50 employees

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Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

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.

September 2017

Jim from Americom Technologies Group, LLC

Company Size: 11-50 employees

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Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

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.

December 2018

Mazen from Saudi Naval Support Co.

Company Size: 501-1,000 employees

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Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

5.0

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.

December 2016

Michael from B M A C - E, Inc.

Company Size: 2-10 employees


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

3.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.0

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 2014

John from Metropolitan Electric


Ease-of-use

4.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.0

December 2014

Great system for the price you pay

Pros

I like how easy it is to make temporary Items. I also like how accurate the labor times are on the install of material. I used this to bid a fairly large job, and the labor for all the panels, lights, m/c cable, switches, receptacle, and low voltage came up to within six hours of the actual time it took to do the job. That's not bad for a 743 hour job!

Cons

The thing I like least about this product is that it is difficult to do breakout prices. It can be done I am told, but you have to go through training. I have set up a time several times, but unfortunately, I get called out of the office when those scheduled training's are going to happen. The other is lack of material on certain options, mostly supports, hangers, and junction boxes.

November 2016

Rick from Premier Electric

Company Size: 201-500 employees


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.0

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

March 2015

Ron from Electrical Enlightenment, Inc.


Ease-of-use

4.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

March 2015

I have used EBM since early 90's making that about 25 years

Pros

This is the only product on the market with a user interface that makes the estimating logical.
Vision Infosoft is great to work with. If there are any issues, they are there to help.

Cons

The initial loading of the program is difficult, requiring IT expert.

September 2016

Thomas from Enlightenment Companies


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.5

September 2016

Daily User

Pros

The simplicity of the program. Items are easy to find and enter into the program.

Cons

That after you extended your materials and then add more take off the program does not reextend the same way.

September 2016

Tommy from Enlightenment Companies


Ease-of-use

4.5

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

September 2016

EBM review

Pros

Easy to understand output for our estimators and clients.

Cons

I really have nothing bad to say about the product.

June 2014

Tim from Speid Electric, Inc.


Ease-of-use

4.5

Customer support

4.5

Functionality

5.0

June 2014

First Months with Electrical Bid Manager

Pros

Excellent estimating program. Once you get started, it's pretty intuitive and semi-self-explanatory. We landed two of the first four projects we bid on with the software, and we are very encouraged by the early results. I love how everything is organized and contained within the program. I also like the ability to have the labor units calculated for me, as well as being able to adjust them depending on the circumstances. I wish I would have invested in Electrical Bid Manager sooner!

Cons

There is almost nothing so far that I do not like about this product.

February 2017

Brenden from Brava Electric & Telecom, Inc.

Company Size: 2-10 employees


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.0

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

November 2016

Benjamin from The CRESS Company

Company Size: 11-50 employees


Ease-of-use

4.0

Functionality