Explorer Eclipse Construction Software

4.00 / 5 (27)

Our advisors have recommended this product 7 times in the last 30 days

About Explorer Eclipse


Eclipse by Explorer is a cloud-based construction accounting and project management solution designed for contractor businesses. It caters to medium to large construction companies belonging to different construction businesses, such as heavy construction, GCs, architects and specialty contractors. The product offers service management, procurement, human resources, materials handling and reporting within a suite.

Eclipse allows users to create custom reports on business data. The system also offers document management system, which allows users to upload documents, tag them using a custom label and attach them to a project.

Eclipse features audit trail, which allows users to track multiple stages of the document during internal and external audits. Eclipse also features service management, which allows project managers to keep track of status, sales and commissions of the field staff. The product offers online, phone and on-site support for maintenance, training, implementation and troubleshooting.



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Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

27 Reviews of Explorer Eclipse

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.00 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.5

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5 stars

(8)

4 stars

(14)

3 stars

(3)

2 stars

(1)

1 stars

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December 2017

Anonymous

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Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

1.0

Value for money

1.0

Customer support

1.0

Functionality

3.0

December 2017

this is the best out there?

Pros

Supposedly - the best for distribution - with regards to forcasting, purchasing, inventory, email, ftp, flat files, reporting is good - if you can figure out how to get the data out. most users / companies can't or spend years trying to ....

Cons

1. company has been bought and sold many times in 15 years. Each time the new company tries to squeeze its users so the new company can implement cost savings and pay for their acquisition. ie outsourcing their customer service reps to other countries without having any training. so until you escalate and waste time, you don't get the question/issue resolved until you wind up back with some cust. service agent in America.
2. lacks automation. There are so many software companies popping up that automate sales and purchasing tasks, eclipse relies on Q's and user interactions instead of rules.
3. Not flexible in they SOP's you have to conform or your doing it wrong.
4. any mod is 10k plus - (if they even have time to quote you -)
5. you can't get much outside help for it - not too many people know universe databases or PIC programming language.
6. I could go on but I won't, is not a good look for a business.
7. very expensive.

September 2018

Laura from VIEWNEXT

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

3.0

Functionality

4.0

September 2018

nice IDE to start developing

Pros

Eclipse is a very essential IDE to develop any type of application or web app. It comes with a lot of modules and you can complement it with plugins. You can even change the appearance to your liking.
We basically use it to develop java applications and we complement it with jsp, hibernate, spring and a tomcat server. It's very fast to run the server and we usuarlly debug a lot with Eclipse. It's the main feature that we use to find bugs in our app.
All the languages it supports and all the pluggins that there are to complement the ide.
I really love that it's free and opensource

Cons

I do not like that if your application is too big, with a lot of files or with a lot of projects, eclipse can not handle to run an application that big and crashes.
Eclipse also has a lot of validations to jsp files or html files, and every time you open one, Eclipse validates it and some times crashes too. It's very annoying because you loose all your work if you did not save it.
The learning curve could be extensive, but when you learn all the basics, the pros outweight the cons.

November 2017

Sean from Maymead, Inc.

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

November 2017

Explorer Eclipse User Review

Our company migrated from a legacy product to Eclipse. We are a heavy highway contractor with multiple asphalt plants and quarry/crushing operations. This process, as with any large change, came with its own set of problems. We had AP, AR and a large Materials Handling division to bring online. Eclipse staff lead us through this with minimal pain. We needed several modifications to just about every module to suit our specific needs and Eclipse stepped up and helped us get everything we needed.

Pros

Eclipse has a pretty solid web based platform that allows for significant user oriented customization. Their business analytics/custom inquiries are top notch. Users have an array of tools at their disposal for data retrieval and reports.
Eclipse has an implementation and support staff that has no rivals. They will work with you until its right!
Need a modification? Well Eclipse can take care of those as well, large or small. The needs of the customer are a high priority with the staff.
Data entry in any module of the software is easy and very intuitive.

Cons

Setup can be a brute, but with that being said, the implementation team/support staff will guide you through the process.
The menu tree is a little overwhelming at first. But again, with easy menu customization that problem is solved.

April 2018

Anonymous

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

5.0

Functionality

5.0

April 2018

Very Well Thought-Out Application

Pros

I use Eclipse for automated Selenium testing with Java and I love the multitude of features created to make the software development process as simple as possible. Imports are a snap, for example: just enter a method from a given library and the import statement is added for you. Move a class from one package to another & Eclipse updates the package in the file automatically. Setting breakpoints for debugging is easy & intuitive. The list goes on.

Cons

I'm still using Kepler, which works fine, but I'd be interested in upgrading to the latest version. However, I don't want to simply delete the whole application and replace it wholesale with the latest version. I know there's a way to do a piecemeal upgrade, but I'm not clear on the steps. It would be nice if that were clearer.

Other than that, I can't really think of anything that qualifies as a negative.

December 2018

Sarah from Fahrner Asphalt Sealers, LLC.

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

2.0

Functionality

4.0

December 2018

Not as Intuitive as I'd Like

My overall experience with Eclipse has been mediocre. Once I learned to use the system in all of the areas needed for my workplace, it became much easier to navigate and understand. Learning the system was somewhat of a challenge for me, as I was new to the construction field and I had to use step by step instructions repeatedly until it became second nature. So, the issue is not with the software itself, it is a combination of my lack of knowledge of the field and being a new employee with the company. Once I learned all the steps and used it regularly, it became much easier to use as expected.

Pros

I like the amount of information you can view; how you can add and remove columns to include the data that you need and remove the data you do not need.

Cons

I dislike that the software does not seem to be very intuitive. In order for me to learn to use the software, I had to use step by step instructions, as many of the features and fields were not obvious as to what they are used for and what they can do. I also dislike that there are many visible fields in data entry areas that were to be left blank and I would have liked to see those fields completely removed to eliminate confusion when first learning to use the system.

August 2018

Kevin from Maverick

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

August 2018

Robust system with flexibility

Pros

Eclipse provides a very detailed project costing system that provides great analysis from the field to the office. They have improved the financial reporting and drill down functionality significantly from previous Explorer software packages. It allows for equipment utilization reports, job cost reporting and other functions. Eclipse has many modules to choose from and allows you to purchase what you need and add more later.

Cons

Eclipse is somewhat complex in the setup and I would ensure that your company has someone with a background in system implementations to ensure the product is setup the way you desire. Depending on your location they do not necessarily have local support to help with the implementation and the costs to cover travel are pretty high.

February 2019

Kunal from AlmaBay

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

February 2019

Good Solution to Enterprise Product Development

Pros

I have been using eclipse for a while for J2SE Development using Java Entity Beans and I found out the following pros Of Eclipse.
1.) It is very easy to use and is very less resource hungry as compared to other Development IDE's
2.) It supports Development languages such as C++,Java,JavaScript.
3.) It can be use by both novice and professionals to develop the rich applications.
4.) It comes with various themes and also has feature of auto completion in the Coding Editor.
5.) Window Builder Library of Eclipse seems to be very useful for developing good Desktop applications.

Cons

Since it is an Open Source Project, It is updated frequently which is very annoying at least for me, because of high Internet Usage. It has less Customer Support as Compared to Other Development IDE's.

January 2017

Della from Pospiech Contracting Inc

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

2.0

Value for money

3.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

3.0

January 2017

Eclipse Review

We have used this software for years. With recent upgrades, several modules have not been user friendly, do not provide the functions as sold and support doesn't have proper training to provide assistance as required.

Pros

Has a lot to offer for our scope of work.

Cons

Not user friendly, several modules have a lot of glitches that cannot be a "quick fix". Too many issue have to be sent to programming and researched which leaves a client "hanging" and unable to move forward until it is researched and eventually fixed

April 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

4.0

Functionality

4.0

April 2018

Decent IDE. Good SVN/MVN integration

Pros

Solid SVN/MVN integration. As a new developer, it helps me zero in on where my mistakes are. Would recommend it to less experienced developers. Strong community support helps with the learning curve.

Cons

Intellisense can be glitchy at times. Not the IDE of choice for Android developers. Takes a while to get the hang of managing numerous plugins and extensions.

January 2017

Aaron from TL Wallace Construction

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

3.0

January 2017

Eclipse Review

Explorer is a great company. I've met several people from this company and they are all very nice, knowledgeable and eager to help. Eclipse is a good program for Construction, however, it is still lacking in some areas. One of these areas is in the mobile realm. They need apps for iPhones and iPads. They are working on these I'm told, but I believe we should already have them. Technology moves fast, our employees move fast, we need their technology able to move with them.

Pros

The software is easy to use and easy to deploy.

Cons

No apps for iPhones and iPads.

May 2016

Darren from Burger Consulting Group

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Customer support

3.0

May 2016

Explorer - Professional Services

For more than 15 years in my previous position as director of information services for a large multinational construction group, I led our team that was responsible for implementing and maintaining 'Explorer'. The product has always been fundamentally very good, with plenty of functionality that is for the most part very intuitive. I have given many recommendations over the years on behalf of the software. For a small construction company, there is more functionality and timely support than you'll ever need. For medium to large sized companies, I believe you need to invest more into the product than the relatively low-cost initially paid for the software to get the most out of your initial investment and to optimize your efficiency with the software. Explorer is like most ERP's where the software gets more complicated the more that users demand additional functionality. There are also a multitude of hidden features and functionality intended for various scenarios and customizations are relatively easy and commonplace unlike other large ERP providers. Every construction company has its own environment and unique needs requiring professional services to make the software fit your requirements. You need experts to make the product fit seamlessly into your operation and have your staff focus on their jobs rather than focus on the software. Contact me to for more information about my vast experience with the software and how professional services can make Explorer the ERP solution you always hoped for.

June 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Customer support

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