A Breakdown of Sage Software’s Many Construction Solutions

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on March 28, 2016

Sage Software is well-known in the construction industry. Founded in 1981, the company develops comprehensive management applications for small and midsize businesses, including six core construction and real estate products:

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1. Sage 100 Contractor
2. Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (CRE)
3. Sage Estimating
4. Sage Bid Management
5. Sage Construction Project Center

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Sage Construction is an FTSE 100 company, and its estimating, accounting and project management products have achieved considerable market notoriety, according to a JBKnowledge construction technology report.

Sage Estimating and Sage 100 Contractor recently ranked #4 and #5, respectively, in two of Software Advice’s “Most Popular” product reports. It’s safe to say many construction professionals will eventually purchase or use a Sage product.

With such a diverse range of offerings, however, it can be difficult to know which solution is right for your business.

To help you make an informed decision, Software Advice created this guide.

1. Sage 100 Contractor

Overall rating: 4½ out of 5 stars

Product overview:
Sage 100 Contractor, formerly known as Sage Master Builder, is an integrated, best-of-breed construction accounting and project management system. Contractors use it to track payments, accounting, payroll, invoices, transmittals, RFIs, budgets and more.

Users can create alerts for when bank account balances are low, certificates are expiring or similar events. Sage 100 also includes over 1,000 built-in reports to keep an eye on job costs and business performance. Reports can be customized to dive deeper into the numbers.

Ideal for:
Small and midsize residential and commercial construction companies that are transitioning from a generic accounting program.

Sage 100 Contractor is suitable for most trades, including:

  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Heavy construction
  • Service and specialty contractors
  • Homebuilders

What users say:
“The flexibility of the product is what sold us. We have a unique ‘commercial-only’ flooring business. At first, I thought Sage 100 would be too much software for our company … however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the flexibility of the software allows it to be a perfect accounting/project management solution for companies of all sizes. Bye bye Quickbooks, hello Sage 100!” — Jeff, finishing contractor

Product screenshot:

Projects home screen for Sage 100 Contractor
 

2. Sage 300 CRE

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Product overview:
Sage 300 CRE, formerly known as Sage Timberline, is a best-of-breed construction project accounting and management solution. It supports payroll, billing, inventory, accounts payable/receivable, service management, job costing and more through every project phase.

Sage 300 CRE is essentially a heavier version of Sage 100 Contractor. It supports more complex accounting, payroll and document control requirements and workflows with features such as timesheet data import, contract management and document routing.

Ideal for:
Midsize and large general contracting companies working in home building, real estate development and residential remodeling.

What users say:
“This piece of software helps to streamline our construction company with its many different jobs with federal funds. The ability to do requisitions and keep track of jobs with multiple funding sources that need different requisition sheets is great.” — David, construction manager

Product screenshot:

Financial summary screen for Sage 300 CRE
 

3. Sage Estimating

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Product overview:
Sage Estimating automates the creation of project estimates and bids. It supports both detailed and conceptual estimates and integrates with pre-built assembly and cost databases—including RS Means, so estimators always have the latest pricing.

While Sage Estimating does not have native (i.e., built-in) takeoff functionality, it integrates with eTakeoff, On-Screen Takeoff and Planswift.

Ideal for:
Growing commercial and residential construction companies, including:

  • Construction management
  • Design/build firms
  • General contractors
  • Custom and production home builders
  • Finishing contractors

What users say:
“The more data the user puts in, the more streamlined of a machine this tool can become for your company. I have to say the formulaic calculations are also very helpful, especially when it comes to breaking out specific trade items in a proposal.” — Dominick, general contractor

Product screenshot:

Job cost spreadsheet for Sage Estimating
 

4. Sage Bid Management

No reviews

Product overview:
Sage Bid Management provides web-based tools for bid coordinators to manage proposals. It also keeps track of communication between subcontractors, estimators and suppliers during pre-construction.

Users can create bidder lists and send out bid packages, while vendors can accept or decline invitations, ask questions and submit bids. From there, coordinators review and award bids to subcontractors.

Ideal for:
Small and midsize building owners who manage anywhere from five to 500 bidders, such as:

  • Real estate developers
  • Commercial construction managers
  • General contractors

What users say:
No user feedback available.

Product screenshot:

Bid package home screen for Sage Bid Management module
 

5. Sage Construction Project Center

No reviews

Product overview:
Sage Construction Project Center is a web-based document management system. It’s designed for sharing, distributing and tracking project documents, drawings, photos, schedules, customer information and more.

With Project Center, stakeholders can review submittals, punch lists, daily logs and more from desktop and mobile devices.

Ideal for:
Small and midsize businesses, including:

  • Construction management companies
  • Design/build firms
  • Home builders
  • Real estate developers
  • General contractors

What users say:
No user feedback available.

Product screenshot:

Document home screen for Sage Construction Project Center
 

Which Sage Product Is Right for the Job?

Sage Software offers a variety of products that support the needs and goals of nearly any construction business. Here’s a quick reference to determine which might work best for you.

If you want to… Then consider…
Upgrade from a general-purpose accounting program
to a product that is more construction-specific
Sage 100 Contractor
Have more control over accounting and documents
in a large business
Sage 300 CRE
Increase volume, accuracy and speed of estimates and bids Sage Estimating
Sage Bid Management

Still Not Sure Which Sage Product Is Best for Your Business?

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