Electrical Bid Manager Estimating Software


 

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.

 

Electrical Bid Manager - Electrical Estimating Software
 
  • Electrical Bid Manager - Electrical Estimating Software
    Electrical Estimating Software
  • Electrical Bid Manager - On-Screen Takeoff Software
    On-Screen Takeoff Software
  • Electrical Bid Manager - Electrical Pricing Service
    Electrical Pricing Service
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10

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Mazen from Saudi Naval Support Co.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

December 2018

December 2018

Estimation & Biding got Better

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Value for Money

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.

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Alexandra from Spectrum Electric Inc
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2018

March 2018

Does the job

Ease-of-use

Functionality

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N/A
Pros

The program is quite easy to navigate and find your way on it. We liked it very much and felt good to get out money's worth.

Cons

What we like very least of it, I would have to say the Customer Service is very complicated. After the first call you have to wait for a call back from one of the representatives.

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Daniel from Echo ED Corp
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2017

December 2017

Well rounded and easy to use electrical bid software

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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.

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Kathleen from Native American Electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

November 2017

November 2017

sales person was helpful

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Value for Money

Pros

it integrates with a special software for pricing and take off. The uploading processes went smoothly.

Cons

I do not like that you need to have codes to unlock the integration between the takeoff software and the estimating software.

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Jim from Americom Technologies Group, LLC
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Worth every penny

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Value for Money

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.

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Jesse from Downtown Property Services
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Very helpful for bidding jobs

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Value for Money

I would like to thank all the customer support for the help on getting started.

Pros

This software is very handy to have if you are in the market for bidding multiple large jobs. I was able to figure out the program on my own by playing with it.

Cons

If you are not handling multiple large jobs. I feel this is not a necessary program to have based on the cost.

 
 

Wendell from WG ELECTRICAL SERVICES
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

April 2017

April 2017

Outstanding

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Customer Support

Value for Money

It saves time and money

Pros

Its required for all businesses owners. Professionals big or small. It save time, money and leaves customers happy.

Cons

Easy to use once you get the hang of it. I think all businesses owners should invest in this software.

 
 

Brenden from Brava Electric & Telecom, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

An Estimator's Best Friend!

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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

 
 

Joshua from Redbird Electrical Svc. LLC
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Overall a great product

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Value for Money

The basic features of the program are easy to use and will allow any estimator with a little experience to jump right in and begin. The only downside and I have seen this with all these estimating programs are if you want to learn how to utilize the full capabilities of the program you will have to take a training class and they can be pricey. Overall I am happy with my choice and would recommend this to others.

 
 

Wes from Wade
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Great Product Easy to use

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I have been using EBM for about a year now and I have grown to LOVE it. This software is extremely user-friendly. It is easy to find material or import it from EPIC. You can find anything. It is also easy to go back and edit when you have a mistake or if there has been a change.

 
 

Michael from B M A C - E, Inc.
Specialty: General contractor
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Electrical Estimating

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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.

Advice to Others

Prior to using EBM, I was working with Accu-Bid with a Union shop, Conti Electric, although I prefer EBM to Accu-Bid, when you purchase the unit its belong to you on what ever PC you use.

 
 

Terry from Guarantee Electric Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Just trying someone's method

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Value for Money

I down loaded this product just to see how these people who most likely never even worked in the electrical field would do it...I found this software to be for maybe a company just starting out...there's almost too much stuff to fill out in order to make a bid

Pros

It keeps your record straight, and makes sure you don't forget anything that maybe you bought and forgot

Cons

The price

Advice to Others

That it's a good thing to keep records and material on but for bidding just too much to fill out in order to make a proper bid..and the cost is ridiculous

 
 

Rick from Premier Electric
Specialty: Design/build firm
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

November 2016

November 2016

EBM Review

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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

Advice to Others

I would highly recommend this product. not only do I use this for my construction projects, I have also generated quotes for the automation end of our company in the automotive sector.

 
 

Benjamin from The CRESS Company
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Electrical Bid Manager Pro and PlanSwift

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N/A

The two products used together make on-screen estimating very effective.
No need for hard copy prints to be made and manual takeoffs to be done.
Just use the on-screen format, and have quantities calculated for you.

Pros

Allows efficient use of the estimators time by having an on-screen takeoff made without the need for hardcopy prints.

Advice to Others

Take advantage of support offered in the training and usage of the software.

 
 

Paul from Poleset
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Software Review

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Overall a good product that does what it advertises. The only gripes that I have with it are its ease of use and accessibility. It requires more technical knowledge and work than its competitors. This isn't to say that this is a bad piece of software, its price is definitely affordable and can fit into a lot of budgets. There just isn't much that stands out about the software.

 
 

Tibin from Steel corp
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Great tool for my work

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Customer Support

Value for Money

I use electrical bid manager to allow the bidders bid for the electrical supplies I buy. The custom assemblies really do a good job of counting every material that in the system.

 
 

jason from jackson electric
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

October 2016

October 2016

Lost and confused

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Product Quality

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N/A

attempted training seminars, but gained little knowledge of how to access features

Pros

lots of options

Cons

troublesome to figure out

Advice to Others

be sure to spend plenty of time learning system , take notes.

 
 

Eric from Electrical Enlightenment
Specialty: Electrical/teledata
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Electrical Master

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Very intuitive, easy to learn and teach others how to use it.
Very important to and organization is the ability to upload/UPDATE Pricing on a regular basis, with Minimal problems. EBM has a few issues here, like price per C vs price per M, etc.
Easy to manipulate labor rates.

 
 

Dennis from Electrical Enlightenment
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

September 2016

September 2016

I use EBM for electrical bids.

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Value for Money

Likes Best

There are a good assortment of ways to provide breakouts and to edit item costs and labor. I appreciate the speed of the software.

Likes Least

Labeling a takeoff is not clear. The user interface is bland.

Recommendations

It is a basic estimating software with not a lot of bells and whistles.

 
 

Liz from Enlightenment Companies, Inc.
Specialty: Electrical/teledata

September 2016

September 2016

EMB Review

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Likes Best

The program is intuitive and very user friendly. It has proven to be helpful for estimators in training especially.

Likes Least

Not enough format options for form letters. For example, Rich text formatting would be a nice option.

Recommendations

Good product for the price! We will continue to use EBM at our company and recommend trying it out!

 
 
 
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April 2018

April 2018

It is very easy to use

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I think the most important thing is that it has commands that are already known and compatible with the office package, which simplifies the use

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for me what I do not like is the price is somewhat high with respect to what it offers .. I consider it very basic for its price ..

Review Source: Capterra

  Response: Vision InfoSoft, Vision InfoSoft

Date: December 2018

December 2018

 

While Electrical Bid Manager is easy to learn and you'll quickly start creating competitive bids, there are many advanced features that take a little time to learn. We offer several live training webinars for free to all our customers each month. We also have an extensive help video library built into the software.

Once our customers use some of our free training and help resources, win a few jobs, and feel more confident, there is no question about the Value for Money.

Thank you for your review! Please offer any additional feedback on how we may improve how you feel about our Customer Support and Value for Money. I am actively working on exceeding customer expectations, adding resources internally, and updating our priorities.