BIS Builder Information System Construction Software

4.75 / 5 (10)

About BIS Builder Information System


The Builder Information System is a construction accounting and job costing for general contractors, specialty contractor, residential home builders, electrical and mechanical contractors as well as accountants. The solution provides modules such as general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, job cost analysis, job billing, payroll, bank reconciliation, subcontract control, job scheduling, document manager and more.

Builder Information System enables users to enter financial data for current and prior years which will automatically be updated in all reports and books in real-time. It offers a drill-down feature which allows users to find where the figures come from in a particular report. The solution has a My Desktop feature which provides users a color-coded three-part screen.

Builder Information System provides a user dashboard that gives a view of one job, several jobs or all jobs. It also allows contractors and accountants to create customized reports with user-defined fields. Support is offered via an online portal, knowledge base and through training.



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Supported Operating System(s):

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

10 Reviews of BIS Builder Information System

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.75 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.5

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April 2019

Susan from American Restore

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

April 2019

Designed for construction

We are able to get more personnel involved in job progress by allowing them to view and print job reports. By using the password function, which can be tailored by user, this is a very safe way to get project managers more involved with less thumbing through the large paper job files.

Pros

This software was developed to track and control job costs, bill customers easily and efficiently, and it does a wonderful job of that. This is not an accounting package with a "job" package tacked on, which makes a huge difference.

Entering payroll and payables updates job costs at the point of entry so no duplication of effort. Payroll entry, for example, updates the employee ledger, tax reporting, workers compensation, job cost, pre-tax reporting and more.

The reporting is huge, with over 100 predesigned reports and the option to design custom reports as well.

Everyone who is doing data entry appreciates the ability to use the keyboard to navigate through the fields and forms instead of having to move between the keyboard and the mouse.

Cons

There is not much I don't really like about this software. I have a difficult time navigating through the customer report setup, but others at the company find it easy to use.

Response from Management Information Control Systems of MICS, Inc.

Replied April 2019

Hi Sue, We thank you for your over 20 years of using and trusting BIS (6 at American Restore). Just to let you know, at last count, there are almost 4,000 system reports available depending on the modules and criteria chosen. We're also always here to give you some guidance if needed to ease your navigating through using the Report Writer module. And don't forget, we have a Custom Report writing service as well.

July 2010

Sharon from Clements General Construction, Inc.

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Customer support

4.0

July 2010

Clements General Construction, Inc.

I have recommeded this construction software for small to midsize contractors for many years because of the price, ease of use, and for the ability of the system to expand as a business grows. I have been using BIS since 1994 and have always emplemented all of the upgrades to the modules that we use. The upgrades always give us something that saves us time and therefore, saves us money/ We are long-time users that will probably continue to be BIS users for years to come.

Pros

It's easy to teach new users how to use the system. We find the reports easy to understand by the field people. The ability to export data to Excel and Word has been a huge time saver for us because of the Time and Materials work that we do. It gives the client a clean, easy set of reports with just the information that they need to see. I like that we can have up to nine entities set up in the system, if needed. It's helpful for small businesses to be able to emplement individual modules as needed and as they can afford them. The "real time" posting of job costs is great. The fact that when we enter accounts payable invoices and when we write the checks, those costs go immediately to the jobs allows our field personnel to see an up to the minute report the same day as the payroll is posted. Why you would send payroll out of house when this is so easy is beyond me! With BIS, we've got the information right now - not next week.

Cons

All accounting systems must have some drawbacks, but I've used others that are very cumbersome and convoluted to the point that reports are difficult to read. I don't like that you have to purchase a seperate module to do custom reports. We use the export feature to make customized reports.

Response from Management Information Control Systems of MICS, Inc.

Replied July 2010

Sharon and Clements Const. have always been a very easy and pleasant part of the BIS family of wonderfult customers to work with. The only reason we have a Report Writer module is that there are so many reports in the system that most don't need to create their own. So why buy something if it's not needed? We also have a Custom Report Writing service for those who wish to utilize it for lack of time or very specific needs. We are also in the process of developing Time and Materials into BIS, which we know will help Sharon and others that have the same needs.

March 2019

James from Covarrubias Construction Services, Inc.

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

March 2019

James Garcia with CCSI review of Builder Information System

It has helped our company immensely to better track job costs. I am quite happy using this software.

Pros

The areas (tabs) which we use for our company are easily understandable and straightforward. This system has helped our company to access and log supplier invoices and keep them separate from other projects or general purchases. Payroll and paying taxes and all issues pertaining to payroll are simple. A curious individual like myself would click on various tabs and figure out how to use that info if necessary. there is really a lot of great help within this software.

Cons

There seem to be some areas of the software that are difficult or inaccessible, but that could be due to my full knowledge of the system. However the areas which I utilize for our business are easy and straightforward.

March 2019

kim from Diamond Contracting Corp

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

March 2019

organization

Love the way the software company handles payroll tax updates which seems to be unending anymore.

Pros

The software is reliable and efficient. Everything a construction company need from AP, AR, Payroll, banking and of course all job related needs.

Cons

Need more worker's compensation audit information.
example: On the worker's comp. report it would be wonderful if the gross wages were broken into regular pay and overtime pay instead of total $ for both.

Response from Management Information Control Systems of MICS, Inc.

Replied March 2019

Hi Kim, We have enjoyed having you for a customer since 1996 and as we discussed, I've sent you information with an option to purchase the Report Writer module or to take advantage of our Custom Programming service where we can create exactly what you're looking for. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to contact us!

March 2019

Jamie from Rebar International, Inc.

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

March 2019

BIS Software

We have been using BIS for maybe 30 years and it has grown with us. For our business it is a vital asset and I would highly recommend it!

Pros

The job costing module very user friendly and helps us keep track on a weekly basis of how a job is performing.

Cons

On job costing reports you are unable to get a specific state, like if you need just WA jobs or CA jobs.

Response from Management Information Control Systems of MICS, Inc.

Replied March 2019

Hi Jamie, Thank you for your long time relationship with BIS. It's customers such as yourself that make it all worthwhile! Regarding your request to get a specific state on the Job Cost reports, that can be done using the Job Dashboard. When setting the ¿My Jobs¿ queries, one of the many options is that you can create a query to see one or more States if you want.

March 2019

Ryan from Patriot Framing LLC

Company Size: 501-1,000 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Functionality

5.0

March 2019

We have been using this software for over 25 years!

We have been using this program for over 25 years. MICS is constantly updating the program to keep current with the newest technologies. Builder Information System has been a great investment form day one.

Pros

The program is simple yet powerful. We can export our data to Excel or Word. We are able to job cost all of our projects and produce financial statements on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly basis. We are able to consolidate multiple companies into a single financial statement as well.

Cons

We have no complaints. If any issues arise, technical support is quick to resolve them.

Response from Management Information Control Systems of MICS, Inc.

Replied March 2019

Hi Ryan, Thank you for being such a valued customer!

March 2019

Margaret from Oliver & Company, Inc.

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

March 2019

Excellent Product

Pros

Our company has been using BIS for over ten years. BIS records and processes accounting transactions in real time and the various modules are functional and simple for our accountants to use. We like the ease of updating and customization of reports and the ability for us to integrate with other systems. Their customer service team has been the best!

Cons

None. Software does the job and has become a great tool for our company.

Response from Management Information Control Systems of MICS, Inc.

Replied April 2019

Thank you for your kind words, you too are a joy to work with!

February 2015

Susan from Builderscape


Ease-of-use

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

2.5

February 2015

Good program for smaller company

Pros

This is a software program for a small company. The vendor always returns phone calls quickly and are extremely pleasant and helpful. Their customer service is the best part of the program.

Cons

This seems to be a small software company. While their customer service is great, I find the program lacking some technology in areas. Paycheck stubs don't reveal all information like prevailing wage hours vs. regular rate hours. They say they are working on updates. Certified payroll reports need an affidavit page added. Multiple companies can't report information to each other leading to double data entry if you have a staffing company/subcontractors and another company doing the work.

February 2015

Gerald from Alpha Construction Co. Inc.


Ease-of-use

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

February 2015

Excellent Product. Beats all the others.

Pros

It's a great system. It has all-in-one realtime accounting, job costing, payroll, reporting, estimating, scheduling, document handling, etc. in one package.

Cons

There is nothing that I dislike about the product.

December 2017

Dee Dee from Arcadia Electric Inc.

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0