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.

32 Reviews of Electrical Bid Manager

Overall rating

4.17 / 5 stars

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April 2016

Dan from North Coast Refrigeration & Electric, Inc.


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

3.5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

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 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

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 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

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 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

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 2014

John from Metropolitan Electric


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

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.

December 2016

Michael from B M A C - E, Inc.

Company Size: 2-10 employees


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

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.

November 2016

Rick from Premier Electric

Company Size: 201-500 employees


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

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 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

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 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4.5 of 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 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

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 of 5

Customer support

4.5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

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 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

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 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

November 2016

Electrical Bid Manager Pro and PlanSwift

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.

February 2017

Joshua from Redbird Electrical Svc. LLC

Company Size: 2-10 employees


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

February 2017

Overall a great product

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.

September 2016

Tim from North Country Electric Service,LLC


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

4.5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

September 2016

Quick efficient estimating program

Pros

Bids can be started quickly. Item edits can be done directly from the audit screen. I'm still learning all that this program has to offer.

Cons

Limited access to database in standard edition. You have to upgrade to plus or pro edition to gain access to these items.

January 2017

Wes from Wade

Company Size: 11-50 employees


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

January 2017

Great Product Easy to use

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.

October 2016

Eric from Electrical Enlightenment

Company Size: 2-10 employees


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

October 2016

Electrical Master

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.

April 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

2 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

April 2018

It is very easy to use

Pros


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

Cons


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 ..

Response from Vision InfoSoft of Vision InfoSoft

Replied 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.

December 2014

Steven from REC Solar Inc.


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

December 2014

I haven't had much face time currently, but my team likes the tool.

Pros

The vendor is friendly. The tool is easy to use, and it's easy to set up specific material important to your line of work.

Cons

I wish it had the ability to include more Solar and Wind material. The electrical industry is moving in all directions, and the tool should keep up with the industry.

September 2016

James from Americom Technologies Group, LLC


Ease-of-use

4.5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

September 2016

This software has the flexibility I was looking for

Pros

Simple to use, customer support and sales is very responsive

Cons

The cost, however it is the best bang for the buck