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Sage 100 or ComputerEase - Which would you pick?

  • 1.  Sage 100 or ComputerEase - Which would you pick?

    Posted 11-14-2018 16:17
    I am helping a construction/manufacturing company upgrade from Quickbooks Enterprise.   Their revenue is about $5M/year.    After reviewing Job Power, Jonas, JobView, Sage 100 and ComputerEase, I've narrowed it down to Sage 100 and ComputerEase.

    Which would you recommend and why would you choose that one?   Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    Sherry Maule
    Strategic Business Solutions LLC
    Elkton MD
    (302) 824-8565

  • 2.  RE: Sage 100 or ComputerEase - Which would you pick?

    Posted 11-15-2018 06:44
    We are on Computer Ease and it has worked fine but as we continue to grow we are looking at CMIC.
    The advantage to either of the programs  you are looking at is that you can do PM documentation that feeds through to accounting which will be a huge advantage over Quickbooks.

    Amy Rines
    VP of Finance
    Colarelli Construction
    Colorado Springs CO
    (719) 475-7997

  • 3.  RE: Sage 100 or ComputerEase - Which would you pick?

    Posted 11-15-2018 07:25

    Hi Sherry,

    I don't know anything about Sage 100 but I can vouch for ComputerEase. We are an electrical contractor grossing about 13 million per year and we have been using CE since 2005. It works very well for what we need.

    Sounds like the basic package would be good for a smaller company to help them grow, thus allowing them to add modules as needed in the future.


    Susan Ochs, Controller, Atkins & Stang, Inc. Cincinnati

  • 4.  RE: Sage 100 or ComputerEase - Which would you pick?

    Posted 11-15-2018 08:17
    I have not worked extensively with Sage 100 so I cannot provide much insight into that software.  My cautionary item on ComputerEase is to check on the network requirements and make sure your system agrees with what they need.  I work extensively with a contractor using ComputerEase and they have experienced multiple corrupted file issues.  In speaking with ComputerEase I do not think it is the software itself, but instead is caused by the IT infrastructure it is run on.  I even spoke with a competitor of ComputerEase and they said that it sounds like my client is the one with the problem, not the software.

    I guess the point to my post is to make sure the due diligence is done on whether the IT infrastructure will handle the database properly if you decide to go with ComputerEase.  Other than corrupted files with my one client, I think ComputerEase is a great program and has excellent/flexible reports already built into the system.

    Dennis J. Shindle, Jr. CPA, CCIFP
    Rotz & Stonesifer, P.C.
    Chambersburg PA
    (717) 264-5961

  • 5.  RE: Sage 100 or ComputerEase - Which would you pick?

    Posted 11-15-2018 08:46
    I have never used Sage 100 but when I did our software evaluation at a previous company we picked ComputerEase do to its flexibility and job costing processes.  I was able to identify and record all the costs related to our jobs.  It was easy to upload information from our payroll into ComputerEase.

    Ralph Vrana
    Travelers Alliance Group LLC
    Cleveland OH
    (440) 210-1946

  • 6.  RE: Sage 100 or ComputerEase - Which would you pick?

    Posted 11-15-2018 09:30

    We do about the same amount in revenue and are in the process of switching from Computer Ease to Pro-Contractor which is a Viewpoint software. I would not recommend Computer Ease due to reoccurring issues and limitations with the software that we have experienced. That being said, either will be a total upgrade from QuickBooks.

    I have had a lot of simple issues with computer ease like posting deposits, in order for us to post to the correct date, I have to log out of Computer Ease and log back in on the date of that the deposit occurred.  Depending on what package you get, every time you need help they charge you $50.00 per question. There are so many little problems that have accumulated and has made us switch to Pro-Contractor.

    Shellsea Bowen
    Grow Construction
    Tigard OR
    (503) 278-5332

  • 7.  RE: Sage 100 or ComputerEase - Which would you pick?

    Posted 11-15-2018 18:35
    Hello!  We switched from Quickbooks Enterprise to Sage 100 over 6 years ago.  One of the main reasons we chose Sage 100 Contractor was that, after seeing a demo of all the major players, Sage 100 Contractor was much more visually appealing and almost mirrored the tab template from Quickbooks.  Since then, our knowledge has increased of all the things you can use Sage for that were once housed in spreadsheets.  Over 3 years ago, our Sage business partner (and I guarantee they are the BEST bp in the business!!) introduced me to TUG.  TUG stands for The Users Group and is made up of well over 1,000 Sage users (Sage 300, Sage 100 Contractor, and Sage Estimating), consultants, business partners, and affiliate vendors.  I'm currently the Chair for the Sage 100 committee and actually just returned yesterday from the TUG Regional conference where I taught all of the Sage 100 Contractor classes.  One of the BEST things about Sage is the customer service.  Not only that, but for an entire company to join TUG, it's only $345 (until increase in January).  Each employee can have their own login and we're constantly putting on webinars, chatting/answering questions on TUG Talk, emailing newsletters, and learning from each other.  This, by far, has been my favorite thing.  I've never felt so knowledgeable about one specific piece of software.  I can answer any questions that you might have but i HIGHLY suggest that you try Sage.  We also have many third party apps that connect with Sage since we're on SQL database.  Good luck in your search!!

    Rhiannon Thompson
    Chief Operating Officer
    Davidson Excavating
    Russiaville IN
    (765) 437-9589

  • 8.  RE: Sage 100 or ComputerEase - Which would you pick?

    Posted 11-16-2018 09:11
    ​We have been using ComputerEase for about 9 years.  There are some things that I like a lot about it and some things they definitely need to improve.  We looked at 5 different construction software packages before we chose CE.  In the end, I think the low learning curve was a major factor in our decision.  It was easy for everyone to learn and understand and that made the transition go smoothly.

    John Newlon MBA CCIFP
    Chief Financial Officer
    Kelley Brothers Roofing, Inc
    Fairfield OH
    (513) 829-7717