I am interested as well as I am in the process of rolling out ProCore with Foundation.
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I just attended the Foundation User Conference a few weeks ago, and they (Foundation) are on track to have a native "API" to bridge the two with an estimated rollout timeframe of this Fall. I cannot comment on how robust it may or may not be right out of the gate, but it should at least have some of the basics covered. To me, the most important aspects for the communication between the two is Committed Costs (Subcontracts and PO's including any new Sub/Vendor info that may not exist in Foundation) that are created within ProCore making their way back into Foundation. If that process happens seamlessly and smoothly, then the "double-entry" should be eliminated. Also important is getting the labor captured from the field via ProCore back into Foundation by Person and by Cost Code, which I believe Foundation may be working on for the initial release.
One of the key areas of Data flowing FROM Foundation into Procore is "Direct Costs" to populate the remaining job costs that are not generated within ProCore for instance. I have seen examples of how other direct connected packages such as Sage 300 automatically handles these updates and it looks pretty seamless, so I hope that Foundation can replicate that. As of now, it's a lot of Import/Export Template building.
There is currently a 3rd party bridge that performs several of these functions that you may want to look into. Pragmatic Labs firstname.lastname@example.org has a bridge available now that connects the two. I have not yet deployed it in my scenario, so I cannot speak to how it functions. A word of caution, if you DIRECTLY POPULATE data from a 3rd party into Foundation (without using Foundation Import Templates), and something goes wonky, then you may run the risk of voiding your Foundation Service Agreement at least to the point that any extensive database fixes would likely be fully billable.
If anyone has the Pragmatic Bridge installed, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on it.
Yes – I do have updated info. I don't want to get into slamming one company or the other, but we have been at this for nearly a year and have made essentially zero progress. I still have to do double and triple the amount of work. The bridge does not function as an "integration" or an "ERP Tool" as the others do (Sage/Viewpoint/QB, etc). Foundation has backpedaled on their earlier commitment to create an API and now says they won't be doing that. ProCore has not created one, and to my knowledge they have no plans to. The 3rd party that has developed something, continually goes dark and unresponsive and there is virtually no support or help file, etc. And to this day, I cannot get the most basic question answered from anyone......"what happens when I turn this thing on with our live database?". I don't want to do it and see what happens. I need to know and understand that if my PMs are creating PO's and Subcontracts in ProCore, that when it pushes into Foundation it's not going to double up on the Vendor/Sub files because one comma is off and therefore it's read as a "new" Vendor for example. So, at this point, no – I cannot recommend it for use with Foundation. If anyone out there is successfully using ProCore with Foundation and the two are "speaking" to each other, I would love to hear from you. I want nothing more than to have this functional because ProCore is a very powerful Project Management System....but it's only half the picture. At this point, it may be easier to get ProCore to write Financials (P/R, A/P and A/R) into their product. There's an idea....
Thank you all for the insight. We are looking for a Purchasing system and considered Procore but after reading above I am glad we didn't travel that path.Are there any Foundation users that use a PO system outside of Procore that does integrate with Foundation?Thank you,
Hi Dustin - A suggestion for when you look at purchasing systems is to ensure there is an intelligent UOM conversion system in the product. - I believe in SAP systems this is called 'Multiple UOM'. - In MS systems it is called 'Dynamic UOM. - In the Plexxis specialty contracting system it is called UOMi (Unit of measure intelligence). This type of intelligence enables you to manage materials throughout production and track quantities to exact precision as the units of measure change between estimating, purchasing, warehouse, install /field and accounting perspectives.Cheers,
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