I was hoping to avoid adding another software post, but I could really use some input…
So far, I have combed through old discussion posts, compiled lists of pros and cons, spoke with reps, researched functions and product offerings, read reviews, and narrowed my list down to Spectrum and Sage 300.
I would love some insight from anyone with experience USING either of these… the good, the bad, the ugly…anything helps! What are the things you hate about them, things you love about them, things you won't find in a sales pitch or on a brochure? Any specific modules that are lacking?
If you also have experience with ComputerEase and can offer any input on how it compares to either of these, I would love to hear that as well!
In case it helps, we are a specialty contractor with contracts ranging from small remodels to large new construction projects, but we are also very heavy on both service and inspections. We currently use ComputerEase.
Hi Kelsie,If you are heavy on service, Spectrum may be the better move but both platforms are robust in features and functionality.Whichever direction you choose, adoption of the software will be paramount. You can lower the risk of the adoption significantly by including terms similar to the terms below in your agreement.Hope these help Kelsie.Sincerely
1. Vendor shall defer licensing fees and/or subscription fees until client is LIVE on related software. LIVE on ERP software is defined as the moment when all the following milestones are achieved:
1.a: AP payments are paid out successfully through the software;
1.b: Payroll checks, or POE integration is successful in the software;
1.c: Material items database is completed with all item codes, descriptions, all applicable item UOMs and conversions between UOMs, Dimensions, expenses types and relational item properties;
1.d: If mobile subscription(s) are applicable, at least one mobile subscriber successfully authors and executes subscribed transaction(s) and the related data successfully flows through the complete workflow in the ERP.
1.e: Successful completion of 3rd party integrations included in contract to the level promised and/or presented in sales process.
1.f: Complete entry of full historical AIA/progress billings transaction details to enable accurate retention billing.
[protects client from cloud cuffing/handcuffing, which is when software vendors charge license/subscription fees before the client is LIVE]
[protects client from having lifetime user license(s) removed when accepting future agreements during change events or software updates]
[protects client from double dipping which is when software vendors replace functions and/or products that have been purchased by client, with new similar functions or products that have additional cost]
[protects client from the redirection of their annual fees to R&D investment and enhancements for other industries]
I'd be very interested in these as well. We have spent quite a while narrowing down this same search and we are a $30m general contractor.
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