A construction-oriented ERP solution for medium to large contractors by Trimble Construction One
Viewpoint Vista by Trimble is a construction accounting and enterprise resource planning software. It is designed to provide timely reporting of financial data, enhance project visibility by integrating various teams, and offers strong job costing capabilities. These features aim to reduce risks, improve workflows, and maximize project profitability.
Integrated project management tools provide insights from pre-construction to project closeout, ensuring projects stay on track and within budget. Additionally, Viewpoint Vista integrates human resources and payroll processes to manage complex construction payroll requirements.
We went with Viewpoint for our heavy construction management program a few years ago and it was head and shoulders above the other systems we looked at.
They allow us to job cost and assign our payroll hours to specific accounts. They were one of the few programs that offered an integrated payroll system so we did not have to go through a 3rd party.
We looked at some options with Software Connect but ended up staying with Viewpoint.
Great Job costing capabilities
Doesn’t handle equipment rentals well (not made for it though)
Usually in the owners’ meetings, the owners will have questions and in many cases without a cloud-based system, you’d just have to say, ‘I’ll have to get back to you’. Now, if the owners need something, I can get it to them right away. You save time two different ways: A) you can give the information to the client right then without having to wait, and B) when you do get back to the office, you don’t have to be focused on trying to chase paperwork and catch up with requests.
One of the main things we purchased Viewpoint for was the service management portion. We’re able to track our profitability as well as our costs on a company scale, a departmental scale, and we’re also able to track it on the individual work order. One of the main features I’ve really come to love is the service dispatch board; it is drag-and-drop and very easy to see all the detail at a glance of the job. Everything you need is right there at your fingertips.
You’ve got to go to the cloud — that’s where business is going. It’s better, it’s faster, it’s more secure and it gives you more flexibility. You see the vision Viewpoint has and it made perfect sense. All of those Viewpoint upgrades, SQL upgrades, server upgrades and database maintenance — we don’t have to worry about any of that stuff anymore.
We have seen some really great things from Viewpoint just over the last year. We’re still big fans of their products.
is a flexible accounting programs, but the color on the windows can not be changed. The headers on the billings module are to light, so I have to expend some time trying to find what I’m looking for. the application should allow to change the colors and bold headers for easy view.
it allows for tax and miscellaneous fees for different cities. However, I can not find anywhere to set flags for special customer’s billings.
It doesn’t allow windos color changes and setting flag’s reminders for special billings.
It’s a construction focused ERP. It’s a SQL based relational database with a .net UI.
What Vista sells itself on, is full access and control over the table structure and back end. However, they couldn’t not even get us logged into SSIS after months of paying for licenses, so it’s not much use.
They’re documentation of the system(s) is completely out of date, to the point it’s useless. If you don’t pay they hundreds of thousands of dollars, you’ll never know how, or even be able to use most the functionality on your own. Assume a $500k minimum investment here if you want a real ERP setup.
We had challenges with our legacy software. We had it for 20 years so it was very comfortable to use but we struggled with reporting. We had to do a lot outside of the system. This led to us not trusting the information because it was being pulled into different reporting systems and there was a chance for error.
Most people saw our system as only an accounting system. People wouldn’t take ownership of the information about their projects.
We evaluated a couple solutions by bring all departments together and we liked the user friendliness of Viewpoint. Our team saw how easy it was to use and how everything was integrated in one package.
We also didn’t have to use a lot of bolt ons to make it work. But if we did, it would be much easier to use with Viewpoint. This provided a lot of value to us, and also had improved financial reporting.
We like that it’s a widely used software. We also communicate with a lot of consultants in the industry who are familiar with Viewpoint which is a big asset because they can share experiences with us.