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Job Cost Software System For Construction Projects

What is the best job cost software/system for contruction projects?


Chris Shumate
Title: Accounting Manager
Company: Dominion Development Group, LLC
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(Accounting Manager, Dominion Development Group, LLC) |

In the words of Wayne Spivak that he posted on August 28 to another question: "There is no "best" system/provider! There is the "best" system/provider for you, the individual company that meets your needs based on an exacting analysis using a best practice approach."

Are you looking for cloud computing software that your construction managers can use by accessing apps from and iPad or similar devise?

I have only used Timberline, but I have read plenty of good reviews for Foundation (, Dexter and Chaney's Spectrum Construction Software (, as well as Viewpoint (

Are you a GC, specialty contractor, heavy/civil contractor? Depending on your type may also depend on your software needs.

What software are you currently using?

(Agent, JKS Solutions, Inc.) |

Your question is somewhat unclear. It would be helpful to understand if you are needing a system to handle self-build projects or if you are a construction business. The size of your current accounting team and whether your company is small, mid, or large size would also be helpful.

I will say this, a system will not solve your problems unless you have a detailed understanding of your accounting processes. Once you have that detailed understanding, you must assess what areas are not being handled well strategically.

When considering a new system, it must match your business model (they way you conduct your relationships with customers and vendors, and how you apply accounting policy). Many companies ask "tell us what is best", but as mentioned, what is best for one is not best for all. The volume of transactions is something to consider also because the underlying box or database installed along with supporting architecture replacement may need to be considered as well.

Knowing what your goals are (for the next 5-7 years) and what your current processes entail will ensure you will be able to vet different sales offerings.

More information would enable a better answer.

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