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Accruent EMS Software

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Likelihood to Recommend

Accruent EMS Software

[Accruent] EMS has proven to be a very useful tool for us when scheduling and managing our private events. Once users are trained on how to utilize the tool, rarely do they require follow up training. Personally we love the automation of emailing reports to our users and management. We also find the web based schedule very helpful to staff when they are doing setups.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Caterease

Integration with Microsoft Access - We use Access for a lot of different Queries, such as for our bar back to know the specifics of each bar. Caterease allows Access to pull data directly so all we have to do is run the report instead of entering all the information manually. Same with diagramming, having software like Placez that pulls from Caterease allows for such things as table and chair counts to be pulled directly from Caterease instead of having to place each individual table.
Nick Faulkenberg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Accruent EMS Software

  • It's user friendly. By doing a little self-exploration one can find out the many features that EMS offers.
  • It is simple to add or remove conference rooms and provide details of the conference rooms.
  • I appreciate that there are different ways of reserving conference rooms. This allows each user to feel comfortable in their use of EMS by finding what works best for them.
Betsy Wilhelm | TrustRadius Reviewer

Caterease

  • Quick updates to contracts/files
  • Great integrations available
  • Report generation
Emily Hammell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Accruent EMS Software

  • There's no 'remote function' of the software. It's client server based. Some additional Server hardware is required to gain remote access.
  • On the backend, SQL is required and takes some technical knowledge to configure and maintain.
  • The reporting tool is lacking and can only provide limited or generic information. The tools needs to be able to provide customization when making a report.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Caterease

  • It’s a great program, but it’s missing some aspects that would be incredibly useful. It has the ability to store venues and locations that you’ve used in the past, but it doesn’t allow you to associate a tax rate with the saved venue. As our company handles events all throughout Southern California and tax rates are constantly changing, it would be nice to be able to assign certain tax rates to certain zip codes and venues.
  • It can be a little finicky sometimes with its equipment conflict algorithm. There will be events In the system that have been marked as cancelled, yet it will insist that an event I am working on has an equipment conflict with it (even though that event is not going through). It will not let you save out of your event and, sometimes, will end up deleting all your changes and progress, which is incredibly frustrating.
  • I wish there was a way to export PDFs of your proposals without re-saving your entire proposal. Sometimes, clients will ask for two versions of the same proposal with just slight changes, and it’s annoying to have to go in and completely re-do and save the proposal and have to adjust it back to the original.
  • It would be nice if there was a way to see a history of all of the changes that had been made in a proposal, that would be great. Because we often have many hands on each event we do, having a comprehensive list of all the changes made to each proposal and the date and times, and users who made these changes would be an incredible asset.
Gigi Greene | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Accruent EMS Software

Accruent EMS Software 8.5
Based on 31 answers
Accruent EMS has always been a one-stop-shop for our organization when it comes to scheduling conference rooms, offices, apartments, services, etc. It has a wide array of reporting, and what isn't set up as a standard report, can usually be created as a query to report on the information you are looking for. Accruent EMS has pushed out new releases with updates to bugs and other add-ins and stays current and up-to-date with market trends.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Caterease

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Usability

Accruent EMS Software

Accruent EMS Software 8.2
Based on 16 answers
Most new users would greatly benefit from (or possibly require) at least some training on how to use EMS, but the training doesn't need to be extensive for the users to get comfortable with it. Most functions are easy and straightforward, so users tend to not have many issues with it.
Brian Pollitt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Caterease

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Reliability and Availability

Accruent EMS Software

Accruent EMS Software 4.0
Based on 4 answers
Currently I can only access EMS from my work computer, from in my office, on campus. While I'm sure this isn't an Accruent issue, and mostly our IT issue, Accruent hasn't exactly stepped up and tried to help when these issues have been addressed.
Peggy Riann Aud | TrustRadius Reviewer

Caterease

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Performance

Accruent EMS Software

Accruent EMS Software 8.2
Based on 6 answers
The only other software we use in conjunction with EMS is Epaper Signs by Visix. Once we worked out the initial bugs, the integration has been seamless. It does not slow down our software or cause any errors. Our signs are updated every 15 minutes with any problems.
Trish Lofton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Caterease

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Support Rating

Accruent EMS Software

Accruent EMS Software 7.7
Based on 30 answers
Since the merger, our team has found that there are a select few of the tech team that can actually support our questions. More often than not, we have already tried the suggestions that they give us and they are either unable to answer our questions and submit them as update suggestions or they have to be sent to supervisor for an answer. Once or twice in the last year we have received bad advice that resulted in system issues.Prior to last year, the customer support system was at the top of the list of tech support departments that I have ever had to deal with, especially during our upgrade to 4.0.
Dana Mims | TrustRadius Reviewer

Caterease

Caterease 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I have not had to use the support in my over 3 years of using Caterease. This is why I gave it a 9 rating because even though I haven't had to interact with support, the fact that I haven't had to use support speaks volumes to how good the software is and how it is user friendly.
Nick Faulkenberg | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Accruent EMS Software

Accruent EMS Software 6.5
Based on 2 answers
we had brought out several consultants over the course of the past couple years and they have been fantastic from Brandy Cahill to Matt Luther
Bartholomew Kallgren | TrustRadius Reviewer

Caterease

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Online Training

Accruent EMS Software

Accruent EMS Software 5.2
Based on 2 answers
nothing is as good as someone in person walking you through it but it was a helpful resource when needing to find out how to do something
Bartholomew Kallgren | TrustRadius Reviewer

Caterease

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Implementation Rating

Accruent EMS Software

Accruent EMS Software 7.8
Based on 40 answers
I think one of the biggest things is to step back and see how you want your organization to function and use the product prior to quickly diving in and configuring. I think some (based on some EMS Live conference sessions I attended) built their systems on how they used their old systems or old processes, but thinking about how you want your organization to function moving forward will help you configure it the best way and make the necessary changes from the start rather than having to go back and adjust.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Caterease

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Alternatives Considered

Accruent EMS Software

This isn't an area where we found a lot of competitors, but those we did see all seemed oriented toward even larger organizations than ours. Pricing was universally outside of our budget scope, and all focused on features we don't have any use for. We need(ed) a very straightforward room and equipment reservations system. Accruent EMS is the closest we found to fill that need.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Caterease

I haven’t used too many other events programs in the past – at a former company, we used the back end of our website in order to create events, but Caterease is a lot more user-friendly. Our website wasn’t particularly fancy – it didn’t allow us to conflict check or see if there was another event at the same time. It was used for the sole purpose of posting the information to our system – not for creating full proposals. Caterease is much more effective for what we need to use it for in this context.
Gigi Greene | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Accruent EMS Software

Accruent EMS Software 8.0
Based on 163 answers
Accruent EMS can be utilized for more than just conference rooms so you can use it for different department needs, whether it be facilities teams or vehicle rental. It is a system that is easily adjusted to meet departments needs.
Brandon Burritt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Caterease

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Return on Investment

Accruent EMS Software

  • 40% of my day was spent maintaining the old program...that EMS replaced. I spend almost no time maintaining EMS.
  • Multi-day reservations: I've had a tough time getting staff to understand not to create a reservation from 12 am to 12 am...because of the auto-setup/breakdown time the system adds. It confuses the system once that auto time is added and a multi-day reservation starts at 11:30 pm the day before and ends at 12:30 am the day after.
  • Multi-day: A user can't say it begins on Aug 1 and ends on Aug 5...through the web version. They create it for one day and then use 'recurrence', which took our staff some time to figure out. It then allows you to open and edit each day individually though.
Kathleen Young | TrustRadius Reviewer

Caterease

  • Has made our team more efficient and be able to have a central place to store all info so everyone can access it.
  • Manually printing BEOs has proven to be incredibly inefficient as they get updated quickly and often times just causes confusion and mistakes.
  • It's nice to be able to generate contracts fairly quickly for clients
Emily Hammell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Accruent EMS Software

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

Caterease

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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