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Aconex

6 Ratings

FollowUp CRM

Top Rated
17 Ratings

Aconex

6 Ratings
Score 8.5 out of 101

FollowUp CRM

Top Rated
17 Ratings
Score 10 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Aconex

[It is] well suited to large scale complex construction projects with many participants. Aconex requires patience and training and, although it's good, it could be better. Short duration, small projects probably aren't a good fit.
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FollowUp CRM

One of the best things about FollowUp Power is that we can mark things for follow-up several months down the line, which we frequently have a need for since many of our clients are seasonal. For example, we'll get started working with them while they're here in Florida for the winter, then they'll head back north in the spring and not want to hear from us again until they return in the fall. With FollowUp Power, we can then mark them for follow up in the future rather than to have to somehow remember to contact them in the future.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Sales Force Automation

Aconex
FollowUp CRM
8.6
Customer data management / contact management
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
9.9
Workflow management
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
10.0
Territory management
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
6.1
Opportunity management
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
8.0
Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
10.0
Contract management
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
10.0
Quote & order management
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
8.9
Interaction tracking
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
7.8
Channel / partner relationship management
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
7.2

Customer Service & Support

Aconex
FollowUp CRM
10.0
Case management
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
10.0
Call center management
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
10.0
Help desk management
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
10.0

Marketing Automation

Aconex
FollowUp CRM
7.9
Lead management
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
10.0
Email marketing
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
5.8

CRM Project Management

Aconex
FollowUp CRM
9.4
Task management
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
10.0
Billing and invoicing management
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
8.4
Reporting
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
10.0

CRM Reporting & Analytics

Aconex
FollowUp CRM
9.7
Forecasting
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
9.0
Pipeline visualization
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
10.0
Customizable reports
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
10.0

Customization

Aconex
FollowUp CRM
7.4
Custom fields
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
7.3
Custom objects
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
9.0
Scripting environment
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
6.7
API for custom integration
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
6.6

Security

Aconex
FollowUp CRM
10.0
Single sign-on capability
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
10.0
Role-based user permissions
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
10.0

Social CRM

Aconex
FollowUp CRM
9.0
Social data
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
8.1
Social engagement
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
10.0

Integrations with 3rd-party Software

Aconex
FollowUp CRM
6.0
Marketing automation
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
6.5
Compensation management
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
5.5

Platform

Aconex
FollowUp CRM
7.0
Mobile access
Aconex
FollowUp CRM
7.0

Pros

  • File Sharing - unlimited storage, version control and access control on a neutral host - Aconex is significantly superior to ftp, SharePoint or a contractor hosted platform in that once onboarded, each user organization has equal privileges and can in turn onboard any number of members within the respective organizations.
  • Process and Workflow Management - while imperfect, Aconex offers the opportunity to customize process control and enforcement. Our team used these processes for RFI preparation and response, submittal tracking and other custom requirements.
  • Neutrality - while mentioned, the neutral host places all project participants on a equal basis. Typically, non-neutral platforms favor in-house participants to the detriment of the project. Until shared, files are 100% private to the respective organizations.
  • Mobile interface - good (not perfect) access to unlimited project file information from a mobile device.
  • Audit trail - no more "I didn't get that document". File sharing and file opening is tracked by user. Transmittals are a matter of record and there's no 'delete' function.
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  • It assists in tracking leads. This is important because you get an accurate view of your sales pipeline and closing ratios.
  • It helps pre-qualify leads, which saves time and money.
  • Makes you consistent with following up on leads, which leads to more sales.
  • Lets you set goals so you can strive to achieve.
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Cons

  • Interface needs work; graphically inelegant, somewhat non-intuitive.
  • Process controls could be better 'templated' for industry standards.
  • Dashboard/to do for project managers - it's still too hard to see who is slowing the project down.
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  • Needs a mobile APP
  • Needs more milestones for better tracking
  • Ability to open multiple screens at same time
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Alternatives Considered

I am currently using file sharing such as Egnyte and ShareFile which are useful but don't have much of a transmittal or inmail functionality so I can't really speak to other products in the same league as Aconex. I don't typically like proprietary contractor solutions due to their non-neutrality and embedded agendas, which often are not consistent with the owner's interests.
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I have never used any other product of this nature. I used to do it the old fashion way. Now I have FollowUp Power CRM for Construction, and my sales have tripled. My income has grown in leaps and bounds as well!! This is a great product, a must have!!
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Return on Investment

  • Reductions in print costs alone (subcontractor bid process) paid completely for the use of the product. Further benefits to all project participants included process streamlining and 100% access to all project documentation (Drawings, Specifications, Contracts, Notices of Change, Change Orders etc.) from any online source including mobile devices. Benefits probably accounted for 150% of product cost.
  • Intangible benefits included reduced exposure to claims as a result of good (and agreed process tracking).
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  • Increased sale awareness
  • Better time management
  • Increased sales over all
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Pricing Details

Aconex

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

FollowUp CRM

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