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Aconex

6 Ratings

Aconex

6 Ratings
Score 8.5 out of 101

Vista by Viewpoint

23 Ratings
Score 7 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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Vista by Viewpoint

I give it a 7 as the Viewpoint support staff BRINGS IT! Excellent excellent customer service and support. After all of the software transition headaches were over and Viewpoint was implemented company-wide- we really started to see a difference in the at hand information we could produce for spur meetings or for end of year close outs.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Productivity

Aconex
Vista by Viewpoint
3.8
Plan distribution & viewing
Aconex
Vista by Viewpoint
3.0
Plan markups & sharing
Aconex
Vista by Viewpoint
3.0
Issue tracking & punchlists
Aconex
Vista by Viewpoint
4.0
Photo documentation
Aconex
Vista by Viewpoint
3.0
Jobsite reports
Aconex
Vista by Viewpoint
4.0
Document sharing
Aconex
Vista by Viewpoint
5.0
RFI tools
Aconex
Vista by Viewpoint
3.0
Collaboration & approvals
Aconex
Vista by Viewpoint
6.0
As-built drawings
Aconex
Vista by Viewpoint
4.0
Mobile app
Aconex
Vista by Viewpoint
3.0

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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  • Tracking
  • Easy Data Entry
  • Easy Check Run ability
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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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  • Built In reports for any module outside of budget accounting are uninformative
  • Mobile access LACKS / Non Existent
  • Not engaging
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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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Vista isn't even in the same room as these 2 - million miles away. However, Procore and ProContractor don't have the accounting abilities or in depth report features that Vista has either. Vista is easier to implement in a large organization, licenses are less expensive than Procore or ProContractor too. So far, so good.
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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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  • I see Viewpoint implementation as extremely positive. As I mentioned, their service team is EXCELLENT!
  • Custom Reports - Although having to wait several days, sometimes weeks in the queue for Viewpoint to create for us was a total bummer.
  • Very Easy to train on - Even 1-3 day Acct Temps would be able to log on and pick it right up.
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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

Vista by Viewpoint

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