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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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WorkflowMax

WorkflowMax is a good solution for the architecture and design profession in that it allows for multiple ways to track a project, apply time to a project, and invoice against a project. The ability to do staffing forecasting and future planning fills a need that most firms in this profession require.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Aconex
WorkflowMax
8.3
Task Management
Aconex
WorkflowMax
9.0
Resource Management
Aconex
WorkflowMax
8.0
Scheduling
Aconex
WorkflowMax
7.0
Team Collaboration
Aconex
WorkflowMax
8.0
Document Management
Aconex
WorkflowMax
6.6
Mobile Access
Aconex
WorkflowMax
10.0
Timesheet Tracking
Aconex
WorkflowMax
10.0
Change request and Case Management
Aconex
WorkflowMax
7.4
Budget and Expense Management
Aconex
WorkflowMax
9.0

Professional Services Automation

Aconex
WorkflowMax
9.2
Quotes/estimates
Aconex
WorkflowMax
10.0
Invoicing
Aconex
WorkflowMax
10.0
Project & financial reporting
Aconex
WorkflowMax
8.0
Integration with accounting software
Aconex
WorkflowMax
9.0

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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  • Allows for fairly simple or elaborate project forecasting depending on the complexity of the job. This allows us to track time by a single project or multiple phases.
  • Time keeping and coordination with invoicing software has increased our firm's ability to issue timely and accurate invoices to clients. Has ability to break down projects in numerous ways to meet the needs of our various clients. This means we can invoice by project, phase, milestone, or dollar increments.
  • Interface is clean and easy to follow. The easier it is to use the fewer mistakes that are made when entering information. This is greatly appreciated.
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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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  • When I open WorkflowMax I always go straight away to the Jobs / Jobs section. It would be useful if I could set this up as a "default"
  • When initially setting up WorkflowMax I imported all my contacts from Xero - only to realise that I didn't really need them all. I can only delete one client/supplier at a time and it would be so much easier if I could nominate a group deletion
  • Report Builder - when creating new reports you can only use fields that are relevant to the report you're trying to create, ie a Job report only has job fields. It would be useful if the fields could be expanded to include all areas (ie jobs, invoices, quotes, etc) so that a totally customised report can be built
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Likelihood to Renew

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WorkflowMax9.0
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Because we can't imagine being without it!
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Usability

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WorkflowMax9.0
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It's easy to use and provides me with instant online access to the management of my business whether I am at my desk or overseas
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Support

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WorkflowMax8.2
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The support team are excellent. The only downside is that you can't phone them!
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Implementation

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WorkflowMax9.1
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Decide how to breakdown your ongoing jobs - are they monthly recurring or annual broken into chunks?What are you going to give clients i.e. how will your proposals and invoices look?
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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 didn't get an option in the menu above for JobBag which was the previous system we used. My IT/production manager heard of WorkflowMax and invited the team to do a presentation. JobBag was not fulfilling our needs and we also wanted to move to a cloud-based system which could be accessed remotely. With WorkflowMax the pricing was better, we had some flexibility in setting up scenarios or options to suit our specific business and the staff embraced the change.
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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 efficiencies
  • Better client service
  • Clearer perspective of the financial health of the business
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Pricing Details

Aconex

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Aconex Editions & Modules
Aconex
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WorkflowMax

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
WorkflowMax Editions & Modules
WorkflowMax
Edition
1 User
$15/month1
5 Users
$49/month1
10 Users
$99/month1
20 Users
$149/month1
Unlimited
$199/month1
1. Bracketed Pricing
Modules
Lead Manager Module
$15/month
WorkflowMax Premium
$50/month
Additional Pricing Details