ADVANTAGE vs. BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ADVANTAGE
Score 3.7 out of 10
N/A
ADVANTAGE is a construction and estimation software offering from HomeTech Information Systems.N/A
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
Score 6.3 out of 10
N/A
BuildingConnected is an online preconstruction platform supporting communication and collaboration with contractors, subcontractors, and real estate owners. The platform supports bid management with cost tracking and analytics, relationship tracking, alerting, and unlimited bid invitations. BuildingConnected was acquired by Autodesk in 2018.N/A
Pricing
ADVANTAGEBuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ADVANTAGEBuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
ADVANTAGEBuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
ADVANTAGEBuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
ADVANTAGE
9.0
1 Ratings
15% above category average
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.0
1 Ratings
3% above category average
Employee demographic data9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration9.01 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
ADVANTAGE
8.0
1 Ratings
5% above category average
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
-
Ratings
Pay calculation10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
ADVANTAGE
4.1
2 Ratings
64% below category average
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
2.3
3 Ratings
110% below category average
Dashboards4.02 Ratings2.22 Ratings
Standard reports4.02 Ratings2.43 Ratings
Custom reports3.52 Ratings2.43 Ratings
Data exportability4.72 Ratings2.33 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
ADVANTAGE
7.9
3 Ratings
6% above category average
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
4.5
16 Ratings
49% below category average
Plan distribution & viewing9.02 Ratings3.515 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing8.02 Ratings3.311 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists9.02 Ratings8.06 Ratings
Photo documentation4.02 Ratings7.08 Ratings
Jobsite reports9.02 Ratings6.13 Ratings
Document sharing3.73 Ratings3.316 Ratings
RFI tools9.02 Ratings2.68 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals10.02 Ratings3.06 Ratings
As-built drawings10.01 Ratings2.46 Ratings
Mobile app10.01 Ratings1.03 Ratings
Submittal design and management8.02 Ratings3.05 Ratings
Checklists7.01 Ratings2.43 Ratings
Specifications9.01 Ratings8.92 Ratings
Change orders4.72 Ratings6.92 Ratings
Meeting Minutes00 Ratings6.02 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
ADVANTAGE
9.6
2 Ratings
16% above category average
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
6.5
13 Ratings
23% below category average
Takeoff tools10.02 Ratings2.55 Ratings
Job costing10.02 Ratings7.06 Ratings
Cost databases10.02 Ratings6.04 Ratings
Cost calculator9.02 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Bid creation9.02 Ratings8.912 Ratings
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User Ratings
ADVANTAGEBuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
Likelihood to Recommend
4.2
(3 ratings)
3.3
(16 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(7 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
ADVANTAGEBuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
Likelihood to Recommend
HomeTech Information Systems
Any integrated agency (more than just a single-discipline agency) that's looking for a one-stop shop to manage all aspects of running the business would do well to consider Advantage as the single-source tool to do it all. Single-discipline agencies could probably find a less robust tool that's equally as effective for tracking and reporting.
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Autodesk
When receiving RFQ's from companies within a manageable distant from our location, it has been very helpfull. Receiving RFQ's for projects outside of our work area, it is just a waste of time. The projects available are well organized and give date due of proposal.
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Pros
HomeTech Information Systems
  • Media billing
  • PO Organization
  • Time Details on Billing
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Autodesk
  • Helps keep track of multiple jobs at once
  • Helps sort your bid invites into won/lost/pending/archived etc.
  • It is a central location where general contractors can put all their updated files and addendum
  • Lets you see which contractors are bidding the same job so you can coordinate your estimating
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Cons
HomeTech Information Systems
  • Advantage is hugely cumbersome. There are hundreds of functions I will never use, and that I'm not sure anyone else in the organization uses.
  • The user interface could be better. Every time there's an update, there's a small but definitive learning curve.
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Autodesk
  • There was a previous glitch where bid forms have been updated by subcontractors that have accessed a former version are not able to access the updated/new bid form.
  • I would like to see the ability for BuildingConnected to automatically send a bid reminder to bidders at a set amount of time prior to the bid date.
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Usability
HomeTech Information Systems
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Autodesk
Very easy to use.
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Support Rating
HomeTech Information Systems
No answers on this topic
Autodesk
Though I haven't had to utilize any live support at BuildingConnected, I know others at my company have and have had good success with them. They seem to be very responsive and since the software is so simple, there are not that many pitfalls or hurdles that you need to work through to accomplish your task.
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Implementation Rating
HomeTech Information Systems
No answers on this topic
Autodesk
Quick and easy. Pretty much menu-driven
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Alternatives Considered
HomeTech Information Systems
We have also used BidClips. I find that Advantage gave us more flexibility with custom estimates & report tracking.
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Autodesk
Have used BlueBook Construction, which has a smooth, quick search for local contractors. Still, they don't allow us the client project creation. I even had issues with them displaying proper project descriptions based upon was receiving inadequate and or erroneous bid proposals, and the engagement manager was not flexible in resolving the problem!
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Return on Investment
HomeTech Information Systems
  • It keeps job time organized by job so we can bill properly for work
  • It keeps POs organized by job so that we can track easier
  • Provides reporting that gives insight into employee time and where it's spent
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Autodesk
  • Allows our company to accurately estimate the cost of a project.
  • Helps us to reach out to qualified subcontractors based on past experience and history with our company.
  • Contains bid leveling capabilities to ensure that all proposals cover a full scope of work.
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