BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product vs. Viewpoint Vista

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
Score 6.8 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
Vista
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
Viewpoint’s Vista is a construction accounting software. Vista’s core accounting features include accounts receivable and payable, general ledger, payroll and time management, and cash management. It also provides tools for document management, including document templates and reporting.N/A
Pricing
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productViewpoint Vista
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productVista
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productViewpoint Vista
Considered Both Products
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product

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Vista
Chose Viewpoint Vista
Procore is more user-friendly than Vista, but Vista has many more features for project management. In addition, Vista handles accounting and job costing, which is not available in Procore. So Vista is a more all-encompassing software.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productViewpoint Vista
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
8.0
1 Ratings
3% above category average
Viewpoint Vista
-
Ratings
Job profiles and administration8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
3.1
3 Ratings
90% below category average
Viewpoint Vista
7.5
27 Ratings
7% above category average
Dashboards2.72 Ratings8.322 Ratings
Standard reports3.33 Ratings7.927 Ratings
Custom reports3.33 Ratings7.424 Ratings
Data exportability3.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
5.1
16 Ratings
37% below category average
Viewpoint Vista
-
Ratings
Plan distribution & viewing4.815 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing4.511 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists8.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation7.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports6.23 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing4.516 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools3.68 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals4.16 Ratings00 Ratings
As-built drawings3.36 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app1.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Submittal design and management4.15 Ratings00 Ratings
Checklists3.33 Ratings00 Ratings
Meeting Minutes6.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Specifications8.82 Ratings00 Ratings
Change orders6.82 Ratings00 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
6.6
13 Ratings
21% below category average
Viewpoint Vista
-
Ratings
Takeoff tools3.15 Ratings00 Ratings
Job costing7.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost databases6.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost calculator8.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Bid creation8.812 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
8.2
23 Ratings
13% above category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings9.322 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings7.916 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings9.322 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
7.0
3 Ratings
3% below category average
API for custom integration00 Ratings6.13 Ratings
Plug-ins00 Ratings7.82 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
8.2
10 Ratings
1% above category average
Single sign-on capability00 Ratings8.49 Ratings
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings8.010 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
8.0
15 Ratings
5% above category average
Accounts payable00 Ratings8.215 Ratings
Accounts receivable00 Ratings7.912 Ratings
Global Financial Support00 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers00 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations00 Ratings8.210 Ratings
Configurable Accounting00 Ratings8.211 Ratings
Standardized Processes00 Ratings7.814 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
7.7
4 Ratings
2% below category average
Inventory tracking00 Ratings7.44 Ratings
Location management00 Ratings7.92 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
7.0
5 Ratings
10% below category average
Pricing00 Ratings6.13 Ratings
Order entry00 Ratings7.55 Ratings
Cost of goods sold00 Ratings7.65 Ratings
Order Orchestration00 Ratings6.82 Ratings
Subledger and Financial Process
Comparison of Subledger and Financial Process features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
7.6
13 Ratings
2% above category average
Billing Management00 Ratings8.110 Ratings
Cash and Asset Management00 Ratings7.910 Ratings
Travel & Expense Management00 Ratings7.24 Ratings
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting00 Ratings6.75 Ratings
Period Close00 Ratings7.88 Ratings
Project Financial Management
Comparison of Project Financial Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
8.0
1 Ratings
5% above category average
Budgeting and Forecasting00 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Project Costing00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Cost Capture00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Customer Contract Compliance00 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Project Revenue Recognition00 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Project Execution Management
Comparison of Project Execution Management features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
5.9
6 Ratings
15% below category average
Task Insight for Project Managers00 Ratings6.94 Ratings
Project Mobile Functionality00 Ratings5.45 Ratings
Procurement
Comparison of Procurement features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
6.6
5 Ratings
5% below category average
Contract Authoring00 Ratings7.53 Ratings
Contract Repository00 Ratings7.53 Ratings
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated00 Ratings6.44 Ratings
Supplier Management00 Ratings5.02 Ratings
Supply Chain
Comparison of Supply Chain features of Product A and Product B
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk product
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
7.8
2 Ratings
7% above category average
Inventory Planning00 Ratings7.82 Ratings
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User Ratings
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productViewpoint Vista
Likelihood to Recommend
4.5
(16 ratings)
7.7
(74 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(17 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
6.6
(21 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(4 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
8.9
(7 ratings)
5.0
(28 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
6.2
(8 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(4 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
6.9
(38 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(4 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
BuildingConnected, an Autodesk productViewpoint Vista
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Trimble Viewpoint
The company has made a commitment to the use of the Vista products and continue to move forward trying to implement more with the Vista HR Management. From timekeeping to onboarding in the near future we strive to look for better ways to utilize the products for our accounting and payroll purposes.
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Pros
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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Trimble Viewpoint
  • New employee on-boarding and personnel management
  • Full spectrum accounting management (AP/AR/Payroll)
  • Project management from contract award through project close-out
  • Data security management, reporting and anlysis
  • Equipment full lifespan management for costs, revenue and location tracking
  • User Database allows for built-in customization capabilities to fit the most unique business requirements
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Cons
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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Trimble Viewpoint
  • Its history is that most entries are transaction-based, requiring batch processing. Some of these could be moved to background batch processing so the batching would be more transparent to the user.
  • More data needs to be available on mobile devices. They are making a move in this direction, which is good.
  • Some screens allow flexibility of viewing data in grid views, but the export of this data to Excel could be improved. This is mostly seen in Workcenters.
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Likelihood to Renew
Autodesk
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
It is extremely customizable and tracks so many complicated costs very well, more-so than other construction software programs out there that we've used in the past. It is also not an easy program to use for those even slightly not comfortable with a computer. The help sections/knowledge base could be better organized and updated more. It is a very powerful software program for our business and we rely on it hugely to see how our projects are running in real-time.
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Usability
Autodesk
Very easy to use.
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Trimble Viewpoint
I think that Vista's is an easy program to use very user friendly with lots of help features to allow the user to fix an issue without having to put a support call into Vista. The reporting and exporting capability's are strong.
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Reliability and Availability
Autodesk
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
Only issue is when there is an upgrade - it takes several times to get back logged in. Otherwise no issues with getting on to the program. We are set up on lap top or on the remote desk top. Works 90% of the time
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Performance
Autodesk
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
No issue downloading the reports - I do find sometimes it is easier to export and save than it is to print to a pdf. Options on the different reports not consistent. You can print a couple projects on the JC Contract Status Report - but you have to do each project for the JC Cost by contract item - when neither one is a drill down - not a big deal
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Support Rating
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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Trimble Viewpoint
Support has deteriorated greatly than what it was years ago when we joined. We always used to get a call back same day and within an hour or so for critical issues. Sometimes now it's no response or very delayed. Knowledge of the support team is also lacking. Many issues we figure out workarounds ourselves instead of calling
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In-Person Training
Autodesk
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
I was not part of the in person training. I am assuming the training went well - but I did all my training through viewpoint academy.
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Online Training
Autodesk
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
Excellent training! They keep you on track to insure your implementation is going as planned. There are ample ways to receive additional training and training can be provided by position type. If you put on the effort, the training is there.
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Implementation Rating
Autodesk
Quick and easy. Pretty much menu-driven
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Trimble Viewpoint
The trainer Viewpoint sent did not understand the processes, he only knew where the modules were located. He had no understanding of the actual process itself.
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Alternatives Considered
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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Trimble Viewpoint
I personally have not used another ERP system other than Viewpoint Vista. I am sure there are others out there, but from listening to my managers experiences before Great Basin Industrial implemented Viewpoint, the other options were less superior to what Viewpoint offers. I think if you are looking for an ERP system in the construction industry, then Viewpoint is the way to go
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Autodesk
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Trimble Viewpoint
I wasn't part of the integration.
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Scalability
Autodesk
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
For a small business - this program is well used in the accounting and operations. The two different work plans are set up for success. Alot of the programs we do not use - but like the reports that are generated - one disadvantage if you do not know crystal reports you cannot edit your form to meet your needs so there is a lot of printing different several forms to get all the information you need.
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Professional Services
Autodesk
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
I wasn't part of the integration.
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Return on Investment
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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Trimble Viewpoint
  • Not sure I can speak to this as the company moved to Viewpoint before I began here. I think it is helpful for the Project Management and Superintendent staff to easily review how specific job items went, which we do in the PM contract drilldown analysis
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