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Score 5 out of 100
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Score 8.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ProjectWise

If you need something more than just a file server, my advice: try it, if you like it use it, if you find it is slowing you down try ANY of the many other products out there.

It is capable, it is highly developed, it is better than a file server, but it is not streamlined and is in need of a major overhaul for an acceptable 21st century user experience. I personally have threatened to quit my job if we changed from our current document management system to ProjectWise, this is not because ProjectWise is not a good product, it is because I just want to be able to do my job without wasting time fighting the system.
Johnathon Page | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cosential

Great for medium and large construction companies that have a specific salesforce.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

ProjectWise
7.4
Cosential
Plan distribution & viewing
ProjectWise
8.0
Cosential
Plan markups & sharing
ProjectWise
8.0
Cosential
Issue tracking & punchlists
ProjectWise
7.0
Cosential
Photo documentation
ProjectWise
7.0
Cosential
Jobsite reports
ProjectWise
7.0
Cosential
Document sharing
ProjectWise
5.2
Cosential
RFI tools
ProjectWise
9.0
Cosential
Collaboration & approvals
ProjectWise
8.0
Cosential
As-built drawings
ProjectWise
7.0
Cosential
Submittal design and management
ProjectWise
8.0
Cosential

Estimating

ProjectWise
7.6
Cosential
Takeoff tools
ProjectWise
8.0
Cosential
Job costing
ProjectWise
7.0
Cosential
Cost databases
ProjectWise
8.0
Cosential
Cost calculator
ProjectWise
7.0
Cosential
Bid creation
ProjectWise
8.0
Cosential

Sales Force Automation

ProjectWise
Cosential
8.7
Customer data management / contact management
ProjectWise
Cosential
10.0
Workflow management
ProjectWise
Cosential
6.0
Territory management
ProjectWise
Cosential
9.0
Opportunity management
ProjectWise
Cosential
10.0
Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)
ProjectWise
Cosential
10.0
Interaction tracking
ProjectWise
Cosential
9.0
Channel / partner relationship management
ProjectWise
Cosential
7.0

Marketing Automation

ProjectWise
Cosential
7.5
Lead management
ProjectWise
Cosential
10.0
Email marketing
ProjectWise
Cosential
5.0

CRM Project Management

ProjectWise
Cosential
8.0
Task management
ProjectWise
Cosential
7.0
Reporting
ProjectWise
Cosential
9.0

CRM Reporting & Analytics

ProjectWise
Cosential
8.7
Forecasting
ProjectWise
Cosential
6.0
Pipeline visualization
ProjectWise
Cosential
10.0
Customizable reports
ProjectWise
Cosential
10.0

Customization

ProjectWise
Cosential
7.5
Custom fields
ProjectWise
Cosential
9.0
Custom objects
ProjectWise
Cosential
6.0

Security

ProjectWise
Cosential
10.0
Single sign-on capability
ProjectWise
Cosential
10.0
Role-based user permissions
ProjectWise
Cosential
10.0

Social CRM

ProjectWise
Cosential
5.0
Social data
ProjectWise
Cosential
5.0
Social engagement
ProjectWise
Cosential
5.0

Integrations with 3rd-party Software

ProjectWise
Cosential
5.0
Marketing automation
ProjectWise
Cosential
5.0

Platform

ProjectWise
Cosential
7.0
Mobile access
ProjectWise
Cosential
7.0

Pros

ProjectWise

  • Enables file sharing
  • Version control of design documents
  • Collaboration between teams around thew globe
Arun Antony | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cosential

  • Inputting of companies and leads who may become prospects.
  • Creating specific opportunities for construction projects.
  • Tracking opportunities through the entire sales cycle.
  • Inputting detailed notes and activity by the Sales team.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ProjectWise

  • It's worse than a virus, it WILL get into every part of your system, with the only way to get rid of it is to do a full system format.
  • Integration is dependent on if Bentley wishes to support your software.
  • DMS system, it just makes it incompatible with native programs unless you have integration, which is at Bentley's discretion for support, exporting to your system is a work around, though this takes significant time to export and to re-teach PW linked file locations when you reimport it.
  • Clunky user interface, if you want to work on more than 1 file at a time expect to be at least 50-80% slower.
  • a Labyrinth of forms that are prone to user error.
  • Interface straight out of Windows 2000, and that's generous.
  • Inability to delete or even "Recycle bin" files, this is more an admin issue but most PW instance lock out deleting files, which makes it impractical for general use.
  • Encourages unnecessary and convoluted workflows, This comes down to the Pro of "The backend is customisable," it may be customisable but this encourages system admins to write convoluted and time consuming workflows just because they can.
  • Seems to require an IT team to manage it - this probably relates to the highly customisable component.
Johnathon Page | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cosential

  • The open software is somewhat difficult to master as an administrator.
  • Report writing could be more intuitive.
  • The company seems to cater to larger users.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ProjectWise

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cosential

Cosential 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Cosential is very intuitive for the AEC industry and has the ability to be customized for your specific needs. The reports are especially helpful, with good visual dashboards.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

ProjectWise

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cosential

Cosential 8.0
Based on 1 answer
My original trainer / implementation specialist was fantastic. That relationship has continued, even though I have been officially handed off to the customer service side. The customer service side seems to have higher turnover than normal, but in general they are also very supportive, although not as responsive as I might like.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ProjectWise

Bentley ProjectWise from a user perspective just does not stack up to even something as simple as Dropbox. ProjectWise is powerful, it is capable, it has a ton of features. The best implementation I have seen from Projectwise is where the admins unlocked everything and let the users do as they please defeating everything it stood for and using it as a big Dropbox account, though even then the user interface couldn't be improved still causing significant workflow delays. I would reluctantly leave a good company if they implement ProjectWise, I respect that it's powerful for system admins but it sucks for users. This means 2-10% of what it is used for is well designed while the other 98-90% of its functions are just bogged down by a lack of development in its user interface and I say this as someone who has periodically used it over the last 10 years and seen no effective improvement in usability. Bentley ProjectWise was one of the first I believe to do this type of system, but as is common with being the first is you don't keep up with the times and bring a lot of baggage with you.
Johnathon Page | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cosential

Cosential is specific to the A/E industry and is the most intuitive software we found for construction.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ProjectWise

  • Positive ROI because of this best in market document sharing tool
  • All design teams in my organisation use this
  • Recommended by most of our project coordinators
Arun Antony | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cosential

  • Allowed for common tracking by business developers in different regions.
  • Helped us quantify effort.
  • Provides great reports for management.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

ProjectWise

General

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

Cosential

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ProjectWise
1.4
Cosential
10.0

Usability

ProjectWise
Cosential
8.0

Support Rating

ProjectWise
Cosential
8.0

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