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Score 9.1 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

Raken

Easy sub-contractor management ability, time tracking, resource planning and the easy tracking of project equipment using Raken is even enjoyable. Team coordination and project comments and recording sharing among the team members, this is a great tool for that.
James Gilmour | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

ProjectWise
7.4
Raken
8.2
Plan distribution & viewing
ProjectWise
8.0
Raken
7.6
Plan markups & sharing
ProjectWise
8.0
Raken
5.3
Issue tracking & punchlists
ProjectWise
7.0
Raken
8.2
Photo documentation
ProjectWise
7.0
Raken
9.7
Jobsite reports
ProjectWise
7.0
Raken
10.0
Document sharing
ProjectWise
5.2
Raken
8.6
RFI tools
ProjectWise
9.0
Raken
8.2
Collaboration & approvals
ProjectWise
8.0
Raken
6.7
As-built drawings
ProjectWise
7.0
Raken
8.2
Submittal design and management
ProjectWise
8.0
Raken
8.2
Mobile app
ProjectWise
Raken
10.0
Checklists
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Meeting Minutes
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Specifications
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Change orders
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2

Estimating

ProjectWise
7.6
Raken
7.1
Takeoff tools
ProjectWise
8.0
Raken
8.2
Job costing
ProjectWise
7.0
Raken
6.6
Cost databases
ProjectWise
8.0
Raken
6.6
Cost calculator
ProjectWise
7.0
Raken
6.2
Bid creation
ProjectWise
8.0
Raken
8.2

Human Resource Management

ProjectWise
Raken
8.1
Employee demographic data
ProjectWise
Raken
7.3
Employment history
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Job profiles and administration
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Organizational charting
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Organization and location management
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2

Payroll Management

ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Pay calculation
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Support for external payroll vendors
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Benefit plan administration
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Direct deposit files
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Salary revision and increment management
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Reimbursement management
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2

Asset Management

ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Tracking of all physical assets
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2

Reporting & Analytics

ProjectWise
Raken
8.4
Dashboards
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Standard reports
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2
Custom reports
ProjectWise
Raken
9.1
Data exportability
ProjectWise
Raken
8.2

Pros

ProjectWise

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

Raken

  • Great iPhone application - The application makes reporting and adding photos very easy.
  • It's easy to navigate different days and reports. Or to find keywords or subcontractors and when they performed work.
Anonymous | 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

Raken

  • Sometimes the app will run slow or crash on the guys in the field. It doesn't happen too often though.
  • An easier way to download all project Daily Reports at one time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

ProjectWise

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Raken

Raken 8.8
Based on 8 answers
Raken has an excellent support team. Raken are pretty prompt with getting back to you. Raken also has a convenient chat feature on their website. All their support members are friendly and are good at helping you understand and resolve your issues.
Anonymous | 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

Raken

Vista is TTI's accounting software program. It is extremely well suited for the construction projects.Team, which is similar to Raken, is more advance however the program is also more expensive.
Anonymous | 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

Raken

  • Less need to travel to each job site.
  • Automated emailed reports to clients reduces the number of meetings/conversations about what is happening on the project.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

ProjectWise

General

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

Raken

General

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

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