Bentley ProjectWise vs. Viewpoint Spectrum

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ProjectWise
Score 9.3 out of 10
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Bentley Systems offers ProjectWise, a construction management software for keeping construction project personnel and engineers up-to-date with most recent progress information, with daily logs and punchlists, risk item lifecycle management through identification, creation, tracking and resolution, RFI management, and document storage with automated sharing.N/A
Viewpoint Spectrum
Score 7.9 out of 10
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Viewpoint Spectrum is a cloud-based construction ERP suite with project management, accounting, resource management, and reporting and analytics. Key features include workflow automation and collaboration tools, document imaging and sharing, cost estimating tools, and RFI management tools.N/A
Pricing
Bentley ProjectWiseViewpoint Spectrum
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ProjectWiseViewpoint Spectrum
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
Bentley ProjectWiseViewpoint Spectrum
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
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Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Bentley ProjectWise
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Spectrum
4.9
22 Ratings
38% below category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings7.522 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings6.916 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings8.319 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Bentley ProjectWise
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.1
9 Ratings
18% below category average
API for custom integration00 Ratings6.19 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Bentley ProjectWise
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Spectrum
8.2
27 Ratings
1% above category average
Single sign-on capability00 Ratings8.422 Ratings
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings7.927 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Bentley ProjectWise
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.1
30 Ratings
31% below category average
Dashboards00 Ratings6.929 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings6.430 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings6.028 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Bentley ProjectWise
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Spectrum
7.6
28 Ratings
0% below category average
Accounts payable00 Ratings8.327 Ratings
Accounts receivable00 Ratings8.125 Ratings
Global Financial Support00 Ratings6.18 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers00 Ratings7.519 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations00 Ratings8.022 Ratings
Configurable Accounting00 Ratings7.219 Ratings
Standardized Processes00 Ratings7.923 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Bentley ProjectWise
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Ratings
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.1
17 Ratings
25% below category average
Inventory tracking00 Ratings6.017 Ratings
Automatic reordering00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Location management00 Ratings6.26 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Bentley ProjectWise
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Spectrum
8.6
15 Ratings
10% above category average
Pricing00 Ratings8.412 Ratings
Order entry00 Ratings8.313 Ratings
Credit card processing00 Ratings8.84 Ratings
Cost of goods sold00 Ratings8.911 Ratings
Subledger and Financial Process
Comparison of Subledger and Financial Process features of Product A and Product B
Bentley ProjectWise
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Spectrum
7.6
27 Ratings
3% above category average
Billing Management00 Ratings8.223 Ratings
Cash and Asset Management00 Ratings7.722 Ratings
Travel & Expense Management00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting00 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Period Close00 Ratings8.123 Ratings
Project Execution Management
Comparison of Project Execution Management features of Product A and Product B
Bentley ProjectWise
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.8
7 Ratings
1% below category average
Project Planning and Scheduling00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Task Insight for Project Managers00 Ratings7.16 Ratings
Project Mobile Functionality00 Ratings7.96 Ratings
Definable Resource Pools00 Ratings7.24 Ratings
Procurement
Comparison of Procurement features of Product A and Product B
Bentley ProjectWise
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Spectrum
7.0
5 Ratings
1% above category average
Bids Analyzed and Compared00 Ratings7.83 Ratings
Contract Authoring00 Ratings7.22 Ratings
Contract Repository00 Ratings7.22 Ratings
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated00 Ratings5.74 Ratings
Supplier Management00 Ratings6.83 Ratings
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User Ratings
Bentley ProjectWiseViewpoint Spectrum
Likelihood to Recommend
7.2
(2 ratings)
8.0
(69 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(6 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.8
(30 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
5.2
(29 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
6.6
(4 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
6.6
(20 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
7.5
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Bentley ProjectWiseViewpoint Spectrum
Likelihood to Recommend
Bentley Systems
ProjectWise is good for really large projects with many team members. I would not recommend it for small projects or those with a small team of people working on them. It is best for technical people and those who plan to use it daily. There are better FTP options out there if you just want to use them for file sharing.
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Trimble Viewpoint
The Installation team is amazing. They provide clear guidance at the beginning of the process regarding what is expected and what needs to be done. The implementation manager follows up monthly with you to make sure you are on track and if you need additional help. They are very helpful and responsive in resolving issues.
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Pros
Bentley Systems
  • It works for collaboration
  • The backend is customisable to do work that other document management systems just cannot do.
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Trimble Viewpoint
  • Job Costing - Viewpoint Spectrum handles job costing per project, per work order, per site, and gives us an up to date analysis of the project.
  • HR - helps to keep all of the training certifications and HR incidents in a consistent and manageable order for all Managers to use.
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Cons
Bentley Systems
  • many users cannot be in the same file at the same time
  • files are not automatically freed upon closure
  • copying files to another ProjectWise folder is complicated. There is an option to copy, another to copy to, etc.
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Trimble Viewpoint
  • Support isn't readily available. You can submit a ticket and wait days before it's picked up. Even critical issues (system outages) can wait an hour or two before someone responds.
  • Large companies will feel limited. This product wasn't designed to handle large amounts of data, and performance seems to slow when there are more than 80 concurrent users.
  • The new developments are limited. HR Management is less robust than a third-party product specializing in HR Management. Viewpoint Analytics is nowhere near as robust as Power BI or Tableau.
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Likelihood to Renew
Bentley Systems
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
The product is working for us and the cost to implement a new system does not warrant the expense.
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Usability
Bentley Systems
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
There's a little bit of a learning curve, but once you've been working in the system for a while, it becomes second nature. I would say that out of all of the other software that I've personally used, Spectrum has been the easiest one to pick up and learn quickly
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Reliability and Availability
Bentley Systems
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
I've never seen Spectrum down
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Performance
Bentley Systems
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
For the most part the product is very reliable. Since we are hosted we sometimes have connectivity issues but I would say that is more our ISP than Spectrum.
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Support Rating
Bentley Systems
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
The support has recently changed. Last year, you could call in and get an immediate response. Now that doesn't seem possible unless you have an urgent situation with access to the software, payroll or payables. I have found that using chat or e-mail works nicely for the most part, but sometimes I feel it would be easier if someone from support would jump on our site and take a first-hand look rather than going back and forth
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Online Training
Bentley Systems
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
Our trainer was excellent and navigated the time zone differences expertly. She gave us test assignments to complete and was available for questions at any time.
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Implementation Rating
Bentley Systems
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
My only insight would be to take time in your implementation and training process; ours was six weeks from start to finish.
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Alternatives Considered
Bentley Systems
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.
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Trimble Viewpoint
I have previously used Sage Masterbuilder, another construction industry software. This has been a number of years ago. The company I am working for already had Spectrum and have been using it for as long as it has been around when it was known as Forefront. Based on conversations I've had with the personnel that were here at the time of purchase, Spectrum clicked off all the boxes they were looking for.
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Scalability
Bentley Systems
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
You can grant user specific access which is nice. Project managers do not need all the same modules as Accounting. But Accounting does need access to PM modules as well
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Return on Investment
Bentley Systems
  • It has saved us time in archiving and versioning documents
  • It has saved us effort in backing up files and restoring them when mistakes are made
  • It has had an overall positive impact on our bottom line by helping with file sharing and collaboration
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Trimble Viewpoint
  • [In my opinion,] it takes at LEAST twice as long to do our jobs now.
  • [I feel like] we are paranoid about something not being printed correctly because of [what I believe are] buggy text fields.
  • [In my experience,] we still have to refer to a physical file cabinet with paper, even though a main point of switching was to go paperless.
  • [In our experience,] screens can now be "locked", so we can't see something if our coworker is also looking at it.
  • [I believe that] the financial hit our company took from this switch was astronomical. [In my opinion:] Beware!
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