BQE CORE vs. Out'n About! For Outlook

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BQE CORE
Score 8.5 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
BQE CORE is a business management solution built specifically for professional service firms. BQE CORE is a combination of a billing assistant, project management, and accounting solution. CORE is designed to do the hard work of delivering actionable insights directly to the user's dashboards or inbox. BQE CORE replaces the products Engineeroffice, Archioffice, and BillQuick; the functionality of these applications is now found in BQE CORE.N/A
Out'n About! For Outlook
Score 7.4 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Out’n About! for Outlook is a time tracking solution that is designed to replace an in/out status board. The vendor says their solution makes it easy for businesses to manage their workforce availability and timesheets. This solution enables businesses to use their existing Outlook environment, and employees can easily track their work hours. This solution is customizable and businesses can control what information is seen on the status board.  Custom reports are…
$349
per server
Pricing
BQE COREOut'n About! For Outlook
Editions & Modules
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Out'n About! For Outlook
$349
per server
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BQE COREOut'n About! For Outlook
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsFree upgrades and free support. You can connect an unlimited number of clients to a single purchased server. No per-user fees.
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Community Pulse
BQE COREOut'n About! For Outlook
Top Pros
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Features
BQE COREOut'n About! For Outlook
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
BQE CORE
8.1
55 Ratings
8% above category average
Out'n About! For Outlook
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Ratings
Task Management8.537 Ratings00 Ratings
Resource Management9.138 Ratings00 Ratings
Gantt Charts6.716 Ratings00 Ratings
Scheduling8.226 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow Automation7.627 Ratings00 Ratings
Team Collaboration8.031 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology8.712 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology8.312 Ratings00 Ratings
Document Management7.230 Ratings00 Ratings
Email integration7.225 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Access8.532 Ratings00 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking9.355 Ratings00 Ratings
Change request and Case Management8.521 Ratings00 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management7.343 Ratings00 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
BQE CORE
8.4
38 Ratings
13% above category average
Out'n About! For Outlook
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Ratings
Quotes/estimates7.820 Ratings00 Ratings
Invoicing8.833 Ratings00 Ratings
Project & financial reporting8.737 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with accounting software8.424 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
BQE COREOut'n About! For Outlook
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(148 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.2
(8 ratings)
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Usability
8.1
(100 ratings)
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Availability
8.2
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Performance
7.3
(1 ratings)
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Support Rating
8.0
(90 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Online Training
6.4
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
2.9
(6 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
4.5
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.2
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BQE COREOut'n About! For Outlook
Likelihood to Recommend
BQE Software Inc.
BQE CORE is well suited for a firm trying to get a better understanding of their project performance as a whole as well as better manage time and project resources. It is not the greatest for client management through a project or through invoicing, but it is do-able within the system.
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Intelligent Concepts
1,- If the organization have 365 I recomended the integration with Out'n About 2.- If your organization does not have 365 I not recomended the solution because the integration is not easy 3.- In Europe there are many legal requirements to comply with the GDPR with employees and the sharing of information. Express authorizations and many requirements, and one emplyee can say not to the authorization. 4.- Need best performance in big organizations 5.- Not work in MAC properly
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Pros
BQE Software Inc.
  • Invoice Collections within Billing is a great tool because of the ability to take notes and track contact.
  • Invoices are professional looking and easy for our clients to understand the overall progress within each phase of their project.
  • Dashboards are the best tool EVER!
  • The Contact List feature within Clients setup is the perfect way to track multiple project managers within a large company that also has multiple contracts with us.
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Intelligent Concepts
  • Outlook Contact Synchronization automatically
  • Time sheet informs for the remote workers
  • Sensing presence for remote workers and local employeers
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Cons
BQE Software Inc.
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Linking Project to Payment all together
  • Assigning contacts to particular roles - such as Invoicing, Contracts, etc.
  • Accounting Functionality - they are basically a project management accounting software, so in my opinion, they could learn some things from other accounting software such as QuickBooks etc.
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Intelligent Concepts
  • Panel department it is not easy to implement
  • 365 compatibility need to improvement
  • Remote mobile commands many times not working
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Likelihood to Renew
BQE Software Inc.
We have been using Core for a few years now, and honestly started to look at other software systems to see what was out there. What we chose was a nightmare for migration so we never left Core. Now we have added invoicing and payments from Core instead of double entry with QBO. Still only a few cycles in but looks like it will be up to speed soon and working smoothly.
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Intelligent Concepts
No answers on this topic
Usability
BQE Software Inc.
The foundation is awesome, like I have said before, however the house being built on it, the educational resources being provided to us (more of sales pitches that don't work), and flexible workflow opportunities, is making us look elsewhere for how much we will be spending on per user. It's crazy to think how flexible they are not when it comes to user settings. Lack of integration with other sources is awful.
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Intelligent Concepts
No answers on this topic
Reliability and Availability
BQE Software Inc.
I can only remember a couple of times in 4 years that Core has been unavailable.
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Intelligent Concepts
No answers on this topic
Performance
BQE Software Inc.
This is one area that does need some improvement. It can be slow at time, so we had our IT look at it from our side and we had no issues, so it has to be some slowness on their side.
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Intelligent Concepts
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
BQE Software Inc.
As a new employee and CORE user, I talk to support on a weekly basis. I have never had to wait for more than 3 min to get connect with a support rep, and all my questions have been answered. The support representatives are polite and eager to help no matter how simple your question is.
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Intelligent Concepts
No answers on this topic
Online Training
BQE Software Inc.
Make sure you have someone training you that fits your style of learning.
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Intelligent Concepts
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
BQE Software Inc.
It does take some time to understand the options and to find the best invoice template.
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Intelligent Concepts
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
BQE Software Inc.
Deltek Vision is far more advanced, more encompassing and offers more flexibility with what you want to do. However, it's also quite difficult to use, whereas BQE CORE is intuitive and user friendly. The trade off is worth it in some arenas but overall it's not suited for a larger fast paced company. Great for smaller companies.
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Intelligent Concepts
Sheqsy We evaluate for 2 months and does not working well with 365 and does not support in Europe. It is good for control remote workers, but not for a colaboration tool and integration in organizations with more than 500 users. It is good also because sale in SaaS mode but for the GDPR law in Europe not offers regulatory compliance guarantees regarding sensitive employee data. For the sales people in the field can be good, but is not easy to achieve good results
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Scalability
BQE Software Inc.
This software works on a small and large scale.
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Intelligent Concepts
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
BQE Software Inc.
  • Quick setup of new tasks under a parent project, with immediate hourly billing to it.
  • Monitoring of details of non-chargeable efforts in appropriate detail
  • Validation of hourly cost, billing cost, benefit cost, profitability by person and role
  • Company tracking of write-off's included in corporate and project reporting, no data is "lost"
  • Can track excessive work time as +PTO in lieu of pay for use as future vacation
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Intelligent Concepts
  • In this moment we expect to improve the control of remote workers in a 100%
  • The control of the remote worker can suppose to a 25 % more in the productivity
  • The investment is relatively low with the expected benefits
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ScreenShots

BQE CORE Screenshots

Screenshot of Core powered by BQE SoftwareScreenshot of BQE CORE Project Dashboard ViewScreenshot of BQE CORE 360* Firm Performance ViewScreenshot of BQE CORE Reporting & AnalyticsScreenshot of BQE CORE Project Time EntryScreenshot of BQE CORE Project Expense Tracking

Out'n About! For Outlook Screenshots

Screenshot of Main Screen Features
Your employees can connect to Out’n About! for Outlook via Microsoft Outlook.

A small Outlook addin adds all the Out’n About! In/Out Status Board features directly into the Outlook interface so you can continue to manage all of your information using a common interface.Screenshot of Presence Sensing

Out’n About! for Outlook contains a presence sensing feature that automatically alerts you when you use your computer and are currently Checked Out to ensure you have not forgotten to check In when returning to the office.Screenshot of Outlook Calendar Integration
Out’n About! for Outlook allows you to schedule future status events (e.g., meetings, travel, or vacation) based on Outlook Appointment items.

Department Panel
Organize your workforce into easy to use departments.

The Out’n About! Department Panel allows users to quickly select different departments for viewing. The panel also contains a filter dialog which allows users to filter users by different search criteria.