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Likelihood to Recommend

Brightpearl

Brightpearl is very well suited for small-medium companies that are growing quickly and need a way to improve their operational systems and functionality to handle increasing volume of orders. Particularly if you use multiple SKUs, sales channels, and/or warehouses, the features offered by Brightpearl are excellently well suited to handle these types of needs. I don't believe Brightpearl would be very applicable for very small companies with a small number of SKUs, as many of the features offered would be unnecessary and underutilized.
Joel Graham | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

Viewpoint Spectrum is well suited for accounting, job costing, project management, service department. It is less appropriate for estimating, payroll on-boarding, time collection in the field for construction jobs and document imaging for the entire company. The scenarios where Viewpoint Spectrum is not appropriate for what we are trying to accomplish, we outsource and import into our Viewpoint Spectrum software
Paula (Queenbee) | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Human Resource Management

Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0
Organizational charting
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0

Payroll Management

Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0
Pay calculation
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0
Direct deposit files
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0
Salary revision and increment management
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0
Reimbursement management
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0

Asset Management

Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
2.0
Tracking of all physical assets
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
2.0

Reporting & Analytics

Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0
Dashboards
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0
Standard reports
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0
Custom reports
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0
Data exportability
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0

Construction Project & Field Management

Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
3.3
Plan distribution & viewing
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
2.7
Plan markups & sharing
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
3.0
Issue tracking & punchlists
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
3.2
Photo documentation
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
4.6
Jobsite reports
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.0
Document sharing
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.2
RFI tools
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
3.5
Collaboration & approvals
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
4.0
As-built drawings
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
2.0
Mobile app
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.7
Submittal design and management
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
2.6
Specifications
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0
Change orders
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0

Estimating

Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
2.9
Takeoff tools
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0
Job costing
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.8
Cost databases
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
3.7
Cost calculator
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
2.8
Bid creation
Brightpearl
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.1

Pros

Brightpearl

  • Brightpearl tracks order changes and communications very well. It documents all activity in a feed that anyone can see, including status changes, notes made, emails sent, etc.
  • Brightpearl makes it incredibly easy to find orders fitting certain criteria through the use of statuses that you can customize. For example, as a multichannel seller, we can easily create statuses for each channel that we sell from, where our orders will (oftentimes automatically) land in. We also deal often with things like back ordered items; we can also create statuses for certain brands, so that when we expect a shipment in from that company, our back order specialist can easily sort through her orders that are waiting on that shipment.
  • Brightpearl makes it easy to take orders over the phone. Everything I need is right there on one screen; not often do I find myself needing to deviate to other tabs. The steps I take (from "new order" to finish) are straightforward and understandable, and go in steps that make sense.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

  • Great software for analyzing data and trends while still being pretty easy to use.
  • The ability to create a custom info link reports enable you to create virtually any report using the data you have in Spectrum that will auto-refresh with just one click of a button.
  • They have a fantastic support network and I the few times I have had to contact support, I was directed to someone very knowledgeable that was able to find a solution.
Marjie Maguire | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Brightpearl

  • Supports only a small number of marketplaces and in a limited way only. When I signed up with Brightpearl they claimed that you could list directly onto eBay from within Brightpearl but this turned out to be untrue as Brightpearl did not support eBay postage policies (eBay's semi literate way of saying shipping tables).
  • Not only can you not list directly onto eBay, you cannot list directly from within Brightpearl to any marketplaces whatsoever. With other software you can list directly to all the marketplaces they integrate with.
  • Brightpearl is abysmal at VAT. Brightpearl calculates VAT on Channel Islands and Canary Islands orders even though there is no Vat in either of them. So when you pay HMRC you will be paying them a bit extra unless you check all your orders which makes the software somewhat redundant.
  • When I signed up they advertised Brightpearl as the software to automate your online selling. But it didn't really do that. A couple of years later at considerable extra cost they released an add-on app called Brightpearl Automation that does seem to deliver on automation. However other software offers that at no extra cost.
  • Brightpearl claims that it integrates with Amazon, but this is only partially true as they have completely ignored the new marketplaces that Amazon have opened. If you list on those marketplaces you have to input the orders manually and Brightpearl will not update the stock, putting you at risk of negative feedback. Other software integrates fully with all Amazon marketplaces.
  • Now that I am leaving it was suggested that I might benefit from read-only access so that we could easily double check things like warranty claims. They offered me a year's read-only access for £10,080 which is more than double my yearly contract for full use of the software. Now, if that isn't taking the mickey, I don't know what is!!!
Martin Powell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

  • It's sometimes hard to control the document imaging window. It doesn't stop when you release the cursor. Have to go to top of screen and click in one of the bars to lock it in place.
  • In AP invoice entry, you have to slow down when entering job and phase number. Doesn't keep up with the speed of the person entering.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 8.2
Based on 12 answers
Brightpearl has proved to work out for our company and we have no need or intention to let it go. Rather we intend to build on what we've accomplished and it will no doubt help us scale our business and meet our ambitions.
Chris Metropulos | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

Viewpoint Spectrum 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Usability

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 4.1
Based on 8 answers
Brightpearl can be a little confusing to begin with, there are a lot of options to look through and working out the intricacies takes some time depending on what you would like to be able to do on it and what your account is set up to do. It is however very thorough and once you can work your way around it most of the functions are fairly simple to use and very detailed.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Brightpearl is always easily accessibly anywhere that you can find an internet source. I have checked our stock levels when we have been off site at Ham Rally's at home and on my way home or to work if needs be. That is probably one of the best features of this system.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Brightpearl performs very well and integrates very well with our Metapak packing and despatch system. IT also intergrates very well with Amazon and we have used Ebay although there have been complications with Ebay and stock levels. We use Ebay mostly for second hand items of which we only have one so have skipped using Brighpearl for these products.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 7.7
Based on 268 answers
Brightpearl was ALWAYS great at responding to us. Their customer service was quick and responsive.Unfortunately, the responses were often that "engineers were working on it" but nothing seemed to ever come of that. I realize that Brightpearl is a large company that a lot of businesses rely on. But when you can't hit "enter" when trying to search in the front-end POS, that type of behavior should be changed very quickly and it never was. Admittedly, small things, but those annoyances tend to ultimately affect the overall experience.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

Viewpoint Spectrum 3.8
Based on 49 answers
Support has not been great since merging with Viewpoint. I've sent several letters up the chain about this. It has made me want to leave the software altogether on more than one occasion. I spend a lot of time on hold, and on numerous occasions now we've sat around for days waiting for a response only to be told the person on the phone never actually made a ticket for that, or that the online system didn't alert them of our case. We used to be able to call and get someone immediately and have the problem solved by a knowledgeable person. Now it's hit or miss and you could be on hold forever. The online training academy is nice but it's still not in-depth enough for me to not have to sit and babysit someone through a training period.
Margaret Reams | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 1.0
Based on 1 answer
No in house training was given.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 7.0
Based on 1 answer
The online training was very helpful in the areas we were shown and was implemented very well via a Skype call and an presentation done via the internet. However it was not thorough enough for all of our needs in certain areas. More training in person on site would have been very helpful.
Dan Thomas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 6.5
Based on 208 answers
Implementation was generally perfect, but if you are coming across from Sage I personally would recommend doing this as baby steps.
We tried to import our entire Sage history in one batch and that was a bad idea hence the 9/10. That was mainly our fault and nothing on Brightpearl.
James Ewens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Brightpearl

Initially we went with Brightpearl because it was an all in one solution. Salesforce CRM capabilities right out of the box far surpass Brightpearl's, but there's no inventory or accounting system pre-built in. We are currently moving away from Brightpearl for both CRM and accounting functions however.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Brightpearl

Brightpearl 6.9
Based on 5 answers
Brightpearl's ability to increase or expand its capacity and retain its performance levels to accommodate growth were acceptable but not fantastic. The program was constantly making changes which can be useful, but was also confusing & hard to keep up with since we were never updated that changes were about to be made or had been made.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Brightpearl

  • It's really difficult to say. While everything is now in one place, we've spent a ton of time with support and figuring things out on our own.
  • We've also had to spend a ton of money with our CPAs fixing our financials every month.
  • However, the sales piece has streamlined our process for shipping orders out in a timely basis.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Viewpoint Spectrum

  • [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!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Brightpearl

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

Viewpoint Spectrum

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Brightpearl
1.6
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.4

Likelihood to Renew

Brightpearl
8.2
Viewpoint Spectrum
10.0

Usability

Brightpearl
4.1
Viewpoint Spectrum

Reliability and Availability

Brightpearl
10.0
Viewpoint Spectrum

Performance

Brightpearl
9.0
Viewpoint Spectrum

Support Rating

Brightpearl
7.7
Viewpoint Spectrum
3.8

In-Person Training

Brightpearl
1.0
Viewpoint Spectrum

Online Training

Brightpearl
7.0
Viewpoint Spectrum

Implementation Rating

Brightpearl
6.5
Viewpoint Spectrum

Scalability

Brightpearl
6.9
Viewpoint Spectrum

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