Buildertrend vs. Microsoft Project

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Buildertrend
Score 6.3 out of 10
N/A
BuilderTrend is a construction management system. It includes functionality for pre-sale, project management, financial management, and customer management processes. It also provides mobile accessibility.
$299
per month
Microsoft Project
Score 7.5 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft Project is a project management software. It provides core PM functionality, including agile workflow support and resource management. Project can be deployed in the cloud or on-premise.
$10
per user/per month
Pricing
BuildertrendMicrosoft Project
Editions & Modules
Core
$299
per month
Pro
$499
per month
Premium
Contact for quote
Project Plan 1
$10
per user/per month
Project Plan 3
$30
per user/per month
Project Plan 5
$55
per user/per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BuildertrendMicrosoft Project
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPremium package pricing available by quote from the vendor.
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Community Pulse
BuildertrendMicrosoft Project
Top Pros
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Features
BuildertrendMicrosoft Project
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Buildertrend
-
Ratings
Microsoft Project
8.1
107 Ratings
7% above category average
Task Management00 Ratings9.0106 Ratings
Resource Management00 Ratings6.8103 Ratings
Gantt Charts00 Ratings10.0103 Ratings
Scheduling00 Ratings10.0105 Ratings
Workflow Automation00 Ratings8.682 Ratings
Team Collaboration00 Ratings7.995 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology00 Ratings7.879 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology00 Ratings8.379 Ratings
Document Management00 Ratings7.576 Ratings
Email integration00 Ratings6.081 Ratings
Mobile Access00 Ratings7.966 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking00 Ratings8.372 Ratings
Change request and Case Management00 Ratings8.362 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management00 Ratings6.582 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
Buildertrend
-
Ratings
Microsoft Project
6.9
76 Ratings
7% below category average
Quotes/estimates00 Ratings7.053 Ratings
Invoicing00 Ratings7.044 Ratings
Project & financial reporting00 Ratings6.773 Ratings
Integration with accounting software00 Ratings7.049 Ratings
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User Ratings
BuildertrendMicrosoft Project
Likelihood to Recommend
2.9
(8 ratings)
6.3
(107 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.2
(34 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
BuildertrendMicrosoft Project
Likelihood to Recommend
Buildertrend
Buildertrend was made for a specific industry (building) and so I would recommend it to anyone in that industry, with the exception of Sales and Marketing. But for everything else from the financing to the permitting to the construction and all else, Buildertrend is exactly what our team has used and will ALWAYS use. Even with our decision to use other systems for Sales and Marketing, we have never given one thought to taking Buildertrend out of our process. We will always be with Buildertrend.
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Microsoft
Microsoft Project Online is suited to Turnkey Projects where more Collaboration is required in Project Progress monitoring, risk assessment and conveying, issue recording and tracking. It is less appropriate when ERP Suites other than MS Dynamics are used, i.e when Enterprises need to integrate Finance / Accounting with It and having straight project management workflow
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Pros
Buildertrend
  • Manages in one place - crucial for organization.
  • Professional, across the board it provides companies with a seamlessly organized and flawless presentation - to subs/vendors/owners/etc.
  • Time Saver - you don't have to dig around through files/create templates/flip through your contact binder - it's all there.
  • Practical tools- designed for contractors. You get what you need - period.
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Microsoft
  • I love the Gantt Chart that Microsoft Project offers me, because it provides me with a view from various aspects, it provides me with exact details about the fulfillment of tasks over a period of time, it also allows me to make comparisons with the necessary data and the fulfilled data. by the employees, in order to know exactly if the project's expectations have been met.
  • I love the Gantt Chart that Microsoft Project offers me, because it provides me with a view from various aspects, it provides me with exact details about the fulfillment of tasks over a period of time, it also allows me to make comparisons with the necessary data and the fulfilled data by the employees, in order to know exactly if the project's expectations have been met.
  • The alert system for the fulfillment and delay of assignments is perfect. Microsoft Project allows me to configure the task system, I can assign the necessary tasks to fulfill the project, and the software alerts me immediately if the managers are fulfilling the assignments.
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Cons
Buildertrend
  • I think that the CRM component could use some development.
  • I think that tracking "tasks" or "to do's" could use some development.
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Microsoft
  • Seems overly complicated for users sometimes in using Project and its functionalities
  • Hard to share files for those folks who do not have MS Project, and then have to print out for them
  • Can be confusing since it looks and feels like MS Excel
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Likelihood to Renew
Buildertrend
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
I like using Microsoft Project. It simplifies building a schedule
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Usability
Buildertrend
Fantastic usablity. Buildertrend is an amazing tool that offers superior customer service and attention to detail that is unmatched. I will continue to use them for years and I know they will make growing my company a possibility. I highly recommend for companies that want to streamline their business.
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Microsoft
Microsoft Project was for many years the reference tool when you were talking about project management software, even if it has some gaps. However, in the last several years, other tools emerged and covered those gaps and are getting more and more users. Microsoft needs to keep up with the trends as they did with adding Project Server. However, that needs a significant rework.
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Support Rating
Buildertrend
I highly recommend. The only suggestion I have would be to offer a free trial. They do offer a 30 day money back guarantee. The price point isn't daunting if you have had a 100 % no strings attached/no effort to cancel or try to remember to get your money back - no strings attached chance to try out the product. Especially for such a big purchase decision, I think Buildertrend would see an incredible increase in sales. They have the value and companies just need a chance to see it first hand.
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Microsoft
Microsoft in recent years has transformed itself and gives a positive feeling when one interacts with the company. The company is focusing on its customers and willing to go extra mile to make customers happy.The company continues to invest in its products and bringing new features from time to time. Overall it is a positive feeling to be associated with such an iconic company.
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Implementation Rating
Buildertrend
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
I wasn't part of it so I don't know
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Alternatives Considered
Buildertrend
BuilderTrend allows me to see a full view of all my jobs in one place. I picked it for this reason. I wanted a solution that subcontractors would be able to use without having to do anything except open their email to get the information they needed to get the job done on time. I've made it so simple that everyone I work with wants to use BuilderTrend. In fact, most of the subcontractors I work with have implemented BuilderTrend because they saw how easy my day to day operations are.
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Microsoft
While many of the above tools are extremely well-versed, Microsoft Project's largest advantage comes from it being related to the largest business productivity company in the world. Project does have its sharing limitations - but regardless, offers one of the most robust tools in the market today. Microsoft Project is built with large-scale projects in mind but is more than up to the task for smaller projects as well. However, there are options available (especially cloud-based options) that may be more fitting for higher-level projects that do not require going into the weeds.
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Return on Investment
Buildertrend
  • The prior year cost me roughly $4300, which was barely reasonable for my volume. Some clients liked the format, some hated it and didn't participate. In my experience, few subcontractors or suppliers embraced the program, severely limiting the effectiveness.
  • For the coming year the fees would have exceeded $17,000, far too much for a program with limited client, employee, and subcontractor appeal with as small a volume as I have.
  • Honestly, for the last year, I feel they've been a burning tire hung around my neck and I regret not cancelling them in early 2019, I'd have $10,000 more in my pocket and no significant negative impact.
  • I did appreciate the daily log as a way to report on progress, but less than half my clients made use of this option.
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Microsoft
  • Project saved me, as the project manager, countless hours of digging through tickets and schedules to plan everything out. It also saved me time in adjusting the project triangle as needed, since it does so much automatically.
  • It is costly, and since it requires extensive training to master, it's not just the high licensing cost that you need to take into account.
  • The reporting features - even just printing out Gantt charts - makes it far easier to communicate with stakeholders. That means less time for PMs doing all of this manually, and it means less follow-up questions and delays moving forward.
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ScreenShots

Buildertrend Screenshots

Screenshot of Homeowner PortalScreenshot of Summary PageScreenshot of Schedule // Gantt ChartScreenshot of Photos