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Likelihood to Recommend

BuildTopia

BuildTopia is ideal for bringing all components of the sales and construction process together for any homebuilder. If you're looking for a platform that also incorporates a robust CRM component, which is key for strong sales efforts, you'll likely need to utilize another platform in conjunction with BT for the best results
Anonymous | 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

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

Payroll Management

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

Asset Management

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

Reporting & Analytics

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

Construction Project & Field Management

BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
3.3
Plan distribution & viewing
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
2.7
Plan markups & sharing
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
3.0
Issue tracking & punchlists
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
3.2
Photo documentation
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
4.6
Jobsite reports
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.0
Document sharing
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.1
RFI tools
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
3.5
Collaboration & approvals
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
3.9
As-built drawings
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
2.0
Mobile app
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.7
Submittal design and management
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
2.6
Specifications
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0
Change orders
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0

Estimating

BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
2.9
Takeoff tools
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.0
Job costing
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.8
Cost databases
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
3.6
Cost calculator
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
2.8
Bid creation
BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
1.1

Pros

BuildTopia

  • BuildTopia excels at contract management. Every part of the contract process is able to be managed electronically from initial signing to closing, and can even handle more special cases like contingencies.
  • BuildTopia manages all of our construction efforts well. All of our floorplans are pre-build in the system, so all we have to do is go in an build out the construction schedule from a pre-made template, and make any alterations from there.
  • The selections process is always a headache, but BuildTopia makes it pretty painless. Everything is loaded right in to the system while making selections with the client, and more detailed things, like non-standard options, are easy to load in and process.
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

BuildTopia

  • Requests for platform enhancements, while easy to submit and get approved, are slow to be turned around...often a year or more passes before they're implemented.
  • BuiltTopia, while good for sales and construction, is missing one large thing...a CRM component. The system allows you to manage clients and prospects, but options for email marketing and other CRM-related efforts are lacking.
Anonymous | 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

Support Rating

BuildTopia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Alternatives Considered

BuildTopia

No answers on this topic

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

Return on Investment

BuildTopia

  • Overall, our company has saved money by being able to shut down all the various platforms we were using for different departments and transition to just BuildTopia.
  • Company efforts are more efficient, with all pertinent information being in one place and able to be viewed by everyone as needed.
  • Efforts of the sales team are better able to be managed and reviewed from afar whereas we only had physical paper trails before.
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

Pricing Details

BuildTopia

General

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

Viewpoint Spectrum

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

BuildTopia
10.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.4

Likelihood to Renew

BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
10.0

Support Rating

BuildTopia
Viewpoint Spectrum
3.8

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