Contractor Foreman vs. Viewpoint Spectrum

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Contractor Foreman
Score 9.3 out of 10
N/A
Contractor Foreman is an online construction management software for contractors and boasts users among contractors in more than 75 countries.
$588
per year
Viewpoint Spectrum
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
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
Contractor ForemanViewpoint Spectrum
Editions & Modules
Basic
$588
per year
Standard
$948
per year
Plus
$1,497
per year
Pro
$1,990
per year
Unlimited
$2,988
per year
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Contractor ForemanViewpoint Spectrum
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPlans are based on features and licenses needed. Plus, Pro, and Unlimited plans include a 100-day money back guarantee.
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Community Pulse
Contractor ForemanViewpoint Spectrum
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
Contractor ForemanViewpoint Spectrum
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
7.8
17 Ratings
1% above category average
Viewpoint Spectrum
-
Ratings
Employee demographic data7.53 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history8.013 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration9.117 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.7.83 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting7.43 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management8.53 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)6.45 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
6.7
4 Ratings
12% below category average
Viewpoint Spectrum
4.9
22 Ratings
38% below category average
Pay calculation6.33 Ratings7.522 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors6.54 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment4.51 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.01 Ratings6.916 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.01 Ratings8.319 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management6.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management6.72 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
7.6
2 Ratings
0% above category average
Viewpoint Spectrum
-
Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets7.62 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
8.9
24 Ratings
10% above category average
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.1
30 Ratings
31% below category average
Dashboards9.123 Ratings6.929 Ratings
Standard reports8.923 Ratings6.430 Ratings
Custom reports8.821 Ratings6.028 Ratings
Data exportability8.920 Ratings00 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
8.9
25 Ratings
18% above category average
Viewpoint Spectrum
-
Ratings
Plan distribution & viewing7.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing9.115 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists9.723 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation9.525 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports9.919 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing9.222 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools9.217 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals9.120 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app8.525 Ratings00 Ratings
Submittal design and management9.314 Ratings00 Ratings
Checklists9.323 Ratings00 Ratings
Meeting Minutes8.13 Ratings00 Ratings
Specifications7.54 Ratings00 Ratings
Change orders9.223 Ratings00 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
9.2
23 Ratings
12% above category average
Viewpoint Spectrum
-
Ratings
Takeoff tools7.62 Ratings00 Ratings
Job costing9.522 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost databases9.418 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost calculator9.719 Ratings00 Ratings
Bid creation9.720 Ratings00 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
-
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
Contractor Foreman
-
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
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
-
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
Contractor Foreman
-
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
Contractor Foreman
-
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
Contractor Foreman
-
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
Contractor Foreman
-
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
Contractor Foreman
-
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
Contractor ForemanViewpoint Spectrum
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(28 ratings)
8.0
(69 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(2 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
8.9
(3 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
Contractor ForemanViewpoint Spectrum
Likelihood to Recommend
Contractor Foreman
In this case, CF is the best of the 'OK so far' category in my mind. NONE of the software available today gets close to a truly effective, user friendly GUI and functionality set. I have used 7 different systems over the years, with the top 4 big names having the largest hours operating. Most have less functionality, others are severely overpriced and under featured. Still others are so complicated you need an entire IT department to implement them. Contractor Foreman does much of what it does the absolute best for the money, meaning this is probably the best value for construction management software I'm aware of. I believe I can say with confidence, that if CF does it, it strives to do it well, and continues to strive to get it better. Picking a feature or two that excels is rather pointless in a company with that outlook. THAT is a company I can get behind...
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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
Contractor Foreman
  • Estimates
  • Project management
  • Lead management - tracking where they are in the funnel and having web lead automatically pull into the system.
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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
Contractor Foreman
  • Some of the modules like checklists and forms are confusing and hard to use
  • some of the training videos or versions of an old outdated version of the software
  • Would like to see a more efficent way of creating a submittal log generated from a specification book
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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
Contractor Foreman
Eliminated the need for our team to log into multiple systems to do their jobs which aligns to our Lean approach
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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
Contractor Foreman
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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
Contractor Foreman
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Trimble Viewpoint
I've never seen Spectrum down
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Performance
Contractor Foreman
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
Contractor Foreman
I rarely give anyone a 9 or 10 rating for service. The main reason for this rating is Contractor Foreman's dedication to improvement. To be completely frank, CF has fallen down on their tech help with me several times, but I am an exceptionally difficult user to service as I tend to use a product up to it's limits and want more. CF has actually addressed these wants several times (after waits that seemed interminable, but were actually pretty damn fast in the reality of software development)
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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
Contractor Foreman
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
Contractor Foreman
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
Contractor Foreman
I've used Buildertrend and Conconstruct near daily for a little over 10 years. They were both pretty solid. But the price kept going up without much value being added to the software. As they grew, they didn't upgrade with the growth, so the sites became slower. Contractor Forman has all the functionality of the others, and several other tools that they don't. There are several tools our company doesn't even use yet that look great. It's not perfect, and the learning curve due to its increased capability is a bit of a challenge. But overall, it is superior in every way that mattered to us, and more affordable.
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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
Contractor Foreman
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
Contractor Foreman
  • We don't have to double enter our job information anymore (estimates, bills, labor hours) to show employees what they need to see. Specific access within Contractor Foreman does that for us.
  • It's taken us longer to learn how Contractor Foreman works within itself than we thought it would, so implementation is taking a little longer than ideal. However, we have been learning a lot along the way about the easiest ways to use the workflow that Contractor Foreman has.
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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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ScreenShots

Contractor Foreman Screenshots

Screenshot of The client portal that lets customers to stay in the loop and know what is going on during all phases of the project.Screenshot of The custom dashboard which allows users to see the data that matters most to them.Screenshot of Stats that keep users informed to help them make use of data.Screenshot of The lead manager, that helps close deals without letting leads fall through the cracks.Screenshot of the Files & Photos screen, where making up plans can be done with Contractor Foreman.Screenshot of Time Cards, that display who is where and what they are doing.