Contractor Foreman vs. Viewpoint Vista

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
Vista
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
Viewpoint’s Vista is a construction accounting software. Vista’s core accounting features include accounts receivable and payable, general ledger, payroll and time management, and cash management. It also provides tools for document management, including document templates and reporting.N/A
Pricing
Contractor ForemanViewpoint Vista
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 ForemanVista
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 Vista
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
Contractor ForemanViewpoint Vista
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
7.7
16 Ratings
0% below category average
Viewpoint Vista
-
Ratings
Employee demographic data7.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Employment history7.712 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration8.816 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 Vista
8.3
25 Ratings
14% above category average
Pay calculation6.33 Ratings8.824 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors6.54 Ratings00 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment4.51 Ratings00 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.01 Ratings7.718 Ratings
Direct deposit files8.01 Ratings8.924 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management6.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Reimbursement management6.82 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
7.7
2 Ratings
1% above category average
Viewpoint Vista
-
Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets7.72 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
8.7
22 Ratings
8% above category average
Viewpoint Vista
7.8
29 Ratings
11% above category average
Dashboards8.921 Ratings8.324 Ratings
Standard reports8.721 Ratings7.929 Ratings
Custom reports8.519 Ratings7.626 Ratings
Data exportability8.618 Ratings00 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
8.7
22 Ratings
16% above category average
Viewpoint Vista
-
Ratings
Plan distribution & viewing7.15 Ratings00 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing8.913 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists9.520 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation9.322 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports9.816 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing8.919 Ratings00 Ratings
RFI tools8.814 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals8.817 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app8.722 Ratings00 Ratings
Submittal design and management8.511 Ratings00 Ratings
Checklists8.920 Ratings00 Ratings
Meeting Minutes8.13 Ratings00 Ratings
Specifications7.54 Ratings00 Ratings
Change orders8.920 Ratings00 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
9.1
21 Ratings
11% above category average
Viewpoint Vista
-
Ratings
Takeoff tools7.72 Ratings00 Ratings
Job costing9.420 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost databases9.316 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost calculator9.617 Ratings00 Ratings
Bid creation9.618 Ratings00 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
7.3
6 Ratings
1% above category average
API for custom integration00 Ratings7.16 Ratings
Plug-ins00 Ratings7.65 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
8.2
13 Ratings
1% above category average
Single sign-on capability00 Ratings8.311 Ratings
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings8.113 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
8.0
18 Ratings
5% above category average
Accounts payable00 Ratings8.218 Ratings
Accounts receivable00 Ratings8.015 Ratings
Global Financial Support00 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Primary and Secondary Ledgers00 Ratings8.21 Ratings
Journals and Reconciliations00 Ratings8.213 Ratings
Configurable Accounting00 Ratings8.314 Ratings
Standardized Processes00 Ratings7.717 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
7.4
6 Ratings
6% below category average
Inventory tracking00 Ratings7.46 Ratings
Automatic reordering00 Ratings7.32 Ratings
Location management00 Ratings7.64 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
7.4
8 Ratings
5% below category average
Pricing00 Ratings7.06 Ratings
Order entry00 Ratings7.68 Ratings
Cost of goods sold00 Ratings7.68 Ratings
Order Orchestration00 Ratings7.55 Ratings
Subledger and Financial Process
Comparison of Subledger and Financial Process features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
7.6
16 Ratings
3% above category average
Billing Management00 Ratings8.013 Ratings
Cash and Asset Management00 Ratings7.813 Ratings
Travel & Expense Management00 Ratings7.07 Ratings
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting00 Ratings6.98 Ratings
Period Close00 Ratings7.811 Ratings
Project Financial Management
Comparison of Project Financial Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
8.0
1 Ratings
5% above category average
Budgeting and Forecasting00 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Project Costing00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Cost Capture00 Ratings9.11 Ratings
Customer Contract Compliance00 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Project Revenue Recognition00 Ratings7.31 Ratings
Project Execution Management
Comparison of Project Execution Management features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
6.4
9 Ratings
7% below category average
Task Insight for Project Managers00 Ratings7.47 Ratings
Project Mobile Functionality00 Ratings6.58 Ratings
Procurement
Comparison of Procurement features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
7.2
8 Ratings
3% above category average
Contract Authoring00 Ratings7.56 Ratings
Contract Repository00 Ratings7.76 Ratings
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated00 Ratings6.87 Ratings
Supplier Management00 Ratings6.65 Ratings
Supply Chain
Comparison of Supply Chain features of Product A and Product B
Contractor Foreman
-
Ratings
Viewpoint Vista
7.5
4 Ratings
4% above category average
Inventory Planning00 Ratings7.54 Ratings
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User Ratings
Contractor ForemanViewpoint Vista
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(25 ratings)
7.8
(76 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(2 ratings)
8.0
(17 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
6.7
(21 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(4 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
8.8
(3 ratings)
5.1
(28 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
6.3
(8 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(4 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(41 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(4 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Contractor ForemanViewpoint Vista
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 company has made a commitment to the use of the Vista products and continue to move forward trying to implement more with the Vista HR Management. From timekeeping to onboarding in the near future we strive to look for better ways to utilize the products for our accounting and payroll purposes.
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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
  • New employee on-boarding and personnel management
  • Full spectrum accounting management (AP/AR/Payroll)
  • Project management from contract award through project close-out
  • Data security management, reporting and anlysis
  • Equipment full lifespan management for costs, revenue and location tracking
  • User Database allows for built-in customization capabilities to fit the most unique business requirements
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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
  • Their payroll module is terribly slow and very clunky.
  • Job costing parameters are very strict and limited.
  • Each module interface has too many forms and screens.
  • There is too much flexibility regarding where to put information into the system. There isn't one place to do anything, which creates confusion for staff.
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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
It is extremely customizable and tracks so many complicated costs very well, more-so than other construction software programs out there that we've used in the past. It is also not an easy program to use for those even slightly not comfortable with a computer. The help sections/knowledge base could be better organized and updated more. It is a very powerful software program for our business and we rely on it hugely to see how our projects are running in real-time.
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Usability
Contractor Foreman
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Trimble Viewpoint
I think that Vista's is an easy program to use very user friendly with lots of help features to allow the user to fix an issue without having to put a support call into Vista. The reporting and exporting capability's are strong.
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Reliability and Availability
Contractor Foreman
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
Only issue is when there is an upgrade - it takes several times to get back logged in. Otherwise no issues with getting on to the program. We are set up on lap top or on the remote desk top. Works 90% of the time
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Performance
Contractor Foreman
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Trimble Viewpoint
No issue downloading the reports - I do find sometimes it is easier to export and save than it is to print to a pdf. Options on the different reports not consistent. You can print a couple projects on the JC Contract Status Report - but you have to do each project for the JC Cost by contract item - when neither one is a drill down - not a big deal
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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
When privately owned, it was very good, then dropped when owned by Bane Capital Investments. Now that it has been bought by Trimble and has a home, support is back up again. Response time is better than most software companies, and the information provided is good. They have Chat support for quick answers, and a good Knowledge Base and video libraries.
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In-Person Training
Contractor Foreman
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
I was not part of the in person training. I am assuming the training went well - but I did all my training through viewpoint academy.
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Online Training
Contractor Foreman
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
Excellent training! They keep you on track to insure your implementation is going as planned. There are ample ways to receive additional training and training can be provided by position type. If you put on the effort, the training is there.
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Implementation Rating
Contractor Foreman
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Trimble Viewpoint
The trainer Viewpoint sent did not understand the processes, he only knew where the modules were located. He had no understanding of the actual process itself.
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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 personally have not used another ERP system other than Viewpoint Vista. I am sure there are others out there, but from listening to my managers experiences before Great Basin Industrial implemented Viewpoint, the other options were less superior to what Viewpoint offers. I think if you are looking for an ERP system in the construction industry, then Viewpoint is the way to go
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Contractor Foreman
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Trimble Viewpoint
I wasn't part of the integration.
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Scalability
Contractor Foreman
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
For a small business - this program is well used in the accounting and operations. The two different work plans are set up for success. Alot of the programs we do not use - but like the reports that are generated - one disadvantage if you do not know crystal reports you cannot edit your form to meet your needs so there is a lot of printing different several forms to get all the information you need.
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Professional Services
Contractor Foreman
No answers on this topic
Trimble Viewpoint
I wasn't part of the integration.
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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
  • Not sure I can speak to this as the company moved to Viewpoint before I began here. I think it is helpful for the Project Management and Superintendent staff to easily review how specific job items went, which we do in the PM contract drilldown analysis
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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.

Vista Screenshots

Screenshot of Job Cost AccountingScreenshot of Equipment ManagementScreenshot of Service ManagementScreenshot of Service Management Dispatch Board