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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cosential

Great for medium and large construction companies that have a specific salesforce.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

UDA Construction Suite

If you've never used software before and have low expectations, then you might be able to make it work out.
Abe Degnan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Sales Force Automation

Cosential
8.7
UDA Construction Suite
Customer data management / contact management
Cosential
10.0
UDA Construction Suite
Workflow management
Cosential
6.0
UDA Construction Suite
Territory management
Cosential
9.0
UDA Construction Suite
Opportunity management
Cosential
10.0
UDA Construction Suite
Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)
Cosential
10.0
UDA Construction Suite
Interaction tracking
Cosential
9.0
UDA Construction Suite
Channel / partner relationship management
Cosential
7.0
UDA Construction Suite

Marketing Automation

Cosential
7.5
UDA Construction Suite
Lead management
Cosential
10.0
UDA Construction Suite
Email marketing
Cosential
5.0
UDA Construction Suite

CRM Project Management

Cosential
8.0
UDA Construction Suite
Task management
Cosential
7.0
UDA Construction Suite
Reporting
Cosential
9.0
UDA Construction Suite

CRM Reporting & Analytics

Cosential
8.7
UDA Construction Suite
Forecasting
Cosential
6.0
UDA Construction Suite
Pipeline visualization
Cosential
10.0
UDA Construction Suite
Customizable reports
Cosential
10.0
UDA Construction Suite

Customization

Cosential
7.5
UDA Construction Suite
Custom fields
Cosential
9.0
UDA Construction Suite
Custom objects
Cosential
6.0
UDA Construction Suite

Security

Cosential
10.0
UDA Construction Suite
Single sign-on capability
Cosential
10.0
UDA Construction Suite
Role-based user permissions
Cosential
10.0
UDA Construction Suite

Social CRM

Cosential
5.0
UDA Construction Suite
Social data
Cosential
5.0
UDA Construction Suite
Social engagement
Cosential
5.0
UDA Construction Suite

Integrations with 3rd-party Software

Cosential
5.0
UDA Construction Suite
Marketing automation
Cosential
5.0
UDA Construction Suite

Platform

Cosential
7.0
UDA Construction Suite
Mobile access
Cosential
7.0
UDA Construction Suite

Pros

Cosential

  • Inputting of companies and leads who may become prospects.
  • Creating specific opportunities for construction projects.
  • Tracking opportunities through the entire sales cycle.
  • Inputting detailed notes and activity by the Sales team.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

UDA Construction Suite

  • The beautiful user interface. It looks good.
  • Their videos are professional.
  • They have webinars.
Abe Degnan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cosential

  • The open software is somewhat difficult to master as an administrator.
  • Report writing could be more intuitive.
  • The company seems to cater to larger users.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

UDA Construction Suite

  • Their spell checker creates a squiggly line to tell you that you have a misspelled word, but, doesn't allow you to correct it.
  • The spell checker lets you add custom words to a dictionary, but, it can only use one dictionary at a time to check spelling. So the default dictionary gets used, and your custom words still show up as being spelled wrong!
  • You can't select-copy addresses, in order to paste them somewhere else.
  • Using duplexing on my printer doesn't work right. It works for every other software I own, but not in UDA.
  • There is a bug in the WIP date range that doesn't pull accurate data.
  • "Options" in the estimate show only cost, not margin. So if you show your customer that report, you are revealing cost info, not selling price!!
  • You can't import a PDF into bid notes, even though the premise of UDA is to try to make it a single repository for all your information.
  • You can't use the arrow key to browse photos in UDA. You need to close, and click into the next one. No inuitive functionality.
  • The estimating module separates material and labor, in ways that create a very confusing Scope of Work. You need to select the labor item from your database, then separately select the material from your database. You end up with two line items in your Scope of Work for the same thing. Instead of writing, "Supply and Install a new window" you have "Supply a new window" and then "Install a new window." It's hard for my estimator, and confusing for my client.
  • UDA will WREAK HAVOC on your contacts in Outlook.
  • It does a terrible job of managing husband/wife or partner/partner situations. You can't mail merge them properly, or, you get forced into combining their contact into into a single contact-- and then how do you know whether the cell phone is his or hers???
  • There is no good way to credit design fees against the construction contract, if you happen to use that paradigm for your contracts.
  • There is no way to filter contracts by their date created. So, how do you find your newest contacts for entering them into something such as Constant Contact?
  • If you try to use integration of QuickBooks(QB) and UDA, your ITEMS list in QB will either get expanded to hundreds or even THOUSANDS of items... or, your POs in QB will get created in a summary form such that they are virtually meaningless.
  • The "lead funnel" graphic may look cool, but there is not a good way to actually report on the lead status, track the activities and calls that you make, note significant emails that you write, or keep track of when you send out thank-you cards or spiffs/gifts!
  • They might tell you that these things work, but, after spending MONTHS with UDA, I found out that these problems are deal breakers.
  • Within their customer service department, the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. They do not use a structure such as Zendesk that so many other great companies use. Even though I was paying for priority support, there were often days going by where I could not get a call or email back to assist me with a support request or provide a tutorial on how to do something. Had I not paid extra for support, this would be acceptable. But when paying for "TotalCare" priority support, there are times when the software had me stuck, and I was stuck for a day at a time waiting for an answer. Sometimes no answer ever arrived.
Abe Degnan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cosential

Cosential 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Cosential is very intuitive for the AEC industry and has the ability to be customized for your specific needs. The reports are especially helpful, with good visual dashboards.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

UDA Construction Suite

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cosential

Cosential 8.0
Based on 1 answer
My original trainer / implementation specialist was fantastic. That relationship has continued, even though I have been officially handed off to the customer service side. The customer service side seems to have higher turnover than normal, but in general they are also very supportive, although not as responsive as I might like.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

UDA Construction Suite

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cosential

Cosential is specific to the A/E industry and is the most intuitive software we found for construction.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

UDA Construction Suite

QuickBooks has great quality assurance and while they don't provide support, their software is nearly flawless. Co-construct provides great support and solves problems. In comparison, UDA Construction Suite is full of flaws, and their customer service department is disorganized and overworked.
Abe Degnan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cosential

  • Allowed for common tracking by business developers in different regions.
  • Helped us quantify effort.
  • Provides great reports for management.
Kevin Shaw | TrustRadius Reviewer

UDA Construction Suite

  • All my money was wasted. I could not get a refund.
  • All my time was wasted. I spent much time on customer support, and even more time "stuck" where customer support could not be reached.
  • My staff time was wasted, because it was hard for them to implement and then we ultimately abandoned it.
Abe Degnan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cosential

General

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

UDA Construction Suite

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cosential
10.0
UDA Construction Suite
1.0

Usability

Cosential
8.0
UDA Construction Suite

Support Rating

Cosential
8.0
UDA Construction Suite

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