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Likelihood to Recommend

Cosential

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

Sales Force Automation

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

Marketing Automation

Cosential
7.5
Viewpoint Spectrum
Lead management
Cosential
10.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
Email marketing
Cosential
5.0
Viewpoint Spectrum

CRM Project Management

Cosential
8.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
Task management
Cosential
7.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
Reporting
Cosential
9.0
Viewpoint Spectrum

CRM Reporting & Analytics

Cosential
8.7
Viewpoint Spectrum
Forecasting
Cosential
6.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
Pipeline visualization
Cosential
10.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
Customizable reports
Cosential
10.0
Viewpoint Spectrum

Customization

Cosential
7.5
Viewpoint Spectrum
Custom fields
Cosential
9.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
Custom objects
Cosential
6.0
Viewpoint Spectrum

Security

Cosential
10.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
Single sign-on capability
Cosential
10.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
Role-based user permissions
Cosential
10.0
Viewpoint Spectrum

Social CRM

Cosential
5.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
Social data
Cosential
5.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
Social engagement
Cosential
5.0
Viewpoint Spectrum

Integrations with 3rd-party Software

Cosential
5.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
Marketing automation
Cosential
5.0
Viewpoint Spectrum

Platform

Cosential
7.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
Mobile access
Cosential
7.0
Viewpoint Spectrum

Construction Project & Field Management

Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.3
Plan distribution & viewing
Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.0
Plan markups & sharing
Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.9
Issue tracking & punchlists
Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.9
Photo documentation
Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.6
Jobsite reports
Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.9
Document sharing
Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
7.3
RFI tools
Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.9
Collaboration & approvals
Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.9
As-built drawings
Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.8
Mobile app
Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.8
Submittal design and management
Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.0

Estimating

Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.0
Takeoff tools
Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
4.5
Job costing
Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
7.8
Cost databases
Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.9
Cost calculator
Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
5.6
Bid creation
Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.4

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

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

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

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

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

Viewpoint Spectrum

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

Viewpoint Spectrum

Viewpoint Spectrum 6.3
Based on 30 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

Cosential

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

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

Cosential

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

Viewpoint Spectrum

  • We do not use Viewpoint Spectrum for estimating or project tracking. There has not been any incentive to do so. The results achieved using the methods already in place are at a level that it was deemed unnecessary to invest the time and money required to change.
  • We do not use the Human Resources module. It is not necessary for only around 45 permanent employees. The functionality of just the payroll module covers the data we want to capture electronically. The other 400 - 500 employees we have each year are non-permanent union workers that come and go and are also sufficiently recorded and tracked with the payroll module.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cosential

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

Cosential
10.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

Cosential
Viewpoint Spectrum
10.0

Usability

Cosential
8.0
Viewpoint Spectrum

Support Rating

Cosential
8.0
Viewpoint Spectrum
6.3

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