Oracle Aconex vs. SmartBid

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Oracle Aconex
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Aconex is a cloud collaboration platform for the global construction industry which allows the user to quickly find what is needed with a single source of truth for communications, documents, processes, and models. Aconex was acquired and is now supported by Oracle since 2017.N/A
SmartBid
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
SmartBid is a construction bid management software for general contractors. SmartBid provides a web-based and mobile platform to streamline their bid project data, documents, and subcontractor communications. It also supports user permissions control for data security.N/A
Pricing
Oracle AconexSmartBid
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Oracle AconexSmartBid
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsAs a cloud-based solution, our clients can scale their access annually depending on the number of users. Subcontractors invited to bid or prequalify in the system receive access at no cost.
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Features
Oracle AconexSmartBid
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Oracle Aconex
8.9
3 Ratings
8% above category average
SmartBid
-
Ratings
Dashboards8.93 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports8.73 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports8.93 Ratings00 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
Oracle Aconex
8.5
6 Ratings
11% above category average
SmartBid
8.8
5 Ratings
15% above category average
Plan distribution & viewing8.13 Ratings8.55 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists8.73 Ratings00 Ratings
Photo documentation8.65 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports9.25 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing8.76 Ratings9.05 Ratings
RFI tools9.23 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals8.33 Ratings8.53 Ratings
As-built drawings8.73 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app7.32 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Submittal design and management8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
Oracle Aconex
8.6
2 Ratings
8% above category average
SmartBid
-
Ratings
Takeoff tools9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Job costing8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost databases9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost calculator9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Bid creation8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Oracle AconexSmartBid
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(7 ratings)
9.0
(7 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(4 ratings)
9.6
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
Oracle AconexSmartBid
Likelihood to Recommend
Oracle
For outstanding project managing and operational assistance, Oracle Aconex is an incredible program. The budget that suits every project are met and followed. More so, Oracle Aconex takes the permits required, for instance, the insurance permit and the license tracking. The contractor management feature is also encoded on Oracle Aconex, making the investor and the contractor have the same objective.
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ConstructConnect
SmartBid is also very useful for conducting sub-contracting analysis and management simulations in the didactic field. The procedures for sharing documents are helpful, but the graphic can be improved. Many forms can be pre-filled. This helps a lot in saving time and money! SmartBid is great for exporting and/or sending single or mass emails. However, as mentioned, it would be useful to simplify some pre-construction processes and improve the overall communication
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Pros
Oracle
  • Time tracking functionality is amazing.
  • All the features are easy and active.
  • The Cloud services offered by Oracle Aconex is efficient.
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ConstructConnect
  • It's very easy to set up a job and manage who receives solicitations. You can also keep detailed notes on who've you contacted and see if they're actually downloading and reviewing the documents.
  • You can add a confidentiality agreement clause which they must accept before accessing the documents. It then stores this information if it ever needs to be accessed. This is much cleaner and easier then sending out a NDA form and having the subcontractor return it before actually sending drawings/docs.
  • You can send Invitations to Bid and set it up to continue sending these ITB's until the subcontractor responds. However, this can also be a negative point because once you set up a delayed ITB, it doesn't update as the subcontractors view and respond to the ITB's. So if a sub is "Not Responded" and you set up a delayed ITB to fire off every day for 5 days, and the sub responds after day 2, that sub will continue to receive ITB's for all 5 days.
  • Uploading drawings is quick and easy. It's especially convenient if you link to one of your cloud services such as Egnyte, Google Drive, etc.
  • The search tools are quick and easy and often very accessible from any page.
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Cons
Oracle
  • Interface needs work; graphically inelegant, somewhat non-intuitive.
  • Process controls could be better 'templated' for industry standards.
  • Dashboard/to do for project managers - it's still too hard to see who is slowing the project down.
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ConstructConnect
  • We have seen intermittent problems with notes disappearing.
  • Ability to have more than one project bidding open at the same time/on multiple windows.
  • Mobile apps.
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Support Rating
Oracle
We're delighted with Oracle Aconex's functionality, UX, capabilities, and feature offerings. The only thing that keeps us from giving it a perfect 10/10 is the price. There are other options out there that won't burn as deep of a hole in your pocket, but then again, you get what you pay for.
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ConstructConnect
SmartBid has an excellent support team that is always at your service. Any problem I've had (when I've even had them) has been resolved almost immediately, along with tips on how to avoid them in the future. If you're looking for a program with excellent customer service, look no further than SmartBid.
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Alternatives Considered
Oracle
Oracle Aconex seems to be tailored for our specific needs since it supports construction project information and all related type of data. It is secure and compliant which makes it crucial for real-time collaboration and control of job site processes. Other platforms that we have evaluated are still well designed, but much more generic which is not favourable for our engineering projects.
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ConstructConnect
SmartBid is used by more of the contractors that we happen to do lots of work with. It has basically the same features. However, SmartBid will let subcontractors view all the jobs a general contractor is bidding, even ones we were never invited to. So it has the potential to bring more opportunities.
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Return on Investment
Oracle
  • Being able to communicate with a client for document submission.
  • Client communication for mail that is traceable.
  • Double handling of documents, as we have another internal document control program.
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ConstructConnect
  • The Data mangement helped us a lot with project managment.
  • ROI is worth it because of the project managment is great
  • We only had positive feedback from the subcontractors.
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ScreenShots

Oracle Aconex Screenshots

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SmartBid Screenshots

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