Sage 100 Contractor vs. SmartBid

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Sage 100 Contractor
Score 6.3 out of 10
N/A
Sage 100 Contractor is a construction accounting and project management software. It is intended to provide primary accounting and other management capabilities across a construction project lifecycle, including estimating, service management, and reporting.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
Sage 100 ContractorSmartBid
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Sage 100 ContractorSmartBid
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
Sage 100 ContractorSmartBid
Human Resource Management
Comparison of Human Resource Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100 Contractor
7.8
1 Ratings
5% above category average
SmartBid
-
Ratings
Employment history7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Job profiles and administration7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Workflow for transfers, promotions, pay raises, etc.7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Organizational charting9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Organization and location management9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100 Contractor
6.5
1 Ratings
11% below category average
SmartBid
-
Ratings
Pay calculation8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Asset Management
Comparison of Asset Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100 Contractor
10.0
1 Ratings
27% above category average
SmartBid
-
Ratings
Tracking of all physical assets10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100 Contractor
9.5
1 Ratings
14% above category average
SmartBid
-
Ratings
Dashboards10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Data exportability8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Construction Project & Field Management
Comparison of Construction Project & Field Management features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100 Contractor
7.2
4 Ratings
5% below category average
SmartBid
8.8
5 Ratings
15% above category average
Plan distribution & viewing8.01 Ratings8.55 Ratings
Plan markups & sharing8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Issue tracking & punchlists3.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Jobsite reports10.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Document sharing10.02 Ratings9.05 Ratings
RFI tools6.02 Ratings8.04 Ratings
Collaboration & approvals5.01 Ratings8.53 Ratings
Submittal design and management6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Specifications8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Change orders8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Estimating
Comparison of Estimating features of Product A and Product B
Sage 100 Contractor
9.3
2 Ratings
16% above category average
SmartBid
-
Ratings
Job costing10.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost databases10.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost calculator8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Sage 100 ContractorSmartBid
Likelihood to Recommend
5.0
(5 ratings)
9.0
(7 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(2 ratings)
9.6
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
Sage 100 ContractorSmartBid
Likelihood to Recommend
Sage
Sage 100 does what it needs to do for construction project job costing, and we additionally use it to enter payroll. That process is a bit cumbersome, time consuming with the # of employees we have. If the employee timecard was a lot simpler it would speed up the weekly payroll data entry process. As far as on the financial side, no complaints. Our controller seems to be happy with the system. He originally recommended we use it to more of its capacity earlier this year
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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
Sage
  • Sage integrates very well with our field time tracking software called Exaktime. We import the start/end time card data that includes job costs directly to the PR module which greatly reduces the time it takes to process payroll.
  • Sage 100 C payroll calculations and WC/GL overhead calculations are easy to use and understand. The WC/GL overhead calculations are posted to project costs in real-time allowing for accurate total cost reporting of the project.
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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
Sage
  • Making time and material billings easier by complying with my proposal requirements.
  • Reducing the cost of support, since I hardly use it.
  • I don't like the reviews since we do a lot of small projects along with some big ones. Billings or invoices from vendors that have the same amount always trigger a question. Therefore I don't do the reviews anymore. It's so much nothing.
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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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Likelihood to Renew
Sage
The cost of Sage 100 Contractor software is relatively inexpensive compared to some higher-priced options like Foundation and Microsoft Dynamics GP. But more importantly, the cost of implementing new software is costly. Implementation costs include testing and training. There are also risks involved with switching software such as missing data after conversion. Plus, there are always some unknown downsides to switching that are not apparent until the switch is made such as perceived capabilities that really don't exist. For these reasons, we will likely stay with Sage 100 Contractor for a long time. If we grow (say double) in size, we would consider other options.
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ConstructConnect
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Support Rating
Sage
If we ever have issues with Sage 100, the live chat is an awesome tool. However, most of our live chat inquiries are not because of the issues we have, but more for us to better understand how we are supposed to use the software. Sometimes we ask ourselves "what if we" and if we need guidance, the live chat will provide us with the answers or resources to figure out what we need. They always follow up to ensure the problems we encounter have been fixed. If our issue is an indicator of an upgrade that could be made, Sage 100 C offers a way to submit the idea for review and improvement of the software.
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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
Sage
We are currently looking at Vista as a replacement Sage 100. The estimating features appear to be exactly what our department is looking for and the accounting staff is very pleased as well. We brought in Procore about a year ago and are very happy with it. The field staff is really warming up to it and the RFI and other communication is top notch.
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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
Sage
  • It has cut down on accounting personnel and made the cost more effective in that department.
  • It allows for more company wide visibility on all jobs.
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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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