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BQE CORE

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What is BQE CORE?

BQE CORE is a business management solution built specifically for professional service firms. BQE CORE is a combination of a billing assistant, project management, and accounting solution. CORE is designed to do the hard work of delivering actionable insights directly…

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Land Surveyor

8 out of 10
April 10, 2024
Incentivized
We use BQE Core to take work hours on projects, track progress, and bill clients. The system is set up to easily track times for multiple …
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So Far, So Good

8 out of 10
March 11, 2024
Incentivized
So Far, So Good! The program is integrating and consolidating our use of several other programs. So far, BQE CORE is providing us real …
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Users have found this product to be incredibly versatile and useful in a variety of use cases. From personal to professional settings, the …
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Popular Features

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  • Timesheet Tracking (57)
    9.4
    94%
  • Resource Management (40)
    9.3
    93%
  • Task Management (39)
    8.7
    87%
  • Budget and Expense Management (44)
    7.7
    77%

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What is BQE CORE?

BQE CORE is a business management solution built specifically for professional service firms. BQE CORE is a combination of a billing assistant, project management, and accounting solution. CORE is designed to do the hard work of delivering actionable insights directly to the user's dashboards or…

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Features

Project Management

Project management software provides capabilities to streamline management of complex projects through task management, team collaboration and workflow automation

8.1
Avg 7.5

Professional Services Automation

Features that support professional services organizations

8.6
Avg 7.4
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Product Details

What is BQE CORE?

BQE CORE is a business management solution built specifically for professional service firms. BQE CORE is a combination of a billing assistant, project management, and accounting solution. CORE is designed to do the hard work of delivering actionable insights directly to the user's dashboards or inbox.

BQE CORE replaces the products Engineeroffice, Archioffice, and BillQuick; the functionality of these applications is now found in BQE CORE.

BQE CORE Screenshots

Screenshot of Core powered by BQE SoftwareScreenshot of BQE CORE Project Dashboard ViewScreenshot of BQE CORE 360* Firm Performance ViewScreenshot of BQE CORE Reporting & AnalyticsScreenshot of BQE CORE Project Time EntryScreenshot of BQE CORE Project Expense Tracking

BQE CORE Videos

Customer Testimonial: iT Architecture
BQE Core for Architects

BQE CORE Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android, Mobile Web
Supported CountriesUnited States, Australia and EU
Supported LanguagesEnglish

Frequently Asked Questions

Replicon Polaris PSA, QuickBooks Time, and Harvest are common alternatives for BQE CORE.

Reviewers rate Timesheet Tracking highest, with a score of 9.4.

The most common users of BQE CORE are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).

BQE CORE Customer Size Distribution

Consumers0%
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)60%
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)20%
Enterprises (more than 500 employees)20%
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Reviews and Ratings

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Users have found this product to be incredibly versatile and useful in a variety of use cases. From personal to professional settings, the product has proven to be an essential tool. Many users have praised its ability to streamline their workflow and increase productivity. Whether it's organizing tasks, managing projects, or collaborating with team members, this product has proven to be a valuable asset.

In addition, customers have highlighted the product's effectiveness in improving time management and prioritization skills. By providing an intuitive interface and customizable features, the product allows users to tailor it to their specific needs and preferences. This flexibility has made it a go-to solution for individuals across different industries.

Furthermore, reviewers have noted the product's seamless integration with other tools and platforms, making it easy to incorporate into existing workflows. Whether it's syncing with calendars, integrating with project management software, or connecting with communication tools, this product offers a seamless experience that enhances efficiency and collaboration.

Lastly, users have praised the product's ability to provide data insights and analytics. By tracking progress, measuring performance, and generating reports, the product empowers users to make informed decisions and optimize their operations.

Overall, customers have found that this product solves various challenges they face in their daily lives by offering a reliable and user-friendly solution. Its versatility, integration capabilities, and data-driven approach make it an invaluable tool for individuals and teams looking to enhance their productivity and achieve their goals.

User-Friendly Interface: Many users have praised the software for its user-friendly interface that is intuitive and easy to navigate. They appreciate the organized layout and easy readability, which makes it convenient to access different areas and find what they are looking for.

Automated Reporting: The ability to preset automated reporting has been helpful to users as it saves them from having to manually create reports. This feature has been appreciated by a significant number of reviewers.

Flexible Time Input: Users highly value the flexibility of being able to input time from any device and any location. This convenience aligns well with their workflow and has been mentioned by numerous reviewers.

Cons:

  1. Login Timeout: Some users have expressed frustration with the constant need to log in due to 'timeout', finding it annoying. They mention that they often have to re-enter their credentials, which disrupts their workflow and wastes time.

  2. Lack of Integration with Payroll Forecasting Tool: Several users have mentioned that they find the integration with the Payroll Forecasting tool lacking. They feel that the software does not seamlessly connect with their payroll system, requiring manual workarounds and causing inefficiencies in managing employee compensation.

  3. Software Not Intuitive: Users feel that the software is not intuitive and encounter challenges while navigating and using its features. They highlight difficulties in finding certain functions, understanding how to perform tasks efficiently, and overall confusion due to a lack of user-friendly design and clear instructions.

Users have provided several recommendations for BQE Core based on their experiences. Here are the three most common recommendations:

  1. Users recommend taking advantage of the training and support provided by BQE Core. They suggest being patient with the learning curve and going into the software with an open mind. Some users emphasize that investing in training and implementation packages can help navigate the more complex aspects of the software.

  2. Many users recommend BQE Core for its time tracking and project management capabilities. They find it helpful for recording time, expenses, and tracking multiple projects. Users appreciate the various filters and options available for time recording and billing. They believe that using BQE Core can improve time tracking and project management goals.

  3. Another common recommendation is to utilize the customer service and support offered by BQE Core. Users highly appreciate the excellent customer support provided by the company. They suggest contacting BQE support for assistance, utilizing mobile apps, getting reports and invoices customized to fit their business needs, and taking advantage of the report scheduling capability of BQE Core.

Overall, users recommend exploring the features of BQE Core, investing in training if needed, leveraging customer support, and utilizing its time tracking and project management capabilities to enhance productivity.

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Kayla Derrick | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use BQE CORE for project management, time tracking, and invoicing. Prior to this we were using 3+ programs to do these things and manually creating invoices because we could not find a porgram that let us track fixed and percent contracted time.
  • Invoicing is easy and is easy for Clients to undertstand
  • Time tracking is simple for the most part.
  • Payment tracking is easy and the widgets on the dashboard to show past dues is a big plus.
  • Automatically adds in markups for expenses and fees
  • Can create multiple fee schedules
  • Can track hourly time as well as percentage of lump sum contracts
  • There is some lag at the beginning of the month, but they have been addressing it
  • The "free" Customer Support could be better
  • Bulk inputting time could be easier by allowing CORE to "remember" activities
Well suited for most anyone.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have been using BQE CORE for the past several years and have been associated with BQE CORE for nearly 8 years. We primarily utilize BQE CORE for Time and Expense Tracking, Monthly Invoicing, Project Management Reporting, and financial syncing to QuickBooks.
  • enables invoicing of Professional Services with bill rates that can vary across customer accounts
  • Easy entry of Time and Expense Reporting
  • Numerous Templates for Invoicing and canned financial and PMO Reporting
  • System sometimes bogs down - becomes a bit slow for Administrators to generate invoices
Works well for Professional Services Consulting. Enables specific billing information to be entered at the Client/Project Level. Links this detailed information to Billing. Allows for effective Project Margin calculations and cost and revenue determinations.
January 09, 2024

BQE Review from Engineer

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
This product has allowed me as an employee to be able to enter my time from anywhere. This gives me the freedom to work from home, or in the field when needed. I can simply log on to another pc or an app on my phone to be able to quickly enter my time for the week. I am not tied down to my pc at the office being the only device I can enter my time.
  • accessibility
  • uniformity
  • reliability
  • speed
  • internet connectivity
  • refreshability
BQE is well suited for time entry. All jobs can be easily located based on our company's file structure system. This helps us keep uniformity across our jobs. BQE is also well suited for expense entry. It allows me to easily record mileage, prints, review fees, etc for each individual project.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use CORE to keep track of our hours that we work, accrual/usage of PTO, using Holiday hours, and billing our clients. It is particularly helpful to see our budget for a certain project that we have, and how much we are directly billing the client for the hours that we work. I have no bad words to say yet so far about CORE, only that the dashboard user interface is a little hard to customize and not super clear on how to edit. Besides that, it is very easy to use, informative, and intuitive.
  • Easy to use
  • Good customer service
  • Helpful overviews
  • Dashboard can be confusing
  • Editing hours can be difficult
  • Servers can go down sometimes without notification
It is very well suited for people in companies who bill their time. Our whole firm uses this software, so it is very helpful for us engineers, architects, electricians, leads, project managers, to bill time to specific projects based on how much time we work on their job. However, it is not as helpful for some people in our firm to use that just work for the general company, not on specific projects (i.e. Human Resources, IT, Marketing, etc.)
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I use CORE as project tracking tool, specifically to help with resource allocation across all of my company's projects. CORE can break down resource allocation across projects, people, or engineering disciplines, and this allows our discipline leads to track and forecast the utilization of their team members across a selected time frame. This insight is critical in ensuring our teams are not overworked and feeds into business decisions regarding hiring for additional positions.
  • Time Entry and Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Reporting
  • Filtering is not intuitive
  • Reports are not customizable
  • System has some bugs which make filtering via groups useless on some screens
CORE is well suited for time entry and reporting across employee groups and projects. CORE can generate many useful reports, however the customization and filtering of these reports isn't exactly intuitive. It can be difficult to get the reports to show the data you want, and there is no way to remove data fields from a report or create a custom report.
January 26, 2023

The BQE experience

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
BQE is used by our company to track and individually account for all of our client billing and hourly projections of staff cost. BQE is able to break out all of our individual detailed circuits and sections for each client simply and quickly. I am extremely happy with the ease by which new users are able to learn and utilize the features.
  • individually separates circuits and sections for our billing
  • quick learning time to bill correctly
  • easy access across platforms
  • I would say that it is pretty good overall, only the tutorials of new features could use a search for new uses
BQE is great when it comes to ability to customize the individual circuits so that I am able to pass along mini budgets and the costs to the client in a simple way. I like the ease at which new hires are able to grasp the product and make sure that they are correctly sending off the detail oriented billing that my company does. I dont see any down side so far.
January 26, 2023

BQE is very helpful

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
BQE Core has been absolutely indispensable for us in starting our business for client management and ensuring that our bookkeeping doesn’t get out of control as we navigate all of the other challenges of starting a business. the invoice builder and estimate creator are excellent and once you get a handle on the global Sherri ya and your naming conventions it will do exactly what you want it to. In addition, the help pages are excellent , and the real time chat built in to the app are really helpful and convenient. Just do t hesitate to ask for help since it is a complex software with numerous features.
  • Help center
  • Invoices
  • Client management
  • Settings
  • Naming conventions
  • Auto save
Core is very well suited to running all aspects of a business through. It has been a bit of a challenge with such a small business to formalize all aspects so quickly so that the software has enough information to base its recommendations and metrics on, but it is well worth the early struggle to be better organized down the line
Brittany Hackenberg | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We utilize BQE Core on a daily basis for time card entry, project management, and invoicing. We find that utilizing these functions helps keep us on track for compliance. We also record budgets and monitor them to stay ahead of any billing issues. We have also reached out and taken advantage of the custom reports option.
  • They are very good at responding to any inquiries we may have.
  • They are good at understanding our needs and implementing any custom options.
  • The security features that are able to be implemented with each employee is impressive.
  • There is a function for everything when it comes to sorting and filtering specific reports and how to get every bit of information possible.
  • The payment and invoice screens could go hand in hand.
  • The statements option leaves a little to be desired.
  • Classes and trainings could be readily available.
This is a great option for a small business that needs some guidance. I was not familiar with QBE Core prior to working for a civil engineer but it is very easy to learn and it can be utilized by anyone . There are a ton of training scenarios and helpful hints if you do not know the answer to something.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use BQE on a day-to-day basis as a consulting engineering firm to keep track of time, and expenses for projects to appropriately budget costs to clients. It helps you track the number of hours spent on projects and helps to distinguish how much time was spent on specific activities.
  • Easily accessible online
  • Simple and easy to use UI
  • Optional mobile app for better accessibility
  • At times, BQE can be slow while it uploads/saves to the cloud
  • Attachments take time to upload
  • Project list from last week's time entry disappear as you enter new week's time entries
For a consulting business that needs to keep close track of time and expenses, highly recommended. In any scenario where you need to keep a close eye on time and budget, BQE allows for a simple look at the breakdown for projects. One useful feature displays the number of billable hours and non-billable hours for a month, making it easier to maintain goals.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Dashboards are an amazing quick view of an overall snapshot of what is going on. I love the ability to customize and set up multiple dashboards for Accounting, HR, Project Management, etc. The ability to fine-tune a time period is one of the best features. Time Sheets are easy to use for staff with minimal training.
  • Invoice Collections within Billing is a great tool because of the ability to take notes and track contact.
  • Invoices are professional looking and easy for our clients to understand the overall progress within each phase of their project.
  • Dashboards are the best tool EVER!
  • The Contact List feature within Clients setup is the perfect way to track multiple project managers within a large company that also has multiple contracts with us.
  • It would be great to click on a dashboard area and drill down into an actual report.
  • I'd like to be able to customize what reports I see within Time Card > More > View Reports, set up a memorized report, and then access it from there while also being able to reset date parameters.
  • I'd like the ability to further customize payroll settings. Under Global Settings > MASTER INFORMATION > Employee information > TIME OFF > I like that I can re-name 4 fields of the Activity Items, but I need more and my name does not transfer to some of the reports I use.
  • When emailing invoices, I would like the choice to send from more than one email address. For example, my Project Coordinator creates and sends out invoices to clients so her email signature is used. I, send out reminders under the Collections area but I need to replace her signature with mine every time. It would be nice to be able to choose more than one "signature" to send from.
  • It would be great if you could have a "most used" section for reports. Needing to sift through 200 reports and read/decipher all the descriptions it a giant time sucker.
There are too many reports to choose from and no previews to see what you will get. I inevitably end up with an 84-page tome. The filters need to be revamped to help drill down.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I use BQE Core to log time which we bill to clients, and log expenses, get vacation approved, log sick time. Arcchitecture is all about billing to clients, so I like how easy it is to choose from the dropdown menus who to bill, and what category to file it under.
  • Intuitive, easy, simple graphics not too overwhelming.
  • I love that it saves right after you type something in.
  • Offers lots of different features that are easy to use.
  • I don't like how every time you refresh something, that line jumps to a different place on the screen.
  • Not that much too improve, I'm pretty happy.
It is well suited for billing hours to particular clients. I like that you can bill down to the 0.25 of an hour, you can be precise which is really helpful when breaking down hours spent on a project. Might not be as necessary if you are not working on so many different projects.
Irving A. Gonzales, AIA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We're a small firm that varies in size and BQE CORE allows the flexibility to expand and contract and provide our staff the tools to manage their workflow, work within budgeted fees and time allocation, and track milestones and progress of project delivery. While many simply clock in, they don't monitor their progress and CORE provides a daily snapshot of time management and meeting project schedules, while I was the principal of design can do more of that…design! We came over from ArchiOffice to CORE and while we lost a bit in prepopulating transmittal, memo, and other related templates with project information for a client, consultant, and contractor coordination, it has been somewhat balanced out by no longer maintaining the server and software with the CORE being a cloud-based platform and providing a very useful mobile app.
  • Tracks individual staff time and resource allocation to stay on budget.
  • Provides up to the minute fee and budget tracking.
  • Almost infinitely customizable with a dashboard to bring it all into a single digestible view for a holistic oversight.
  • Historical project data has been invaluable for preparing fee proposals and performance for future projects.
  • Simplification of structure and features (customization); sometimes it's too much of a good thing.
  • The mobile app could be more closely aligned with the web platform (not all items, features are available, and not as easy to navigate and view data).
  • Dashboard widgets could be more interactive. Ex: Aged Receivables should allow bringing up a summary window of past-due project billings and invoices as opposed to simply showing days aged that it already shows on the side and with matching color.
Some of the user interface has improved greatly over the predecessor ArchiOffice, but the user experience can be improved to make it more fun to use and increase the responsiveness as well as reduce the total number of mouse clicks to complete a task perhaps by using drop-downs that slide out and also providing some consistency in how things are saved from window to window or section to section.
Lyn Testa | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use BQE Core for Project Management, Time & Expense tracking, Accounting and Billing, Human Resources and as a CRM Platform. Being able to input information into one platform for use across many different modules saves time and energy on our administrative staff. All of the data is tracked and displayed in efficient widgets and customizable dashboards. The customized reports are very helpful as well. You can drill down all or only what you want to see. Customer service is responsive and able to sort out issues quickly.
  • Ease of Use: the layout of each page makes sense and flow is easy to follow
  • online: It's great that it can be accessed from any browser, and does not require a software download. Even with this accessibility it remains secure.
  • Education: the webinars, videos and community posts are very helpful when onboarding or troubleshooting.
  • cost: having to pay for each module for each user is expensive. Would be easier to have different license tiers that group modules.
  • development can be slow: fix releases are not as often, feature requests are the only way current users can influence what goes into the new builds.
  • additional filters: would be great to have more filters to drill down reports.
BQE Core is very easy to use in time tracking and expense tracking for employees. Manager can run reports to verify time for payroll, easily approve or send back to employee for updates. Billing/Invoicing is very easy as long as your Project Managers remain on top of approving the staff time entries. Billing can be automated and go out monthly with very little oversight.
Jacob Hinshaw | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use it to track billable and overhead hours. This is how we track both what we will bill to a client and then in turn, what it is that each of us on the engineering team will be paid (project to project, and specifically in comparison to how many hours we have billed to a client versus to the overhead of the company).
  • Extremely intuitive.
  • Easy to use.
  • Streamlined for efficiency.
  • Doesn't always readily update.
  • If you have to refresh the page before it saves, you lose the info.
  • Doesn't always easily allow copy and paste from previous weeks for categories.
It is ideal for billable hours companies. It tracks progress extremely efficiently for a company that has multiple ongoing jobs concurrently, and a variety of employees who may just happen to be working on said jobs at once (or at different times during different days and weeks, month to month). This program is flawless.
October 22, 2019

I Love BillQuick

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The software is used by the entire organization for timekeeping purposes. It is used by the front office for billing, invoicing and project management. For us, it has been most beneficial for providing real-time project cost updates. We are getting a better handle on tracking our P&L on every project.
  • Timekeeping.
  • Easy invoicing - both hourly and fixed-rate projects.
  • Reporting and job cost tracking.
  • Almost too many options for reporting...too much for one thing.
BillQuick is most suited for companies who do not have a need for full-blown project management software. It is great for employees who are not in the office on a regular basis, as the mobile timekeeping app is perfect for those in the field. Information is easily accessible and the software offers a HUGE variety of reporting options to track costs in real-time.
Renae Reaves | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use BillQuick as our sole accounting, time management, and record keeping system. All daily transactions are processed through BillQuick. It is used for everything from AP, AR, invoicing, to all financial reporting. One of the few items we do not use BillQuick for is payroll. But that is because we just got to the 50 person mark and do have the administrative staff to do in-house payroll. Our administrative staff consists of 4 people and they are the ones who are in BillQuick all day. The rest of the staff uses the program more for time and expense entry. We are working on teaching principals, associates, and project managers how to look up information on their own.
  • Daily Data Entry- the AR and banking modules are easy to use and do not require excessive training. They have kept these functions clean and to the point.
  • User Friendly - The interface is easy to read and having different ways to get to the one area is convenient. The way it is organized makes it easy to get around and find what you are looking for.
  • Time & Expense Entry - This module is easy to use and understand. There are different ways to view and enter time and expenses, which is nice because everyone thinks differently.
  • Reporting - The ability to customize reports and that there are a variety of reports to choose from makes it [useful].
  • Pre-programmed Features - the system comes with items (such as default accounts) which you can not edit, delete, or make inactive. You have to explain to a CPA or upper management what they are and why there are there. These default accounts are also the catch all for when there is a difference in fixed fee billing.
  • When looking for specific details, it is hard to follow exactly where everything came from. It works best at the broad overview level but the more detailed you get the harder it is to find the answer.
  • When running reports, the ability (or lack there of) to choose which phases you want to see is missing. You can say you want phases 1, 2, & 3 yet only 2 will show and there is no a reason for this.
  • Time & Expenses which have been marked as not billable don't show up on billing reports. We have asked tech support for help with this but they were only able to give us a report to run each month. The time should still show up on the billing report even if it's marked as non billable as that time is still against the project.
  • In the credit card screen, once you start entering items in you can not go back and delete a line item. You can make it $0 but not get rid of it 100%.
BillQuick is great for basic project related items. When it comes to basic day to day data entry, BillQuick is easy to use and very user friendly but the more detailed and specific you get the harder time it has. Their accounting module is still lacking and needs to be further developed. The financial reports are a bit messy and we have had to spend time cleaning it up and getting it to function the way the CPA and IRS needs them. Currently the AR report does not match the Balance Sheet. I have been asking for a few years now to get an AR report that matches (as it should and is required by the CPA and the bank) yet they have not created one that does.
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