BQE CORE, what an architect needs but doesn't desire
April 19, 2022

BQE CORE, what an architect needs but doesn't desire

Irving A. Gonzales, AIA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
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Software Version

BQE Core

Overall Satisfaction with BQE Core

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.
  • CORE provides a tiered subscription that suits a small firm (1-5) or sole proprietorship, makes it a great value, and provides the key tools to run an architecture practice.
  • While highly customizable using "rules", some of the terminology and description is not as intuitive (sometimes it appears the opposite of what you want to do to get it to do the desired).
  • CORE has a friendly interface and is pleasing to the eye that allows for quick recognization of how to interact with it and not get overwhelmed.
Monograph is the most closely similar platform that would be favorable as it has a better GUI and UX with simpler flexibility for customization on a per-project, per design phase basis, for example, utilizing simple radio buttons and drop-down selections. This can be readily seen in the Project Planner window where it is widget-like and staffing, hourly rates, etc. can be quickly updated, revised, or customized in one location and see the immediate results of the changes. If we didn't have over 15 years invested into the data from ArchiOffice/CORE to move over we would change. OR, it would be nice if CORE simplified its platform and learn from Monograph.

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It's a little too complex and requires multiple clicks over various different screens to complete many tasks where it would be great to have more on a single screen (see comments about Monograph).
Whenever I am overwhelmed with the plethora of links, instructions, videos, and help options, I simply call for a quick and concise answer.
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.