Candy Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Candy

Estimating, Planning and Project Control software

4.46/5 (118 reviews)

Candy overview

What is Candy?

The ultimate Construction Project Management Software, Candy is unique, powerful, and dynamically focused on project control in the construction & engineering industry. Features include project Estimating, Quantity Take-off (QTO), Planning, Forecasting, Cash Flow, Valuations, Subcontract Management and Cost & Allowable.

From the initial estimate to the final certificate, Candy streamlines to the whole project management process with interconnected modules. Estimating flows from pre-tender to post-tender by exchanging data with other modules and updating on regular basis. Between the estimate and post-tender operations, Candy allows businesses to conduct valuations to gain immediate access to all information that is used to price the tender. For take-off, Candy's QTO module is able to add and extract information from 2D or 3D project models and compile bills of quantities. Additionally, Candy's planning tools allows businesses to gain an overview of all available resources and effectively plan and report on project statuses.

Through integration between both RIB CCS core products, Candy and BuildSmart, RIB CCS provides contractors with an interactive link between estimating, project control, enterprise accounting and operational costing in real time.
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Markets

United Kingdom, Australia, India, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported languages

English
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Candy user reviews

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Donovan Haley

Candy estimating

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-02-11
Review Source: Capterra

Excellent, once established database and master can price complex items quickly and accurately

Pros
Features, layout of worksheets as well as the integrated planning and quantity offtake software.

Cons
Lot of features but no manual on how to use all the features

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Donovan,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Candy. Your continued support is highly appreciated. We do have numerous manual available for all Candy features and modules, please contact your local support office and they will email them to you. We do provide training in various locations on all aspects of Candy. Please follow the link to our website for all courses held worldwide. https://constructioncomputersoftware.com/training-candy
Furthermore, all support & training staff are construction professionals providing expert, 24/7 aid & advice on the practical application of Candy in person, email, telephone or remote services. Please feel free to contact us directly if you'd like to talk about the specifics of your situation.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Coert Engelbrecht

Candy is the best

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-01-17
Review Source: Capterra

I Have been in Civil Construction for more than 20 years and have been using Candy for about 15 ears. I use it every day not only for tender estimating but also for cash flows and much more. It is a great product, with great support.

Pros
Candy is by far the most user friendly program I have worked with and updates are done very often. I will never use another program for estimating tenders. You can structure it according to your needs and use your own experience to define your pricing.

Cons
I can not say anything negative about Candy, I almost want to call it perfect.

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Coert,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences online. It means a lot to us here at CCS and we are proud to have been by your side for the last 15 years. I know our Candy development & support teams will be happy to hear that their hard work is appreciated and that they in turn are there for you. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.
Have a super day.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Anonymous

From an expert-level user

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-01-23
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
- I love having the level of information to which I can do costing, be as accessible to me as this software does it - the ability (though very very very under-utilized) to convert omney to a timeline is exciting

Cons
- the support line is geared to the average user. Not much in the wat for expert users - the inability to integrate with other big-name financial packages is a downer - a one fits all fee structure is frustrating. Because we're not all on the same level of skill.

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Candy User
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your valued feedback is very important to us and we assure you of our continued support. We are always looking for ways to improve our services and our users' experience, your feedback has been passed on to the concerned team for review.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Anton Rogmann

Complete package including Planning and Cashflow

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-06-13
Review Source: Capterra

We did use Candy for Estimating and Project Control. Planning was done either in Microsoft Project, Power Project or Primavera depending on the requirements of the clients. But because it was possible to export the data from these softwares to Candy Planning it was always possible to use Candy for the Cash Flow calculation and forecasts.

Pros
Most important for me was the integrated planning and cashflow tool during the estimating phase and later for project control.

Cons
The integration of the software in the overseas department was easy, for the local projects difficult because of the missing German language.

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Anton,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your valued feedback is very important to CCS and we assure you of our continued support.

Have a super day.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Larozelle van der Westhuizen

Candy - The Estimators friend

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-01-17
Review Source: Capterra

For us as a Civil Construction company Candy is helping us be more efficient with our time and money. To follow the process of a project with time and money is really helping us achieve our goals in a project. Doing a quick course in Candy does help a lot in understanding the program. What is also very efficient is if you priced an item once, the data is in your program and you just use the specific code to price the item. Overall I think Candy is a great Design and very effective and I will definitely recommend it to other Construction companies.

Pros
What i really enjoy about Candy is the time you save by pricing on Candy. Once your Candy is set up and running with you Master file, it's as easy as 1, 2, 3!!! Being able to load your Subcontractors on Candy and having them there is your best friend. Doing a program by using your information of your priced Bill of Quantities and being able to follow your cash flow all in one place is just brilliant and very efficient to you as Contractor, Quantity Surveyor, Site Agent and Estimator.

Cons
If you don't have a Master File to work from and you need to build your own Master file, then it can be quite a nightmare. Getting a Master file from another construction company and changing it to your standards and way of pricing and working is the easiest way to go.

Response from Construction Computer Software


Dear Larozelle,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences online. It means a lot to us here at CCS. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

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Candy pricing

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Please contact RIB CCS for pricing information.

Candy features

Bid Management
Customizable Templates
Estimating
Job Costing
Project Estimating
Project Management
Projections
Subcontractor Management

API (55 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (70 other apps)
Activity Tracking (55 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (48 other apps)
Change Order Management (52 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (69 other apps)
Data Import/Export (59 other apps)
Document Management (70 other apps)
Document Storage (58 other apps)
Project Tracking (61 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (61 other apps)
Third Party Integration (53 other apps)

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Additional information for Candy

Key features of Candy

  • Budget Management
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Building Product Database
  • Change Orders
  • Cost Database
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Electrical Estimating
  • Free format Worksheets
  • HVAC Estimating
  • Overrun Reporting
  • Percent-Complete Tracking
  • Plumbing Estimating
  • Production Cost Tracking
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Project Scheduling
  • Proposal Generator
  • Quotes / Estimates
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Rescheduling
  • Scheduling
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Takeoff
  • Time Tracking
  • What-if Analysis
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Benefits

A versatile and scalable solution designed to help small, medium & large entities with estimating and tendering purposes.

Candy includes master libraries with templates based on previous work, allowing users to head start on similar project types, save time and eliminate repetition.

Candy allows businesses to allocate multiple subcontractors to a bill item with each contractor having an individual quantity or rate and generate weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly payment certificates using Excel templates.

Businesses can facilitate effective and powerful decision-making through real-time analytics, earned value management, KPI measurement, and cost reporting on several operations including production, resource, manhours, and wastage.

It offers a dashboard, which lets administrators produce graphical and numeric histograms and 's-curves' for resource, quantity, budget, and revenue forecasts.

Provides continuity between estimating and the post-tender commercial control through dynamic integration between QTO, estimating, planning, forecasting, cash flow, and valuations.

Candy integrates with BuildSmart to facilitate upfront purchase control (procure-to-pay) and accurate budget vs cost analysis and reporting