eCMS Features

eCMS

Fully integrated construction ERP platform

4.64/5 (33 reviews)

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API
Access Controls/Permissions
Accounting
Accounting Integration
Accounts Payable
Accounts Receivable
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts/Notifications
Approval Process Control
Asset Lifecycle Management
Audit Trail
Automated Scheduling
Billing & Invoicing
Budget Control
Budget Tracking/Job Costing
Budgeting/Forecasting
CRM
Calendar Management
Campaign Management
Cash Management
Change Order Management
Client Portal
Collaboration Tools
Commercial
Configurable Workflow
Construction Breakdowns
Content Management
Contract/License Management
Contractor Management
Customizable Branding
Customizable Fields
Customizable Forms
Customizable Reports
Customizable Templates
Dashboard Creation
Data Extraction
Data Import/Export
Data Synchronization
Data Visualization
Document Management
Document Storage
Drag & Drop
Electronic Signature
Email Management
Enterprise Asset Management
Equipment Tracking
Financial Management
Fixed Asset Management
Forecasting
Forms Management
General Ledger
HR Management
Historical Reporting
Income & Balance Sheet
Integrated Business Operations
Job Costing
Job Management
Job Scheduling
Job Tracking
Maintenance Scheduling
Mobile Access
Monitoring
Multiple Projects
Offline Access
Online Time Clock
Overrun Reporting
Payment Collection in the Field
Payroll Management
Permit Management
Planning Tools
Progress Tracking
Project Accounting
Project Estimating
Project Management
Project Planning
Project Time Tracking
Project Tracking
Projections
Purchase Order Management
Quality Control
Quotes/Estimates
RFI & Submittals
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Real Time Notifications
Real Time Reporting
Real-time Updates
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Reporting/Analytics
Resource Management
Risk Management
Routing
Sales Reports
Search/Filter
Status Tracking
Subcontractor Management
Supplier Management
Task Management
Task Progress Tracking
Task Scheduling
Third Party Integrations
Time & Expense Tracking
Timesheet Management
Trend Analysis
User Management
Version Control
Visual Analytics
Workflow Management
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API
Access Controls/Permissions
Accounting
Accounting Integration
Accounts Payable
Accounts Receivable
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts/Notifications
Approval Process Control
Asset Lifecycle Management
Audit Trail
Automated Scheduling
Billing & Invoicing
Budget Control
Budget Tracking/Job Costing
Budgeting/Forecasting
CRM
Calendar Management
Campaign Management
Cash Management
Change Order Management
Client Portal
Collaboration Tools
Commercial
Configurable Workflow
Construction Breakdowns
Content Management
Contract/License Management
Contractor Management
Customizable Branding
Customizable Fields
Customizable Forms
Customizable Reports
Customizable Templates
Dashboard Creation
Data Extraction
Data Import/Export
Data Synchronization
Data Visualization
Document Management
Document Storage
Drag & Drop
Electronic Signature
Email Management
Enterprise Asset Management
Equipment Tracking
Financial Management
Fixed Asset Management
Forecasting
Forms Management
General Ledger
HR Management
Historical Reporting
Income & Balance Sheet
Integrated Business Operations
Job Costing
Job Management
Job Scheduling
Job Tracking
Maintenance Scheduling
Mobile Access
Monitoring
Multiple Projects
Offline Access
Online Time Clock
Overrun Reporting
Payment Collection in the Field
Payroll Management
Permit Management
Planning Tools
Progress Tracking
Project Accounting
Project Estimating
Project Management
Project Planning
Project Time Tracking
Project Tracking
Projections
Purchase Order Management
Quality Control
Quotes/Estimates
RFI & Submittals
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Real Time Notifications
Real Time Reporting
Real-time Updates
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Reporting/Analytics
Resource Management
Risk Management
Routing
Sales Reports
Search/Filter
Status Tracking
Subcontractor Management
Supplier Management
Task Management
Task Progress Tracking
Task Scheduling
Third Party Integrations
Time & Expense Tracking
Timesheet Management
Trend Analysis
User Management
Version Control
Visual Analytics
Workflow Management
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API
Access Controls/Permissions
Accounting
Accounting Integration
Accounts Payable
Accounts Receivable
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts/Notifications
Approval Process Control
Asset Lifecycle Management
Audit Trail
Automated Scheduling
Billing & Invoicing
Budget Control
Budget Tracking/Job Costing
Budgeting/Forecasting
CRM
Calendar Management
Campaign Management
Cash Management
Change Order Management
Client Portal
Collaboration Tools
Commercial
Configurable Workflow
Construction Breakdowns
Content Management
Contract/License Management
Contractor Management
Customizable Branding
Customizable Fields
Customizable Forms
Customizable Reports
Customizable Templates
Dashboard Creation
Data Extraction
Data Import/Export
Data Synchronization
Data Visualization
Document Management
Document Storage
Drag & Drop
Electronic Signature
Email Management
Enterprise Asset Management
Equipment Tracking
Financial Management
Fixed Asset Management
Forecasting
Forms Management
General Ledger
HR Management
Historical Reporting
Income & Balance Sheet
Integrated Business Operations
Job Costing
Job Management
Job Scheduling
Job Tracking
Maintenance Scheduling
Mobile Access
Monitoring
Multiple Projects
Offline Access
Online Time Clock
Overrun Reporting
Payment Collection in the Field
Payroll Management
Permit Management
Planning Tools
Progress Tracking
Project Accounting
Project Estimating
Project Management
Project Planning
Project Time Tracking
Project Tracking
Projections
Purchase Order Management
Quality Control
Quotes/Estimates
RFI & Submittals
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring
Real Time Notifications
Real Time Reporting
Real-time Updates
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Reporting/Analytics
Resource Management
Risk Management
Routing
Sales Reports
Search/Filter
Status Tracking
Subcontractor Management
Supplier Management
Task Management
Task Progress Tracking
Task Scheduling
Third Party Integrations
Time & Expense Tracking
Timesheet Management
Trend Analysis
User Management
Version Control
Visual Analytics
Workflow Management
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eCMS Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about eCMS's features:

Michael W.

Computer Guidance Strong Performance

2020-12-09

Pros

We are very happy with the integration of the accounting and project management sides of the software.

Cons

At times I wish it were easier to make small modifications to things instead of having to start from scratch with reporting.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Martin S.

General Contractor and Specialty Contractor

2020-08-12

The reliability and structure provided by eCMS are critical to decision making and day to day management of our company.

Pros

Visibility and accessibility of actual Job Cost is straight forward and easy to use for project management and accounting staff.

Cons

Would like to see a more user friendly job cost reporting / forecasting solution.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Jeff M.

Implemented the software in 1996 and have grown with it ever since

2017-06-20

Complete financial and job management system.

Pros

It is specially tailored for the construction business in both accounting and job cost. It runs on an IBM iseries and thus is virus proof.

Cons

Inventory module is not very robust. Software updates are complex and require the vendors support to install them.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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John C.

Success Cycle

2020-08-12

All of our Job Costing data flows back into the Estimating Department to continue the cycle of successful project bidding.

Pros

New Interactive Data Inquiry tools make it easier to access data for all users, where they can create or modify reports and export data to spreadsheets if they wish. New Dashboards allow users to setup interactive Tiles of summarized data that can refreshed and drilled down deeper into the detail.

Cons

I would say the software has come a long way and progressively more user friendly over the past 23 years. Computer browser restrictions has limited some functionality over the years but is soon going away in the new anticipated release.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Eric B.

Computer Guidance (CGC) ERP Customer Review

2020-07-16

We have several integrations that tie into eCMS.

Pros

We use almost all of the ERP applications made available to us within eCMS, from our primary accounting functions such as payables, receivables, general ledger and payroll, to industry-specific functions like job costing and plant sales.

Cons

I do not have anything negative to say about CGC or their products.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Darlene M.

Stable, scalable, Intuitive, fully integrated and a true cloud-based ERP system

2017-08-08

CGC blends the latest technologies from IBM and Microsoft to ensure a stable, yet open, SQL platform which yields the industry’s highest system uptime, most scalable, most secure and most compatible solution available. CGC’s data centers and their managed hosting services are both Sarbanes Oxley compliant and have been for years with an annual audit.

Pros

Fully integrated accounting and project management software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Mark S.

Best Value ERP integrating operations and accounting

2017-06-13

Our company reviewed every best in class software package before deciding on eCMS by Computer Guidance Corp. Integration in one product across departments was a very important part of our decision.

Pros

Full integration between operations and change management to accounting/financial reporting.

Cons

Customization/Support at times can have lengthy lead times when not critical to daily operations. Based on IBM iSeries so IT staff used to a Windows only environment have some training to do. (we have gone to their cloud based SAAS model to alleviate these concerns)

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Michele C.

Highly Recommend CGC for Cloud Based/Hosted solution

2020-10-29

Being a hosted customer is amazing, because they offer the support of software management, updates, etc which takes a lot off my plate and I don't have to worry about scheduling that piece.

Pros

When we experienced a fire, we were able to access our information from anywhere will full support.

Cons

I don't dislike anything. Amazing company.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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ERIC S.

CGC delivers results with eCMS

2020-10-01

Having used this ERP for many years now, I can say my personal experience is very positive. CGC's commitment to constant improvement, as well as it's customer's needs, has yielded a product that continues to evolve. CGC administrative staff and support personnel have always been very professional, and quick to respond when the need arises. eCMS is a stable and capable platform that can robustly meet the needs of clients in the Construction Industry.

Pros

Menus are organized and laid out logically. 2 of the stronger aspects of the software, that I personally like, are the data import suite and a newer re-imagined Content Management module that has been instrumental in helping achieve our goal of becoming as paperless as possible.

Cons

I have been using eCMS for over a decade now. I will say that back in the day, when it was time to apply a patch, fix-pack, version update, or similar - something else always seem to "break" as a result of those types of loads. However, in the last several years, I believe Computer Guidance has put a heavy emphasis on quality assurance, they these types of incidents rarely happen anymore.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Software Advice
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Carisa J.

User Friendly, Comprehensive ERP Construction Software

2020-08-13

I have to manage our projects through a variety of stages in order to be successful and this ERP allows me to do that with ease.

Pros

Custom reports, Imaging, Integration with our other software.

Cons

Support is responsive, but at times it can take awhile to get answers and issues resolved.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Christina H.

Review

2019-09-20

Overall, the system has been extremely beneficial to our daily reports, accounting reports and managing construction projects.

Pros

Has many options for reporting and customizing reports and functions.

Cons

Some of the reports do not work properly.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Software Advice
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Kris H.

Computer Guidance CMS / eCMS users for 10+ years

2020-08-21

Pros

There are multiple ways users can quickly grab their own data for data analysis using IDI and Cognos.

Cons

The Forecasting interface in Job Cost could use some improvements.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Becky J.

Computer Gudiance CMS / eCMS user for over 20 years

2020-07-24

Computer Guidance restored our data while IBM experts worked on the hardware.

Pros

Handles large payroll uploads as well as huge job cost journals for WIP entries by job.

Cons

eCMS works well for us. Things that may not work the way we wanted we have developed work arounds.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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FRANK P.

eCMS Construction ERP Review

2020-09-04

Pros

IBM Planning & Workspace Analytics (formerly known as TM1) allows users to export, pivot the data, manipulate the data and use "sandboxes" for what-if functionality.

Cons

For example, the Job Cost inquiry screen is wonderful but it is basically the same screen as it was 10 years ago.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Derrick S.

eCMS Accounting

2020-10-01

As we know all ERP's have positives and negatives. However, what makes eCMS standout is their customer service. Each and every time I reach out to CGC the response is almost immediate. I have never has to wait to get a problem solved or a question answered. In addition there are various user groups that provide opportunities for collaboration between users. It's like a big family.

Pros

It definitely makes our job easier.

Cons

At times the product may not be the most intuitive, but the support staff at CGC are able to walk me through the most complex problems and provide me with the best solutions.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Sharon P.

Long term satisfied customer

2020-11-10

We are very satisfied with the software and the support we get from Computer Guidance.

Pros

The detailed reports in AP, AR, Job Costing, Payroll, and General Ledger are everything we need for our company.

Cons

I can't find a report to show the daily hours worked by individual jobs.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Lisa J.

eCMS

2021-08-02

Having worked in the system for 3 1/2 years I found it very easy to learn, maneuver through and have the ability to continue learning more as my position expands.

Pros

., Project Collaborator to Job-Cost, etc.) makes it a very efficient system.

Cons

I wouldn't say there are elements missing; but instead elements that we have yet to explore within the system.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Schyler S.

CGC - eCMS Software

2021-07-16

Overall very satisfied.

Pros

Navigating through Job Cost and Accounting is always seamless process, with the help of the imaging software.

Cons

There are no downsides to this software.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Todd C.

ECMS works for us

2018-04-24

Good tool for accounting.

Pros

I mostly use it to do cost forensics for jobs that aren't going well, great tool in this regard.

Cons

It also could be the way that our accounting department has things set up.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Software Advice
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Jared M.

Computer Guidance has been a great ERP system for us for many years.

2020-11-11

Our AP invoice routing system with CGC is saving weeks of processing time. It's been a great solution for us.

Pros

CGC modules we like best are Accounts Payable, Document Imaging and Workflow routing, IBM software maintenance program, General Ledger, Data Inquiry

Cons

We have gone a different route with Payroll and have an industry customized AR program.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Software Advice
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Kyle R.

Using Computer Guidance

2020-10-21

Experience has been good overall, It's a stable platform that can do may things required of a construction software package, and can do it all under one system.

Pros

Document Imaging, download payroll timesheets, reliable platform, automatic intercompany transactions.

Cons

Getting the information out of CGC can be difficult sometimes but, with the implementation of the IDIs this challenge is getting easier.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Darlene M.

Efficient, Reliable, User Friendly, Aware of Customer needs, are a few words that describe ECMS

2017-09-22

Overall Very Satisfied

Pros

This is a moving target with todays needs ECMS does a great job keeping up to date on this.

Cons

As all software struggle with finding a mobile solution, it would be great if ECMS could find a solution to this age old problem.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Mohamed N.

Solid ERP Solution

2020-08-11

We have been using eCMS since it was CMS, we are fairly familiar with the system. introduction browser as interface did add and open more windows and we are happy with it.

Pros

Can add any custom module to accomplish custom task. Secure and backup system integrated.

Cons

not easy to setup. The system need a custom installation and very difficult to try to understand.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Stephanie R.

Accounting Review

2021-08-11

I have used this for 11 years and love everything about it from billing to check writing to reporting.

Pros

I like the ease of billing, check writing and reports generated through the system.

Cons

Sometimes it is very easy to be disconnected and only allowed so many sessions to be open.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
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Rich K.

Long time eCMS customer

2020-07-24

Overall, eCMS has been an affordable ERP for our company for many years. With the recent updates and improvements, CGC has brought a lot of needed improvements to the software and allowed us to increase productivity in many areas throughout the company. Their customer support is always great and gets us answers and help quickly. With even more new features coming soon, it will only make our investment in eCMS even more valuable.

Pros

The financial and job cost functionality in eCMS is second to none.

Cons

AR invoicing options and flexibility is still minimal. It would be good to have more options to invoice on the AR side.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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