eCMS Pricing Plan & Cost Guide

eCMS

Fully integrated construction ERP platform

4.65/5 (34 reviews)

eCMS Pricing

Starting from: $10000.00/year

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Please contact Computer Guidance Corporation for pricing details. The software is priced per user per app

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eCMS Pricing Reviews

Pros

  • 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.Carisa J.Read the full review
  • Custom reports, Imaging, Integration with our other software. The "Favorites" shortcut tool is the best, it's a huge time saver for me.Carisa J.Read the full review
  • Their customer support is amazing. So knowledgeable, helpful and kind.Michele C.Read the full review

Cons

  • The program is extremely slow and frustrating. EspeciallyReports are not running properly.Christina H.Read the full review
  • Initial set up of a new function or application can be confusing for that reason.Patrick M.Read the full review
  • Computer browser restrictions has limited some functionality over the years but is soon going away in the new anticipated release.John C.Read the full review
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13 reviewers had the following to say about eCMS's pricing:

Rich K.

Long time eCMS customer

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-07-24
Review Source: Software Advice

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. Payroll processing and flexibility has been able to handle almost everything that we have required. New functionality added recently (IDIs, etc) has been great for users to take control of their own data.

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

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Martin S.

General Contractor and Specialty Contractor

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-08-12
Review Source: Software Advice

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

Pros
The Purchase order, Accounts Payable and Workflow solutions work well for our needs. Visibility and accessibility of actual Job Cost is straight forward and easy to use for project management and accounting staff. We upgraded to eCMS4.1 in October 2018. The transition was seamless and the implementation support provided by CGC was excellent. We also switched to CGC's Hosted service which has resulted in little to no system down time and "peace of mind".

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

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Sharon P.

Long term satisfied customer

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-11-10
Review Source: Software Advice

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. Having all our information backed up in the cloud environment is very valuable.

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

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Kris H.

Computer Guidance CMS / eCMS users for 10+ years

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-08-21
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
eCMS is an excellent out of the box solution that doesn't take a handful of programmers to develop and setup. There are multiple ways users can quickly grab their own data for data analysis using IDI and Cognos. We utilize CGC's hosted cloud option for eCMS. They manage all the hardware, backups, and upgrades allowing us time to operate our business and devote time to other areas. This also provides an easy way for all of our office locations to access eCMS seamlessly. If there is ever an issue, CGC's support staff are very knowledgeable and are there to quickly assist with any issues.

Cons
The Forecasting interface in Job Cost could use some improvements. It feels a little dated. Some of the built-in reports that are provided with the system need to be given an appearance upgrade.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Becky J.

Computer Gudiance CMS / eCMS user for over 20 years

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-07-24
Review Source: Software Advice

Computer Guidance has worked well for us for over 20 years. They have helped us through some very difficult times including hardware failure, which never happens on the iSeries. Computer Guidance worked directly with IBM. Computer Guidance restored our data while IBM experts worked on the hardware.

Pros
Integration feature works very well for us, from uploading payroll to journal entries. Handles large payroll uploads as well as huge job cost journals for WIP entries by job. Easy to setup without the help of a programmer. Multiple ways of extracting data for analysis or writing reports. including: IDI, CONGOS and Business Objects. We are a union contractor and we cannot afford any downtime. eCMS is very reliable and is easily accessible to our remote job sites. Remote site can perform any function we need them to including time entry and printing checks. Computer Guidance has worked hard over the years to get the ever changing union reporting correct. We currently have about 100 different unions setup and without this reporting package it would be a nightmare. eCMS Time Material package is very powerful for us. It saves us a great deal of time producing the level of detail our customers require.

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

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Lisa J.

eCMS

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-08-02
Review Source: Software Advice

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
It is a user-friendly and easy to learn. The cross over/feeding of information from one section, (i.e., Project Collaborator to Job-Cost, etc.) makes it a very efficient system. The ability to copy job set up steps helping to move through this process more efficiently.

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

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Todd C.

ECMS works for us

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-04-24
Review Source: Software Advice

Good tool for accounting.

Pros
It works for what we do, it is difficult, however, to run a query but I have yet to see something that was easy in this regard. I mostly use it to do cost forensics for jobs that aren't going well, great tool in this regard.

Cons
It is a dated program that is clunky. It also could be the way that our accounting department has things set up. They have been known to make sure we stay in the 20th century.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Jeff M.

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

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-06-20
Review Source: Capterra

Complete financial and job management system. Very scalable to meet our growth.

Pros
Configurable to meet many different needs. It has the best payroll module I can imagine. It is very easy to extract data for reporting. 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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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John C.

Success Cycle

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-08-12
Review Source: Software Advice

eCMS Construction ERP keeps all departments informed and up-to-date on all aspects of construction from my Estimating, Field Operations, Equipment shop, Accounting, Payroll & HR. All of our Job Costing data flows back into the Estimating Department to continue the cycle of successful project bidding.

Pros
Cloud based Construction ERP system integrates all of my operations. All modules share the same data eliminating duplicate entries. 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. Excellent for Project Managers and Department heads!!

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.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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FRANK P.

eCMS Construction ERP Review

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-09-04
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
For me the best feature about the software is the Reporting. Every construction ERP that we reviewed did not have a powerful Biz Intelligence reporting writing tool. Most had in-house developed report writing software. If you needed a customized report you would have to request one from the vendor. With both Cognos and Web/Biz Intelligence were not dependent on the vendor to develop the report. We have written 100's of reports in-house successfully. Another great feature is the ability to use the ODBC functionality in ecms. We have created several in-house databases that read the tables inside ecms. This reduces data redundancy and provides data validation. Use of the ODBC functionality allowed us to use IBM Planning & Workspace Analytics (formerly known as TM1) for financial reporting on the web. With the ODBC connection, users can access any of the views created in TM1 with a web browser and do not need any connection to eCMS. 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. It would not be possible without the ODBC connection.

Cons
Would like more work done on the existing programs. For example, many of the screens still need updating. Also, would like done to some existing screens. For example, the Job Cost inquiry screen is wonderful but it is basically the same screen as it was 10 years ago. Add more information to the screen

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Eric B.

Computer Guidance (CGC) ERP Customer Review

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-07-16
Review Source: Software Advice

We have several integrations that tie into eCMS. Having the ability to do this saves a lot of data entry and makes for quicker processing.

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. CGC also offers electronic forms and content management to all of it's customers which integrate seamlessly. Being able to use a web-based product like eCMS makes upgrading and installations go quickly and smoothly.

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

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Schyler S.

CGC - eCMS Software

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-07-16
Review Source: Software Advice

Overall very satisfied.

Pros
eCMS is updating the software constantly to provide the customer with the best product. The menu options are very organized, giving you the ability to navigate quickly and efficiently. Navigating through Job Cost and Accounting is always seamless process, with the help of the imaging software. Having the ability to customize reports and letters, as well as track data and due dates, is so beneficial. The CGC staff is certainly worth commenting on. They are very knowledgeable, always on top of every issue that may arise, and quick to find a solution.

Cons
There are no downsides to this software.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Mark S.

Best Value ERP integrating operations and accounting

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-06-13
Review Source: Capterra

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. We went from living in 3 different software platforms in addition to all the excel spreadsheets to just one package doing the same work. Access to data across departments increased alleviating the need for review and reconciliation steps for many processes. After 4 years live on the system i would still go back and make the same decision again. There is always a new product to market that may do something a little better but from an overall value standpoint eCMS has not let us down.

Pros
Full integration between operations and change management to accounting/financial reporting. Value compared to competition that required substantial money and customization just to get going. Robust functionality across Operations, Human Resources, Payroll, Accounting right out the box. Custom Form editing logical and easy. Custom report writing through IBM Cognos is valuable and logical way to analyze data across the ERP. Support for critical items is addressed with the appropriate level of urgency. Ownership at JDM has exhibited a commitment to innovation and development as they bring in features from their other AEC vertical products. we have seen features come online in the few years that they have owned the company which addressed our desire for updates and improvements.

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)

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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