Spectrum Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Spectrum

Construction Management Software

3.96/5 (194 reviews)

Spectrum overview

What is Spectrum?

Spectrum is a complete, web-based construction ERP solution with leading-edge tools for accounting, project management, equipment and materials management, service management, document control, HR and payroll, inventory, reporting and much more. Spectrum allows contractors to work in real time, no matter where work takes them.
www.dexterchaney.com

Pricing

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Markets

United States, Canada

Supported languages

English
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Spectrum user reviews

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Anonymous

I am the administrator for Spectrum in our company and overall the Experience has been very good!

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-07-10
Review Source: Capterra

Ease of administration and our accounting team rarely has any issues with the software

Pros
The support team is amazing. They are extremely helpful and are good at fixing the annoying bugs and getting to the root causes of our problems. The accounting and hr side of the software works extremely well and I have very few if any complaints or issues that I have to fix or call support for.

Cons
The project manangement side of the software was never really completed so its less than impressive. But I think on the positive side since Viewpoint has purchased Spectrum I think that integrating it with their Team software will make a huge difference in this section!

Response from Viewpoint


We think our customer support team is amazing, too. Thank you! You¿re absolutely right about our project management focus moving to the Viewpoint Team platform, which is now integrated with Spectrum and has a product development roadmap that will open up a lot of new PM functionality to Spectrum/Team users.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Delmas Gehman

Excellent construction accounting software

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-07-17
Review Source: Software Advice

Our experience with Spectrum has been good over the 6 years we are using the software.

Pros
This software does a good job of integrating our construction operations. We do not use the project management part of it though. We do a lot of job costing for our projects.

Cons
I think the inventory module should be modernized and brought up to current standards. It is not very easy to use.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Jill Mercado

Reviewed 2013-07-23
Review Source: Software Advice

I am employed by a large, heavy civil construction contractor in Oregon. I was hired five years ago in the payroll department, and Spectrum was the software that this company was already using. In the past, I had used a construction software called Foundation which was exceptional at job costing materials by piece versus hourly wage. Spectrum's latest upgrade to the new version 14 has had some major changes in the payroll and human resource module, and has taken some time to get used to. I found that the basic data entry screens are easy to use but it's taken more time to locate where the functions are than I had hoped. If our company had invested in having on-site training prior to the upgrade, I believe these changes would've been easier on all of our employees. One of our employees did attend the Seattle conference but she was disappointed that there was not more hands-on learning and training, and thought that our company should have received a team training session prior to the upgrade, as well. Our payroll, human resource, purchasing department, contract administration, and accounts payable departments have all requested additional training with this latest upgrade so that they can use Spectrum with confidence, and complete their daily tasks faster on a regular basis. I am awaiting several changes that our company has requested from Dexter and Chaney's support team via telephone and multiple emails. The human resource module needs some serious work in terms of versatility. I am still hoping to take a crystal reports training class in order to create reports in Spectrum, rather than exporting everything into an Excel spreadsheet and spending hours manipulating the reports to get the outcome that our company required for individual, specialized reports in payroll and human resources. The project management module also has one grave error in changing the appearance, flexibility, and directory for creating and maintaining transmittals. This particular flaw has cost our company a minimum of 5 hours per week in additional office clerical hours just to keep up the creating, sending, and scanning of all documents through transmittals. That's very upsetting to a fast-passed construction company that processes between 75 and 100 transmittals per week! The largest advantage I've seen since this last upgrade is that the system works faster on the Internet and I am able to access Spectrum from home.

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mendy Romilly

Spectrum

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-01-30
Review Source: Capterra

Difficult at first to navigate. Set and implementation was horrible. Training not good

Pros
I like the different detailed functions. attachments, tracking, invoice approval routing, T&M billing when it works forrect

Cons
reports. the standard reports are not what i need. T&M billing does not always work correctly. Invoice corrections are messy. not clean. Can not reverse invoice when it is assigned a PO without approving even though invoice is not approved. The have to reverse. and reeer.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Michelle Jones

Construction Software

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-08-07
Review Source: Capterra

I am a project accountant and have been a Spectrum user since 1996 when it was called ForeFront and this is the only construction software I've used. Overall I find the software easy to use. I've participated in training led by Spectrum trainers and their help and advise is invaluable. The ability to export data in different file types for analysis - exporting to excel file, data only is one I use regularly. We're also lucky to have an IT software support specialist with extensive Spectrum background who is able to provide SQL reports for those times when the standard reports and exports don't give us enough flexibility with the data for analysis.

Pros
Most processes in Spectrum are intuitive for the user.

Cons
As a long time user of Spectrum, we have a heavily customized Job Cost Report. It's becoming more difficult to accommodate our custom needs as new versions are released.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Spectrum features

Projections

API (51 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (62 other apps)
Activity Tracking (54 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (46 other apps)
Bid Management (59 other apps)
Change Order Management (52 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (66 other apps)
Customizable Templates (46 other apps)
Data Import/Export (57 other apps)
Document Management (64 other apps)
Document Storage (54 other apps)
Estimating (70 other apps)
Job Costing (52 other apps)
Project Estimating (47 other apps)
Project Management (83 other apps)
Project Tracking (58 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (55 other apps)
Subcontractor Management (60 other apps)
Third Party Integration (49 other apps)

Additional information for Spectrum

Key features of Spectrum

  • Accounting
  • Project Toolkit
  • Business Intelligence
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Benefits

Spectrum helps your team get more done in less time, by eliminating duplication, coordinating functions, cutting steps and automating processes.

With Spectrum, your company can handle more work and grow revenues, while limiting overhead and controlling expenses.