Since 1971, Sage Software has offered leading edge, scalable and customizable business products and services that support numerous industries, including construction, distribution, manufacturing, nonprofit and real estate. Sage Timberline Office is part of the Sage Construction and Real Estate (Sage CRE) solution line-up. Sage Construction and Real Estate is a fully integrated construction management software system that offers functionality for construction accounting, document management, project management, estimating, procurement and service management. The system also offers reporting and mobile computing tools. On the accounting side, Sage Timberline Office demonstrates evidence of the company’s earlier experience in providing accounting software to CPAs for minicomputer environments. Another Sage Construction and Real Estate strength is its accounting flexibility. Users can customize many data fields and edit field names, and the software provides many user-defined fields.
Because Sage Construction and Real Estate can be tailored to each user’s individual requirements, setup can be complex. This puts a premium on the experience and competence of the reseller whose guidance is a critical part of the process. When evaluating Sage Construction and Real Estate, be aware that the tradeoff for receiving a structured accounting environment with flexibility is the setup. Sage is aware of the need for training and assistance, and has made a number of services available to help. When comparing Sage Timberline Office to other solutions, construction software buyers should factor in staff time for training, the cost of that training and the cost of a Sage Construction and Real Estate certified consultant to assist in the setup and customization. But the same could be said for many systems.
Its strongest application is accounting. Its project management and service management are capable but not outstanding. Service oriented contractors that need dispatch and manage long term maintenance agreements should look at Sage 300 Trade Specialty rather than Sage Construction and Real Estate. Their new Sage Construction Anywhere collaborative project management system is a big step forward toward a competitive cloud solution but is still a work in progress.
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Review by Sheldon Needle | Construction Software