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.
Sage Construction and Real Estate Software Highlights:
Sage 300 Software Updates and News
–The expected launch date for the new Sage CRM 7.3 integration with Sage 300 ERP 2014 is March 31, 2015.
–Starting with Sage 300 ERP product update 3 (PU3), Sage will separate downloads and installs. Sage will no longer release Sage 300 ERP Intelligence Reporting as part of Sage 300 ERP product updates.
Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate is now integrated with Sage Payment Solutions. Now contractors using Sage 300 can accept checks, credit cards, debit cards, and mobile payments and process them within their system via Sage Payment Solutions. There is no need for double entries or extra processing time and confusion.
Watch out for the upcoming release of a new version of Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate in the very near future.
Sage 300 Online is now available by subscription. This cloud-based system is intended to medium sized businesses trying to speed up business processing and the flow of information, and have access from anywhere.
Sage 300 Online will cost $69/month for subscribers.
Review by Sheldon Needle | Construction Software