About eCMS

eCMS by Computer Guidance is a fully integrated cloud-based project management and enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform for construction companies. With a range of management tools including accounting, project costing, human resources, CRM, asset management, business intelligence, workflow management, and much more, eCMS provides an integrated suite of applications to aid commercial construction businesses with operations and financial management.

In order to help businesses with their financial management and accounting, eCMS provides features for managing accounts payable and accounts receivable, contracts, payment card processing, general ledger, cost accounting, material requisition and purchasing, and time and material billing, amongst others.

The integrated human resources (HR) application allows users to manage employees and related workflows including the capture and storage of employee data, employee self service for access to payslips, time tracking, and expense tracking. Similarly, the asset management tool can gather data on the entire asset lifecycle, the inventory catalog, maintenance issues, repairs, safety reports, and inspections, and equipment related accounting can be handled from within the app.

eCMS also provides the tools for managing customers with an in-built CRM, as well as content upload and storage, forms management for turning paper documents into electronic forms, user defined email archiving to retain historical contact, and analytics for metrics such as project costs, equipment usage, time per project, and much more.

Key benefits of eCMS

  • The business intelligence and analytics application transforms organizational, departmental, and personal data into actionable insight with self-service query and interactive reports.

  • Users can manage customer relationships with the inbuilt CRM application which provides tools for optimizing contact management, recording interactions, and storing contact information in order to aid with producing effective proposals.

  • Mobile optimization allows field construction workers to enter data on-the-go and track time per project or client. Users can submit time entry, attendance information, and generate field reports when working remotely.

  • Project collaboration tools allow teams to work together on projects with open channels of communication, data exchange, synchronized workflows, meeting minutes, submittals, and daily reports.

  • The fully-integrated format of eCMS combines over 10 different management applications to provide an end-to-end construction business management and resource planning tool.

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    Business size

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    Markets

    Australia, Canada, China, Germany, United Kingdom and 3 others, India, Japan, United States

    Supported Languages

    English

    Images

    The project collaborator allows users to view project summaries and reports
    The eCMS Launchpad shows actionable insights across projects
    The integrated email means that contact history is available and archived
    The self service HR app allows employees to login to view schedules, pay slips, and more
    Physical and electronic documents can be converted into electronic forms for online fulfillment
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    eCMS screenshot: The project collaborator allows users to view project summaries and reports eCMS screenshot: The eCMS Launchpad shows actionable insights across projects eCMS screenshot: The integrated email means that contact history is available and archived eCMS screenshot: The self service HR app allows employees to login to view schedules, pay slips, and more eCMS screenshot: Physical and electronic documents can be converted into electronic forms for online fulfillment

    Features

    Total features of eCMS: 78

    • Access Controls/Permissions
    • Accounting
    • Accounting Integration
    • Accounts Payable
    • Accounts Receivable
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Asset Management
    • Attendance Tracking
    • Billing & Invoicing
    • Budget Control
    • Budget Tracking/Job Costing
    • Budgeting/Forecasting
    • CRM
    • Cash Management
    • Change Order Management
    • Collaboration Tools
    • Commercial
    • Construction Breakdowns
    • Content Management
    • Contract Drafting
    • Contract/License Management
    • Contractor Management
    • Credit Card Processing
    • Customizable Forms
    • Data Extraction
    • Data Import/Export
    • Data Storage Management
    • Data Synchronization
    • Document Management
    • Email Management
    • Employee Self Service
    • Equipment Maintenance
    • Equipment Tracking
    • Expense Claims
    • Financial Management
    • Fixed Asset Management
    • Forecasting
    • Forms Management
    • GPS
    • General Ledger
    • HR Management
    • Interaction Tracking
    • Job Costing
    • Job Tracking
    • Labor Cost Reporting
    • Lifecycle Management
    • Mobile Access
    • Offline Access
    • Opportunity Management
    • Overrun Reporting
    • Payroll Management
    • Permit Management
    • Planning Tools
    • Project Accounting
    • Project Estimating
    • Project Management
    • Project Time Tracking
    • Projections
    • Purchase Order Management
    • Quotes/Estimates
    • RFI & Submittals
    • Real Time Data
    • Real Time Monitoring
    • Remote Access/Control
    • Reporting/Analytics
    • Resource Management
    • Scheduled / Automated Reports
    • Search/Filter
    • Subcontractor Management
    • Supplier Management
    • Time & Expense Tracking
    • Timesheet Management
    • Trend Analysis
    • User Management
    • Version Control
    • Visual Analytics
    • Workflow Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4,6 /5
    (28)
    Value for Money
    4,6/5
    Features
    4,4/5
    Ease of Use
    4,4/5
    Customer Support
    4,6/5

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    John C.
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 51-200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Success Cycle

    Reviewed on 2020/08/12

    eCMS Construction ERP keeps all departments informed and up-to-date on all aspects of construction...

    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.

    Frank P.
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 501-1 000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    eCMS Construction ERP Review

    Reviewed on 2020/09/04

    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

    Christina H.
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

    Review

    Reviewed on 2019/09/20

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

    Overall, the system has been extremely beneficial to our daily reports, accounting reports and managing construction projects. Wish it was faster though.

    Pros

    Easy to navigate. Has many options for reporting and customizing reports and functions.

    Cons

    The program is extremely slow and frustrating. EspeciallyReports are not running properly. Program is extremely slow and not efficient. Some of the reports do not work properly. Wish there was a way we could view the invoices in Invoice query rather than imaging. around 3:00

    Michael W.
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 51-200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Computer Guidance Strong Performance

    Reviewed on 2020/12/09

    Pros

    We are very happy with the integration of the accounting and project management sides of the software. Integration is key for our efficiency.

    Cons

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

    Becky J.
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    • Industry: Construction
    • Company size: 501-1 000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Computer Gudiance CMS / eCMS user for over 20 years

    Reviewed on 2020/07/24

    Computer Guidance has worked well for us for over 20 years. They have helped us through some very...

    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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    eCMS offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: US$10 000,00/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 has the following typical customers:

    2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001+

    eCMS supports the following languages:

    English

    eCMS supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

    We do not have any information about what integrations eCMS has

    eCMS offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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