BQE CORE Suite

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About BQE CORE Suite

BQE’s powerful all-in-one platform and expert support give Architecture, Consulting, & Engineering firms the intuitive tools they need to meet the demands of their firm, empower their team, maximize profitability, and deliver superior results to clients.

BQE was designed for the A&E industry by architects and engineers. You need a platform that truly understands your firm and supports it with the specialized tools you need. After running their own successful A&E firms, our founders created the best-in-class platform they needed from the ground up. Our platform supports the specialized needs of the A&E industry. We understand your pain points like no one else.

We don’t stop at our software. You can also have access to our friendly, expert support team that’s as invested in your success as you are. Enjoy access to expert support to ensure your firm operates at its best. Our packages include customer onboarding and 24/7/365 support so you can make the most of the platform. Our support team understands your day-to-day challenges and can identify opportunities for back-office optimization.

Today, over 400,000 users trust BQE's award-winning software to streamline their business processes while offering groundbreaking insights that grow their firm and boost their profits.


Key benefits of BQE CORE Suite

Improves Efficiency
BQE CORE automates repetitive tasks and keep all your billing, projects, accounting contacts, files and more in one place.

Speeds Up Cash Flow
With accurately tracked hours, and flexible billing options, CORE ensures that no billable hours sip through the cracks.

Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device
CORE is available across all major platforms so you can enjoy the freedom and flexibility to run a successful firm anywhere in the world.


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4.5 /5
(748)
Value for Money
4.5/5
Features
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support
4.6/5

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Tanya
Tanya
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  • Industry: Architecture & Planning
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great product fro expense and time tracking, and way more

Reviewed on 2024/01/12

Pros

I have been using BQE Software for almost 4 years now. I have been reguarly logging hours and expenses as part of my daily work. I really love the app version in which I can snap a picture on the go from my receipt and toss the receipt away immediatelly. It has saved me tons of time of collecting receipts and then balancing my credit card account.
Tracking billable hours is also pretty easy and there are couple of options to do so for each personality from using project timers that you can play and pause to straight old-fashined type of plug-in. Overall, I am very happy of this software.

Cons

I like all features I have to use for my work.

Mark
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  • Industry: Architecture & Planning
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

This new year marks one whole year we've been using Core

Reviewed on 2020/01/15

Core has an amazing catalog of built-in reports. One thing we find ourselves often wishing for was...

Core has an amazing catalog of built-in reports. One thing we find ourselves often wishing for was a kind of “Quick List” report that would output a list of something, one item per line, single-spaced and nothing else but a clear statement of the search and filtering criteria at the top. Examples include a list of invoices overdue x days, list of current projects, list of deposits, payments, checks, every transaction ever related to a certain project, etc. These lists are handy when reviewing Core data, or bringing a quick list into a meeting, where the entries can be highlighted, color coded, and/or checked off as you go.

Pros

I have to say it has succeeded with flying colors after being bombarded with all kinds of unusual circumstances with hundreds of our architecture projects! Well done!

I'm constantly amazed how well thought-out the original approach was in Core's basic design allowing it to handle all of our client's weird situations, and we're just one of the zillions of other companies using Core who do things so differently than we do.

I say this with a little authority, as well, because I wrote my first program at age 15 in 1968 and I have seen (and suffered) *everything* in all the eras of computing since. Core is badass.

Every system has issues, but it's important we all stop and appreciate the unimaginable amount of work that went into making Core really effective.

No one paid me to say this and I'm not getting any brownie points. I'm saying this because I know intimately what the developers have gone through to make today's Core possible. Whew!

Cons

While Core has one of the best time sheet entry forms around. It would be great to have a more graphical time entry interface such as the kind iOS and Android users are familiar with when using, say, a calendar app, in which they can use a mouse or finger to draw time blocks graphically, then double-click/tap them to set the info for that block.

Alternatives Considered

Deltek Vision and Unanet ERP AE

Reasons for Switching to BQE CORE Suite

We selected Core for its modern design and awesome feature set which helps us run all areas of our business under one roof
Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Arts & Crafts
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

JUST DONT!!!!!! Refused to give refund after acknowledging it doesn't work

Reviewed on 2020/03/28

It was the most expensive waste of time I've experienced in a long while. It's right up there with...

It was the most expensive waste of time I've experienced in a long while. It's right up there with Yelp advertising.

Once you get pay it's over. I determined that this didn't work for me at a bout 2 weeks in. But, I was patient and tried to work through it with them. Roughly a month later, we came to the understanding that it doesn't do what I need, and they can't make it do what I need. (Quickbooks and Method Crm was doing this stuff before)

I asked for a refund or even for the remainder of the year I paid for. I was told they "Don't Do Refunds"

So, They're cool with over-promising, Taking $650, understanding that you're not using the program any longer, and are dissatisfied.

Pretty Lame If You Ask Me

Pros

The Sales guy was really friendly and try to rush me into a holiday sale. I should have known.

Cons

It was promised to be totally customizable to any business. It absolutely was not. I spoke with customer service well over 10 times, probably 20 calls. They could show me how things were set up, but never really able to make it work with my business flow as I had with Quickbooks.

The program was often slow and sluggish between screen changes (I have very fast ethernet connection 250mbps DL speed). Many features were on different screens and made for a lot of loading time between simple tasks. Again....not customizable when I bring it up.

Response from BQE Software

Hi there! We are sorry that you weren't able to use the program as intended. We do offer 15-days free trial and live demos of our product and keep everything transparent to give our customers a chance to review the product before they actually purchase. We have hundreds and thousands of users worldwide who rely on our products each day to successfully run their business.

We are truly sorry to see you go and hopefully you will give us another chance in the future. Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected].

Michael
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  • Industry: Automotive
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Great app and product for time tracking

Reviewed on 2024/03/02

Love the app will continue to use it. I recommend it 10/10!!

Love the app will continue to use it. I recommend it 10/10!!

Pros

I am an employee that uses this app to submit hours to invoice billing for our customers. It is easy to input hours, expenses and review history of past projects via app and website

Cons

Initially the app was difficult to modify hours and such. I have been using the app for 2 years and they have improved the app a great deal!

Christine
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  • Industry: Architecture & Planning
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Existing User

Reviewed on 2019/05/07

We've had our ups and downs. After a couple of days on the phone with customer support, things...

We've had our ups and downs. After a couple of days on the phone with customer support, things have been clarified and settled. I understand some of my problems now and how to fix them. It is really the first time I have felt comfortable with my choice in software. As I learn new things, play with it more and talk with customer support things that I thought might be deal burners, are really not. We all need to accept change, and for me as a former development programmer, I am used to it. I was not that into our existing software that we are replacing as I only had to deal with it for a year as I am kind of the new employee. Yes, I looked at several different software options. Yes, some had more features than others, some less. It is going to be pretty difficult to find a replacement software that is exactly like the one you are replacing. My original review stated there were a lot of bugs. I'm not so sure about that statement any longer. For me, it works better through Crome than Edge. I did have quite a few issues when running in Edge. This may be a problem that has since been fixed, but I'm okay in chrome.

Pros

I have had more time with the software since my last review. As I slowly convert the firms old data to this new software, things are falling into place quickly. I'm becoming attuned to the software. Learning little things I didn't know where there, both by playing around and talking with customer support. This software is easy to learn. Not a real big learning curve, assuming you are familiar with project management, accounting, project setup or you have people familiar with those areas. I do it all, and basically maintain everything for everyone else.

Cons

I don't have many, but if I had to pick... they are not really cons, as I hope they will expand to these later on. API with Office 365/Outlook would be a nice added bonus. For me, especially Outlook. Also API with Quickbooks desktop version. This isn't a big issue, as I hope to also phase out QB and only use that software for payroll. Which I will then have an API if I go with QB Online/payroll. I will always use QB for payroll, so I am use to doing journal entries into systems to reflect the payroll numbers. This is not a hardship for me.

Alternatives Considered

Deltek Vantagepoint, Kantata, Wrike and Zoho Analytics

Reasons for Switching to BQE CORE Suite

Zoho- (would have to interface with too many other software products) Mavenlink and Wrike, although awesome PM related software did not handle the AEC community as well as I would have liked. I currently have QB Enterprise Contractors edition, but it is for payroll only and duplicating invoices/checks from the old system at a high level for accounting purposes. This software did not, nor ever will do what I was told it could handle when I was looking to upgrade from PRO to an AEC community software. A total waste of high dollar money. Will go back to PRO or on-line for payroll only as soon as I am up and running 100% in CORE. Deltek, while they bought out WIND2, which is what I am replacing, and they covered pretty much everything in their new software options, I will not and cannot purchase a software where the company does not allow me some free demo months. If I couldn't demo and do one on one sessions with the software I was looking at and talk to techs, I wasn't interested. Deltek does not give you a free trial version and they are overpriced. Totally turned off by this company. They think they own the market in the AEC industry, and they really don't, but charge you like they do. Every software has a work around most of the time. I was determined to find one. Total Synergy...Never really gave this software a fair chance. With a walk thru demo, I was told something couldn't be done and just started looking elsewhere.
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BQE CORE Suite FAQs

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BQE CORE Suite offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$29.00/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Our pricing structure is simple, flexible and designed to fit your needs – you only pay for the features that you and your staff actually use. Annual and multi-year commitment options are available to support the unique needs of your firm. Start a FREE trial today to learn how CORE can maximize productivity and unlock your firm's true profitability potential.

BQE CORE Suite has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

BQE CORE Suite supports the following languages:

English

BQE CORE Suite supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

BQE CORE Suite integrates with the following applications:

AffiniPay, ArchiSnapper, Box, Dropbox Business, Financials for Office 365, Google Drive, LawPay, MYOB Business, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Power BI, Office 365 Document Management, OneDrive, QuickBooks Online, Stripe, Tax1099.com, Xero

BQE CORE Suite offers the following support options:

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

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