Selecting a Construction ERP solution to run your business is not a quick decision.  The platform you choose will power your business for years to come. Many ERP solutions offer the same or similar accounting type features, but it’s the other features you need to look at closely. For example, are project accounting features fully integrated into the accounting area?  It can be confusing to sort out what’s important to your construction business and what’s not. 

Comparing features and benefits is one thing to consider, but also aligning your growth strategies for the future.  Many ERP publishers offer construction systems, and you might even find smaller, specialized vendors focus their systems on niche industries and respective functionalities.  When you’re looking at options, don’t limit yourself to the specialized systems.  General ERP systems, like Acumatica Construction Edition, provide full cross-functional processes that integrate financials seamlessly with project management, billing, job costing and more.   

With Acumatica, I’m giving employees an ultra-effective tool they need to do their jobs correctly and allowing them to do things easier.  I’m handing them a smartphone versus a rotary phone.  They are more well-equipped to do their jobs, which produces good outcomes for customers and helps us build the business. ~Matthew Shamp, Executive Director, Carlson-LaVine, Inc.

Let’s look at some of the top ERP features construction firms need. Download this checklist to make sure you’ve compared specific features and benefits across your critical categories.

Top Construction ERP Features You Need 

Having all these pieces and parts of a business together in one, single-source of truth system gives you a complete view of your business.  You eliminate data silos and disparate systems and start a culture of transparency. Team members have visibility into the actions of everyone that touches the customer, at any point in their journey.  

Here are the top features to look for: 

  • constructionCAD interface 
  • Accounting 
  • Service fleet asset management 
  • Financial management 
  • Payroll 
  • Management of contractors 
  • Sub-contractor management 
  • Logistics and transport 
  • Scheduling 
  • Complex workforce management 
  • Inventory 
  • Workflow processes 

Next, you need to think beyond specific functionality.  For example, are there features and benefits beyond construction?  Does the system include things to make your office staff as well as job site staff more productive? How about technology?  Does the ERP solution use modern technology and have high ratings for usability, customizability, and maintainability?  Is it a true cloud-based solution, giving your staff, contractors, and vendors access no matter when, where, or which device?   

How much are you going to pay for everything you need?  Will you have to purchase third-party add-on products to get the functionality you need?  How long will you be able to use this solution and/or will you outgrow it quickly?  What about the licensing and hosting fees? Do you need additional hardware and IT staff? All these questions, and more, come into play when comparing and choosing a new ERP solution for your construction business.  Talk to a partner about your options; technology is changing at a rapid pace.  

With more than 500 successful system implementations and dozens of clients working with us for more than two decades, we’re proud to be one of the most trusted names in construction business technology. Give us a call at (833) 432-7278 and let’s talk construction management ERP.