Things To Look Out For When Purchasing Construction Accounting Software

So you’re in the market for some construction accounting software.  Here are some things to look out for when taking a look at different systems.

  1. Promising A Quick Implementation: When it comes to construction accounting software, there is no such things as a “quick implementation”.  Construction accounting software comes with a whole host of features and functions.  Before you can begin using the software you have to first learn how to use the software.  It is not something that anyone can pick up by just poking around.  You will need to take multiple courses and spend months learning the system.  So when purchasing software, if the salesperson is promising you an implementation that will take only a few weeks, you should be skeptical.  Either the salesperson is not being honest or the software has so few features that it’ll take only weeks implement. 
  2. Good Support:  A solid support staff can go a long way when using construction accounting software.  So when you are looking to buy it is imperative you learn about their customer support.  If you ask the salesperson they will undoubtedly tell you their customer support is exceptional.  While that may be the case, it is important to investigate yourself.  Ask for some references.  Hear from their customers.  Let them be the ones to sell you on the software.
  3. Stability: How long has the company been around for?  How is the company organized?  How is the management structured?  It is important to ask these questions as well.  When you purchase construction accounting software you are essentially entering a marriage with the vendor.  Both your company and theirs will be working together for the long haul.  So before you make that commitment it is vital to ask questions about just exactly who they are.  What is their track record?  Do they serve other companies in your particular trade?

Don’t just rush into purchasing software with anyone.  Take a moment and do some research.  Make sure that when you purchase the software you know exactly who you are getting it from.