CTS Outlines the Top 10 Questions to Ask When Evaluating New Construction Software

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New report from CTS helps improve construction software evaluations by digging deep for answers to 10 insightful questions.

Sheldon Needle, President of CTS Guides, Inc.
Selecting the construction management software system that is the best match for your business is one of the most complex projects you will ever undertake.

For contractors, price is only one of the many critical factors to consider when looking for new construction software and it may not even be the most important consideration, according to a new report released by CTS, a leading publisher of construction software reviews and ratings.

Construction management software vendors frequently offer their products at competitive prices, but less visible charges, such as support and annual maintenance fees, can drive up the long-term cost of the package. The free CTS report, “10 Questions to Ask Construction Software Vendors,” can help construction firms identify these hidden costs and pinpoint the best software systems for their needs.

According to the report, construction firms are best served by looking at the entire software package. When evaluating construction accounting software, for example, the report recommends reviewing the system's database backend, asking whether a trial copy of the program is offered and considering whether a particular product will require an upgrade of the company’s server and network.

“Selecting the construction management software system that is the best match for your business is one of the most complex projects you will ever undertake,” said the report's author, CTS President Sheldon Needle. “There are so many critical factors to consider that it’s easy to make a wrong decision and not realize it until months or even years later.”

Needle, a former corporate Chief Financial Officer and the co-author of more than 20 books on software selection, said that his company has helped many of its clients avoid purchasing construction software that appeared to be a bargain, but ultimately would have resulted in a fortune in future hidden costs.

To read the full report and learn more about the solutions offered by CTS, including their free Construction Software Selection Kit, visit: http://www.ctsguides.com/10-questions-for-construction-vendors.asp.

About CTS Guides

Established in 1983 by Sheldon Needle, CTS was the first company to perform hands-on, independent evaluations of software for the middle market. Since then CTS has helped over 23,000 companies select new software and technology. Today, CTS offers software reviews, ratings, evaluation tools and expert advice that help contractors select new construction management software. The company's recourses are also widely used by CPAs, consultants and software resellers to assist their clients during the software selection process.

About Sheldon Needle

A former CFO, consultant and software designer, Sheldon Needle has authored or co-authored more than 20 books on software selection and has contributed articles to major publications, including the Journal of Accountancy and Nation’s Business. CTS was the very first company to do hands-on, independent evaluations of software for the middle market. Sheldon speaks with business owners and managers every day about construction software selection and makes personalized recommendations based on their needs and budget. He is widely known and respected throughout the business software community for his independence, integrity and software selection expertise.

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