“I have nine estimators using this database at any one time.”
The interface between Vision InfoSoft's Electrical Bid Manager and EPIC are awesome. We are always adding new items into our data base from EPIC so we will have a wider more up to date database to work with. The main thing is that our database always stays up to date with the latest prices on the market which allows us to stay competitive in the market place without having under priced or overpriced material items in our estimates. I have nine estimators using this database at any one time. By using your multi-estimating software we are able to have two or three estimators working on the same multi-million dollar project at the same time in order for us to get detailed bids out on time. Love your system keep up the good work.
Dennis L. Hebert
MegaWatt Electric, LLC
“There are others but EPIC's ease of use and look-up feature save time and money.”
Over the years that I've personally been using EPIC for my estimating and I wouldn't use any other pricing service. I've had the opportunity to use other pricing services, and as far as I'm concerned EPIC is and has been the most accurate electrical material pricing that I used. There are others but EPIC's ease of use and look-up feature save time and money. The target pricing for bidding is right on target, no pun intended! I now have the Internet instant price updates feature and that is incredibly valuable for making sure your final bid material pricing is where it needs to be, especially volatile metal commodities pricing.
“I recommend Vision to all estimators from novice to senior estimators.”
We have been a Vision Infosoft customer for as long as I can remember (at least 12 years) and I have always found Brian, the phone tech's and other's very helpful. I have looked at other estimating programs over the years but have not found any as easy and straight forward as Vision's. I recommend Vision to all estimators from novice to senior estimators.
Arc Electric Construction Co. Inc.
“It's a great benefit to EBM and a great way to save time.”
I would recommend OST to any estimator if you take the time to learn and familiarize yourself with the software. It's a great benefit to EBM and a great way to save time; and as we all know time is money.
Edge Electric Inc.
“...EBM gives us the whole package needed to bid small and large projects...”
When I started Tutor Electrical Service, Inc. in January of 1993 I was a one man show and needed a product that was affordable while also giving me the estimating support I needed. Vision InfoSoft's EBM was the perfect product for me then, and still is, as it continues to grown and improve with the growth of Tutor Electric. We are now bidding projects in excess of $1 million and EBM gives us the whole package needed to bid small and large projects along with the flexibility we need to bid those unique electrical projects. I am always happy to recommend Vision InfoSoft.
Bobby J. Tutor
Tutor Electrical Service, Inc.
“I am able to build/bid anything I want to for any application.”
I really enjoy using the program (EBM) simply because it makes my job a lot easier. I am able to build/bid anything I want to for any application. Often times, after I bid a project, the General Contractor comes back to me to break out items from my bid. The system allows me to quickly go in and break out anything I need. Doing so, this has helped me to land many projects.
Thomas Electrical Contractors, Inc.
“...using epic with the T&M program ensures that all the pricing on my smaller work and/or service work is completely up to date...”
We have had EPIC for several years. All of our estimators use EPIC for estimating and we also use EPIC in our billing department. Over the years we have found that EPIC's pricing is right on target with our local supply houses. We are able to supply our clients with accurate bids without having to call the supply houses every 5 minutes for pricing. Our company has evolved to pricing materials right on the job site using this program. epic allows my estimators to bid on large projects after all of the supply houses are closed for the night or on a weekend when they all have time to concentrate on the bid at hand. As far as my billing department, my staff is able to pick out virtually any part or piece made in this industry simply by entering a UPC code or manufacturer. This makes my billing very easy to get out the door and get paid faster because my staff does not necessarily have to know what the part s are used for. In addition, using EPIC with the T&M program ensures that all the pricing on my smaller work and/or service work is completely up to date and saves me time by not having to go to a supply house every 5 minutes for pricing.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS ELECTRIC INC
“Without a program such as EPIC, estimating would still be in the stone ages.”
I am a long time user of the EPIC pricing service for 15 plus years. I use EPIC's pricing to keep a standard for material costs that I can rely upon when bidding to different markets. EPIC allows me to apply discounts and manage the material costs on a job by job basis. The system has grown over the years and contains 95% of what is needed to estimate any project. We have used EPIC to increase our estimating database three fold as well as managing costs for those items in an effective and efficient manner. Without a program such as EPIC, estimating would still be in the stone ages.
“...the vast EPIC pricing database is unbeatable...”
The EPIC pricing service and the Electrical Bid Manager (EBM) software are excellent products. They are easy to use and speed up the time to estimate, and increase flexibility to handle alternate pricing or addenda changes. EPIC pricing saves me hours of work by supplying automatic pricing. In day to day items this is not as critical, as local vendors provide those, but when it is down to the wire for bid time, the vast EPIC pricing database is unbeatable. Prices that might have been ball parked are now accurately accounted. The ability to add new materials and assemblies in EBM is very important to my business, and being able to seamlessly link them to EPIC adds to that ability. The e-catalogues provide an extraordinarily large and an easily accessible selection of manufacturers that would be too time consuming and difficult to collect in physical form or even keep up-to-date. Not to mention, the space required for physical catalogues alone would be an issue. But with e catalogues, there is no space required, and updates are available as often as you want them.
Simply put, the EBM/EPIC systems are the foundation of all our estimating. All of our work is obtained through their use. On a simple project estimating time is reduced by about 10 to 20%, on a complex job maybe 30%, and on projects with significant last minute addenda changes, 40%. On a tight bid schedule, jobs that might have been passed due to lack of time are easily biddable. The automatic pricing function lowers errors that occur through manual work. The flexibility of the systems allow for easily gaming multiple project scenarios, from alternate or substitute product usage, to schedule adjustments, or manpower ratios.
“It has won us many projects and its ease of operation makes estimating a snap.”
I can say that EBM has been a valuable estimating tool for us at D and S Electric, Inc. It has won us many projects and its ease of operation makes estimating a snap. I'm very happy and satisfied with it.
D and S Electric, Inc
“While the other programs are excellent for estimators, the reports that are generated through EBM are easily understood...”
I have an estimating/consulting business that strongly utilizes EBM. My business has been growing, in part, because of the clarity of the Reports that I have been able to produce, with EBM, for my clients. While the other programs are excellent for estimators, the reports that are generated through EBM are easily understood by the Construction Managers, Engineers, and Architects.
Joseph Morrin Jr.
Peak Electrical Services LLC
“I am by no means a computer savvy guy and if I can use the program, anyone can use it.”
We have been using Electrical Bid Manager (EBM) from your firm for several years now and couldn't be happier with the entire system and support. For openers, the system is very easy to use. I am by no means a computer savvy guy and if I can use the program, anyone can use it. Our firm did over $10,000,000.00 in business last year and other than just a few T&M jobs, all were estimated on your system. We have customized a few things, but for the most part, we use the program just the way it comes. Secondly, the support you and your firm provide is excellent. If a problem arises, we call, and within 30 minutes your support people call and work with us to solve the problem.
I would certainly endorse your program and would encourage anyone that is contemplating purchasing your system to feel free to give me a call and I'd be happy to discuss the system with them.
“I have stayed loyal to Vision InfoSoft's EBM because it is by far the most flexible and easy to use.”
With the use of Electrical Bid Manager, Wescott Electric has jumped from 7 million to 15 million in the last two years. Even though I have been approached by many software competitors, I have stayed loyal to Vision InfoSoft's EBM because it is by far the most flexible and easy to use.
“Vision InfoSoft's software is inexpensive and has proven to be very efficient.”
Vision InfoSoft's software is inexpensive and has proven to be very efficient. EPIC's Pricing has been right on the ball. I have been with Vision InfoSoft for years now and we're very happy with the software's easy transition and user friendly system.
“With EBM, we're able to confidently produce millions of dollars worth of accurate bids a month.”
When we first got started using Electrical Bid Manager™ (EBM) we started to see results immediately. Before EBM, I would spend many hours putting a proposal together and now it takes minutes. With EBM, we're able to confidently produce millions of dollars worth of accurate bids a month.
We have seen our sales more than triple in less than a year since we started using Vision InfoSoft's software. Not only are sales way up but more importantly profits. Every project starts with an estimate and without solid estimating software I can't see how you can succeed.;
Ryan Haggard, Owner
Haggard Electrical Contractors
“We have used the Vision InfoSoft EBM product since 1997 and have had much success.”
IEC Senior Vice President John Biagas was one of a select group of business leaders invited to the White House to meet with President Bush, I am writing you to say Thank you. We have used the Vision InfoSoft EBM product since 1997 and have had much success. We have grown over 1,500% since 1997 and your product has assisted us with that growth. During that time it has allowed us to estimate more projects and also increased our profit margins. The ease of use out of the box is a great asset.
We also use the T&M billing software and the EPIC material pricing guide in pricing our service work with confidence. Keep up the good work and we look forward to continuing our business relationship for years to come.
Thank you and please feel free to contact me @ (757) 595-2300 if you have any questions or if you are in need of any additional information.
John F. Biagas, President/ CEO
Bay Electric Company, Inc.
“The best thing we ever did was computerize our estimating with Visionís software.”
The truth is, Electrical Bid Manager was the most user-friendly. We have never had a problem with it.
When we first started, we considered $20k to be a big job. Now we are taking on multiple million-dollar projects, and have added on a warehouse to our new offices. The best thing we ever did was computerize our estimating with Vision’s software. We started by doing $600k in the first year and just finished 2002 with several million in revenues!
From 1999 to 2003, we have grown over 1000% percent. Vision's software and support has been there the entire time.
Francis Rogan, President
“Clearly, Vision has taken the time to make sure their software is user-friendly.”
Clearly, Vision has taken the time to make sure their software is user-friendly. When I first started looking for electrical estimating software, I tried several systems but just couldn't get past the initial difficult learning curve. I discovered Vision's software and haven't thought twice since.
There is a definite comfort zone created when using Electrical Bid Manager. I actually feel as though I am using it to its full potential. After doing a couple bids, I felt empowered and I understood what it was doing. All the information I'd expect to see is displayed. I'd be lost without it.
“If I had to summarize my experience with Vision's software… I'd sum it up as: Simple, Accurate, Successful.”
The main reason I chose Vision’s software is the Simplicity. I'm not a computer whiz-kid. I know a few things, but I'm not an expert. I found the software to be simple. I never had to take any classes or training. I learned everything from the instruction manual. However, I do plan to take some training to make sure I'm using all its features to their full potential.
After 9/11, things slowed up a lot. I'm not a full-time estimator, but in between jobs I do estimating. When things slow down, every bid counts. The Electrical Bid Manager software has helped me win an amazing number of jobs, even during the slow times. In fact, I just pulled in a $19 million job last month! When I sit down to estimate, it sure is nice to know that I';m using the right software to get it done.
If I had to summarize my experience with Vision's software… I'd sum it up as: Simple, Accurate, Successful.
Hugh O'Kane Datacom
“The three years using your software has won me every job I've bid on.”
My experience with Plumbing Bid Manager has been very positive with your software. Your software allows me to bid with more confidence because I am more able to do "bid checks" and make sure my bided job is accurate and correct. The three years using your software has won me every job I've bid on. That was really due to your good software and my good expertise in using your software for estimating.
“The PBM and EBM software are weapons...I recently completed a 150k project against other GC's and subcontractors!”
As a General Contractor I utilize your PBM and EBM software. The PBM and EBM software are weapons...I recently completed a 150k project against other GC's and subcontractors!
LightWater Construction, Inc.
“For the first time in my career, I felt absolutely confident in submitting a bid proposal!”
For the first time in my career, I felt absolutely confident in submitting a bid proposal! The software guided me in preparing the quote and I knew that I had covered all my bases.
I've always been hesitant to get involved with computers. It was always something in the back of my mind. I knew I needed it, but I was scared. Now that I've used the software, I regret not jumping in earlier!
I no longer have to go back through the bid to reconstruct the material lists anymore. I can even print out the complete list to fax an accurate, detailed list - complete with UPC numbers - to all my suppliers!
Phil Rado, President/ CEO
“We are so pleased with it and have received very positive feedback.”
Thank you for assisting us in completing our website. We are so pleased with it and have received very positive feedback. We tried designing it ourselves but were never really happy with it. It now has the professional look we like as well as being user friendly.
Kim A. Grow, President
Grow Electric, Inc.
“Vision InfoSoft in my book is quality service at the right price!”
Dear Vision InfoSoft
Writing in recognition of the fine job yourself and Vision Info Software has done on my website. I've always been a fan of your estimating system, but was pleasantly surprised at the quality of your website design team. You were always available and readily able to enhance my ideas or make them a reality on screen. You also offered some great ideas that were used to better the look and feel of the site, which was a major help. I believe we were able to form a team in this project and I believe the way the site came out speaks a million words of quality and follow through. Vision InfoSoft in my book is quality service at the right price!
I look forward to continued partnership with myself of DEI Systems and you and yours at Vision InfoSoft.
Kevin P. Delaney - Owner
DEI Systems LLC
Tewksbury, Ma 01876
“The numerous changes that you endured due to our ability to know what we want when we see it is commendable.”
I wanted to let you know that we appreciate the time and effort you put into the design of our website. I was impressed with your suggestions and your patience with our input. The numerous changes that you endured due to our ability to know what we want when we see it is commendable. In the beginning, I was concerned that we would get a "template" design. We are pleased with the personal choices we had. I am so pleased; feel free to forward my name for contact regarding your product. I hope this doesn't sound like a generated testimonial, as it is merely meant to say thank you.
P.O. BOX 10066
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA 98110
“They were professional, patient and very tolerant of my lack of computer savvy.”
I am very happy with the service that I received from Vision Web Services. They were professional, patient and very tolerant of my lack of computer savvy. I'd recommend them to anyone that would rather run their business than fret over their website.
Jerry Kieffer Jr.
KD Electric, Inc.