Candy

Candy

by Construction Computer Software

Who Uses This Software?

Construction Computer Software (CCS), has been developed by contractors, for contractors to provide specialist software solutions to the construction industry and has been doing so for nearly 40 years

Average Ratings

116 reviews
  • Overall 4.5/5
  • Ease of Use 4.2/5
  • Customer Service 4.6/5
  • Features 4.3/5
  • Value for Money 4/5

Product Details

  • Free Version Yes
  • Free Trial Yes
  • Deployment Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
  • Training In Person
    Webinars
    Documentation
  • Support 24/7 (Live Rep)
    Online

Vendor Details

  • Construction Computer Software
  • http://constructioncomputersoftware.com/
  • Founded 1978

About Candy

This leading Estimating & Project Management Software, uniquely combines its powerful features of analytical Estimating, Critical Path Planning , dynamic Forecasting, Project Cash flow modelling, Resource list, monthly Valuations & Earned Value management conveniently into a single user interface. Candy's advanced features include Subcontract Management, Electronic 3D quantity take-off linked to the bill of quantities & seamless integration with BuildSmart Procurement & Accounts

Candy Features

  • Accounting Integration
  • Audit Trail
  • Customisable Templates
  • Electrical Estimating
  • HVAC Estimating
  • Historical Database
  • Plumbing Estimating
  • Project Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Takeoff
  • What-if Analysis
  • Bid Management
  • Change Orders
  • Gantt Charts
  • Job Scheduling
  • Project Scheduling
  • Rescheduling
  • Staff Calendar
  • Task Management
  • Bills of Material
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Change Orders
  • Cost-to-Completion Tracking
  • Invoice Management
  • Overrun Reporting
  • Percent-Complete Tracking
  • Production Cost Tracking
  • Purchase Order Management
  • Quotes / Estimates
  • Time Tracking
  • Work Order Management
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Budget Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Cost-to-Completion Tracking
  • Customisable Templates
  • Gantt Charts
  • Idea Management
  • Kanban Board
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Portfolio Management
  • Resource Management
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Traditional Methodologies
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Budget Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Gantt Charts
  • Kanban Board
  • Prioritisation
  • Progress Tracking
  • Resource Management
  • Task Management
  • Template Management
  • Traditional Methodologies
  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Building Product Database
  • Change Orders
  • Customer Management
  • Project Management
  • Quote Management
  • Scheduling
  • Takeoff

Candy Most Helpful Reviews

Candy estimating

Reviewed on 11/2/2019
Donovan H.
Civil Estimator
Civil Engineering, 13-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features & Functionality
4/5
Customer Support
5/5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Comments: Excellent, once established database and master can price complex items quickly and accurately

Pros: Features, layout of worksheets as well as the integrated planning and quantity offtake software.

Cons: Lot of features but no manual on how to use all the features

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on 17/2/2019

Dear Donovan,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Candy. Your continued support is highly appreciated. We do have numerous manual available for all Candy features and modules, please contact your local support office and they will email them to you. We do provide training in various locations on all aspects of Candy. Please follow the link to our website for all courses held worldwide. https://constructioncomputersoftware.com/training-candy
Furthermore, all support & training staff are construction professionals providing expert, 24/7 aid & advice on the practical application of Candy in person, email, telephone or remote services. Please feel free to contact us directly if you'd like to talk about the specifics of your situation.

CCS

Reviewed on 18/9/2019
Neschlin C.
Quantity Surveyor
Civil Engineering, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
3/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features & Functionality
4/5
Customer Support
4/5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Comments: CCS is great for pricing tenders. It is great for assisting with the preparations of the cost reports

Pros: I enjoy the estimating and valuations . I like the fact that you can customize it for your own uses.

Cons: The difficulty and amount of time that it takes to programme on CCS. There is a lack of clarity of how to link everything and pricing multiple items with the same description.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on 3/10/2019

Dear Neschlin,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your valued feedback is very important to us.

Regarding the difficulties you are having please see our consultants recommendation below, we hope this will help you:

The Link in the Program and Estimate can be made easier with the Auto Link option. We have a webinar on the topic "Program Auto-link Code" - please see link here: https://vimeo.com/205014305/8b79c40066

Items with similar descriptions can be quickly priced using the Description Matching feature.
We have a webinar called "Description Matching- Auto Price from Master", whose link is as below:
https://vimeo.com/230590752/b190be4c20

We hope this helps. Please don't hesitate to contact your nearest CCS branch should you have any further issues.
Have a super day.

Candy is the best

Reviewed on 17/1/2019
Coert E.
Chief Estimator
Construction, 501-1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
4/5
Overall
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features & Functionality
5/5
Customer Support
5/5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Comments: I Have been in Civil Construction for more than 20 years and have been using Candy for about 15 ears. I use it every day not only for tender estimating but also for cash flows and much more. It is a great product, with great support.

Pros: Candy is by far the most user friendly program I have worked with and updates are done very often. I will never use another program for estimating tenders. You can structure it according to your needs and use your own experience to define your pricing.

Cons: I can not say anything negative about Candy, I almost want to call it perfect.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on 18/1/2019

Dear Coert,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences online. It means a lot to us here at CCS and we are proud to have been by your side for the last 15 years. I know our Candy development & support teams will be happy to hear that their hard work is appreciated and that they in turn are there for you. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.
Have a super day.

From an expert-level user

Reviewed on 23/1/2019
Verified Reviewer
Site Agent
Construction, 13-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
3/5
Overall
3/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features & Functionality
2/5
Customer Support
3/5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Pros: - I love having the level of information to which I can do costing, be as accessible to me as this software does it
- the ability (though very very very under-utilized) to convert omney to a timeline is exciting

Cons: - the support line is geared to the average user. Not much in the wat for expert users
- the inability to integrate with other big-name financial packages is a downer
- a one fits all fee structure is frustrating. Because we're not all on the same level of skill.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on 4/2/2019

Dear Candy User
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your valued feedback is very important to us and we assure you of our continued support. We are always looking for ways to improve our services and our users' experience, your feedback has been passed on to the concerned team for review.

Candy in my workspace...

Reviewed on 28/8/2019
Larozelle V.
Assistant Estimator
Civil Engineering, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features & Functionality
5/5
Customer Support
5/5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Comments: I would definitely recommend Candy to any Construction business. You have to keep up with changing times to stay ahead of your competition and Candy is one of the best ways to do so. The courses that you can do with the program is also fantastic and you learn so much.

Pros: What I like most about Candy is the ease of using the product. Once you are set up and start going it makes your work a lot easier. It safes time and money, and in business time is money. I love how I can do my programming, subcontracting and pricing all at once. Project Management is made more efficient with Candy.

Cons: Initially getting all the "meat" for estimating of projects (Masters) can be a challenge. Pricing per license can get a little expensive if you do not make use of the program a lot.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on 29/8/2019

Dear Larozelle,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us and we are so glad it has been so positive. Your feedback is very important to us and we assure you of our continued support.

Have a super day.

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