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What Is Ventus?

Take control of your specialty contracting business with Ventus by Vertical Market Software. Our fully-integrated enterprise solution is designed to streamline your operations and boost productivity. With over 16 core applications at your fingertips, managing construction, service, distribution, and accounting has never been easier. Trust Ventus to provide you with the tools and insights needed to propel your business forward.

Who Uses Ventus?

HVAC/Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Roofing, Construction, Petroleum, and Specialty Service Contractors nationwide with 4+ users. Commercial, Industrial, or Residential.

Ventus Software - Intuitive design with 12 Core Applications & 6 Add-On Modules that clients can optimize to track hours, control documents, establish email alerts, and mobilize your field technicians.
Ventus Software - Powerful Dispatching that has customizable views to tailor to the specific dispatcher in order for them to see the various unassigned calls, technicians, and work orders.
Ventus Software - Powerful reporting in every module with User Definable Reporting in the system for those who want to go generate their own reports.
Ventus Software - Project Management tools that allow you to track job budgets, costs, documents, change orders and much more. A completely integrated Job Cost Application that allows for PM's to view jobs with drill down screens in order for them to become truly paperless
Ventus Software - Electronic Time entry with our field applications with a management hours board that allows managers to approve & appeal time before finalizing invoices or moving to our payroll module for payment.

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Reviews of Ventus

Average score

Overall
4.3
Ease of Use
4.2
Customer Service
4.4
Features
4.4
Value for Money
4.3

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001

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5
55%
4
29%
3
12%
2
5%
Teresa
General Manager in US
Facilities Services, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Ventus Review

5.0 5 years ago

Comments: We make it a point to attend the annual user conference. At the conference we are able to meet and talk with other users, as well as VMS staff. We can voice concerns or problems we have and also are encouraged to suggest new ideas or features we would like to see added to the software. We always come back from the conference with new information and ideas for improving our workflow.
Above everything else, we value the Vertical Market Support staff. All software has issues and the client portal allows us to log issues and check the progress. The staff is courteous, helpful, and knowledgeable.

Pros:

From an accounting standpoint, it works very well because all modules, including General Ledger, are part of the Ventus product. The dispatch board is very dynamic especially when running mobile data. We are also implementing the barcoding module and DocU, the paperless document management module.

Cons:

Because the software is so versatile, sometimes we struggle with finding the best way to set up our work flow process.

Regina
Controller in US
Construction, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Work In Progress

4.0 5 years ago

Comments: We were lacking in the inventory/bar coding processes and are slowly becoming better at using this feature. It made Physical Count a lot faster. I know we will see better tracking between warehouses once everyone gets it under control. Also, the ability to transfer estimates to a job or service ticket will change things for us and make us more efficient.

Pros:

Pros-One software for all facets needed to operate a business. The staff at VMS make you feel like family and are personally vested in your success. Bar coding capabilities. Ability to transfer Estimate to Job Cost and Service. The ease of searching is great. Docu - ability to attach all documents. Vast number of reports, very diverse in what you can pull. Ability to save to queue to have a history of all transactions.

Cons:

Cons - No user's manual. Inconsistency between modules in where to go to search really just inconsistencies between modules period (Ex. some modules you go through Tasks to execute things, others you can do directly from the screen you are in). Can't set zero quantities doing a cycle count for a portion of inventory. Lack of synchronized data (Ex. PM Inquiry -must execute function to make sure it is current; Job Cost - when changing contract through JOB BUDGET/COST SUMMARY - it does not update contract amount in Job File) Passwords - need ability to set override capabilities for specified actions. Daily Password needed for everything under Options. Lack of automatic GL entry or notice that one is needed if a user performs a transaction that needs to have a GL trans done (ex -physical count, inv adj) Lack of "locked for editing" warning when accessing something that someone else is currently in.

Dawn Nalley Ashland
Office manager in US
Construction, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source
Source: SoftwareAdvice

Ventus

3.0 5 years ago

Comments: The people are great. Not always very good at getting back with you. Feel like a small fish and not as important in comparison to other companies that use the software so we sometime get bumped.

Pros:

The program has a lot to offer. Can be an all inclusive software system.

Cons:

No or very little training on the software. No idea how to use most of it. Not consistent from one module to another. EX. spell check in service billing but not in accounts receivable billing.

Stacy
Contract Administrator in US
Construction, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Your One Stop Shop

4.0 5 years ago

Comments: We have been able to drastically reduce the time for our inventory with the barcoding solution. We have gone from 2 weeks of a 8 person team to 2 days with a 3 person team. We are getting accurate counts, transfers and costing. It has eliminated duplicate item files for the same product (you can use cross reference to link multiple skus to the same item). The job costing has allowed us to run more efficiently and know when we are going to do way better (or way worse) on an estimate. The service reports help us understand which technicians are profitable and which need help. They are always improving and coming out with new features and add-on's to help with processing.

Pros:

I like most that the software contains almost everything that we need. It has service for our dispatching and bill of service. It has job costing for all of our larger projects. It has Payroll, Inventory, Accounts Payable, Purchase Orders, Equipment Controls, Call Management, Estimating, Order Processing for over the counter parts sales and Accounts Receivable. You wont need anything separate to run your day to day transactions. The Dispatch board is our FAVORITE part. You can schedule your technicians, maintain contracts with billing, bill by time and material, fixed dollar or flat rate.

Cons:

There is few online add options. For example, when you need to make a new inventory item, you have to go to the item maintenance file. So you have to leave the screen to you are and go somewhere else - however, you can keep the tabs open so don't loss what you are working on. Some of their add ons (like e-time) don't really work for technicians that are multi-taskers (work both on jobs and service tickets).

Lisa
Office Manager in US
Construction, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Overall review

4.0 5 years ago

Comments: Ventus is helping us find ways to keep our costs lower and we have not implemented all of the capabilities yet. It does take awhile to learn the functions. However, the software makes more sense if you understand how it functions!

Pros:

Item inquiry is one of my favorite functions. Ventus makes it easy to find when a part came in, where it came from and the open and past sales. This has became a time saver in many ways. Writing checks in Ventus is a breeze. It allows us to change the information prior to creating the check if discount amounts were entered in incorrectly. There is a new credit memo function in AR for applying checks to invoices has saved time and allowed us to keep a better AR record. The new lookup functions that have been added everywhere makes finding information easier. One downfall is not being able to lookup a number with begins with.

Cons:

The item inquiry is one of my favorite features in Ventus. However, we do not have a way to look up customer part/material sales history. This can be difficult when a customer would like something that they ordered before but is unsure of the part number. Post-match: The overall idea of post-match is wonderful! However, we are a company that pays our invoices by the discount date. We were unable to create checks for parts that were not received in. Loved the idea of being able to see what po was applied to the invoice. However, saving money was a bigger priority. We had to leave post-match so we were able to write checks. Still waiting for that function to change so we are able to utilize Ventus to the fullest. There has been a recent change to where our overall control of our company maintenance was taken away. Our company takes pride in the controls that we have over our accounting software and the upkeep of it. Because of this we have set-up controls to keep others out where they do not belong. Our control over this has been taken away because of other companies and their misuse of the company maintenance, AR Inquiry and AP History. This should be regulated by the company and not VMS.