VENTUS Review - why 4.3 stars?

VENTUS Review
ITQlick Score: 84/100
ITQlick Rating: (4.3/5)
Pricing: 2/10 - low cost
Category: Field Service -> VENTUS
Ranking:Ranked 53 out of 348 Field Service systems
Company: Vertical Market Software
Pricing: starts at $5,000 per license
Typical customers: SMBs
Platforms: Desktop
Links: VENTUS pricing, VENTUS alternatives

Shlomi LaviShlomi Lavi / updated: Aug 23, 2020

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What is VENTUS?

VENTUS is integrated business management software for construction and service markets. It was launched by Vertical Market Software in 1984. The software provides project management, estimating and accounting services for your business. It finds its application mainly in residential remodeling and heavy highway construction.

What is VENTUS rating? ()

The rating of VENTUS is 4.3 stars out of 5 and the total score is 84 out of 100. The ratings are based on our unbiased experts. Learn more in our rating methodology page

Who are VENTUS's typical customers?

VENTUS is most suitable for small and medium sized businesses. It specializes in electrical, mechanical and HVAC trades in energy and petroleum industries. Intended users of VENTUS are general contractors, specialty contractors and construction managers. VENTUS aims to address the needs of the construction companies operating field service such as construction of highways, bridges and buildings. Major customers include The Rooster Group Inc., Maximus Exportaciones and Danfoss SA.

Is VENTUS the best Field Service?

VENTUS is ranked 53 out of 348 software in their category (Field Service systems).

What are their main features and functionalities?

The overall functionality of VENTUS can be divided into four modules: project management, estimating, accounting and service management. The software is typically purchased as a complete integrated suite. It is typically ideal for medium and large construction businesses operating at revenues higher than $1 million.

The main features of the project management module are change orders and equipment management. It is available in the form of online construction management software as well as mobile application. The estimating module features cost database and item database which allows you to estimate project and material costs and maintain the related database.

Accounting module is designed to meet the accounting needs of the business and has various business oriented features such as job costing, payroll processing, inventory management, AIA billing and general ledger. Finally, the service management module supervises complex supply chain issues and features call and dispatch management, service contracts, work orders and inventory management.

What are VENTUS's pros? (5 Pros)

  • Support for Microsoft .Net/SQL platforms widens the scope of VENTUS compared to most competitors.
  • Reliable upper-level management is facilitated by quick-view dashboard. It provides comprehensive snapshot of the business from one customizable screen.
  • Account details can be stored for unlimited number of years with general ledger.
  • VENTUS allows you to take advantage from the pooling of resources. This allows the distribution of shipping costs between the manufacturer and the distributor, bringing down the overall cost.
  • Advanced accounting features allow the accumulation of receivable and payable account details at one place and for indefinite amount of time.

What are VENTUS's cons? (2 cons)

  • Entering a transaction in one VENTUS module automatically updates all the associated applications. This can be a problem if the intended update was only for one module.
  • While VENTUS has support for desktops, it only supports Windows platform.

Who are their main alternatives?

The major competitors for Ventus are CSDP Service Relationship and Odyssee FSM Software.

CSDP Service Relationship provides a service management solution which is available as a cloud based application. Its features include work order management, technician scheduling & dispatch, inventory management, as well as an option to manage a repair workshop if required. The product also has a documentation system to manage service contracts & warranties, as well as an integrated contact center to address customer queries and support issues as well.

Ventus on the other hand provides a similar solution but includes integrated accounting & payroll modules as well. Additionally the product includes sales management for development of service opportunities with options for an integrated point of sales as well. There is also support for mobile device access by field service teams to check work order schedules and update status, along with online portals for customers to request service and track work order status.

In comparison Odyssee FSM Software addresses many of these options but also includes a suite of business analytic tools to monitor service operations & performance. Additional options include intelligent technician routing with integrated GPS on their mobile devices, support for electronic signatures by customers for work order completion, as well as options for mobile payments to improve the collection process.

While Ventus does not include all of these options currently, it does provide its own report designer for customized reporting requirements. Additionally it has an option for job costing which can be utilized to delivery accurate service estimates to customers based on their requests.

What is the cost of VENTUS?

The cost of license starts at $5,000 per license. On top of the total cost of licenses which is easy to calculate - what is the REAL total cost of implementation? You need to add the cost of training, customization, data migration, and other "hidden cost". ITQlick pricing score is 2 out of 10 (10 is most expensive). Find here the REAL total cost breakdown for VENTUS

What should you ask Vertical Market Software during a demo session? (65 questions)

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VENTUS's list of categories:

Construction Accounting & Job Costing
Electrician Apps
General Contractor
Home Builder
Homebuilder CRM
Mechanical and HVAC Estimating
Plumbing Estimating
Residential Remodeling Estimating
ERP
Customer Management Module
Financial Module
Inventory Module

VENTUS's list of features:

Accounting Management
Change Orders
Equipment Management
Estimating
Project Management
Service Management

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Shlomi holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Information System Engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Shlomi brings 15 years of global IT and IS management experience as a consultant, and implementation expert for small, medium and large size (global) companies.