Construction Computer Software

Candy

4 / 5 7 reviews

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

7 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 3.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

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

Vendor Details

  • Construction Computer Software
  • constructioncomputersoftware.com/
  • Founded 1978
  • South Africa

About Candy

The leading project estimating & control software package, 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. Candys advanced features include Subcontract Management, Electronic 2D and 3D quantity take-off linked to the bill of quantities & seamless integration with BuildSmart Procurement & Accounts


Candy Features

  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Building Product Database
  • Calculators
  • Change Orders
  • Contract Management
  • Cost Database
  • Customer Management
  • Job Costing
  • Price Data / Price Books
  • Project Management
  • Quote Management
  • Scheduling
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Takeoff

Candy Reviews Recently Reviewed!

A software which is provides more control over any project. Service is also excellent.

Mar 02, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Was using Excel before. I contacted the distributors of this software located in Mumbai, India. They were very helpful throughtout the implementation and training process. Prices are suprisingly affordable.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on March 13, 2017

Dear Sunil, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences online. It means a lot to us here at CCS. It is also a delight for us to read a review like yours as it shows the caliber and knowledge of our Candy team in India. Please be assured of our continued support.

Never ever seen

Jan 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Integrated

Cons: None

Overall: I have used other packages, tested, tried and when it comes to Candy, a software the world still needs to embrace.

Recommendations to other buyers: Best value for money

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on March 02, 2017

Dear Thabang, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences online. It means a lot to us here at CCS and please be assured of our continued support.

Old and outdated

Sep 10, 2016
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Horrendous user interface. Old, convoluted software, stuck in the nineties. Costs an arm and a leg, and requires extensive training before it can be used.

Recommendations to other buyers: Loads of better options out there.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on November 09, 2016

Dear Deon Thank you for taking the time to review our software. Your feedback is important to us as we always want User expectations to be met & exceeded. Over 15,000 CCS systems are used worldwide to achieve tangible benefits in cost &time savings & an all-important competitive advantage in the most variable of industries. For almost 40 years, Candy has been continually updated in functionality & design to stay abreast of industry & technology trends & we regret that our user interface does not meet your expectations/requirements. Regarding training, we run courses covering all aspects of Candy & at various levels of expertise. New users are urged to attend at least one 2 day course to get the best results. 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

One of the best available

May 07, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I ve using this tool for more than 20 years. Have successfully priced projects globally upto 1 billion US$ plus. The beauty of this package is that it lets the user to practically price the scope as it should be executed on site. No blind number crunching no guesstimates. It has various reporting structures which allows the user to verify the cost and minimise errors. Those using UK style tendering methods where Bill of quantity is required by consultants/clients candy has a feature to easily produce gross/ selling bill in the required format. Tender stage cashflows can be developed easily swiftly. Site plan, valuation, post contract subcontracts adhdication, time-chainage programming and many other features makes it the most comprehensive accurate tool...must for contractors.
It may appear to be less user friendly for those comparing it with excel but once basics are known its pretty easy to drive....offcourse one will learn all features gradually...perhaps like primavera...
Anyone needs help contact me at candy.stmates@gmail.com I m planning short courses soon.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on March 02, 2017

Dear Farhan, 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 20 years. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in Dubai.

Used this estimating package for half a decade on projects around the world

Feb 11, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: For the civil engineering contractor this has it all. Priced and secured contracts from USD 2 M to 500 M. Ability to build up rates from first principles and has great functions to calculate projects of all sizes and complexities. Yet to be introduced to a better estimating tool and I have used a few over the years.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on March 02, 2017

Dear John, 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 on projects all around the world. As always, please don't hesitate to contact us should you need any help on your next innovative project.

User in an EPCM environment for 15 years.

Jun 22, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Candy has been around for 40 years, though has changed considerably from DOS to Windows.
It is probably the most flexible estimating tool available. It enables our business to prepare estimates the way WE want rather than having to follow the rules of the tool. The real power of Candy is the ability to prepare unit rate calculations on a free format worksheet rather than a pre-determined form to fill in.
Candy uses free format coding structures for all resources and unit rate/assembly items that allows for good analysis reporting, importing and exporting from MS Excel in addition to global updates of data.
The look and feel of the user interface is very familiar to spreadsheet users and contains all of the sort, filter, group and control type functions.
Candy has a 9 level work breakdown structure, alternate reporting structures, 9 x cost types and an excellent report writer that can produce unlimited report formats. It can be used by Contractors and EPCM's equally by utilizing more or less of the detail in the functionality.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on March 02, 2017

Dear John, 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 honored to have been by your side for the last 15 years. It is also a delight for us to read a review like yours as it shows the caliber and knowledge of our Candy users.

Very old and outdated software.

Apr 07, 2015
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I downloaded the 30 day trial .This is a very complexed and powerful estimating tool, but i found the ease of use complicated, its looks like its written in very old language. Their website is very quite bleak and has no product learning or help available on the software. Cannot even find a YouTube video available.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on November 09, 2016

Dear Diane Apologies for this belated response. Thank you for taking the time to review the trial version of Candy, your feedback is vitally important to us. As mentioned, Candy is an extremely powerful estimating tool that on 1st appearance may seem complex or overwhelming, just like any software you are attempting to use for the 1st time. On the same page as the Candy trial version, (http://constructioncomputersoftware.com/home/products/candy/support/download-candy/),a demo project & quick start manual is available for download to guide you through & we recommend these be used in conjunction with the trail version to make your first Candy experience easier. We sincerely apologise for the difficulty you experienced in your search for this information. Should you wish, we would happily conduct a demo at your office/online at a mutually agreed date, to present the salient features of Candy. Please feel free to contact us directly if you'd like talk about the specifics of your situation