Construction Computer Software

Candy


4.5 / 5
100 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

100 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    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

  • Agile Methodologies
  • Budget Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Cost-to-Completion Tracking
  • Customizable Templates
  • Gantt Charts
  • Idea Management
  • Kanban Board
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Portfolio Management
  • Resource Management
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Traditional Methodologies
  • Accounting Integration
  • Audit Trail
  • Customizable Templates
  • Electrical Estimating
  • Historical Database
  • HVAC Estimating
  • 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
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Gantt Charts
  • Kanban Board
  • Prioritization
  • 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 Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Candy as an Estimation Software

Jan 15, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I have used many estimation software but I found CCS more User Friendly and the reason behind is that it's developed by the estimators keeping in mind the requirements of best estimation practices. I am using it since 2013 and never experienced that I was unable to furnish any type of report/summary which was requested by my employer.

Cons: When the CCS file get bigger the software functionality get slower. Recently, I have worked on a project with around 77 buildings, each building comprised very extensive BOQ and there were around 19,500 pay items. It was taking quite extra times to finalize the worksheets and I spent many extra hours to generate the excel version from CCS file. This issue must be resolved.

Overall: I always recommend to my colleagues and friends that CCS is the best estimation software for estimation purpose. I do believe that developer will maintain the quality and keep updating it as per the new requirement of digital era. We have variety of estimation software in the market and the developer are giving attractive packages to sell their product but CCS is still the best option. I believe that it would enhance the demand of this software if it becomes more competitive.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on February 04, 2019

Dear Gultasab,
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Candy. Your continued support is highly appreciated. 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.

User-friendly construction cost modelling software

Dec 25, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: CCS providing user-friendly cost modelling solutions for construction projects to manage project cost from tender stage to until project completion.

The CCS detailed cost estimation model help to produce a number of cost reports which will help during the decision-making process in the tender stage, as well as this cost model can use to establish the post contract cost control process, and able to produce cost reports such as cost to completion, cost value reconciliation and cash flow statements, etc.

Cons: Its required more time for the establishment of master CCS, and also only one estimator can work in one project, if two estimators work for one project by dividing into two parts, later if required to merge into one file, it is possible but not simple.

Overall: Users can get familiar with the software by vary basis knowledge, and if established a proper master CCS then very easy to price any project, however master should establish very carefully considering project requirements.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on February 05, 2019

Dear Candy User,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us.
We understand your concern regarding the building of the library but this is a one time task once you have built your library you will be able to do your estimate in no time.
Your valued feedback is very important to us and we assure you of our continued support.

Efectivness of the CCS in the Construction Field

Jan 17, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 1) Complete package

2) Cradle to Grave

3) Able to use in motivation contractual claims

4) Interlinked between Tender, Costing, Measurement, Programs, Cash flow, Claims etc

Cons: 1) To get the full use of the product the user needs to spend a lot of time working on it

2) The constant changes require aren't always apparent to the user

3) Artificial Intelligence has not been implemented in the product, where the program could understand your thinking process and assist with the creation and general work process

4) Artificial Intelligence could also be used for the more mundane chores, leaving the User to spend more time with the creative process

5) Artificial Intelligence could be used to monitor the original implementation and subsequent betterment due to AI. Time is precious, and if we can do the same work faster, with assistance from AI that would be a major plus

Overall: I have been using Candy for almost 25 years, and the greatest plus is their constant upgrading, quality training and help at all times of the day.

The consultants also go out of their way to sort out your problems.

That is why I believe that they will be leaders in AI technology, and take next leap into a new fascinating world.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on February 03, 2019

Dear Jean,
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with Candy online. It means a lot to us here at CCS.
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.

CCS

Jan 17, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Very good estimating software rates can be built easily and utilize efficiently,no other software can compete in term of estimating and valuation

Cons: Functionality of QTO is very bad and inefficient,it is way behind other on screen measurements softwares.

Overall: Valuation most of the time and estimating,i m trying to use QTO but it is very inefficient.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 22, 2019

Dear Lulanga
Thank you for your review on Candy. Your feedback and continued support is highly appreciated and important to us here at CCS.

Have you tried our new and improved Candy QTO3?

Changes include:
1. Automatic vertical scrolling to Variable and Detail sections of Take-off sheet
2. More intuitive drop down box to Units of the Variable section of Take-off sheet
3. Option to preserve line colours for PDF and DWG formats. This is a tick box on the drawing page (Drawing list)
4. Snap selection stored as per latest user selection. Does not change when "Count" tool used
5. Measurement bill default setting is Full description with No Blank lines. User may alter this setting
6. Copy and Paste from one drawing to another now available
7. When updating the Measurement bill, the system now does not close all drawings

Candy review

Jan 17, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 01. Can use a bill of quantities to allocate resources to tender- or construction programmes and therefore come to sensible programme activity durations very quickly.

02. Access to help (have built up a good relationship with the reps over the years & have always had excellent service).

03. The ease of using macros, saves me loads of time, especially when linking multiple activity strings.

Cons: Used to be able to import more fields when importing new programme activities; would like the option of importing text 01 to text 05 as well.

Overall: Have been using Candy from when it was still known as "Marsbar" in the 1980's, in tender planning and project control & monitoring in both building construction and civil engineering projects.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 21, 2019

Dear Martin,
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 close on 40 years.
We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

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Candy is the best

Jan 17, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Overall: 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.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 18, 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.

Must try this software - all estimation engineers/civil engineering student

Jan 15, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This software designed in such a way that it satisfy the need of all contractors/engineer.

We can get ' n ' number of types of reports it helps you in financial planning, cash flow,resource planning, mobilization etc.

It makes your estimation process easy and most effective way.

Cons: Price is not affordable for small firms and free lancers and some of commands need to be more friendly like MS excel, however if you practice candy even you can achieve required speediness in work

Overall: Earlier our business used to suffer because of lack of resource planning and accurate estimation process. After candy introduction it made our business easy and we can plan cash flow and resource mobilization easily and estimation also accurate. We are now more competitive and won couple of project.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 17, 2019

Dear Rajesh,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us, its great to get feedback like this as our team is always encouraged to hear that Candy is being used correctly and helping you to win tenders & manage projects effectively . Your valued feedback is very important to us and we assure you of our continued support.

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Candy estimating

Feb 11, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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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

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

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on February 17, 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.

Construction through Candy

Mar 07, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software offers a dynamic array of reporting and management tools to the construction sector from pre-tender through construction execution and close out.

CCS also offers ongoing updates improving their software and often improving their integration with other construction software packages.

Cons: It doesn't allow you to undo and action.

Overall: As an entity that operates across Africa in the civil engineering construction sector, candy is our preferred computer software. Their support/ technical teams are extremely efficient and patiently deal with our cross border users.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on March 13, 2019

Dear Frederick,
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 few years. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

Most Comprehensive ERP System - Candy

Dec 24, 2018
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: It is designed to cater the construction industry, by construction professionals and they constantly improve the deficiencies, provided by the users and improve it. Its a daily basis transformation, moving with the technology, and I have not seen such a competent customer service by any software provider, as of now.

Cons: Nothing really. Perhaps the monthly licence, but they deserve that too!!

Overall: I have used Candy primarily for estimating and planning. Estimates are the foundation of any construction projects. and Candy has one of the best estimating Modules which synchronizes with planning and post contract Cost valuation and monitoring.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on December 27, 2018

Dear Farhan,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Candy, it's always a pleasure to hear from our long standing Users. Your continued support is highly appreciated.

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Candy - The Estimators friend

Jan 17, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: What i really enjoy about Candy is the time you save by pricing on Candy. Once your Candy is set up and running with you Master file, it's as easy as 1, 2, 3!!! Being able to load your Subcontractors on Candy and having them there is your best friend. Doing a program by using your information of your priced Bill of Quantities and being able to follow your cash flow all in one place is just brilliant and very efficient to you as Contractor, Quantity Surveyor, Site Agent and Estimator.

Cons: If you don't have a Master File to work from and you need to build your own Master file, then it can be quite a nightmare. Getting a Master file from another construction company and changing it to your standards and way of pricing and working is the easiest way to go.

Overall: For us as a Civil Construction company Candy is helping us be more efficient with our time and money. To follow the process of a project with time and money is really helping us achieve our goals in a project. Doing a quick course in Candy does help a lot in understanding the program. What is also very efficient is if you priced an item once, the data is in your program and you just use the specific code to price the item. Overall I think Candy is a great Design and very effective and I will definitely recommend it to other Construction companies.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 21, 2019

Dear Larozelle,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences online. It means a lot to us here at CCS. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

Life with Candy

Mar 07, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Working with Candy the past few years has increased the accuracy of the estimates, valuation and project control and management incredibly.

Cons: The only concern I have with candy is that if an error is made it is not easily correctable.

The full integration of CCS and Buildsmart and QTO is complex and knowledge of the system and integration is learnt with numerous errors and trails.

The course provide cover the scope but the executions differ from project to project.

Overall: Time saving, multiple project management and ease in project management and control

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on March 18, 2019

Dear Candy User
Thank you for taking the time to review Candy, we appreciate the feedback from our users.
We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

A PRICING DREAM!!!

Jan 23, 2019
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: The way in which you can customise everything to yourself and your business, making it easy to do everything for a project on one program.

Cons: The program is very complex and to get started and acquanited with every aspect of the program is near on impossible.

Overall: Life Changing.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on February 05, 2019

Dear Neschlin
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Candy. Your continued support is highly appreciated. 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.
We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

Estimation tab is very useful for me. I have listed below the details.

Dec 25, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: 1) Pricing for the next project is very fast.

2) Easy to make report in detailed.

4) easy the identify the resource.

5) Easy to maintain S/C price

6) Easy to reduce and increase the price.

8) Easy to transfer the resources, change the resources etc.

Cons: 1) I don't get the amount using work code/ task code.

3) uses of master is little bit difficult.

4) update the recent complex resource which resource number are same is difficult.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on December 26, 2018

Dear Bhim Prasad,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review Candy, your continued support is highly appreciated. 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.

Contractor's Viewpoint

Jan 23, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The planning side. It is critical to all our projects and allows you to manage all activities

Cons: Not easy to translate to stakeholders unfamiliar to programs. More dashboard views would be great. IRS all mono colour - therefore not easy to manage consultants. Same for LL Schedules.

Overall: Not enough development in planning

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on February 05, 2019

Dear Candy User
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Candy. Your continued support is highly appreciated.
To help new Users, 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.
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.

We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region

Awesomeness of Candy

Jan 17, 2019
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The link between Estimating, Planning and Valuation is the best for me. A project is easily managed and the cost is accurately monitored.

In the same program, one is able to manage the subcontractors should there be any.

Cons: Creating several duplicate files because of the inability of the software to keep a trail of modifications.

Overall: It has been great. I am pleased with the ease with which I manage my projects.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 18, 2019

Dear Junias,
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 few years. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.
Have a super day.

Comprehensive tools with solution for Estimators

Dec 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: -No chances of arithmetical errors

-Generating Reports makes it very useful to review the tenders/project

- Easy to change the price of particular resource which will change the price in overall BOQ

- Able to add different mark up for each trades

Cons: - Initial setup for pricing/estimation takes time

- Not able to export pdf BOQ

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on December 26, 2018

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 understand your concern regarding the building of the library but this is a one time task once you have built your library you will be able to do your estimate in no time.

Candy Review

Jan 23, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Candy gives you real time costs. What I love most about it is that it is linked to the accounting system so there is no need to request costings from the accounts department, you can retrieve the information yourself via build-smart.

Cons: QTO which is the measurement tool takes a while to load drawings.

Overall: Candy provides important information for costing purposes at a click of a button. I can import costs such as labour, plant & material for any item or trade at any given time.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 25, 2019

Good Day
Thank you so much for your positive review, we highly appreciate your feedback. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

Candy and Edwin Construction

Jan 18, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Candy affords Edwin to tender professionally and once awarded a contract, reassess and compare actually current prices to tender prices.

Forecasts for the projects are accurate and practical

Valuations and cost reports are relatively simple to execute

Cons: The difficulty in correcting a mistake. No revert to previous facility button.

Overall: We expedite the adjudication of sub-contractor and supplier experience and are able to compare with ease

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 21, 2019

Dear Geoff
Thank you very much for taking the time to review Candy, your continued support is highly appreciated.
We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

Candy Course

Jan 23, 2019
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: The course is proudly South African developed. The course presenter is just a master and simplified the course.

The Candy program is hugely beneficial and knocks socks off the competitors.

I can honestly highly recommend the course to any construction firm and consider it an essential tool for any Contracts Manager as well as Quantity Surveyor who wants to keep track of cost and time.

Cons: There is nothing negative to say about this software; well done CCS!

Overall: The Candy program is an all-inclusive package that takes care of all aspects of a building project..it just makes life and work easier!

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 30, 2019

Thank you so much for the positive review of Candy, it's always a pleasure to hear from our Users.
We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

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CCS / Candy

Jan 16, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Candy is a complete solution for a construction firm

Cons: cash flow needs some more improvement and reporting tools

Couldn't explore it to a full extent

Overall: Witnessed a transformation of Candy from a DOS based platform to recent look which is not just a cosmetic touch it's enhanced like anything with strong features from setting up a job at pre-tender stage and helping through out the construction cycle till handover

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 17, 2019

Dear Syed Shiraz,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review Candy, your continued support is highly appreciated. 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.

CCS

Mar 07, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: the software is user friendly and easy accessible. after going through the practice book i was able to understand about 80% of how the software works

Cons: the manual and software quantity take off need some improvement. calculation from QTO (not the result) are hard to export onto worksheets

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on March 18, 2019

Dear Candy User
Thank you for taking the time to review Candy, it means a lot to us here at CCS.
Manual take-offs have now been replaced by calc panels to link your measurements directly to the bill items. QTO is being updates and improved on an ongoing basis.
We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

CCS in South Africa

Jan 17, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Software is very relevant to the local industry. The software is constantly being updated and enhanced.

Cons: No "Undo" function. More local training for eg. in Port Elizabeth.

Overall: Been using Candy for 10 years and happy that it is the best Estimating package around. Exellent backup service from local CCS offices

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on February 05, 2019

Dear Kevin
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Candy. It means so much to us here at CCS and please be assured of our continued support.

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. Please follow the link to our website for all courses held in Port Elizabeth. 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.

Great Software

Jan 15, 2019
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: This software is made by people who practiced estimation, they took care of everything you may think about while pricing including the inputs and analysis reports.

Cons: I believe we must have the UNDO options in the coming versions.

Overall: If you have the right input, then Candy is the best software to translate your inputs into priced job with great analysis and review reports

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on February 04, 2019

Dear Nawras
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with Candy online. It means a lot to us here at CCS. 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.

SPC Contractual and Time Management

Feb 02, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software is well suited to construction

Cons: IRS and LLS, does not use current date to calculate and only uses Actual when entered so information overdue is not monitored with each update

The copy paste function on LLS and IRS is not user friendly, you have to use R and drop continuously

Cannot Import LLS and IRS from one programme to another

Overall: Good

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on February 04, 2019

Dear Stephen
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Candy. It means so much to us here at CCS. 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.

Ahmed Elsayed CCS Review

Jan 15, 2019
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: CANDY software save more time and easily review and updated .

I can make many useful reports from CANDY.

Cons: Little reports can not be extracted from CANDY such as resources per trade with number of BOQs for repetitive BOQs.

Overall: my experience in Estimation . I solved how calculate amounts of alternative items without adding to overall project total cost.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 18, 2019

Dear Candy User,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review Candy, your continued support is highly appreciated. 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.

Budget review and Cost control

Jan 15, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is very useful to review the budget and compare with the actual cost. Also it helps to notify the loss early and forecast for the Project can be verified every month or whenever need.

Cons: It is very difficult to understand and mainly confusion about codes. Also to note that time taken process during switch over menu (eg. Cost allowable to Valuation)

Overall: To be honest i am really happy to work with the software and mainly we can control the materials in detail

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on February 04, 2019

Dear Ganesh
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Candy, it's always a pleasure to hear from our Users.

Speed in preparing estimates

Jan 17, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This software helps to keep an archive which is easily accessible to use for tendering.

Cons: That you cant undo something, once you delete something you cant go back to it, you have to start again.

Overall: My experience with candy has been great so far. I have increased my speed therefore improving time management in pricing tenders.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 18, 2019

Dear Candy User,
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 few years. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.
Have a super day.

estimating in Powerlines

Mar 07, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software is versatile, and provides for the necessary flexibility in accurately costing a project.

Cons: The flexibility in Cost price adjustment could to with improvement, whereby it allows for multiple cost price adjustment formulas in a single project.

Overall: I am happy and would use nothing else, in whichever construction sector.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on March 13, 2019

Thank you for your review on Candy. Your continued support is highly appreciated and important to us here at CCS.
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 REVIEW

Mar 07, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: From an estimating perspective, the easy with which an estimate can be constructed (from baseline and from a database) is effective in getting tenders out quckly and in time

Cons: The interface between programming and estimate. After working with MS Projects, it seeds the programming function is a bit limited

Overall: The speed with which complete estimates can be put together is a huge factor

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on March 18, 2019

Dear Gavin
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on Candy, we appreciate the feedback.
We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

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Candy Review

Jan 23, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ability to cross reference everything that was done.

Pricing from 1st principles and to continue through project process until completion.

Cons: The fact that is not web based.

Difficult to access from remote locations.

Overall: I love the estimating module and all the functionality that goes with it.

The integration into the Buildsmart accounting & procurement package makes your life a lot easier to track budgets & forecasting.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 24, 2019

Dear Niel
Thank you for taking the time to review Candy, we appreciate your feedback. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

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Why i like Candy

Jan 23, 2019
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is designed specifically for the construction industry

Cons: I don's know all the functionality and do not have the time to go on training courses.

Overall: We have solved a lot of issues with Estimating as we are now able to include and adjust all our cost drivers into an estimate. Adding and excluding cost items is extremely easy.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on February 05, 2019

Dear Anton
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Candy. Your continued support is highly appreciated. We do facilitate monthly webinars with the purpose of upskilling our users and will be happy to forward the link to you, covering a substantial number of topics

Candy the Best Pricing Software

Jan 15, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The different types of report are help us to satisfy everybody include managers. also in pricing, drill down up-to 9 level is easy create rates from Zero. Also Title function also to obtain different views of our BOQ.

Cons: some time reports will get error and PDF view will be corrupted

Overall: Very good Software, Customer service very nice. also it is very easy to use, once get experienced.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on February 17, 2019

Dear Tijomon,
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.

All in one Estimating software

Jan 23, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It has all the functions and reports you need! The software runs smoothly.

Cons: Internet help is restricted - for example getting info on YouTube of CCS videos. You always have to call the call center, which is very helpful, but in some instances there is only a internet line or no access to a phone, then internet is your only option. Navigation on CCS is not too clear. Sometime you are looking a hour for a feature right in front of you!

Overall: If candy is utilized fully per job then you get a clear understanding where you are losing or making money at a early stage. This keeps you out of the dark. Great program!! But sometimes a SAVE function will be awesome, but we are getting use to it.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on February 05, 2019

Dear Candy User
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Candy. Your continued support is highly appreciated.

We do facilitate monthly webinars with the purpose of upskilling our Users and will be happy to forward the link to this extensive list to you.

CCS RECOMMENDATION REVIEW

Dec 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: VERY FLEXIBLE AND USER FRIENDLY. HAS CONSTANT UPDATES AND FEATURES

Cons: RENEWING/UPDATING THE LICENSE WE ARE FORCED TO GET THE LICENSE CODE FROM CCS PROVIDER. OTHERWISE NO COMPLAINTS

Overall: WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH CCS FOR ALMOST A DECADE AND THIS DRIVES MY INTEREST TO LOOK FOR OTHER COMPANIES USING THE SOFTWARE

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on December 27, 2018

Dear Rhea,

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 10 years. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in Dubai.

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Candy for Estimators

Dec 24, 2018
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: Estimating from first principles.

Ease of use,

Accuracy

Cons: There is nothing I do not like.

Candy provides all that is necessary for senior management to have proper knowledge to submit a realistic

Competitive accurate tender.

Overall: Candy allows the user to produce a true nett cost of a project,

Including a proper risk analysis, cash flow and perspective on viewing costs from different views.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on December 27, 2018

Dear Owen,

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.

Simplifying Estimating

Mar 07, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Coding system

Resource manager

Subcontract adjudicator

Buildsmart integration

Planning links

Candy Support

Cons: Candy courses a must for beginners .

Overall: Candy Simplifies the estimating process with this powerful software package while being flexible enough to customise to my needs. Managing my resource and subcontractor pricing is simple with easy export to a number of file types.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on March 13, 2019

Dear Derrick
Thank you so much for your positive review, we highly appreciate your feedback. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

The system is accurate, Help full, and easy handling, good support services.

Dec 24, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: latest updates versions are very imported.

Cons: I have used the Candy system for tender pricing per pours only. The all pricing tools are most impotent.

Overall: I have work with Candy more then 9 years. It was very good for the tender pricing works and also latest updates versions are very help full.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on December 27, 2018

Dear Dasanayaka Mudiyanselage,

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 9 years. We want to assure you of our continued support in the future.

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Good product almost

Dec 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: 1.Easy to make a database

2. Easy to ake a cost estimate

3. Easy to deal with mega projects and multiple projects

4. Easy to shift data between projects

5. Easy to use features

Cons: Easy-to-use, very active and accessible

Overall: Candy actually helps us make a solid database, deal with the large and mega projects and held a good reports and comparisons

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on December 26, 2018

Dear Ahmed Fathy,

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.

Good Job but need some Upgrades

Dec 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: easy to use

Friendly interface

Good Reports structure

Cons: Limited number of Characters for the Resources

Some Bugs that appear instantly need to be fixed for good . (like the storage area Error)

Overall: Candy is a Good Estimation Program . but will need some Upgrading

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on December 27, 2018

Dear Simon,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review Candy, your continued support is highly appreciated. 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 the Best

Jan 15, 2019
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: The Cost & Allowable Module, since it is leading me to the correct path to secure my profit margin

Cons: Speed of QTO tools is slower, and features are very less compare to other quantity takeoff software's

Overall: As a QS it is saving my lots of time to generate report out of it, and can able to handle multiple projects at same time.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 17, 2019

Dear Pravin,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. Having been a Candy user for so many years we are lucky to have you now part of our Candy Consultant team.

Candy Review

Jan 18, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

1 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Having cost control and program functions in one software package

Cons: The program function , especially long leads and information schedule must be updated and made more user friendly

Overall: We use it for programming and cost control/m management

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 22, 2019

Dear Wilke

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Candy. Your continued support is highly appreciated.
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.
Have a super day

Commercial Companion

Dec 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Upgrading in line with the technical advancements

Cons: 1. Yearly renewal. May be one time payment for 3 years/5 years with special discounts

2. Importing MS Excel Boq is difficult, if various sheets are given by Client

3. Importing MS Excel BoQ is difficult, if sheet is protected by Client

Overall: It reduces my time in pricing

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on December 27, 2018

Dear Ahamed,

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.

project control engineer by candy , in egypt

Jan 15, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: this software is very professional

real I adore this software :)

I can't imagine I use another software in construction management

my title in my company :- planning and cost control Engineer - candy ;)

Cons: very useful and professional

new logo I like it

real no comment about candy

Overall: before candy I was use excel and primavera only .. there was default

but when I use this software my reports is very professional

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 17, 2019

Dear Mohamed,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. It's a pleasure to read such positive review. Your valued feedback is very important to us and we assure you of our continued support.

CCS - Absulote Trust

Mar 11, 2019
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: The ease of use.

The reliability.

Use with confidence

Cons: The user unfriendly, QTO part of the software.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on March 18, 2019

Dear Lourens
Thank you for sharing your experience with Candy. We appreciate your feedback. 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. We are continuously updating and improving the QTO application.
We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.

Construction Industry empowerment tool

Jan 15, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: A software that is hands on with the construction industry,

The software addressing many problems in the industry that many do not understand (Detailed Bills of Quantities, Estimating and integration with planning)

Cons: Some limitations on coding structure (8 digits for resources is just not enough and mentioned several times)

Detailed library need to be developed that can be very time consuming for a new customer (Advantage as well, you build library to address your unique requirements)

Overall: CCS Candy is a very powerful tool with many features and capabilities that are discovered only once used for a while.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 22, 2019

Dear Jake,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences online. It means a lot to us here at CCS. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in Qatar.
Have a super day.

Candy Estimating

Jan 17, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Low risk of errors in estimating. Programming function is great.

Cons: Adjudicator Detailing. Cash flow modelling.

Overall: Fantastic estimating and planning software. Cash flow modelling can do with an upgrade.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 18, 2019

Dear Candy User,
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 few years. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.
Have a super day.

Candy is good

Dec 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Features of candy.i like the overall features included in candy. Many more need to include in candy in future

Cons: its not easy to access. For starter its not easy to access.

Overall: Overall i like candy

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on December 26, 2018

Dear Abdul,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review Candy, your continued support is highly appreciated. 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.

Expand Text Lenght on Resource List

Jan 15, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like the speed, the efficiency of mathematical calculation and the auto save.

Cons: The resource listing of materials cannot describe full material list due is length limit.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on January 18, 2019

Dear Candy User,
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 2 years. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.
Have a super day.

Candy - A revolutionary Estimation Tool

Jan 15, 2019
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: Accuracy and lots of analysis and comparison options.

Cons: I have been using Estimation module and literally there is nothing to bother you.

Overall: Amazing, Actually Candy provides a complete control on resource, man hours and any BOQ format, to price and analyse.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on February 04, 2019

Dear Mohammad
Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience as a Candy User. It means a lot to us here at CCS. We look forward to seeing you at the next CCS Candy User Seminar in your region.