Who Uses Candy?

RIB CCS has been developed by contractors, for contractors to provide specialist software solutions to the construction and engineering industry and has been doing so for nearly 40 years.

What Is Candy?

The leading Estimating, Planning & Project Management Software, consists of integrated and highly scalable modules for QTO, Estimating, Planning, Subcontract Management, Forecasting, Cash flow, on site Valuations and Earned Value Management. Putting you in control of your project from first estimate through to tender award and ultimately, final account.

Candy Details

RIB CCS

https://ribccs.com/

Founded 1978

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Candy pricing overview

Candy has a free version and offers a free trial.


Free Version

Yes

Free Trial

Candy deployment and support

Support

  • 24/7 (Live Rep)
  • Online

Deployment

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Installed - Windows

Training

  • In Person
  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation

Candy Features

  • Accounting Integration
  • Audit Trail
  • Customizable Templates
  • Electrical Estimating
  • HVAC Estimating
  • Historical Database
  • Plumbing Estimating
  • Project Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Takeoff
  • What-if Analysis

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  • Bid Management
  • Change Orders
  • Gantt Charts
  • Job Scheduling
  • Project Scheduling
  • Rescheduling
  • Staff Calendar
  • Task Management

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Agile Methodologies
  • Budget Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Gantt Charts
  • Kanban Board
  • Prioritization
  • Progress Tracking
  • Resource Management
  • Task Management
  • Template Management
  • Traditional Methodologies

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  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Building Product Database
  • Change Orders
  • Customer Management
  • Project Management
  • Quote Management
  • Scheduling
  • Takeoff

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Candy Reviews

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Overall rating

4,5/5

Average score

Ease of Use 4,2
Customer Service 4,6
Features 4,3
Value for Money 4

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Donovan H.
Civil Estimator
Civil Engineering, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support
    4 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019/02/11

"Candy estimating"

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 2019/02/17

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.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019/02/11
Coert E.
Chief Estimator
Construction, 501-1 000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    4 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019/01/17

"Candy is the best"

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 2019/01/18

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.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019/01/17
Verified Reviewer
Site Agent
Construction, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    3 /5
  • Ease of Use
    3 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    2 /5
  • Value for Money
    3 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    8/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019/01/23

"From an expert-level user"

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 2019/02/04

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.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019/01/23
Anton R.
Head of Estimating and Controlling
Civil Engineering, 10 000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/06/13

"Complete package including Planning and Cashflow"

Comments: We did use Candy for Estimating and Project Control. Planning was done either in Microsoft Project, Power Project or Primavera depending on the requirements of the clients. But because it was possible to export the data from these softwares to Candy Planning it was always possible to use Candy for the Cash Flow calculation and forecasts.

Pros: Most important for me was the integrated planning and cashflow tool during the estimating phase and later for project control.

Cons: The integration of the software in the overseas department was easy, for the local projects difficult because of the missing German language.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on 2020/06/22

Dear Anton,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your valued feedback is very important to CCS and we assure you of our continued support.

Have a super day.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/06/13
Larozelle V.
Tenderers assistant
Construction, 501-1 000 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support
    4 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019/01/17

"Candy - The Estimators friend"

Comments: 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.

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.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on 2019/01/21

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.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019/01/17