Who Uses Candy?

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

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

Construction Computer Software

http://constructioncomputersoftware.com/

Founded 1978

Candy Pricing Overview

Candy has a free version and offers a free trial.

Free Version

Yes

Free Trial

Deployment

Cloud, SaaS, Web

Installed - Windows

Training

In Person

Live Online

Webinars

Documentation

Support

24/7 (Live Rep)

Online

Candy Features

Construction Estimating Software
Accounting Integration
Audit Trail
Customizable Templates
Electrical Estimating
HVAC Estimating
Historical Database
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
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
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

Showing 5 of 117 reviews

Overall
4,5/5
Ease of Use
4,2/5
Customer Service
4,6/5
Features
4,4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Donovan H.
Civil Estimator
Civil Engineering, 13-50 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
Neschlin C.
Quantity Surveyor
Civil Engineering, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    3/5
  • Features & Functionality
    4/5
  • Customer Support
    4/5
  • Value for Money
    4/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    8/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019/09/18

"CCS"

Comments: CCS is great for pricing tenders. It is great for assisting with the preparations of the cost reports

Pros: I enjoy the estimating and valuations . I like the fact that you can customize it for your own uses.

Cons: The difficulty and amount of time that it takes to programme on CCS. There is a lack of clarity of how to link everything and pricing multiple items with the same description.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on 2019/10/03

Dear Neschlin,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your valued feedback is very important to us.

Regarding the difficulties you are having please see our consultants recommendation below, we hope this will help you:

The Link in the Program and Estimate can be made easier with the Auto Link option. We have a webinar on the topic "Program Auto-link Code" - please see link here: https://vimeo.com/205014305/8b79c40066

Items with similar descriptions can be quickly priced using the Description Matching feature.
We have a webinar called "Description Matching- Auto Price from Master", whose link is as below:
https://vimeo.com/230590752/b190be4c20

We hope this helps. Please don't hesitate to contact your nearest CCS branch should you have any further issues.
Have a super day.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2019/09/18
Anton R.
Head of Estimating and Controlling
Civil Engineering, 10 001+ 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
Verified Reviewer
Site Agent
Construction, 13-50 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
Verified Reviewer
Civil Engineer
Civil Engineering, 13-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
  • Overall Rating
    4/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    5/5
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/03/16

"Candy- A better alternative software for Project Management"

Comments: It is a good alternative software for project management. Please try it, recommended.

Pros: I have experience with MS Project and Oracle Primavera for project management works and during the initial period, I struggled a lot to learn these softwares. But recently I got introduced with Candy and it is really simple to understand and more powerful to work. It is the most suited software for the construction firm and price-wise also the preferable option to go with Candy.

Cons: It always difficult to correct the mistakes and functional wise, MS Project is far better to compare with Candy. The popularity of this software is very low and there are very limited numbers of online tutorials available for Candy.

Vendor Response

by Construction Computer Software on 2020/03/19

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.

You will be happy to hear that we are presently developing on-line tutorials for all Candy modules and hope to have them out within the year. In the meantime, we have User guides in the system that may help you and run Candy courses in various regions around the world - please follow the link below to find out what Planning courses we have and where they are being held.

https://constructioncomputersoftware.com/candy-courses-category/planning

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Have a super day.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/03/16