Construction Management Software Limited (CMS) was formed in October 2002 by two of the leading suppliers of software to the construction industry. One specialised in pre and post contract estimating and valuations software, whilst the other specialised in construction industry financial systems.
Recognising an increasing demand in the marketplace for much closer integration between estimating and financial systems, the decision was taken to form CMS and to supply from one source, stand alone estimating or financials, or fully integrated solutions.
The approach chosen has been to base the system, known as CMS Contractor, on the pre and post contract estimating and valuations software. These modules are as follows:
CMS then added the following modules to cater for the broader financial and contract management aspects of the industry:
Recognising that the specific industry requirements are met by the above modules, it was decided that the best method of completing the overall solution would be to base the non generic financial modules on leading core financial systems. CMS Contractor links with Sage50, TAS Books and Twinfield On Line Accounts and this solution is aimed at companies in the 1 – 10 user range. CMS Contractor links with Access Accounts, Sage 200, Iris Exchequer Enterprise and this solution is aimed at larger companies. The intention is to link CMS Contractor with other leading core financial systems as and when required.
CMS are continuing to develop further industry specific modules and have also created comprehensive links with leading project planning, plant hire, planned/reactive maintenance, document management and drawing register systems. Extensive integration of the products has lead to the CMS solution providing a totally seamless system, from the original tender enquiry all the way through to a final Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Account.
From single user stand-alone estimating or accounts systems to large multi-user fully integrated estimating, surveying and accounts systems.