Foundation Software - FOUNDATION FOR WINDOWS
From the July 2011 Review Construction and Contractor Accounting Systems
FOUNDATION contains a laundry list of features well suited for construction businesses of varying sizes and trades, particularly those a step up from small mom and pop contractors with 1-10 employees and less than a million in annual revenues. Anything above that would benefit from this system.
Foundation Software was established in 1985, operating first as a DOS system. The company re-introduced its construction product in the early 2000s as a complete Windows re-write using a Microsoft SQL database. New features are added annually in three major releases. FOUNDATION contains a laundry list of features well suited for construction businesses of various sizes and trades.
BASIC SYSTEM FUNCTIONS:
Foundation for Windows contains a user-friendly interface that contains a drop-down menu at the top of the screen for easy system access. The main menu is a graphical interface that contains three main sections for Base Modules, Additional Modules, and Project Management and Scheduling. User-defined fields are found throughout, making it easy to establish and track the information needed. All data-entry screens are easily navigated and contain necessary lookup options. The user interface can be easily customized, with QuickLinks that allow users to locate and store frequently used program functions, data-entry screens, reports, external programs and website links for quick access. FOUNDATION also contains an excellent selection of dashboards for GL, AP, AR, Change Orders and Job Cost modules. Conveniently, all dashboard reports contain drilldown functionality, making it easy to locate the details stored behind the report.
FOUNDATION for Windows can be accessed remotely, making it easy for technicians, field employees, and project managers to maintain access to the system at all times. The system will run on Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate, Vista Business/Ultimate, and XP Professional. FOUNDATION will also run on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of these operating systems.
CORE ACCOUNTING CAPABILITIES:
GL accounts and journals can be imported from external programs. FOUNDATION is also flexible, allowing users to post transactions to any current open date range; the software is fully date sensitive with no hard or soft closes forced on users. Consolidation of Financials is also available for those who own and run multiple companies.
FOUNDATION’s AP module allows users to minimize data entry by entering detailed vendor setup information. Users can also view all AP checks on-screen prior to printing in order to maintain accuracy and minimize errors. Recurring invoices can be set up, and invoices can be selected for payment using a variety of options. The AR module allows users to track client billings, enter and maintain cash receipts, design, and utilize custom invoices and statements, and enter recurring invoice information to reduce data entry. In addition, FOUNDATION allows for generic invoicing as well as Time and Material, Service, percent complete and AIA billings. Users can also choose to reverse incorrect invoices or make adjustments to an existing invoice by utilizing a fast, easy–to-use feature called QuickReversal.