Management Information Control Systems (MICS) - Builder Information System (BIS)
From the July 2011 Review Construction and Contractor Accounting Systems
All editions offer construction and contracting businesses a fully integrated modular system that is suitable for businesses small and large.
Builder Information Systems from Management Information Control Systems has been supplying construction businesses with financial and job costing software since 1983. The vendor is continuously updating the product, which is now available in four editions: Essential, Standard, Professional and Enterprise. All editions offer construction and contracting businesses a fully integrated modular system that is suitable for businesses small and large.
BASIC SYSTEM FUNCTIONS:
BIS offers users a fully customizable user interface containing drop-down menus that offer quick access to all system modules and functions. The My Desktop feature contains a vertical menu that provides access to system modules, as well. My Favorites allows users to create quick links to frequently used system functions. The My Jobs dashboard provides an excellent recap of all system jobs including information on billing & cost, cash flow, labor and subcontract detail. User-defined fields are throughout and allow for easy tracking of information. Data-entry screens are detailed and offer tabs for easy navigation as well as quick access to module-related links with all necessary lookup options. Links are also provided to the immediate right. BIS can be accessed remotely by anyone with access to an Internet browser. A system audit trail records all system transactions with the information available for reviewed at any time. BIS works on a Windows platform, including Windows 7, Vista and XP.
CORE ACCOUNTING CAPABILITIES:
GL, AP, JB, JC, AR, Bank Reconciliation and Payroll modules are included in the Essential Edition with the Subcontract Control module being optional. In the Standard Edition, GL, AP, JB, JC, AR, and Payroll modules are included, with the Password, Bank Reconciliation, Union & Subcontract Control modules being optional. In the Professional and Enterprise Editions, they other than General Ledger, all are optional, with users able to purchase the modules they need.
The GL allows users to predefine their account structure or create one using up to 40 characters. Users can also handle multiple companies and departments. Report consolidation is also available for multiple companies. The AP module allows users to track current job expenses, handles partial payments on accounts and tracks subcontractor invoices. Users can distribute invoice costs to numerous GL accounts. The AR module offers a recurring billing option, easily identifies customers who have exceeded account limits and contains up to nine discount levels for each customer. The Payroll module is construction friendly and offers a user-defined earnings option, supports direct deposit and multi-state payroll, and allows labor distribution to multiple avenues including multiple jobs, change orders, unions and cost codes. Other accounting modules available include Job Billing, Bank Reconciliation, Inventory and Purchase Order. Retention tracking is also available for subcontractor invoices. New in the AR module in the latest version is the ability to process electronic credit/debit card payments directly from BIS using PPI PayMover, a PCI-compliant payment gateway.