Fred Ode is the founder and CEO/President of Foundation Software, Inc. Fred began the company over 28 years ago. His experience working with other construction accounting software programs had shown him what was lacking in the industry - a software package powerful enough to meet their accounting demands but flexible enough to be easily customized to address any unique requirements.
You've probably seen Fred on our company ads, tradeshow displays, and other marketing materials. While Fred is still active with the company, he has worked hard to ensure the business will survive long after him. As a result, you can often find him traveling to attend construction industry association meetings and other construction-related events - or relaxing on the golf course, his favorite place!
There are many reasons that FOUNDATION's construction accounting software is far superior to its competitors'. Some of its most unique characteristics are:
- Better technology. FOUNDATION is built on Microsoft SQL Server, one of the most powerful and secure databases available. In addition, it is a true 32-bit Windows program, not a graphic overlay of an older technology, so it capitalizes on advanced processing power and speed.
- Complete date-sensitivity, meaning that any report can be run for any date. This allows you to run financial statements, aging reports, etc. for any time period in the past.
- Doesn't force a hard-close. FOUNDATION offers features to "lock down" the dates of transactions, but it also has the flexibility to allow adjustments into prior periods, again maintaining the date sensitivity on reports.
- Fully-integrated general ledger and job costing, allowing you to run financial statements by job - a great tool for really seeing the impact of a single job on your business.
- Powerful defaulting. Data entry in FOUNDATION is much easier than in any of its competitors because so much information can default automatically based on your customized setup. For example, to enter an invoice, you may have to complete as little as four fields. The rest of the information can default automatically.
- Better training and support. Training to go live on the system is included in your purchase price, as is six months of toll-free phone support, web support, etc. Many systems have hidden training and support costs and are much more difficult to set up on your own.
Absolutely! We have many happy clients who are willing to talk with you about FOUNDATION. You can view several Building Success Stories, which describe the process some of our clients used to select our software, or read testimonials online. If you would like to talk to someone personally, please contact our sales department for a list of these clients and their contact information. (We do not publish this information online to respect our clients' privacy.)
There are several ways that we offer demonstrations. You may watch a recorded online demonstration, schedule a live demonstration with a sales representative who can discuss the specific features you need, or schedule an in-person visit with a sales representative. Watch a live online demo now!
Foundation Software has a long history of success and has carefully planned for longevity. We have been in business since 1985, and we have turned a profit every one of those years. This cash has been carefully re-invested in our research and development efforts, as well as in liquid reserves to ensure the company's stability even in an economic downturn. We have no outside investors or venture capitalists, allowing us to maintain complete, internal control over the company's direction and Balance Sheet. As a result, we can confidently say that we will be around a long time to sell and support FOUNDATION for Windows construction accounting software.
FOUNDATION is programmed, sold, and supported out of our headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, and several direct-sales satellite offices. Because we select and train all of the staff involved in Foundation Software, we can ensure that all of our employees are well educated about our accounting software and that they follow the Foundation philosophy. This means that you'll always have a consistent experience with us, and that you don't have to worry that the local dealer doesn't know the software well or won't always be available. While our home office might not be in your backyard, we promise that when you work with our sales and support departments, it will feel just like we are!
FOUNDATION does not require you to buy any specialized computers or servers, and will work on most businesses' existing equipment. However, as with any software, there are recommended minimums.
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No. FOUNDATION does not require any specialized computers or servers.
We recognize that cost is an important factor in your decision to purchase FOUNDATION. However, it is difficult for us to provide pricing on our website, because it depends on many factors such as the number of modules purchased, the number of user licenses required, etc. We would be happy to offer a ballpark price with some information from you regarding your needs. Please contact our sales department for pricing.
FOUNDATION is specifically designed for contractors, many of whom are union or work prevailing wage jobs. We work hard to ensure that all aspects of the system will work under the various requirements of local unions and government authorities. We easily accommodate union payroll and union reporting (including multiple unions and home/away functions) as well as certified payroll/Davis-Bacon functions.
The front end of FOUNDATION is programmed in both PowerBuilder and Delphi, both of which are designed to handle systems with large numbers of transactions. The database is Microsoft SQL Server, which is renowned for its stability and security and can accommodate large amounts of data.
All FOUNDATION data is stored in a Microsoft SQL Server database, which has extensive security, including password encryption and built-in measures to protect data in the event of hardware failure. In addition, FOUNDATION software has integrated security features that let you control each user's access to individual windows. It offers separate Payroll security to protect sensitive salary information as well as optional project manager security to protect job cost information by the manager on each job. A very thorough audit trail is maintained so that all voids, reversals, and adjustments are saved and can be reported.
It's difficult to give an exact answer to this question because it varies depending on the amount of data you wish to transfer, the number of people involved with the transfer and training, etc. However, some clients have "gone live" in as little as a week. Most take approximately four to eight weeks. Rest assured that we have developed a systematic approach to the process and will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a painless conversion.
Yes. Our ConversionQuick tool can automatically import "maintenance" data (such as the master lists of employees, vendors, customers, jobs, equipment items, etc.) from many systems, including QuickBooks, Peachtree, Master Builder, and more. Some historical data can also be imported. For more detailed information on what's possible, contact our sales department.
Foundation Software offers support out of our headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. We do not use dealers or outside sales/support representatives because we believe we can ensure higher quality service from one centralized area. All of our support representatives and trainers go through an extensive training and certification process to ensure that the best possible help will be available for you. In addition, we offer instant online support access, a toll-free telephone number, and extended support hours so that we are available through business hours on the west coast. Our phone is always answered by a "real person!" No automated systems or long on-hold times to deal with! And you can easily convey the urgency of your call. If you're dealing with payroll or have a CPA or computer specialist on-site, your call will take priority. We believe this far outweighs any advantage of local support.
We maintain a directory of CPA firms who work with construction clients, some of which work with FOUNDATION clients. We do not specifically endorse any of these firms; however, we are known for accommodating CPAs and are preferred by many. If your current CPA is not familiar with FOUNDATION construction accounting software, we offer documentation and other services specifically for CPAs to help them understand how the system works and its advantages for both you and them. For more information on these services, see our For CPA Firms page or email us.