The two standouts among heavy civil construction software options have comprehensive platforms for managing estimating and operational workflows. Capabilities and cost of ownership are comparable. Both companies have proven track records with contractors of all sizes and across all heavy civil specialties. However, there are important differences to consider when considering B2W vs HCSS.
Company Ownership effects long-term stability along with product development and support priorities.
B2W is part of Trimble, a renowned technology leader with deep roots in construction dating to its founding in 1978. Trimble is delivering on a vision of helping contractors connect workflows and improve performance, profitability, safety and sustainability.
HCSS is owned by one of the largest private equity firms in the world. The business priority is buying and selling other businesses, and this firm has acquired more than 325 software and technology companies in a wide array of sectors beyond construction.
Ease of use saves time and ensures fast, successful adoption by end users.
B2W applications are built on modern architecture and user interfaces. Contractors that have also used HCSS typically say B2W is more intuitive and easier to learn and use. They also report doing what they need to do with fewer clicks and less support.
A single operational database connects people and workflows through one real-time source of truth.
With B2W, operational data lives in a single SQL database. Applications for managing resources, tracking performance and maintaining equipment update and pull information from this database in real time.
HCSS takes a different approach to operational data, and additional software or intermediary steps are often required to share information between applications.
Purchasing and deployment flexibility gives you the best options to meet unique requirements.
Every construction company operates differently and has distinct technology needs, expectations and capabilities. B2W puts key decisions in their hands. Pay for licenses up front and own them forever or choose subscription pricing. Host software on premise or in a Cloud environment. B2W also offers unique financing options.
Commitment to customer success is a better guarantee.
Trying until you find applications you like is not a good way to transform your business with specialized software. Suppliers that refund money can’t give back the time and opportunity lost. B2W emphasizes up front how a mutual investment in converting data, aligning processes, training users and customizing deployment will deliver rapid ROI and long-term success.