Case Study: Element Consulting Engineers

Efficient resource management provides brighter outlook on probability of income and billing.

 

Element Consulting Engineers is a Multi-Disciplinary Consulting Engineering company that has been operating for 27 years with over 140 employees across South Africa.

The Company faced challenges such as separate and manual systems for time entry and billing and no visibility into project and management information.

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Decentralized Business Control: Grant Thornton Case Study

Grant Thornton Sweden developed and decentralized their business control with Deltek’s enterprise solution Maconomy.

Due to rapid growth in recent years combined with an internal change and development process, Grant Thornton Sweden decided to look at how their existing business solution could support their processes and provide a better basis for decision-making at all levels in the company.

Together with existing ERP vendor, Deltek, Grant Thornton Sweden decided to customize their business system to an advanced finance management model and at the same time decentralize the use of the system. This way, Partners and Managers across the organization could get a better overview of and insight into business critical information.

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Groth Engineering – Client Success Story

 

Challenge: Looking for off-site hosting options. Limited in-house IT resources and couldn’t always get updates applied when needed.

Solution: Deltek Vision in the Cloud to free up IT resources and ensure the proper level of security.

“Vision in the Cloud is like an insurance policy for us. It gives us great peace of mind.” – Gail Macejkovic, Groth Design Group

Industry: Engineering

Size: 30

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RS&H Architecture – Client Success Story

Challenge: RS&H had been using BST for more than 30 years and as time passed, the system’s inadequacies became more apparent. Updates required costly customizations and time-consuming implementations. Also wanted a CRM system that was integrated.

Solution: RS&H was immediately impressed with how easy and flexible Vision was. Vision was exactly what they needed and provided an integrated CRM module to streamline financial processes and automate client management.

One integrated solution without the need for costly customizations or complex coding.

“Deltek is the leader in the industry. With Deltek, all the reports we needed came out of the box and did not require any customizations.” – Ken Jacobson, EVP, CFO and General Counsel of RS&H

Industry: Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Environmental, Construction Services

Size: 850+ employees in 37 offices throughout US and China

 

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Deltek Announces Silversoft Client Anjarwalla & Khanna as the Project Excellence Partner Award winner at Deltek Insight 2016

Washington, D.C. – November 14, 2016 – Deltek, the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses, announced the winners of its annual Project Excellence Awards program at Deltek Insight’s 2016 user conference in National Harbor, MD. These awards recognize and celebrate outstanding Deltek customer and partner achievements in improving business processes and performance, driving innovation, increasing profitability and winning new business with Deltek solutions.

The winners were selected from an extensive pool of nominations that applied for the awards in 2016:

 

  • The winner of the Project Excellence Partner Award is African legal services company Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K) with Deltek Premier Partner for Africa, Silversoft. A&K is an award-winning Kenya-based corporate law firm – and the largest – in Eastern Africa. With over 90 lawyers and 250 staff, A&K is considered the leading full-service corporate law firm in Kenya. Silversoft worked with A&K to implement Deltek’s leading Legal Practice Management solution to transform its business and provide a technology platform for growth. Through the implementation of Deltek, A&K is improving firm-wide performance visibility, running more efficient processes and continuing to grow as a leading practice in Africa. Taken together, A&K has projected a revenue increase of 40% by year end when compared to last year, reduced its IT footprint by 25% and ensured that 100% of its firm is using Deltek for time collection.

 

  • The winner of the Business Impact Award is Orbital ATK, Missile Defense and Controls – thanks to the successful implementation of Deltek solutions. As a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, Orbital ATK designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world both as a prime contractor and as a merchant supplier.

 

  • The winner of the Innovation Award is CH2M – a global engineering and program management company that provides consulting, design, construction and operations services. CH2M is successfully leveraging Deltek’s PPM solutions to support its work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project (Tideway). CH2M uses Deltek to develop realistic project schedules, hold contractors accountable as the project progresses, and assess ongoing program schedule health. Once completed, the Tideway project will be one of Europe’s longest and deepest continuous tunnels, travelling 25km through central London to intercept untreated sewage discharges that spill into the tidal Thames and pollute the city’s iconic river. Tideway will create a cleaner, healthier River Thames and improve the quality of life for all Londoners.

 

  • The winner of the Implementation Award is Ruffalo Noel Levitz – a technology-enabled services, software, and consulting firm for higher education enrollment management and fundraising – located in Cedar Rapids, IA. Ruffalo Noel Levitz has standardized its 750-person firm on Deltek after the acquisition of RuffaloCODY and Noel Levitz in 2014. This implementation included moving off of Salesforce and rolling out Deltek’s project-based CRM capabilities. Deltek is now powering the company’s entire project lifecycle from prospect through delivery and is allowing RNL to create more accurate revenue projections, conduct utilization analysis, and more efficiently control costs.

 

  • The winner of the Intelligence Award is Boulay – 170 person CPA firm located in Eden Praire, Minnesota. Boulay is leveraging Deltek’s real-time dashboards to use actionable KPIs that would align the firm from the bottom up. Boulay uses Deltek to increase resource utilization by 5%, reduce DSOs by 7 days, and increase profitability by 5%.

 

“One of my favorite moments at Insight each year is standing in front of thousands of Insight attendees and recognizing several world-class customers and partners with the Project Excellence Awards,” said Mike Corkery, President and CEO of Deltek. “The awards celebrate the amazing achievements our customers have accomplished using Deltek solutions. This year we had an incredible pool of nominations including innovative and successful companies from a variety of industries around the globe. On behalf of everyone at Deltek, I take great pride in congratulating each winning company on their commitment to excellence and thank them for their continued partnership with us.”

About Deltek

Deltek is the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for government contractors, professional services firms and other project-based businesses. For decades, we have delivered actionable insight that empowers our customers to unlock their business potential. 22,000 organizations and millions of users in over 80 countries around the world rely on Deltek to research and identify opportunities, win new business, recruit and develop talent, optimize resources, streamline operations and deliver more profitable projects. Deltek – Know more. Do more.® www.deltek.com.

 

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Client Success Story – Norwegian Opera & Ballet

The Norwegian Opera & Ballet optimizes its people & locations with People Planner.

 

The key challenge of The Norwegian Opera & Ballet is to make sure the right people are on the right locations at the right time – every time. Deltek helps the Opera address this demanding challenge.

It takes a strong planning tool to orchestrate complex performances. “The overall idea scope of the People Planner solution is great – it’s a tool of genius” says Knut Brotnow, IT Manager at the Norwegian Opera & Ballet.

 

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Client Success Story – Local Studio Architects

Growing Architecture Firm maximizes Productivity and Profits with Deltek Vision.

 

Local Studio Founder & Director Thomas Chapman was struggling to manage staff time and cash flow resources and was reliant on Excel spreadsheets for time capturingreports,  project planning and financial forecasts. As the firm grew, it became increasingly difficult to make informed financial decisions on projects.

Champan’s research into industry-specific Project Management offerings, including Time and Expense software, led him to Deltek, which he chose because of its track record in delivering powerful cloud-based, tailored solutions for Architecture firms.

Local presence and support was also key to Chapman, which led to the appointment of Silversoft South Africa, a Deltek Premier Partner as his chosen technology partner.

 

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ELE Engineering Case Study – People Planner

ELE Grows amidst a tough economic climate with Deltek People Planner

ELE Engineering, a Technology Consulting Company that provides advanced services to technology-intensive engineering organizations, is one example of Swedish innovation.

Christian Fisher, IT Manager for ELE Engineering, explained: “Our mission is to enhance customers’ competitiveness by providing the engineering skills they lack, in addition to delivering superior solutions in our key business areas”. “Above a certain break-even utilization percentage, we become profitable. Deltek’s resource management solution People Planner has helped us improve our utilization rate by 3%, helping us focus on increasing and maintaining profitability.”

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Strategic Recruiting: Hiring Talent for the Long Haul. Download Case Study below

Hire the best Talent: Hire people in line with the company’s values and direction, not just any warm body.

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In our previous blog post, “What Can You Do in the War for Talent,” Judy Fort discussed what the job market currently looks like, and how companies are struggling to find and retain the right talent for their organizations. In this blog, I want to go a little deeper into what it actually means to find the RIGHT talent.
Sure, there are plenty of talented people in the workforce, and all of them are evaluating their different options just as much as you are evaluating them. But the truth of the matter is, too often companies fall into the mindset that it’s better to just hire someone as soon as possible to fill an open requisition as long as they have the basic requirements needed.

Filling positions quickly can certainly make the HR team look good, but if that person turns out to be a bad hire, that can become a very costly mistake. According to one staffing agency, “In the long run, it’s more difficult for the manager and team to accommodate a poor performer than it is to invest in recruiting quality candidates for job placement.”

So what steps should companies take to make sure they’re hiring the right person every time?

  1. Strategic Fit: First and foremost, organizations need to clearly define why they are hiring this person – in other words, where will this role fit into the organizational strategy and direction? Every role needs a purpose. Not only will this ensure that the employee filling the role is adding long-term value to the organization, but it will also ensure that the employee feels a sense of purpose every day they come to work.
  1. Cultural Fit: Secondly, the company should have clear tangible values and culture that each employee contributes to in some way. The reality is, that no matter how talented someone may be at what they do, they may not fit into their department, their team or the company as a whole, which would make them just as bad of a hire as someone without the proper skills. If they don’t feel like they belong, they will quickly become disengaged, and would probably end up leaving their role prematurely, putting you back at square one.
  1. Competency Fit: Last but not least, the most common fit that recruiters look for in candidates is in the experience and skills they have acquired that make them eligible for the position. This is the most obvious fit, but even here, companies can be too hasty in their decisions if a candidate has “most” of the requirements they are looking for. One of the easiest ways to mitigate this is to list out the position’s “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves”. That way if someone is missing one of the “must-haves”, they are automatically disqualified from the position.

So after going over each of the things recruiters have to watch out for when it comes to finding the right talent, there are, of course, ways to make the process simpler. Automating much of this process through a talent acquisition or recruiting technology can save a huge amount of time and stress. All too often, we come across companies that are so bogged down in manually sorting through resumes and “administrivia”, that they are unable to improve their process or become more strategic about who they are hiring.

Putting a technology in place to weed out unqualified candidates allows HR the time they need to report on which sources provide them with the best candidates, what types of qualities they find in top talent, and ultimately which candidates look the most promising for the future of the organization.

For more tips on finding top talent, and a real life success story, check out this case study from the City of Arvada.