Leading Accounting firm SekelaXabiso implements Deltek’s Accounting Practice Management Solution

Leading accounting firm Sekela Xabiso implements Deltek’s Accounting Practice Management Solution to streamline service delivery and deliver business insight.

Johannesburg– 8 November, 2018Silversoft, a leading provider of enterprise software and information solutions for professional services firms, today announced that leading South African Accounting & Audit Firm, SekelaXabiso (SkX), has implemented Deltek Maconomy to manage its practice.

Sekela Xabiso (SKX)  is one of South Africa’s leading majority black-owned professional services firms and one of the largest accounting firms in Southern Africa. The firm prides itself on applying international best practice to deliver rigorous Internal Audit, IT Audit, Forensic Audit and Business Consulting services of the highest standards. The company was created in September 2012 through the merger of Sekela Consulting and Xabiso Chartered Accountants, bringing together two highly qualified teams of professionals with vast experience and impressive credentials. The combined knowledge and business acumen of SekelaXabiso’s directors puts the firm in an ideal position to deliver world-class, client focussed business solutions to a growing range of clients in both the private and public sectors.

Given SkX’s continued success and growth in client base and service lines, the firm recognized the need to consolidate business operations onto a single software platform, moving away from manual processes, improving visibility into key performance areas, enhancing client and engagement management and converting resource-intensive disparate systems into a single digital workflow.

“We were looking for a solution that would give us a live visibility into our business, optimise the way we work and provide a modern, integrated platform for our employees to deliver world class services.  As we evaluated our options, it became clear that Silversoft with Deltek’s solution offered the leading end-to-end practice management technology, including the rich integrated accounting required to run a multi-dimensional firm with multiple offices, partners and service lines. Not only is their solution powerfully designed to handle deep accounting functionality, it also offers a mobile, modern and user-friendly interface to drive productivity in the firm.” said Raymond Mokgalagadi, Chief Operating Officer at  SkX.  “Silversoft, also has deep contextual knowledge of our industry and an exceptional track record in delivering successful projects locally, so we were pleased that we could set and achieve an aggressive project timeline of 12 weeks from inception to go live.”

“It has been an excellent experience to work with a firm as focussed and committed as Sekela Xabiso.  We really felt that we had a shared vision from the outset and that the implementation of Deltek at SkX would help drive their business forward.   We are thrilled they selected Deltek’s technology to manage their practice and deliver a platform for growth moving forward, and that through their professional and structure approach were able to go live on time and on budget.” said Jacques du Buisson, Managing Director of Silversoft.

About Sekela Xabiso

SkX is one of the largest Accounting firms in Southern Africa and the only Professional Services firm of its size and capacity in South Africa to offer specialised services in Internal Audit and related fields.  Led by a strong entrepreneurial spirit and highly skilled and committed team of experts in the industry, the firm prides itself on applying international best practice to deliver quality services that support the growth of its clients.  The firm is invested in the training and development of their executives and employees to cope with the increasing demand of a growing client list.

About Silversoft

Silversoft, headquartered in Johannesburg South Africa, is a multinational enterprise software provider focused on delivering solutions to people and project-centric firms. It has partnered with Deltek for more than ten years in offering best-in-class enterprise software tailored for professional services firms in Africa and surrounds. It’s cloud, on premise and mobile solutions deliver real-time information that helps its clients optimise their resources, manage costs and drive profitability behaviour. Silversoft’s Deltek Practice Management Solutions provide a fully integrated set of financial ledgers, people, project and client management functionality – which supports the entire service delivery life cycle from client acquisition to visualizing key performance indicators.  Silversoft’s highly skilled consultants and tailored offering have seen some of the largest professional services firms in the world invest in its solutions.

About Deltek

Better software means better projects. Deltek is the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses. More than 23,000 organizations and millions of users in over 80 countries around the world rely on Deltek for superior levels of project intelligence, management and collaboration. Our industry-focused expertise powers project success by helping firms achieve performance that maximizes productivity and revenue. www.deltek.com

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Silversoft Acquires Leading Agency Management Software firm, Magnetic

Johannesburg – 1 November, 2018Silversoft, a leading provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based and professional services firms and Deltek Platinum Partner, today announced that it has acquired Magnetic, a well-established agency management software firm based in Cape Town, South Africa.

This acquisition accelerates the momentum of Silversoft’s solutions for the Creative industry with Deltek WorkBook and ConceptShare (online proofing for marketing and creative teams) by bringing in more resources, capabilities and expertise.

Founded in 2012, Magnetic has created a new standard in agency workflow software, which has seen its clients show improved efficiency and increased profitability. With over 200 clients across South Africa, UK and USA, Magnetic’s end-to-end platform empowers its clients and their teams to deliver higher standards for their own clients.

“We are thrilled to announce that we will be joining the Silversoft family,” said Dan Marcus, CEO and Founder at Magnetic. “We’ve always positioned ourselves as efficiency partners to our clients and with this acquisition our team will be working with a firm that absolutely shares that vision, enabling us to bring more to the creative space in South Africa.” Marcus adds, “By having a full suite of products specifically designed for agencies, bolstered through our combined firms, we will be able to assist our clients in ways we’ve only dreamed of until now.”

Jacques du Buisson, Managing Director of Silversoft “What Magnetic has achieved in terms of client success, depth of software and market share is remarkable and truly a South African success story. We feel they will play a key role in our drive to deliver People and Project-Centric firms best-in-class solutions, and help us accelerate our momentum in the Agency Industry.” He continues, “Silversoft and Magnetic share core values, are a great cultural fit, and above all share the same entrepreneurial drive and passion for this industry. We really look forward to our journey together.”

Silversoft’s agency-focused business unit will be headed up by Dan Marcus and the combined business will deliver leading technology, an excellent client-services team, and a development skills set that will provide for further innovation in this space.

Silversoft’s development team, now headed by Magnetic founder and CTO, Korak Kuhnert, will drive innovation in the firm and has already conceptualised potential game-changing technology.

About Silversoft

For 15 years, Silversoft has been delivering enterprise solutions to people and project-centric firms, supporting over 50,000 users across South Africa and internationally within the Professional Services market. Silversoft has offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town and is the local Platinum Partner for Deltek, the leading international provider of software to the project and services firms. With WorkBook by Deltek, Silversoft delivers leading Agency Management technology that will helps creative firms win the best accounts, deliver the greatest projects, delight their clients and be more profitable.

About Magnetic

Magnetic is an online workflow management tool designed for creative and marketing teams. Our mission is to help agencies become more profitable.
Born and bred in Cape Town, over the past 6 years Magnetic have built a specialised team across South Africa, geared for assisting agencies and their teams to deliver excellence.

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Deltek WorkBook Celebrates Milestone Year

Over 50% global revenue growth, new WorkBook 10 release and world-class support mark major milestones for Deltek, one year after its acquisition

HERNDON, Va. – October 10, 2018 – Deltek, the leading global provider of software and information solutions for project-based businesses, announced today the milestones it has achieved one year after acquiring Denmark-based WorkBook. The acquisition of this best-in-class, integrated solution has accelerated Deltek’s momentum into the marketing & advertising industry with cutting-edge features and future-proof technology for the on-the-go agency lifestyle.

In one year, Deltek WorkBook has had over 50% growth in revenue and over 45% growth in users around the globe. Based on surveys Deltek has conducted and industry research, agencies are reporting they waste time entering and analyzing data from multiple tools to run their business. Deltek WorkBook’s growth shows that many agencies are turning to integrated solutions to use across their entire agency to solve these issues.

In addition to rapid growth, Deltek has released WorkBook 10 giving customers access to a fresh and simple user interface to view real-time job data, automated workflows, balanced resource capacity with incoming pipelines, as well as new reporting that enables users to predict revenue.

With Deltek WorkBook 10, agencies can:

  • Consolidate tech stacks by streamlining all resource, project and financial management activities into one tool
  • Rely on data-driven decisions with greater visibility into every aspect of agency performance
  • Improve collaboration and reduce reliance on emails by consolidating communications and file sharing
  • Gain agency-wide adoption through smart and intuitive features that are easy-to-use for every role on the team

“Nucleus Research found that agencies were able to consolidate their disparate systems by replacing them with Deltek WorkBook, simplifying their technology environment and streamlining processes, saving businesses between 5 and 12 percent on project management,” said Seth Lippincott, Principal Analyst at Nucleus Research. “For agencies of all sizes, WorkBook offers a purpose-built solution that can transform how these organizations manage operations and provide insights that help them focus on expanding the business.” Read more in the Nucleus Research paper WorkBook Offers Agency Management Visibility and Insight.

“Deltek has an incredible list of clients – such as Ogilvy, We Are Social, TMP Worldwide, AKQA and Veritas Communications – as well as others that are transforming their agencies with Deltek WorkBook to achieve better collaboration and streamlined project & traffic management,” said Warren Linscott, SVP of Deltek Product Management. “As we look to the future challenges our global customers face, we are committed to delivering them innovative solutions to power their success. The marketing and advertising industry is extremely important to Deltek and we are excited to work more closely with these unique customers as we help them navigate the fast-paced change going on in the digital advertising space.”

Deltek’s award-winning customer support team is available for all WorkBook customers. They will receive the outstanding customer service recognized by J.D. Power, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

About Deltek

Better software means better projects. Deltek is the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses. More than 23,000 organizations and millions of users in over 80 countries around the world rely on Deltek for superior levels of project intelligence, management and collaboration. Our industry-focused expertise powers project success by helping firms achieve performance that maximizes productivity and revenue. www.deltek.com

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Black Snow Digital selects Deltek WorkBook to replace existing systems with a single Agency Management Solution

Johannesburg– 19 September, 2018Silversoft, a leading provider of enterprise software and information solutions for professional services firms, today announced that Black Snow Digital, a well-established Digital Agency based in Johannesburg, South Africa has chosen Deltek WorkBook to replace its existing disparate systems, streamline processes and improve customer experience.

Black Snow Digital provides digitally-led marketing innovation, building a wide variety of solutions that grow their clients’ brands and businesses- everything from app design to big brand campaigns or marketing automation.  At the core of their Digital Agency is a dedicated passionate team of digital marketers, creatives, strategists, problem solvers and technologists who spend their days conceptualising, creating and collaborating to help realize the visions and targets of their clients.

Black Snow had looked at several agency-focused systems including locally based options but struggled to find a solution that covered all key requirements in a single platform. Being a digitally-led agency, Black Snow also wanted a solution that was built on leading-edge technology which provided a modern, intuitive user experience with a strong focus on mobility and support of agile project management.  It soon became clear that Workbook was purpose-built to deliver on these requirements, while also driving user adoption through collaboration, mobile apps and ease of use.

WorkBook will affectively provide Black Snow with the capability to collapse three applications into a single solution that drives the workflow of the agency and provides powerful insight into the performance of the business.

Clint Muir Managing, Director of Black Snow on their decision, “Workbook’s new HTLM5 technology, coupled with very smart functionality designed completely for our industry, quickly made it clear that it is suitable fit for our business and will provide us with a solid platform that both our creatives and our executive team can rely on to continue to deliver the best work to our clients.”   He continues, “Another key motivating factor to moving to WorkBook was the fact that it is represented by a strong local partner who has more than 12+ years’ experience implementing software within the services industry.”

Jacques du Buisson, Managing Director of Silversoft “We are very excited to welcome Black Snow on board and look forward to the implementation of a game-changing solution at their firm.  Deltek’s Workbook delivers powerful agency-focussed technology, in a highly intuitive manner, which will give Black Snow the tools they need to continue to deliver world class projects.”

About Silversoft

Silversoft, headquartered in Johannesburg South Africa, is a multinational enterprise software provider focused on delivering solutions to people and project-centric firms. It has partnered with Deltek for more than ten years in offering best-in-class enterprise software tailored for professional services firms in Africa and surrounds. It’s cloud, on premise and mobile solutions deliver real-time information that helps its clients optimise their resources, manage costs and drive profitability behaviour. Silversoft’s Deltek Practice Management Solutions provide a fully integrated set of financial ledgers, people, project and client management functionality – which supports the entire service delivery life cycle from client acquisition to visualizing key performance indicators.  Silversoft’s highly skilled consultants and tailored offering have seen some of the largest professional services firms in the world invest in its solutions.

About Deltek

Deltek is the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for government contractors, professional services firms and other project- and people-based businesses. For decades, we have delivered actionable insight that empowers our customers to unlock their business potential. 20,000 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.

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Leading Agency Management Technology: Silversoft partners with Deltek to deliver WorkBook to South African Creative Firms

Silversoft, a trusted Deltek Platinum Partner for over 10 years and International Reseller of the Year for 2017, announced today at partnership with Deltek, the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses. Through the expanded partnership, Silversoft will now be the primary sales, implementation and support partner for Deltek’s WorkBook solution in South Africa.

 

With Deltek Workbook, Silversoft broadens its technology offering into the Agency, Marketing Communications and IT/Digital consulting space, and is now a significant player in the Agency market in South Africa, delivering a cloud-based, smart agency management suite that integrates project & traffic management, resource planning, CRM, collaboration, forecasting and accounting across all agency operations.  Leading global agencies, including South Africa’s largest agency, Ogilvy & Mather, utilise WorkBook’s modern technology platform to streamline their workflow and improve operational efficiency.  Watch the Ogilvy case study here. 

 

“We are very excited about our partnership with Deltek to offer the WorkBook solution to firms across Southern Africa.  WorkBook delivers state-of-the-art technology that enables creative businesses to drive efficiency and automate their workflow, from time management through to complex traffic and financial requirements. This coupled with a modern, mobility and collaboration platform, enables our clients to spend much less time on admin and more time on delivering excellent work.” said Jacques du Buisson, Silversoft Managing Director.

“Silversoft has a long track record of successfully delivering enterprise software solutions for people and project-centric firms and has deep knowledge of both the industry and the Deltek portfolio.  WorkBook has seen excellent global growth and we are delighted to have a trusted partner in Silversoft to take the lead on our WorkBook focus in Southern Africa,” said René Praestholm, VP Global Agency Solutions.

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Silversoft

Silversoft, headquartered in Johannesburg South Africa, is a multinational enterprise software provider focused on delivering solutions to people and project-centric firms. It has partnered with Deltek for more than ten years in offering best-in-class enterprise software tailored for professional services firms in Africa and surrounds. Its cloud, on premises and mobile solutions deliver real-time information that helps its clients optimise their resources, manage costs and drive profitability behaviour. Silversoft’s Deltek ERP solutions provide a fully integrated set of financial ledgers, people, project and client management functionality – which supports the entire service delivery life cycle from client acquisition to visualising key performance indicators. Silversoft’s highly skilled consultants and tailored offering have seen some of the largest professional services firms in the world invest in its solutions. It is also a proud Level 3 BBBEE Contributor. www.silversoft.co.za

Deltek

Better software means better projects. Deltek is the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses. More than 23,000 organizations and millions of users in over 80 countries around the world rely on Deltek for superior levels of project intelligence, management and collaboration. Our industry-focused expertise powers project success by helping firms achieve performance that maximizes productivity and revenue. www.deltek.com

 

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Next Release of Deltek for Professional Services: Deltek Vantagepoint

When we first launched the product Deltek for Professional Services (DPS) in 2017, we went to market with a solid name that reinforced the focus on professional services organizations. Deltek for Professional Services provided a clear focus on project centric service industries, and the name served us well in talking about the next generation capabilities within the product. As we advance the capabilities of this product we wanted to take the opportunity to refine that name to reflect the promise of the upcoming full solution. Our next release will be called Deltek Vantagepoint. Why? Because when released Deltek Vantagepoint will be the only end-to-end, project-centric ERP solely focused on the Management & IT Consulting and Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) industries.  This new release will give our customers an even better vantage point in all phases of the project lifecycle.

Deltek Vantagepoint reflects the unparalleled visibility customers will receive when the next release is delivered to market.  It delivers on our promise of a complete end-to-end, project-centric ERP solution for Consulting and AEC firms around the globe. By updating the product name, we’re able to rally around our brand and product promise, and drive our benefits-focused message into the industries we serve.

We’re looking forward to the release of Deltek Vantagepoint as the next version of DPS with a great new name.  As William Shakespeare famously wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

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Key Agency Challenges Discussion Events

Thanks to all that attended the Silversoft Cape Town and Johannesburg discussions on Key Agency Challenges and how to achieve more. Industry experts David Breytenbach from Ogilvy South Africa and Rene Praestholm from Deltek Workbook talked through industry challenges and how agencies can leverage technology to streamline their businesses and gain better insight for decision making. Excellent engagement and conversations were had with the leading agencies on the continent, and some great insights on how we can all work smarter to thrive in our emerging market.

 

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