99c chooses Deltek WorkBook to digitise manual and disparate systems, and create a single agency workflow to enhance visibility into workload, capacity and overall business operations.

The firm has partnered closely with Silversoft to implement Deltek WorkBook’s best-of-suite agency platform to transform the way in which the agency manages resources, in an optimal manner to drive client success.

“I’m incredibly proud to call 99c a client. After 5 years of close partnership in working through their key requirements, Hylton and the team have chosen Silversoft and Deltek WorkBook to reimagine the workflow of the firm and implement innovative technology to streamline their processes” Says Dan Marcus, Director: Agency Solutions at Silversoft.

“99c has over 400 staff with many moving parts and processes. Having a single agency solution suite in place has been a game changer for our firm and the team at Silversoft were instrumental in partnering with our firm to transform the way in which we work and optimize our workflow. Says Janci Prinsloo, Business Process Manager at 99c.

Hylton Heather, Director of Production at 99c adds “Having live actionable analytics at our fingertips has allowed the firm to focus on the key metrics that turn the needle, which is a massive driving factor in improving the agencies margin. Our firm is consistently investing in improving efficiency and having a platform in place like WorkBook is core to our long-term success.”

About 99c

99c is an independent, full-service, integrated advertising and communications agency, providing creative solutions for a wide variety of clients across many fields and industries.

Taking the time to develop deep, long-lasting relationships with our clients and fully engage in their businesses has stood us in good stead, often leading to our own organic growth, starting with one brand and gaining others from within a client’s group portfolio. So too have the lessons we’ve learned, the systems we’ve implemented, the structures we’ve developed and the culture we’ve created; all of which allow us to provide creative solutions for a wide variety of clients across many fields. The proof? Today, we’re almost 300-staff strong and still growing.

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 beyond. Silversoft has offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town and is the local Platinum Partner for Deltek – the leading international provider of software to the Professional Services industry.

With WorkBook by Deltek, Silversoft delivers beautiful Agency Management technology that will help your firm win the best accounts, deliver the greatest projects, delight your clients and be more profitable. Workbook looks good. Lifts heavy.

Find out how Deltek WorkBook can transform the way your agency performs here.

 

How to motivate your team to produce good work, even during a global pandemic

We all know what it’s like to dig deep on a Monday morning, trying to find the smallest bit of motivation to get out of bed and dress for work. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, it sort of threw the world into a permanent “Monday morning” situation. Along with the increased levels of stress and anxiety it brought to agencies and businesses all over the globe, came an adjustment to remote working and a struggle amongst employees to find motivation to be innovative and creative. 

Research conducted in partnership with Microsoft and the Boston Consulting Group, involving 9,000 managers and employees from firms across 15 European countries, revealed that, “It’s a challenge to feel connected, confident and communicate effectively with the team, and we know from a lot of research that creativity and innovation largely happen through collaboration.” A healthy team culture is achieved when employees feel motivated to be creative and productive. 

But, how do you implement this type of work environment when employees are unable to get together in the office for a good, old-fashioned creative brainstorming session?

Fortunately there are a number of effective strategies you can implement within your teams now to ensure you can harness that collaborative mentality, and motivate your team to produce creative work, at a distance. 

Ensure an effective briefing process

According to Denise Blasevick, CEO of The S3 Agency, providing a clear creative brief, a day or two before an online brainstorming sessions, is key because it “allows people to digest the information, do research, and come armed with questions along with any potential thought starters that can start the brainstorm out with a burst of energy.”

Download a helpful Creative Brief Checklist

Use virtual whiteboards for collaboration

Traditional brainstorming whiteboards are found to actually limit creativity because often one individual is responsible for recording all thoughts, whereas virtual whiteboards allow everyone to contribute, show and record their ideas. Visual collaboration in a virtual space also means you can loop in other team members who may work in different country offices. You could even use this process to encourage healthy competition, circling the “winning ideas” on the virtual whiteboard and challenging your team to suggest better ideas.

Here are a few virtual whiteboards we recommend checking out: 

Source: https://www.innovationtraining.org/what-is-mural-and-how-to-use-mural-for-design-thinking/

Encourage individual work 

Grace Judson, a leadership consultant, advises that you provide your team with limited solo brainstorming time, using a ripple effect: The first team member starts and is given 5 minutes to write out their ideas. Once they are done, the second team member goes, either coming up with new ideas, or using the ideas of the previous team member as inspiration, still on the 5-minute clock. This continues until all team members have contributed and then the results are up for discussion. 

Equip your team with a helpful brainstorming activity sheet

For many, the best way to tackle those Monday morning blues is to grab hold of a big cup of coffee. And for us, giving our team tools to help get their creative juices flowing while working from home, is the equivalent to a shot of espresso. 

Which is why we’ve developed a free, downloadable, Idea Generation Workbook that you can share with your team today – either for them to complete alone or for you to work through it with them. 

This sheet offers a few out-of-the-box ideas for brainstorming effectively, as well as formal processes they can follow to keep them focused and motivated. Before long, your team will be producing such good work, and solving every problem thrown at them, you will have forgotten remote working was ever a struggle in the first place. 

Ready to see your team’s innovative thinking thrive? Get your free Idea Generation Workbook by completing the below form.

 

Get Ready for Vantagepoint, the Breakthrough Project-focused software solution.

Built specifically for professional services firms to improve productivity, boost collaboration and increase profitability.

People and projects are the heart and soul of your business. That’s why Deltek created Vantagepoint, a powerful, intuitive solution that helps your people manage your projects from start to finish. Deltek Vantagepoint’s 360-degree view of your projects puts client, project and financial details in a single location. That all adds up to making well-informed tactical and strategic business decisions and a more efficient, productive and profitable company.

Deltek Vantagepoint is the newly branded, freshly reimagined next version of Deltek Vision built specifically for professional services organizations. Think of Vantagepoint as Vision taken to a whole new level – a streamlined browser-based interface, reengineered workflows and expanded functionality. With Vantagepoint, current Vision customers will get everything you’ve always loved about Vision and much, much more all in a slick new interface that will be accessible to anyone, anytime from anywhere.

Download the Product Guide to find out the new features and powerful enhancements based on years of feedback from our customers.

 

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Streamline Service Delivery with Deltek Vantagepoint

Projects are critical to the success of every architecture and engineering firm and you need a solution that puts your people and projects at the center of your business. Challenging economic times increases the need for efficiency in service delivery & business operations.

Deltek Vantagepoint gives A&E firms insight to maximize productivity, boost collaboration, improve efficiency and increase profitability. Trusted by thousands of A&E firms around the world, Deltek is an industry leader for project and financial management solutions built specifically for the way A&E firms work.

Download Deltek Vantagepoint product brief to learn how to streamline Service Delivery and power your project success for your firm.

 



Increase Creative Team Efficiency Using Online Proofing
Deliver Finished Conte‍‍‍nt 10x Faster

Inefficient review and approval of content can eat up 60% of a project’s time. Deltek has added ConceptShare, one of the leading online proofing and review tools, to its portfolio of agency management solutions to help agencies and in-house teams deliver content faster, with higher quality, and at a lower cost.

Learn how switching to online proofing and approval can help your teams:

  • Streamline your creative production supply chain
  • Deliver more content, faster at less cost
  • Securely share work with clients and external reviewers
  • Automatically generate audit trails of all rev‍‍‍iews‍‍‍
  • Reduce approval times by 80%

Register to Webinar below

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How to Implement a Successful Project Information Management Strategy

This eGuide is designed to put architects, engineers, construction consultants and contractors on the right path when it comes to introducing the processes and systems needed to tame the mass of information and data related to their business and projects. We’ll give you 7 actionable steps that will enable you to manage both organisational and project information efficiently.

We’ll show you how to implement best practice, starting with an audit of your current information management processes through to system selection, stakeholder buy-in, implementation, change management and measures of success. Adopting a PIM strategy is easily achievable, particularly when you follow this step-by-step guide.

Download eGuide here



It’s a strange time to be entering adland; with the industry constantly transforming and restructuring to meet consumer demands. But it’s becoming increasingly difficult to ensure an agency’s success in this period of change and instability. Or, so it seems anyway.

The Drum has teamed up with Deltek, to host a webinar that discusses what a successful agency looks like today, citing purpose, creativity and profitability as some of the key drivers behind adding value to a business.

While brilliant campaigns and creative ideas are an effective currency, they can’t be activated in isolation. Establishing the above key factors with brilliant creativity will elevate an agency further and help to make them stand out from the crowd.

Speakers on the webinar include representatives from creative consultancy firm Radley Yeldar, who will share their company’s journey of harnessing technology to drive innovation. Other conversation points will centre on the importance of cultivating a balance between creativity and transparency to ensure results can be met and understood meaningfully.

The session will take place on November 21st at 11am GMT (13th Hrs South Africa), register your interest here to avoid disappointment.

Register below

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Deltek PIM Overview

Deltek PIM is a Project Information Management solution that gives you access to project and firmwide information in one central location. Proactive email management, simplified document management, organized drawings, improved file sharing and more give your teams access to critical information at your fingertips so you can spend more time delivering projects and less time searching for files.

Save Time and Money

Spend less time organizing and more time executing projects with centralized information management.

Improve Collaboration and Efficiency

Move from chaos to calm by ensuring team members stay connected and eliminating the risk of information silos.

Manage Beyond the Project

Share critical information firm-wide and turn your intellectual property into an asset instead of a liability.

Watch the 5 Minute Demo here

 

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