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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How are modern organizations managing talent in an increasingly project-focused workplace? Deltek and HR.com surveyed more than 500 HR professionals to see how they’re overcoming traditional talent management challenges in the face of new HR technologies.
Download the report to review the key findings:
- HR technology is improving the processes behind acquisition, development, learning, and performance
- The entire employee lifecycle is being effected by the transformation of project-focused organizations
- Competitors are addressing talent management challenges and improving their HR strategy for the future
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Watch On Demand: Measuring Project Success with Project-Based Performance Management
Performance management is crucial to the success of any organization, but can play an even greater role in project-based businesses. Employees want to know their hard work is being recognized, not just once a year, but for every project they are a part of.
With employee retention remaining a top concern, performance management is just one piece of the talent management puzzle, but an important one. It’s the first step in showing your employees the importance of their role within the organization. It demonstrates your dedication to their future by acknowledging how well they’re doing in some areas, or even areas where they may need further development.
Join Deltek’s Judy Fort for this free demonstration of Deltek’s Talent Performance solution. Deltek’s talent management expert will offer insights on the importance of performance management in a project-based environment, while showing how Deltek’s solution can provide the consistency and visibility you need.
- Building a consistent process to set and measure employee goals
- Providing ongoing, interactive feedback coupled with clear development and coaching plans
- Enabling peer feedback to help coach and recognize the great work people are doing across the company.
5 Reasons your Business needs Project Information Management
Make your move to effective data and information management. Emails, drawing, contracts, RFIs…
As an Architecture, Engineering or Construction firm you will produce and handle thousands of documents, but how do you effectively manage them to ensure project success? You’ll need to define and adopt clear project information management processes and systems, but finding a starting point is your first challenge.
Download our eGuide where we begin to explore the importance of managing business and project information effectively and how to get going.
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.
We consider it our ongoing mission to truly understand our clients’ challenges and proactively identify what help they need to solve these challenges. To this end, we recently worked with Campaign UK to survey 100 agencies. The focus of the research was agency efficiency and productivity – in essence, do agencies have the right processes and systems in place to maximise their creativity? The results show that while this is a clear priority for agencies, most are not satisfied that the tools they are using are the right ones. I’ve selected some of what I found to be the most interesting data points to share with you.
Agency Efficiency Report
See the full survey results
Let’s start with the problems those surveyed want to solve:
- Managing ever-increasing client expectations for cheaper, better and faster work
- Finding and retaining qualified staff
- Charging clients correctly (in terms of accurate budgeting, timekeeping and managing scope creep)
- Forecasting and planning in an always-changing environment
- Resource management aligned with capacity
These issues aren’t new and there aren’t any that can’t be solved by implementing effective processes to measure productivity and efficiency. So, what’s holding agencies back?
Efficiency: Every Agency’s Holy Grail?
While the vast majority (85%) of survey respondents said that their agencies were measuring operational efficiency in some way, the methods used varied. 42% reported using a mixture of automated and manual systems to keep track of operational efficiency, while 28% said they still tracked efficiency mainly through manual methods, such as spreadsheets. The problem with this tracking approach was summarised by one respondent, the strategy director at an agency; “I have to look at one spreadsheet for our budget, one for time spent, another for costs – and while we use software for pipeline management, those systems aren’t joined up.”
Getting Estimates Right: What’s Going Wrong?
‘69% of agencies report too many guesstimates in their estimates’
However, 29% said they did not have that clear insight and 21% were only “somewhat” convinced by their estimates. More worryingly, one in 10 of those surveyed either did not know if their estimates were correct or were not confident in their accuracy.
So, what is undermining confidence in business estimates? The answer seems to lie in the fact that agencies’ estimates are too often underpinned by a certain amount of guesswork. 69% of those surveyed felt they had some of the information they needed to produce accurate business estimates, but that too many guesstimates were involved in the process.
One strategy director was candid about how easy it is to fall into over-reliance on guesstimates: “What we think we know about our business is massively open to personal bias – too often, we base our thinking on ‘I reckon…’ rather than hard data. We often think we know who our best clients are, but do the numbers bear that out?’’ he asked.
Where Technology Meets Creativity
“Moving to a single system has allowed the team to increase the speed with which they can access data – it allows them to spend more time on creating the work and less on the tracking of it.”
– Mark Jones, We Are Social
The results showed that most agencies felt that better technology would help build a clearer picture of their business, and free up staff to concentrate on creativity. 66% thought that agency management software could help with easier project scheduling and time tracking and a similar number believed it could reduce excessive admin time and unbillable costs. 52% thought software systems could help align resourcing and staffing pipelines, while nearly as many (47%) believed they could increase the accuracy of estimates and invoices.
So, what’s the real problem? It seems that agencies are not actually taking advantage of these technology benefits.
Most agencies (66%) were using multiple systems to manage and monitor their activity and were only “somewhat” happy with the result. Meanwhile, a significant minority (16%) were successfully using one integrated software system across the whole agency. A unified system appears to be the key to success. Mark Jones of We Are Social is convinced of the benefits of a cohesive approach: “Moving to a single system has allowed the team to increase the speed with which they can access data – it allows them to spend more time on creating the work and less on the tracking of it.”
I’ve only been able to touch on a couple of points from what was a truly enlightening research piece in this blog. Please do download the full report here for a more detailed view of the insights and trends we uncovered.
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%
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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.
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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.
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