Find out how to benchmark your firm against 700 global architecture and engineering firms

Deltek has surveyed leaders in the architecture and engineering industry for over 40 years. With over 700 responses, the Deltek Clarity Report identifies the key industry shifts that are transforming the A&E industry globally.

An effective way Architecture, Engineering and Construction firms can measure their performance is through objective benchmarking against similar firms in the industry. Get all the data you need to benchmark your firm, thereby allowing for easier analysis of opportunities or challenges within your firm.

Key highlights from the report:

59.8% increase in utilisation rates.

13.8% increase in employee turnover.

14.4% increase on average operating profit on net revenue.

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Some accounting firms embrace the advantages of fixed-fee pricing; other firms price strictly “by the hour.” Not surprising, since fixed-fee work offers as many challenges as it does benefits.

This informative webinar replay takes a deep look into ways to ready your firm for more frequent and profitable fixed-fee pricing. Join Boomer Consulting’s Jim Boomer and Deltek’s Drew West for an engaging fixed-fee pricing discussion on the advantages, various considerations, and profitable approaches. In this webinar replay, you’ll learn:

  • Market drivers leading firms to fixed-fee pricing models
  • Advantages and risks in fixed-fee pricing
  • Engagement management strategies to drive profitable fixed-fee results
  • Recommendations for introducing fixed-fee pricing across your firm

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Deltek Named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape: 2017 Worldwide SaaS and Cloud-Enabled PSA ERP

“All of Deltek’s PSA ERP product lines should be considered by businesses that live and die by their projects. The PSA ERP applications are developed with project management and project accounting at their core…In industries, such as government contracting and engineering and construction (AEC), there are few competitors that can match Deltek’s expertise.”

– IDC MarketScape: 2017 Worldwide SaaS and Cloud Enabled PSA ERP

IDC MarketScape Worldwide SaaS and Cloud-Enabled PSA ERP 2017 Vendor Assessment

Read an excerpt of the report to learn why the IDC MarketScape names Deltek a leader, and the reasons savvy businesses are moving to cloud PSA ERP.

The content for this excerpt was taken directly from IDC MarketScape: Worldwide SaaS and Cloud-Enabled PSA ERP Applications 2017 Vendor Assessment (Doc #US42215717). Mickey North, Jordan Jewell, Kevin Permenter, Eric Newmark.

About IDC MarketScape


IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

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.

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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.

Highlights include:

  • 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.

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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.

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Key Challenges:

Let’s start with the problems those surveyed want to solve:

  1. Managing ever-increasing client expectations for cheaper, better and faster work
  2. Finding and retaining qualified staff
  3. Charging clients correctly (in terms of accurate budgeting, timekeeping and managing scope creep)
  4. Forecasting and planning in an always-changing environment
  5. 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?

advertising agency software

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

project management for creative agencies

“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.