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Last updated: April 3, 2015

Top 10 Most Reviewed Architecture Accounting Software Systems

 
Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (formerly Sage Timberline Office) Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate is a scalable on-premise software solution that can be integrated with other operations modules. Use it to manage job and equipment costs, AP/AR and payroll.
        56 Reviews
BillQuick BillQuick was originally designed to function in an architect's office, so it boasts many industry-specific features. This system divides large projects into phases, measures percent completed, and offers budget comparisons.
        29 Reviews
Xero Xero is a comprehensive accounting solution used by over 150,000 small businesses worldwide. This Web-based system helps increase financial visibility, while boosting communication within the financial team.
        19 Reviews
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Sage 100 Standard and Advanced ERP (formerly Sage ERP MAS 90 and 200) Running on Windows OS, Sage 100 Standard and Advanced ERP offers architectural firms the flexibility of modular functionality to meet their financial management needs. This scalable ERP system is great for growing firms.
         9 Reviews
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Sage 300 ERP (formerly Sage ERP Accpac) With scalable functionality designed specifically for small and medium-sized organizations, Sage 300 ERP delivers the accounting technology your firm needs, as well as customer relationship and human resources management.
        8 Reviews
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Microsoft Dynamics GP Microsoft Dynamics GP provides small to mid-sized architectural firms with a solution to manage and organize lengthy design projects as well as recording client information. This solution can be both deployed on-premise or online.
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SAP Business One SAP Business One fits well with most architecture firms needs as it can track time and billing for multiple projects at once. It can also help manage workflow and create work reports.
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Deltek Ajera Ajera by Deltek is accounting software specifically designed for architects and engineers. Built on Microsoft's .NET and SQL foundation, Ajera is a complete solution for small and mid-sized firms.
        5 Reviews
Microsoft Dynamics SL With solid functionality for financial management, Microsoft Dynamics SL's ERP solution is designed for vertical markets - like architecture. It's ideal for organizations with 500 or fewer employees, available onsite or online.
        4 Reviews
Sage Fixed Assets Combining tax rules and 50+ depreciation methods, Sage Fixed Assets is a comprehensive tax reporting, inventory tracking, and reconciliation system. This is an easy-to-use, on-premise solution.
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Buyer's Guide

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Architecture Accounting Software?
Common Features of Architecture Accounting Software
Evaluating Architectural Accounting Software

What Is Architecture Accounting Software?

Architectural accounting software tracks costs by individual job and records client information. Since billing for services is usually measured in units of time, the software is usually equipped with time-logging abilities and the ability to allocate time to different projects and clients. In-depth analysis should also be available from breaking down each project into organized steps within a set schedule. Time can be designated as either billable or non-billable.

Common Features of Architecture Accounting Software

In addition to core modules such as the general ledger, accounts receivable and accounts payable, these systems typically includes the following features:

Project & department management Architecture firms need to manage lengthy design projects. By automating scheduling, allocating resources and budgeting and forecasting, firms can better ensure accurate proposals and effective use of employees.
Time billing Time and billing modules use timesheets and expense reports to funnel back into the project plan the actual costs, billable time and non-billable time spent. This ensures accuracy in billing and in estimating for future projects and helps maximize cost recovery.
Customer relationship management (CRM) CRM systems supports lead development, marketing campaigns and customer service by using a comprehensive database to track prospects and current/past clients. Architecture firms get most of their business from the referrals and developed relationships, CRM is critical for long-term success.
Document sharing & development Secure document collaboration allows sharing information of projects, clients and other records between the relevant employees. Document management could also include proposal automation, which will help the user develop high-quality proposals and increase closing rates.
Audit trail Architecture accounting software should track and organize expenses and individual project steps in case of a mistake in billing or an expense that qualifies for client reimbursement.

Evaluating Architectural Accounting Software

Like some other industry packages, architectural accounting software benefits from specific report-writing mechanisms which can deliver descriptive progress and billing documents to a client. The size of the firm will have a big impact on the system needs. For example, a larger firm, dealing with multiple projects and employees, will need more robust project and time tracking capabilities than an individual freelancer.

When evaluating these systems, buyers should consider the following:

  • Can the system log hours and mark as billable or non-billable?
  • How deep are the project scheduling/progress tracking capabilities?
  • Can the system effectively manage costs and progress for multiple projects at once?
  • Does it come with solid report-writing mechanisms?


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