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Last updated: July 16, 2014

Top 10 Most Reviewed Architecture Accounting Software Systems

 
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.
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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.
        7 Reviews
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Ajera Ajera by Axium is a powerful financial management solution, ideal for architects. Boasting a 95% client loyalty rate, Axium has proved itself a heavy hitter in the accounting and project management market.
        5 Reviews
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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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.
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NetSuite Financials NetSuite Financials is a fully-integrated ERP solution suitable for small architectural partner firms as well as larger operations. NetSuite can track project profitability, monitor employee time and generate expense reports.
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Deltek Vision Deltek Vision is project management ERP software specifically designed for architectural firms needing to track a variety of projects and contract types.
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Microsoft Dynamics AX Microsoft Dynamics AX is a leader in ERP and financials management. It can be customized to fit the specific needs of your architectural organization, and is available for both an on-premise or hosted deployment.
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InFocus Clearview InFocus provides real-time accounting optimization for architectural firms, from generating ledger reports and financial statements to automated entries. This software grows with you, for medium-sized firms and beyond.
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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.
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Buyer's Guide

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.

In this guide, we'll cover the accounting software functionality most important to architects, as well as best practices when evaluating architecture accounting software

Architecture-Specific Functionality

In addition to core accounting modules such as the general ledger, accounts receivable and accounts payable, architecture accounting software typically includes the following:

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 Customer relationship management (CRM) software 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 software 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 architectural accounting software, 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 the software come with solid report-writing mechanisms?


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