Deltek Ajera is an integrated accounting and project management solution built for architecture and engineering (A/E) firms. It is ideal for small to mid-sized firms seeking an industry-tailored solution to improve project level profitability, staff utilization and visibility.
Deltek Ajera provides real-time information through intuitive dashboards. Principals have access to project and company financial reports for immediate visibility on firm and project profitability.
This solution gives project managers real-time insight into project progress, schedule and status. It also includes a financial platform for all accounting and administrative processes.
Key features include integrated accounting, timesheets, billing, project management, project scheduling and resource management tools.
Ajera integrates seamlessly with Ajera CRM to manage business development and client management to link all aspects of the business together.
Ron from The Abo Group
Employees number: 2-10 employees
This is the most difficult system that we have ever worked with in the 40 years that I have been in business. We are switching to Quick Books
Project Management and Scheduling are great. Our project managers love the system. Scheduling is a real plus.
Financial Reporting. P&L statements are always off. We had to run two sets of books parallel in order to have correct financial reporting.
Christine from John Milner Architects
Employees number: 11-50 employees
We are in the training phase of the software experience so my opinions may change with time. Initially, the software seems impressive. Our training executive is excellent. She truly has an understanding of the day to day operations of an architectural firm so our training is tailored for efficiency. My one experience with support was excellent as well. I received an immediate, understandable response which resolved our issue. Prior to purchasing, we received an unflattering review of a colleague's past experience with their Ajera support, but so far, we have had the opposite experience. I was hoping that the software was more user friendly, closer to the level of Quickbooks, but I've been told by our training exec that certain "editable" transaction features would render the software non FAR compliant, which I was not aware of.
The few project managers who were involved with the project set up training are very excited to see the level of detail available for project costing and time scheduling.
Not as user-friendly as I had hoped.
We consulted with several colleagues in our field prior to purchasing Ajera and I believe it was valuable time spent. The program seems expensive for a small firm, but if you have FAR compliance needs, it is worth the money.
Amber from Koffel Associates, Inc.
Employees number: 11-50 employees
We began using Ajera shortly after the Deltek acquisition and have since gained vast insight into how to effectively manage projects through the use of Ajera's many project management features.
Mike from Moore Engineering, Inc.
Employees number: 51-200 employees
Deltek Ajera Project Management works well for less complicated projects and smaller organizations. Once you get into a larger and growing organization, it has its limitations and can be cumbersome to maintain a project using the tools available
Simplistic and fairly easy to learn
Limited for complex projects and organizations
Look at if you're a small firm and utilize the Ajera Accounting software as well since they are completely integrated.
Michael from Environmental Systems Design, Inc.
Employees number: 201-500 employees
Ajera is a good software for smaller firms, under 100 employees. For the size of my firm, it just doesn't provide us with the flexibility and reporting that I require.
If your firm is a small firm and you want the project managers to be hands on, this is a good choice. However, widgets and dashboards are not the most pleasing to the eye.
Divya from ABKJ Inc
The availability 24/7 support is what I like best. The technical support teams seems knowledgeable and is quick to respond to queries. I also like the fact that Deltek has included government reporting features into the software, making it very easy to prepare and file various quarterly and annual reports with government agencies. A recent feature that was added, the import credit card feature is also a nice to have on this platform.
It is difficult to customize reports and get the advanced forms of data. Some types of reports, such as revenue based on activity type are unavailable, so you will need to resort to exporting whatever data you can to excel and then sort through hundred of lines of information to get what you want. Also, there is no option to import data from excel files. This is definitely not the most user friendly software that I've used. Management reports are virtually non existent.
QuickBooks is a software that I have used in the past and I would recommend this software to anyone that asks. It was extremely easy to use and functions and operations were quite self-explanatory, unlike Ajera which needs assistance everytime you need to do something different or new.
Jeff from InForm Design
The support people are great and the software actually has potential to be very good.
The software is difficult to use in many, many areas. It works as an accounting system and to some degree as a Project management System but there is no flow to it. You have to remember too many quirky little things to get it to do some of the most basic things.
Don't believe what the sales people are telling you. How great it is. Not true. Find a user in your area and go and spend a day watching them use the software.
Jane from BRS Architects
Client support is terrific. It's nice to know that when questions arise, you're only a phone call away from talking and understanding someone who knows the software so well.
The available reports are good but trying to create a report can be very trying unless you have SQL experience.
It does a great job of tracking your project costs. Timekeeping is a breeze and the bookkeeping/accounting functions are easy to learn. I do highly recommend this software.
Sara from Providence Engineering Corporation
Ajera allows project managers to review and manage their projects with ease. The customization dashboards enable the company to structure numerous custom reports that suit their needs. The Deltek Ajera Team loves their software. They listen to their clients and try to improve the software with new updates. Ajera is great because of the customization. But in many cases, the defaults of the software are based on industry standards or best practices.
Because the software is powerful, there is a lot of knowledge to learn. I strongly recommend using consultants. There is a learning curve, but it is well worth the time to learn how the system works correctly.
Take your time selecting a software. Ask to see how it would work for your company. Always ask to see how all aspects of the software work. Bring IT, Administration, Finance, and Project Managers into the demos. Just because something looks like it works for you, may cause a problem for another member of your team.
Ken from Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.
Ajera allows our PM's to work in the software and have answers at their fingertips. With the dashboard and widget features, they get needed info quickly, without having to search through reports or run their own inquiries.
Cannot think of anything major. I have been a satisfied customer of Ajera and it predecessor products for over 25 years. Each update and product change has gotten better. Any issues are very minor and can be worked around, at least for our firm.
Make sure to see the dashboards, widgets, developing your own reporting tools, and instant access to data.
Michele from Horizon Engineering Group, Inc.
The help link and the Ajera customer support center are fantastic tools, especially as a new user of the software. The customer support staff is also a wonderful resource, which is something that was not readily available to me with Deltek.
The software has been very quirky, and our IT guy has spent a lot of time dealing with the issues. I also think there are too many little updates, which I have not seen with other products. Additionally, the report features need more work.
Ajera is user-friendly and seems to be improving as the company grows. There are many products to research, but in the end, access to support and annual fees drove the decision to Axium's Ajera.
Lynette from Cawley Architects
Staff is very professional and knowledgeable. They are always pleasant to speak to.
I'm still learning the product. The font size is too small. It needs more detailed project reports. It needs a semi-monthly timesheet rather than weekly. Our pay periods are not based off of weeks; they are based off of days in the month. WIP accrual is automatic; I would rather have this an option function. Our projects are billed prior to them actually being completed, which causes our WIP number to be completely incorrect.
Not an inexpensive product, but if there is something in particular you are looking for, they can probably make it happen. It's worth the cost.