Deltek Ajera Software


 

Deltek Ajera is an integrated accounting and project management solution built for architecture and engineering (A/E) firms. It is suitable for small to mid-size firms seeking an industry-tailored solution to improve project level profitability, staff utilization and visibility.

Deltek Ajera provides real-time information through 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 visibility 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.

 

Deltek Ajera - Project command center
 
  • Deltek Ajera - Project command center
    Project command center
  • Deltek Ajera - Project snapshot
    Project snapshot
  • Deltek Ajera - Earned value analysis
    Earned value analysis
  • Deltek Ajera - Project workload
    Project workload
  • Deltek Ajera - Accounting dashboard
    Accounting dashboard
  • Deltek Ajera - Principal's dashboard
    Principal's dashboard
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Mac OS, Windows 2000

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Joe from Asgeci
Specialty: Other specialty contractor
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Take the time to learn, it will save you time and money

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Go to workshops and events to learn from others

Pros

Customization is key to automation. Make sure you get the setup right, we used deltek Consultants and this was essential.

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Ashlie from ajc architects
Specialty: Architecture
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

September 2017

September 2017

Ajera - time for an update.

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Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

I like Ajera's time sheet capabilities, the time sheets are very easy to use for someone that does not use Deltek often. I also love this reporting capabilities.

Cons

Ajera's cons are, the system as a whole seems to be outdated, and it take a lot to steps to enter accounts payable and other general accounting information.

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Ken from Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

July 2017

July 2017

Would not want to use any other software.

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No

Pros

Ease of use, immediate updates of charts and data, widget reporting, inquiry and exports to excel. Support has always been great, and software updates come from the company frequently to keep our software up to par.

Cons

It does not "bug me", but having a working knowledge of SQL is helpful - not everyone has that. It can be a little intimidating at first for project managers, but with support, training, and reinforcement, they do come around and use it for their needs.

 
 

Sara from Providence Engineering Corporation
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

June 2017

June 2017

Great Software for a Small AE Firm

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

Pros

The widgets are my favorite feature of Ajera. They allow the company to decide how to present information to the users in graphs and charts. Timesheets and expense reports can be submitted on the employee's phone. The Project Command Center is a one stop shop for managing your project. I also love how the Deltek Ajera employees are always willing to help and listen to our ideas. I have seen many things we requested occur in updates.

Cons

I do not have complaints about the software. I will warn that sometimes after major updates there are glitches. However, every software that is constantly updating of this size has minor glitches after major updates. And Deltek usually releases fixes right away.

 
 

Jenny from Fast + Epp
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Deltek Ajera - Constitution Review

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Value for Money

I would say if you know how to use Ajera, you will be really benefit from it because it is a magic tool with some limitation. Learning curve is there, but it is well worth the time to learn how the system works correctly.

Pros

Ajera not only can help to create tools for you to manage the projects well from tracking the budget hours, the worked hours, the project costs, forecasting the project probabilities, scheduling, etc. which the Ajera salespersons are mainly focused on (it is true), but also you could create a lot of additional reports - i.e. Forecasting the workloads for next few years which will provide the data to support HR making hiring decisions, the revenue projections, and the revenue capacity with the employees you have, etc. Even more, you could create the user-friendly accounting functions in Ajera to make the accounting side move efficiently than using the accounting software - i.e. Simply Accounting, Quick Books

Cons

1. Add more import options will be great especially if we could create the custom forms to submit the data to the fields including the custom fields in Ajera.
2. Allow the Vendor Invoices to be submitted by the vendor to the client side Ajera directly especially for the architecture firms
3. Allow sharing some info from Ajera to the company website

 
 

Ron from The Abo Group
Specialty: Architect
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2017

April 2017

A project management system that kind of does financials

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Value for Money

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

Pros

Project Management and Scheduling are great. Our project managers love the system. Scheduling is a real plus.

Cons

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
Specialty: Architecture
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Just getting my feet wet...

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Value for Money

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

Not as user-friendly as I had hoped.

Advice to Others

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.
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Excellent Project Management and Accounting Software

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Value for Money

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.
Specialty: Engineering
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

November 2016

November 2016

Good for Smaller AE Firms

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Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Value for Money

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

Pros

Simplistic and fairly easy to learn

Cons

Limited for complex projects and organizations

Advice to Others

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.
Specialty: Engineer
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Ajera

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N/A

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.

Cons

limited ability to "slice-and-dice" data for reports. limited to 5 tag fields for reporting.

Advice to Others

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
Specialty: Architecture

September 2016

September 2016

Useful for Project management, but not the most easy to use

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Likes Best

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.

Likes Least

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.

Recommendations

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
Specialty: Architect

July 2016

July 2016

Look elsewhere for a software solution

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Likes Best

The support people are great and the software actually has potential to be very good.

Likes Least

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.

Recommendations

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
Specialty: Architect

June 2016

June 2016

Deltek Ajera

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Value for Money

Likes Best

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.

Likes Least

The available reports are good but trying to create a report can be very trying unless you have SQL experience.

Recommendations

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
Specialty: Engineer

June 2016

June 2016

Great Software for a Small AE Firm

Ease-of-use

Functionality

Product Quality

Customer Support

Likes Best

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.

Likes Least

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.

Recommendations

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.
Specialty: Engineer

June 2016

June 2016

Wouldn't want to work with any other package

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Likes Best

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.

Likes Least

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.

Recommendations

Make sure to see the dashboards, widgets, developing your own reporting tools, and instant access to data.

 
 

Michele from Horizon Engineering Group, Inc.
Specialty: Engineer

July 2014

July 2014

Horizon switches to Ajera

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Likes Best

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.

Likes Least

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.

Recommendations

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
Specialty: Architectural

January 2014

January 2014

So far, so good!

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Likes Best

Staff is very professional and knowledgeable. They are always pleasant to speak to.

Likes Least

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.

Recommendations

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.

 
 
 
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Julie from Red Architecture + Planning

October 2017

October 2017

Excellent product and support. Outstanding value when compared to all others on the market.

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Value
Support

Daily support for all business functions

Pros

They ability to customize the software to user specific values from the start but remains relatable to other users experiences.

Cons

New user experience could be improved with more open discussion on wants and needs from beginning conversation. Assessing the users level of experience and understanding of accounting and project management process

Review Source: Capterra
 

Myrna from IBI Group
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

October 2017

October 2017

Great product! Access information you need quickly.

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Ease of use and quickness of data entry.

Pros

Dashboards, ease of getting information quickly, and ability to customize what you see. The data entry is quick. We generate all our customer invoices in one day. Very colorful screens makes it nicer to work in. Great reports and easy to customize to your liking. I have worked with many other industry software and Ajera is by far the best. Wonderful users group is a big plus too.

Cons

General Ledger doesn't show net for the period. It is hard to think of what I don,t like because whenever we find something it is lacking they enhance the software to provide it.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Deirdre from Etegent Tw

October 2017

October 2017

I have been a user for almost 8 years; as well as an instructor at the AUA Conferences

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Pros

Real time processing is most important to our firm, our PM love this feature.
The support is also fantastic.

Cons

I wish the payroll program would create AP invoices for taxes. quick books has this feature. I would like the general ledger to net out the debits and credits.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Akbar from KMBR ARchitects Planners Inc,
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

May 2017

May 2017

life saving ie work life balance

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work life balance

Pros

saved time and was able to generate different report for Project managers and Principal. Also it was a easy transfer of data.Setting up project numbers and task numbers for each project so you can bill time to each project. You can then easily track costs.
You can easily create customizable reports to show what data you want to capture in an easily readable format for you to read and compare.
Time sheets are easy to enter for each employee as long as the project numbers, over head numbers, etc., are entered.
Expense sheets are easy to enter as long as project number, over head numbers, etc., are entered.

Cons

based on cloud, sometime freezes, also don't know if it follow the Privacy act. The user interface for time sheets could be more user-friendly.
The user interface for expense sheets could be more user-friendly.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Ben from SMA

February 2017

February 2017

Ajera, better than some others

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Being used at a smaller consulting engineering firm (20 employees). The software isn't very intuitive so make sure to get any training provided. There are lots of powerful report features, but it they aren't used frequently then users quickly forget how to generate them. The smaller the business size, it seems less customer support is provided.

Review Source: Capterra
 

Josie from Finegold Alexander Architects
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Deltek for Project Management

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I work for an architecture firm and have been using Deltek for about a year. It has many good features and easy to use. It tracks a project's budget from the marketing phase to completion

Pros

Easy to use and makes easy to read reports

Review Source: Capterra