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month-end process

The Month-End Process: How to Accelerate Each Step

Is your month-end close a smooth and fast process, or a messy rush of timesheets and invoicing red tape? Find out how your consulting firm can attain accounting best practice, by harnessing the power of technology.

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challenges in consulting

Five Major Challenges Facing The Global Consulting Industry

Consulting firms play a vital role in helping businesses across fields as diverse as business strategy, manufacturing and supply chain, sales and marketing, and human resources. While the sector’s diversity means it is able to weather change like few others, our research shows it still faces a myriad of challenges in the era of digitalised business.

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risk and compliance

Risk & Compliance: Latest Research Reveals Firms Are Struggling To Keep Up

The professional services industry is often tasked with keeping their clients in step with new global regulatory rules and compliance measures. However, according to our recent research, many firms are struggling to keep up with the rate of change themselves.

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6 Key Takeaways From The ACE's 2019 Digital Leadership Conference

We were honored to attend and exhibit at last week's Digital Leadership Conference hosted by the ACE. Here are our 6 key takeaways from the day.

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investing in emerging tech

[Video] Investing In Emerging Tech: CEOs Vs Heads Of Projects

Only 16% of CEOs expect to invest in emerging technology compared with 51% of Heads of Projects. Why is there such a large difference? We ask experts at the Digital Leaders Forum what they think.

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mott macdonald

Client Spotlight: 18 Hours With Mott MacDonald’s Development Manager Simon Bell

We spent 18 hours with Mott MacDonald’s Development Manager Simon Bell as he travelled from Sheffield to London visiting clients, and watched his team win a home league match.

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pricing professional services

Pricing Professional Services: It’s Time To Rethink Existing Models

Clients hold more sway in today's climate and are demanding greater value and flexibility at lower prices. Providers must respond to protect profit margins. Our latest blog explores some of the alternative approaches they can take to pricing professional services.

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Downwell Group

Matthew High, Downwell Group: Why We Invested In Deltek PIM

Downwell Group has just made a substantial infrastructure investment by adopting Deltek's Project Information Management (PIM) system. Downwell’s Project Director, Matthew High, explains how he expects the new system will enable improved information storage, sharing and retrieval processes.

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future of the professional services

Mastering Disruption: Can Professional Services Companies Harness Technological Change?

Our latest blog explores the profound effect technological change has had on the professional services industry, and how it can tackle it head-on.

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CIO and digital transformation

Digital Transformation And The CIO: Promoting Connectivity

Discover how the CIOs we partner with are promoting connectivity and driving forward a focused digital strategy, extending far beyond the realms of IT.

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[Video] Hear From The Experts: What Impact Will Digital And Emerging Tech Have On Business Models In The Professional Services Industry?

Attendees at the Digital Leaders Forum discussed our recent research findings and share how they believe digital and emerging tech is impacting business models in the professional services industry.

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Digital Transformation: The Opportunities and Challenges for Professional Services Firms

Deltek Vice-President Neil Davidson reveals the Future of the Professional Services Industry and what business leaders must do to prepare.

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Complex project management

How To Approach Complex Project Management In The Professional Services Sector

The operating environment for professional services firms has become more complex, making it harder to grow profitably. Here's how leaders can approach complex project management and avoid failure.

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Deltek Vantagepoint

"Hey, Deltek… Tell Me About Deltek Vantagepoint"

Bret Tushaus, Deltek VP of Product Management, recaps some of the amazing features of Vantagepoint that he highlighted in his presentation at Deltek Customer Day 2018.

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digital talent management

The Chief Operating Officers Focusing On Digital Talent Management & Closing Inefficiency Gaps

The COO’s that we partner with are sharpening their focus, introducing digital talent management and closing inefficiency gaps. Read where they are seeing the benefits.

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Strategic Workforce Planning: How To Plug The Skills Gap In The Professional Services

Globally the professional services industry is facing a yawning skills gaps, posing a huge risk to profitability. Our latest blog offers advice on strategic workforce planning for leaders looking to plug the skills gap.

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defining competitive advantage

Defining Competitive Advantage In A More Challenging Professional Services Market

Professional services firms face a much more complex landscape than they did a decade ago. Our latest blog explores what your firm can do to stay competitive.

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digital finance transformation

Enterprise Transformation Series | Part One | The CFOs Promoting Digital Finance Transformation

Our latest blog explores how CFOs are approaching digital finance transformation and opening up huge opportunities for precision, speed, and longevity - helping them to improve the way they meet both internal and client needs.

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challenges facing the professional services

[Video] Hear From The Experts: What’s Holding The C-Suite Back When It Comes To Digital Advancement?

Attendees at the Digital Leaders Forum discussed our research findings and what they see as the biggest challenges for professional services firms now and in the future. Here’s what they had to say.

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Managing compliance risk

Managing Compliance Risk: How To Protect Your Firm Against The Professional Services Sector’s Biggest Threat

Managing compliance risk is a tricky business. 91% of CEOs do not think their firm is prepared for regulatory risk, while more than a third say compliance is a top improvement priority. So what can be done?

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challenges facing the professional services

[Video] Hear From The Experts: The Biggest Challenges Facing The Professional Services Today

Attendees at the Digital Leaders Forum discussed our research findings and what they see as the biggest challenges for professional services firms now and in the future. Here’s what they had to say.

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Innovation in consulting

Innovation In Consulting: How Are Your Competitors Staying Ahead Of The Curve?

To stay relevant, consulting firms need to adapt and embrace technology. Otherwise, they risk losing their competitive edge. Our latest blog explores how firms are approaching innovation in consulting.

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Project Visibility

Project Visibility: Using Your ‘Mirrors’ For A 360-Degree View

Professional services firms need to use their 'mirrors' to ensure visibility over what’s coming up, what’s behind them, and to spot any surprises that might be incoming from the side.

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Forward-focused reporting

Forward-Focused Reporting: The Key To Future Success In The Middle East

New research suggests that many UAE-based professional services firms are facing increasing pressure to remain compliant in this new regulatory environment. Our latest blog looks at how forward-focused reporting is the key to future success in the Middle East.

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Financial management in professional services

Is Your Consulting Firm Truly Data-Driven?

To be data-driven means you need an innovative approach to data analysis to discover actionable insights for effective growth strategies. Learn how your consulting firm can harness the power of information.

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SPI research

[Infographic] SPI Research: How Top Consulting Firms Create Greater Financial Stability

2018 SPI research reveals that financial stability is a key metric for the best performing consulting firms. Check our infographic and download a copy of the full report to evaluate the KPIs and compare your firm against the best firms and the industry average.

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Strategic Benchmarking

[Infographic] Strategic Benchmarking - How Successful Consulting Firm Leaders Create A Dominant Market Position

Strategic benchmarking can help your firm move towards service excellence. Using the findings from the 2018 SPI Professional Services Maturity™ Benchmark survey, we've pulled together an infographic to summarise how successful consulting firm leaders create a dominant market position.

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ERP UX

Why ERP UX & Industry Depth Can Help Set Your Professional Services Firm Apart

Deltek's VP of Enterprise Neil Davidson reflects on some typical engagements with professional services clients where we have implemented in partnership, to ensure our solutions enhance their ERP UX, provide industry depth and meet their goals.

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erp selection

Selecting The Right ERP For Your Consulting Firm

Amy Champigny explores three important ERP selection criteria for consulting firms to consider: ERP innovation, implementation, and customer service.

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ERP Benefits

ERP Benefits: 5 Areas Your Firm Could Improve In, With The Right Software

In modern, busy professional service firms, it can be a challenge to ensure that each department is working as efficiently as possible. Here are 5 ways ERP benefits organisations and makes it an easier task.

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technology in business

Technology In Business – Is Digital Driving Better Investments And Outcomes?

Our recent survey of the professional services industry found that 74% of firms have capital to invest in technology. But is technology in business driving better investments and outcomes?

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knowledge management

Boutique Firms vs Large Players In Professional Services: Battling For Innovation, Knowledge Management And New Pricing Models

1 in 3 Professional Service organisations are currently losing business to boutique firms. We explore the battle for innovation, knowledge management and new pricing models - and the approach larger firms should take when faced with such competition.

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Regulatory Risk

91% Of CEOs Are Concerned That They Are Not Prepared For Regulatory Risk

The vast majority of professional services firms say they are unprepared for regulatory risk. It's time for firms to take action - our latest blog looks at how you can prepare.

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understanding blockchain technology

Understanding Blockchain Technology – Is It A Natural Digital Evolution For Professional Services Firms?

In a market saturated by technological innovation, understanding blockchain technology and its potential value is not straightforward. Our latest blog explores the opportunity and risks involved, specifically for the professional services sector.

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Project Complexity

Why Taming Project Complexity Is The Biggest Challenge For Professional Services Firms

52% of decision-makers in the professional services industry think that the increasing complexity of projects will be the number-one challenge for project management in 5 years’ time. How are these firms planning to tame project complexity so that they can continue to meet their client’s expectations?

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Professional Services Trends

6 Professional Services Trends Your Firm Should Be Acting On

As professional services companies face more challenges, the practical job of delivery has become harder. Our recent report, based on a survey of 700 decision makers in the professional services industry shows how providers can take simple steps to improve their positions.

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Professional Services Sector

Why The Professional Services Sector Is At A Crossroads And What That Means For Business Leaders

The professional services industry is in a state of flux. While globally the sector continues to grow, competition has intensified and margins have gotten tighter. To explore these issues we surveyed 700 senior decision-makers globally, and here's what we found out.

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Financial management in a consulting firm

My Past Life as Director of Finance in a Management Consulting Firm

Finance is critical for supporting all areas of a management consulting firm from budgeting to cash management to financial reporting. Former finance director of a consulting firm, Amy Champigny shares her experience of transforming a finance function for the better with the right software.

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Selecting an ERP

5 Tips On Selecting An ERP For A Project-Based Business

Project-based companies have their own distinct needs and requirements, this should be a vital consideration when selecting an ERP. Here are our top tips for making the right decision for your business.

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postmodern erp

Postmodern ERP: A Business Case Tutorial

Creating a business case is time-consuming and contentious - yet foundational for successful ERP projects. Discover Gartner's 4 step tutorial for creating your own.

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why cloud based erp

Five Reasons Why Cloud Based ERP Should Be Your Firm's First Move In 2018

Why cloud based ERP? Here are five good reasons it should be your firm's top priority in 2018.

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modern erp

7 Signs It's Time For Your Firm To Deploy Modern ERP

Will your current ERP system support your firm's needs in 2018? Here are 7 clear signs it's time to deploy modern ERP.

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modern erp

7 Signs It's Time For Your Firm To Deploy Modern ERP

Will your current ERP system support your firm's needs in 2018? Here are 7 clear signs it's time to deploy modern ERP.

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why cloud based ERP

Five Reasons Why Cloud Based ERP Should Be Your Firm's First Move In 2018

Why cloud based ERP? Here are five good reasons it should be your firm's top priority in 2018.

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business benchmarking

Benchmark Consulting 2017: How Does Your Firm Compare?

Discover the key findings from the 2017 Professional Services Maturity™ Benchmark and what you can do to deliver a successful 2017.

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Modern ERP Deltek

Enterprise Agility With Postmodern ERP Is Key To Unlocking Success

Being agile is vital for professional services firms of all sizes, but most notably large enterprises, for the simple reason that if they fail to meet the expectations of their clients, there are plenty of predatory competitors all vying for the work.

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Discover How To Really Understand Your Business

This video blog from Deltek discusses why it is important for consultancy firms to have key operating metrics in place, why it’s important to measure resource utilisation rates, how historical data can support future projects and more.

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The 6 Cloud ERP Benefits You Need To Know

In this blog we discuss 6 key advantages cloud ERP software has over traditional on premise ERP.

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redefining the customer experience

Redefining The Customer Experience In The Consulting Industry

How can Consulting firms improve their use of technology to help keep their customers and win new ones?

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professional services automation software for consulting firms

Secure Growth By Following In The Footsteps Of The Top Consultancy Firms

Professional Services Automation software can give you the visibility and control you need over your number one revenue generator - your projects.

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tips to become a digital transformer

How To Become A 'Digital Transformer' In Your Business

IDC research states that if you want to sustain growth through a competitive edge, then your firm needs to become a 'digital transformer'. However, on...

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Measuring KPIs in a Law firm

To Be A Good Law Firm, You Must Prove Value For Money

The professional services landscape continues to change, and gone are the days when a law firm could rely on a loyal client base returning for their u...

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4th industrial revolution

The 4th Industrial Revolution – Time For Learning

Change is the only constant, and the ability and willingness to learn and change will be the hallmark of the winning leaders and companies of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

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ERP For Dummies

7 ERP Terms Every Project Manager Should Know

Modern Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platforms that are built for project-based businesses are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Yet so too is the terminology that is used to describe it. As a project manager you need an understanding of the most commonly used ERP terms and concepts.

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The 4th Industrial Revolution – A Leadership Challenge

The 4th Industrial Revolution – A Leadership Challenge

The 4th industrial revolution presents a leadership challenge that means many organisations will have to rethink how they do business.

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How To Make Time Recording Easier With Project ERP

How To Make Time Recording Easier With Project ERP

Timesheets. A thorn in the side of every professional services firm and worker alike. From the company's point of view they are fundamental when it comes to reclaiming that all important revenue

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The 4th Industrial Revolution – Are You Ready?

The 4th Industrial Revolution – Are You Ready?

Are Professional Services firms ready for the 4th industrial revolution and how can business leaders use new technology to their advantage?

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Using A Project ERP System To Plan A Project

Using A Project ERP System To Plan A Project

If you're celebrating winning that plum project you've been working so hard on in recent weeks, then, congratulations! Exciting times are ahead.

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Project ERP vs Generic ERP - just what is the difference?

Project ERP vs Generic ERP - Just What Is The Difference?

You've heard of ERP. You may even know a bit about the benefits the right system can bring in terms of efficiency and profitability. But do you know the differences between a generic and a project-based ERP platform?

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Mastering Project KPIs With Business Intelligence Software

Mastering Project KPIs With Business Intelligence Software

Business intelligence - or BI - is a term used for a number of approaches that are designed to gather, store, analyse and provide access to meaningful and insightful data. This data, in turn, is used to make better fact-based business decisions.

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Five Components Of ERP Software

The 5 Components Of ERP Software You Need To Know

Have you ever wondered what lies beneath the interface of an ERP platform to make it the robust, centralised business tool that it is? If so, then you may be interested to know that there are five main components that make up a typical ERP system

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What Is ERP?

What Is ERP And Why Do Businesses Use It?

ERP is an acronym that is often banded about in business - especially when it comes to project management. But what is it and how are businesses using it to their advantage?

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It’s Hard To Separate Culture From Technology

It’s Hard To Separate Culture From Technology

Having the right technology can help companies to ingrain their culture throughout the organisation.

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7 Questions Leaders in the Scientific Research Industry Need Answers to

7 Questions Leaders In The Scientific Research Industry Need Answers To

To remain competitive in their industry, business leaders in Scientific Research need answers to these seven questions

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Successful Acquisition In The Professional Services Industry: Are You Building Firm Foundations Or A House Of Cards?

Successful Acquisitions In The Professional Services Industry

Discover how project-based ERP can mean the difference between firm foundations and a house of cards.

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Keep The Plates Spinning: Managing Growth Whilst Improving Margins

How ERP Software Helps You To Manage Growth

Explore how project-based ERP software can help you simultaneously manage growth and margins.

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Why KPIs are just as important as budgets in Professional Services firms

Why KPIs Are Just As Important As Budgets In Professional Services Firms

Discover why business KPI management is becoming essential to measuring your company’s value and how enterprise resource planning software can help.

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Measuring the Right KPIs for Business Improvement

Measuring The Right KPIs For Business Improvement

Set measurable KPIs for your business with the help of enterprise resource planning software.

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align your business systems for global growth

Aligning Your Business Systems For Global Growth

Discover what you need to consider when aligning your business systems for global growth.

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Characteristics of a Continually Improving Professional Services Organisation

Characteristics Of A Continually Improving Professional Services Organisation

Take a look at what a fast-growing Professional Services business looks like and how an ERP system can boost growth.

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running a global professional services firm

Why Running A Global Professional Services Business Shouldn't Be A Game of 'Whac-A-Mole'

Learn why Running A Global Professional Services Business Shouldn't Be A Game of 'Whac-A-Mole'

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growing professional services firms

What Can You Learn From These Growing Organisations?

Find out how three Professional Services companies are using project-based ERP to solve their key business problems.

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professional services industry changes

Your Industry Has Changed In The Last 5 Years - Have You?

From talent to technology, little has stood still in the Professional Services sector: could enterprise resource planning help you get up to speed?

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mergers and acquisitions

Overcoming Merger & Acquisition Challenges With The Right ERP System

Using an industry specific ERP system will enhance communication, connect resources and provide a deeper and more meaningful level of visibility for both parties involved in a merger or acquisition deal

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planning for ERP

Upgrade Or Clean Slate? Planning Your Next ERP Move

Recent research suggest that almost 50% of leading Professional Services firms will begin upgrading their ERP systems this year. Should they upgrade existing system or opt for something completely different?

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are your business systems performing

Are Your Business Systems Performing?

Ambitious businesses that are focused on turning a profit and beating their competitors must invest time and care in assessing their business systems and processes.

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improve your resource management

5 Ways To improve Your Resource Management

One of the biggest resource management challenges faced by Professional Services firms is that it is difficult to predict your future resource needs when looking more than a few months ahead.

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professional service firm processes

Is Your Professional Services Firm Running Best Practice Processes?

Professional Services firms can often find it difficult to benchmark themselves against industry best practice. In this blog, Rolf Hansen highlights the core processes that Professional Services firms should measure.

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Deltek Maconomy - The Perfect Fit For Your Professional Services Firm

Find out why Professional Services firms turn to Deltek Maconomy for complete visibility across their organisation

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find the right business system

Find The Right Business System For Your Professional Services Firm

Find out what you should look for in the perfect ERP system for your Professional Services firm.

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successfully implement change in the workplace

4 Tips For Successfully Implementing Change In The Workplace

Implementing change in your business is not easy. However, by focusing on people first, before processes and toolsets, you can achieve success for your firm and for your employees.

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5 Tips To Help Simplify Your Business Processes

Use these tips to develop simple, easy to understand and effective business processes.

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ensuring a profitable consulting firm

6 Tips For Ensuring A Profitable Professional Services Firm

Following a recent interview with IDC’s Group Vice President, Michael Fauscette we’ve compiled 6 tips for staying ahead of your competition and growing a profitable Professional Services firm.

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