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In this special report, the Association of Project Managers discuss emerging trends in project management and how technology will affect the industry.
Discover the key findings from the 2017 Professional Services Maturity™ Benchmark and what you can do to deliver a successful 2017.
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.
For consulting firms looking to become more outcome focused and strategic, here are three key points you should focus on.
The marketing services industry experienced a hugely tumultuous year in 2016. In 2017 the differentiator will be how well agencies develop new techniques and ways of working to cope. Read more about what’s in store for the marketing services industry in 2017
Despite being viewed as a traditionally conservative industry, the legal sector is not immune to trends or client demands. Read about challenges and expectations for the legal sector in 2017
Management consulting is defined by its client’s needs – as they change, so must the industry. Find out what’s in store for management consultancies in the year ahead.
IT consulting is no longer solely about infrastructure and technical support, instead there is a real focus on what is going to achieve business growth. Find out what else 2017 holds for IT consultancies
Find out how the industry is bouncing back from its year of uncertainty and read more about the latest trends in the architecture and consulting engineering market
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.
In the professional services industry, no two projects are alike and more often than not they are considerably different. In this video you can learn more about how to better manage your project lifecycle
Learn how Deltek's Project ERP can help you to become a more efficient, effective and ultimately successful Finance Director.
Learn how you can maintain consistent profit levels in your business without restricting opportunities for growth.
Understanding your business' financial past can help you to create a more profitable future. Here are four things you should consider to enable success at your firm.
The role of the CFO is changing in many business. Use the best practice tips shared in this infographic to make sure you stay on top of the change.
As a business operating in the construction industry, you will have noticed that the landscape is becoming more competitive, and in some ways harder to navigate. In this blog we discuss the pitfalls you need to avoid
In this blog we give you the top 5 tips for you to consider when selecting ERP software for your project-based business.
The creative industry has never been one for early nights, but what toll does this take on your teams when they are routinely having to work late or on weekends?
How can Consulting firms improve their use of technology to help keep their customers and win new ones?
Professional Services Automation software can give you the visibility and control you need over your number one revenue generator - your projects.
Based on more than 20 years of experience implementing ERP solutions in the professional services industry, we’ve gathered nine must-read tips that will ensure your success when adopting a new ERP solution.
Architecture and Engineering firms are working harder than ever just to stay still. Here’s how we think you can improve your financial position.
Use these 5 tips to help put talent management at the heart of your business so that you can find and retain the best employees.
Industry sources and top performing firms agree that insight from your firm's historical data holds many clues when it comes to improving project management.
Sometimes, taking a 'back to basics' approach when managing your professional services firm can help you get to the heart of what's best for your busi...
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...
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...
Recruiting top talent is not that easy. According to report by Robert Half, one in ten new recruits are regarded as a ‘poor hiring decision’ with 70% of HR directors admitting that they have hired someone who did not meet expectations.
Optimism is waning in the Architecture and Engineering Industry, but a fresh approach to business development could help you to get your confidence back.
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.
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.
The 4th industrial revolution presents a leadership challenge that means many organisations will have to rethink how they do business.
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
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?
With high-flying talent so valuable - and so scarce - you'll therefore want to do everything you can to hold onto your best people and get the best out of your team. But is your talent management programme effective enough? Is it taking into account the 'bigger picture'?
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.
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
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?
It is natural human behaviour to resist or be concerned about change – after all, it is a step away from what is known. But how does this work in an environment such as the creative industry where change is not only continual but more often than not, seen as the pathway to success?
Over-servicing has historically always been a part of agency life but what we are seeing today is an industry which has seemingly reached its limit, now being detrimentally affected by over-servicing levels.
When looking at over-servicing it is very easy to only consider the consequences for the agency in terms of financial loss but in reality, over-servicing has an even bigger impact on your most valuable assets – your staff.
According to a report by PR Week and Deltek, over-servicing results in seven percent of billable time not being collected. It is no secret that this is a major issue for agencies but how can they combat this cycle?
One of the greatest challenges faced by creative agencies today is resource planning and management – particularly when it comes to staffing.
As 2016 unfolds, demand for Consulting Engineering services will be on the increase. But is the reality of this as good as it sounds?
To capitalise on good times, Consulting firms must understand how to select the most profitable types of work.
As well as providing a growth in business opportunities, 2016 will undoubtedly come with its fair share of challenges for Architecture firms.
What happens when you’re operating in an industry where income growth is positive but margins are depressed? And what can be done to counteract this trend in Marketing and Communications firms?
The UK has been experiencing low productivity since the recession began in 2008. Is the 6 hour day the answer to low productivity?
Discover the key lessons we learnt throughout 2015 and our top predictions for the Marcoms industry in 2016.
Discover the key findings that growth that will make 2016 a happy one, and take your consulting engineering firm forward into even more prosperous years ahead.
The start of the year has given the UK's architectural community plenty to smile about. But will it all be plain sailing for Architects in 2016?
Learn more about a growing trend that presents a very real threat for creative agencies.
Kevin Van Kirk shares 4 things he has learned about the Architecture Industry in 2015 and offers his advice to Architects for the year ahead.
Ashley Miller discusses the top things she learnt in 2015 about what is going on the the UK creative industry.
Blair Pringle identifies 4 things he has learned about the Consulting Engineering Industry in 2015
Professionals are always looking for ways to improve - especially when it comes to business. So, as we start out in 2016, consultants all over the UK ...
Many in the UK event industry exited 2015 with a sense of cautious optimism, so what lies for them ahead in 2016?
In today’s business environment where flexible working arrangements are becoming more popular and the need for employees to share information quickly and more easily is essential, the argument for a centralised HR data repository becomes stronger and stronger.
New business pitching is arguably the most disliked necessity within a creative agency. How does your Agency combat the stress of pitching for new business?
A merger or acquisition can be a great way for an agency to expand its services, win new clients and enter new markets. But it can have a huge impact on clients and employees, so the whole process requires careful consideration.
Does the traditional agency billing model enable agencies to truly maximise their profitability, or do they need to move towards a value-based model?
A high level of turnover can have a detrimental effect on a company – not only is it time consuming and costly to constantly replace staff but productivity slumps as it can take a while for new employees to get fully up to speed. Here are some tips to avoid this situation.
Despite a buoyant Infrastructure industry, 64 percent of senior industry professionals believe innovation is being stifled as a direct result of low fees.
Scope Creep has been identified as one of the biggest factors in the decline of profits in the Marketing and Communications industry. How are you managing it?
We all want the best performance possible from our employees, but there are a number of factors in play and achieving this isn’t always easy. So here are a few things to consider to help bring out the best in your team.
Deltek, together with Infrastructure Intelligence, sought to explore what it was like working within the UK infrastructure sector today. The results highlight an undoubtedly optimistic industry, but also identified some pain points that need to be addressed if the industry is to move forward and shine once again.
Resource planning and management is one of the greatest challenges faced by creative agencies today. Find out why.
At HR Tech World in Paris We meet with almost 100 managers from a variety of industries to ask them what their three main challenges were in their role. Here are their answers:
Confidence is high but looming cuts and rising costs are challenging the industry. Learn more in this infographic from Deltek and Infrastructure Intelligence.
Enabling real-time information sharing with clients, stakeholders and colleagues makes you more agile and responsive, while greater visibility into your operations will help make you more profitable.
Choosing a performance- and value-based remuneration model can make a big difference to an agency’s profitability and help build stronger client relationships.
Retaining your top talent should be one of your main priorities - Here are some tips on how to do it.
Deltek and Click Z recently set out to try to get to the heart the issues troubling global creative agencies as they strive to mark their creative success and grow their businesses. Here are the results.
You Should Be Using Real-time Data To Understand Where You’ve Been And Where You Should Be Going In The Future.
Does it still make commercial sense to make a big city your base, and is moving further afield a viable alternative?
Good news: the Consulting industry is growing. And it’s time for you to start benefiting from these prosperous times.
Employees are your most valuable asset. Consider these three tips to effectively manage your talent.
Digital is no longer an exception as clients expect their agencies to deliver multichannel campaigns. So does your agency need to go digital just to stay afloat?
Find out how you can win more business by working smarter rather than harder.
Four revenue-generating steps to help you capitalise on the "up-turn" in the Consultancy industry.
How should Architecture practices handle increasing costs as well as increasing opportunities within the industry?
Despite an upturn in the Architecture industry, many believe fees are still being suppressed, value is still being overlooked and over-servicing is still widespread across the sector.
Learn how your practice can face the skills shortage in the Architecture Industry by following these four tips
Tracking all of the variables in a typical project can seem like a daunting task. As with any undertaking of this magnitude, it’s best to start by determining exactly what it is you need to track.
Is your business able to ensure you have the right project manager working on the right project?
Learn how a talent management system can help you to manage the entire employee lifecycle
On the surface things seem to be going well - Executive management thinks you’re doing a great job as a resource planner. You’re feeling pretty good at the quarterly operations review until you get the following questions from management...
Agencies who operate across multiple locations face a variety of challenges. However having the right business systems in place can help you to grow efficiently and profitably.
Managing the complexities of your Agency doesn't have to be daunting - from the daily administrative tasks to resource allocation and utilisation, use these 6 best practices to ensure your success.
Do you know how to get the right people on the right projects at the right time? Callum Broderick shares the secret to resource management.
To remain competitive in their industry, business leaders in Scientific Research need answers to these seven questions
Consider these 5 quick tips to ensure success and build stronger relationships that will drive profitability in your creative agency
Why do consulting engineering firms need to align their business units and how can they achieve it?
Which KPIs should Project Managers measure to ensure they deliver successful projects?
What is your Marketing Agency doing to ensure it stays relevant in a changing industry?
Timesheets are an important part of every marketing agency. Here three reasons why accurate timesheet recording will benefit you and your agency.
Here are some of the key reasons Architecture and Engineering firms are choosing cloud ERP over on-premise erp.
Minimise the administrative headaches and burdens on your team and your overall agency. Learn how to stay focused on what matters most – your clients.
Learn more about the challenges and opportunities Consulting firms will face in 2015.
In this blog series our experts share best practices to help you to manage the complexities of your Marketing Agency.
Research clearly shows that if you are in the architecture industry, life is probably far from straight-forward. Learn more about the mega trends affecting the industry.
These four tips show how project managers can use Project-Based ERP to improve project control and profitability
Many A&E firms often find management reporting to be a much more difficult task than it ought to be.
Consulting firms list growth as a top priority, with many recognising how ERP software solutions are a key player in the process.
Many agencies still struggle to find the most effective way to manage their projects so that they balance creativity alongside project and finacial control.
Find out how resource planning software can help you effectively plan your resources further in advance and deliver more successful projects.
Discover how using an agency management system to improve communication can boost your team’s productivity.
In this blog, Blair Pringle looks at some of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Engineering firms in 2015
Discover why business management systems are key for leading A&E firms who produce winning bids.
Research by IDC suggests that Consulting firms will benefit from better decision making by getting more visibility into their business data.
What can businesses learn from the finacial management failings of Balfour Beatty and Imtech?
Give your team access to Agency Management Software that will help to improve productivity and increase profits
Here are four ways in which project-based ERP will boost profits by making project estimating more accurate.
Learn how to break down silos in business with project software management for Professional Services firms.
In step four of our five step guide, find out how you can achieve integrated reporting using the right agency management system
Find out how growing businesses with a successful employee lifecycle profile have been using enterprise resource planning software to win the war for talent.
Discover how ERP software providers are helping businesses to win bids.
Discover why business KPI management is becoming essential to measuring your company’s value and how enterprise resource planning software can help.
Discover how more visible and efficient project management led by ERP software can increase resource utilisation and profitability.
Is there a better way for Agencies to balance creativity with accountability in order to boost their profits?
Set measurable KPIs for your business with the help of enterprise resource planning software.
A Consulting Engineering Industry Paradox: The Value For Society Is Going Up While The Profit Is Going Down
Are firms in the Consulting Engineering sector adequately rewarded for the value they deliver to society? And would higher profit margins mean more innovation?
Discover how project ERP software can give you greater working capital through improved visibility and efficiencies.
Discover how improving your resources with Enterprise Resource Planning will improve your profits without the need to raise your prices
In step three of our five step guide, find out how measuring estimates versus actuals can help to improve your Agency's bottom line
In step two of our five step guide, find out how you can better utilise capacity planning in your Agency and enable greater profitability
Is your business system a profit-making or cost-guzzling asset? How can project-based ERP help improve profitability? Find out in this blog
Take a look at what a fast-growing Professional Services business looks like and how an ERP system can boost growth.
Consider these ten questions to assess whether your business system can grow with your company.
In step one of our 5 step guide, find out how better scheduling and resourcing can enable marketing agencies to improve their profitability
Use these 3 tips to gain better control over your consulting projects and improve your firms profits
Finance managers are well versed in forecasting, but their financial systems often let them down. ERP software and metrics can be used to gain accuracy.
Cloud ERP software has become an attractive option for many consulting firms. Here are 5 reasons why more businesses are turning to the cloud
A good timesheet management system, most often integrated within a complete ERP, is essential to proper project planning and billing – here’s how to motivate staff to provide the information you need.
Learn why Running A Global Professional Services Business Shouldn't Be A Game of 'Whac-A-Mole'
Find out how three Professional Services companies are using project-based ERP to solve their key business problems.
How you know it’s time to trade in your spreadsheets for a true fit-for-purpose ERP business system to maximise productivity and profits.
From talent to technology, little has stood still in the Professional Services sector: could enterprise resource planning help you get up to speed?
View this infographic to learn the 6 things your IT must be able to do to drive your business strategy
63% of Architecture and Engineering firms plan to invest in technology to improve client satisfaction. Is it time for you to do the same?
Using high quality Project-based ERP software can deliver return on investment quickly in the short term and support growth in the long term.
Many Professional Services firms do not know before it's too late whether their projects are profitable or not. But how late is too late? And what can you do about it?
Marketing and PR professionals can ready themselves for promotion by 'walking the walk' before waiting to be asked.
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
As a strong managerial candidate, the support of an effective team is vital because it will free up the time and resources you require for initiating growth strategies and driving business success - both of which are the key to getting you noticed in the boardroom.
Capacity planning is one of the biggest challenges faced by Professional Services firms and can often skew the accuracy of forecasting revenue for the coming months, and even worse can lead to undelivered projects, customer dissatisfaction, and even lost clients.
Learn more about the change professional service firms can implement to make signinicant improvements to their profit margins
Learn how Analysys Mason were able to consolidate their business systems and gain one accurate, real-time version of your business information
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?
Using ERP that is purpose built for your industry enables CFOs to gain control and visibility, access predictable results and guide their firm to out perform expectations
Professional Services firms can drastically reduce their profit margins by consistently over-servicing clients, yet many firms are unaware if and when over-servicing occurs.
Professional Services firms can increase customer satisfaction and margins by reviewing and improving their business processes.
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.
Implementing an ERP system does not need to be painful process. With proper planning and execution of the 10 success factors in this article, an ERP implementation can proceed smoothly and without problems.
Can resource planning and management tools have an impact on a firms bottom line?
The Architecture and Engineering Industry is currently facing a considerable fee dilemma. So how can firms beat out the competition and win new projects, maintain their reputations and still maintain a favourable margin?
Achieving ROI from an ERP system is an achievable reality. Fergus Gilmore explains how with help from Steve Slade of Buro Four.
The Engineering and Construction industries are facing a number of risks that may affect their performance in 2014. But these risks can be mitigated by putting the right plan in place.
Professional Services firms can make a significant impact to their bottom line by asking the right questions about their resource utilisation and process efficiency.
Learn how you can ensure your marketing or PR firm is able to keep up client demands and stay ahead in an increasingly competitive industry.
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.
Det investeres, med rette, mye penger i forskning i Norge. Det er derfor helt nødvendig at forskningen oppfattes som fornuftig og til nytte for samfunnet, på kort eller lengre sikt. Enkelte forskningsprosjekter kan, for mange, bli oppfattet som meningsløse og lite nyttige, men
UK Consultancy firms are presented with a number of significant opportunities in 2014, yet must also be aware of the potential challenges to growing their business.
Learn how you can remove inefficiency and unpredictability from your business so that you can turn time spent on unbillable work into time spent on billable work.
Discover how you can ensure that you deliver value to all of your clients and keep ahead in a rapidly changing PR industry.
Find out why Professional Services firms turn to Deltek Maconomy for complete visibility across their organisation
How should operations team assign time against projects in uncommon situations? Particularly when your delivery team are travelling often as part of the project?
Find out what you should look for in the perfect ERP system for your Professional Services firm.
There are four symptoms that indicate when a Professional Services firm needs a new business system. Learn more in this blog.
Improving Operating Margin In A Consulting Engineering Firm - Where Technology Makes A Real Difference
When working to such a small operating margin, it is imperative that Consulting Engineering firms looks for ways to gain control over their projects and finances.
These days the choice between Cloud ERP or On-Premise ERP makes your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis more important than ever.
By improving resource management and staff utilisation, professional service firms can ensure maximum efficiency and profitability
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.
Legacy systems may be holding businesses back. Updating your ERP system will improve financial control and project visibility and enable your business to achieve growth targets.
Deltek Vision ERP Software enables your business to make better decisions by giving you accurate information at the right time.
Get more out of your ERP system: empower your employees to make decisions more quickly by removing unnecessary administrative hurdles
CFOs are keeping a close eye on the balance sheet and every purchasing decision needs to be carefully analysed and justified. One of the most painful expenses of all can be technology, but there are substantial business benefits to be gained by investing in the right technology.
There comes a time in every firm's growth cycle when its systems need to be reviewed. ERP software that scales as you grow enables your firm to always have access to 'big picture' visibility.
Being more strategic is increasingly important as CFOs move from being transactional holders of the purse strings to being business partners who deliver insights and guidance to the greater business.
Deltek Maconomy ERP Software enables you to improve resource management and project control so that you can increase your bottom line
CFOs can improve their back office efficiency by closely examining their existing processes and making incremental changes that will reap greater benefits for the entire finance team.
The role of CFO is increasingly changing from operational to strategic planning. In this blog, Deltek UK's Senior Director of Finance explains how CFOs can deliver the business transformation required to enable a strategic finance function.
Using a project-based ERP system, Project Managers can get real-time visibility into all of the information they need to ensure project success and profitability.
There are dozens of adages for how to ensure your company is successful: ‘think global, act local’ being one of them. But what does this mean in practical terms? And as a professional services firm hungry for growth and success across the globe, where do you begin?
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.
We see and hear a lot of debates about SaaS versus on-premise deployments. Professional services firms looking to deploy a new system, or upgrade their existing, need to have a clear understanding of what benefits THEY want to receive before making the decision.
- Marketing and PR Agencies
- Financial Management
- Professional Services Industry
- Architecture and Engineering Firms
- Resource Planning
- Project Management
- Agency Workflow
- Consulting Firms
- Talent Management
- Traffic Management
- Time and Expenses
- Business Intelligence
- Cloud ERP
- Job Costing
- Professional Services Automation
- Legal Sector
- Change Management