Mountain Sky Landscaping: Cultivating Growth with Deltek ComputerEase

June 11, 2024
Mountain Sky Landscaping

In the heart of central Oregon, Mountain Sky Landscaping has been turning the ordinary into the extraordinary since 2005. Founded with a passion for enhancing outdoor spaces, this family-owned business has grown from humble beginnings to a thriving enterprise with a diverse range of services, including residential and commercial landscaping, parks and recreation projects, fencing, snow removal and bespoke design services.

At the helm of Mountain Sky's financial operations is Melinda Nichols, CFO and co-owner. With a background in accounting and finance, Melinda's expertise has been pivotal in the company's growth. Around 2018 she took on a more active role, steering the company towards business expansion. As Mountain Sky expanded, the limitations of their previous accounting software, QuickBooks® Desktop, became apparent. They needed a solution that could keep pace with their growth and the unique demands of the landscaping and construction industries.

In April of 2022, they transitioned to Deltek ComputerEase, a choice influenced by Jones & Roth CPAs and Business Advisors, their Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The decision to switch was also made easy by the quality of the sales team, their expertise in the construction industry and their locality to the firm, understanding the nuances of the local market.

Mel and Joe

Owners Joe and Melinda Nichols

Streamlined Payroll Operations

What set Deltek ComputerEase apart was its functionality—a comprehensive, all-in-one software that streamlined their operations without the need for additional external tools. Deltek ComputerEase stood out for its functionality and ease of use, providing a robust platform that aligned with Mountain Sky's practical approach to business. The software's capabilities have enabled them to streamline operations, enhance efficiency and focus on what they do best—transforming landscapes and building lasting relationships with their clients.

One of the standout benefits has been its impact on payroll management. When previously using ADP® Payroll Services, Melinda would have to manually enter rates and manually produce certified payroll reports. Now, using Deltek ComputerEase, Mountain Sky Landscaping is not only able to easily produce certified payroll reports but also simply manage prevailing wage rates, especially when employees work on multiple jobs in one day, having multiple prevailing wage rates on different jobs. The Deltek ComputerEase FieldEase module simplifies time tracking and payroll processing, reducing manual errors and saving valuable time. "All I have to do is hit a button," remarks Melinda, highlighting the significant time savings and improved accuracy that Deltek ComputerEase brings to their payroll operations and reporting capabilities, including certified payroll reports and workers comp reports, which have provided invaluable insights, empowering informed decision-making and enhancing overall business efficiency.

Cloud Flexibility with Deltek ComputerEase

When deciding whether to be on-premises or in the cloud, Melinda immediately mentioned, “Who doesn’t want to be in the cloud?” The cloud gives Melinda the flexibility to spend more time with her family since she can process payroll and reconcile the bank accounts at home rather than driving to and from the office, especially during Oregon’s big snow and busy seasons.

Beyond the tangible benefits, Deltek ComputerEase has helped foster a culture of collaboration and accountability within Mountain Sky Landscaping. Team members are held more accountable, as there is little room for error when inputting their time while in the field, leading to increased accuracy in their data.

Partnering for Business Success

At Mountain Sky Landscaping, excellent customer service is fundamental to their operations. They depend on reliable support and guidance as they navigate the complexities of their industry and strive for excellence. Deltek’s customer service has been crucial to their success. From overcoming initial implementation challenges during their busy season to ongoing support and training, the team consistently provides exceptional assistance. This support has not only resolved issues promptly but has also empowered Mountain Sky Landscaping to effectively utilize the software’s capabilities. With such outstanding customer service, the company is confident in their partnership, knowing they have the support they need to continue growing successfully.

Mountain Sky's story is a testament to the power of finding the right tools to nurture and grow a business. With Deltek ComputerEase, they have found a partner that supports their vision and empowers them to continue cultivating success. Looking ahead, Mountain Sky Landscaping envisions a continued partnership as they embark on their growth journey. With plans to delve into subcontracting and fleet management, Deltek ComputerEase’s scalable solutions are poised to grow alongside them, supporting their evolving needs and ambitions.

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