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What changes are architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) firms adopting to work smarter in today’s ever-evolving market? Discover key takeaways impacting the industry in relation to office structure, marketing and market research, and business development from the Hinge High Growth Study - AEC edition.
See how an employee-owned project management firm successfully steered its people – and its financial performance – through a period of significant disruption.
Whilst the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries experienced a significant downturn in productivity during the pandemic, a unique opportunity for reflection was also gained. Industry specialists Thomas & Adamson and Sir Robert McAlpine share what they learned from 2020, and how they are using those insights to future proof their business.
Resource management is crucial for A&E and Consulting firms – but few have an effective planning structure in place. Here are three recommendations for getting it right.
In a recent webinar for Deltek, lecturer Olof Gränström looked at the importance of making business decisions based on facts, and how organizations can rise to the challenge to pursue truly data-driven decision-making.
This blog covers the three big technology trends A&E firms in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore are focusing on as identified in the annual Deltek Clarity report.
Benchmark your firm against the global A&E industry and discover the top KPIs for tracking performance
We found out how A&E firms across the world measure performance. Here are the benchmark findings, and the key metrics used.
Scott Carver pursued an ambitious, people-led digital transformation. Here are four lessons other architects can take from its approach.
The pandemic created a variety of new challenges in a fast-changing environment. For AEC leaders, Erith and Structa however, this presented opportunity to adapt to new ways of doing business, with technology as the enabler. They share their key takeaways and advice to peers.
Digital transformation may be about IT, but it’s for your people. Here’s why AEC firms must keep humans at the centre of IT modernisation.
A group of Architecture industry experts came together to explore how technology has changed the way architects deliver projects and to reveal key findings from Deltek Clarity research.
I den här intervjun berättar Katarina Strivall, CFO för Norconsult AB i Sverige, hur företaget har inlett ett digitalt skifte och hur det har bidragit till att skapa mervärde för kunderna.
As architecture, engineering and consulting firms face growing pressure, responsive project management is vital. Here’s how to get the best out of your projects.
We surveyed 150 Architecture & Engineering professionals from the Nordics to hear from them on industry trends, KPIs and benchmarks – this is what we found.
In this interview, Katarina Strivall, Chief Financial Officer of Norconsult AB in Sweden, explains how the firm has embarked on a digital transformation journey and how that has helped power client value creation.
Now, more than ever, your finance teams are under pressure – so streamlining financial processes and providing the right support is vital.
One of the biggest challenges many AEC businesses face is how to manage the abundance of emails, documents and drawings required for every project. Learn how a database-driven document management system can provide a single lens into your project information and drive processes that will save time and boost profitability.
Deltek are delighted to welcome on board AINS Group, one of the leading Consulting Engineering firms in Finland, as we help them optimise business processes.
Digital transformation isn’t easy, especially in AEC. Here’s how you can start small, deliver quick wins and set your firm up for future success.
In this interview, Chris Razzell, founder and Chairman of the Board, describes ASPECT Studios’ digital transformation journey, from system selection to successful deployment.
A&E firms are at a different stage of digital maturity. Where do you fit in - and how can you get ahead?
We benchmarked digital maturity across A&E firms. Here are the results, and five suggestions to create a more digitally mature business.
In order to maintain its high standards, build an agile and responsive operation from sales, and project delivery to back office processes, Mott MacDonald collaborated with Deltek to transform its internal business infrastructure with a cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. In this interview, Darren Russell, Chief Digital Officer of Mott MacDonald unpacked their rationale from back in 2017 when the firm embarked on their transformation.
As we prepare to welcome the New Year, we've compiled a list of the most read Construction, Engineering, and Architecture blogs for 2019.
With the winter general election just weeks away, November saw many voice concerns on party manifestos and the impact we would see on the built environment sector. The industry warned radical change is needed if we are to hit a zero carbon target. And advice was shared to help firms deal with some of today's top challenges such as risk and talent management. Here are nine stories you might have missed last month.
Professional service firms are facing tough challenges. We recently carried out global research with decision-makers across the industry give insights to understanding of the key trends and challenges that are keeping them awake at night.
Best-of-breed solutions are growing in popularity due to the ease of implementation and lower up-front cost. But are they right for project-based firms?
Does your firm spend hundreds of hours producing reports, only to find they aren’t timely or don’t provide sufficient information to make important decisions? If so, this best practice guide will help you understand how to improve management reporting and ultimately improve business profitability.
October saw an increasing focus on the role of architects and engineers in fighting climate change, and predictably, Brexit continued to sit top of the agenda. Here are ten stories you might have missed last month.
Digital Construction Week presented a powerful array of technological innovation - but what do you do if you're only at the starting line when it comes to digital transformation?
The Architecture and Engineering (A&E) market is dynamic and has always seen positive change. As new design trends emerge, such as BIM, Digital Twins and Green Architecture, as well as efforts to reduce the problems associated with environmental disasters, the A&E market will continue to remain vibrant.
We recently caught up with Hannah Vickers, CEO of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering, to get her take on the current challenges and opportunities facing the industry. This is part 3 of a 3 part series.
We recently caught up with Hannah Vickers, CEO of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering, to get her take on the current challenges and opportunities facing the industry. This is part 2 of a 3 part series.
At this year's Digital Construction week we took the opportunity to catch-up with 4 fellow exhibitors and get their take on the main conversation themes - here's what they had to say.
We recently caught up with Hannah Vickers, CEO, of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering, to get her take on the current challenges and opportunities facing the industry. This is part 1 of a 3 part series.
Best-practice project management relies on three key building blocks, including setting a project baseline to guide the smooth delivery and financial management of successful projects.
Winning new projects and new clients is not the only way to bolster profitability and sustainability. Find out how to improve your bottom line by optimising your firm’s working capital management strategies.
Since implementing Deltek, Architectus has grown substantially—from 40 people to around 450 across Australasia over the past 5 years—while maintaining a collaborative culture. Chief Financial Officer, George Panos, shares their story.
There needs to be reflection on why the built environment sector finds Digital Transformation so hard. Yesterday morning we were joined by a host of industry experts for our 2019 AEC Conference to discuss the topic and look at how the sector can improve. Here are our key takeaways.
The need for efficiency and capability around document management has changed dramatically over the last few years. We explore the change and help you identify what type of system your firm needs.
We recently caught up with Gareth Whittle, Engenium's Corporate Services Manager, to hear how they've doubled in size since implementing Deltek and have seen increased efficiencies in finance and payroll and detailed project and resource reporting.
Fulton Trotter have been live with Deltek for over 2 years. Robert Wesener, MD of the 73 year old practice shares where they're seeing the benefits financially and culturally.
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.
Balsham Building Ltd recently chose to move to the Cloud with Deltek PIM. Discover why they selected Deltek to help manage their varied project portfolio.
Fender Katsalidis consistently designs buildings that reach for the sky and continually expand the possibilities of architecture and construction. Find out what grounds the practice, and ensures its ongoing profitability and growth.
Award-winning architecture and urbanism practice Allies and Morrison selects Deltek to improve project delivery and efficiency.
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.
How well equipped is your architecture firm for managing complex projects? Former architect and Management in Action founder Jennekin Dicks advises how practices can harness the value of data and people.
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.
In a recent study, 66% of AEC firms admitted that the delivery on one-quarter of their projects was delayed. In our latest blog we explore the causes, costs and solutions to project failure.
Bernie Hall, a former IT Project Manager in the AEC sector, shares her 3 tips for a successful software implementation plan.
Our latest blog explores the profound effect technological change has had on the professional services industry, and how it can tackle it head-on.
The professional services sector is in the midst of a period of dramatic change. Firms face increasing competition, tighter margins, skills gaps, disruptive innovation and increasing regulation. In our latest blog we begin to explore these issues and look at solutions.
Discover how the CIOs we partner with are promoting connectivity and driving forward a focused digital strategy, extending far beyond the realms of IT.
[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.
As we prepare to welcome the New Year, we've compiled a list of the most read Construction, Engineering, and Architecture blogs for 2018.
If your Architecture or Engineering firm aims to deliver projects on time and on budget, and with the most effective and efficient performance, it's absolutely essential to employ internal Project Control systems.
A recent study shows that more than 70% of decision makers in the architect and engineering consultant industry globally still feel unprepared for disruptive technologies. What can you do to get ahead?
Digital transformation is a top challenge for the AEC sector. With the help of industry partners, our recent London event set out to help leaders gain perspective, provoke a new way of thinking, and spark planning and action. Read the key takeaways from the day.
We caught up with Nathan Hildebrand, Director of Fulton Trotter Architects, to hear how the firm uses Deltek PIM software to help maintain its competitive edge.
[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.
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?
The way that clients procure architecture services is changing, and professional services firms need to keep up with shifting market trends in order to remain relevant and profitable.
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.
One of the key concerns worrying professional services firms today is scope creep management, according to Deltek’s recent ‘Insight to Action’ report. Our latest blog explores how to address the issue.
The challenges facing the built environment are many. But back-of-house digital tools have the capacity to deliver significant improvements to business performance and outcomes - our latest blog explores how.
A blend of technology and business smarts can help to prepare your practice to thrive in the “disruptive economy”. Experts from the Association of Consulting Architects and Deltek share their guidance on how to future-proof your practice in our latest blog.
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.
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.
Do you and your colleagues understand the opportunities big data in architecture unlocks, in this new ‘connected economy’? We address this critical question in our latest blog.
'Mitigate risk' is a common phrase heard throughout the Architecture & Engineering industry, but what does it mean and is your firm doing the right things to truly mitigate risk? Often times, risk translates to money, but there is more to it.
If projects are the financial lifeblood of your organisation, an effective information management strategy is crucial. Here's how to identify if your firm needs to improve its strategy and how to go about it.
Secure, reliable accounting and project management software with advanced functionality and the ability to automate tasks is a necessity for running a profitable AEC firm. Here are the red flags that tell you when your software is becoming a liability.
What is BIM and who does it benefit? Our latest blog explores this well referenced topic, offers a definition, and looks at the tools and technologies needed to allow for the true collaboration BIM promises.
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?
Are your information challenges caused by technology misuse? Here are a few thoughts on why now is the right time to take advantage of project technology to help you manage your information.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Do recent developments in the construction industry suggest importance must be placed on project governance?
Our recent study found that 45% of capital projects are delayed by 6 or more months, with 92% of these delays down to poor management. Here's why project governance can prevent firms becoming part of the statistic.
Information is central to the success of project-based work, yet many organisations fail to establish processes that support project teams with the management of this information. Here are 5 questions to help you establish if your firm is calling out for Project Information Management.
Getting the most out of people and projects is vital for AEC businesses if they are to maximise profits. Hear from 6 industry experts on how they are seeing success.
To support increasingly dispersed teams, many forward thinking businesses are ditching inefficient paper based processes and implementing mobile technology. Here's how mobile working could benefit your firm.
Design deliverables are crucial to the successful running and completion of AEC projects. Here are the fundamentals of managing this type of project information.
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.
Why cloud based ERP? Here are five good reasons it should be your firm's top priority in 2018.
Will your current ERP system support your firm's needs in 2018? Here are 7 clear signs it's time to deploy modern ERP.
Projects are bigger and more complicated than ever, and client expectations are always on the rise. Here's why it's so important to have the right strategy and systems in place to ensure full project control.
Is your firm managing multiple projects? Here are 6 tips to gain control and reduce the risk of losing critical business and project information.
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
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
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.
As 2016 unfolds, demand for Consulting Engineering services will be on the increase. But is the reality of this as good as it sounds?
As well as providing a growth in business opportunities, 2016 will undoubtedly come with its fair share of challenges for Architecture firms.
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.
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.
Blair Pringle identifies 4 things he has learned about the Consulting Engineering Industry in 2015
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.
Find out how you can win more business by working smarter rather than harder.
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.
Why do consulting engineering firms need to align their business units and how can they achieve it?
Here are some of the key reasons Architecture and Engineering firms are choosing cloud ERP over on-premise erp.
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.
Find out how resource planning software can help you effectively plan your resources further in advance and deliver more successful projects.
Discover why business management systems are key for leading A&E firms who produce winning bids.
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 improving your resources with Enterprise Resource Planning will improve your profits without the need to raise your prices
63% of Architecture and Engineering firms plan to invest in technology to improve client satisfaction. Is it time for you to do the same?
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?
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.
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.
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