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Deltek designed Ajera to help architectural and engineering firms quickly produce accurate estimates and complete projects on time and within budget.
Integrated with accounting
With Ajera, you have seamlessly integration of financial and project-related information from time and expense entry, billing, and reporting. For example, when building a budget, you can enter how many hours you expect it to take to complete a task, and Ajera automatically enters the contract amount using the rate table. On that same window, you can view an instant report, which contains up-to-date information about the project, by clicking a tab.
Your firm may choose to work from project templates, which help set standards for budgeting, naming conventions, work breakdown structure, and security.
When setting up Ajera, your firm can choose to work with templates in one or all of the following ways:
The industry-specific templates include the following:
Estimating and budgets
You can easily create project budgets with Ajera. You can use templates to help define essential information for estimating a project. For detailed instructions about budgeting, see Budgeting top-down and Budgeting bottom-up.
You can specify the resources that are required for a project in several ways. You can start scheduling a project with unspecified resources or resources specified only by employee type. As the project progresses, you can change the resources to specify the exact names of employees with their hours or percentage of the workload. You do not need to fully schedule all work so, if you choose to do so, you can assign and manage only critical resources.
Working with the Gantt chart (timeline) and resources is simple because the timeline is an interactive component of your work breakdown structure.
In Ajera, you also have reports that answer such questions as:
You can also add tasks when you want to track the individual to-do items that comprise the work needed to complete a phase or project.
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