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Preasto AE is the replacement for another Filemaker based accounting and management system our design firm had used for years. As we were already familiar with Filemaker, the transition was easy. The Preasto team has been very diligent in helping move all our data to the new system and extremely helpful in showing us the myriad of new accounting and management tools at our disposal. We look forward to populating the central database with past and future project data to help identify project costing; in the past it was scattered throughout office computers. Also, from an accounting standpoint, being able to push all entries directly into Quickbooks from Praesto AE will eliminate duplicate entries.
We went live with the Praesto QuickBooks combo just one week ago and I even sent invoices right away! The Partners like the new format better than what we had with our last system and the invoices were easier for me to generate, too — I’m going to like this!
Absolutely LOVE Praesto and now that we’re a few months in we’re really leveraging some of the information that we always had scattered through 10 different locations and multiple software problems. Our projects are more profitable simply because I, as the project manager, have immediate access to the projects’ status. The customer support is top-notch. Have a question, or need help? Call them up!
My firm adopted Praesto and decided to use it to its full potential. With a 18 person private industry architecture firm in it’s fifteenth year, our record keeping and billing systems were in a state of controlled chaos. That control came at a cost. At last count, we had six separate systems that Praesto was able to integrate. Furthermore, as the firm principal, I found that as the years went on, too much of the institutional memory was in my own head, no matter how big my conventional files were becoming. Praesto has allowed me to apply less energy to remembering details and digging through archives, and freed my focus to being an architect in a complicated world; where my focus is needed. I tried many database alternatives and can testify that they are all either over simplified to placate a spectrum of industries or overly flexible requiring a monumental re-write. Praesto is not overly-simple, and although we wish architectural services were more straight forward, they are not. If you are not looking for a shortcut, rather a business tool, and you are practicing in A/E, Praesto is probably that platform that you keep wishing was out there while you are pulling your hair out doing billings.
We have been using Project Management software on the Macintosh for the last twelve years and this is simply the program “You Must Have” if you are in the A/E community. Not only is this a robust solution to Digital Project Management, but it also runs on the Macintosh by using Filemaker as the database. We have been working with BaseBuilders for over a year now and have watched this program blossom into a very robust solution that covers every aspect of a project’s life from proposal to closeout. Implementation was straightforward. Simply stated, software is only as good as the customer support behind it, and everyone writing and selling software should take a lesson or two from these guys.We where running ArchiOffice and the data generated from that program was easily transferred to the new system. BaseBuilders to this day have always been simply a phone call away and the Owner actually calls you to help you resolve problems. The program allows you to develop proposals, track time and cost and then convert that proposal into a live project. Forecasting of cash flow and the project tracking of payables and receivables has been an invaluable tool for our firm. We recently installed the latest upgrade and where happy to see a few of the upgrades we had requested from BaseBuilders to handle administrative duties during construction.
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