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.
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!
We are a one-person design office that receives a mountain of email and phone calls each day on many projects. Praesto AE allows us to record, manage, and keep on top of all the information. Nothing gets “lost”! Apart from information storage, we now have control over our time, costs, fees and profitability. Having a thorough centralized record of our projects means we also satisfy our PI insurer with our record keeping procedures. Start-up and implementation went smoothly. It took us about a month to work out what we needed and how to do it. Customer Support has been excellent. We are in Australia, and we either get an immediate email or phone call to our requests, or it is there the next morning.
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.
I work for a Civil-Site Engineering consulting firm with about 12 people. We were looking for software that would track our projects from inception to completion, including billing and time/task capabilities. We currently use an old DOS based database to track our projects and do our billing by hand. We have been very pleased with the customer support and help in getting all of our existing information transferred over. It took a little longer than we expected, but we didn’t exactly have the template. We are still in the process of fully integrating the office to this system, but so far it has been very intuitive to use.
We are a mechanical engineering firm and are an original user of Praesto AE, maybe even the first one! It solved a lot of our project organization woes, and assembled all of the data, both project and billing, in a single, easy to use format. Promotional material and job history is easier than ever to compile, and we don’t forget relevant projects anymore. We have over 1,000 projects on our database now, with easy access to any information on them. I highly recommend Praesto AE as a simple to use, cost-effective database tool to manage a business. We still use Quickbooks for tax and accounting purposes, but Praesto AE does everything else! Call me for a reference anytime.
When we started our structural engineering business we knew we would need software that would track our projects, expenses, payments, hours, and everything else that is involved in having a business. It took us a few months to find Base Builders, and since then we have been very happy with it. We are able to track everything we need and transfer it all to our QuickBooks. The customer support with Base Builders is awesome. When first learning how to use the program, I had a lot of questions. All of my questions were answered with patience until I understood what I needed to do. And still when I have questions, the support is there. Base Builders has been great and continues to provide all that we need to allow our business to be successful.
I am more of the technical support person in our office, I installed Praesto AE, do the updates, and trouble shoot. For the most part we really like the system and when we have questions or concerns, Doug himself usually addresses them right away. That is probably the biggest advantage over our previous software; we had a very hard time getting answers or things fixed. We have been running Praesto AE about 2 years.
As a small engineering firm we handled all of our accounting through QuickBooks but needed something to help our Project Managers manage their project budgets, schedules, and office manpower. We found Praesto AE and after learning more decided Praesto looked like it was written for us. We now use Praesto timesheets for all of our time entry, which allows us to see real time staff utilization, monitor project budgets, easy invoicing, proposal tracking, etc. Praesto has been easy to learn and use. The customer support has by far been the best I have ever seen from any company in my career. Praesto AE has greatly benefited our firm and all of our project managers. Each manager can quickly and easily check budgets so they can spend more time focused on clients and projects.