Keesee and Associates, Inc. is a “Total Solution Studio”, a full-service Design Studio specializing in designs for production builders, remodeling / renovation design, and unique, luxury custom homes. One of the Studio’s highest goals is to continue active solicitation of first-class design projects, while expanding its client base and project diversification. They are recognized internationally for their work in Softplan and SketchUP.
Edwin Fischel, Vice President at Circuito S.A, got by using Excel spreadsheets to manage his firm’s projects for years (this is a company celebrating 40 years after all), but in 2006 they realized they needed an integrated system to handle their anticipated growth.
Edwin investigated several packages but after he connected with Base Builders, LLC. and our founder, Doug Rawson, he chose Præsto™ AE. Edwin is an Electrical Engineer by trade, as is Doug, and he felt that they communicated well from the start and that Præsto™ AE offered all
of the basics they were seeking. Edwin started off with attempting to develop an Access database but soon realized that he didn’t need to reinvent the wheel.
The founding Partners at Midwest Engineering Associates, Inc. had “large firm” experience. They knew that industry specific business/project management software that had top-notch customer service was critical to their firm’s success. They also knew from previous experience that fully integrated financial and project management systems were not affordable for a 10 person start-up. Knowing what features and functionality they needed they set out on a search and found a perfect match with Præsto™ AE.
David Horton PE, President, says:
“The main reason we knew we needed more than QuickBooks was that we realized we had no way to hold our staff accountable. Today our Project Managers are empowered with detailed project information from Præsto™ AE – it is right at their fingertips.”
Marked efficiencies have also been seen by implementing time sheets and invoices that not only can be pushed to QuickBooks for AR tracking but where PMs can see detail as it is entered and billed to their projects, allowing them to manage in real-time.
Alice Travis struggled with ArchiOffice® for years before she and the firm’s Principals at CHAS Architects decided it was time for a change.
“I was so frustrated, it wasn’t easy to navigate the system and I couldn’t get the reports we needed to manage our projects efficiently. In addition, our staff felt the same frustration as they tried to use the program for everyday tasks like entering or editing a timesheet.”
This ten person firm needed a system that offered time entry that was specifically designed for Architects so they could report on phases and break out profitability by project as well. Although QuickBooks met their accounting needs they knew they had to maintain an industry specific solution to manage their projects. They needed to monitor project budgets so they could react quickly if a change was needed and they wanted close out reports to help them with estimating for the next project. They found what they needed in Præsto™ AE, a robust business/project management system offered by Base Builders.