Deltek Ajera vs. Smartsheet

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Deltek Ajera
Score 7.5 out of 10
N/A
Deltek's Ajera is an integrated project management and accounting suite for architectural and engineering (A & E) companies that includes light payroll functionality and also can integrate with third-party payroll providers (ADP, Paychex, Quickbooks, etc.). The product was acquired with original developer Axium in June 2014. CRM functionality can also be added via integration with the Deltek Ajera CRM.N/A
Smartsheet
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
Smartsheet is an online project management and collaboration tool. It includes automated alerts, instantaneous updating and sharing across team members, resource management, nested tasks organized in a hierarchy, a Gantt chart view, exportable and automated reports, and integration with email.
$14
per month
Pricing
Deltek AjeraSmartsheet
Editions & Modules
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Individual
$14
per month
Business
$25
Per User / Per Month
Enterprise
Contact Sales
Premier
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Deltek AjeraSmartsheet
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
Deltek AjeraSmartsheet
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Deltek Ajera
-
Ratings
Smartsheet
7.7
124 Ratings
2% above category average
Task Management00 Ratings8.4121 Ratings
Resource Management00 Ratings8.8103 Ratings
Gantt Charts00 Ratings8.1104 Ratings
Scheduling00 Ratings8.5106 Ratings
Workflow Automation00 Ratings8.295 Ratings
Team Collaboration00 Ratings8.4117 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology00 Ratings8.377 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology00 Ratings5.675 Ratings
Document Management00 Ratings6.596 Ratings
Email integration00 Ratings7.995 Ratings
Mobile Access00 Ratings7.491 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking00 Ratings6.158 Ratings
Change request and Case Management00 Ratings8.064 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management00 Ratings8.070 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
Deltek Ajera
-
Ratings
Smartsheet
6.5
62 Ratings
13% below category average
Quotes/estimates00 Ratings5.540 Ratings
Invoicing00 Ratings6.033 Ratings
Project & financial reporting00 Ratings7.056 Ratings
Integration with accounting software00 Ratings7.530 Ratings
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User Ratings
Deltek AjeraSmartsheet
Likelihood to Recommend
6.7
(4 ratings)
8.6
(142 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(23 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(12 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.1
(45 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(6 ratings)
User Testimonials
Deltek AjeraSmartsheet
Likelihood to Recommend
Deltek, Inc.
For small to medium engineering and architecture firms, Ajera appears to be the right size. Beyond the engineering software, Deltek Ajera has all the features a small to medium firm will need for smooth operation. AR, AP, Payroll, reporting, project management are all in one package. We chose to self-host because the licensing was more cost effective for us, but cloud hosting is also available.
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Smartsheet
For teams and users who are very familiar with Excel and its mode of operation, Smartsheet will feel like a walkover. If you have a number of users who use Excel or Google Sheets for their personal project management then you will find this tool to be very useful and somewhat familiar.
Teams that may be used to other project management suites or styles would find Smartsheet a bit challenging to adapt to, as formulas and formatting can be challenging to adapt to.
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Pros
Deltek, Inc.
  • Widgets are the best feature of Ajera. Designers can make tiny reports for the entire company, or for one or two individuals. These little reports are the first things that the employee sees when they log in. Viewers of the reports are able to filter, sort, group, print or export the widget without impacting the other users. Deltek has been releasing new features that allow the editing of data in widgets. You can now create new projects or edit timesheets from the widgets.
  • Credit card importing and credit card reconciliation in Ajera has greatly decreased time spent by administration. You can import credit card transactions from your credit cards. It saves on data entry, and it is easy to see what receipts you are missing when you get the statement.
  • Mobile timesheets and expense reports help engineers or other users enter their time and expenses as they are on the go. They can take pictures or receipts or submit their timesheet from home.
  • The Project Command Center is a one stop fountain of information. Everything the project manager wants to know about a project can be found here. You can also add custom fields that allow you to tract addition information.
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Smartsheet
  • The easy to use dashboard has enabled us get comprehensive view of projects across the entire business.
  • It has streamlined internal communication with ease of sharing information across different teams.
  • Smartsheet automates our workflows, enhances collaboration and ensures there are no data silos.
  • I like that it saves time for us and ensures we spend less time switching between apps.
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Cons
Deltek, Inc.
  • Would be nice if the reports would have more creativity with the ability to add more charts and graphics.
  • The user interface for time sheets could be more user-friendly.
  • The user interface for expense sheets could be more user-friendly.
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Smartsheet
  • Smartsheet set up is similar to Excel, yet when you upload an Excel file, things like conditional formatting are lost. Smartsheet has its own conditional formatting, and you have to reinstate the rules. It would be great if those would apply automatically once a file is uploaded
  • Some Smartsheet management and access rules can take some tweaking to work properly. This may be a case of offering more info to admins so they can apply these better and with more efficiency
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Likelihood to Renew
Deltek, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Smartsheet
It definitely meets our needs as far as organizing and archiving our tasks and files. As we train more staff to view it, I see opportunities for more improvement, which I am sure this program can handle. I look forward to seeing continued improvement from Smartsheet on their capabilities and functionality.
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Usability
Deltek, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Smartsheet
Smartsheet is very easy to learn. However, while I have been able to pick it easily, Microsoft Excel and Project super users that I have trained on Smartsheet get bogged down in the differences and can find it frustrating. Explaining the differences ahead of time and why Smartsheet is being chosen instead of a different software seems to counteract those reactions
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Support Rating
Deltek, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Smartsheet
I give this rating because it fills a niche in the market. MS Project scares many away from proper task management but there are limited tools our there, especially cloud-based that are mobile-friendly. Smartsheet fills this market gap, especially for small to medium-sized businesses. IT is not fair to compare it to MS Project, but fairer to see what gaps it fills.
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Implementation Rating
Deltek, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Smartsheet
It's absolutely paramount to take a few minutes to actually play with the software. It's nearly impossible to do anything wrong or make a mistake which cannot be fixed easily. Under the help menu is Live Training option. After you familiarize yourself with the commands, watch the live training for some in depth understanding of how to make the software fit your needs perfectly.
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Alternatives Considered
Deltek, Inc.
The previous systems were essentially timesheet systems only with very basic accounting. It's mostly the accounting subsystem that made us select Ajera.
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Smartsheet
Jira and Redmine are much more robust and technologically advanced project management solutions. I enjoy using either when managing a very large project. However, I prefer to use Smartsheet for my smaller to medium sized projects. As for Google Drive - I would say that Google sheets and Smartsheet are almost identical in my opinion when it comes to functionality. Personally I prefer to manage smaller projects via Google Drive, but it is a personal preference!
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Return on Investment
Deltek, Inc.
  • Made accounting and payroll's jobs harder.
  • Improved visibility on project cost management and profit.
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Smartsheet
  • This has really opened up collaboration across teams. A lot less working in silos.
  • It hasn't fully replaced any one tool so it means having to go to another place. Hopefully, we can eliminate a tool or two in the next six months.
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ScreenShots

Deltek Ajera Screenshots

Screenshot of Monitor project progress and performance with the Project Command CenterScreenshot of Manage all your information in one place for a complete view of your businessScreenshot of Keep teams on track with project planning and resource managementScreenshot of Speed up the billing process and improve cash flow with AjeraScreenshot of Easily update timesheets and expense reports from anywhere with Ajera