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Likelihood to Recommend

Deltek Ajera

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xero

Xero is great for small businesses who don't need a lot of complex features, or who will be managing accounting internally. It has robust integration capability that can grow with you (more so than, say FreshBooks), but won't break the bank. It's not as well suited for larger organizations or those with more complex reporting needs. For example, I acquired another business several years ago, and needed to pull quarterly reports of income from specific clients in order to calculate my pay-out for that quarter. I did that in QBO fairly easily, and had a saved template that I could use to generate it. Luckily I made the switch to Xero after the final pay-out because it would be very difficult to generate such a report now, since there aren't any report filters where you can select only specific customers from your contact list. Xero does support customized report templates that can be saved, the filtering options are just very limited. Essentially, you have to export all of the data to a CSV and then manipulate the spreadsheet locally.
Jennifer Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Deltek Ajera
6.0
Xero
Task Management
Deltek Ajera
8.5
Xero
Resource Management
Deltek Ajera
8.5
Xero
Gantt Charts
Deltek Ajera
6.0
Xero
Scheduling
Deltek Ajera
7.0
Xero
Workflow Automation
Deltek Ajera
5.9
Xero
Team Collaboration
Deltek Ajera
5.0
Xero
Support for Agile Methodology
Deltek Ajera
4.0
Xero
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Deltek Ajera
4.0
Xero
Document Management
Deltek Ajera
6.0
Xero
Email integration
Deltek Ajera
4.1
Xero
Mobile Access
Deltek Ajera
6.0
Xero
Timesheet Tracking
Deltek Ajera
5.8
Xero
Change request and Case Management
Deltek Ajera
6.0
Xero
Budget and Expense Management
Deltek Ajera
7.4
Xero

Professional Services Automation

Deltek Ajera
7.0
Xero
Quotes/estimates
Deltek Ajera
7.0
Xero
Invoicing
Deltek Ajera
6.4
Xero
Project & financial reporting
Deltek Ajera
7.9
Xero
Integration with accounting software
Deltek Ajera
6.9
Xero

Payroll Management

Deltek Ajera
Xero
6.8
Pay calculation
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.5
Benefit plan administration
Deltek Ajera
Xero
6.3
Direct deposit files
Deltek Ajera
Xero
7.0
Salary revision and increment management
Deltek Ajera
Xero
5.7
Reimbursement management
Deltek Ajera
Xero
6.7

Customization

Deltek Ajera
Xero
7.5
API for custom integration
Deltek Ajera
Xero
7.2
Plug-ins
Deltek Ajera
Xero
7.8

Security

Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.6
Single sign-on capability
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.4
Role-based user permissions
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.9

Reporting & Analytics

Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.3
Dashboards
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.5
Standard reports
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.6
Custom reports
Deltek Ajera
Xero
7.7

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.1
Accounts payable
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.9
Accounts receivable
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.8
Cash management
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.2
Bank reconciliation
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.7
Expense management
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.6
Time tracking
Deltek Ajera
Xero
6.1
Fixed asset management
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.5
Multi-currency support
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.4
Multi-division support
Deltek Ajera
Xero
7.8
Regulations compliance
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.5
Electronic tax filing
Deltek Ajera
Xero
7.5
Self-service portal
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.3
Global Financial Support
Deltek Ajera
Xero
6.9
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.5
Intercompany Accounting
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.1
Localizations
Deltek Ajera
Xero
6.9
Journals and Reconciliations
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.8
Enterprise Accounting
Deltek Ajera
Xero
7.8
Configurable Accounting
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.6
Centralized Rules Framework
Deltek Ajera
Xero
7.4
Standardized Processes
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.1

Inventory Management

Deltek Ajera
Xero
6.8
Inventory tracking
Deltek Ajera
Xero
7.1
Automatic reordering
Deltek Ajera
Xero
7.1
Location management
Deltek Ajera
Xero
7.1
Manufacturing module
Deltek Ajera
Xero
5.6

Order Management

Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.3
Pricing
Deltek Ajera
Xero
7.6
Order entry
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.8
Credit card processing
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.2
Cost of goods sold
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.3
Order Orchestration
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.5
End-to-end order visibility
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.3
Order exception Resolution
Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.1

Pros

Deltek Ajera

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xero

  • Xero makes reconciliation incredibly easy. It remembers how we reconciled a particular transaction last time and you can set up rules to auto code transactions so all you need to do is press OK. This makes keeping track of sales tax pretty simple too.
  • Reporting is a breeze, as long as you code all your transactions correctly it takes seconds to bring up a balance sheet, Profit & Loss and many other types of reports. It also allows for all kinds of custom layouts and exports.
  • Once your templates are set up with all the relevant information, sending invoices is simple and fast. It's also easy to track different line items on your invoice, say your keeping track of a project which is only part of the full invoice and is necessarily a specific line item, tracking codes make that very easy.
Malcolm Colman-Shearer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Deltek Ajera

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xero

  • Using an accounting system in a web browser versus a standalone app can be a little clunky when it comes to navigation or having multiple windows open at once. This is more a function of using a web browser then a knock against xero itself. For us this is just a minor annoyance having come from a desktop based system before.
Patrick Cranston | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Deltek Ajera

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Xero

Xero 5.5
Based on 26 answers
In addition to the matters covered in this review, my reason for renewing this product is that Xero's functionality and the constant updates that the company provides, makes the software even more business friendly. The software therefore builds a brand loyalty among customers.
Sarang Mandke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Deltek Ajera

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Xero

Xero 8.4
Based on 20 answers
It simply is incredibly usable with excellent drill down features. The dashboard is highly configurable. Transactions are now even easier to find with the new Global Search feature. Documents can be attached to transactions. We use Bills Entryless to transfer documents to Xero without keying the data. Visibility to reports (the old style takes seconds). The newer reports are more RAM hungry so there can be a 10 second or so lag while the report is compiled. Usually old style reports deliver what our clients need in a flash
John Cotter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Deltek Ajera

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Xero

Xero 9.0
Based on 10 answers
We have been actively using and 100% Xero based for our ecommerce accounting practice for over 4 years. There has on been one real outage for more than 5 minutes. Xero was open and transparent about the outage, what they were doing to resolve the issue, and provided 15 minute updates. Showing how they care about their customers and partners. Plus, showing that their customers care too, were understanding, and went surfing or in our case took a nap. Couldn't run our business without Xero as a partner.
Scott Scharf | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Deltek Ajera

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Xero

Xero 10.0
Based on 8 answers
In 3 years of use, I've only broken the system once. And that was for 30 seconds.
Dan Schmidt, CPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Deltek Ajera

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Xero

Xero 1.4
Based on 15 answers
Support has always been responsive and quickly resolved any questions I have. The only reason I don't give full points is because there's no way to call for immediate help. I'm fine with this because I don't need it badly enough to pay for it
Dave Olsen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Deltek Ajera

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Xero

Xero 10.0
Based on 5 answers
All of Xero's training is online and available for anyone (business owner or accountants) to learn and become experts in their system. There is a range of content from product training to real world webinars from their partners. Xero is beautiful accounting software and their training is the same.
Scott Scharf | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Deltek Ajera

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Xero

Xero 9.5
Based on 9 answers
If it can be done, time the implementation near a new fiscal year so you can start clean. Otherwise, you have to go back and do historical data from the beginning of the fiscal year, which can be brain draining.
Andre Yeu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Deltek Ajera

The previous systems were essentially timesheet systems only with very basic accounting. It's mostly the accounting subsystem that made us select Ajera.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xero

Xero was the easiest to use and most cost effective of all the solutions we evaluated during the procurement process. We spoke to other similar sized businesses and they highly recommended using Xero. We liked the fact it's a cloud based system meaning we can access the system and data remotely. It integrates with our recurring billing platform and our bank.
Graham Green | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Deltek Ajera

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Xero

Xero 10.0
Based on 6 answers
After 4 years I cannot remember a single moment of downtime. Outstanding reliability!
Doug Fish | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Deltek Ajera

  • Made accounting and payroll's jobs harder.
  • Improved visibility on project cost management and profit.
Thiago Beda, SHRM-CP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Xero

  • Demand for Xero trained accountants and bookkeepers has been key to our growth. Our business was started on Xero and has benefited greatly from interest in Xero from customers dissatisfied with QuickBooks.
  • The practice management tools provided by Xero make it easy to delegate and restrict access to client files to only the staff who need to have access. This increases efficiency and security.
  • Xero's support for accounting firms is great. We have a dedicated account rep who can step in and get problems solved for us very quickly.
Blake Oliver | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Deltek Ajera

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Xero

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Deltek Ajera
6.9
Xero
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Deltek Ajera
Xero
5.5

Usability

Deltek Ajera
Xero
8.4

Reliability and Availability

Deltek Ajera
Xero
9.0

Performance

Deltek Ajera
Xero
10.0

Support Rating

Deltek Ajera
Xero
1.4

Online Training

Deltek Ajera
Xero
10.0

Implementation Rating

Deltek Ajera
Xero
9.5

Scalability

Deltek Ajera
Xero
10.0

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