Tvsdesign Reaches Skyscraping Heights with a Sage Intacct Implementation
Massey Consulting (now Dean Dorton) Helps Tvsdesign Implement Sage Intacct as Their ERP
tvsdesign is an architect and design firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Established by three founding partners, tvsdesign is a group of makers, thinkers, techies, and artists who have been shaping skylines since 1968.
The company has grown over the last 50 years, completing 20% of its projects internationally and is renowned as one of the top three firms considered for the proposals and designs of convention centers nationwide.
Over the last year, tvsdesign brought Sage Intacct on board as their best-of-breed financial management software. Sage Intacct’s flexible reporting capabilities and unique project management tracking abilities are proving absolutely invaluable to tvsdesign.
Massey Consulting, a top VAR Partner for Sage Intacct, spoke with Karen Roy, Controller at tvsdesign, about the company’s deployment and implementation process of their cloud-based ERP software.
Before Sage Intacct, tvsdesign was using a fully integrated system for its project management and accounting needs called BST Software. However, tvsdesign’s finance team found BST’s data management and reporting processes to be extremely time-consuming and cumbersome.
Tvsdesign was introduced to CMAP software, a cloud-based solution for project management. CMAP is progressive with keeping screens simple for input, so tvsdesign made the decision to move away from BST and utilize CMAP. The need for a good, solid accounting software to handle all core financial activities led to the organization’s decision to purchase Sage Intacct.
However, the specific challenge for this ERP implementation was creating a proper and functional integration, capable of accurately mapping the information inputted into CMAP over to Sage Intacct. CMAP is coded in a certain format, while Sage Intacct’s software also has a set routine for how information from other systems migrates to it, which did not particularly coincide with CMAPs formatting.
Massey Consulting needed to customize and write the full integration in order to ensure that Sage Intacct would be able to map and properly represent all financial data inputted into CMAP.
“Massey was good about not pushing us and understood what we were dealing with in trying to get things done with CMAP so it could integrate with Sage Intacct,” said Roy.
The first step of the implementation was a discovery process with tvsdesign to understand their specific needs. “It was critical that the partner we chose to work with aligned with our timeline and had a good understanding of what tvsdesign and CMAP were about” said Roy. “We’re here in Atlanta and Massey is in Raleigh; we hadn’t gone through a process like this before so it was an important exploratory discussion in order for us to get to a good comfort level.”
The implementation process at Massey Consulting starts with a discovery call, during which the consultants are present, to uncover the volume of work needed to be done, what the timeline is, and for everyone to get straightforward answers to all their questions. The project then gets handed to the implementation team and a kick off meeting is scheduled.
“Consultants come in to vet the discovery process so we can assure that the customer has a strong comfort level of knowing that this implementation is doable,” Jim Stubanas, Massey’s Senior Sage Intacct Consultant expressed.
After a clear-cut and smooth discovery process, Massey and tvsdesign were ready to move forward with the implementation. Tvsdesign worked with Stubanas, along with Ian D’amelio, Sage Intacct Consultant and Developer, who was continuously involved directly behind the scenes with tvsdesign’s software database professional.
Although the basis of Massey’s implementation is done the same as Sage Intacct’s, Massey Consulting is able to offer customers a quicker implementation and a more personable approach when it comes to support. Additionally, the consultants make sure to be with the client every step of the way, from discovery to the end of implementation.
Benefits of working with Dean Dorton (formerly Massey Consulting)
After making the decision to move from BST Software to Sage Intacct, Gerry Sullivan, a Sage Intacct sales represent- ative, identified and recommended Massey Consulting as an integration consultant for tvsdesign. Massey Consulting has been a long-time Sage Intacct Premier VAR Partner (since 2011) and is part of a preapproved group of partners that can lead implementations.
“What a great solution this was for us,” said Roy. “With Massey’s excellent accounting knowledge and depth of experience with a variety of clients, it worked really well for us. Plus, the quality of people Philip Massey has on his team is superior!”
“I strongly recommend Massey Consulting. Their team tailors their service to meet the needs of the client,” expressed Roy. “They are professional, accountable, very organized and extremely knowledgeable in the industry and with Sage Intacct software. I have absolutely no reservations recommending them and their services.