on Deltek's responses to the Technology Evaluation.Com
(TEC) request for information, TEC determined what sort of customer
could make good use of the type of solution Deltek provides. This analysis is
useful to both Deltek in determining the prospects likely to benefit from Deltek's
solutions and to companies looking for the type of solution Deltek offers.
ideal candidate for Deltek's Costpoint solution
will need a high-level of financial management support. This candidate will
also require support from all the other modules, though not necessarily at such
a high degree. Finally, this candidate will need a full feature-set from certain
manufacturing management areas, but not necessarily need every possible feature
that could be provided.
the data used to compose our graphs is directly from Deltek's responses to the
TechnologyEvaluation.Com (TEC) request for information. We measure the vendor's
level of support for over 3,000 criteria and then compare these, from a high
level, to see what sort of customer could make good use of the type of solution
Profiling the Ideal Candidate for Deltek
are two types of information that we graph for each of the high-level criteria
TEC uses to analyze a product. One type of graph is a baseline
graph. In the baseline graphs, we normalize all criteria to an equal relevance,
which allows you to see how a vendor's product scores on its own merit and without
regard to any one module taking precedence over another. By comparing a graph
of the vendor's supported functionality against a normalized baseline, you can
see the modules the vendor most emphasizes.
In the other type of graphs, we prioritize by adjusting the baseline to correspond to the vendor's focus. You can see if the functionality you need in an ERP solution is equivalent with the areas in which the vendor focuses. In the prioritized graphs, Deltek's strengths visibly stand out against its weaknesses.
the high-level view, most of the modules in Deltek's Costpoint solution provide
a nearly equal level of functionality. Deltek's highest rated functional area
is its financials module but as we examine the other areas
more closely, their differences surface. The areas that, at first glance, appear
to contribute the least to Deltek's scores are its manufacturing management
module and the product technology support. Deltek's
solution is not necessarily weak in the manufacturing management area; it has
several points that are very strong, such as its product costing and product
management. The company however, relies mostly on third party customization
to support its field service and repairs, and product/item functionality.
The following graph (Figure 1 below) shows the high-level ratings of Deltek's modules against a baseline that has equal weight given to each module. By examining this graph, one can see that if every module is equally important, Deltek Costpoint would fare closely in accord with the baseline for almost every area. This graph however, is not the most useful for discovering how well your company's requirements might match what the Deltek product provides. To see if your company's requirements match well with Costpoint's features, we need to look at the graph that is prioritized to show the strengths and weaknesses of the product.
In Figure 2 we've modified the graph's baseline so that it follows the strengths and weaknesses of Deltek's Costpoint product. The blue-block line now follows the solid line, which means that in the financials module, for example, as an area with very strong functionality, the module receives a higher weight, or contributes more to the product's functionality in relation to the other modules. In adjusting the product's scores this way, we match areas that contribute a lot to the product's functionality to what a company would most need from its implementation. Essentially, the graph shows that if your company has strong requirements for financials, purchasing management, and inventory management, you would want to look more deeply at the Deltek solution.
Consider the Criteria in More Depth
Let's consider the criteria in more depth. We'll start with financials since it stretches the furthest to the edge of our graph (see Figure 2). The reason Deltek's financials module is so strong becomes clear when we see the financial criteria graphed on their own. In this case, just about every group of criteria in the module is well supported. Upon adjusting the baseline to fit the product's levels of support, we can see that most of the groups of criteria come equally close in their contribution to the module's overall strength. Figure 3 shows a bar-graph view of only our adjusted global priorities for the criteria, and this is matched with the actual functionality in Figure 4.
only noticeably significant changes are in the cash management and accounts
receivable criteria groups. In this case, cash management is simply not an area
with many criteria so its score does not contribute much to the graph. Deltek,
in fact, supports eleven of our sixteen criteria for scoring accounts receivable.
Remaining criteria, such as calculation of expected cash resources and
uses, the company makes available mostly through modifications.
receivable however, holds a large group of criteria that contribute
to the graph and Deltek does support most of these criteria. The one area that
affects the vendor's slightly lower result in this particular group is its lack
of support for various credit and collections management functionality.
According to Deltek more than half of the criteria in this section will be included
in a future release.
a number of ERP solutions, human resources (HR) functionality
is not an area that the company emphasizes the most. Nevertheless, Deltek does
support quite a few features for human resources. If your company requires certain
HR functionality such as benefits, personnel management, payroll and data warehousing
support, the Costpoint product would provide your required features. All things
being equal, let's check, in Figure 5, on the areas that Deltek supports.
Costpoint's results are high in a few areas, for example, it supports almost every criterion in the payroll group and anything not supported outright, Deltek can provide in the form of a modification.
area that contrasts against Deltek's other modules, is in the manufacturing
management group of criteria. This group contains a variety of features
with fluctuating ranges of support. Deltek emphasizes some features—but to the
other extreme the company does not support certain groups of criteria at all.
See Figure 6 below:
see a good deal of support for product costing and project
management. The area that weakens the Deltek manufacturing management
module's contribution is its lack of support for a product/item configurator.
A product/item configurator would include functionality to ask, define, and
then populate the attributes of a product for an individual customer. If your
company needs to be able to determine if it can satisfy a customer's "to-order"
requirements using a software tool during the order-entry process, this would
present a problem for the Deltek system. It may not be important to your set
of requirements, though another area that is not a strong point for the Deltek
system, field service and repairs, might be important to consider.
group of criteria in field service and repairs covers a range
of features, including call management, service order management, field service
management, service contracts management, processing and statusing, and finally
service training management. Of these groups, Deltek does already offer some
service order management support and plans to increase this
feature-set in a future release. You can expect the product data management
group of criteria to increase its contribution toward the graph results in the
future. Deltek is working on supporting many of the criteria in this group for
a future release and those that are not currently supported are mostly offered
of Deltek's strong points in its manufacturing management module is its product
costing functionality. Costpoint has a strong purchasing management
module. In fact, Deltek supports forty-seven of the forty-nine possible criteria
we use to measure the module's functionality. Its reporting and interfacing
functionality, in particular, would be well-suited for a company with such requirements.
main area in the graph (see Figure 7) that lessens some of the module's contribution
to Costpoint's resulting scores is the repetitive vendor procurement
group. In this case, Deltek has scheduled the criteria for support in a future
release but it does not currently support that functionality.
noted previously, Deltek's product technology area is one of
the areas without much to contribute to the entire product score. This is mostly
because it does not provide standard support for a lot of business or metadata
modeling criteria. It does however, support multiple platforms and both Oracle
and Microsoft database systems. Your company might be inclined
to do more research on Costpoint if you require a well-supported financials
module and a product that addresses, at various levels, a wide-variety