Accounting & Project/client Management software


Small architecture firm owner here. Looking at CORE by BQE, and it all sounds great so far and will probably try the 15 day free trial. Looking for feedback from people who are using it or have used it.

In the meantime, are there other platforms that others have used that they really like?
I have used Ajera, which was pretty good functionally and reporting wise (but user interface could have been improved, maybe it has by now), Deltek Vision seems great but too expensive for us. We are ambling along with Quickbooks right now but it is just AWFUL and we need to switch to something better soon. I know there is other software. I'd like to hear from owners and managers what software they are using and what is or is not good about it.

Thank you. Big decision for us here... constructive feedback needed.

Sep 22, 18 8:38 am

haven't used core by bqe, but i have used archioffice by bqe. check out the trial version of archioffice for comparison.

financial information can be exported to other programs for use by your cpa.

Sep 22, 18 12:07 pm

I think CORE is the new version of Archioffice. How do you like it? What are the pros and cons?


I do like it, and I know of a few firms that use it. it's fairly user friendly and you will know where you are at with a project on the fly as long as others are inputting their time daily. cons are, others are not good about inputting time daily


you can customize reports fairly easily, but someone needs to take the time upfront with the setup to do so. as with anything, users can make or break the system.


Thanks for the feedback! I appreciate it!


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Sep 22, 18 4:29 pm

Ajera seems the best features versus cost.  Vision is great but way too much $$      InFocus is horrible and not the solution it proposes to be.

Sep 23, 18 5:20 pm

I haven't priced Ajera. We used Ajera at a previous firm with more people so can't really use the old pricing as a guide... CORE will potentially cost us around $1400/year, which isn't bad. How does Ajera compare to that price-wise? Any idea? Has Ajera evolved much from 5 years ago?


My experience with Deltek was pretty terrible.

Regular Billquick was a pain.

ArchiOffice is fine.  It's a bit slow, and having to save after every change you make in the project details section is irritating at times. ArchiOffice has a lot of features and power.  There are some people who really don't need those features and power.  They can be dangerous and irritating. 

Sep 24, 18 8:19 am

Thanks for sharing the info. keep on doing the great work.

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