Deltek, the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses, today announced that Next Fifteen Communications – the global digital marketing and communications agency – has selected Deltek as its agency network’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) software partner. Deltek will provide Next Fifteen Communications (Next 15), with an integrated resource management and project accounting solution to improve the project and financial control of its global business.
Next 15 employs 1,200 people across 50 offices in 18 countries. With 12 subsidiary agencies spanning Public Relations, marketing, digital and public affairs, Next 15 represents many of the world’s biggest international brands.
Having undergone a rapid expansion in the last decade, Next 15 has doubled in size. As such, its search for a new ERP partner centered around finding an integrated, yet agile system which would manage the complete multi-company and multi-currency requirements of an international company and deliver the ability to swiftly onboard new acquisitions into its financial infrastructure. By migrating the entire group onto one core ERP system to unify its global organisation, Next 15 will benefit from greater sharing of information, tighter internal controls, and increased back office process efficiencies, freeing up staff time to focus on client activities.
By deploying Deltek Maconomy as its project-based ERP system, Next 15 now has a proven business platform developed to support the core best practices processes of project-centric firms. Built upon a robust project accounting core, the integrated front and back-office capabilities of Deltek Maconomy will support end-to-end business workflows from project inception to revenue reconciliation. The solution’s world-class project management capabilities will also help Next 15 reduce any risk of over-servicing and facilitate more pro-active client management.
“As the Next 15 agency network continues to grow, we need a proven ERP foundation which will underpin our entire business and drive efficiencies to ensure we achieve our profit targets. Deltek emerged as the chosen vendor from our extensive tender process as their system is built specifically for the needs of project-based firms such as ours. The strong core model we will deploy at a group level will ensure we have a solid foundation for consistency in management reporting and KPI tracking, yet offer flexibility around local preferences to ensure we can also plan, execute and report at a brand, country and client level. Deltek’s client list of hundreds of other Marketing and Communication firms around the world speaks volumes for their industry fit and experience,” said Peter Harris, Group CFO at Next 15.
“We are very pleased to add Next 15 to our list of Marketing and Communications clients,” said Fergus Gilmore, Managing Director of Deltek UK. “We are dedicated to this industry sector and ensure our systems are built to distinctly meet the demands of agencies both large and small. Building a foundation for growth is a key challenge for any business, and the complexities of global network amplify the need for a centralized system to improve efficiencies, visibility and financial control. With Deltek Maconomy, Next 15 has a complete ERP solution which will ease their administration burden and allow them to keep a continued focus on delivering exceptional projects for their clients.”
About Next Fifteen Communications
Next Fifteen Communications Group plc (‘Next 15′) employs 1,200 people across 50 offices in 18 countries. With 12 subsidiary agencies spanning PR, marketing, digital and public affairs, Next 15 represents many of the world’s biggest international brands.
Next 15 owns five independent communications brands, two specialising in the technology sector (Text 100 and The OutCast Agency), two in the consumer space (Lexis and M Booth) and a global marketing services agency (Bite). The group also owns four agencies with a focus on digital (Beyond, agent3, Connections Media and Republic Publishing), a market research company (Redshift Research), communications firm (463 Communications) and investor relations consultancy (The Blueshirt Group).