The heart of Project Ally, Projects are tracked from job development through construction administration, expediting communication, document creation & storage, project development, archiving and much more.
Staff & Contact Information
Organizes staff information, assigned tasks, project experience, resume information, correspondence and includes a real-time in/out log. Organizes company plus related contacts information, social media links, project & resume information and correspondence.
Project Management &
Project Ally easily shares Project Schedule, Project Directory, Task Assignments, Consultant Information and more plus automatically archives past project information (comes in handy for marketing too!).
Marketing & Job Development
Organize efforts regarding prospective clients plus create marketing proposals easily (including federal forms and some state forms) using the information already entered from Projects including graphics.
Create project budgets and fee proposals broken down by phase, service, service item, staff discipline and associated billing rate (if applicable), track project progress, and easily utilize project phase/service info throughout the project.
Time & Expense Tracking
Staff may easily enter hours by project, project phase, project service, date and hours (direct or indirect) and reports are created with a click of a button!
Should you trust your data to a wholly web-based solution?
FileMaker solutions are databases that work on the web giving you the best of both worlds. Consider the following:
• Ownership of Data Framework: With Project Ally, you control the data AND the data framework. If you want to customize it, archive it, or create new reports, you can! If you are not happy with a web-based solution's attributes, you're stuck with an export of your data and no framework. Not very useful...
• Independence from Internet Access: Project Ally does not rely completely on an internet connection like web-based solutions. With Project Ally, you can work on the source file offline, you can be working on an upgrade offline and switch files when your new set of data (like a new school year of data) or customizations are ready. Can't do that a web-based solution.
• Security of Data: With wholly web-based solutions, it is super easy for users to share passwords, sometimes with unfortunate outcomes. With Project Ally, you can choose whether or not to put your data on the internet and how much of it is accessible on the internet.
Customization: Project Ally is built on FileMaker® Pro, known as the most user-friendly Desktop Database software. Ease-of-use is a hallmark of FileMaker® Pro.
• Ability to Archive Data with Data Framework: Because with Project Ally you own both your data and the framework it is in, you can keep fully-functioning copies of your archive data. With a wholly web-based solution you are likely to end up with just an tab-delimited export of your data. For example, you might want to keep a copy of each year's data in it's framework so you can still run the reports that you depend on.
DATABASED vs. WEB-BASED
Project Ally offers:
• Advanced mobile ready software for your group
• Work on Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone or Web Browser
• Includes Password Protection
• Minimal training to use
Pronounced in·teg'ra·tis, Integratis Inc. first created Project Ally to help design professionals manage their business with ease. Project Ally was created by an architect, for architects, and was refined by experienced architects. Design professionals depend upon Project Ally to simplify their work, save time and promote accuracy.
Project Ally's creator, Lesley Paiva, recognized the need for Projecy Ally while she was an intern architect. After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech, she was shocked and disappointed to discover how little time architects are able to devote to design; information management takes up at least 90% of an architect's time (or, at least, it seems that way). Luckily, in 1994 she happened upon a copy of Filemaker Pro 2.0 and decided, "Hey, a database would save us a lot of time and help us stay organized. And then I can spend more time on design!" Now she wants to share her knowledge and continuing efforts with you.
Here is Project Ally's creator, Lesley Paiva, demonstrating her solution at an Architect's convention in November 2001.