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Environmental Consulting Firm ESA Cuts Payables Processing Time in Half

CCG Payables Approval & Tracking Software Automates Approval Process

Minneapolis, MN — Feb. 18, 2014 — Leading environmental science and planning firm Environmental Science Associates (ESA) recently implemented Central Consulting Group’s CCG Payables Approval & Tracking software to make the firm’s accounts payable process more efficient.

The software allows firms to scan their incoming paper invoices and create electronic versions, which can be reviewed and edited by approvers easily and quickly via their Deltek Vision® ERP system.

“With more than 350 employees spread across 15 offices, we were spending too much time and money making paper copies of vendor invoices and shipping them to approvers,” said Tara Devlin, ESA’s senior accounts payable and payroll specialist who oversaw the software implementation. “With CCG Payables Approval & Tracking, we estimate it takes about
50 percent less time — and we’ve reduced our paper use and shipping costs as part of our commitment to operate as a sustainable business,” Devlin explained.

The firm’s accountants and office managers aren’t the only ones who benefit, Devlin added. “Our project managers really like that they now have direct access to invoice information related to their projects,” she said. “They can run reports
and see details like job-to-date billed for each vendor and if the client has been invoiced, which helps them be more accountable.”

Another welcome result of the CCG product is faster receivables. “Now if a client has a question about their bill, we can quickly find the back-up information instead of having to dig it out of a file cabinet. By resolving client questions faster, we’re providing more responsive client service and speeding payments,” Devlin explained.

CCG Payables Approval & Tracking is part of the CCG Suite of Products, which includes six proprietary financial products designed to integrate seamlessly with Deltek Vision.

About ESA
Environmental Sciences Associates (ESA) is a leading integrated environmental science and planning firm that specializes in all aspects of project planning, environmental analysis and assessment, and regulatory compliance. The firm minimizes impacts to the natural and built communities through innovation, sound science and technical excellence. It’s among the 2013 Top 200 Environmental Firms ranked by Engineering-News Record.

About Central Consulting Group (CCG)
CCG serves leading architectural, engineering and professional services firms across North America by helping them achieve more with their software. As a Deltek Premier Partner, we specialize in the implementation and customization of Deltek Vision ERP software. We also extend the core Deltek Vision application by offering the CCG Suite of Products — powerful, proprietary add-on financial products that help firms manage complex projects and streamline business processes to improve performance.


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