2021 Deltek Learning Zone Live for
Vantagepoint, Ajera, Costpoint, and PPM Users

June 3 - Vantagepoint and Ajera
June 8 - Costpoint and PPM

Join us for a 1-day virtual live learning experience designed for hands-on instruction for Vantagepoint, Ajera, Costpoint, and PPM Users.

The Deltek Learning Zone Virtual Live sessions are a 1-day fully immersive learning experience designed to give users a focused learning environment to deepen and broaden their product skills and knowledge.

Event highlights include:

  • Hands-on practice using Deltek’s Learning Lab training environment
  • Morning and afternoon session
  • Access to our experienced instructors and their real-world insights
  • Customized learning experience across multiple content areas
  • PLUS a sneak peek at the Deltek Learning Zone’s new platform
  • Discounts will be available for companies registering multiple employees

COST: $595 per day
Half-day session offerings for $300 (Vantagepoint only)

Any Questions? Email DeltekUniversity@dlz.deltek.com


Mason Holloway

Mason Holloway
Vice President, Deltek University

Instructor List

JC Barnhart has been part of the Deltek University team as a subject matter expert and instructor on Vantagepoint for the last 3 years. Prior to his work in DU he was on the Maconomy support team for 2 years and the Vision support team for over 9 years. Before joining the Vision team he worked on the Sema4 application support team. In 2003 he graduated from the University of Oregon business school with a degree in Accounting and since then he has been working at Deltek.
Marlaina Mandeville has been with Deltek since 2007. She is currently a Principal Instructor with Deltek University and was previously a Principal Customer Care Analyst with the Deltek Customer Care team. She holds a degree in Computer Information Systems and has a combined total of 22 years’ experience in the Accounting Software industry. Her experience includes On-site implementation, Quality Control, Documentation, Training and Customer Care/Support. Her areas of expertise include Deltek Vision/Vantagepoint Time, Expense, Payroll and Billing. Prior to Deltek, Marlaina worked for a couple of smaller software companies, an Internet Marketing Company and a Pharmaceutical manufacturer. Outside of work she enjoys travelling abroad, camping, hiking and bicycling with her husband and son.
Damon Shratter is currently a Deltek University Sr. Curriculum Manager for Ajera and Vision and a certified Sr. Instructor for Ajera with extensive experience and skills in Training and Development. Damon works in Deltek’s Portland, OR office. He has been responsible for Customer Support, new hire training and client training on various Ajera topics. Prior to coming to Deltek, Damon has been a teacher at the Secondary and Post-Secondary levels, a trainer at various corporations as well as an instructor in the Army as an adjunct faculty member for the National Cryptologic School. Damon has a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry, a B.S. in Secondary Education and an M.A. in Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Valerie is currently a Deltek University Costpoint SME/Instructor, serving previously at Deltek as a SR A&F Costpoint Consultant. Valerie has over 10 years of experience in all phases of design and implementation of accounting and financial management applications, to include SAP and Costpoint.  Valerie has worked for both domestic and global clients within Government Contracting. Her areas of expertise include the Costpoint product line (Accounting & Finance) and portions of Deltek Time & Expense. Valerie is skilled at application troubleshooting and has a strong background in delivering end-user training, and preparing overall organization for system deployment.  Prior to Deltek, Valerie worked as a Costpoint System Administrator and overall system user for a small Government Contractor. She has a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Christopher Newport University. She resides in Fredericksburg, VA with her husband, daughter, son  and puppy.
Bryce is currently a Deltek Solutions Engineer for Costpoint; focused on the materials and manufacturing functionality. He has nearly 10 years of experience with Costpoint as a user, a system analyst, an administrator, and an implementation project manager. Bryce has been on the Deltek team for just under 3 years; after working for 13 years in the Aerospace industry. He also has materials and manufacturing experience in other industries; including medical lasers, computer hardware, medical devices, plastics, software, and third party manufacturing and logistics. Bryce taught at Weber State University as an adjunct professor for 5 years, teaching APICS certification exam courses for Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and Certified in Logistics Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) certifications. Bryce has an MBA from the University of Utah and currently holds 2 APICS certifications; CPIM and CLTD.
30 year veteran of the Project Controls Industry, user, teacher, and implementer of Deltek PPM software systems since 2005. Has experience and expertise in Deltek Cobra, Open Plan, Acumen Fuse, Risk & 360, and also Acumen Touchstone.

Since starting his first project controls job with Artemis Management Systems (UK) back in 1990, Neil has been working as a support consultant, scheduler, project controls instructor, implementation consultant, and has also functioned as project staff for various Cobra based earned value, construction, pharmaceutical, and defense projects. He’s worked with every leading industry standard scheduling tool including Open Plan Professional, Primavera P6, and Microsoft Project. He now specializes in developing training courses and teaching Deltek Cobra and other PPM software packages for Deltek University.

Course List

June 3, 2021 - Professional Services

Track Name Time Session Titles Instructor Duration Description
General Session 8:15 AM - 8:45 AM EST Welcome to DU's DLZ Live Event Mason Holloway 30 minutes
Vantagepoint 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST Crosswalk from Vision to Vanatgepoint: Info Centers, Searches and Reports Marlaina Mandeville 3 hrs
View Description
This Hands-On Vision to Vantagepoint Crosswalk Workshop will help Vision users to translate some of the most common and widely used features in Vision and become familiar with where these features are located in Vantagepoint and how to use these features in Vantagepoint.  The instructor will guide the participants in creating Saved Lookups and Searches in Vantagepoint, using those saved searches on Reports and running a variety of reports in Vantagepoint using saved searches as well as creating new Lookups.  In addition, the instructor will discuss the migration from Info Center to Hubs, and will guide the participants in a variety of activities that highlight the differences between Vision Info Centers and Vantagepoint Hubs.
Vantagepoint 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST Managing Business Development Communications JC Barnhart 3 hrs
View Description
In this workshop we are going to discuss using Vantagepoint Activities to manage vital communications within your business development process.  We’ll demonstrate using Vantagepoint Activities to better manage your customer relationships, track importing communications, and report and monitor follow-up action items.  Within the workshop users will have the opportunity go through exercises on creating and managing activities, monitoring those activities, and reporting on the results.
Ajera 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST Improving Your Client Invoice Process with Paperless Billing Review in Ajera Damon Shratter 3 hrs
View Description
Ajera streamlines the billing review process by providing the means to review Client Invoices through paperless Billing Review Stages. In this interactive session, learn how to use this function in Ajera to improve the speed and efficiency of your billing review process and in turn, your client invoicing.
Ajera 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST Using Parent/Child Relationships to Get the Most Out of Widgets in Ajera Damon Shratter 3 hrs
View Description
Unlock the power of Ajera Widgets to put important information in front of the people who need it in a timely manner. This Interactive session will discuss not only the foundations of Parent / Child relationships, but also how to use this knowledge to build and distribute Widgets built on these principles to your staff and stakeholders.
Registration is now closed

June 8, 2021 - Government Contracting

Track Name Time Session Titles Instructor Duration Description
General Session 8:15 AM - 8:45 AM EST Welcome to DU's DLZ Live Event Mason Holloway 30 minutes
Costpoint 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST Business Intelligence: Behind the Scenes Valerie Danielson 3 hrs
View Description
Starting with a Contract record in Costpoint, we will create and link a Subcontract record, including flowing down data and clauses. We will then create and link it to a Purchase Order with Work Assignments for the Subcontract Employees to use on their timesheets. Once the timesheets are approved, we will generate the Subcontractor vendor invoice and A/P Voucher. When the AP Voucher is posted, we will calculate the bill for our Customer and recoup our Subcontract costs & fees. You will be able to speed up Project Billings and get paid faster!
Costpoint 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST Discovering Cost Savings Through Sales Order Management Bryce Behunin 3 hrs
View Description
Realize how sales orders can increase visibility into customer demand and potentially drive efficient procurement processes for just-in-time delivery.  This class combines discussion and activities around sales order management and follows procurement activities driven by the sale order.  We will give you the tools to create more productive employees and save time and money using the integrated processes within Costpoint.
PPM 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST 10 Best Practice Tips for Using Cobra Neil Smith 3 hrs
View Description
Audience: New to Intermediate Cobra Cost Analysts and Admins. If you’ve been using Cobra for even a short time, you will probably be wondering if there are quicker and better ways to do things. For example, what are the best practices for managing all the processes? How do I track down data issues, respond to warning messages, or improve my data and change management processes? How do my counterparts in other organizations do things? In short, your instructor will be sharing years of collective Cobra wisdom that has been accumulated by expert users from a wide range of industries and project types. You will participate in the learning with hands-on exercises, performed in the Deltek provided Learning Lab sandbox environment.
PPM 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST 10 Best Practice Tips for Top Quality Schedules Neil Smith 3 hrs
View Description
Audience: New to Intermediate Schedulers. No matter what scheduling tool you use, this course will help you raise the bar on schedule quality. Used together, a scheduling tool (such as Open Plan, P6, or Microsoft Project), and Deltek Acumen Fuse will help you build quality schedules that will pass muster with even the most fastidious of schedule auditors. In this course you will be given hands-on practice to learn ways for manually checking schedule quality, and you will do this in your own Deltek provided Learning Lab sandbox environment. You will also learn how to use tools like Open Plan’s built-in Validation, and Acumen Fuse’s diagnostics to check for common mistakes that impact schedule quality. While tools are being used, the emphasis of this course is to make schedulers aware of the 10 most common reasons why schedules get rejected.
Registration is now closed

Event Cancellations

Cancellations will be refunded, minus a $100 processing fee per registration. Please send requests cancellations on or before the following dates:

  • May 20, 2021 for Vantagepoint and Ajera classes
  • May 25, 2021 for Costpoint and PPM classes

No refunds will be given for any event cancellations received after these dates. Email all cancellations to: deltekuniversity@dlz.deltek.com