The top people’s shop Harrods was buzzing on Thursday night as hundreds of software industry figures gathered for the annual Software Satisfaction Awards.
Run by AccountingWEB’s parent organisation Sift Media, in partnership with the software trade association Intellect, BASDA, the ICAEW IT Faculty, and online survey specialist ClickTools, the SSAs are so prestigious because they based on the responses of real software users.
This year 10,691 surveys were completed, covering 18 software categories. These were the winners (and nominess) in the categories of most interest to AccountingWEB members:
Accounting & finance (corporate) winner: Corero Business Systems – Resource Financials
Nominees: CaseWare, Purchase Control, Bottomline Technologies – WinBacs, Advanced Business Solutions Financial Management
Public sector specialist nabs the big prize from under the noses of some very august corporate players.
Accounting & finance (SME) winner: KashFlow Software
Nominees: FreeAgent, Crunch Accounting, ClearBooks, Intuit UK – QuickBooks, Sage 50 Accounts, Xero
The annual showdown between KashFlow and FreeAgent is reaching Ali-Frazier proportions; KashFlow has retained top spot again this year, leading a pack of serious cloud contenders.
Payroll (corporate) winner: Personal Audit Systems – P11D Organiser
Nominees: Qtac Payroll Manager, Pegasus Opera 3/II Payroll and HR, EARNIE, Sage 50 Payroll, Advanced Business Solutions Payroll, SnowdropKCS Payroll
A return to the top spot for specialist P11D tool, with honourable mentions the six more fully featured payroll programs shortlisted in this category.
Payroll (SME) winner: The Payroll Site
Nominees: 12Pay Payroll, Sage 50 Payroll, Qtac Payroll Manager, Pegasus Opera 3/II Payroll and HR, IRIS GP Payroll, QuickBooks Payroll
Another victory for cloud contender; the future pattner of software satisfaction could be taking shape.
Tax winner: TaxCalc Professional
Nominees: BTCSoftware, Keytime Tax Professional, Digita Personal Tax, IRIS Accountancy Suite
Fifth win in a row for Acorah Software.
Practice management winner: Xero
Nominees: Relate Software DRIVE; Iris Accountancy Suite
This one is a surprise; until a few weeks ago, Xero was seen mainly as a cloud bookkeeping program. But the strong vote in this category suggests it is already winning over practitioners.
Paperless office (corporate) winner: Version One Document Management
Nominees: Lindenhouse Software, Bottomline Technologies - Transform, OneFile, Open Print
That makes it three for Advanced Business Solutions subsidiary Version One, but some interesting new names made it through to the shortlist.
Paperless office (SME) winner: Draycir Spindle Professional
Nominees: OneFile, Receipt Bank, Version One Document Management, Lindenhouse Software
Having started life as a Sage Line 50 companion, Draycir repeated its 2010 victory in this category.
Reseller of the Year winner: Enhanced
Nominees: AMABusinessSystems, Trax UK, Datel Group, Profile
Judged awards: PwC systems auditor Chris Potter won the ICAEW IT Faculty Prize and the low cost Raspberry Pi computer won BASDA's Theo van Dort award.
Visit the Software Satisfaction Awards website for the full results. Further background on the contenders can be found in our shortlist analysis, and coverage from the evening in our live #SSA12 blog.
See our Storify slideshow of pictures and tweets from the evening: