Final Software Satisfaction Award shortlists revealed
Adding to the anticipation surrounding the 2009 Software Satisfaction Awards, the shortlists have been revealed for the scheme’s two judged prizes – Newcomer of the Year and Software Vendor of the Year.
The Software Satisfaction Awards are based on the results of an online survey of more than 8,000 members of Sift Media’s online communities. The newcomer prize is designed to recognise those suppliers who don’t yet have a big enough user base to feature in the main prize categories, while the Vendor of the Year is a new award to mark achievements that transcend industry boundaries.
The shortlist nominations were determined by a judging panel that included Jairo Rojas, chief executive of BASDA, the Business Applications Software Developers Association, elearning expert Don Taylor, BusinessCloud9.com editor and MyCustomer.com technology editor Stuart Lauchlan and John Stokdyk, technology editor for Sift Media.
The candidates for these prizes are summarised below. The winners will be revealed at the Software Satisfaction Awards dinner at the Royal Courts of Justice on 7 October.
Newcomer of the Year nominees
- Arithmo - This Cloud-based accounting system boasts a user-friendly interface, secure messaging and the ability to import bank statements.
- FreeAgent - A software as a service accounting application tailored for freelance and micro-businesses, with built-in time & expenses, estimating and invoicing tools, plus a tax timeline view.
- Zuora - On demand billing and subscription system that has developed a thriving niche among software as a service suppliers.
Software Vendor of the Year nominees
- Draycir - Timely product innovations such as Credit Guardian, implementation of Microsoft SharePoint within Spindle Professional Documentation and Credit Hound, an application whose time has patently come during 2008-09
- Hansa - Developer of an integrated, cross-platform ERP & CRM suite that can run across a wide variety of platforms including web, Mac, Linux and smartphones.
- Pegasus - Still the leader in modular, mid-range accounting & ERP applications, with a pioneering business intelligence tool. Judges impressed by the loyalty of its long-term customer base.
- Salesforce.com - Having gained nominations in all four CRM categories and attained a billion dollars in revenue this year, Salesforce also impressed the judges with its efforts to extend the Cloud computing model to other developers and markets via its Force.com platform.
The shortlists for the other 19 categories in accounting & finance, HR & training and customer relationship management are available from the Software Satisfaction Awards website. The winners will be announced at the 7 October ceremony, along with two other awards from BASDA – the Green supplier of the year and the Theo van Dort Award for the individual who has done the most to foster collaboration within the industry during the past year.