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Software Satisfaction Awards 2008 - The winners

31st Oct 2008
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Software Satisfaction Awards 2008The suspense is over, and 20 companies are celebrating their successes in this year's Software Satisfaction Awards, which were handed out at a ceremony in London on Thursday night.

"This is the third annual Software Satisfaction Awards dinner - and I'm really proud to see that we have created an annual gathering where the industry can come together as one to celebrate its collective achievements," technology editor John Stokdyk told the 300+ audience.

More than 5,600 people participated in this year's Software Satisfaction survey covering 19 categories of accounting & finance, HR and customer management applications. Even though the votes were more than double last year's total, the accounting-related categories saw significant increases in satisfaction scores.

"This is an impressive achievement in tough economic times," said Stokdyk. "Let's see if the industry can continue this trend into 2009."

Several Accounting & Finance categories featured repeat victories for last year's winners, including Access Dimensions in the mid-range accounting category, PS Financials for enterprise accounting and MoneySoft Payroll Manager for payroll. Last year's web-based accounting winner KashFlow trumped the big guns of Sage 50, QuickBooks and MYOB to carry off the small business accounting prize, but was pipped to this year's web accounting prize by Liquid Accounts.

The winners were as follows:

Small business accounting - KashFlow

Mid-range business accounting - Access Dimensions

Enterprise accounting - PS Financials

Payroll - MoneySoft Payroll Manager

Web-based accounting - Liquid Accounts

Tax software - TaxCalc 2008

Practice management - DRIVE from Relate Software

Paperless office - Rapport from Practice Net

Business intelligence/CPM - SAP Business Objects

Accounting & finance reseller of the year - Profile Technology Services

Newcomer of the year
This new category was suggested by BASDA to accommodate new entrants to the market who would struggle to meet 5% market share threshold to make it on to the category shortlists. Judged by John Stokdyk, BASDA director-general Jairo Rojas and's Stuart Lauchlan, the award was based both product innovation and marketing strategies and the judges also consulted the survey results for evidence to back the case of each nominee.

There were some very credible contenders, including Access Accounting's new Carbon Accounting module, and 12pay, which only narrowly missed out on the main prize in the Payroll software category. All the accounting software as a service nominees - e-conomic, Liquid Accounts, Pearl Office and Xero - had strong claims, but the Newcomer of the Year for 2008 occupies a category all by itself - the on-demand performance management and analytics developer Adaptive Planning.

BASDA's Theo van Dort Award to the person who has done the most to foster collaboration within the industry went to the European Commission's John Doyle for his efforts to get software developers to work on monitoring, reporting and management tools for carbon emissions.

For the detailed results in all the accounting & finance, HR and CRM categories, visit the Sofware Satisfaction Awards website.

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John Stokdyk, AccountingWEB head of insight
By John Stokdyk
31st Oct 2008 15:57

Many apologies
Sorry Tom,

The mistake has now been corrected in the copy. It's not really a justification, but I posted the article at 1am after the awards ceremony and may have been a bit more dozy than usual.

Apologies again,
John Stokdyk
Technology editor

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Tom McClelland
By TomMcClelland
31st Oct 2008 14:39

Who is 12com?
Congratulations to all the winners.

Thanks for altering 12com to 12Pay in the copy, John.

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