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Finalists for software awards unveiled this week

Keen software-watchers may have noticed the appearance of several articles over the past few days announcing the shortlists for our 2020 Software Awards.

10th Nov 2020
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Accounting Excellence Software Awards 2020

The best tax apps, payroll and accounts production software shortlists were published on Monday, followed by the finalist lists for best practice management tools, edata and expenses management, and non-accounting cloud applications (aka fintech) on Tuesday.

The most prestigious award, for best small business accounting software of 2020, will be unveiled at 2pm today (Wednesday 11 November), followed by the lists for mid-market and enterprise accounting and forecasting, reporting and analysis.

The shortlist for Practice Suite of the Year will be unveiled on Thursday 12 November.

Virtual awards ceremony on 2 December

The sequenced shortlist revelations are a response to the latest lockdown measures in England, which have forced the Accounting Excellence Awards  to go online.  In place of the live event originally planned, the software awards will be announced online beginning on Monday 31 December. The final award, for software suite of the year, will be announced on Wednesday, 2 December 2020 at the virtual ceremony for the Accounting Excellence Firm Awards 2020.

Nearly 4,000 users posted ratings in this year’s software survey – part of the biggest continuing survey of business software use in Europe. The satisfaction ratings for functionality, ease of use, support and value for money are used to decide the award-winners.

Because they are chosen by real users, the Software Awards carry extra authority and cachet with both AccountingWEB members and software vendors. The results also feed into our Software Reviews pages and deeper analysis of trends within the accounting software marketplace.

Software trends in a turbulent year

This year’s turbulence has had a visible impact on business software applications. Covid-19 disrupted the usual buying seasons and accountants have had less time to research new applications. Nevertheless, surges are very evident in demand for cloud practice management, expenses data capture and cashflow forecasting tools.

Software trends that were brewing during 2019 have become part of the mainstream in 2020. Further analysis articles and Software Reviews updates will explore these trends in more detail once the winners have been announced during the first week of December.

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