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2016 Awards Presentations
The Team from Benchmark Estimating Software took out the 2016 Consensus Software Awards.
The 2016 Consensus Awards were presented by The Hon. Ed Husic MP, Member for Chifley, Shadow Spokesperson for Digital Innovation and Startups on the evening of Tuesday 14th June at the Sheraton on the Park Hotel in Sydney.
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Our thanks go to the School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of NSW for hosting the judging, and to the Judges that particpated in the final evaluation:
- Christopher Payne(Chair)
- Bert Franzen
- Edward Mandla
- Peter Oliver
- Paul Trunoff
- Nick Fondas
- Paul Cheever
Benchmark Estimating Software www.benchmarkestimating.com
from Benchmark Global
Benchmark Estimating Software is a unique estimating and bidding software package developed to provide a complete front-end business solution which solves many of the problems and issues faced in many industries.
It is the first estimating package developed with the unique objective of being suited to the global market. In Australia, the largest competitors provide packages that are suitable only for the Australian market, whilst those in the US, the biggest estimator software packages, focus on the US market. This is also the case in the UK and Europe.
The product is flexible and easy-to-use and includes estimating, quoting, marketing, progress claims (valuations), variations and project reporting which allows users to streamline and simplify their cost estimating processes and significantly improve the consistency and accuracy of their quoting process.Judges' Citation: "The judges were impressed with Benchmark's innovative combination of estimation rules, process templates and data sets to create an intuitive application for estimating a wide range of different types of jobs. The flexible nature of the design allows the software to be easily adapted to a wide range of uses.
The functionality has allowed Benchmark to move into the specialised area of Asphalting where they now service over 90% of the Australian industry. The asphalt business has also provided the company with an entry into Europe with the Colas group in France. Through Colas the software has been spread to a number of other European nations. Benchmark is currently used by more than 3000 users in over 20 countries and has been translated into 8 different languages.
The adaptability of the solution that so impressed the judges has greatly expanded the range of businesses that are using Benchmark, including Telecommunications and Aviation.
2016 Highly Commended:
from Cronus Group
Cronus SmartSYS™ is a cloud based Business Reporting Analytics and Diagnostic Tool that enables Corporate Business Decision Makers to combine financial, with correlated non-financial quantitative information, from their business units with potentially different account systems in different currencies across different borders into a single system. The software simplifies this consolidation process to create customizable reports for the business – even down to individual business units.
It also functions as an Executive Information System in that it specifically provides the CFO function with relevant reporting requirements.
These reports enable Directors/Executives to scrutinise performance and drill down to locate the prime source of the problems. It enables them to instantly analyse or diagnose the whole or part of the business, identify poor performance, inefficiencies and risks to the business.Judges' Citation: "SmartSYSTM is a product in phase 1 development and is well underway. The directors have a clear trajectory for the future development of the product. Unfortunately however the judging panel was unable to make an award but are happy to Highly Commend the product.
For the Judges to make an award we would have liked to have seen a higher level presentation focused on go to market strategies, a cohesive pricing policy and expert relationships in place to both finance the future development of the product and reseller potential.
2014 Awards Presentations
Sen. Sinodinos celebrates with Winners and Highly Commended recipients of the Awards.
The previous Consensus Software Awards were presented by Senator The Hon. Arthur Sinodinos, Senator for NSW. The Awards were hosted by The University of Sydney in the new Charles Perkins Centre, itself a Winner in the Consensus Innovation Awards.
The Awards identify the most innovative software in Australia and New Zealand. They are endorsed and supported by Australian Consensus Technology Association, Northern Sydney Institute part of TAFE, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Wholesale Investor and TiE.
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Please page down to see the winners of the previous Consensus Software Awards. You can click below on previous years and above on Previous Winners since 1999.
Click here for the results of the 2013 Consensus Software Awards
Click here for the results of the 2012 Consensus Software Awards
Click here for the results of the 2011 Consensus Software Awards
Click here for the results of the 2010 Consensus Software Awards
Click here for the results of the 2009 Consensus Software Awards
Click here for the results of the 2008 Consensus Software Awards
Our thanks go to the Judges that particpated this year in the final judging panels. They are (Front left to right) Janine Cahill, Kim Klye, Robin Wall, Will Horton, Ray David, Rainer Tietz, (Back left to right) Brian Dorricott, Julian Dimbleby, Paul Cheever, Gerard McMullan, Chris Payne, Bert Franzen.
The 2014 Winners are:
from Centium Software Pty Limited
EventsAIR is a powerful cloud-based meeting management solution for all types of meetings and events. Intuitive and easy to use, EventsAIR features real-time data, analytics, online development tools, travel/hotel management, communication tools, and mobile apps for attendees and organisers.
EventsAIR is an end-to-end solution developed by and for event professionals and is optimised for international use.
The secure cloud environment is integrated in Microsoft Azure's cloud and is extremely robust and secure. In fact, EventsAIR is PCI V3 level one compliant and includes a secure credit card vault for added data and ecommerce security.Judges' Citation: "Centium Software is the very essence of Australian software entrepreneurship. Having already received a Consensus Award in 2012 for its GuestPoint accommodation management software, Centium was not prepared to put its creative ingenuity back on the shelf.
Centium has now created an innovative, world leading event management software system EventsAir which is being eagerly accepted by event managers globally. Within the first six months of release the EventsAir system already has dozens of customers. In a $5.65 billion market place the global potential for the EventsAir solution is almost unlimited, and Centium has courageously targeted becoming the number two supplier globally within the short to medium term.
There are a host of innovations within the new cloud-based EventsAir solution, at multiple levels, including both the user interface and the underlying technology. Customisable apps for both for both the end-users and the organisers is a major innovation at the user interface level, while a very creative design enables the exploitation of the Microsoft Azure capability to achieve a dramatically scalable solution.
An extremely flexible pricing strategy complements the final solution, one which Microsoft itself has show-cased globally, ultimately delivering the highest level of performance in a system that event organisers are longing for.
The judges were unanimous in conferring a Consensus Award to Centium and we look forward to watching EventsAir growing global success."
from eBMS Pty Limited
The eBMS platform, now called Nimblex, is a cloud based business management system that wraps around every organisation's specific needs. The technology comprises of a framework much like 'play dough' that enables us to successfully automate and configure any type of process and allow for continuous adjustments as the organisation's needs change.
We offer a unified system that enables users to leave all their paper and spreadsheet type registers behind and specialise in taking core organisational wide business processes and converting them into efficient and cost effective browser accessible systems. This enables businesses to work more effectively with having systems available anywhere at any time.Judges' Citation: "The judges were impressed with the innovative way that eBMS has developed their Nimblex platform which may be described as a data management system on steroids. Despite being very powerful, the user experience allows custom-designed systems to be created by decision makers to suit their way of working.
Typical Nimblex customers have attempted to automate their internal systems using GoogleDocs, Spreadsheets, Word documents, etc. and found it difficult to manage version control, user access rights, and data validation. Traditional solutions to this problem have been to hire expensive consultants and programmers or to purchase an off-the-shelf solution and change company processes. Nimblex provides a third alternative by simplifying and speeding up the coding processes so that more time is spent on defining the process (typically 40%) ensuring that the solution is fit for purpose. Further the design interface allows individuals within companies to create and modify their solutions as business needs change and expand in the future.
The development team have responded to real-world issues for companies when designing their product by including advanced features. The first example is allowing temporary staff to impersonate those staff who are away while still logging activity to the correct staff member to provide a complete audit trail. A second example is completing the IRAP assessment to prove compliance to the Australian Signals Directorate Information Security Manual protocols.
The judges were impressed by the range of companies already using the solution and encourage the very energetic and inspiring Managing Director, Bert Myburgh, to seek to extend Nimblex's reach within each organisation as well as within each market sector. We felt that the product has great potential to bridge the gap between designing complex, expensive solutions and home-grown, error-prone spread-sheet solutions. We are delighted to confer the Consensus 2014 Software Award on eBMS and look forward to seeing great success from this company in the future."
The 2014 Highly Commended are:
from Risk Buster International
RiskBuster is ideally suited for IT Project Risk Assessment and Management, whilst it can also serve as a comprehensive framework for developing risk assessment knowledge base and approach for any Industry and any project type.
RiskBuster covers everything from the most complex System Integration (SI) projects to IT Infrastructure implementations and anything in between. It helps identify hidden planning errors and omissions, as well as execution mistakes and control lapses - that lead to major risks.
It also supports IT project reviews as well as IT Service Bid and Operational reviews.Judges' Citation: "Systems integration projects continue to present the IT world with significant headaches - the success of these projects, measured by a variety of measures, is typically low. One key deficiency is advanced risk management - risk management is the process of identifying risk, assessing risk, and taking steps to reduce risk to an acceptable level.
The Risk Buster team have developed an advanced risk management product that represents a major step forward in the market. The highly skilled team, with many years of practical experience, have built a sophisticated risk management knowledge base, classified against a proven project management taxonomy developed at Carnegie Mellon. They have populated their knowledge base with tens of thousands of risks, representing a world leading knowledge base. This provides their clients with an unparalleled source of risk knowledge, applicable at all stages of the project lifecycle.
The cloud delivered product offers clients the elusive ability to increase their chance of success in complex system integration projects. The product is applicable to both end clients involved in major SI projects, as well as service providers.
The team demonstrated great innovation and great potential. The team now needs to deliver on this, beyond its current limited client base. The focus so far has been on building the knowledge base. With a future focus on sales and marketing and extending the product to include additional subject matter specific modules, the company is likely to see great success as it gains more clients and partners.
The judging panel offers a Commendation for the product, and wishes Risk Buster success for the future. We would be keen to re-assess the product for an award in future years as it shows increased performance."
from The Cronus Group
Cronus SmartSYS™ is a cloud based Business Reporting Analytics and Diagnostic Tool that enables Corporate Business Decision Makers to combine financial, with correlated non-financial quantitative information, from their business units with potentially different account systems in different currencies across different borders into a single system.
The software simplifies this consolidation process to create customizable reports for the business - even down to those individual business units.Judges' Citation: "SmartSYS is a compelling and innovative new tool in the financial services sector with a focus specifically on business reporting, analytics and diagnostics. Unlike other better known products in this space this system fits into a niche where it can be implemented quickly and, due to some of the clever and intuitive user interface options, it can also become operational very quickly. This product will be a serious alternative to the industry giants in this market. The inherent design features of both language and currency conversion at the click of a mouse provides another valuable option for the user, especially in diversified, multinational organisations. The judges encourage the Cronus Group to concentrate on getting the SmartSYS product into the marketplace as quickly as possible where they believe it will prove its worth and where the eager user base will apply pressure for new features and options and perhaps alter the path of the product's future roadmap. We hope to see the Cronus Group back at Consensus next year with the SmartSYS product having excelled in the market place and matured into an even more impressive service."
All Consensus Award programs are based on an open nomination process. Nominations are welcomed from individuals and organizations with experience of the product or service concerned. Before nominating a product please consider the aims of the program and the judging criteria against which the product will be measured. Self nominations welcome.
The Aims of the Awards
The Awards exist to reward excellence in Australian and New Zealand software design and to grow and strengthen software development in Australasia. Award recognition can be vital in building the credibility and exposure necessary for locally developed products to break into new markets. The Consensus Software Awards have been developed to provide this credibility by using an open and transparent judging process based on the Consensus Model.
To achieve a Consensus Software Award, the product must be Australian or New Zealand designed and developed and be judged by the invited panel of judges to be Innovative, deliver performance benefits to the user, and have further potential for product or market development. Entrants are invited to present the evidence to the judging panel first through a written and then by direct presentation. Since each product is assessed directly against the judging criteria there are no categories and the judges may recommend as many or few Awards as they deem to be worthy each year.