Celebrate the Evolution of Ed Tech with the CODiE Awards

Blog written by: Annabel Cellini, Senior Vice President, North American Strategy & Marketing, Pearson

Over the past decade, Pearson has undergone a digital transformation that mirrors what schools around the world have experienced. We have changed from a traditional print publishing company to a leader in the development of digital learning solutions that personalize learning, transform instruction and enable educators to leverage technology to make all types of critical educational decisions while creating a connected and collaborative learning community.

Our company’s involvement with the SIIA CODiE Awards has provided us with valuable feedback during this evolution. The program’s pool of expert judges has provided us with new and insightful perspectives on our learning solutions that have helped inform both our positioning and future developments.

Proudly with nine CODiE winners and 72 finalists over just the past five years, Pearson has had much to celebrate as a result of SIIA’s prestigious awards program. Our finalists and winners illustrate the depth and breadth of our offerings from adaptive learning programs for higher education and online professional development solutions for K-12 educators to student information systems and mobile learning solutions. And, while each product proudly displays the prestigious CODiE Award seal, our greatest pride is in being able to participate in this industry-wide program, celebrating the best-of-the-best with other education technology innovators from around the world.

It is an exciting time to be in education. SIIA’s CODiE awards are the perfect showcase for all of the amazing developments in the field of education. With the kick-off of the 2015 CODiE Award nominations, we look forward to another terrific year of competing – and collaborating – with our colleagues in this industry as we strive to develop solutions that will improve learning outcomes for all students.


Angel ScottAngel Scott is Awards Program Coordinator at SIIA. Follow the SIIA CODiE Awards on twitter at @CODiEAwards.

CODiE Awards Judge Webinar: How to Judge a CODiE Award

On October 6, 2014 we hosted a CODiE Awards webinar specifically for the Content, Education, and Software judges. The primary purpose of the webinar was to provide important information about the judging process, including responsibilities for all categories.

During the webinar we covered:

  • How to nominate
  • A review of the new categories
  • What happens during the first-round judging process
  • The complete CODiE Awards timeline
  • Tips and Tricks

What’s New with the CODiEs?

This year marks the 30th anniversary for the SIIA CODiE Awards!  Every summer, our divisional leadership undertakes an extensive review of the CODiE Award categories and judging criteria to ensure we are staying relevant to changes the industry and identifying the very best products. Changes for 2015 include:

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Please make a careful review of our 2015 category listings to see where your products will shine the most! If you need any assistance selecting a category please contact Angel Scott at ascott@siia.net or +1. 415.654.5422.


Angel ScottAngel Scott is Awards Program Coordinator at SIIA. Follow the SIIA CODiE Awards on twitter at @CODiEAwards.

Nominations Now Open for the 30th Annual SIIA CODiE Awards

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SIIA today opened nominations for the 2015 SIIA CODiE Awards. The 2015 CODiE Awards feature 14 new and updated categories, reflecting the dramatic changes in technology and business models impacting the software and information industries. The CODiE Awards have been the premier award for the software and information industries for 29 years. The awards program has three tracks organized by industry focus: Content, Education and Software.

Content: The SIIA Content CODiE Awards showcase the information industry’s finest products, technology and services created by, or for, media, publishers and information services providers.

Education: The SIIA Education CODiE Awards showcase applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the K-20 sector.

Software: The SIIA Software CODiE Awards showcase applications, products and services that are developed by independent software vendors (ISVs) for use in business, government, academic, or other organizational settings.

“For the past 29 years innovators in the software, education and content industries have showcased what excellence looks like,” said SIIA President Ken Wasch. “We are truly excited to see what they bring to the judges this year.”

Winners will be announced in May and June and celebrated during a special event for each category segment. More information on these events will be posted on the CODiE Awards website as it becomes available.

For more information about the SIIA CODiE Awards, visit http://www.siia.net/codies. To see how some recent CODiE Award winners describe their achievement, watch the Attributions to Success Video Series.


Angel ScottAngel Scott is Awards Program Coordinator at SIIA. Follow the SIIA CODiE Awards on twitter at @CODiEAwards.

What It Takes To Be A CODiE Awards Judge

It’s that time of year again, the CODiE Awards. SIIA’s annual CODiE Awards recognizes excellence in the content, education and software industries. The CODiE Awards remain the only peer-recognized program in the content, education and software industries so each award serves as incredible market validation for a product’s innovation, vision and overall industry impact. This year marks a milestone for the CODiE Awards, celebrating 30 years.

We are officially accepting applications for CODiE Award judges. If you have ever wanted to be a part of the CODiE Awards, this is the year to do it! The CODiE Awards are judged in two phases: a first round review in which each product is assigned to judges for evaluation, and SIIA Member voting on the finalists selected in the first round.

The ranks of first round CODiE Awards judges include industry executives and analysts, representatives of media outlets, bloggers, investors, and, for the education categories, educators and administrators. All it takes is a background that reflects an understanding of the broader market for a specific product type and a willingness to see the latest and greatest the industry has to offer.

Take a look at FreePrint contributor, John DiGilio’s 2014 CODiE Award judging experience.

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SIIA at ISTE 2014

Mark, Lindsay, and I were busy during the recent ISTE conference in Atlanta, Georgia! Our time was spent mPearson Exhibit halleeting with members, finding new members, promoting our reports, and learning about new and exciting trends in the Ed Tech Market.

The exhibit hall was packed with all sorts of companies, many of whom received a CODiEs sign to show that they were a finalist or a winner of the 2014 cycle. The exhibit hall was huge and took a team of myself and Lindsay Harman to get all of the signs out to our winners and finalists who represented a sizeable portion of the exhibitors present.

At our press conference on Sunday, the latest Vision K-20 report was released to a great turnout of industry professionals and reporters. The report was presented by Sue Cosuellins of CollinsConsults who help drive the development of the Vision K-20 initiative and Susan Meell of MMS Education who wrote the latest report. The crowd was highly responsive and asked lots of questions about the Vision K-20 report and the sneak peek findings from our upcoming testing and assessment report. John Richards of CS4Ed presented a sneak preview of a new qualitative report on testing and assessment. This report is a follow up to findings in last year’s K-12 Market Survey Report that showed a big increase in testing and assessment dollars in the market.

Most of the interviews we did were on video this year. We highlighted our work at ISTE with the help of C Blohm & Associates and did a summary interview with TouchCast. In between, there were more videos and phone interviews to further explain and clarify all of the results.

We co-sponsored the Ed tech start up pavilion and Pitch Fest competition, (both on the show floor) for the second year, which was very large and noisy. I spent much of Sunday judging the preliminary competition, then the finals early Monday morning. SIIA wants to congratulate the winners K and flexibleof this year’s competition. We were able to speak with all of the Pitch Fest competitors and learn about their companies and how they could leverage SIIA benefits.

Our Member Breakfast and Feedback Forum on Tuesday morning was also a rousing success – even for 7:00 am in the morning. The event was co-hosted with COSN and the Winter Group and drew 50 members who were able to learn from 10 educators who participated in the focus group. The topic at hand was apps in schools and educators from around the country discussed the challenges of using them in the classroom and beyond. We ended the forum by singing Happy Birthday to Charlene Blohm.

ISTE 2014 had both high registration numbers and energetic attendees. We hope to be at ISTE 2015 for another great conference and expect to see even more SIIA member companies there.

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Karen BillingsKaren Billings is Vice President for the Education Division at SIIA. Follow the SIIA Education Team on Twitter at @SIIAEducation

SIIA Announces CODiE™ Award Winners for Software and Services Industry

SIIA announced the 28 winners of the 2014 CODiE Awards in software and services categories during a special awards presentation, held last evening  at SIIA’s Maximize.

The CODiE Awards, originally called the Excellence in Software Awards, were established in 1986 by the Software Publishers Association (SPA), now SIIA, so pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other’s work. Since being established in 1986, the CODiE Awards program has recognized more than 1,000 companies for achieving greatness in the software and information industries.

All of the software nominated products and services were reviewed by third-party judges, whose evaluations determined 125 finalists. SIIA members then reviewed the finalists and voted to select the 28 CODiE Awards Winners for 2014.

Here are the winners, listed by category, company, and product/service:

Best Asset Management Solution
Flexera Software, FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises

Best Big Data Solution
Sonian, Sonian Email Archive

Best Business Intelligence/Analytics Solution
Terapeak, Terapeak

Best Cloud Application Service
Adaptive Insights, Adaptive Suite

Best Cloud Infrastructure
ProfitBricks, Inc., ProfitBricks Cloud Computing – IaaS

Best Cloud Management Solution
ProfitBricks, Inc., ProfitBricks Cloud Computing – IaaS

Best Cloud Platform as a Service
Red Hat, Inc., OpenShift by Red Hat

Best Cloud Storage & Back Up Solution
Druva, inSync

Best Collaboration Solution
Gust, Gust

Best Commerce Solution
NetSuite, Inc., NetSuite SuiteCommerce

Best Consumer Mobile Application
Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting , Checkpoint Pocket Assistant

Best Customer Relationship Management Solution
GageIn, GageIn For Salesforce

Best Enterprise Mobile Application
Wolters Kluwer, CCH,  CCH Mobile

Best Financial Management Solution
 NetSuite, Inc., NetSuite OneWorld

Best Healthcare IT Solution
 Infor, Infor Cloverleaf

Best Human Capital/Talent Management Solution
Resound Marketing,  TalentBin

Best Integration Solution
MuleSoft,  MuleSoft Anypoint Platform

Best IT Support/ Support Services Solution
Promisec , Promisec Endpoint Manager

Best Marketing Automation Solution
Bizo, Inc.,  Bizo Multi-Channel Nurturing

Best Mobile Development Solution
Red Hat, Inc.,  Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio 7

Best Open Source Innovation
Metamarkets,  Druid

Best Project Management Solution
NetSuite, Inc. , NetSuite PSA

Best Security Solution
CloudPassage,  Halo Enterprise

Best Social Business Solution
Infor,  Infor Ming.le

Best Subscription Management Solution
Zuora, Inc., Z-Business

Best Supply Chain Management Solution
Acumatica, Acumatica

Best Systems Management Solution
Puppet Labs, Puppet Enterprise

Best Video Solution
Adobe Systems, Inc., Adobe Presenter 9

For more information about the CODiE Awards, visit http://www.siia.net/codies/2014/ .


Rhianna Collier is VP for the Software Division at SIIA. Follow the Software team on Twitter at @SIIASoftware

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