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

SIIA Announces 2014 CODiE Award Winners in Education

SIIA announced winners of the 2014 CODiE™ Awards in education categories during a special awards reception and dinner, held during SIIA’s annual Education Industry Summit. Overall, 31 winners were recognized for their products and services deployed specifically for the education market.

All of the nominated education products and services were first reviewed by a group of tech-savvy educators from across the nation, whose evaluations determined 146 finalists. SIIA members then reviewed these finalists and voted to select 31 CODiE Award winners, listed here by category, company, and product/service:

Best Classroom Management Solution ClassLink, Inc. LaunchPad Suite
Best Education Reference Solution Credo Reference Literati School
Best Student Assessment Solution Edmentum Edmentum’s Study Island
Best Learning Game ExploreLearning.com ExploreLearning Reflex
Best Corporate Learning/Workforce Development Solution Global eTraining GeT Interactive
Best Collaboration Solution for Students Houghton Mifflin Harcourt myWriteSmart
Best Solution for Special Needs Students Inclusive Technology Ltd ChooseIt! Maker 3
Best Professional Learning Solution for Education Insight Education Group myCore
Best PK-12 Personalized Learning Solution itslearning, Inc. itslearning
Best Science/Health Instructional Solution JASON Learning, National Geographic Society JASON Expedition Center
Best Education Cloud-Based Solution JASON Learning, National Geographic Society JASON Expedition Center
Best Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas Learning.com Inquiry
Best K-12 Enterprise Solution Learnosity The Learnosity Publisher Toolkit
Best Campus Academic Management Solutions Pearson EQUELLA
Best Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators Promethean Inc. (USA) Promethean Planet
Best Reading/English/ELL Instructional Solution ReadWorks ReadWorks
Best Game-Based Curriculum Solution Rullingnet VINCI Curriculum
Best K-12 Course or Learning Management Solution Schoology, Inc. Schoology
Best Cross-Curricular Solution SharpSchool SharpSchool K-12 Website Solution
Best Mathematics Instructional Solution Think Through Learning Think Through Math
Best Postsecondary Personalized Learning Solution Tutor.com Tutor.com for Higher Education
Best Postsecondary Learning Solution uCertify uCertify LABS
Best Educational App for a Mobile Device Vernier Software & Technology – Software Division Graphical Analysis for iPad
Best Project-Centered Learning Solution World Wide Workshop Globaloria
Best Postsecondary Enterprise Solution Blackboard Inc. Blackboard Analytics
Best Social Sciences Instructional Solution SAGE IntroStats Online
Best Use of Video to Support Students Learning Delmar Cengage Learning Health Care Career Exploration Learning Lab
Best Virtual Learning Solution McGraw-Hill Education Onboard for Advanced Placement

Three top winners were also announced during the awards ceremony:

Best K-12 Solution Schoology, Inc. Schoology
Best Postsecondary Solution Blackboard, Inc. Blackboard Analytics
Best Education Solution Schoology, Inc. Schoology

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

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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 Education Industry Summit 2014 to be Streamed Live

SIIA is holding its 11th annual Education Industry Summit (Twitter: #SIIAEd14), the nation’s leading education technology conference. This year’s theme is “Meet @ the Cutting Edge.” Conference sessions will review what’s coming next in the teaching and learning process in a post-PC world, and will prepare education solution providers with the knowledge needed to build the infrastructure, products, and services that schools want or need.

JDL Horizons, using its flagship Internet streaming solution EduVision, will produce and stream three key sessions:

Monday, May 12, 4:00 – 5:30pm PDT – Live presentations by Innovation Incubator Award Finalists will be made to a panel of reviewers, to determine those that are “Most Innovative” and “Most Likely to Succeed.”
Tuesday, May 13, 12:30-1:45pm PDT – Education Technology Awards Luncheon – announcing the winners of the Innovation Incubator Program and the recipients of the Ed Tech Impact Award and Education Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tuesday, May 13, 6:30-9:00pm PDTCODiE Awards- announcing the winner of the CODiE Awards. The 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.

District Administration will deliver these events live to a national audience of hundreds of thousands of education leaders throughout North America and around the world. Streaming will be available at: universitybusiness.com/siia and districtadministration.com/siia

More information can be found on the summit’s web site at: http://www.siia.net/eis/2014/

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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 Software Finalists for 2014 CODiE Awards

The Software Division today announced the 125 finalists in the 2014 SIIA CODiE Awards for Software categories. These finalists recognize applications, products, and services which deliver solutions for use by business, government, consumers, academic, or other organizations.

This year’s program features 28 Software categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends. Winners will be announced during a special Awards dinner on May 21in San Francisco during the industry’s premier ISV gathering of SaaS, BI, and Cloud providers, Maximize.

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program. The first round review of all nominees includes industry executives and analysts, representatives of media outlets, bloggers, and investors. The judges are responsible for selecting the CODiE Awards finalists. SIIA members then vote on the finalist products and the scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners.

Details about each finalist are listed at http://siia.net/codies/2014/finalists.asp

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