ABM Announces Call for Entries for 61st Annual Neal Awards, the Premier Recognition for B-to-B Media

ABM, a division of the SIIA, today announced that it is now accepting entries for the 61st annual Jesse H. Neal Awards competition. The 2015 Neal Awards will feature the debut of “Best News Story” category, two expanded categories and one new special award.

The Jesse H. Neal Awards, known as the Neal Awards, were created by ABM in 1955 to recognize and reward editorial excellence in business publications. They are named after ABM’s first managing director, who remained active in promoting the b-to-b industry throughout his life. With 22 categories that reflect the entire multi-platform suite of products used by b-to-b editors today, the Neal Awards both represent and recognize the changing face of business media.

For more information about the awards, including how to enter, click here. The final deadline to submit entries is December 12, 2014. Award finalists will be announced in February, and all winners will be announced at the 61st Annual Neal Awards ceremony on March 27, 2015, in New York City.

“Past Neal Award winners have exposed corruption, launched major trends, and innovated new technologies that set the pace for the b-to-b media industry,” said ABM Managing Director Mike Marchesano. “As media and information companies continue to blaze new trails, the Neal Awards have also grown to honor excellence in online-only media and blogs, social media, mobile, and more. We invite you to join in this celebrated tradition and enter the Neal Awards today.”

“The Neal Awards have recognized excellence in business journalism for more than 60 years,” said Glenn Coleman, Neal Awards Committee Chair and editor of Crain’s New York Business. “We are committed to reflecting the industry’s continued evolution by constantly improving the competition to benefit b-to-b media outlets of all sizes.”

This year’s awards will debut a new category, Best News Story. Two categories have been expanded, Best Media Brand and Best Work by a Single Author, to three revenue classes from one single revenue class.

Also new this year is a special award – the Marianne Dekker Mattera Award, which has been established in honor of the long-time chief editor of RN Magazine and Medical Economics and managing editor of MedPage Today. In the course of her more than 40-year career in business media, Marianne won 18 Jesse H. Neal Awards, more than any other individual editor in b-to-b media, and was honored for this accomplishment at the 60th Annual Neal Awards ceremony. Marianne passed away during summer 2014. Nominations for this award are open to editors and other journalists who work for ABM member companies.

The Grand Neal Award, which honors the most outstanding entry from among the winners in all categories, will also be awarded on March 27. Previous Grand Neal Award winners include Randall-Reilly Publishing Company, IEEE Spectrum, Architectural Record, Farm Journal, Heavy Duty Trucking, CSO, Baseline, CIO, Pharmaceutical Executive, RoadStar, and PC World.

Execs from Google, Thomson Reuters, Forbes, CQ Roll Call, & More to Address Top Issues Facing Digital Content & B2B Media

Top executives from some of the country’s leading digital content and B2B media companies will convene in Miami, Fla., Nov. 10-12 for the first Business Information & Media Summit (BIMS). The new event, hosted by the SIIA will explore emerging challenges as big data, marketing, digital media and advertising become increasingly integrated.

During BIMS, executives from Thomson Reuters, Forbes, Google Enterprise, Penton, CQ-Roll Call Group, Randall-Reilly and more will offer insight on topics shaping the future of the information industry, including:

  • The Future of Data: How existing data products are evolving in conjunction with new products being created.
  • The Global Data Challenge:  The opportunity and logistics involved in collecting data on a global scale.
  • Gaining a Competitive Advantage in a Digital Age: Enabling powerful, streamlined collaboration across the world-wide value chain.
  • Customer Modeling and Behavioral Targeting: Data’s role in driving sales.
  • Multichannel Marketing: How the environment for successful marketing campaigns has fundamentally changed.

BIMS will also feature the following keynote speakers:

Arundel will discuss “How to Gain Competitive Advantage in the Digital Age” by identifying new ways to achieve competitive advantage in consumer and business markets as she evaluates the value of globalization and low-cost outsourced labor.

Leading the largest privately held business information services company in North America, Kieselstein has driven Penton’s rapid transformation by focusing on innovation and growth.

Reilly has made several strategic changes to transform Randall-Reilly into a top marketing services company which provides insights into specific market segments and then engages those audiences through targeted platforms.

BIMS combines three former conferences – the Specialized Information Publishers Association’s Marketing Conference, the American Business Media’s Executive Forum, and InfoCommerce Group’s DataContent Conference – into one comprehensive event that examines the trends of the changing B2B media industry.

WHO:           The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
WHAT:         SIIA’s Business Information & Media Summit 2014 #BIMS14
WHEN:         November 10-12, 2014
WHERE:       The Fontainebleau, Miami, FL

For a complete schedule of events, visit: http://siia.net/bims/2014/schedule.asp. Updates in advance of the event are available using the conference’s Twitter hashtag: #BIMS14.

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SIIA Previews: Showcasing Innovative Companies Transforming the Information Industry

SIIA will be holding their 10th annual Previews at the Business Information & Media Summit (BIMS) November 10-12 in Miami, Florida.

SIIA Previews seeks the most innovative companies who are currently transforming the information industry. Selected companies are given the opportunity to present at BIMS to over 400 leaders from the business information and media industries. Previews presenting companies present to secure funding, strategic partnerships, new customers or even an exit.

“Over the years we have seen some of the most innovative companies present at SIIA Previews,” said Larry Schwartz, Newstex President and Chairman of SIIA Previews. “We are looking forward to integrating SIPA and ABM companies into the Previews and taking the program to Miami.”

As a result of presenting at Previews several alumni have received investments or have been acquired. Over the years SIIA has featured 100+ companies during the Previews program at SIIA Conferences.

  • Pubget: was acquired by SIIA Member company Copyright Clearance Center.
  • Associated Content: closed $6 Million in Series C Funding
  • FeeDisclosure: purchased by Bankrate
  • Generate, Inc.: purchased by Dow Jones
  • Keibi Technologies: purchased by Lithium Technologies

To see the full list of Previews Alumni updates visit our Alumni page.

How to Apply:

B2B content, information and media companies (publishers, aggregators, and technology plays) with under $10M in revenue should apply to present. All SIIA Previews application submissions must be made from companies that provide content or content technology products or services, have received no more than a Series A round of financing, generate no more than $10 million in sales, and have actual customers.

Apply now.

Be sure to register for SIIA Previews by September 25. Check out our full schedule and networking opportunities. Click here if you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. Stay up-to-date on BIMS news by following us on twitter #BIMS14.

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SIIA’s “Deciphering the CEO” Forum in San Jose, CA will Focus on Creating a Winning Culture

SIIA today announced Deciphering the CEO: Creating a Winning Culture. This opportunity is for CEOs, Investors, and selected senior business unit leaders to discuss growth strategies for software companies.

The one day event will provide insights to help you think more strategically, empower your team and maximize the performance of your company. Leading CEOs and industry experts will share their perspectives on a variety of key issues affecting CEOs during every stage of company growth, including creating a culture that supports company vision, making customers the core to your business, technology challenges and solutions, strategic planning and more.

Deciphering the CEO will feature a keynote from Michael Redding, Managing Director, Technology Labs, Accenture. Leading a diverse team of technology experts across the globe, Redding directs strategic programs that identify and translate new and emerging technologies into Accenture business solutions, providing tangible business results for large enterprises. Redding will highlight Accenture’s research on the trends that are not just shaping technology, but hold the most potential to transform businesses over the next three years.

Additional speakers include:

  • Karthic Athreya – CEO, ForteHCM
  • Dave Batt – CEO, FPX
  • Eileen Boerger – CEO, CorSource Technology Group
  • Dev Chanchani – CEO & Founder, INetU
  • Marc Chiang – Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, National M&A Technology Leader, Grant Thornton LLP
  • Feyzi Fatehi – CEO, Corent Technology, Inc.
  • Lauren Kelley – CEO & Founder, OPEXEngine
  • Edy Liongosari – Global Director Research, Technology Labs, Accenture
  • Nick Mehta – CEO, Gainsight
  • Ingo Mierswa – CEO, RapidMiner
  • Umberto Milletti – CEO & Founder, InsideView
  • Guy Nirpaz – CEO, Totango
  • Ramon Nunez – CEO, LiveHive
  • Dr. Lousheng Peng – CEO & Founder, GageIn
  • Robert Reid – CEO, Intacct
  • David Roth – CEO & Co-Founder, AppFirst
  • Paul Walborsky – CEO, Gigaom
  • Peter Watridge – Principal, Pointed Insight, LLC

WHO: Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)

WHAT: SIIA’s Deciphering the CEO: Creating a Winning Culture

WHEN: September 24, 2014

WHERE: Accenture Technology Labs, San Jose, CA

Check out the complete agenda here. Sponsor SIIA’S Deciphering CEO to showcase your thought leadership and reach a targeted audience of decision makers.
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Rhianna Collier is VP for the Software Division at SIIA. Follow the Software team on Twitter at@SIIASoftware.

SIIA Event Sept. 17 will Examine Software’s Transformative Impact on U.S. Economy

SIIA speaker seriesSIIA invites you to attend The Software Century: Analyzing Economic Impact & Job CreationThe new event, which will explore the software industry’s role in job creation and economic growth, will take place on Wednesday, September 17 at 11:30 a.m. in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, HVC 215.

The Software Century: Analyzing Economic Impact & Job Creation will feature Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews and business leaders, who will provide their unique perspective on how software is reinventing the way businesses and consumers operate and is transforming the U.S. economy.

At the event, SIIA will unveil a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind report on the software industry’s economic impact. As software has become essential to virtually all business operations across all industries, the new SIIA report – “The U.S. Software Industry: An Engine for Economic Growth and Employment” – will provide detailed data and analysis related to output, productivity, exports and job creation. The report’s author, Robert J. Shapiro, former Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs under President Bill Clinton, and SIIA Vice President of Public Policy Mark MacCarthy will discuss the study’s findings and implications.

To register for the event, please click here

Announced speakers include:

  • Bruce Andrews – Deputy Secretary of Commerce
  • Robert J. Shapiro – former Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs under President Bill Clinton; Co-founder and Chairman, Sonecon, LLC
  • Jason Mahler – Vice President of Government Affairs, Oracle
  • Bernie McKay – Chief Public Policy Officer and Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs, Intuit
  • Henry Lightsey – Executive Director of Global Connected Consumer-Global Government Relations, General Motors

WHO: The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)

WHAT: The Software Century: Analyzing Economic Impact & Job Creation

WHEN: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, HVC 215


Sabrina Eyob is the Public Policy Coordinator at SIIA. Follow the Policy team on Twitter @SIIAPolicy.

SIIA Seeks Education Technology Innovators for Incubator Program

The Education Division of SIIA is accepting applicants for its Innovation Incubator program. Selected developers of promising technologies in the K-12 and postsecondary markets will be invited to participate in the SIIA Innovation Incubator program during the 14th annual SIIA Education Business Forum, December 9-10, at McGraw-Hill Conference Center in New York. The deadline to apply is September 26.

The SIIA Innovation Incubator program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in the development and launch of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006, and has helped dozens of companies enrich education through the use of software, digital content and related technologies. The Innovation Incubator program employs a peer-review process to identify the most promising digital education products. Successful industry leaders and peers also provide one-on-one mentorship before, during, and after the Forum to support the growth and success of identified innovators.

All education technology companies with innovations are encouraged to apply – from start-ups to established companies. A panel of SIIA member judges, consisting of prominent education technology industry professionals, will review and score each innovation, and collective scores will determine finalists and an alternate. Scores will be calculated based on:

  • True innovation
  • Market need/ Solving a problem in education
  • Ability to be successful

Finalists will be asked to give webinar presentations to educators and administrators nationwide for the Educators’ Choice and Faculty Choice Awards. Finalists will also present their products in person for Education Business Forum attendees. An additional winner and one runner-up will be chosen for the “Most Innovative” and “Most Likely to Succeed” categories based on the scores submitted by Forum attendees.

For more information about the Innovation Incubator program, or to apply, go to http://www.siia.net/ebf/2014/incubator.asp or contact Karen Billings at kbillings@siia.net.

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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

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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