HP’s Top Cloud Executive to Keynote SIIA Maximize; Leaders from Grant Thornton, Oracle, SAP, Totango and Others will also Speak

SIIA today announced that Margaret Dawson, Vice President of Product Marketing and Cloud Evangelist for HP Cloud Services, will deliver the opening keynote presentation at SIIA’s Maximize – the software industry’s premier ISV conference.

Held May 20-22 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, SIIA Maximize will bring together C-level and senior executives, analysts and venture capitalists to look beyond the Cloud and identify the disruptive and innovative growth strategies ISVs need to be efficient, competitive, and successful in today’s market.

In her keynote, Dawson – who recently helped HP unveil its CloudSystem 8 solution for private and hybrid clouds – will discuss hybrid clouds and the challenges and benefits they present for ISVs.  SIIA Maximize will also include a keynote presentation by Guy Nirpaz, CEO and founder of Totango – a real-time customer success management solution.

SIIA Maximize will also feature C-level executives from leading companies and ISVs, including:

  • Eileen Boerger, CEO, CorSource
  • Marc Chiang, Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, Grant Thornton LLP
  • Michael Corcoran, CMO, Information Builders
  • Bill McNee, Founder & CEO, Saugatuck Technology
  • Nick Mehta, CEO, Gainsight
  • Kevin O’Brien, Senior Director, ISV & SaaS Strategy for Worldwide Alliances and Channels, Oracle Corporation
  • Omid Razavi, Global VP, Cloud Customer Success & Growth, SAP
  • Matt Shanahan, SVP Strategy, Scout by ServiceSource
  • Tien Tzuo, Founder & CEO, Zuora

Additionally, SIIA’s Maximize will also feature:

  • One-to-One Business Connections. Attendees will have the opportunity to arrange pre-scheduled meetings with the conference attendees that matter most and match their business development needs.
  • Beyond Cloud Challenge. Finalists in this live competition will come together at SIIA Maximize to battle in front of a panel of industry experts, who will crown the industry’s next “Big Bang.”
  • The CODiEs: Industry’s Only Peer-Selected Awards. The 2014 SIIA CODiE Award software winners will be announced during a gala dinner. The CODiE Awards program, now in its 29th year, has recognized more than 1,000 software and information companies for achieving excellence. The CODiE Awards are the industry’s only peer-recognized awards program in the content, education, and software industries.

WHO: Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)

WHAT: SIIA’s Maximize 2014 #Maximize2014

WHEN: May 20-22, 2014

WHERE: The Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA

For a complete schedule of events, visit: http://www.siia.net/maximize/2014/schedule.asp.


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

Two Cutting Edge Companies Announced as Winners of the 2014 SIIA NextGen Awards for Mobile

SIIA today announced that two cutting edge companies in the mobile industry will be recognized with the 2014 NextGen Awards. SIIA’s NextGen program provides exposure to early-stage companies delivering game-changing solutions. The program aims to bring awareness to 6 verticals: Mobile, Social, Big Data, Security, Healthcare, and Financial Services. Nominating companies were judged by a group of industry experts who determined the Most Innovative, Most Disruptive and overall NextGen winner of the category.

The 2014 NextGen Award Winners for Mobile are:

Overall Winner and Most Disruptive: Fishtree
Fishtree is a next generation learning platform which uses content recommendation and personalization engines to help teachers teach and students learn. It combines traditional learning management with collaboration, curation and personalisation in a way that empowers teachers and engages students. Fishtree is the easiest solution available to help teachers personalize lessons for every learner. For more information visit www.fishtree.com

Most Innovative: Oink
Oink is the only online payment technology that allows teens and tweens to shop in a manner compliant with the FTC and other international regulations. This innovative payment technology makes it easier for youths to transact online while keeping parents in control. With the company’s COPPA-compliant mobile app – parents and children are able to manage the family digital wallet on-the-go and the company will offer in-store payment options in 2014, the first solution of its kind for the youth market. For more information visit www.oink.com

Much of the discussion about market disruption has focused on large, brand name businesses, but there is tremendous innovation taking place at companies that get little attention. These NextGen awardees–chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of M&A, VC and advisory executives–are young businesses that offer cutting-edge software and services.

NextGen winners in social, big data, security, healthcare and financial services will be announced on a progressive basis throughout 2014.


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

SIIA Maximize – Leading Annual ISV Conference – Will Take Place May 20-22 in San Francisco

SIIA today announced that it will hold SIIA Maximize: Beyond the Cloud – the software industry’s leading annual ISV conference – May 20-22 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA.

Taking the place of SIIA’s All About the Cloud annual conference, SIIA Maximize will look beyond the Cloud and dig deep into the growth strategies every ISV needs to be efficient, competitive, and successful in today’s market.  SIIA Maximize was created to be a comprehensive and interactive forum for ISVs – rather than focusing on software and services development, the conference will take an in-depth look at what is disrupting the market place and how ISVs grow and maximize success.  The event will bring together top CEOs, analysts and venture capitalists, and will feature keynote presentations, panel discussions, break-out sessions, workshops, demonstrations, networking and more.

SIIA Maximize will also feature:

  • Demo Pavilion. Throughout the conference, top ISVs will showcase the most cutting-edge applications and products on the market.
  • Beyond the Cloud Challenge. Finalists in this live competition will come together at SIIA Maximize to battle in front of a panel of industry experts, who will crown the industry’s next “Big Bang.”
  • The CODiEs: Industry’s Only Peer-Selected Tech Awards. The 2014 SIIA CODiE Award software winners will be announced during a special gala dinner. The CODiE Awards program, now in its 29th year, has recognized more than 1,000 software and information companies for achieving excellence. The CODiE Awards are the industry’s only peer-recognized awards program in the content, education, and software industries.

WHO: Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)

WHAT: SIIA Maximize “Beyond the Cloud” #Maximize2014

WHEN: May 20-22, 2014

WHERE: The Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA

For a complete schedule of events, visit: http://www.siia.net/maximize/2014/schedule.asp.


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

Opportunities to Speak at SIIA’s Maximize Conference, May 20-22 in San Francisco

SIIA today announced that CEOs and other senior executives are invited to apply to speak at Maximize– the Software industry’s leading ISV conference–  to be held May 20-22, 2014 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The deadline to submit is Friday, February 7.

During the past five years, SIIA’s annual flagship conference focused on the Cloud as a key delivery model. But it’s no longer “All About the Cloud.” Today, it’s about what’s actually being delivered on the cloud and the opportunities this presents for ISVs to significantly expand their markets. This year, SIIA’s Maximize will look beyond the Cloud and dig deep into the growth strategies every ISV needs to be efficient, competitive, and successful in today’s market. SIIA is seeking ISVs who can talk growth strategies and success stories for leveraging the latest technologies, business models, and new ideas for being innovative, making contacts, forming partnerships, and closing deals.

Contact Rhianna Collier, Vice President, SIIA Software Division for more information at rcollier@siia.net or 408.884.3834.

WHO:        Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
WHAT:      SIIA Maximize
WHEN:      May 20-22
WHERE:    Palace Hotel, San Francisco

For a complete schedule of events, visit: http://www.siia.net/maximize


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

SIIA Calls for Companies to Present at the Strategic and Financial Investment Conference

SIIA is now seeking applications for Strategic and Financial Investment Conference, being held June 18 at New York City’s Princeton Club. Companies in the Education Technology, Media and Digital Content, Information Services and Software Services industries are invited to apply.

Presenting companies can be public or private and present in one of three tracks:

  • Early-Stage companies with under $10M in revenue
  • Growth companies between $10-25M in revenue
  • Established companies over $25M and up to $100M in revenue.

This invitation-only event provides companies with an opportunity to pitch for 25 minutes and take questions from qualified strategic and financial investment professionals.

Attendees have commented on what a great success this conference has been in the past and look forward to it each year.

 

 

Executives interested in this year’s Strategic and Financial Investment Conference can use the following links to find out more information.


Iyana Moore is the Marketing and Membership Content Intern at SIIA. She is a recent graduate of Stevenson University, where she studied Business Communication.

Following Today’s Oversight Hearing, SIIA Says Healthcare.gov Sheds Light on Problems of IT Acquisition More Generally

Today’s House Oversight Committee Hearing on the problems facing Healthcare.gov highlight the continuing challenges with Healthcare.gov and also with federal IT acquisition and deployment more generally.  If the problems of Healthcare.gov lead to improved IT acquisition, then there is a bright side to what has otherwise been a difficult situation.

Acquiring and deploying information technology is difficult, and the implementation of a system as complex as Healthcare.gov is not easy.  There are literally dozens of feeder systems fueling the site, and an equal number of contractors and subcontractors adding to the complexity.

These challenges demonstrate that we need to continue to think creatively about ways to improve federal IT acquisition.  It’s critical that we add flexibility to what is a cumbersome process, keeping in mind that federal acquisition is a rules-based process designed to manage the inherent risk associated with it.

Ideas like those that have been proposed by Chairman Issa in his Federal IT Acquisition Reform legislation would go a long way to improving the process.  SIIA supports Chairman Issa’s efforts to increase the authority of federal CIOs, establish acquisition centers of excellence and make sure our acquisition personnel are properly trained.

Since the launch of the Obama Administration’s 25 Point Plan over 3 years ago, we have made significant progress in focusing attention on this issue but more work is needed.”

SIIA will hold an event next Monday, November 18th, featuring House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA).  “Driving Government Innovation” will provide insight on how technology will make the government more efficient, effective, open and transparent.

In addition to Rep. Issa, the event will feature a panel discussion with industry experts:

  • Doug Bourgeois, VP, Services and Solutions, VMware
  • Mark Forman, Founder, Government Transaction Services and former OMB Administrator for E-Gov
  • John Landwehr, VP, Digital Government Solutions, Adobe
  • Dan Chenok, Executive Director, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Michael Hettinger is VP for the Public Sector Innovation Group (PSIG) at SIIA. Follow his PSIG tweets at @SIIAPSIG. Sign up for the Public Sector Innovation Roundup email newsletter for weekly updates.

Join SIIA at Driving Government Innovation featuring Rep. Darrell Issa Nov. 18

The federal government is evolving and information technology is the primary enabler of this change.  But how will technology make the government more efficient, effective, open and transparent?  Find out at Driving Government Innovation , November 18th at 2:30pm in 2247 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  The event is free and open to all interested parties but registration is required.

Join us to hear opening remarks from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) Followed by a panel discussion of industry experts including:

  • Doug Bourgeois, VP, Services and Solutions, VMware
  • Mark Forman, Founder, Government Transaction Services and former OMB Administrator for E-Gov
  • John Landwehr, VP, Digital Government Solutions, Adobe
  • Dan Chenok, Executive Director, IBM Center for the Business of Government

For more information or to register for the event click here.


Michael Hettinger is VP for the Public Sector Innovation Group (PSIG) at SIIA. Follow his PSIG tweets at @SIIAPSIG. Sign up for the Public Sector Innovation Roundup email newsletter for weekly updates.