The Irish Software Association has published a shortlist for its annual awards, including well-known names like SmartForce, Riverdeep and Cape Clear.
The ISA shortlist for "Company of the Year" includes banking software company Eontec, CRM provider Fineos, enterprise compliance management software company Qumas and e-learning companies Riverdeep and SmartForce.
Meanwhile, the list for "Young Company of the Year" includes Web services company Cape Clear, CRM company eWare, m-commerce software provider Macalla, location-based services software company Mapflow and telecoms software company Openet Telecom.
The Tanaiste, Mary Harney TD will announce the winners on Friday 09 November. The awards ceremony will be held 7 pm at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin. Tickets for the event will cost EUR100.
"We now have new awards," Kathryn Raleigh, director of the ISA, told ElectricNews.Net. "In addition to company of the year and young company of the year, we have awards for marketing innovation and technical innovation."
The "Technical Innovation" award shortlist is Automsoft, Eontec, Headway Software, Network 365 and Openet Telecom. The companies short-listed for the marketing innovation award are Fineos, Globogift, New World Commerce, Qumas and Vordel.
The ISA has an executive council of 24 companies that act as the short-listing committee for the awards. The council draws up the short-list from all the nominated companies in the four categories. The committee then interviews the short-listed companies and decides the winners.
Raleigh said, "You don't have to be a member of the ISA to nominate yourself or other companies for an award. It is open to everyone in the Irish software industry." The awards have been running since 1998.
Past winners for "Company of the Year" include Baltimore, Iona and Trintech. In 2000, Performix Technologies scooped up the young company of the year award. The ISA Awards are sponsored by Davy Stockbrokers, Enterprise Ireland and Logica.
Founded in 1978, the ISA is primarily a lobby organisation for Irish software companies that aims to influence national policy on software in order to enable the sector to grow. The organisation has over 200 members. The ISA addresses the major concerns and developments in the Irish software industry at its national annual conference, which is usually held in the late spring.
The ISA can be found at http://www.software.ie.