Consensus has announced the 19 candidates eligible for this year's Consensus Software Awards, to be presented next week in Sydney.
The awards, now into their third year, evaluate Australian software developers on their innovation, performance, and market potential. There is no limit to how many awards will be handed out, although generally about half the candidates receive an award.
This year's candidates range from traditional business software developers such as financials, content management and ERP, through to niche developers for vertical industries and even SMS technology for paying parking meters.
Previous winners include content management developer Presence Online, which has since gone onto overseas success in a partnership with Lotus Development, ASX-listed developer Integrated Research, and Streamlink, an electronic procurement developer, which fell into administration last year.
Des Maddalena, managing director of 2001 winner AiVision, said that since winning the Consensus Software award, it has become easier for AiVision to approach venture capital companies and gain other industry support.
IBM, the major sponsor of the 2002 awards, is offering a new award this year called the "Global Potential Award". Should any of the candidates fit the bill, the vendor will be providing an opportunity for ongoing potential partnership discussions and a prize package to visit the IBM DeveloperWorks Live! Conference in San Francisco in May.