Independent software vendor MacroView Business Technology has emerged as the national winner of Microsoft’s Office XP Smart Client Solutions Challenge.
The competition, which received more than 50 entries, is designed to encourage partners to submit products or custom-built solutions that integrate Office XP features with line-of-business data from the desktop.
Sydney-based MacroView was singled out for its Tracker solution, which took three months to build and was created especially for the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET).
It handles the tracking and co-ordination of workflows related to the production and distribution of annual reports.
A first prize of $20,000 is supplemented with a range of benefits including discounted training and appearances at Microsoft breakfasts in NSW, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
“The most important benefit from our point of view is Microsoft referrals to relevant enterprise and large or medium-sized organisations,” MacroView managing director, Noel Williams, said.
He said MacroView has specialised in MS Office since the company started 10 years ago and that collaboration with Microsoft as well as DET officials, printers and IT staff had been essential in getting the project up and running by November last year.
State winners — each receiving more than $15,000 in benefits — were Perth-based Globe Software for its Atlas xl financial reporting solution, Canberra-based Intology for .Net Connected Web services and Melbourne-based iP3 Systems for an electronic business process development.