Google shares Codie award for best cloud application/service

Keynote Systems and Scribe Software in three-way tie with Google Apps; best integration solution also sees two winners

This evening's annual Codie awards for business software features a three-way tie in cloud computing, with Google, Keynote Systems, and Scribe Software all winning in the Best Cloud Application/Service category.

Given out by the Software & Information Industry Association, awards are intended to recognize "industry excellence," SIIA said. Award winners are being announced at an SIIA event in San Francisco. Categories range from Best Asset Management Solution, won by Flexera Software with its FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises, to Best Security Solution, won by Venafi Director, and Best Web Services Solution, awarded to Dell Boomi for its Atomsphere product.

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Tying for Best Cloud Application/Service were Google Apps for Government, Keynote Cloud Application Perspective, and Scribe Online. Google Apps for Government offers a suite of productivity applications, including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sites, and Video, with government-level security. "All the apps and all the data [are] stored in servers that are only used by government agencies," said Google representative Tim Drinan. Among clients are the cites of Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, as well as states such as Wyoming and Colorado and the federal General Services Administration, Drinan said. "The advantage in general of moving to the cloud is [users] don't have to maintain that software or services on premise. Everything is delivered in the browser."

Keynote Cloud Application Perspective provides SaaS-based performance-monitoring for Web applications. "The key differentiator here is our service is looking at [performance] from the end-user perspective," said Aaron Rudger, Keynote product marketing manager.

A tie also occurred in the Best Integration Solution category, with Operative's Operative.One and Pervasive Software's Pervasive Data Integrator knotted up.

Nominated products and services were first reviewed by a field of software executives, whose evaluations determined 119 finalists. These were then reviewed and voted to select 28 winners in 25 categories.

Other winners included:

Business or Competitive Intelligence Solution: Tableau Software Tableau 6.1

Cloud Platform: Apprenda's Apprenda v2.5

Collaboration/Social Networking: Gust, from Gust

Content Management: LivePerson LP Marketer

Database Innovation: Tableau Software Tableau 6.

Document Management: SpringCM, by SpringCM

Electronic Commerce: ShopVisible Ecommerce, from ShopVisible

Financial Management: Xactly's Xactly Incent 7.2

Human Capital Management: Forte HCM's Talent Acquisition Platform

International Data Protection: Druva's Druva inSync Cloud

Marketing/Public Relations: Spark by Marketo

Mobile ON-Demand Application: Citrix Online's Citrix GoToMeeting for iPad, iPhone and Android

Mobile Operations Management: Good Technology's Good for Enterprise

Project Management: Innotas' Innotas Project Portfolio Management (PPM)

Relationship Management: Coveo's Coveo Insight Solutions for Customer Service

Software Development: Coverity's Coverity Static Analysis 5.5

Supply Chain Management: IQNavigator's

Systems Management: BoxTone, by BoxTone

Best Use of Open Source Technology: Jaspersoft Business Intelligence Suite, by Jaspersoft

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