SANTA CLARA, CA (SoftSummit 2005) - Oct 11, 2005 - The first annual Summit Award winners were announced during a special ceremony at the 2005 SoftSummit conference last night. The Summit Awards honor the software industry's leading vendors that deliver software applications that maximize value for their customers as well as their business, and enterprises that have maximized value from their software purchases. The Summit Awards winners are:
"Many companies claim to be customer-focused, whether those customers are internal end-users or external buyers. The Summit Awards acknowledge those ISV's and enterprises that have found innovative ways to maximize the value that they deliver to their customers," said Fred Amoroso, chief executive officer of Macrovision, host and sponsor of SoftSummit. "There was fierce competition for this coveted award, but this year's winners stood head and shoulders above their competition in demonstrating excellence in customer-focus, a core tenet of Software Value Management."
The Summit Awards recognize publishers that enable new business models, foster mutually beneficial relationships with customers, and reduce the time and cost of developing and maintaining products, as well as enterprises that excel at serving their end-users while maximizing the return on their software investment. Out of 31 finalists, these seven companies were selected as demonstrating the best in Software Value Management (www.softsummit.com/about_SVM.html) by an independent panel of judges. The judging panel included industry analysts and top editors from organizations including AMR, CRN, Forrester, Hurwitz & Associates, IDC, Illuminata, SD Times and the SIIA.
Software vendors were scored based on such areas as software evaluation, flexibility of pricing and licensing, packaging, installation and distribution, automating compliance and the ease of doing business. Enterprises were judged in the areas of usage tracking, software maintenance, preparation, testing and deployment, managing and servicing licenses and entitlements, and software expense optimization.
SoftSummit, being held October 10-11 in Santa Clara, California, is a premier industry event where leading software publishers and their enterprise customers gather to debate the most important trends in software pricing, packaging, and management that are shaping the industry.
SoftSummit is the premier conference for Software Value Management, which includes pricing, purchasing, licensing, and updating software. The event includes hundreds of executives from many of the world's largest software publishers as well as Fortune 500 companies. Sponsored by Macrovision Corporation, SoftSummit 2005 will be held October 10-11 at the Westin Hotel, Santa Clara, Calif. For more information or to register, visit www.softsummit.com.
Macrovision Corporation is the market leader in electronic licensing, installation, and digital rights management (DRM) technologies. Over 50,000 software vendors, publishers and virtually all of the Fortune 1000 companies use Macrovision's technologies to maximize the value of their software. Software Value Management solutions bridge the gap between pricing and packaging software on the developer side, and purchasing and managing that software on the enterprise side. Macrovision markets the FlexNet™ Software Value Management platform which includes FlexNet Publisher, the InstallShield® suite of software installation tools, and AdminStudio™ packaging and update solutions, which are deployed on more than 500 million desktops worldwide. Macrovision holds more than 910 software licensing, DRM and content protection patents worldwide. Macrovision is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and has offices worldwide. More information about Macrovision and Software Value Management solutions can be found at www.macrovision.com.
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