Finalists of the Consensus Software Awards. SEQTA’s Grant Grosser with the award on the left.

The 2013/14 Consensus Software Awards were presented by Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment on Thursday 5th June.

The Consensus Software Awards identify the most innovative software designed and developed in Australia and New Zealand. The Awards are endorsed and supported by Austrade, NZ Trade & Enterprise, the Australian Computer Society and the NZ Computer Society. Bayard Lawyers, Clifton’s, TiE and the Alinement Network are Program Partners.

The Awards are judged by a panel of over 40 independent judges who can chose as many or as few Awards as they wish based upon the three main criteria of Innovation, Performance and Potential.

Here’s what the judges had to say about SEQTA:  

We congratulate the SEQTA team for an excellent submission of a truly impressive software system. SEQTA met all of the judging criteria and generally impressed the judges.
SEQTA is a comprehensive and user-friendly school management software system that integrates student data with teacher planning and activities, executive analysis, parental access as well as student access.

The system features a 2-click transition from any function to the desired function making it quite intuitive and quick to navigate and to enter data. The various views are comprehensive and the workflow management system is innovative showing modern human machine interface techniques.

The search engine is efficient and data retrieval, even for large files is quick. The comprehensive integration of all related information provides a highly productive and accurate environment for the teacher to use and for the executive to analyse. The reporting functions are well integrated and functional in aggregating and sorting data from individual student level through to cohort and even up to large comparison groups at a school or region level. There is clear evidence of the domain expertise of experienced educators in the design and development of the product.

If deployed completely in a school, this software would prove an indispensable and valuable tool in assisting teachers and students in improving their performance and interaction, as well as providing an instantly available tool for the school executives to manage school performance on all levels.

Additional modules for incorporation of special needs and careers/VET activities are planned and will make the system even more compelling. The product has enjoyed some commendable success to date due to a well thought out sales and marketing program and the prospects for increased success in the future are excellent.”

Image courtesy of Consensus Group.

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