IRVINE, Calif. - Feb. 8, 2002 - Best Software, Inc. was honored
with a prestigious Developer of the Year award by the Software Council
of Southern California, at the organization's 2002 Software Industry
Awards event last night at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los
The trophy was accepted on Best's behalf by George Riviere, a company
founder and the inventor of MAS 90, the most widely used mid-range
accounting software product in North America; and David Raber, general
manager of enterprise systems.
Now in its eighth year, the Software Industry Awards program recognizes
companies and individuals that have made outstanding contributions
to the software industry in Southern California. The awards are
generally considered a measurement of the continuing growth and
influence of the software industry in the region, which comprises
more than 8,000 companies and tens of thousands of employees powering
The annual Developer of the Year recognition is reserved for the
software company or individual developer whose products have sold
the most units and show the highest degree of innovation and ease
of use. To qualify, products must have been introduced no earlier
than Jan. 1, 1999.
Best's entry for the award included the introduction of MAS 200
(the client-server version of MAS 90); numerous upgrades and additional
modules for Best Enterprise Suite, including eSalesforce, eExecutive,
eCustomer, Enterprise Alerts, Project Accounting and Manufacturing;
and the launch of BusinessWorks Gold 2.2, the 32-bit version of
the original BusinessWorks product.
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"This year's competition for the Developer of the Year award
was the strongest we have seen in the past eight years," says
Jerry Skillett, board chairman of the Software Council. "Best
Software continues to create meaningful, innovative products and
upgrades, known in the industry for high quality and ease of use.
We are pleased to see an original Software Council member company
continuing to do so well."
For information about Best Software products, call (800) 854-3415
or visit www.bestsoftware.com.
About the Software Council of Southern California
The Software Council of Southern California (SCSC) is a non-profit,
membership-only trade association, comprised of Software companies,
as well as those companies that provide support and services to
the local software industry. The organization brings people and
information together to strengthen its member companies and to enhance
the region's climate for growth and the quality of the software
industry, to make southern California a nationally recognized hub
for software development. SCSC voices the concerns of the software
industry in Southern California and serves as a clearinghouse for
industry information. For more information, please visit www.scsc.org.
About Best Software, Inc.
Best Software, Inc., is a leading provider of integrated accounting,
business management, HR/payroll and fixed asset solutions for mid-sized
companies in North America. Best provides critical business insights
for bottom-line decision making through a full range of easy-to-use,
scalable and customizable applications, including Abra, MAS 90,
FAS, Best Enterprise Suite, BusinessWorks and Platinum for Windows
by Best. Known for outstanding customer support, Best has been honored
with five STAR (Software Technical Assistance Recognition) Awards
from the Service & Support Professionals Association over the
past five years, and certified by the Support Center Practices program
for the past four. Best Software, Inc. is a subsidiary of The Sage
Group plc, the world's leading provider of business management software
for mid-sized companies, with sales of $630 million and more than
2.7 million customers worldwide. Other U.S. subsidiaries include
Interact Commerce Corporation, Micro Information Products and Peachtree
Software, constituting the software industry's most comprehensive
portfolio of small to mid-sized business solutions. For further
information, call (800) 854-3415 or visit www.bestsoftware.com.