2004 Consensus Software Awards








Congratulations to the 2004 Consensus Software Awards winners and finalists announced at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney. 

Many thanks to Hon. Daryl Williams AC QC MP, Minister for Communications, Information Technology for jointly presenting the Awards with Steve Vamos, Managing Director of Microsoft Australia.

Minister’s Speech (PDF)

The July copy of the Australian Developer Magazine features a comprehensive guide to the 2004 Consensus Software Awards.

Prime Minister’s message (PDF)



Our thanks to Microsoft – principal sponsor, and FB Rice & Co and the British Midlands as program partners, whose support make the Awards possible and the Australian Developer magazine as the official media partner for the 2004 Consensus Software Awards.

Congratulations to the latest winners and finalists of the 2004 Consensus Software Awards announced at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney. 

Many thanks to Hon. Daryl Williams AC QC MP, Minister for Communications, Information Technology for jointly presenting the Awards with Steve Vamos, Managing Director of Microsoft Australia.

Ministers speech (pdf)

The July 2004 issue of the Australian Developer Magazine features a comprehensive guide to the 2004 Consensus Software Awards

Prime Minister’s letter (pdf)

On the recommendation of the judging panel, all Awards are of equal value.

Select Finalists for a full product and company listing

2004 Winners (14)

Amethon Solutions (Asia Pacific) Pty Ltd

Atlassian Software Systems Pty Ltd

Bowen & Groves Pty Ltd

Brookstone Technologies Pty Ltd

ClockOn Pty Ltd

Console Australia Pty Ltd

Eagle Datamation International Pty Ltd

Empired Limited

Interactive Engineering Pty Ltd

Mincom Limited

Roy Morgan Solutions

TRIM Systems Pty Ltd

Weblogics Australia Pty Ltd

Wireless IP Technology Pty Ltd

Remaining Finalists (10)

The judging panel expressed their satisfaction of high standard of all finalists this year and expect that they all have a very bright future  

Gamer’s Valhalla
Human Solutions
Streamline Solutions 
Monet Technologies
Positive IT
Superior Software for Windows Pty Limited
Training Online International


As provided by the judging panels following the second round presentations

Message Core from Amethon Solutions (Asia Pacific) Pty Ltd
Message Core is a highly innovative product filling the niche of content enabling mobile message services. It clearly addresses and simplifies the many to many interfaces between content providers and Telco support processes and systems. This significantly improves time to market and profitability for new content-based services.

JIRA from Atlassian Software Systems
We (the judging panel) were extremely impressed with Atlassian and their product JIRA. You don’t often hear of a small Australian start-up succeeding globally. In our eyes, their innovative product coupled with their impressive client list worldwide and the continuing growth profitability make Atlassian worthy of a 2004 Consensus Software Award.

M1 by B&G

M1 has re-defined the definition of ‘user-friendly’ with a product that demonstrates a substantial commitment to its growing number of users in Australia and other major centers of manufacturing in the world. It is a simple and effective means for small and large manufacturers to control their business processes without fuss. The ‘Help’ features are particularly well designed, are logical and make sense to the user, especially since the user interfaces are fully customisable allowing for easy access to information from databases, with effective drill-downs that are seamless across the business.

Brookstone Virtual Office from Brookstone Technologies
Brookstone Virtual Office has successfully managed to remove the burden of using multiple tools to address simple common workflow tasks within organisations. They have uniquely managed to blend together, in a single integrated architecture, the ability to complete tasks through a few mouse clicks.

As a cited example: Imagine a situation where details of a telephone conversation can be entered into the system and then as a result of that call, an action item can be assigned to someone else in the organization. The action item is automatically mailed to the person concerned, with a link back to the original document. A reminder can be sent by mail automatically at a predetermined date and time and an escalation notice can be sent by mail automatically if the action is not marked as complete by the nominated date. The mail can take a number of forms including an SMS Alert, an email (including to a wireless device), etc In terms of workflow this is a classic example of events we follow every day but manually keep track of. BVO’s ease of use and practical functionality enables this technology to be used in organizations with relative ease with the added bonus of tight integration with the Microsoft Office suite environment.

This is a great tool for the SME market and will expect it will gain many devoted users across the world.

ClockOn from ClockOn Pty. Ltd
It’s time that Time & Attendance, HR and Payroll get a new look. ClockOn’s patented rule manager, comprehensive templates, accessibility and badging give businesses around the world an effective and affordable solution to a perennial problem – change! Great work!

EdiEnterprise from Eagle Datamation International

EdiEnterprise provides an innovative and comprehensive solution to the management, control, and communication of transport and logistics data for international supply chain service providers. The system addresses the need for detailed data involved in the order, shipment, manifest and delivery documentation, and for tracking of orders and shipments through the transport and delivery process across the world.

Its innovative features include a fully-integrated accounting system suited to the supply chain industry, user-friendly screen presentations tailored to the specific needs of individual users, and automatic creation and delivery of client documentation and communications. The product incorporates multi-language capability.

The product has gained early acceptance by a selected group of leading supply chain organizations in Australia and internationally. The company’s marketing strategy is focused on major Australian and international supply chain participants, including freight forwarders and retail groups. The product has significant potential for application in countries where importing and exporting form a key element of the economy.

Big Red Sky from Empired Limited

Big Red Sky is a multi-purpose HR Management application that revolutionises recruitment and staff management. Big Red Sky feeds recruitment details to its own web site or third-party sites like SEEK. It is the only application of its type to have a full-featured redeployment module, especially useful to government departments. Its ASP distribution model gives it a definite advantage in the market. Big Red Sky has proven itself through successful implementations in West Australia and Victoria. Flexible in its configuration, Big Red Sky has excellent growth opportunities in Australia and abroad.

Orion from Interactive Engineering 

This was not an easy concept to grasp on initial review and it took the panel much deliberation to conclude the final result. Imagine a knowledge base that can conceptually grasp multiple facets of requirements and grows based on this knowledge. The knowledge built in this structure is not like a card pyramid where removing an unworkable portion of the structure collapses the whole. Re-evaluation is possible with modification to the structure without the need to rebuild the knowledge base.

Confused? Imagine a train timetable where we modify or remove components like trains or add delays or modify routes. We can reschedule the timetable easily without rebuilding the whole timetable from the ground up!

Think outside the box and imagine the applications:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Program Management
  • Contract Management
  • Scheduling

And that is just to start with! Imagine understanding DNA gene relationships to organs and their related diseases and then the relationship to symptoms and possible cures – Wow!

As defined by the brief to the judges, “To truly qualify as innovative it can’t be just a bit better, it has to break new ground, ground that people thought impossible before”, we believe if this solution achieves its true potential it will bring rewards greater than money can buy!

Mincom EnergyPoint from Mincom
Wholesale and retail trading of electricity in today’s volatile energy market is extremely complex. Generation and distribution requirements are subject to end-user demand and this demand can vary greatly with changing weather conditions and erratic market behaviour.

Energy production needs to mirror consumption and accurate demand predictions require complex analysis of historical data as well as current and future events. Electricity is traded in 5, 15 and 30-minute intervals with wholesale energy purchased in short and long term pricing packages.

The real dilemmas occur when electricity demand exceeds contracted supply arrangements and excess energy must be purchased at spot market prices which see price spike increases of up to 16,000%. As the consumer purchases at a fixed price, these wild price increases cause considerable trading losses which can take months to recoup.

Mincom’s EnergyPoint facilitates the trading and risk management for power generators and retailers providing accurate data and analysis, automated trading operations, data operations, versioning and notification management.

Mincom has successfully marketed their innovative and comprehensive solution within Australia and this world-class package has the potential to greatly increase efficiencies in the energy markets of the World and in doing so will also contribute to the well being of our environment by reducing the unusable overproduction of electricity.

Asteroid from Roy Morgan Solutions

Asteroid Search empowers users, assisting them in formulating a framework for the analysis. Subscribers receive the Asteroid software as part of the service agreement and can distribute the software within their own organization without restriction. The product enables the analysts to access the entire data set with aggregation or summarization of the data, and additional custom data can also be included. Asteroid uses a proprietary database that meets exceptionally high performance and data security standards, and analysts are not able to access the raw data. The product has high potential both in Australia and overseas, and it will be of interest to organisations for a variety of applications, such as market research and competitive analysis.

TRIM Systems Video Analysis Software from TRIM Systems Pty Ltd

TRIM Systems Video Analysis software is an impressive response to a real business need. It allows medical practitioners, particularly podiatrists for whom the software is designed, to capture video images of a patient’s gait during a standard consultation. This allows the practitioner to identify, highlight and discuss issues with the patient during the consultation, thereby saving time, money and effort. The product potential is much wider than just the podiatry or even the healthcare industry. With little adaptation it could be applied to needs within various sporting, veterinary and turf racing associations, and almost any other area where the movement of some sort (human, animal or even machine) needs to be captured for later analysis and reporting at a relatively low cost. This software will attract international interest.

Gateway 2003 from Console Australia Pty Ltd

Gateway 2003 is a comprehensive trust accounting, property management and contact management solution for real estate agencies. It differentiates itself through its implementation in standard-based database technology, its integration of mobile applications from property inspection and sales, and its integration of portal technologies. It is also differentiated by its quality of presentation and ease of use: considerable effort has been expended in ensuring that the application is aligned with the workflows and roles of the real estate business, and in supporting how these evolve.

Gateway 2003 is a highly scalable solution and is suitable for new market segments such as private property portfolios and community housing projects. It has been engineered for a global market, and in its local market has achieved a dominant market share. The ASP and certified partner business model through which it is delivered is readily transportable into other similar geographies, and the product is well-positioned to move into regional, EU and US markets.

Intralogic from Weblogics Australia

A web-based knowledge management solution that is superlatively easy to customise even straight out of the box. With one day of training, you can define your company data needs in a small package.

Intralogic is functionally very rich and includes content management, document management, online forms management, people management, business workflow, and enterprise searching plus fully integrated components such as online surveys, contact management, communities’ management, bulletin boards, and discussion forums. Knowledge Management made easy!

ConnectiX from Wireless IP

Getting the message out to the field effectively and at a reasonable cost is given a boost by this technology. ConnectiX compression keeps the packets down and security keeps each session safe. In addition, you can customize the application with ease. We predict a great future for ConnectiX.