The Team from Benchmark Estimating Software took out the 2016 Consensus Software Awards.

The 2016 Consensus Awards were presented by The Hon. Ed Husic MP, Member for Chifley, Shadow Spokesperson for Digital Innovation and Startups on the evening of Tuesday 14th June at the Sheraton on the Park Hotel in Sydney. There was one Winner and one Highly-Commended.

2016 WINNER:

Benchmark Estimating Software    www.benchmarkestimating.com
from Benchmark Global

Benchmark Estimating Software is a unique estimating and bidding software package developed to provide a complete front-end business solution which solves many of the problems and issues faced in many industries.

It is the first estimating package developed with the unique objective of being suited to the global market. In Australia, the largest competitors provide packages that are suitable only for the Australian market, whilst those in the US, the biggest estimator software packages, focus on the US market. This is also the case in the UK and Europe.

The product is flexible and easy-to-use and includes estimating, quoting, marketing, progress claims (valuations), variations and project reporting which allows users to streamline and simplify their cost estimating processes and significantly improve the consistency and accuracy of their quoting process.

Judges’ Citation: “The judges were impressed with Benchmark’s innovative combination of estimation rules, process templates and data sets to create an intuitive application for estimating a wide range of different types of jobs. The flexible nature of the design allows the software to be easily adapted to a wide range of uses.

The functionality has allowed Benchmark to move into the specialised area of Asphalting where they now service over 90% of the Australian industry. The asphalt business has also provided the company with an entry into Europe with the Colas group in France. Through Colas the software has been spread to a number of other European nations. Benchmark is currently used by more than 3000 users in over 20 countries and has been translated into 8 different languages.

The adaptability of the solution that so impressed the judges has greatly expanded the range of businesses that are using Benchmark, including Telecommunications and Aviation.

2016 HIGHLY COMMENDED:

SmartSYS™    http://www.thecronusgroup.com
from Cronus Group

Cronus SmartSYS™ is a cloud based Business Reporting Analytics and Diagnostic Tool that enables Corporate Business Decision Makers to combine financial, with correlated non-financial quantitative information, from their business units with potentially different account systems in different currencies across different borders into a single system. The software simplifies this consolidation process to create customizable reports for the business – even down to individual business units.

It also functions as an Executive Information System in that it specifically provides the CFO function with relevant reporting requirements.

These reports enable Directors/Executives to scrutinise performance and drill down to locate the prime source of the problems. It enables them to instantly analyse or diagnose the whole or part of the business, identify poor performance, inefficiencies and risks to the business.

Judges’ Citation: “SmartSYSTM is a product in phase 1 development and is well underway. The directors have a clear trajectory for the future development of the product. Unfortunately however the judging panel was unable to make an award but are happy to Highly Commend the product.

For the Judges to make an award we would have liked to have seen a higher level presentation focused on go to market strategies, a cohesive pricing policy and expert relationships in place to both finance the future development of the product and reseller potential.