Xero receives highest award at CeBIT Australia

Last night at the CeBIT Conference in Sydney, Xero won both the Top Business Solution award as well as the ICT Excellence Award, which is the highest accolade in the Australian tech industry. We were amongst an impressive field of finalists and so we are delighted and humbled to win these coveted awards.

The ICT Excellence Award recognises excellence in the provision of a product or solution to customers and also one that can demonstrate a proven track record of success.

Accepting the IT Excellence award from Senator the Hon Kate Lundy. Photo courtesy of CeBIT Australia.

These two awards are testament to the very real and growing demand for an alternative to spreadsheets and cumbersome, traditional, accounting desktop packages in Australia.

We were joined on the evening by a number of our top accounting partners who represented just a small sample of a growing base of loyal and passionate advisors out there promoting Xero to their customers. We owe a lot of our success to this group so I want to thank each and every one of our partners who have supported us and helped us to achieve this wonderful recognition.

We also have our Add-on Partners to thank for building an ecosystem of cloud solutions that offer huge value and choice to small business customers by integrating with Xero. This was one of the factors that Gilad Greenbaum, Chief Technologist and CeBIT 2012 Curator, attributed to our successful nomination when he spoke later in the evening: “Xero’s contribution to the development of the cloud industry in the SME market has been significant. Over and above the great software that they have built themselves, I am also very impressed with the growing community of cloud ISVs that they are actively promoting within this sector. They are taking a leadership position by supporting many other innovative cloud start-ups and helping them to share in their success.”

The quiet revolution

The rest of the conference also kept us busy, with literally tens of thousands of visitors walking through the door each day. I was lucky enough to be invited to participate in a couple of speaking panels – “Beyond the cloud: what’s next?” and “Exploring the changing face of the Australian enterprise.”

The key insight I took from the discussions was that the take up of cloud computing in the small business sector sector is happening much faster than it is in other parts of the economy. Interestingly, this is largely going unnoticed, in spite of the fact that the small and medium business sector is a vitally important part of the economy. This takeup, and our success, are part of a “quiet revolution.”

Our recognition this year at CeBIT validates this assertion and makes the revolution considerably less quiet. In the future, we’ll start to see more focus and investment to promote cloud technology in the SME market. That will in turn help drive productivity gains in this key component of the economy.

We’ll be back at CeBIT in 2013 where I hope to see some of our Add-on Partners amongst the award finalists, showing the whole tech industry that small business is leading the way with the cloud.

12 Comments

Michael Porter
May 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm

As if the award cabinet wasn’t already overflowing…. congratulations !
The fact John Travolta stepped up at such short notice is a testament to the high profile glitzy event.. (Chris is suitably rock n roll).

Elizabeth Salter
May 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Well done! :)

Steph Hinds
May 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Fantastic result and so well deserved. You guys rock :)

Cecile Boulter
May 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Fantastic software, fantastic team, well deserve, Congratulations!!

Gayle Buchanan
May 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

about that trophy cabinet … might be time to call in the designers to map out the ceiling space – could be kinda cool having ‘bean bag trophy viewing’ in the xero receptions around the world – super well done team

Alan Creswick
May 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Congratulations

Xero with its add-in partners are the best thing to happen to SME’s in a number of years, we should all be knocking at their doors and spreading the word.

Gillian Rossouw
May 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Well done Xero Team congratulations we knew you were going to clinch it, testament to beautiful accounting and more

John Watt
May 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Well done to all partners and team members at Xero!
I felt that Xero Cloud buzz whilst walking around CeBIT, great recognition and effort.

Bruce Stronge
May 5, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Congrats Xero – I think the confidence you’ve given Aussie and NZ SME’s to move to the cloud is something us partner apps are going to thank you for for many years to come. See you at CeBIT 2013!

fin
May 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Not only do you have an excellent bottom hand turn you got a well deserved recognition for your vision! love your work mate. fin

Hannes
May 5, 2012 at 12:58 am

Congratulations on the award.

Tina Kaye
June 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Nice job Xero and well deserved!

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