TechnologyMid-tier software of the year: Access

Mid-tier software of the year: Access

Improved flexibility and a focus on meeting the challenges of the recession saw Access one again pick up the award in this category

Access has once again picked up the mid-tier software category winner’s
award.

Following last year’s innovative launch of a carbon accounting tool for its
software, Access again won over our judges. This time the focus was on meeting
the challenges of a recession; what it meant for its staff, customers, product
and its profitability.

Turnover increased by 28% to £23m for the year ending June 2009, including
six-figure deals won with BAE Systems, Fortis Bank and Sutton Seeds.

New workflow modules were added to its toolset, as well as dashboard, visual
stock forecasting and even integration with Apple’s iPhone. More than 1,000
customers said they would happily recommend Access’ software, while it again
received glowing testimonials.

Jane Clarence, financial controller at Birmingham International Airport, said
Access’s new workflow technology had spread financial knowledge throughout the
business.

“They no longer rely on the finance department to provide their information.
Previously we had to extract their financial data into Excel spreadsheets or
they were always on the phone with different qeries. It has really helped to
improve workflow and reduce manual procedures.”

But not just being easy, the package has proved its flexibility. Europa
financial controller John Beeston said the property and infrastructure business
had benefited from its flexibility and ability to be customised.

“One example is for project groups and cost centres, which we’ve been able to
set up exactly as we wanted them. With the custom form facilities we’ve also
been able to produce bespoke electronic forms for new suppliers,” said Beeston.

THINKING ON THEIR FEET

Faced with a multitude of strong entries on this category,Access
impressed the judges with its all-round performance, from its financials through
to customer service.

“They met so many of the criteria that in the end they proved the
outstanding entry,” said one judge. Another praised their repeated efforts to
innovate, rather than just resting on last year’s “green” laurels. “Whether it’s
integration with iPhone is a key selling point or not, it shows that they are
thinking on their feet.”

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