Thursday, July 3, 2014

Winners of 2014 Magic Software Americas Awards Announced

By Eyal Karny

I’m pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Magic Software Americas Awards. Our annual awards are presented to customers and business partners whose unique and innovative solutions based on Magic application and integration platforms deliver IT excellence and provide outstanding business and end-user value.

The firms and individuals recognized for their innovation and outstanding efforts for 2014 are:

· Sheldon Clarke of Grange Insurance

· Rebecca Nelson of City Electric Supply (CES)

· Steve Blank of Steven G. Blank Consulting 

I am also pleased to take this opportunity to commend Magic developers for their participation and support of the active and highly productive Magic Community.

Sheldon Clarke, Head of Application Development at Life Systems for Grange Insurance, received the Business Vision Award for exceptional strategic insight and business leadership of information technology initiatives. An insurance provider with $2 billion in assets and more than $1 billion in annual revenue, Grange Insurance recently modernized their Magic-based core life and annuities insurance application by upgrading to the Magic xpa Application Platform and implementing Magic xpi Integration Platform to automate policy generation and electronic signature features. In addition, Grange utilized automated testing procedures, resulting in the quick deployment of a stable bug-free application.

Christie Digital, a global visual technologies company, received the Innovation Award for implementing Magic xpi Integration Platform for JD Edwards to become the first Oracle customer worldwide to integrate Oracle JD Edwards, Oracle Fusion CRM, Oracle Agile PLM and Microsoft SharePoint. To our knowledge, no other integration platform has been able to enable this integration. Moreover, Christie Digital completed the implementation of this complex project quickly with their own internal resources.

Rebecca Nelson, Software Manager at City Electric Supply (CES) received the Application Leadership Award for her direction of a project to upgrade CES’ applications to Magic xpa Application Platform. An electrical wholesaler with more than 6,800 employees worldwide, City Electric modernized their Magic applications with new capabilities such as SQL and Rich Internet Applications, allowing them to replace their Citrix server and reduce costs. 

AOD Software, a leading provider of integrated clinical, financial, operational and point-of-sale solutions to long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities, received the Partner of the Year Award for the continued growth and excellence of their Answers™ software solution. With more than 45 modules built with Magic xpa Application Platform, Answers offers single-point access to robust, enterprise-wide functionality, including electronic health records (EHR), MDS, care plans, assisted living, home health, human resources, billing, payroll and financials (general ledger, accounts payable, facilities management and donor development). 

In addition, Steve Blank of Steven G. Blank Consulting received the Community Award for years of service to fellow Magic users. 

We’re excited to see our customers using Magic’s powerful and versatile technology to deliver exceptional information technology solutions. This is more proof that backed by Magic solutions and a good business vision, IT and management professionals can implement extraordinary changes that can have a large positive impact on the way organizations operate. We’re already looking forward to next year where we expect to see a strong showing of mobile applications among the winners.

Eyal Karny is acting CEO of Magic Software Enterprises Ltd.