Who's Coming to the Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards on Friday?

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Mon, May 20, 2024 @ 08:43 PM

We are delighted that we will be able to stage the first live awards ceremony of the Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards since 2019!  This Friday, May 24 at the Shangri-La The Fort Hotel in Manila, the Philippines, more than 300 representative of honored organizations and individuals will gather to celebrate the winners of the 11th annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the region's top honors for innovation in the workplace.  The presentations will be broadcast, live.

47991170751_4567dcba63_wMore than 1,000 nominations were submitted to the 2024 competition by organizations and individuals.  Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners in the various categories were announced in April, as selected by the ratings of more than 200 professionals worldwide.  Winners of five Grand ("best of show") trophies also were announced in April, while eight winners of People's Choice Stevie Awards, chosen in a worldwide public vote, were announced earlier this month.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual awards gala of the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards was staged in a different city in the region each year.  Past ceremonies took place in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo.

Here is the list of organizations that have reserved their place to receive their awards on stage in Manila this Friday evening.

ABM Group, Jakarta, DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
Aboitiz InfraCapital Economic Estates, Malvar, Batangas, Philippines
Air India Limited, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Asticom Technology Inc., Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Athena, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
Ayala Corporation, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Ayala Land Estates, Inc., Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Ayala Malls Market! Market!, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Ayala Malls The 30th, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Ayala Malls U.P. Town Center, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Bases Conversion and Development Authority, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
BBHub Limited, Hong Kong, New Territories, Hong Kong (Greater China)
Bespoke Co., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
BIBOTING International Co., Ltd, Taoyuan City, Luzhu Dist, Taiwan
BOXS Limited, Hong Kong, New Territories, Hong Kong (Greater China)
Budweiser Brewing Company China, Shanghai, China (Mainland)
CBrands Inc Pte Ltd, Singapore, Singapore
CleverTap, Mountain View, California, United States
Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc., Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
DANI Communication Co.,Ltd., Seoul, Republic of Korea
Dentsu Creative Philippines, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Dito Telecommunity Corporation, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Dynamic Ace Global, Selangor, W.P. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Eastern Communications, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Eastvantage, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Envico Technologies, Limited, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Evident Integrated Marketing and PR, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Firstsource Solutions Limited Philippines, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Fortescue, East Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Foundever Philippines Corporation, Pasig CIty, National Capital Region, Philippines
Fuji Television Network, Inc., Tokyo, Japan, Japan
GCash, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Globe Telecom Inc. - Globe Business, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Greenyn Biotechnology Co., LTD., Taichung, Taiwan
Gwangju Munhwa Credit Union, Gwangju, Republic of Korea
HGC Global Communications, Hong Kong, New Territories, Hong Kong (Greater China)
Hinduja Global Solutions - Philippines Branch, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Home Credit Philippines, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Honey Digital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
IBM, Singapore, Singapore
Infocom, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Inspiro, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
IntouchCX, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Junior Achievement of the Philippines, Makati City, National Capital Region, Philippines
Kacific Broadband Satellites Ltd., Singapore, Singapore
Kelly and Companion Co., Ltd, Bangkok, Thailand
KFin Technologies Limited, Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh, India
Kroma Entertainment - NYMA Management, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines
L'OREAL China, Shanghai, China (Mainland)
Makati Development Corporation, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Mang Inasal Philippines, Inc., Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Manila Electric Company, Pasig City, National Capital Region, Philippines
MDI Novare, Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Medical Center Manila, Inc., Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Meralco Power Academy, Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Metro Dumaguete Water, Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines
Neuro Vitality Pty Ltd, Hope Island, Queensland, Australia
Newport World Resorts - Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc., Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
NLEX Corporation, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
OneBPO, Iloilo, Iloilo, Philippines
Ooredoo Myanmar, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Ortigas Land, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
PAGEONE, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Personal Collection Direct Selling, Inc., Quezon City, Philippines
Petronas Digital Sdn. Bhd., Kuala Lumpur, W.P. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
PLDT and SMART, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Pru Life UK, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
PT Bank Central Asia Tbk., Bogor, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
Public Information Office - Mandaue City Local Government Unit, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
QNET, Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong (Greater China)
Quezon City Government-Public Affairs and information Services Department, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Qurio Pte Ltd, Singapore, Singapore
Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, Manila City, Metro Manila, Philippines and Gentry Press OPC, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Reclaim Energy, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
RELX | Reed Elsevier, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
RUSH Technologies Inc., Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines
Shell companies in the Philippines (SciP), Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
SM Foundation, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
SM Store, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
SM Supermalls, Manila, Philippines
Social Security System, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
SolarWinds Inc, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (Philippines), Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Synergy Market Research + Strategic Consultancy, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
VILLARICA, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines
Watsons International
Watsons Philippines
Watsons Thailand

Entries for the 2025 edition of the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards will be accepted starting this October.  Join the mailing list for the entry kit and it will be emailed to you then.  Learn more about the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards at https://Asia.StevieAwards.com 

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Winners Announced in 2024 People’s Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Companies in 11th Annual Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Sun, May 05, 2024 @ 09:00 PM

Eight winners of a public vote for favorite companies honored with crystal People’s Choice Stevie Award trophies.

 The Stevie® Awards, organizer of the world’s premier business awards programs, announced winners of eight People’s Choice Stevie® Award trophies in the 11th annual Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards, the only awards program to recognize innovation in the workplace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. 

The People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies, a long-time feature of other Stevie Awards programs, was introduced to the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards in 2023. All winning organizations and nominees in the Company/Organization awards categories in the 2024 competition were automatically included in voting for the People’s Choice Awards. Voting was conducted from 10 April through 30 April, with the highest number of votes determining the winners in several industry categories. More than 38,000 votes were cast this year by members of the general public worldwide. 

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Each People’s Choice winner received at least 100 votes, the minimum number required to be eligible to win.

The winners of the 2024 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies are:

  • Business Product & Service Industries: RELX | Reed Elsevier, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Consumer Product & Service Industries: Watsons International
  • Financial Industries: VILLARICA, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines
  • Health Care Industries: Vejthani Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Non-Profit Organizations or NGOs: Megaworld Foundation, Inc., Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Social Impact Companies: Social Security System, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Technology Industries: Globe Telecom Inc., Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Tech Startup: Acquiro Solutions and Tech, Inc., Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

These honorees will receive crystal People’s Choice Stevie Award trophies. 

The 2024 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards have recognized organizations in 25 markets including Australia, Cambodia, mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam. More than 1,000 nominations about innovative achievements were considered by the judges this year.

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners in various categories were announced on 10 April. Those awards were determined by the average scores of more than 150 executives worldwide acting as judges. Five Grand (“best of show”) Stevie Award winners were announced on 22 April.

All winners in the 2024 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards will be celebrated during an awards banquet on 24 May at Shangri-La The Fort Hotel in Manila, Philippines. Tickets for the awards banquet are on sale now.

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Grand Stevie Winners Announced in 2024 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards

Posted by Nina Moore on Mon, Apr 22, 2024 @ 06:35 PM

Watsons honored as Organization of the Year

The Stevie® Awards, organizer of the world’s premier business awards programs, announced the winners of five Grand Stevie® Award trophies in the 11th annual Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards, the only awards program to recognize innovation in the workplace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. 

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners in various categories were announced on 10 April. Those awards were determined by the average scores of more than 150 executives worldwide acting as judges. The 2024 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards have recognized organizations in 25 markets including Australia, Cambodia, mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam. 

The Grand (“best of show”) Stevie Award trophy is awarded to only a handful of organizations in each of the nine Stevie Awards competitions. In the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, one Grand Stevie Award is presented to the most honored organization, and one each to the highest-scoring nomination from the four markets that submitted the most nominations.

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The 2024 Grand Stevie Award for Most Honored Organization of the Year goes to Watsons, headquartered in Hong Kong, with 72.5 award points. This award could not be applied for directly. The award is determined by a points system based on the total number of awards won in the competition, with a Gold Stevie win counting for 3 points, a Silver Stevie for 2 points, and a Bronze Stevie counting for 1.5.

The Grand Stevie Awards presented to the highest-scoring nomination from each of the four markets that submitted the most nominations to the competition are:

From Australia: Farmbot Monitoring Solutions, of Roseville, New South Wales, for their “Farmbot Pump Control – Innovating Water Management for Agriculture” nomination, a Gold Stevie Award winner for Innovation in Digital Transformation, with an average score of 9.00/10.

From China: Beijing apm, nominated by Brand Head, winner of a Gold Stevie for their nomination “A ‘healing’ mall other than a ‘shopping" mall’ for Innovation in Consumer Events (8.86/10).

From India: IntouchCX, Hyderabad, for their Most Innovative Customer Service Team nomination, a Gold Stevie winner in that category, average score 8.67.

From the Philippines: Shell companies in the Philippines (SciP), Taguig City, for their nomination “Empowering farmers, enriching communities: the transformative impact of Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc.,” which won a Gold Stevie for Innovation in Community Relations or Public Service Communications, with an average score of 9.33/10.

Winners in the 2024 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards will be celebrated during an awards banquet on 24 May at Shangri-La The Fort Hotel in Manila, Philippines. Tickets for the awards banquet are on sale now.

PR Newswire Asia is the official news release distribution partner of the 2024 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards.

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Winners in the 2024 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards Announced

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Apr 10, 2024 @ 09:00 AM

Winners have been announced in the 11th annual Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards, the only awards program to recognize business innovation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The list of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie® Award winners is available at http://Asia.StevieAwards.com.

The Stevie® Awards are widely regarded as the world's premier business awards, conferring recognition for achievement in the workplace over the past 22 years in programs such as The International Business Awards® and The American Business Awards®. The name Stevie is derived from the Greek word for “crowned.”

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The 2024 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards have recognized organizations in 25 markets including Australia, Cambodia, mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam. More than 1,000 nominations about innovative achievements were considered by the judges this year.

View the Full List of 2024 Asia-Pacific Stevie Winners

Among the top overall winners in the 2024 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are Watsons, with 34 Stevie Awards in total from their offices in Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Taiwan.  Watsons won eleven Gold Stevie Awards, ten Silver Stevie Awards, and 13 Bronze Stevie Awards in categories ranging from Award for Innovation in the Use of Social Media to Award for Excellence in Innovation in Consumer Product & Service Industries. PLDT and Smart of Metro Manila, Philippines won 12 Stevie Awards total in categories including Award for Innovation in Cause-related Videos, Innovative Achievement in Corporate Social Responsibility, and Award for Innovation in Content Marketing/Branded Editorial. Ayala Land won 10 Stevie Awards total in categories including Award for Innovation in House Organizations and Publications and Award for Innovation in the Use of Events. 

Winners of two or more Gold Stevie Awards include Aboitiz InfraCapital Economic Estates (Philippines), Annature (Australia), AS Watson Group (Hong Kong), Cisco Systems India Pvt Ltd (India), City of Sydney (Australia), CleverTap (India), Dental Boutique (Australia), Dito Telecommunity Corporation (Philippines), eClerx Services Limited (India), Globe Telecom Inc. (Philippines), Guan Feng Real Estate Development Company Limited (United Kingdom), Home Credit Philippines (Philippines), IBM (Singapore), IntouchCX (India), L’OREAL China (China), Manila Electric Company (Philippines), Metro Pacific Health Tech (mWell; Philippines), Ngong Ping 360 Limited (Hong Kong), NoBroker Technologies Solutions Pvt Ltd (India), OPPO Singapore (Singapore), Reclaim Energy (Australia), RUSH Technologies Inc. (Philippines), Singtel (Singapore), SolarWinds Inc. (Philippines), Taiwan Life Insurance Co., Ltd. (Taiwan), Tata Consultancy Services (India), and Villarica (Philippines).

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 150 professionals worldwide.

Five Grand (“best of show”) Stevie Award winners will be announced next week. One for the most honored organization in the 2024 competition, and one each to the highest-scoring nomination from the four markets that submitted the most nominations.

The public voting component added to the program in 2023, the People’s Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Companies, is ongoing through 30 April. All organizations honored with Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award trophies in the Company/Organization categories are automatically included in People's Choice voting. People's Choice winners will receive a special People's Choice Stevie Award trophy allowing for honorees in the Company/Organization categories to have the opportunity to receive a second award, as voted by the general public worldwide. 

Winners in the 2024 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards will be celebrated during an awards banquet on 24 May at Shangri-La The Fort Hotel in Manila, Philippines. Tickets for the awards banquet are on sale now.

PR Newswire Asia is the official news release distribution partner of the 2024 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards.

adobo magazine is the official Creative Media Partner of the 2024 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards.

For details about the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the 24 May awards ceremony, and the list of Stevie Award winners, visit http://Asia.Stevieawards.com.

 

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The Final Entry Deadline for the 11th Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards Has Been Extended

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Feb 29, 2024 @ 09:00 AM

The Stevie® Awards, organizer of the world's premier business awards programs, announced that they have revised the schedule for the 2024 (11th annual) Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards.

Entrants now have until March 22 to submit nominations in the 2024 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. The original final entry deadline was February 28. The judging process will extend through March 28. The Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced on April 10. Winners will be celebrated during an awards banquet on May 24 at Shangri-La The Fort Hotel in Manila, Philippines.

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The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards is the only business awards program to recognize innovation throughout the entire Asia-Pacific region. The competition is open to all organizations across 29 markets of the Asia-Pacific region: large and small, for-profit and non-profit, public and private.

The awards focus on recognizing innovation in all its forms, wherever it is achieved in the workplace. Entries will be accepted in English in the following awards category groups:

There are many new and revised features of the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards for 2024:

  • Two entirely new category groups have been added this year to recognize Individual Professionals who have demonstrated exceptional innovation in their respective industries, and to recognize innovative achievements in both resource and environmental Sustainability.

  • Other new categories include the Award for Most Innovative Customer Service Department/Team of the Year, Award for Most Innovative Contact Center of the Year, and Award for Most Innovative HR Department/Team of the Year.

  • There is a new ability for entrants to create sub-accounts in their entry accounts so that multiple colleagues can collaborate on the creation of nominations, or review them before submission.

The public voting component that was added to the program in 2023, the People’s Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Companies, will return in 2024. All organizations that are honored with Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award trophies in the Company/Organization categories will automatically be included in People's Choice voting. People's Choice winners will receive a special People's Choice Stevie Award trophy allowing for honorees in the Company/Organization categories to have the opportunity to receive a second award, as voted by the general public worldwide. Voting for the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies will open on April 10 and go through April 30.

Juries featuring more than 150 professionals throughout the region will participate in the judging process to determine the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie winners.

Some of the Asia-Pacific region’s most innovative organizations have won Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards in the past five years including A.S. Watson Group, AIA Group Limited, ABS-CBN Corporation, Alpine Group, Ambiq, Ayala Land Inc., Cisco Systems, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, COMCO Southeast Asia, DHL Asia Pacific Shared Services, DHL Japan, EventsAIR, Freelancer.com, Fuji Television Network, Inc., FPT Corporation, Globe Telecom Inc., Google, Hana Financial Group, Hong Kong Tourism Board, HP Inc., IBM, Indian Oil Corporation, Ltd, KB Kookmin Card, KT, Megaworld Corporation, Meralco, Metro Pacific Health Tech (mWell), Metro Pacific Water, Newport World Resorts (Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc.), Ooredoo, PT Petrokimia Gresik, PT Pupuk Indonesia, Seegene Medical Foundation, Shell companies in the Philippines, Shanghai Disney Resort, Singtel, SM Supermalls, Tata Consultancy Services, Telkom Indonesia, TNG Holdings Vietnam, Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank), VNPT Vinaphone Corporation, Viettel, Wharf China Estates Limited, and Wolters Kluwer Asia Pacific.

The name Stevie is taken from the name Stephen, which is derived from the Greek for "crowned".

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Computer Vision AI Fruit-Sizing App Spectre for Efficient Orchard Management

Posted by Amanda Del Signore on Tue, Jan 02, 2024 @ 01:47 PM

23 spotlight Square-Jan-02-2024-06-29-49-6064-PMStevie-winner Hectre is a fruit technology company offering a full suite of orchard management modules plus a computer vision AI early fruit sizing tool, so users can gather accurate fruit size data at scale and with speed.

Established in 2016, Hectre helps clients optimize food production by enabling digitization of key processes and access to accurate, rich data for better-informed operations decision-making. They offer easy-to-use orchard technologies that deliver value to growers and packers—whether they be small family-owned businesses or large-scale enterprises.

Product Design & Development
Size is a major determinant of export sales. Industry needs analysis identified a major problem caused by a lack of early fruit sizing data. Growers and packhouses had to make critical sales, storage, and packing decisions based on minute-size samples, as manual early sizing processes were extremely time-intensive and costly.

When the wrong size fruit is selected for packing and sale (due to lack of size data), huge packing operations come to a standstill, causing enormous costs and non-fulfillment of orders, negatively impacting reputations, and causing fruit waste.

Hectre body imageHectre harnessed the power of machine learning to develop the Spectre early fruit AI app. Spectre enables growers and packers to size a large sample of fruit by taking a photo of it with a simple iPad; users receive accurate size samples and color detection results within seconds.

The computer vision technology means users don't need expensive equipment, and clients can add unlimited users and images within the app. Spectre's high accuracy—whether a user is in an orchard, in receiving, or anywhere else—has been proven against multi-million dollar grader machines, not just lab tests.

In December 2020, Spectre for Apples was launched. Demand from the citrus market and premium cherry market followed. Spectre for Citrus and Cherries have now been released to New Zealand, the United States, Australia, and Canada. Spectre for Pears was then released in December 2022.

The Spectre app is now being used by some of the largest fruit companies in the United States, including Washington Fruit & Produce, Sage Fruit, Borton Fruit, and Monson Fruit.

Customer Service & Personnel
Hectre has a strong dedication to the success of its customers. They do in-person implementation at their property whenever possible.

Recognizing the importance of strong onboarding, training, and support in an industry that has not historically had much exposure to technology support, Hectre established a Customer Success team and provides bilingual tech and support in person, via phone, and online. An extensive online knowledge base for customers who wish to troubleshoot independently before contacting support has also been created.

To support current and future employees, they created paid internship pathways, which immerse tech grads into Hectre’s culture with opportunities to work on fulfilling Hectre projects. This has enabled Hectre to acquire talent despite tight labor markets.

Hectre won two Gold Stevie Awards for Most Innovative Startup of the Year - Business Product Industries and Most Innovative Tech Startup of the Year - Software in the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards.

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BGL Corporate Solutions' Third-Generation Software Suite Evolves With Regulatory Compliance Requirements

Posted by Amanda Del Signore on Tue, Jan 02, 2024 @ 01:36 PM

23 spotlight Square-Jan-02-2024-06-34-30-8811-PMStevie-winner BGL Corporate Solutions (BGL) delivers third-generation, company compliance management, self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF), and investment portfolio software solutions to over 9,500 businesses in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and 15 other countries around the world.

Founded in 1983 as a small consulting firm to assist accountants and businesses in gaining more value from their computer systems, BGL has since become a market leader in compliance management software, employing over 200 people across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China, and the Philippines.

Australia's accounting and compliance software industry is highly competitive, with several established players and new entrants vying for market share. BGL operates in this industry and provides software solutions to assist businesses in managing and automating their clients' financial transactions, reporting, and regulatory compliance obligations.

The compliance software industry in Australia is growing, driven by the increasing complexity of regulatory compliance obligations and the need for businesses to manage these obligations efficiently and effectively. BGL's mission is to make compliance easy for its clients by being innovative, collaborating with its community, and creating remarkable experiences.

Product Suite & Customers
With sophisticated automation and AI-powered technologies, the BGL Product Suite includes 3 integrated, cloud-based solutions:

  • CAS 360 (Innovative company compliance, trust, and AML management software)
  • Simple Fund 360 (AI-powered SMSF administration software)
  • Simple Invest 360 (End-to-end investment portfolio management software)

The BGL Suite integrates with 350+ data feeds and ecosystem partners to provide clients with holistic compliance solutions. Plus, the Suite's automation and integration eliminate manual and duplicated data entry, freeing up time for clients to focus on delivering remarkable moments to their clients while boosting their productivity, profitability, growth, and team satisfaction.

BGL clients include all major accounting firms, law firms, many listed and private company groups, accountants, financial planners, and many individual SMSF trustees. The demand for compliance software solutions will likely grow as compliance requirements evolve.
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In July 2020, BGL launched its cloud-based compliance management software, CAS 360, in New Zealand. CAS 360 New Zealand now supports 70+ firms, managing 25,000+ companies.

CAS 360 is a complete compliance management solution and a huge time-saver for accounting firms and corporate service providers. With powerful automation and integration with the New Zealand Companies Office, CAS 360 provides a streamlined workflow for managing annual returns, company registrations, and common registry changes made by companies. CAS 360 also simplifies the management of trusts and AML/CFT and CDD compliance requirements.

In June 2021, BGL launched an end-to-end portfolio management solution, Simple Invest 360, which now supports 500+ firms, managing 3,000+ entities. Simple Invest 360 is a portfolio management solution for companies, individuals, partnerships, and trusts. With powerful automation and AI-powered technologies, Simple Invest 360 keeps track of investments and income, providing a complete set of financial statements with automated preparation and electronic lodgment tax returns with the ATO. Simple Invest 360 also provides integrated accounting workpapers, digital signing, 350+ data feeds, and registry integration.

Another offered tool, BGL SmartDocs turns paper documents into usable digital data saving clients a tremendous amount of time and money. Using AI, BGL SmartDocs extracts data from PDFs or images. BGL SmartDocs has helped clients extract over 24 million transactions from Bank Statements with our AI-based model with 95% accuracy.

In October 2022, BGL released its latest product in BETA, BGL Smart Docs 360. BGL Smart Docs 360 is an AI-powered cloud solution that helps businesses unlock their full potential by transforming unstructured data in paper and digital documents into smart digital data. Using Agile, BGL has been able to continuously update its software for changing regulations and technologies.

BGL Corporate Solutions won a Bronze Stevie Award for Innovation in Technology Development - All Other Industries, and a Silver Stevie Award for Excellence in Innovation in Technology Industries - 100 or More Employees in the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards.

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Fresh by Friska's Approach to Digital Business Transformation and Lasting Behavior Change

Posted by Amanda Del Signore on Tue, Jan 02, 2024 @ 11:20 AM

23 spotlight Square-1Stevie-winner Fresh by Friska is a change management consultancy for executives, teams, and businesses positioned to help organizations in their digital transformations by assessment and guidance of new technology, alternative structures, leadership styles, and other key aspects of operations.

The agency was founded in 2020 by Friska Wirya, a self-described geek and lifelong learner with a flair for communication. Friska helps businesses achieve elusive behavior change in large globally distributed workforces by implementing strategies that work with, not against, an organization’s culture and operating environment. This leads to change that lasts.

Friska is the former Head of Change at a large gold mining company where she led digital transformation changes to achieve USD $170 million dollars in annual savings. To do this, she implemented a digital-first culture across four countries to create a strong foundation to drive the adoption of new and emerging technologies.

Prior to this, she was the Global Change Lead for multimillion-dollar projects spanning technology, structure, process, and people, impacting +23,000 employees at Tier 1 engineering firm Worley, and she was one of the founding consultants for Fujitsu Australia’s change practice. This real-world experience enabled her to develop a comprehensive toolkit of methodologies, frameworks, and processes proven in different environments.
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Fresh By Friska is the culmination of her contemporary approach that helps companies move away from old ways that aren’t getting traction, so they are more fluid and agile, enabling them to faster develop their culture, technology, structure, or strategy. Integrated into her approach are team-building principles, positive psychology, emotional intelligence, and vulnerability.

Since starting Fresh by Friska, Friska has more than doubled its revenue each year. She achieved this growth by developing her differentiation edge, cementing her position as a thought leader, and expanding her services to include multiple revenue streams.

In addition, Friska often speaks at events and conferences. She has spoken on stages within Australia and internationally to a diverse audience of professionals and executives with experience in presenting, chairing, and facilitating several conferences such as Future of Mining, Female Influencers in Tech, and Women in Leadership Asia.

Friska also volunteers as a career coach for Deloitte's leadership program, Elev8, helping young professionals, especially women from minority backgrounds. She's also on the management committee for Liberty Victoria, the longest-running human rights advocacy group in Australia.

Outside of fortifying her change practice, Friska explores somewhere new each year and is growing her personal styling business, partnering with Mys Tyler (a fashion style inspiration app) and Mirvac Retail on key fashion and personal branding events.

Fresh by Friska won a Bronze Stevie® Award for Most Innovative Startup of the Year - Business Service Industries and a Silver Stevie Award for Excellence in Innovation in Business Product & Service Industries - Up to 20 Employees in the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards.

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Integrating MicroGrid's Conversational AI to Streamline Healthcare Communications

Posted by Zachary Myers on Thu, Nov 30, 2023 @ 03:44 PM

23 spotlight Square-3Stevie-winner MicroGrid is a healthcare technology company that specializes in developing conversational artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. Their core offering, MicroGrid Intelligent Connect (MIC), enhances patient experiences by enabling personalized care through AI technology.

The comprehensive omnichannel platform uses various foundational AI technologies and front-end software to enable healthcare professionals to offer personalized care and exceptional customer experiences to patients.

Since its inception, MicroGrid has implemented its MIC in multiple geographies worldwide and partnered with Google Cloud within the first quarter of operation. Working closely alongside Google, MicroGrid has advanced significantly thanks to its state-of-the-art Contact Center Artificial Intelligence (CCAI) technology, which has transformed patient experiences and is constantly enhancing.

The Impact of MicroGrid’s AI Technology
MicroGrid's Proof of Concept (PoC) for CCAI-led Drug Adherence and Service Feedback has had a significant effect. They improved the recognition rates of short and very short-spoken phrases to over 92%, also enhancing recognition of low-volume speech.

Moreover, they enhanced the ability to detect spoken words in noisy environments, leading to more accurate transcription and making conversations with AI feel more free-flowing and realistic, with Virtual Customer Agents becoming more humanlike. In addition to MIC, MicroGrid has built a full-scale Digital Health suite on Salesforce, which seamlessly integrates with MIC, unlocking its full potential in the field of conversational AI. 

MIC's conversational AI capabilities are transactional and voice-enabled, empowering it to handle complex conversations with multiple questions and commands in a single interaction. This allows MIC to manage intricate tasks such as appointment scheduling, consent collection, and feedback on adherence and services, all without requiring the presence of contact center agents.
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Furthermore, MIC is fully connected with the MedDRA Medical Dictionary, enabling it to identify and report Adverse Events to the client's pharmacovigilance team for further action.

From Prototype to Project: MicroGrid's Progress
One of their most promising initiatives still in development is MICNxt, a suite of independent tools delivered through a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. These tools seamlessly integrate with external software systems, offering a simplified, code-free platform for crafting comprehensive enterprise solutions. This accessible approach empowers developers, making what used to be a time-consuming development process more efficient, with the potential to revolutionize healthcare delivery and significantly enhance the patient experience.

Since January 2023, they have not only acquired two key pharma accounts but have also developed a chatbot prototype for capturing Informed Consent Forms (ICF) in clinical trials aimed at assisting the onboarding process for novel cancer treatments. This promising prototype is currently in the process of evolving into a full-fledged project.

In addition to their work on ICF capture, they've also crafted a comprehensive PoC for case management through Salesforce, aimed at providing substantial support to major pharmaceutical companies.

MicroGrid Technologies Private Limited won a Gold Stevie Award for Excellence in Innovation in Health Care Industries - Up to 20 Employees in the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards.

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Educational Mentoring Service ElevateRA Provides Proactive Support and Mental Health Resources for Adolescents

Posted by Zachary Myers on Thu, Nov 30, 2023 @ 03:34 PM

23 spotlight SquareIn a landscape where the global adolescent mental health crisis looms, Stevie-winner ElevateRA stands as an educational venture seeking preventative measures.

Founded by Ramita Anand, a trained teacher with a Science and Special Educational Needs specialization, ElevateRA is designed to educate and support pre-adolescent girls on crucial life skills.

Passionate about helping girls’ well-being, ElevateRA originated to work in conjunction with the conventional approaches in education to equip young people with the skills of confidence, empathy, resilience, emotional intelligence, and kindness that will serve them throughout their lives. Ramita works with families and their daughters, but also with schools to implement the lesson plans designed to promote these skills.

ElevateRA's program, comprising eight mentoring sessions, is crafted to address diverse issues, ranging from social anxieties to concerns about school performance. Rather than imposing solutions, the program equips girls with tools and resources to develop their unique strategies for navigating these complex challenges.

Cultivating "5 Superpowers" for Resilience
ElevateRA places a significant emphasis on fostering resilience and well-being by cultivating those life skills that they frame as the "5 Superpowers": Confidence, Resilience, Empathy, Emotional Intelligence, and Kindness. These attributes are not just buzzwords, but integral elements woven into the fabric of the program.

Girls enrolled in ElevateRA are not only taught about these superpowers but are actively encouraged to embody and apply them in their lives. The program goes beyond theoretical concepts, employing engaging activities, Supergirl motifs, and vibrant imagery to make the learning experience both enjoyable and impactful. By celebrating each girl's unique differences, ElevateRA strives to build a sense of self-belief that extends beyond the program, influencing their overall personal growth.
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ElevateRA's commitment to empowering girls extends beyond theoretical frameworks. The program equips girls with practical tools and strategies to confront and overcome adversity. The keepsake workbooks are designed as more than mere instructional materials, they serve as personal journals for recording emotions and platforms for immersive role-playing exercises. These tools aren't just about providing solutions but encouraging a proactive approach to problem-solving.

By incorporating real-life case studies of young women who have triumphed over adversity, ElevateRA instills a sense of hope and possibility, reinforcing the idea that challenges can be surmounted with the right mindset.

Leaving a Global Impact
Despite the challenges of starting a business during the COVID-19 pandemic, ElevateRA exemplifies resilience. Adapting to school closures, the team altered lesson and workshop plans, transitioning to online delivery creatively.

The Elevate Podcast, hosted by Ramita, was launched to engage a new audience, featuring conversations with thought leaders on empowering girls during adolescence. The podcast, now in its seventh season, enjoys a global reach and a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts.

In addition, in February of 2022, Ramita authored Girl Elevated: 5 Steps to Empower Girls in Early Adolescence to Be Their Best, a book now used in schools and conferences internationally, educating parents and teachers on empowering girls as they navigate adolescence.

Testimonials and feedback from parents and teachers highlight the care and passion invested by Ramita in her work with each pupil. Over the last two years, Ramita has collaborated with school groups and individual students across various countries, implementing her learning framework in classrooms and individual sessions, aiding girls in overcoming adversity and fostering a positive mindset.

ElevateRA won a Gold Stevie Award for Most Innovative Startup of the Year - Consumer Service Industries in the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards.

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