K2 Enterprises recognizes top tech products

K2 Enterprises’ annual Quality Awards are given to accounting technology products that display innovation, and over the past two decades of their existence, that feat has become more difficult and exciting to achieve. This year’s school of winners are no slouches, however, and provide invaluable services to the accountants that use them.

“The creators of technology solutions continue to step up their game,” Randy Johnston, thought leader and vice president at K2 said in a statement. “The pace of innovation is accelerating.”

Right Networks wins Prime Award

In 2015, K2 Enterprises added a new overall award called the Prime Award, which is given each year to just one company that fits certain criteria of excellence — and is only awarded if such a company can be found. This year, Right Networks was named the winner, for excelling as a provider of cloud hosted environments, as well as for meeting the following criteria:
• Reasonable management goals and expectations;
• Long-term stability in the accounting market;
• Clear and honest communication with employees and market influencers;
• High-quality products;
• Top-shelf customer support;
• Significant commitment to product development and product improvement; and,
• Great management vision and direction for both current and future plans.

Right Networks

“Right Networks has innovated hosting, support and tools, particularly with their strategy of offering pre-packaged tax hosting for Lacerte/ProSeries customers,” stated Brian Tankersley, director of strategic relationships at K2. “Right Networks has expanded their product line with new solutions, added a powerful transaction importer, and made significant changes to the application architecture. I can think of no other company which has focused so much on the hosting industry for the accounting profession.”

Awards by category

K2’s Quality Awards are determined by a voting poll of the company’s instructor team: Johnston, Val Steed, Tankersley, Tommy Stephens, Lawrence (Mac) McClelland, Ward Blatch, Steven Phelan, and Steven Yoss.

The winners this year are:

• Best Overall Mobile Strategy – Zoho Corporation
• Best New Mobile App – Sage Capture
• Reseller Program – Adagio
• CPA Program – Receipt Bank Orange Select
• Reseller Channel – Acumatica
• New Product – XCM Analytics
• Management Strategy – Open Systems, Inc.
• Technical Support – BQE
• Customer Satisfaction – Ace Cloud Hosting
• Ease of Use – Zoho CRM
• Marketing Communications – Bart Lipinski - Wolters Kluwer
• Overall Quality – Canon Scanners
• Tax Technology – Canopy Tax
• Audit Technology – MindBridge AI
• Practice Management Technology – TPS AXIS PRO
• Business Intelligence Solution – Power BI – Microsoft
• Workflow Solution – XCM Workflow – XCM Solutions
• Small Business Accounting Solution – Sage 50 Cloud
• Small CPA Firm Solution – Abacus NEXT / OfficeTools Workspace
• Entry-Level Accounting Upgrade – Sage Intacct
• Top Hosting Provider – CETROM
• Social Media – Ed Kless, Sage
• Cloud Power Solution – AccountantsWorld Power CAS
• Cloud Ease of Use – Doc.It Portal
• Cloud Top Shelf Award – Commercial Loan Success - BankerShare
• Cloud New Product – TPS AXIS PRO
• Cloud Portal –ShareFile – Citrix Files

“A sincere congratulations to all the winners," Tommy Stephens, K2 chief operating officer, said in a statement. "Mobile ease of use and capability is increasing; technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning are arriving in products, too.”

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