Software and Information Industry Association

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Software and Information Industry Association
AbbreviationSIIA
MottoAccelerating Innovation in Technology, Data & Media
Formation1984
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
President
Ken Wasch
Websitesiia.net

The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) is a trade association dedicated to the entertainment, consumer and business software industries. Established in 1984 as the Software Publishers Association (SPA),[1] the SIIA took its new name when it merged with the related Information Industry Association on January 1, 1999. The joint enterprise was headed by Software Publishers Association founder Ken Wasch and operated out of the SPA's existing offices.[2]

The SPA was active in lobbying, industry research and anti-piracy efforts.[2] Its head of research, Ann Stephens, went on to found PC Data in 1991.[3] By 1995, the SPA had over 1,100 software companies in its membership[4] and according to Wired was among "the most powerful computer-related trade groups" before its merger with the Information Industry Association.[5] While Microsoft became a member of the SPA in 1986, it split with the SIIA in 2000 after the group sided against Microsoft in United States v. Microsoft Corp.[6] The Wall Street Journal described Microsoft as the SIIA's "largest member" before the departure.[7]

Until 1999, the Software Publishers Association hosted the SPA Annual Conference for software companies. It was renamed the InfoSoft Essentials conference in 1999.[8]

CODiE Awards[edit]

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Beginning in 1986,[9] the Software Publishers Association hosted the "Excellence in Software Awards" ceremony, an annual black-tie event that The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times compared to the Academy Awards.[10][11] The Excellence in Software Awards were later renamed the "CODiE Awards", and are now presented by the Software and Information Industry Association.[9]

The CODiE are awards to two broad categories: business technology and education technology. There are awards in more than 75 categories.[12] Notable past winners include companies such as Adobe, BrainPOP, Google, McGraw-Hill Education, Jigsaw, Netsuite, Red Hat, Rosetta Stone, Salesforce.com, Digimind, Scribe Software, Vocus, WSJ.com, IXL Learning, itslearning, and more.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Silber, Tony (April 10, 2013). "ABM to Merge With Software and Information Industry Association". FolioMag. Archived from the original on October 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Hane, Paula J. (January 25, 1999). "The SPA-IIA Merger is Now Official". Information Today. Archived from the original on February 19, 2017.
  3. ^ Corcoran, Elizabeth (August 19, 1996). "Software Sales, by the Numbers". Washington Post. Archived from the original on April 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Fryer, Bronwyn (May 1, 1995). "The Software Police". Wired. Archived from the original on April 29, 2017.
  5. ^ Stamper, Chris (December 18, 1998). "The Über IT Trade Group". Wired. Archived from the original on October 26, 2018.
  6. ^ Haney, Clare (March 8, 2000). "Microsoft resigns from SIIA". Computerworld. Archived from the original on October 26, 2018.
  7. ^ Foley, Mary Jo (March 10, 1999). "Free-Software Advocate Offers Remedies for Microsoft Case". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on October 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "SIIA Announces Plans for Upcoming Conference". Information Today. June 1999. Archived from the original on March 3, 2003.
  9. ^ a b "SIIA Announces CODiE Award Winners for Software Industry" (Press release). Washington, D.C.: Software and Information Industry Association. May 7, 2015. Archived from the original on September 19, 2015.
  10. ^ Magid, Lawrence J. (April 5, 1990). "The Software Industry Gives Its Own 'Oscars'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 20, 2015.
  11. ^ Magid, Lawrence J. (April 11, 1988). "Software Awards Reward 25 Best Programs of '87". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on October 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "About the Awards". Software and Information Industry Association. Archived from the original on July 28, 2013. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  13. ^ "www.siia.net/codies". Retrieved 11 May 2012.

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