Best Software Named Developer of the Year

Software Council Of Southern California Honors Company With Prestigious Award

IRVINE, Calif. – Feb. 8, 2002 – Best Software, Inc. was honored with a prestigious Developer of the Year award by the Software Council of Southern California, at the organization’s 2002 Software Industry Awards event last night at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

The trophy was accepted on Best’s behalf by George Riviere, a company founder and the inventor of MAS 90, the most widely used mid-range accounting software product in North America; and David Raber, general manager of enterprise systems.
Now in its eighth year, the Software Industry Awards program recognizes companies and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the software industry in Southern California. The awards are generally considered a measurement of the continuing growth and influence of the software industry in the region, which comprises more than 8,000 companies and tens of thousands of employees powering their successes.

The annual Developer of the Year recognition is reserved for the software company or individual developer whose products have sold the most units and show the highest degree of innovation and ease of use. To qualify, products must have been introduced no earlier than Jan. 1, 1999.

Best’s entry for the award included the introduction of MAS 200 (the client-server version of MAS 90); numerous upgrades and additional modules for Best Enterprise Suite, including eSalesforce, eExecutive, eCustomer, Enterprise Alerts, Project Accounting and Manufacturing; and the launch of BusinessWorks Gold 2.2, the 32-bit version of the original BusinessWorks product.


“This year’s competition for the Developer of the Year award was the strongest we have seen in the past eight years,” says Jerry Skillett, board chairman of the Software Council. “Best Software continues to create meaningful, innovative products and upgrades, known in the industry for high quality and ease of use. We are pleased to see an original Software Council member company continuing to do so well.”
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About the Software Council of Southern California

The Software Council of Southern California (SCSC) is a non-profit, membership-only trade association, comprised of Software companies, as well as those companies that provide support and services to the local software industry. The organization brings people and information together to strengthen its member companies and to enhance the region’s climate for growth and the quality of the software industry, to make southern California a nationally recognized hub for software development. SCSC voices the concerns of the software industry in Southern California and serves as a clearinghouse for industry information. For more information, please visit

About Best Software, Inc.

Best Software, Inc., is a leading provider of integrated accounting, business management, HR/payroll and fixed asset solutions for mid-sized companies in North America. Best provides critical business insights for bottom-line decision making through a full range of easy-to-use, scalable and customizable applications, including Abra, MAS 90, FAS, Best Enterprise Suite, BusinessWorks and Platinum for Windows by Best. Known for outstanding customer support, Best has been honored with five STAR (Software Technical Assistance Recognition) Awards from the Service & Support Professionals Association over the past five years, and certified by the Support Center Practices program for the past four. Best Software, Inc. is a subsidiary of The Sage Group plc, the world’s leading provider of business management software for mid-sized companies, with sales of $630 million and more than 2.7 million customers worldwide. Other U.S. subsidiaries include Interact Commerce Corporation, Micro Information Products and Peachtree Software, constituting the software industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of small to mid-sized business solutions. For further information, call (800) 854-3415 or visit