The finalists for the European IT & Software Excellence Awards 2019, the leading pan-European awards for channels, ISVs, Solution Providers, Systems Integrators and their vendor and distributor partners – were announced today by IT Europa. We are very proud to announce that ibes AG has been shortlisted as finalist in three categories:
Connected/Mobility Application Solution of the Year
Innovating Technology Solution of the Year
Software Innovation Solution of the Year
Although it was a record year for entrants, with over 450 projects submitted from across Europe in a wide range of categories, our Mobile Electronic Taxation Platform (MET) impressed judges with its innovative approach to solving governance issues in Africa using mobile technology. MET is a mobile-based IT solution designed to help governments address structural deficits in the collection of taxes and internal revenue by taking advantage of USSD and SMS technologies to give citizens cheap and easy access to the Internal Revenue Authority in their country.
In some African countries, lack of fiscal compliance places a serious burden in the government’s ability to fund itself and public services and projects; this is a serious problem in Zambia, where our customer, the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA), came to us with the challenge to provide an innovative solution to improve tax compliance and collection rates amongst SMEs. The software uses a USSD/SMS text-based interface and can be used in any kind of mobile phone. Data is parsed in real time and exchanged with the existing Tax Administration IT infrastructure, reducing implementation costs and need for additional infrastructure.
Now in their 11th year, the European IT & Software Excellence Awards are given for IT solutions that get to the heart of customer issues, delivering better business, a clearer understanding of data, and more efficient and profitable outcomes. The judges, with many decades of experience of IT industry involvement between them, have arrived at a list of finalists that they believe truly reflects both the strength of Europe's IT industry and many of the changes in direction occurring within it. The winners will be announced at the European IT & Software Excellence 2019 Awards Dinner at the Royal Garden Hotel, on 14 March 2019.