Software and Information Industry Association



The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) is a
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dedicated to the entertainment, consumer and business software industries. Established in 1984 as the Software Publishers Association (SPA), 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. The SPA was active in lobbying, industry research and anti-piracy efforts. Its head of research, Ann Stephens, went on to found PC Data in 1991. By 1995, the SPA had over 1,100 software companies in its membership and according to '' Wired'' was among "the most powerful computer-related trade groups" before its merger with the Information Industry Association. While
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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.'' The '' Wall Street Journal'' described Microsoft as the SIIA's "largest member" before the departure. Until 1999, the Software Publishers Association hosted the SPA Annual Conference for software companies. It was renamed the InfoSoft Essentials conference in 1999.


Public Policy ~ legal and public policy
IP Protection ~ protecting software content
Connectiv ~ business information
ETIN ~ Education Technology
FISD ~ Financial & Information
SIPA ~ Specialized Information Publishers
SSD ~ Software & Services


SIIA filed briefs in Allen v. Cooper, which was decided in 2020: the Supreme Court of the United States abrogated the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act as unconstitutional, SIIA had argued the opposite view.

CODiE Awards

Beginning in 1986, the Software Publishers Association hosted the "Excellence in Software Awards" ceremony, an annual black-tie event that ''
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'' and '' Los Angeles Times'' compared to the Academy Awards. The Excellence in Software Awards were later renamed the "CODiE Awards", and are now presented by the Software and Information Industry Association. The CODiE are awards to two broad categories: business technology and education technology. There are awards in more than 75 categories, advertised with the statement, "With a grand total of more than 75 different categories, you're sure to find several to meet your marketing/PR objectives!". Notable past winners include companies such as Adobe, BrainPOP,
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, Knewton, McGraw-Hill Education, Jigsaw, Netsuite, Red Hat, Rosetta Stone,, Digimind, Scribe Software, Vocus,
IXL Learning, itslearning, and more.

Jesse H. Neal Awards

The Jesse H. Neal Awards were created in 1955 for editorial excellence in business Media and named after Jesse H. Neal, Connectiv's first managing director. Nations Restaurant News says winning the Neal Award is like winning the
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for Business-to-business (B2B) platforms. Entries are judged in three areas ~ editorial craftsmanship, extent of service to the field and journalistic enterprise. Out of the 21 categories one winner will be selected for The Grand Neal Award. As of 2018 there have been 23 winners of The Grand Neal Award. In 2019 John Heltman, Business and Finance Reporter with
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and SourceMedia won with Nobody's Home

See also

* List of computer-related awards


External links

* *{{cite web , url= , title=Past Winners , work=SIIA CODiE Awards , access-date=January 13, 2017 , archive-date=August 16, 2019 , archive-url= , url-status=dead Technology trade associations Computer-related awards