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Award Force

Award Force

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Advanced cloud software for organizers of awards, employee recognition, grants, scholarships, pitch competitions and more to manage submission, evaluation and award of results, online.

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Award Force review by Jocelyn L.
Jocelyn L.
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"Superior Award SAAS"

What do you like best?

Functionality, dependability, stability. The Awards Force platform is the best in its class. It has streamlined many of our critical processes, increased efficiencies, and added professional-looking functionality. All of this with amazing customer support.

What do you dislike?

Absolutely nothing! We always await their constant updating and added features.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Switching to Award Force has been the best decision the SIA has made in the last decade.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Intuitive UX, reduced staff time, judging portal, winner gallery. Reduced user and judge inquiries.

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Award Force review by Eve M.
Eve M.
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"A tool in which all award organisers should be using .. "

What do you like best?

The ease of making the software work for us as and around our awards submission and judging process without having to change requirements and processes. Entrants and judges are very impressed by how user friendly the software is.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing that I dislike. Yet! If I had to really think for the minimum of 40 characters I would say it would be nice to be able to design your excel export so that you could choose what columns and information is exported.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend this product/service to anyone considering. The level of customer service is exceptional

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The time saved on the submission process is the most valuable benefit to the business. Office is able to concentrate on other tasks rather than inputting submissions. Integration for sponsors is also beneficial with the choice of branding makes everything very professional and seamless increasing awareness and credibility.

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Award Force review by Mariela A.
Mariela A.
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"Simplicity at its best!"

What do you like best?

We found we could do exactly what we wanted and found things we didn't know we wanted! The platform is user friendly, all team members where able to use it without hours of training required.

What do you dislike?

After 12 months, we have yet to find a fault!

Recommendations to others considering the product

After some consideration we ditched our old platform and moved to Award Force - best decision ever, everyone can use it - you don't need hours of training! Excellent Platform!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We manage our awards with precision and able to share results with sponsors with extreme ease.

What Awards Management solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Award Force review by Charlie T.
Charlie T.
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"Great time-saving product which makes admin a breeze!"

What do you like best?

- All of our judges commented on ease of use

- We could see which categories were the most popular and which weren't filling up at all really quickly and transparently which meant we could help support our internal teams with client outreach.

- We could brand the system so it looked like our awards programme, rather than a foreign site that our applicants and judges weren't familiar with

- The support from the Award Force team was great

- Huge timesaver

What do you dislike?

- The initial set-up took a bit of time, would have been good if this was included within the price

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Before using Award Force, all of our applications had either been on paper, which required a lot of manual work, or on a survey form which also meant we had to pull the data from one system to another.

Having everything in one place for applications, judges and admins, meant we saved a huge amount of time pulling all of the packs together for this year's Judging Round.

Award Force review by Administrator
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"Successfully established a Music competition with many unique requirements"

What do you like best?

The skill, service and involvement by the lead technicians and support staff. The solution came together and works very well. Solution developed met ALL of our long list of requirements.

What do you dislike?

Nothing I dislike, but maybe a little more online tuition being available.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We did a thorough requirements specification PRIOR to even evaluating products - I believe that has been a key for a great solution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We undertook a project to sponsor a local radio station to run a music competition with a prize being awarded to monthly winners based on receiving the most votes as registered into the system. Entrants submit their songs and other details for the DJ's to review and select for airplay. Listeners vote on each months songs played.

Award Force review by Administrator in Sports
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"Award Force for SPI Asia 2018 a Huge Leapfrog from 2017"

What do you like best?

Easy usability both for managing submission ang judging. I manage the entire process, especially the final judging. Results were quickly available without hassle.

What do you dislike?

Seeking support from the support team. So much steps and subscribers are the ones actively pursuing them. It should be the support team who shoul reach out. Example, when we tried to request for a meeting and notified the support team that we will have our final judgingbon a specif date, we got a reply telling us to sschedule which was no longer timely.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Award force contributed to our program in such ways:

1. Capturing interests, data and statistics of users

2. Credibility in the process considering that our program is an award-giving. It makes sense to have a great platform.

3. Easy usability. We had a tedious process when we did it manually last year.

Award Force review by Hansika B.
Hansika B.
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"Intuitive design"

What do you like best?

Award Force has a easy-to-use, simple layout but which includes everything you could want in a platform. The design is intuitive so you don't need to have any previous experience in the platform, or have used anything like this before. It's great for tracking and sharing information between judges and users.

What do you dislike?

There's very little to dislike about this product. It was slightly difficult learning how to export data.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We've been using Award Force as a submission and judging platform. It's great to use as a portal for both these activities, especially through the Dashboard interface which is comprehensive.

Award Force review by Carolyn R.
Carolyn R.
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"RICS Awards go online"

What do you like best?

Very simple system for staff,, entrants and al users

What do you dislike?

Would like a little more help with training (or more of the online stuff done for me!) but that is more due to my very low level IT skills.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Taking the Awards online has been a very positive move for the business and Awards Force have delivered a user friendly, simply product that is easy to use for staff and entrants.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

First time we have taken the Awards online - the impact on the business has been dramatic with vast reduction of man hours needed to process our entries. Ease on entry for clients has increased number of entries and reporting systems mean we can track and use data much easier

Award Force review by James Z.
James Z.
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"DOPE Magazine Review"

What do you like best?

Great service from the team, especially Carl.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the backend of the program is a little daunting but once you get it, its not that bad.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The team at Award Force is top notch. Very responsive (even for being in a completely different time zone - Australia) and is even willing to jump on calls with you to help you with any issues. The platform is great for the user as well. I also love how easy it is to customize the platform to even change colors of buttons to match your themes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Streamlining our voting process for our awards shows is our primary use. The benefits are having a one stop shop for our nomination/voting process.

Award Force review by Kyira C.
Kyira C.
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"ASC Media Awards 2016"

What do you like best?

The website is extremely easy to use. Once you understood the areas and order in which things had to be done it was great.

What do you dislike?

My dislike would be the variety of judging options - our judging is very unique but we were able to work around it with pick options

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely take up the offer to view the platform and talk out any questions you have. The employees are very supportive of your awards and want to help improve the process for your nominees.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

File size uploads for nominations and the administration behind our limitations in the past. The platform allows for easy reporting and the ability to assist nominees throughout their nomination process.

Award Force review by Crystal K.
Crystal K.
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"Very happy with this service"

What do you like best?

Ease of use, available customer service, visually-pleasing and user-friendly

What do you dislike?

It's a bit expensive considering it's mostly just a template and I maybe need about two hours of customer service support each year. I'm not sure whether we'll be able to work together next year because we need Award Force to be flexible with their contract (many things don't apply to us and our lawyers are not comfortable having them included).

Recommendations to others considering the product

User friendly, several judging features and levels, system works properly

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy template to roll over into the next year, new features being added often that make scores easier for us to calculate, nice to be able to refer to and download entries from previous years.

Award Force review by Kevin M.
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"Great piece of software, very enjoyable to use."

What do you like best?

Award Force is very user-friendly and a nicely designed piece of software that seems to have been well researched with regards to the needs of its users. In five years or running awards' programmes, it seems to offer solutions for most of the problems I have encountered within these five years.

What do you dislike?

This only issue I have with Award Force is that I don't have enough time to spend on it. I run the marketing and comms for various brands within BiP Solutions Ltd, so multi-tasking is a big part of my working day. I know there are things I am doing on the software that could probably be done in a much quicker way, but lack of time to research and play with the software lets me down. So far, I have no dislikes about the actual software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

My previous comments should qualify here.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our main concern was managing the growth of the GO Awards brand. Since 2012, the size of the Awards have double nationally and one of our regional awards' programmes has nearly quadrupled in size. We have just launched into two other territories within the UK and to facilitate this growth and expansion, we needed a a software programme we could rely on with regards to expressions of interest, submissions and judging. We have already used the software for two territories and are currently nearing the end of our National UK Awards programme - our largest GO Awards. All user and judge feedback so far has been very positive.

Award Force review by Erin R.
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"Great product, exceptional service"

What do you like best?

How easy it is to configure the system for a variety of purposes.

The support offered by the Award Force team (exceptional).

Feedback is added to the roadmap and changes are actually implemented.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes not all views have all features (eg table sort or data export). It can be a minor frustration to go to use a feature that's not yet available

Recommendations to others considering the product

In terms of functionality, this is a great product. What makes Award Force outstanding is the quality and availability of support and the continuous addition/improvement of features. I couldn't do my job without it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Award Force takes a previous very manual, time intensive process and automates and streamlines the experience for back-end administrators (me) our entrants and our judges.

We no longer have missing applications, VIP volunteers unable to judge as agreed or users unable to complete applications.

Instead, we're able to collect the information we need in a variety of ways (text, PDF, video) and present this professionally to our judges and senior executive.

Award Force review by Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
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"AwardForce Platform"

What do you like best?

AwardForce is customisable to take on the look and feel of your company branding and is relatively simple to use.

While it wouldn't be something one could use with no instruction, once you have had a little training the sytem is easy to navigate and customise to your needs.

The support team are very helpful and do listen to suggestions and wants - there are a few items of functionality that have been incorporated at our request!

What do you dislike?

A lot of the terminology is not in sync with ours and so it can become confusing, however we are aware that some of the discrepancies are from our side.

Also some of the functionality is not very intuitive and it sometimes feels like things that should be easy to find are tucked away. However again, once you use the system a few times it does become easier to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ask for a demo, see if you can trial it for a month or two.

It is very customisable, most of our employees do not realise it isnt part of our own software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We don't actually have any awards that run through the system, but we use AwardForce for an internal initiative that helps our creatives flex their creative muscle and allows for constructive feedback on their work, ultimately resulting in much better work and case studies.

For what we need, AwardForce is perfect, much better than its competitors that we have tried previously.

It allows us to recieve and evaluate work from all our offices globally, using a bespoke scoring system and judges feedback.

Award Force review by User
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"Award Force is like having a full-time employee running your awards program."

What do you like best?

Award Force allows me to match the complexities of the industry we are recognising, with the seemingly endless set of functionalities and a suggested framework to apply if for best results.

What do you dislike?

It takes our submissions and judging capabilities to a level of professionalism that the industry demands.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's absolutely worth the cost and the time spent learning how to use it, if the field you are recognising is nuanced and complex.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has allowed us to boost the level of professionalism that the industry demands for our platform to have.

Award Force review by Administrator in Non-Profit Organization Management
Administrator in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Bespoke feel with off-the-shelf pricing"

What do you like best?

Award Force offers a huge variety of possibilities. Almost every potential way of handling files, entry, judging, scoring that we have considered since implementing our first digital judging system almost 15 years ago has been addressed along with a plethora of solutions that would have been far too expensive for us to build into a bespoke system.

What do you dislike?

While a huge amount of time and cost is saved in the development process, there is some added work in configuring all of the data. However, the work put in in advance of launching each stage is offset by the ease of use for entrants and judges.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our awards are crucial to our business success and Award Force simplifies the process for entrants and judges. This has a knock-on effect on the reception to our awards and to their professional perception.

Award Force review by Daniel S.
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"Feature rich, easy to use and powerful"

What do you like best?

The fact that it gives you absolutely everything to run an awards event. From submissions and comms to judging.

What do you dislike?

There's very little to dislike although sometimes the pdf conversions get a bit confused when trying to apply markdown to text. Also, registration in china involves manual intervention due to google apps.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Absolutely use them! There's nothing not to like about the software and the support is fantastic.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The biggest issue for us was giving a platform that would work worldwide as we have locations across the globe and this solved this along with other issues raised in previous years feedback completely.

Award Force review by Michael P.
Michael P.
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"a simple platform that is built for purpose"

What do you like best?

It is highly customisable yet quite simple. And if you DO get stuck their support is quick to respond.

What do you dislike?

Whilst it is a good system it doesn't do everything. We wanted voting options for a part of our awards programme and it didn't really suit our needs for this.

Recommendations to others considering the product

check if it plugs into your existing CRM. For us we are keen to connect it to salesforce soon.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A purpose built platform such as this has given us the ability to host a lot more of the awards process online, including judging.

Award Force review by William D.
William D.
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"Taking the drama out of amazing Awards Events"

What do you like best?

Starting could not have been easier, we moved an existing event into Award Force, our engagement with entrants, judges event sponsors went beyond what our expectation were.

What do you dislike?

A little more help with online tutorials won't be a bad idea, there is so much functionality that getting your head around options needs help. Especially in processing the judges feedback for entrants

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't miss out on event management that really does what it says

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Entrant engagement increased by over 300%

Award Force review by Administrator in Government Administration
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"Good program for administrating awards process from start to finish"

What do you like best?

Very easy to customise exactly what you want the interface to look like for those who are submitting nominations. The judging process was easy to customise too, which was helpful as I had lots of judges looking a several different categories each.

What do you dislike?

Everything was pretty good, apart from we had a couple of issues where entries didn't save properly, and some of the data that came out in an excel report had project contributors details all lumped in together in one cell which wasn't very helpful. I expect all this can be fixed though as the support team were very helpful and attentive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have a large number of Awards Ambassadors collecting nominations from many teams of staff. Award Force is a good way of bringing all the information together simply, and being able to review it all at a glance as an administrator. I was able to troubleshoot for the Awards Ambassadors by updating things for them in the system, which were quickly reflected as it all works in real time.

Award Force review by Samantha K.
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"Great service and easy to use"

What do you like best?

The system was user friendly and the support from the Award Force team was always prompt

What do you dislike?

There was nothing I didnt like. there were a couple of things which didnt quiet work for us but was able to find alternative options after discussion with the support team

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

using the system has increased the efficiency in the way we are able to judge our awards programme. More productive and allows for better time management.

Award Force review by Administrator in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Great service!"

What do you like best?

The easy usability of the system and the tracking features

What do you dislike?

Nothing! really enjoy the interface and ability to brand.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a great system for data, the amount of times we've wanted to get feedback for entrants but are working on our notes and not online was ridiculous. This system makes it easy for us to distribute information to entrants which makes them understand their entry and why it did or didn't make it through. It also it perfect for judges who are unable to take time off work and want to just read through entries in their own time. There really isn't a better system!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefits have been substantial! We've been able to increase entries, use the data for marketing purposes and increase knowledge to our entrants.

Award Force review by Tamara W.
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"AIM Leadership Excellence Awards (ALEAs)"

What do you like best?

It's ability to collate and filter applications.

What do you dislike?

The back end of the system is not very user friendly - you need training to be able to use it properly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This program dramatically reduced the number of admin hours required to collate information and contact all applicants.

Award Force review by Administrator in Public Relations and Communications
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"Solid Experience"

What do you like best?

The straight forward user experience for entrants and judges

What do you dislike?

The export functionality is very clunky, and the live dashboard reporting needs improvement

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give yourself plenty of time to consider the user and judging experience before diving in to setup

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were working on a design awards for the Irish Design Industry. The organisation is largely voluntary, with judges giving their time free of charge and entrants needing ease of use. The benefits of Award Force is that it streamlines a previously cumbersome process

Award Force review by Administrator in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Managing awards made easy"

What do you like best?

Very simple to set up and to use for administrators, entrants and judges.

What do you dislike?

It obviously takes time to set up, but it's worth it when it's finished.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Would recommend to save time and ensure your entrants and judges have an excellent experience.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Processing entries manually was very time consuming and the system has reduced this time and saved staff resource. Also have reduced judging day from 2 to 1 due to ability of judges to pre-judge and score.

Award Force review by Administrator in Philanthropy
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"Media Awards experience"

What do you like best?

How customisable it is; that everything can be done online; level of support and response; that it can be replicated one year to the next.

What do you dislike?

Initial setup requires a fair bit of support; some terms are confusing; limits on customisation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This was the first year of using an online system - it eliminated lots of handwritten forms, a ton of postage and media in different formats. Hugely time-saving and well down very well with judges.

Award Force review by Executive Sponsor
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"Oh, so easy"

What do you like best?

Took care of all the complex matters with minimum fuss. They handled complicated, dispersed multi-user contributions very professionally. Particularly friendly telephone and online support at all times of the day was a valued service.

What do you dislike?

Wish I'd found them sooner, we unfortunately lost time trying to solve the matter internally.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highest quality product with unbeatable service and support.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Complicated, dispersed multi-user contributions.

Award Force review by Adam W.
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"Really good"

What do you like best?

The system was easy to use and most of all the service I received from the staff there was brilliant!!

What do you dislike?

The way the system is configured its not easy to swap nominations across categories by virtue of the scoring you align to the questions (no biggy tho)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a crack

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Savings in administration and doubled the nominations

Award Force review by Administrator
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"2016 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards"

What do you like best?

Easy to setup

Very easy for judges and entrants to figure out how to use

Dashboard is clear

What do you dislike?

Reporting is limited

- Report comes out in a big spreadsheet consisting of everything, cant filter out what I need / cannot tailor reports

- Hard to find which entries have been judged and which ones haven't been in regards to one specific judge

- Reports don't have the organisation populated (have to do a vlookup to match that info)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

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Award Force review by Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
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"Positive awards portal experience"

What do you like best?

ease of use for administrators and users

What do you dislike?

there are certain things you can't customise

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The system works really well and is an easy, efficient and time effective way to receive applications for our program, collate informaiton on applicants, contact applicants and easy online judging. This saves us a lot of time in administrative tasks as well as less printing for judging panels. It has made a great difference to our working opperations for our Awards program.

Award Force review by Administrator in Sports
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"SPIA Asia"

What do you like best?

From the start til the end.

It was an easy peasy, we were able to use it with no hassle. Time saver and made us look so professional.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I don't like is scheduling of con call in case we need assistance.

Recommendations to others considering the product

NA

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Judging/auto computation, less work and time consuming

Award Force review by Administrator in Media Production
Administrator in Media Production
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"Very good expeirence"

What do you like best?

The easy way to manage my awards and the time I saved

What do you dislike?

the interface could be a little better and more predictive

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I solved to lose time with the judgement

Award Force review by Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
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"Club Administrator, Perth Advertising and Design Club Inc."

What do you like best?

The entry system was a great customer experience

What do you dislike?

The judging process was very restrictive, it needs to be more agile

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think the judging process needs to be more agile. Enable different methods of judging rather than a scoring system which we don't really use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Better customer experience.

Easier to travel with work for judging

Award Force review by Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
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"Executive Director"

What do you like best?

Clean look to the program.

Intuiative entry process.

Ability to manage the online entries as project manager.

What do you dislike?

The entry downloading process after judging to prepare for our gala awards program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are organizing an Industry awards program/event. AF provides a more professional product for the entry and judging processes.

Award Force review by Administrator in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"HFMA Awards"

What do you like best?

The system is easy to use and intuitive.

What do you dislike?

There were no features that I particularly dislike.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ease of use for entrants and judges. Time saving for organiser.

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