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Wimba Collaboration Suite™ Wins 2010 SIIA CODiE Award for ‘Best Collaboration Solution’

Award Honors Wimba’s Technical Innovation and Excellence in Software Development, Touting the Tool’s Ease-of-Use, Visual Aesthetics and Overall Functionality

NEW YORK – May 12, 2010 – Wimba® Inc., a leading provider of collaborative solutions for educators around the world, announced that its Wimba Collaboration Suite™ was named the winner of the 2010 CODiE Award for “Best Collaboration Solution” at the SIIA “All About the Cloud” conference at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco on Tuesday. The Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) annual CODiE Awards honor outstanding achievement and vision in the software, digital information and education technology industries.

“We are extremely honored to have the Wimba Collaboration Suite recognized by our peers and other industry experts as being the ‘Best Collaboration Solution’ on the market,” said Karen Gage, Co-COO at Wimba. “Today, collaboration is more important than ever. To have Wimba be acknowledged for our innovation, excellence and ongoing effort to bring dynamic interaction and powerful collaboration to hundreds of thousands of instructors and students across the globe truly rewarding.”  

The Wimba Collaboration Suite was selected as a winner from among three other finalists in the “Best Collaboration Solution” Category after being reviewed and tested by a panel of industry experts who evaluated each product on its ease-of-use, ability to customize and facilitate communication as well as the product’s visual aesthetics, overall experience and functionality. Judges encompassing tech trade journalists, consultants, IT and product specialists, as well as other knowledgeable, yet neutral experts participated in the review and selection of the 33 winners chosen from the list of 136 Finalists representing 374 companies in the software products and services industry.

“This is the twenty‐fifth year we have recognized excellence in the software, education and information industries through the CODiE Awards program,” noted Ken Wasch, President of SIIA. “In this economic climate, companies are doing even more to innovate. Wimba has demonstrated a commitment to innovation and quality that is reflected in their selection as a finalist for the CODiE Awards. I am pleased and proud to have them listed among the winners.”

The Wimba Collaboration Suite—previously awarded the 2009 CODiE Award for “Best Education Solution”—enhances learning, improves outcomes and increases student retention.  By combining interactive technologies such as voice, video, podcasting, instant messaging, application sharing, polling and whiteboarding, Wimba offers students, teachers and administrators an engaging and comprehensive collaboration environment for dynamic instruction, efficient meetings and effective delivery of academic and administrative help. Included in the Suite is:

  • Wimba Classroom™ - A robust, virtual learning environment that includes audio, video, application sharing and content display used for formal, scheduled instruction and meetings.
  • Wimba Pronto™ - An instant collaboration system designed to promote learning through informal instruction and meetings.
  • Wimba Voice™ - A web-based voice solution that facilitates and promotes anytime vocal instruction, practice, collaboration, coaching and assessment.

A complete list of winners for this year’s CODiE Awards in the Software Division is available on SIIA’s website at http://www.siia.net/codies/2010/winners.asp.