Kintone Wins Silver in 10th Annual Best in Biz Awards SMB Product of the Year

Judges were impressed with this year’s winners’ agility and adaptability that enabled their customers to thrive, and their willingness to go the extra mile to help their customers in unusual times.

2020 has reinforced our core belief that human connection and collaboration are the driving forces for creativity and productivity— Dave Landa, CEO of Kintone.

Kintone has been named a silver winner in Small or Medium Business Product of the Year by Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America.

Kintone is a teamwork platform that empowers teams and organizations to effectively manage their data, communication, and workflows for better collaboration. Kintone enables businesses to consolidate many of their software solutions onto one cost-effective and customizable platform instead of multiple off-the-shelf SaaS subscriptions. The platform’s drag-and-drop interface lets anyone rapidly build and deploy sophisticated custom database applications within a powerful collaboration environment that offers automated workflow and granular permission controls—no coding necessary.

2020 marked the 10th annual Best in Biz Awards and—with a continuing global pandemic—was a year like no other in the program’s 10-year history. Despite the global challenges, the 10th annual program saw a particularly strong field of entries from public and private companies of all sizes and spanning all geographic regions and industries in the U.S. and Canada, ranging from some of the most recognizable and admired global brands to the most innovative startups and nimble local companies – proving North American business’ resilience and continuing innovation and growth, despite the odds.

The judges were impressed with this year’s winners’ agility and adaptability that allowed their businesses to thrive, their willingness to always go the extra mile to help their customers in these unusual times and, particularly, many winners’ efforts to maintain their commitment to the environment and to prioritize helping others in their communities.

“2020 has reinforced our core belief that human connection and collaboration are the driving forces for creativity and productivity,” said Dave Landa, CEO of Kintone. “This year, we’ve been particularly inspired by the resilience and innovation of our small and medium-sized business customers, many of whom have depended on Kintone during the challenges posed by remote work and work from home. We thank the Best in Biz judges for this award.”

“In this wild year, it’s amazing to see companies still innovating, adapting, and thriving,” said Christopher Null, Wired, who has judged seven of the last ten Best in Biz Awards programs. “There’s so much in the business world that is inspirational right now.”

Since the program’s inception in 2011, winners in Best in Biz Awards have been determined based on scoring from independent judging panels assembled each year from some of the most respected newspapers, TV and radio outlets, and business, consumer, technology and trade publications in North America. Combining top editors’ and reporters’ unparalleled expertise and experience with the objectivity inherent in the journalistic ethos and further enhanced by the variety of outlets represented, Best in Biz Awards judging panels are uniquely able to determine the best of the best from among the hundreds of competitive entries. The 2020 judging panel included, among others, writers from Barron’s, Consumer Affairs, USA Today, and Wired.

Best in Biz Awards 2020 honors were conferred in more than 90 different categories, including Company of the Year, Most Resilient Company, Fastest-Growing Company, Most Innovative Company, Best Place to Work, Customer Service Department, Executive of the Year, Operations Executive, Most Innovative Product, Enterprise Product, Best New Product, App, CSR Program, Crisis Management Program, Marketing Program and Annual Report of the Year.

For a full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2020, visit: https://www.bestinbizawards.com/2020-winners/.

About Best in Biz Awards
Since 2011, Best in Biz Awards has been the only independent business awards program judged by a who’s who of prominent reporters and editors from top-tier publications from North America and around the world. Over the years, judges in the premier awards program have ranged from Associated Press to the Wall Street Journal and winners have spanned the spectrum, from blue-chip companies that form the bedrock of the global economy to some of the world’s most innovative start-ups and nimble local companies. Each year, Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in two separate programs: North America and International, and in 90 categories, including company, team, executive, product, and CSR, media, PR and other categories. For more information, visit: bestinbizawards.com.

About Kintone Corporation
Kintone is a teamwork platform with a visual application builder that empowers individuals, teams, and organizations to effectively manage their data and workflow for better collaboration. Kintone enables and inspires anyone to rapidly build and deploy sophisticated custom database applications within a powerful collaboration environment that offers automated workflow and granular permission controls — all with no coding necessary. More than 17,500 companies have built, deployed and use over 1,000,000 applications on Kintone. Kintone is provided by Cybozu Inc., a Tokyo-based public company founded in 1997. Both Kintone and Cybozu are designated as great workplaces by Great Place to Work, a global authority on high-performing workplace cultures. For more information, please visit kintone.com.

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