Nominees from international public and private sectors were selected by the Business Disability Forum judging panel based on their commitment to addressing the needs of disabled customers, clients or service users, employees, and stakeholders
Jersey City, New Jersey — December 17, 2014 — AvePoint, the established leader in enterprise-class management, governance, and compliance software solutions for next-generation social collaboration platforms, announced today that it won the 2014 Disability-smart award in the category of Products and Services, B2B for its compliance solutions. AvePoint Compliance Guardian and Compliance Guardian Online – part of AvePoint Online Services, used by nearly 2 million cloud users today – offer complete Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) platforms that provide comprehensive analysis across information gateways to address and correct accessibility violations.
The awards were presented on Monday, December 15, 2014, to organizations that exhibit leading practice within the ten criteria of Business Disability Forum’s (BDF) Disability Standard. The Disability Standard represents best practices and provides guidance in specific areas to support businesses in their journey to becoming disability-smart by improving performance for disabled customers, employees, and stakeholders. The judging panel included leading experts in the area of disability, representatives from BDF’s Member and Partner organizations, and disabled opinion leaders.
Award winners demonstrated an outstanding commitment to employing, working with, and doing business with disabled people, and were judged based on the ten criteria of the Disability Standard. AvePoint was selected as a 2014 winner due to its ability to identify and address specific web and enterprise system accessibility issues in order to meet and exceed global standards. This includes accessibility risk, which can be measured with out-of-the-box or customized checks that map to a wide range of requirements and legislation, such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) as well as other international and industry-specific accessibility guidelines.
“It is an honor for AvePoint to be recognized through this award as a global leader in enabling people to work together no matter what they face on a daily basis,” said Dana Simberkoff, Chief Compliance and Risk Officer, AvePoint. “Our work with Business Disability Forum shows organizations that they can simplify the auditing and reporting process required to ensure business properties – from public-facing websites to intranet portals – accommodate disabled customers, constituents, and members of their workforce at all times.”
"The number of entrants in the awards scheme highlights the increasing importance businesses are placing upon meeting the needs of disabled people – and rightly so,” said Paul Day, Chief of Staff, Business Disability Forum. “Businesses in both the private and public sectors are starting to realize the benefits of measuring and improving their disability performance, which extend not only to the business itself but also to employees and customers.”
With robust compliance, governance, infrastructure management, and productivity solutions, as well as global 24/7 live support, AvePoint today helps more than 13,000 organizations enable enterprise collaboration with confidence. AvePoint is a corporate member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals as well as the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, and the company’s Compliance and Risk Management practitioners participate in International Standards bodies including the W3C and United Nations Internet Governance Forum in addition to providing privacy guidance and expertise to a wide range of domestic and international government agencies and corporate organizations.
To view the entire Disability-smart awards winners’ list, please visit the Business Disability Forum website.
AvePoint is the established leader in enterprise-class big data management, governance, and compliance software solutions for next-generation social collaboration platforms. Focusing on helping enterprises in their digitization journey to enable their information workers to collaborate with confidence, AvePoint is first-to-market with a unique solution that centralizes access and control of information assets residing in disparate collaboration and document management systems on-premises and in the cloud. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Jersey City, NJ, AvePoint serves more than 13,000 organizations worldwide. AvePoint is privately held and backed by Goldman Sachs and Summit Partners.
About Business Disability Forum
Business Disability Forum is a not-for-profit business consortium that represents some 400 organizations that employ 20 percent of the UK workforce. It has more than twenty years’ experience of working with public and private sector employers and service providers. For more information about the Forum please visit: http://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/about-us
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