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Two Cutting Edge Companies Announced as Winners of the 2014 SIIA NextGen Awards for Big Data

Quarrio and Junyo Recognized for Innovation and Game-Changing Big Data Solutions

Washington, DC, July 11, 2014 --( The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association representing the software and digital content industries, today announced that two cutting edge companies in the Big Data industries have been recognized with 2014 NextGen Awards.

SIIA’s NextGen program provides exposure to early-stage companies delivering game-changing solutions. The program aims to bring awareness to 6 verticals: Mobile, Social, Big Data, Security, Healthcare, and Financial Services. Nominating companies were judged by a group of industry experts who determined the Most Innovative, Most Disruptive and overall NexGen winner of the category.

The 2014 NextGen Award Winners for Big Data are:

· Overall Winner & Most Disruptive: Quarrio
Quarrio is a SaaS service, launching initially for that provides conversational analytics for sales. By developing a natural language analytics platform, Quarrio enables the average business user to do advanced reporting and analytics without learning any new skills. Just type a question in ordinary English and the system answers in plain English with auto-generating graphs and charts (e.g. "which opportunities have not been called in the past 25 days").

· Most Innovative: Junyo
Junyo is using big data to improve learning in K-12 education. We operate multiple business units, including Junyo Streams, a teacher classroom tool that organizes and curates student educational materials and provides personalized learning insights; EdLights, a market-intelligence platform for K-12 publishers and suppliers; and Junyo Platform, global API services for securely managing and analyzing education data. Their ultimate goal is to improve learning outcomes by fostering an environment where every student has a path to success that is concrete, engaging and attainable.

“Much of the discussion about market disruption has focused on large, brand name businesses, but there is tremendous innovation taking place at companies that get little attention,” said Rhianna Collier, Vice President of the Software Division at SIIA. “NextGen companies–chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of M&A, VC and advisory executives–are young businesses that offer cutting-edge software and services.”

NextGen winners in mobile and social & collaboration were announced earlier this year. NextGen winners in security, healthcare and financial services will be announced on a progressive basis throughout 2014.

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA’s members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property.

The Software Division provides a forum for companies developing the applications, services, infrastructure and tools that are driving the software and services industry forward. Through the division, executives of member companies meet to brainstorm, collaborate, and discuss the industry's latest challenges. The division's many programs offer excellent vehicles for companies to develop partnerships, boost their profile, and gain strategic insight on key issues. To learn more, visit
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