The nominee took the Sage One product from concept to launch in less than a year thus successfully delivering the first comprehensive cloud based business management suite for small businesses ever delivered by any vendor. This is a significant contribution that will not only give small businesses a powerful product to manage their businesses but will also set the tone for other future products where completeness of capabilities will no longer be limited to only tools used by large companies.
Having founded and run a startup himself the nominee brought a passion and determination to see the product through that was critical. Without this passion to help small companies the Sage One US project would have been buried along with the many other great product ideas that were started but never finished over the year. Innovation threatens the status-quo and upsets many apple-carts. So it requires a special kind of determination and diplomacy to make projects like this successful.