With the year coming to a close we decided that we should put our heads together and create the Expend Awards. Part nod to global tech that helps support our ever-growing and award-winning solution, and part nod to the local things that keep us going. So without further ado let’s dive in.
1. Best new phone
The office is split almost down the line with iPhone users and OnePlus users, aside from one (me) who owns a Huawei phone.
However, it’s the bang for the buck that wins out here. So the OnePlus 6T wins it for its sheers value and features. Plus we've never seen a phone submit an expense so fast before using our App, which it has to be said, is very fast normally. The iPhone XS comes a close, though twice as expensive second place.
Winner: OnePlus 6T
Highly Commended: iPhone XS
2. Best new tech
The development team won out with their choice of AWS API Gateway Websockets. Don’t know what it is? Don’t worry it’s cool and will be used in a huge number of ways behind the scenes. Under glass fingerprint reader came 2nd because while it’s a gimmick, it’s a pretty cool one.
Winner: AWS API Gateway Websockets
Highly Commended: Under glass fingerprint reader
3. Best new phone app
No one could decide on this one because there are over 2.5 million apps on Google Play. Not to mention the Apple Store.
If my life depended on it and I had to pick one, it would have to be the Canva app for how easy it is to make quick graphic design images and more. Closely followed by the catchy named 220.127.116.11 by Cloudflare. This app gives you faster and more private (though not completely) web browsing on your phone just by pressing a button. That's pretty much all it does, apart from also having a dark mode.
Highly Commended: 18.104.22.168
4. Best local place for lunch
This was hugely contentious and dividing, so like Shirley Ballas on Strictly, I had to make an executive decision.
The winner is Pizza Union on Sandy's Row. Quite how they make their pizzas so fast and delicious for little over £5 in central London is a mystery.
In 2nd place is The Poutinerie and arguably they are only second because they are only around the corner on a Friday. If it's good enough for Michael Bublé to eat their tasty poutine on the One Show, it's good enough for us. Nando’s also gets a notable mention, mainly because Elliott would kill me if I didn’t.
Winner: Pizza Union
Highly Commended: The Poutinerie
5. Best local place for coffee
The only rule was no chains, and in central London near Spitalfields Market, that’s a pretty easy rule. The winner had to be the Farm Shop. Not only does it do lovely coffee, but it also has handy rooms for quick breakout meetings away from the office.
Pause gets our highly commended award for also having lots of really tasty treats to tempt you with.
Winner: The Farm Shop
Highly Commended: Pause
6. Best accounting software
Ouch, how do we choose that one? Who put this trick question in here?
The winner is.... FreeQuickNetXeroBookSageAgentSuite
7. Best accounting app
It seems hard at first glace as there are so many out there, but once everyone realised that they couldn’t vote for Expend, we thought back to Xerocon in London. One stood out and that was Figured. This app has found its niche by helping farmers better manage their businesses. It’s not just us that think they have done a great job. They are also the Xero App partner of the month.
8. Best new Expend feature
The winner is… Ha it’s in closed beta, so it’s top secret and I can’t tell you. Watch out in the new year as it will really allow us to flex our expense management muscles.
Winner: Watch this space
Highly Commended: Advanced cash management
9. Best radio station
Especially in the run-up to Christmas, we’ve ditched Spotify and started listening to the radio for our musical fix. Sometimes it’s nice to have someone else decide what you’re going to listen to.
Magic FM, congrats you’ve won the hearts and minds of 75% to 80% of the office. BBC Radio 6, you were close, but you’re not very Christmassy, sorry.
Winner: Magic FM
Highly commended: BBC Radio 6
Finally, Tech predictions for 2019
Not an award, but more of a lens into the future. Apparently, everyone will ditch React Native for Google’s new Flutter app making thingy, but then comes crawling back to Reach Native in 2020. Yes, more development team suggestions and they didn’t stop at 2019 either they went full on into 2020. Brave!
I think phones will be launched at Mobile World Congress in February with 6 or potentially even more cameras, bendy phones will be released and they’ll be far too expensive for most people to buy. Finally, Apple will invent something that someone else invented in the 90’s, the main difference, will be that they’ll do it better and people will love it. (perhaps).
Agree, or disagree? Let us know what you think in the comments below.