STME scales up storage staff

STME has increased its expert storage staff by 25% over the past six months, as the company positions itself to take advantage of an expected boom in Middle East storage requirements

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By  Mark Sutton Published  July 31, 2001

STME has increased its staff by one quarter over the past six months, as the company gears up for an anticipated Middle East storage boom. Over twenty additional certified professionals have been taken on in the region, to address increasing customer demand for enterprise storage.

The new engineers are primarily spread between STME’s office in Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and have, in some cases, been recruited via the company’s website. STME will seek to expand its staff further, while maintaining a balance between sales and support staff.

“Industry experts have expressed growing concern about the lack of skilled IT professionals in the Middle East. However, we are finding that certified storage professionals are seeking out employment at STME at the same time that our customer demand is growing exponentially, so it’s a winning scenario for our customers, partners and the industry itself,” commented Trevor Hutson, general manager for STME.

He added, “STME’s primary goal is to have trained storage experts in place that know the Middle East market and are able to meet the unique storage needs of regional customers across a diversity of sectors. Our staff growth of 25 percent in 6 months reflects the emergent state of the storage market as well as STME’s leadership in providing enterprise storage solutions. At STME, we invest significant resources in training our employees, and ensure that all our engineers are factory-trained by our suppliers. In the last 12 months, STME has invested more than US $250,000 in staff training.”

Ancel Fernandes, STME’s marketing manager, who is responsible for driving quality initiatives within the organisation, commented: “Continuous focus on recruiting and training qualified staff is a key component of STME’s quality and customer-focused strategy. As part of our ISO 9001:2000 certified quality management system, we provide our employees with a beneficial working environment, and quarterly meetings are held to discuss recruitment and training needs. STME has created a culture of personal growth within the organisation, inspiring our team to excel and maintain STME’s status as the leading provider of advanced enterprise storage solutions in the Middle East.”

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