Saudi IT firms honoured

Holool, ZFP IT, Cisco Systems and Oracle receive awards from ITP Business for their contribution to Saudi Arabia's information technology market.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  April 25, 2005

ITP Business has honoured the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s leading businessmen at the annual Arabian Business Awards. Among the impressive list of 21 winners were four information technology companies, which were recognised for their ongoing role in the development of Saudi Arabia’s burgeoning IT economy. “The IT industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not only the largest in the GCC but it is also growing rapidly,” said Walid Akawi, managing director of ITP Business. “Therefore, it is only right that ITP Business, as the largest IT and business magazine publisher in the Middle East, recognise the contribution made in Saudi Arabia by the Kingdom’s leading technology firms.” The first IT firm to receive an award was Cisco Systems, which was heralded for its small-to-medium sized business (SMB) drive. The networking giant launched an integrated marketing campaign across the GCC for SMBs at the end of last year. Centred on its SMB Class Solutions offerings, the campaign was designed to promote the adoption of IT by smaller companies in the GCC. With so many SMBs operating in Saudi Arabia, Cisco has spent much of its time taking its IT meets SMB message to the Kingdom. “There are more that one million SMBs in the region that are going to compete with global players soon due to open market policies. Those companies will increasingly find that an intelligent network is a powerful resource in delivering value-added services to clients and developing a competitive edge against competitors,” said Ghazi Atallah, general manager, Cisco Systems Middle East. “Cisco understands that small companies in Saudi Arabia need the power that an intelligent network can unleash at least as much as big enterprises do,” he added. The second technology provider to be recognised during the awards ceremony was ZFP IT, which won the award for best e-government solution provider, and the third was Holool, which was heralded as the best open source company. In fact, Holool made a huge splash at last week’s Gitex Saudi Arabia as it introduced its bilingual version of the Linux operating system, HOST, to the Saudi Arabian market. The IT solutions provider, which was established in Riyadh in 2000, believes its version of the open source operating system will be a winner due to its user friendly graphical user interface (GUI) and features. “HOST allows end user organisations to reduce information technology costs by enabling them to do more with less,” said Holool’s Mohammad Al-Harbi. “We hope to receive a good response [for HOST] as the Saudi Arabian IT market is a growing one and this is a great chance for us,” he added. The final technology orientated award of the evening went to Abdul Al Thehaiban, the managing director of Oracle in Saudi Arabia, who recieved his gong for for business development. This year’s Arabian Business Awards ceremony took place at the Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh, and was held under the auspices of HRH Prince Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, deputy minister of the interior ministry, HRH Prince Faisl Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, HH Prince Turki Bin Abdullah Bin Abdullrahman Al-Saud, and HRH Prince Sattam Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, deputy governor of Riyadh.

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