IT Weekly Middle East Newsletter 11th September 2005

The clock is ticking away and we’re all counting down to the most important event in the Middle East’s IT industry calendar. There are just two weeks to go before the main event kicks off. Oh, and there’s some show called Gitex coming up as well.

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By  Peter Branton Published  September 11, 2005

Top 100 listing will bring clarity to the IT market|~|comW28body.jpg|~||~|The clock is ticking away and we’re all counting down to the most important event in the Middle East’s IT industry calendar. There are just two weeks to go before the main event kicks off. Oh, and there’s some show called Gitex coming up as well. The IT Weekly Top 100 Technology Companies special feature (which we have, of course, scheduled to appear in our Gitex issue, out September 24 and due to be available at the show itself) is attracting enormous attention. The IT Weekly editorial office has been besieged with phone calls and e-mails from irate public relations executives desperate to get their clients included. We wouldn’t like to comment on some of the requests that we have received, except to point out to one PR that there was no need to include a ranking for her clients along with information about their operations: we’ll make the final decisions ourselves. Why do we think it has caught the imagination of so many people? Well, partly, as we pointed out a couple of weeks ago, because people just like lists. More importantly however, it will provide some much needed clarity and comprehension of an often-confusing market. And it will provide it to those people who need it most: you, our readers. The IT Weekly Top 100 Technology Companies will rank the most important IT companies in the region, by which we mean more than just those companies that have the largest turnovers – or who spend the most on PR. We are going to look at what is really important to you, so we will consider which companies do the most to influence the development of the IT industry here, those companies that have made the largest commitment to the region, those who have invested the most in supporting their customers. We have been speaking to figures inside the industry, analysts, market researchers and some of the leading vendors themselves, to make our decision. However, while we have looked to outside parties for help in our selection and ranking process, we should point out that the final decision will be ours: it will be the IT Weekly Top 100 Technology Companies list. As we said before, we are using a variety of selection criteria to calculate who should qualify for the Top 100 list. Where figures are available, we will analyse the data; where there are not, we will have to exercise our best judgment. As part of ITP Business, we have the benefit of working for the largest information technology-publishing house in the region, and of having the invaluable resources of that organisation to draw on. For instance, we will be looking at data drawn from itp.net, our sister web site, to help make our decisions, as well as data gleaned from other itp.net publications. As we go to press, the selection process for the IT Weekly Top 100 list has very definitely begun, there has already been a number of late-night conferences in the offices here at IT Weekly. Much coffee has been drunk, many arguments have been raised, but there is still more to do. We are still interested to hear from other parties and to get outside views, so if you want to put forward your view on who are the key players in the region’s ICT industry, then please send in an e-mail and let us know your thoughts. If you would like to make a contribution to the IT Weekly Top 100 Technology Companies list then please send an e-mail to itweekly@itp.com with the subject IT Weekly Top 100. ||**||

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