IT Weekly Newsletter 25 September 2005

The wait is over: this week we reveal the IT Weekly Top 100 Technology Companies, in the same week as the region’s largest information technology exhibition happens.

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By  Peter Branton Published  September 25, 2005

Gitex really does offer us the best of both worlds|~|Gitexbody.jpg|~|Walk into any of the halls at Gitex and it is impossible not to be impressed by the noise and activity.|~|The wait is over: this week we reveal the IT Weekly Top 100 Technology Companies, in the same week as the region’s largest information technology exhibition happens. What a coincidence. We’ll discuss the Top 100 Technology Companies in more detail a bit later in the issue so we’ll leave it for now, but we sincerely hope you enjoy it. Any questions, comments, or (hopefully not) criticisms, please send in mails to the usual address. Let’s focus now though on the other big event of the week on the region’s IT calendar: that information technology exhibition we were talking about earlier, the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition, Gitex 2005. We’re assuming that many of our readers will be at the show: attendances this year look likely to break the 100,000 mark, according to the organiser’s estimates, so that assumption is not likely to be too far off the mark. Not that we expect all of you to be there, of course. Obviously, in today’s business world, it is not always possible to take a week out of the office, or even a few days. With businesses wanting to operate 24 by seven these days, the consequent demands placed on their IT departments are greater than ever. Throw in the cost of a flight and a hotel room and suddenly that great opportunity to attend Gitex doesn’t look quite so great. For those of you who can’t make it this year however, we would say that really is a crying shame. Sometimes, we do forget what a fantastic resource Gitex is for the region’s ICT industry. For those of us who are based here in Dubai, then we get to have one of the IT world’s great events happening right on our doorstep. For other IT users around the region, you are within a short haul of getting access to one of the broadest range of IT companies in the entire world. Since we are all in the information technology business, then the chance to get good, accurate information about that technology and how best to use it seems one that should not be passed up. To show just what an opportunity you get here, compare our situation with IT managers in the US: since the demise of Comdex there is no longer a single major IT event in the country that can host the majority of the world’s largest IT firms. There is certainly no shortage of trade shows in the good old US of A: unfortunately for the business (or public sector, we are referring to large users here) IT manager, the best of them tend to be focused on consumer electronics and entertainment devices. The Consumer Electronics Show for instance is a razzle-dazzle affair, but it doesn’t help very much if you want to know directions in business intelligence software. Gitex, on the other hand, really does give the user the best of both worlds: stands packed with the most exciting – and advanced – gadgets that any casual user could possibly want; plus the opportunity to talk to some of the region’s leading technology experts. Walking into any of the halls at Gitex and it is impossible not to be impressed by the noise and activity: this is the most vibrant industry sector in a vibrant region coming in to its own. Last year’s show had nearly 1000 exhibitors representing over 2400 companies from 41 countries around the world. This year’s event will be even bigger: four our readers who will be there, enjoy the show. If you’re not going, then don’t miss it next year! ||**||

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