Shine a light on the region’s IT industry

For our print readers, you may have noticed something a bit different about your copy of IT Weekly this week. For a start, it is twice the size it normally is.

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By  Peter Branton Published  November 19, 2006

|~||~||~|You may have noticed something a bit different about your copy of IT Weekly this week. For a start, it is twice the size it normally is. For another, as you will see, we’ve got a special feature, which begins in a couple of pages. Once again, we’re bringing you the IT Weekly Top 100 Technology Companies list, our biggest, most detailed — and most anticipated — special report of the year. For more information about how we compiled the Top 100 Technology Companies report, have a look at our methodology on page 22, which should answer (a few) questions on what we did. The reason for carrying the Top 100 Companies report in this issue will be obvious to some of our readers — our issue date coincides with the first day of the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition, or Gitex, 2006. It will be obvious to at least some of our readers because you’re probably picking this copy up at the show itself. With the organisers geared up for record attendances yet again, and with GulfComms also happening at the same time this year, Gitex promises to be quite an event. It has certainly dominated the region’s IT calendar for the past few months, with the local media houses, PR agencies, IT firms and indeed just about everybody connected with the IT industry here in the Middle East working flat out to make it the best show possible. Gitex is a fantastic opportunity for IT end-users in the Middle East to get to find out more information about their suppliers, with literally hundreds of firms under one roof — a chance that clearly many people find impossible to turn down. It is also, however, an opportunity for the region's IT industry to present itself in the best possible light to overseas visitors, with many international companies bringing in senior executives from the US, Europe or the Far East. Those senior executives generally find themselves very favorably impressed with just what they see - a vibrant IT market, with users seeking increasingly sophisticated solutions. Not to mention some very big budgets to spend, as some of the larger organisations in the region decide they need the best of everything — and that they need it now. Indeed, while the Middle East is still regularly referred to as an emerging market (and probably benefits by doing so, as companies everywhere are targeting those markets), an event of the stature of Gitex suggests that there is very little else that needs to be "emerging" about it. This is a market that has well and truly arrived. ||**||

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