ACN Arab Technology Awards 2007 winners

List of winners for the ACN Arab Technology Awards 2007.

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By  Administrator Published  September 9, 2007

BANKING AND FINANCE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE YEAR
Doha Bank - Qasim Abbas, Chief Country Manager UAE

Doha Bank succeeded in deploying a complex and challenging online e-commerce portal project. Also nominated were Amman Stock Exchange, Central Bank of Oman, KIB, Masraf Al Rayan, and National Commercial Bank.

GOVERNMENT SECTOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE YEAR
Supreme Commission for Tourism, Saudi Arabia - Salah Al Bukhayet, Deputy Secretary General

The SCT won a tie-break for the speed at which it harnessed solutions from Avaya and Microsoft in order to build its operations from scratch. The other tie-break finalist was His Highness The Ruler's Court, Dubai.

ENERGY AND UTILITIES IMPLEMENTATION OF THE YEAR
Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority - Abdulrahman Obaid Al Dhaheri, Customer Services Director, Abu Dhabi Distribution Co.

ADWEA took the Award for its three high-quality nominations, including projects for Avaya, Oracle and Motorola systems. Also nominated were Pacific Controls, Saudi Electricity Company, and SEWA.

HEALTHCARE SECTOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE YEAR
UAE Ministry of Health - Dr Saeed Abdulla M. Bin Ishaq, Director of Quality & Development Department

The Ministry picked up the Award for its innovative drug database, offering doctors and other professionals complete access to registered drug information. Also nominated were Bupa and the General Health Authority for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

HOSPITALITY SECTOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE YEAR
Radisson SAS Hotel, Dubai Media City - Dinto Joseph, IT Manager; Debby Loeffen, Financial Controller and Imran Khan, IT Assistant

The Radisson SAS succeeded in rolling out the entire system without interrupting day-to-day operations - or inconveniencing its guests. Also nominated were Banyan Tree, Holiday Inn Kuwait, and KAEP in Makkah.

RETAIL, SUPPLY CHAIN & TRANSPORT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE YEAR
Al Batha Group - Saji Oommen, General Manager

Al Batha won after upgrading its systems to give its mobile workforce real-time access to core customer systems. Also nominated were Geant Saudi Arabia, OTE Group, Oman, Saudi Arabian Airlines, and Union Co-Op.

MEDIA & EDUCATION IMPLEMENTATION OF THE YEAR
Al Jazeera - Ismail Rashad, Head of Research Dept, Al Jazeera.net

Al Jazeera took the award for implementing an advanced content management system, which allowed it to manage Arabic content across multiple media, including SMS. Also nominated were Higher Colleges of Technology, and Leo Burnett.

MANUFACTURING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE YEAR
Dubal - Ahmed M. Al Mulla, Chief Information Officer

Dubal took the Award for its complete IT refresh, which focused on key deliverables, and used only standard systems where possible. Also nominated were Dubai Refreshments, and Zamil Industrial Investment Company, KSA.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS IMPLEMENTATION OF THE YEAR
DiGiNet - Dr Khalid Nasser, CEO of DiGi Systems

The Saudi ISP slashed its international bandwidth costs by 40%, and is predicting RoI in less than two years with its bandwidth management system. Also nominated were the UAE's Etisalat, Hits Unitel Yemen, and Egypt's mobile operator Mobinil.

ENTERPRISE VENDOR OF THE YEAR
Cisco - Amr Salem, Director, Connected Real Estate

Cisco demonstrated not only a wide reach and expertise in its sector, but also a strong commitment to the Middle East, including research and development. Also nominated were Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, HP, Oracle, and Trend Micro.

ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR OF THE YEAR
ITQAN - Feras Al-Jabri, General Manager of ITQAN

ITQAN showed that it is more than just a systems integrator and is in fact a business partner to its clients, working with them to deliver a real return on investment. The judges faced another tie-break decision, between ITQAN and East Meets West.

ENTERPRISE SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
Etisalat - Abdulla Hashim, VP Enterprise Solutions

The UAE telco took the trophy thanks to its wide and growing range of managed services offerings and e-commerce solutions. Also nominated were EHDF, Inmarsat, LINKdotNET, Mideast Data Systems, and Wipro.

IT DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR
Dubai Bank - Faizal Eledath, Head of IT

The Dubai Bank IT department has dealt with a significant number of major challenges in its relatively short life-span. Also nominated were IT departments at Dubai Refreshments, Kuwait Finance House, and SCT, Saudi Arabia.

CIO OF THE YEAR
Mohammad Al-Khatib, CIO of Amman Stock Exchange

Al-Khatib took the award on the basis of his longstanding commitment to innovation, delivering business value, and clear vision. The award came to a tie-break between Al-Khatib, and Sabri Al Azazi, CIO of Dubai Holding.

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