IT Managers of the Year

The job of an IT manager just got a lot harder. Who've been the top decision makers?

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By  Imthishan Giado Published  January 11, 2009

ACN rounds up ten of the region's top decision makers.

It's hard to escape the fact that the job of an IT manager just got a lot harder.

And it's not as if wasn't hard already. As a region, the Middle East seemed to be on the fast track to success earlier this year. Companies were surging full steam ahead with acquisitions and grandiose announcements, putting even more pressure on their IT teams to deliver seamless results behind the scenes.

IT decision makers findthemselves juggling a number of roles within an enterprise. On one hand, they have to work closely with their respective boards to ensure that the company's business needs and IT projects proceed in harmony.

On the other, they have to contend with selecting the most future-proof technology possible from a bewildering array of choices available from aggressive vendors. And most importantly, they have to ensure that they are capable of providing excellent support to their end-users - which include the board, remember.

But now with the advent of the credit crisis, there's a new dimension - cost. Or rather, ensuring that the IT department contributes as little of it as possible. That's now the real challenge for the current generation of IT professionals - finding a way to keep IT cost-effective without letting their organisation fall behind in the race for technological leadership.

It takes a special individual to be able to do that - and we think our 2008 IT managers of the year are the ones for the job. This year's list is particularly diverse - three from the education sector, two from finance, two from the real estate sector and one each from retail, hospitality and manufacturing sector.

Last year, we attracted controversy for putting general business executives with a specific IT title on the list. It was a decision which the ACN editorial team discussed but eventually considered correct considering that the aforementioned individuals were more directly involved with decision-making than many of the actual IT personnel within their organisations.

This year, we've again included a non-IT manager - but we've also included an individual who literally constitutes the entire IT team for his organisation. Both, however share the same qualities as the eight fellow list members - an ability to take tough decisions when needed, cut costs, and most importantly, show their companies the way forward in IT.

It's always difficult to draw up a list of this nature, especially when there are so many contenders from the regional IT community. We believe though, that this year's ten decision makers - the most diverse list in our history - represent the very best.

They are the men who've gone against the grain, who have got it right every time without expensive trial-and-error. They are men who have brought projects in early and under-budget. They are the men whose leadership shows the way forward for regional IT projects and whose expertise will be invaluable in developing a knowledge base for future generations.

They are our 2008 IT Managers of the Year.

Selection procedure

Our top ten IT managers this year were selected on the basis of a number of criteria, including their experience and overall standing in the regional IT community as well as their industry background and knowledge. The single most significant criterion in our eyes though, was a demonstrated ability to align business and IT needs.

The ten IT decision makers are listed overleaf in alphabetical order.

3822 days ago
hiro bachani

Dear sir, we would like to congratulate the entire ITP team, for selecting such a great group of top-class winners- . They are really worthy of accolades from all of us. May they shine more brightly in 2009 and beyond. And we wish we could afford even one of them on our roster. regards- hiro bachani- mg. director-

3822 days ago
Hanan Eliya

Congruatulaion Faris I wish UR Bank aprecaite ur effort

3822 days ago

Its great to be a part of your team.

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