The time is now

The beginning of 2009 has seen further announcements of cut backs, lay-offs and bankruptcies from around the world and the Middle East has not been unaffected

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By  Sean Robson Published  February 18, 2009

The beginning of 2009 has seen further announcements of cut backs, lay-offs and bankruptcies from around the world and the Middle East has not been unaffected. In the midst of this global gloom a sense of optimism and even positivity seems to be emerging from the ranks of IT professionals.

Doing more with less is the latest catchphrase and so business is looking at IT to no longer just support the organisation but instead act as a driver for future success. It’s a turnaround of sorts, after for so long having been seen as the big cost burden of the business, the value of solid infrastructure and readily available applications and data is now being recognised.

I have recently had the opportunity to meet with a number of prominent CIO’s and IT managers from around the region at various events and although each of them acknowledged the pressures they are under, almost unanimously they expressed their commitment to turning the collective frown upside down.

Time and time again I was witness to conversations between these professionals as to how they were making use of the limited resources at their disposal to do remarkable things. Instead of the dark cloud thinking that is so widespread, these men and woman were upbeat and even a little excited about the challenges the coming year holds.

One of these rarely spotted positive thinkers went so far as to challenge the media (yours truly included) to start reporting some positive news and begin an alternative trend to the steady stream of negativity which threatens to overwhelm the press.

He makes a good point. There are clearly major issues that cannot be wished away and while there is no value in ignoring the problems we face there are stories out there of implementations and deployments that have been innovative and often times remarkable in their conception and creation.

It’s these projects and those responsible we will be honouring in the forthcoming NME awards to be held at the beginning of May. The awards are aimed at those enterprises and IT professionals who have demonstrated lateral and creative thinking to overcome complex, challenging issues instead of simply spending their way out of trouble.

We encourage vendors, users and systems integrators to submit their nominations so that we can celebrate those men and woman who have pushed the limits to derive increased value out of their projects.

Last years winners and nominees showed that this region need not stand back for its more established counterparts and in many instances can actually teach them a thing or two. I would like to encourage you all to log onto the awards website and select the category that best describes your vertical and project. So start sending in those nominations, this could very well be your year.

Good luck.

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