Network champions honoured at NME Awards

Innovation took on a stronger meaning than usual at this year’s NME awards

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Network champions honoured at NME Awards Winners at the fifth annual Network Middle East Innovation Awards. (ITP Images)
By  Julian Pletts Published  September 29, 2009

The leading companies and major achievements of the Middle East IT networking industry were recognized on Sunday at the fifth annual Network Middle East Innovation Awards.

The awards ceremony brought together over 150 top CIOs, IT managers, vendors and channel players at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai, to celebrate the skill and capabilities of the industry, especially in challenging economic times.

The event was a roaring success with some notable highlights including the hotly contested Best Security Solutions Range, the timely Implementation with the Best ROI category and the eagerly awaited Networking Professional of the Year award, which went to Mohammed Sabunchi of DIFC.

"The NME Innovation awards are here to shine a light on the achievements of organisations in the industry, be they vendors that are developing new technologies to assist the network manager, or CIOs working hard to create new services and solutions that give their businesses a competitive edge or a vital advantage to drive them forward in more competitive times," said Karam Awad, managing director, ITP Executive, ITP Digital, ITP TimeOut & ITP Technology.

"I believe the NME Awards saw one of the strongest line ups of competitors that we have had since these awards first began five years ago and I also think that the winners really provide a great example of the innovation here in the Middle East IT industry today.

The 18 awards presented on the night were divided into three main categories. These were project awards, for the best deployments in the region; product awards, for the best vendor offerings available in the Middle East; and achievement awards, which recognise outstanding contributions from particular organisations or individuals.

The full winners list:

Best wireless implementation: Landmark

Best fixed network implementation: DIFC

Best storage deployment: SDC

Best security implementation: PDO

Best data centre deployment: UDC

Implementation with best RoI: Zain Iraq

Most innovative use of new tech: eHosting DataFort

Networking Professional of the year: Mohammed Sabunchi, DIFC

Most influential end-user organisation: RTA

Best fixed networking solutions range: F5 Networks

Best wireless solutions range: Cisco

Best storage solutions range: EMC

Best cabling solutions range: Nexans

Best security solutions range: Juniper Networks

Best network/data management solutions range: 3Com

Best systems integrator: Al-Futtaim Technologies

Best networking vendor of the year: Cisco

Networking distributor of the year: FVC

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