IT Managers of the Year

ACN reveals the ten most outstanding individuals in regional IT for 2010.

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IT Managers of the Year Muhammad Javeed , Director of IT Services, Qatar University (QU)
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By  ACN Staff Writer Published  January 10, 2010 Arabian Computer News Logo

Muhammad Javeed

Position: Director of IT Services

Company: Qatar University (QU)

Qatar University's Muhammad Javeed is no stranger to our list, having made his first appearance last year. Commando-dropped in to bring the school's then-ancient network infrastructure into the present century, he chose to stay on and help for a further four years - a decision for which the university is now no doubt extremely grateful.

As a publicly-funded institution, the challenges facing Javeed are enormous, but he's proved himself up to the task at hand. Having replaced virtually every cable in the school with state-of-the-art technology and a 100% wireless network, he then turned his attentions to staff.

When Javeed joined QU in 2004, the IT department had less than 10 staff and none were up to his standard. Today, he runs a handpicked team of more than 75 professionals to handle the extensive needs of the school, all while successfully resisting the call to cut costs by outsourcing core functions.

However, he's well aware of the need to stay focused, continually pushing his staff to improve themselves: "I try to make sure that my staff understands that it is in their best interest to improve their skills in order to be competitive in the market. Our threat is from the new generation, not from the seniors. I always try to tell them that their jobs will be laid off when a smarter kid comes up."

What's next? Javeed is preparing to roll out Windows 7 to the hundreds of desktops at the school.  After years of breathless improvement, it might almost come across as a breather.

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