Get to know: Vangelis Vorgias

The Middle East channel is still facing a skills shortage and the fact that firms don’t invest in training has made this even harder to overcome.

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Get to know: Vangelis Vorgias
By  Manda Banda Published  January 3, 2013

The Middle East channel is still facing a skills shortage and the fact that firms don’t invest in training has made this even harder to overcome.

Vangelis Vorgias, Managing Director, Theatro

What’s your career history to date? How did you end up working in Dubai?

My background is corporate IT consultancy in the UK, Europe and Americas, while my most recent focus has been in audiovisual, automation and digital entertainment. I came to Dubai almost five years ago to develop digital home entertainment products and services for a company, which due to the recession never took off. I then decided to set up a pioneering value-added distribution business named Theatro, which has been steadily growing for the last two years.

If you could improve one thing about the channel business what would it be?

It has to be service. I do believe that IT resellers have a role to play in developing their own services capability. Services play a vital role to the software and hardware products that channel partners take to the market.

What product or technology should the channel watch out for this year?

Windows 8 and tablets running on Microsoft’s new operating system are worthy of watching in the coming year. I am of the opinion that it will not be as irrelevant as a lot of people think, especially over the longer term.

What is your proudest career achievement to date?

I would have to say that setting up Theatro and seeing it grow while in a recessionary period has to count as my proudest career achievement to date. It is never easy to set up a company but doing so in an uncertain market is an accomplishment.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

The best piece of advice I have been given is that ‘perception is reality’. I learnt this during my days as a consultant, when I was consulting with some of the largest corporate organisations across Europe.

What is the biggest mistake you have ever made since working in the IT market?

Overestimating the Y2K problem from a business and technical perspective and underestimating the overall market downfall after Y2K.

Which IT company, other than your own, do you most admire and why?

It has to be Cisco and Microsoft for being able to drive IT forward at an accelerated pace for the last two decades. The two global firms have had a positive influence on the IT industry as a whole.

What is the biggest challenge facing the Middle East IT channel?

The Middle East channel is still facing a skills shortage and the fact that companies do not invest in training their staff, has made this challenge even harder to overcome.

What’s your favourite thing about the company you work for?

I like the fact that it is forward looking in terms of technology and how it cares about its own employees and clients.

What sort of interests do you have outside of work?

Unfortunately, my work interests are my hobbies as well. I thrive on evaluating the latest and future technology, and like to listen to music and watch movies in my own home cinema. In addition, I like to read the latest papers on technology that will be available in the not so distant future.

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