NME Innovation Awards: The results
Top implementations and vendors honoured at glittering ceremony
Finally, Freightworks picked up the unified communications project of the year award, thanks to the upgrade of its existing PABX and telephony systems and switch to IP phones. The General Directorate of Central Police was highly commended in this category, with the judges being impressed by its video conferencing implementation for communicating with official translators.
The big vendor award - networking vendor of the year - was granted to Huawei, with Aruba Networks and Cisco getting special mentions. The storage vendor of the year was Symantec, while Nexans Cabling Solutions picked up the cabling vendor of the year accolade. Fortinet was named the security vendor of the year, despite stiff competition from McAfee and Symantec, and Riverbed Technology was the network management vendor of the year.
Help AG was named systems integrator of the year, with Al Rowad IT Solutions coming in a close second, and Brocade Communications was given the award for SDN solution vendor of the year, with Huawei being highly commended in this category. The unified communications vendor of the year was Avaya, and Col. Anwar Almulla, from Al Rowad IT Solutions, was named networking professional of the year.
The winners were decided by a panel of independent judges. The panel this year included Joseph Aninias, manager of IT and telecommunication services at the University of Wollongong in Dubai; Megha Kumar, research manager at IDC Middle East and Africa; Haritha Ramachandran, industry manager, ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan; and Biswajeet Mahapatra, research director at Gartner.