Network Middle East Innovation Awards return

For the twelfth year, the leading network awards in the region will honour the best of the best in the regional networking industry, this year at a gala event on the 1st of March.

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Network Middle East Innovation Awards return
By  David Ndichu Published  February 28, 2016

The Network Middle East Innovation Awards are back, with the 2016 edition moving to March away from its traditional mid-year slot.

Delivering the solutions and services that will drive the Middle East’s emerging knowledge economies requires many elements, but one essential part is the development of advanced information and communication technology infrastructure.

Whether an organisation is looking to roll out the latest business applications, or cut costs and enhance efficiency, they cannot do it without a solid and sustainable networking platform as the foundation.

So with more pressure than ever before on IT departments, there has never been a greater need for the network to deliver, or for IT managers to be up to speed with the latest tools and technologies in the infrastructure sector, and the trends that affect it. The first port of call for those seeking information and critical analysis of these trends is Network Middle East, the region’s leading information technology infrastructure title.

Each year, Network Middle East sets out to honour the projects, people, suppliers and service providers that have excelled in the regional networking sector over the past 12 months, with the NME Innovation Awards. Now in its eleventh year, the awards are presented to the very best implementations, vendor offerings and key individuals and organisations in the market.

As such, the NME Innovation Awards 2016 will recognise the people and companies that have done the most to drive standards and increase adoption of cutting-edge network infrastructures across the region.

Last year, dozens of GCC network professionals gathered in Dubai at a grand gala evening in June to witness the awarding of the best in the networking industry in 17 categories.

2015 highlights

The key ones include the much sought-after Networking Professional of the Year. This award was taken by Mohammed Jameeluddin, the IT Manager at the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) the UAE Federal body in charge of regulating the aviation sector.

Jameeluddin had overseen the deployment of mobile application, SAMAE Mobile Application, by the GCAA. The deployment, the first ever by an aviation body in the region, won the recognition by the judges, earning Jameeluddin the win. His department also implemented a private cloud solution to ease access to resources and further improve staff collaboration.

Jameeluddin noted that the aviation industry is particularly dynamic, and the IT department in an organisation such as the GCAA had to be aware of and keep up with current trends.

The Network Professional of the Year award was won by Wael Abdulal, Collaboration sales manager for Cisco. As head of the unified communications business development for Cisco, Abdulal oversaw some major customer wins heading to 2015 including the Dubai Department of Economic Development’s “24/7” initiate, a round-the-clock service point for business registration and licensing that combines Cisco TelePresence video conferencing, a touch screen monitor, and document scanner.

Abdulal noted the digital transformation currently underway, saying Cisco was focused on educating the public on how technology can change their lives.

The biggest of the vendor awards, the Networking Vendor of the Year was taken home by Avaya. The company has had a fruitful recent period coming into the awards last year, with its SDN Fx architecture promising a simpler, more agile network from data centre to network edge. Its Fabric Connect technology was recognised for delivering a future-proof network that helps reduce operational costs in the long run.

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