The Channel Middle East Awards 2012 were held in Dubai at the Westin Hotel.
Published Thursday, 29 March 2012
By Manda Banda
The successes of the region's IT channel industry were celebrated last night at the Westin Hotel in Dubai, as Channel Middle East held its fifth annual awards.
The event, held alongside a gala dinner, attracted over 350 executives from the vendor, distributor, reseller and retailer community across the region, where they were recognised for their achievements and commitment to the development of the regional channel over the past 12 months.
Twenty-two awards were presented and they recognised the companies, partner programmes and individuals that have done the most to build and improve the Middle East channel business.
Highlights of the award included Hesham Tantawi, vice president of Asbis Middle East and Africa, recognised as Channel Executive of the Year, while Dubai Computer Group's Shailendra Rughwani was awarded for Outstanding Contribution to the Middle East Channel.
In the reader-voted categories, selected via online polling by the readers of Channel Middle East and Channel Arabic, and ITP.net, Redinton Gulf won the award for Best Growth Initiative by a Distributor for its pioneering initiative the Redington's Value-Partner Connect Program, while HP took Best Vendor Partner Programme for its PartnerOne Program and Nandini Sapru of Comguard Middle East, was voted the Best Sales Person of the Year.
Amin Mortazavi, general manager, IPG Division at HP Middle East, the platinum sponsor of the event, delivered the keynote address.
The winners of the 2012 awards
Components Vendor of the Year - Western Digital
Networking Vendor of the Year - Cisco
Peripherals Vendor of the Year - Promate Technologies
Printing & Consumables Vendor of the Year - Xerox Corporation
Security Vendor of the Year - Kaspersky Lab
Software Vendor of the Year - Symantec
Systems & Hardware Vendor of the Year - Toshiba Gulf
IT Distributor of the Year Broadline Products - Asbis Middle East
Value Added Distributor of the Year - Aptec Group
Value-Added Distributor of the Year for Saudi Arabia - Al Jammaz Distribution
Retail Distributor of the Year - Axiom Telecom
Systems Integrator of the Year - SMB Segment - Al Moayyed Computers
System Integrator of the Year - Enterprise Segment - help AG
Cloud Provider of the Year - BIOS Middle East
Power Retailer of the Year - Jacky's Electronics
Best Vendor Channel Programme of the Year - HP Middle East
Best Growth Initiative by a Distributor - Redington Gulf
Market Development Distributor of the Year - Trigon Gulf
Best Channel Growth Award by a Distributor - FVC
Best Sales Person of the Year - Nandini Sapru of Comguard Middle East
Outstanding Contribution to the Middle East Channel - Shailendra Rughwani, president, DCG
Channel Executive of the Year - Hesham Tantawi, VP, Asbis Middle East