The Channel Middle East Awards 2013 were held in Dubai at the Fairmount The Palm Hotel.
Published Monday, 1 April 2013
By Manda Banda
The achievements of the region's IT channel industry were celebrated last night at the Fairmount The Palm Hotel in Dubai, as Channel Middle East held its sixth annual awards.
The event, held alongside a gala dinner, attracted over 350 IT leaders from the vendor, distributor, reseller and retailer community across the Middle East region, where they were honoured for their accomplishments and dedication to the development of the regional channel over the last 12 months.
Twenty-one awards were presented and they recognised the companies, partner programmes and individuals that have done the most to build and improve the wellbeing of the Middle East IT channel sector.
Highlights of the awards included Meera Kaul, managing director at Optimus Technology and Telecommunications, who was recognised as Channel Executive of the Year.
In the reseller categories, GBM won the Systems Integrator of the Year, while Emax was named the Power Retailer of the Year in a hotly contested category.
In the reader-voted categories, selected via online polling by the readers of Channel Middle East and Channel Arabic, and ITP.net, Dell Middle East won the Best Vendor Channel Programme for its PartnerDirect Program, while Comstor took Best Distributor Partner Programme for its Marketing as a Service (MaaS) initiative.
In another tightly contested category of Value-Added Distributor of the Year, Westcon Middle East emerged as the winner while the IT Distributor of the Year - Broadline Products was scooped by Mindware.
Ali Nemati, general manager at Acer Middle East, the platinum sponsor of the event, delivered the keynote address.
The winners of the 2013 awards
Components Vendor of the Year - Intel
Networking Vendor of the Year - Huawei
Peripherals Vendor of the Year - Prestigio
& Consumables Vendor of the Year - Lexmark Middle East
Security Vendor of the Year - Dell SonicWall
Software Vendor of the Year - HP Software
Systems & Hardware Vendor of the Year - Dell Middle East
Growth Initiative by a Vendor - Cyberoam
Components Distributor of the Year - FDC
IT Distributor of the Year - Broadline Products - Mindware
KSA Distributor of the Year - BDL
Value-Added Distributor of the Year - KSA - Al Jammaz Distribution
Retail Distributor of the Year - Asbis
Value-Added Distributor of the Year - Value Solutions - Westcon Middle EastEmerging Distribution Company of the Year - Spectrami
Systems Integrator of the Year - GBM
Power Retailer of the Year - Emax
Training Provider of the Year - Advanced Technology Services (Aptec)
Best Vendor Channel Programme of the Year - Dell's PartnerDirect Program
Best Distributor Channel Programme of the Year - Comstor's Marketing as a Service
Channel Executive of the Year - Meera Kaul, MD, Optimus Technology and Telecommunications