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Toshiba appoints country manager

Toshiba Computer Systems Middle East has appointed Elia Mansour as its country manager for the Levant and Egypt.

Previously, Mansour was Toshiba product manager at PC DEALNET, Toshiba’s distributor in Lebanon, where he was responsible for setting up and delivering sales and marketing plans.

In his new role, he will extend sales and marketing activities for Toshiba's distribution network in the territories.

“Mansour brings with him a range of skills in information technology and management; having spent nearly 15 years in this sector. His appointment will drive Toshiba’s further growth in the Levant and Egypt and will ensure that we get even closer to our channel partners and customers,” said Ahmed Khalil, general manager, Toshiba Computer Systems Division, Middle East.

Open text selects Itqan as partner

Software developer Open Text Corporation has selected systems integrator Itqan as a prime partner in the UAE.

The Canadian firm hopes that its partnership with Itqan will enable it to provide improved support to corporate clients using its enterprise content management (ECM) software.

“Upgrading our partnership with Itqan represents an essential element of the Middle East business strategy review adopted by Open Text Corporation. Our experience with Itqan has proven its excellence in adapting our range of solution packages to meet the needs of the local market,” said Owen Taraniuk, senior VP at Open Text Corporation.

Netware “father” passes away

Ray Noorda, the former Novell chief executive known as “the father of network computing” died on October 9 in his Utah, US, home. He was 82.

Noorda served as CEO of Novell from 1983 to 1995 and is credited with developing the Netware operating system.

"Ray Noorda helped turn Novell into a major player in the network operating system market during his tenure,” said Michael Dell, chairman of the board of Dell, in a statement issued by Noorda’s venture capital firm Canopy.

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