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ITP salutes KSA's e-visionaries

Last night's Saudi E-Business Awards and Saudi IT Managers of the Year Awards recognised key contributions to the country’s IT industry.

Arabian Business and Arabian Computer News magazines last night paid tribute to the pioneers of Saudi Arabia’s thriving technology and e-business industries.

The Saudi E-business Awards and the Saudi IT Managers of the Year Awards for 2003 seperately honoured 11 companies and eight individual IT directors that have taken a leading role in the development of e-business in the Kingdom.

The winners were feted at a gala awards ceremony, held to coincide with the Gitex Saudi Arabia exhibition.

The Saudi E-Business Awards recognised companies in various categories. A number of awards recognised the companies that have invested heavily to make the Internet more affordable and accessible for the people of Saudi Arabia. Systems integrators and software developers were honoured for their efforts to bring world class solutions and services to organisations in the Kingdom. Major corporations were lauded for their efforts to deliver state of the art, electronic services to their customers and for their progress in re-engineering their internal processes.

“Over the last three years, these awards have always been keenly contested and monitored and they have become an industry recognised barometer of the developments within the Kingdom’s e-marketplace,” said Walid Akawi, publisher, ITP. “I am delighted to announce that the awards recognised what we regard as the most crucial and central developments in Saudi Arabia’s thriving New Economy.”

The Saudi IT Managers of the Year Awards honoured eight individual IT directors that have contributed to the successful transformation of their companies’ business processes.

“These awards recognise the Kingdom’s IT pioneers who have deployed various technologies to cut costs, boost sales and improve customer service over the last year, and we are confident that these will rapidly become a sounding board for the Kingdom’s IT sector as a whole,” said Akawi.

The categories and winners of the Saudi E-Business Awards were:

Best initiative by a technology company
Saudi Telecom Company

Best corporate ISP

Best consumer ISP

Best systems integrator
Al Alamiah

Best e-government provider
ZFP IT (Zuhair Fayez)

Best distribution company
Modern Electronics Co.

Best corporate e-banking service
National Commercial Bank

Best retail e-banking service
Al Rajhi

Best IT retailer

Best applications provider

Best educational initiative
Al Faisal Academy

The ACN Saudi IT Managers of the Year were:

Dr Ibrahim Al-Mishari, vice president of information technology, Saudi Aramco

Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Benten, deputy minister of Hajj & Umrah Affairs

Claude Tonna-Barthet, information technology manager, Almarai Company

Ahmed Shaaban, chief of application consultancy services & R/3 project manager, Hadeed (a SABIC company)

Jamil El Imad, general manager, information technology services, E.A. Juffali Brothers

Muhammad Bin Ahmed Al-Rasheed, Minister of Education

Fahad Al-Muttairi, IT director, National Development Company

Khaild Al Mulhim, president & CEO, Saudi Telecom Company