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Symantec rides into Riyadh

Security software giant Symantec is preparing to kickstart a day of discussion on the future of the security channel when the latest installment of its ‘Symantec Vision’ technology roadshow rolls into Saudi Arabia tomorrow.

Security software giant Symantec is preparing to kickstart a day of discussion on the future of the security channel when the latest installment of its ‘Symantec Vision’ technology roadshow rolls into Saudi Arabia tomorrow.

A number of the vendor’s key regional executives will be on hand to offer local partners an insight into high-level corporate strategies and initiatives at the one-day event at Riyadh’s InterContinental hotel.

More than 300 partners are expected to attend the conference to hear Symantec outline its go-to-market direction and provide updates on its product offering. Symantec Saudi boss Ali Jomaa is set to open the event with an overview of local trends and strategy, followed by a 30-minute keynote from Middle East and North Africa regional director Kevin Isaac. He plans to share his views on data protection and information security.

The action-packed morning Symantec has in store for partners will also include in-depth presentations from regional consulting manager Marco Piccozzi and EMEA education services chief John Klytta, while Illias Chantzos — who works for the vendor's EMEA government relations unit — is poised to provide a rundown on data protection in the e-government market.

However, the spotlight won’t just be shining on those wearing Symantec name badges. David Beck, data management sales manager at Sun’s MENA operation and Par Botes, director of technology strategy at the Data Centre Management Group, will also outline key trends affecting the data sector.

In addition to the keynotes, resellers will be given the opportunity to wander around the partner exhibition area, where distributors such as Mindware, Tech Access and Almasa will be out in force. A number of break-out sessions are also planned, including an insight into information infrastructure trends by enterprise storage solutions provider STME and a lecture by Saleh Baset, business unit manager at Aptec Saudi Arabia, on the subject of value added distribution.

Earlier this year, Symantec held a similar roadshow event for UAE partners in Dubai in a bid to drive home the theme of security and storage convergence.

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