Ninth NME Innovation Awards honours tech leaders
Network Middle East’s annual celebration held at Emirates Towers
Network Middle East last night held its ninth annual Innovation Awards in the Godolphin Suite, Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
Guests from the public and private sector gathered to celebrate the year’s most creative projects, teams and individuals as NMEs expert panel of judges delivered their verdicts.
As the wider technology sector continues to experience the tectonic shift brought about by issues such as consumerisation of IT, increased cyber threats and LTE implementation, networks have had to evolve to meet the challenges of bandwidth, security and reach. The NME Innovation Awards are a means of recognising the creative approaches being employed in providing for these needs and capitalising on new trends within the consumer and enterprise segments.
From the public sector, winners included Abu Dhabi Police, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority and Abu Dhabi Ports Company.
Private sector winners included Aastra, Brocade and help AG.
The event was presented by Dubai-based telecoms operator du and sponsored by a host of industry mainstays. Platinum sponsors were Commscope and HP; gold sponsors were Cyberoam Dell Software and Smartworld; and silver sponsors were D-Link and Optimus Technology and Telecom.
The Winners (Projects):
Best Data Centre Project of the Year: Abu Dhabi Ports Company
The winner in this category implemented a virtualisation project on its infrastructure servers and ERP servers, which resulted in a major server cost reduction, as well as power savings. The installation was quick, well planned and resulted in significant performance improvements for the organisation.
Best Fixed Network Implementation: Dubai World Central
The winner deployed a core infrastructure project for a network comprised of both du and Etisalat services, offering world-leading speed as well as being a first in the region – offering services from both UAE suppliers to all clients within the free zone.
Best Security Implementation Project: RTA
The RTA conducted a thorough, professional project implementation as it upgraded its data centre and related services during 2012. Careful planning and piloting saw a very efficient rollout as well as future-proofing of services. The judges noted a good review of issues, needs, services, purchased tech and rationale.
Best Storage Implementation: University of Bahrain
The University of Bahrain implemented a significant upgrade to its infrastructure with minimal disruption and great benefits to its students.
Best Wireless Implementation Project: Al Rowad IT Solutions/Abu Dhabi Police
The implementation showed use of a variety of technologies with a strong focus on design, integration, security and the efficiency gains expected in the final deployment. Al Rowad also implemented solar power to replace the electricity currently used to power some speed cameras.
The Winners (Vendors):
Best Cabling Vendor: Nexans
The judges noted a range of developments in 2012, a focus on the ME market and good customer references. Nexans launched pre-terminate customised copper assemblies in Cat6A, Cat7A as well as FO assemblies in OM3, OM4 and OS2.
Best Managed Service Provider: Smartworld
Smartworld launched 10 region-specific products and bagged big customers including Etihad.
Best Networking Management Vendor of the Year: Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
The judges referred to functionality enhancements to existing products in 2012 and a robust development process with strong customer focus.
Best Networking Infrastructure Vendor of the Year: Brocade
Over 2012 Brocade’s range of services has been extended significantly with additions that support the trends in storage and access technologies. Customer testimonials also showed positive relationships and tangible benefits delivered.
Best Networking Vendor of the Year: Aruba
Aruba’s strong product range and measured extension of its portfolio into mobility and data centre solutions convinced the judges.
Best Security Solution Vendor: Dell SonicWall
Dell SonicWall continued to develop its comprehensive range of security offerings, as well as working on customer-related areas such as ease of set up. The company launched a number of products and solutions in 2012 with a strong focus on the Middle East market.
Best Storage Vendor: EMC
EMC has continued to extend its strong storage range and has also implemented initiatives such as the Advancing Customer Experience and Satisfaction (ACES) forum, which keeps customers at the forefront of its development process.
Best Systems Integrator: Help AG
Help AG worked on many different projects and different domains and demonstrated a high degree of knowledge of integration.
Best Telephony Vendor: Aastra
Aastra demonstrated compelling offerings in voice, video and mobility and showed a high commitment to the region.
Best VAD of the Year: Optimus
Optimus has a rounded offering that not only supports its channel partners, but the technology suppliers as well, with efficient systems and solutions to maximise sales. It has used this model to expand rapidly within the region.
Network Management Professional of the Year: Prasanna Rupasinghe, Kempinski Mall of the Emirates