CME Awards 2015 honour partner excellence
Hearty congratulations to this year's Middle East channel champions
The accomplishments of the Middle East IT channel industry were celebrated last night at the InterContinental Hotel, Festival City in Dubai, as Channel Middle East held the eighth edition of its annual awards.
The event, held alongside a gala dinner, attracted over 380 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.
Nineteen 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 regional IT channel sector.
Highlights of the awards included Shailendra Rughwani, president, Dubai Computer Group, who was recognised as Channel Executive of the Year.
In the reseller categories, Quality Computers won the SMB Reseller of the Year, while Help AG lifted the Systems Integrator of the Year. Jumbo Electronics 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, Channel Arabic and ITP.net, Avaya won the Best Vendor Channel Programme for its Avaya iConnect Channel Programme, with EMT Distribution taking Best Distributor Channel Programme for its EMT Magnitude loyalty programme for the second consecutive year.
In another tightly contested category of Value-Added Distributor of the Year, Mindware was the winner while the IT Distributor of the Year - Broadline Products was won by BDL Group.
Ramzi Kuhail, director, Enterprise Sales at UAE telecoms provider du delivered the first keynote address and encouraged the region's channel partners to embrace innovation, solutions selling and expand their depth in value solutions.
The winners of the 2015 awards
Components Vendor of the Year - Intel
Enterprise Networking Vendor of the Year - Cisco
Printing & Consumables Vendor of the Year - Lexmark International Middle East
Software Vendor of the Year - Dell Middle East
SMB Networking Vendor of the Year - TP-LINK Middle East
Systems & Hardware Vendor of the Year - Dell Middle East
Security Vendor of the Year - FireEye
Mobility Solutions Vendor of the Year - Prestigio
Mobile Devices & Wearables Vendor of the Year - Quantum
IT Distributor of the Year - (Broadline Products) - BDL Group
Peripherals Distributor of the Year - Asbis Middle East
Value-Added Distributor of the Year - (Value Solutions) - Mindware
Systems Integrator of the Year - Help AG
Power Retailer of the Year - Jumbo Electronics
SMB Reseller of the Year - Quality Computers
Training Provider of the Year - Spectrum Training FZ LLC
Best Vendor Channel Programme of the Year - Avaya iConnect Channel Programme
Best Distributor Channel Programme of the Year - EMT's Magnitude
Channel Executive of the Year - Shailendra Rughwani, president, Dubai Computer Group