SMB Innovation Awards honour partner excellence
Hearty congratulations to this year's winning IT projects in the SMB segment
The accomplishments of the Middle East solution provider channel were celebrated today at the the Conrad Hotel in Dubai, as Channel Middle East held its maiden SMB Innovation Awards.
The event, held alongside the annual Channel Partner Summit, attracted over 80 IT leaders from the vendor, distributor, reseller and retailer community across the Gulf.
Mohammed Areff, vice president, Middle East, Africa and Turkey at Avaya delivered the keynote address.
In his opening address to delegates, Areff urged channel partners in the Middle East to embrace the tranformation that is happening in the SMB market as the segment will drive growth in the lead up to Dubai's Expo 2020. "Most SMBs in the region have the same business requirements as enterprises," he said. "It's the responsibility of channel partners in the region to guide these small businesses on a path that fosters innovation and progression of business in this all important segment in the region."
Other highlights were panel discussions on ‘How the cloud enables rapid growth for SMBs' and ‘Why spending on SMB ICT services is forecast to grow'.
Nine awards were presented and they recognised the stellar performances, innovation, evolution, business development and IT projects implemented in the SMB space in the last 12 months.
The winners of the inaugural SMB Innovation Awards 2016:
SMB Network Security Implementation of the Year
GBM & Cisco for Afridi & Angell implementation
SMB Cloud Implementation of the Year
Harris PYE & Citrix for XenApp and XenDesktop on Azure implementation
SMB Security Implementation of the Year
Seven Seas Computers & Fortinet for retail implementation
SMB Managed Services Implementation of the Year
eHosting DataFort for healthcare implementation
SMB UC & Collaboration Implementation of the Year
Viacomms Telecom & Avaya for Chocolateness implementation
SMB Backup & Recovery Implementation of the Year
Think Software Services & Hewlett Packard Enterprise for Liftek implementation
SMB Client Security Implementation of Year
STME & Symantec for King Saud University implementation
SMB Software Implementation of the Year
Finesse & Qlik for Zulekha Healthcare Group implementation
SMB Networking Implementation of the Year
AIM Telecommunications & D-Link for Al Manara School Abu Dhabi implementation