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SMB Innovation Awards honour partner excellence

Hearty congratulations to this year's winning IT projects in the SMB segment

SMB Innovation Awards honour partner excellence
Winning SMB-focused solutions provider companies at the inaugural SMB Innovation Awards 2016.

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

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