The third annual CNME ICT Achievement Awards were held last night to honour the achievements of the major players from industry within the Middle East.
The ceremony, held at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, capped off the opening day of GITEX, as end-users and industry vendors gathered to commemorate the year’s best performers in a number of categories.
In the end-user category, Ahmed Ebrahim Al Ahmad scooped the prestigious CIO of the Year award following a successful first term with Nakheel, whilst aeCert gained the sought after title of IT Team of the Year.
Future CIO of the year Award went to Alok Srivastava of Masdar and CNME granted the University of Sharjah the Editor’s Choice award.
In the vendor category, the big names such as Brocade, EMC and SAP proved once more why they’re industry leaders. Brocade accepted Hardware Vendor of the Year, SAP took home Software Vendor of the Year, EMC scooped Storage Solutions Provider of the Year and EMW, Systems Integrator of the Year. After a 12 month period where security has been a major talking point, Blue Coat was awarded the Security Solutions Provider of the Year award, and Injazat Data Systems took Managed Services Provider of the Year. This left Consultant of the Year which was deservedly picked up by PMK International.
More big names featured in the deployment category with Atlantis taking the Hospitality and Tourism Deployment of the Year award, the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance taking the Government Deployment of the Year award and Emirates NBD Group taking the BFSI Deployment of the Year award.
Retail Deployment of the Year and Telecommunication Deployment of the Year went to Bindawood Group and Mobily, whilst King Hamad University Hospital took Healthcare Deployment of the Year. Ministry of Education, KSA, scooped the Education Deployment of the Year award, and Sorouh and Petrofac were awarded the Construction and Real Estate Deployment of the year and Energy Deployment of the year awards.
Over 280 nominations were received during a robust and busy year for the ICT sector.