CNME celebrates excellence in enterprise networking

The seventh edition of the prestigious Network World Middle East Awards was held last night at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai. Gathering over 350 guests, the event which was organised and hosted by CNME honoured the best and brightest networking talent in the region.

The winners of the 2016 Network World ME awards
The winners of the 2016 Network World ME awards

For seven years, Network World ME has established itself as one of the region’s most acclaimed gathering for enterprise IT leaders. Open to users and vendors alike, awards programme celebrated and recognised top IT and business professionals who have shown great prowess in leading innovations on all sides of the industry.

The evening kicked-off with a warm welcome from CPI Media Group’s Technology and Finance Division Publishing Director Rajashree Rammohan. During which, she also paid a heartfelt tribute to the late Founder of CPI Dominic Desousa who passed away last year.

Jeevan Thankappan, Group Editor, Technology and Finance Division, CPI Media Group, and James Dartnell, Editor, Computer News ME, also gave speeches highlighting Network World ME Awards’ journey to becoming one of the most esteemed programmes in the industry.

As the event’s Platinum Partner, Dell’s Enterprise Product Manager Shams Hasan gave a keynote speech recognising how much the Middle East’s enterprise networking space has transformed over the years.

Hasan also recalled CNME’s CIO 100 Awards that took place in January and introduced the CIO 100 book which was launched recently.

Before naming the winners of the evening, Rammohan and Thankappan first presented tokens of appreciation to the panel of judges which include Madhav Rao, CIO, Lulu Group International; Sebastian Samuel, CIO, AWRostamani; Sreedhar Reddy, IT Director, Aldar Properties; and Paul Black, Director, Telecoms and Media, IDC, Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

The winners named last night are as follows (in no particular order):

Vendor categories:

Networking Vendor of the Year: Dell

Networking VAD of the Year: Mindware

Data Centre Networking Vendor of the Year: Huawei

Wireless Vendor of the Year: Aruba, a HPE Company

Network Security Vendor of the Year: Fortinet

Enterprise Collaboration Vendor of the Year: Avaya

Network Management Vendor of the Year: ManageEngine

Network Optimisation Vendor of the Year: Riverbed

Network Cabling Vendor of the Year: Nexans

Best Return on Investment Award: TransSys Solutions

Best Communications Solutions Vendor: Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise


End user categories:

Data Centre Project of the Year: ADMA OPCO

Virtualisation Project of the Year: Dubai Smart Government

Enterprise Mobility Project of the Year: Al Safeer Group

Enterprise Collaboration Project of the Year: African Eastern

Network Security Project of the Year: General Civil Aviation Authority

Network Optimisation Project of the Year: Nakheel

Storage Project of the Year: Gulf Air

Network Cabling Project of the Year: RTA

Public Sector Networking Project of the Year: Dubai Financial Market

Private Sector Networking Project of the Year: Marsa Malaz Kempinski, Doha

Editor’s Choice: Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi

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