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Time to nominate

Some of you have undoubtedly earned bragging rights for network projects that you and your team have just wrapped up. If your higher-ups are smart, they've already rewarded you for your initiative in improving customer service, entering new markets or helping boost the bottom line. Now it's time for industry recognition.

That's where we come in. Get your team the recognition it deserves by entering Network World Middle East's first annual awards.

Today, more than ever, there is widespread recognition that technology can make or break a company, and we expect this realisation has translated into business-transforming network projects. We want to hear about your successes.

We will evaluate submissions based on the business case, technology choice, and costs and benefits. We want to know how your network meshes with business goals, and how the technology choices you made have benefited the network infrastructure. We're also looking for details about how the project contributed to the organization's bottom line.

Taking part in the awards competition is easy. Simply submit 300-word abstract describing how your project and how it has helped your organisation achieve its strategic objective. Has networking helped differentiate your products and services from those of competitors or launch new products and services? Has it helped you to bring products to market more quickly? Have networking technologies helped you build closer, more productive relationships with customers or business partners? Has networking helped you provide better customer service or support?

In short, tell us how your network has given you a competitive edge. And remember, the size of your project isn’t important; it is what you are doing with it is that matters.

The awards programme is also designed to reward vendors for excellence in their respective fields. The vendor awards will recognise outstanding performance and leadership by companies within the ICT industry in the Middle East that have made the most significant impact on the market in 2009. The criteria for winning included a variety of actual market performance indicators, including regional reach, leadership in product innovation, breadth of products and solutions, major customer acquisitions, and business and market strategy, among other category-specific criteria. PR firms are welcome to submit nominations on behalf of their clients, but they must provide direct client contact information in addition to their own contact information.

The first annual Network World Middle East awards has already created a strong buzz in the Middle East’s enterprise IT community, with nominations coming in thick and fast since we announced it in the first week of March. The deadline for entries is 1st April, 2010, and the winners will be announced on 27th of April, 2010. If you still haven’t nominated your project or company, head online and fill out a form by visiting http://www.cpilive.net/events/networkworldmeawards/Default.aspx

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