Nominations open for Networking industry’s longest running awards
Date set for the 2019 NME Innovation Awards while nominations process is open
This is the first of our rolling pre-event coverage in the lead up to the 2019 Network Middle East Innovation Awards on the 26th of June 2019.
The 2019 edition marks the 15th edition of the NME Innovation Awards, making the awards the longest running industry awards in the region.
Last year, we switched the event format from an evening gala night to a luncheon at one of Dubai’s swankiest F&B venues. Following positive feedback from event goers last year, we have decided to retain the lunch arrangement for this year and beyond.
The nomination process is already open at www.networkmiddleeast.com/ awards. We would like to encourage everyone to nominate their best network and cybersecurity products and projects for consideration.
The compiled list is then sent to a team of judges, comprising of respected independent analysts, consultants and IT researchers for the judging process. The top there are shortlisted and invited to the ceremony where the top-ranked takes away the now familiar pyramid trophy.
Again, we will have a total of 16 categories divided into two segments, the Vendor Awards and customer awards. This includes the two individual awards for the Networking Professional of the Year (End user) and Networking Professional of the Year (Vendor).
Last year saw a record number of entries from public sector organisations across the region and a record number of winners from public agencies. This is not surprising as Governments in the region are at the forefront of technological innovation.
Among the key highlights in 2018 was the Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs which took home the Unified Commu- nications Implementation of the Year accolade for its UC project with Batelco and Avaya. Her Excellency Sheikha Rana Isa Daij Al-khalifa, Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, was at hand to receive the Award.
The RTA in Dubai collected two awards on the day, while perennial contender General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) took home the Wireless Implementation of the Year award.
We are particularly excited this year based on the major technological break-
Last year saw a record number of entries from public sector organisations across the region and a record number of winners from government agencies across the GCC.”
throughs of the past year. This year, we really saw the coming to maturity of cloud services in the region, underlined by the opening of data centres by hyperscale cloud service providers across the GCC region.
The roots of artificial intelligence were laid this year. We saw machine learning being applied in all kinds of sectors from cybersecurity to networks. IOT also made major inroads in the enterprise as well as in various smart city projects across the region.
We expect to see nominations that highlight successes in these advanced areas in this year’s awards.
We thus expect competition to be particularly intense this year not just in the number, but in complexity and effectiveness of solutions and projects.
Again we encourage all our readers to put in their nominations in early.