AWARDS UP­DATE

Nom­i­na­tions open for Net­work­ing in­dus­try’s long­est run­ning awards

Network Middle East - - CONTENTS / JANUARY 2019 -

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.

TRENDS

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.

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