By Imthisan Giado
ACN Arab Technology Awards 2008 recognise region's leading IT personnel and projects
The second ACN Arab Technology Awards were held to resounding success last night in Dubai, proving that regional enterprises – and the individuals who underpin them - have finally emerged as innovators in their own right.More than 300 members of the Middle East IT community attended the event at Dubai’s Westin Hotel. The awards honoured the region’s finest vertical projects, vendors, individuals, integrators and service providers. In total, fourteen awards were presented.
The most coveted award of the night – CIO of the Year – went to Srood Sherif, CIO of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi who scored an unprecedented double with his bank also taking the trophy for Banking & Finance Implementation of the Year.
Other big winners included Dubai Aluminium, whose CIO Ahmed Al Mulla took home the award for Manufacturing & Construction Implementation of the Year for the second year in succession. Mobily was another surprise win, securing Telecoms Implementation of the Year for its innovative work in creating in-game advertising targeted at video game enthusiasts in Saudi Arabia.
PerformICT took the crown for Enterprise Integrator of the year, beating joint-runners-up ITQAN and EMW, while eHosting Datafort snagged Enterprise Service Provider of the Year.
One of the hardest-fought contests of the night was for Enterprise Vendor of the Year. The competition between the top two contenders, Sun Microsystems and SAP, was so fierce that it required two tie-breaks for the judges to eventually declare a result which went in Sun’s favour.
“The ACN Arab Technology Awards were a great success and build on the two decades of IT publishing acumen behind ACN,” declared Walid Akawi, CEO of ITP Business Publishing.
“The very best projects and individuals were honoured, and the service providers and supplies of the year acknowledged. We are already looking forward to next year’s award,” he added.
The awards were judged by Mohammad Shah from Knowledge Economic City, Vineet Chhatwal from PA Consulting, Todd McGregor from Forrester Research and Mohammad Al Khatib, CIO of the Amman Stock Exchange and 2007 CIO of the Year.
The awards programme was sponsored by Etisalat, Dubai Internet City, HP, EMW, Hitachi, Leviton, Xerox, Avaya and Oracle Utilities.
See the winners gallery here.
Congratulations to all the ACN Arab Technology Award winners - they look well-deserved. Congratulations also to the organisers and the ACN team!