By Simon Duddy
Emaar’s technical head scooped the top accolade at the inaugural Network Middle East Innovation Awards at Dubai’s Shangri-La hotel on June 12.
Emaar’s technical head scooped the top accolade at the inaugural Network Middle East Innovation Awards at Dubai’s Shangri-La hotel on June 12. Richard Jasnau, divisional manager of telco operations & infrastructure at Sahm Technologies, the technology arm of UAE property giant Emaar won the award for Network Professional of the Year.
Jasnau won the award for playing a key role at Sahm, which has provided the innovative infrastructure that facilitated Emaar’s huge roll-out of new properties in Dubai.
“I’m thrilled and honoured to have won the award and would like to take the opportunity to thank my team for all their hard work and dedication in getting a challenging and state of the art infrastructure up and running from scratch in just a few years, ” said Jasnau.
The awards took place in front of a packed Nojoom ballroom at the Shangri-La hotel, with the audience comprising the leading figures of Middle East networking, from network professionals to key vendors and systems integrators.
The Innovation Awards are designed to reward the creative spirit that drives the networking industry and honour network professionals who have demonstrated excellence and vision in their implementations, as well as identifying innovation in products and technology.
The award ceremony represents an effort to inject some much-needed glamour into an important but often ignored industry segment. The managing director of ITP Business Walid Akawi emphasised that the best houses are built on the strongest of foundations and lauded the opportunity afforded by the Innovation Awards to put the networking world in the spotlight.
“When we launched Network Middle East, we had to look up network in the dictionary,” joked Robert Serafin, group managing director of ITP. “That we are now able to stage such a well-attended and successful awards ceremony honouring the cream of network talent is indicative of how the industry has developed in the last ten years,” he explained.
Two of the awards — for Best Network Vendor and Best Systems Integrator — were voted for by Network Middle East readers.
The award for Best Network Vendor in the Middle East went to Cisco who got an impressive 51% of the vote. The vendor was well ahead of the competition, with 3Com, with 25% of the vote, and ProCurve by HP, with 11%, its closest rivals.
The race for Best Systems Integrator in the Middle East was a closer run thing, with Gulf Business Machines coming out on top with 36% of the vote. Imtac and Al Falak, both with 12%, were closest in a tightly competitive chasing pack.
The other vendor and end user awards were determined by an independent panel of judges, chaired by Simon Duddy — the Editor of Network Middle East.
Network Middle East Innovation Awards 2005
Outstanding innovation in cabling: Systimax
Outstanding innovation in security: Cisco
Outstanding innovation in wireless networking: Aruba
Outstanding innovation in the wide area network: Foundry Networks
Outstanding innovation in convergence: HP and Mitel
Outstanding innovation in SMB networking: Avaya
Best newcomer: Peribit
Network pioneer: Etisalat
Best network vendor in the Middle East: Cisco
Best systems integrator in the Middle East: Gulf Business Machines
Best fixed network implementation: Derek Holland, Emirates Media.
Best wireless network implementation: Rabih Itani, American University of Beirut.
Best converged network implementation: Sameer Khoory, e-TQM College.
Most innovative use of networking technology: Soubhi Abdulkarim, Aspire sports academy.
Most influential end user in Middle East networking: Dr Ibrahim Mishari, Saudi Aramco.
Network professional of the year: Richard Jasnau, Sahm Technologies.