Guest Post By Hani Nofal, regional manager in Cisco UAE
On Monday 25th April 2011, I attended the second annual Network World CPI Middle East Awards, which was held at the Address Hotel in Dubai Marina.
The evening brought together vendors, system integrators and end users who were all eagerly anticipating the winners announcement throughout the ceremony. Altogether, the awards comprised of 22 categories, which looked to celebrate innovative networking projects, end-users for their contribution to business, and vendors for their market leadership. Cisco has been shortlisted for the prestigious Networking Vendor of the year award – an award determined by votes, not a judging panel or committee.
To our absolute delight, Cisco won the most-coveted Networking Vendor of the year category. The win crowns our focus on defining true innovation and operational excellence to our customers in the region and a real testimony by our customers and partners.
Once we were nominated and shortlisted, the category was then opened to the public for voting to take place. Cisco received 1800 votes, which equated to 33% of the overall voting total -- polling ahead of other shortlisted finalists. With a mixed feeling of excitement and confidence, it was indeed an honorable moment to get on stage and receive the award on behalf of Cisco.
Our achievement was also complemented by the success of our customers’ innovation and business impact who were also recognized at the event for the end-user awards categories.
This is a another milestone for Cisco achievements in the Middle East as it demonstrates our commitment to deliver on Cisco’s vision to lead emerging country innovation, prosperity, job creation, and social inclusion through life-changing networks.
Our work with nations through out the region to help utilize ICT to drive sustainable socioeconomic progress, secure affordable broadband networking, facilitate instant information access for businesses and enable world-class citizen services with better access to healthcare, education, and social services.
The winners in the vendor category were recognized for their outstanding performance and significant impact on the market. The criteria for winning included a variety of indicators, including product innovation, quality of services, major customer wins and commitment to the region.
To achieve these awards has been an extremely proud moment for Cisco, our partners and customers – a true, networking glory for all involved.
To view the full list of the winners you can visit Network World Middle East Awards 2011.