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Second edition of Enterprise Transformation Summit & Awards concludes on a high


The second edition of the Enterprise Transformation Summit & Awards held on the 7th of October, at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai, saw a large turnout of many of the UAE’s leading CIOs and Senior IT leaders from both government and private sector enterprises. 

Dell Technologies and Mindware were the Platinum sponsors of the summit while Zendesk was the gold, Epicor and Rital were the silver sponsors. D-Link, Mindfire technologies, MDS Computers, Finesse, Commnet, Value Mentor, DVCOM, IceWrap and Simpra, were Exhibition partners. Mimecast and talentonlease were networking and talent partners respectively.

The day’s program divided into two halves saw a summit high on content, in the first half of the day. The Awards gala followed in the latter part of the evening and saw many high achieving CIOs and senior IT leaders recognized for their outstanding efforts in driving IT initiatives across their organizations.

The summit put the spotlight on several pertinent themes that are part of the ICT driven transformation in the enterprise segment through keynotes by eminent industry speakers and panel discussions that saw participation from several industry IT stalwarts from different enterprise verticals.

The keynote presentation by Fehmi Sakkal, Consulting Systems Engineer at Aruba Networks, an HPE Company, was focussed on the topic, Powering the Experience Economy.  Sakkal emphasised the importance of powering the edge with the correct technology as it is where people work, learn, roam and experience.

Owen McConnell - Regional Sales Manager – Zendesk, in his presentation, titled: “best customer experiences starts with the customer”, informed audience members that customers should be at the center of what their organisations do every day, noting that delivering an omnichannel support is a key strategy in trying to achieve this.   

Pramod Sharda. CEO Middle East & India, Ice Wrap, took the stage to present on, “Role of Email Collaboration in Digital Transformation”. Mr. Sharda informed the audience that a simple thing like email collaboration can make the adoption of technology easier.

The summit also included three panel discussions which saw participation from some of the top CIOs. A discussion on enterprise transformation and on best practices of Enterprise security were followed by one on blockchain in the enterprise. Each of the discussions saw some great insights being shared with the attentive audience.

The first panel discussions of the day involved Hashim Saeed, Group Head of Information Technology, AZIZI, Sunil Paul, Co- founder and COO, Finesse, Joji Jacob, CIO, Yusif Bin Yusif Fakhro, Aiman Mahmoud Al Jabr, Head of IT, Havelock One Interiors and Ashith Piriyattiath, CEO, Guardian One Technologies. The panelists tackled the the topic, “The CIO As Business Leader”; whereby they highlighted the evolving role of the technology leader.

 The second panel session featured: Jayakumar Mohanachandran, Head of IT, Precision Group, Umesh Moolchandani, Group IT Head, Bin Dasmal Group, Saymaad Mansoor, Head of IT, Siddco Group, Mohammad Shahzad, Chief Information Officer, RDK Group and Tamer Hamed, Head of IT, Ducab Group (Dubai Cable Company). The panellists discussed the topic, “Cloud ERP Implementation : Opportunities & Challenges”, where they gave their own experiences in this kind of implementation.

The third panel session of the day, titled:  “5G as a cataylst of Digital Transformation”, featured: Ashith Piriyattiath, CEO , Guardian One Technologies, Tabish Asifi, IT Governance Lead (Digital Transformation), MAF Holding, Mohamed Abdulwahed Alajmani, I.T Project Manager, Government of Sharjah Department of Seaports & Customs, Muhammad Rafeeque, IT Manager, Channel4 Radio Networks, UAE television Ajman and Tamal Chakravorty, Group Head IT, Landmark Hospitality

Following the summit, later in the evening, an impressive Awards gala saw an impressive galaxy of CIOs and senior IT leaders being presented with Transformation Maestros and Transformation Accelerator Awards in their respective verticals.  A segment of Awards for Government CIOs, an exclusive one for women IT leaders in government sector and the launch of CIO ONE, a new Business Media International publication focused on regional CXOs were of the highlights of the Awards.

Winners List: 

Vendors Awards

Backup & Recovery Transformation Vendor of the year- Veeam Software

Digital Transformation Vendor of the year- Dell Technologies

Networking Transformation Vendor of the year- Aruba

Enterprise ERP Vendor of the year- Epicor

Customer Service Software Vendor of the year- Zendesk

Email Security Transformation Vendor of the year- Mimecast

Network Security Transformation Vendor of the year- Sophos

System Integrator Awards

Blockchain Solutions Provider of the year- Tech Mahindra

Cloud Service Provider of the year- Guardian One Technologies DMCC

Enterprise Applications Integrator of the year- Finesse 

Managed ICT Service Provider of the Year- Kalaam Telecom

HCI Solution Provider of the year- MDS Computers 

Networking Integrator of the year- Commnet Systems Consultancy 

Security Integrator of the year- ValueMentor 

Mobility Solutions Provider of the year- Simpra International

Emerging MSSP of the year- Mindfire Technologies 


VAD Awards

Unified Communication VAD of the year- Dvcom Technology

Digital Transformation VAD of the year- Mindware 


Project Awards

Best Future Acceleration Initiative of the year- Dubai Future Foundation

Best Knowledge Acceleration Initiative of the year- Mostaqbal Portal

Best Education Acceleration Initiative of the year- Dubai Future Academy

Best Cybersecurity Project of the year  - NAFFCO 

Best Cybersecurity Project of the year  - Etihad Airlines

Digital Transformation Project of the year  - DEWA

Education Transformation Project of the year- GEMS Education

Best Smart Education Deployment of the year  - Ministry of Education- UAE

Enterprise Mobility Project of the year- Dubai Cable Company

IoT Project of the year- AZIZI Developments

Media Transformation Project of the year- Al Murad Group

Network Security Project of the year  - Government of Sharjah Department of Seaports & Customs

Retail Transformation Project of the year- Flemingo International

Smart Public Safety Project of the year  - Abu Dhabi Police 

Best Data Governance Project of the year  - Abu Dhabi Municipality

Best Virtualization Project of the year  - Dubai Municipality

Best Future Acceleration Project of the year  - Abu Dhabi Department of Energy 

Best Telecommunication Deployment of the year  - Du 

Business Acceleration Initiative of the year - Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development 

Best Cloud Project of the Year- MDCBMS

Hospitality Transformation Project of the Year- RDK GROUP


Team Awards

Tolerance Team of the year - Area 2071

Best Customer Service Team of the year  - National Ambulance 

Best Community Service Team of the year  - Ajman Police GHQ

Digital Transformation Team of the Year  - Ministry of Finance

Digital Transformation Team of the Year  - Bin Dasmal Group

Future Acceleration Team of the year  - Abu Dhabi Police 

Happiness Team of the year - Abu Dhabi Municipality

Innovation Team of the year  - GEMS Education

IT Department Team of the year  - Smart Umm Al Quwain

Digital Acceleration Team of the year- Digital Barza

Digital Acceleration Team of the year- Digital Barza


Transformation Maestro Awards

Transformation Maestro in Construction-Madhu Suthan, Bahri & Mazroei Group, Group IT Manager

Transformation Maestro in Education-George Akhras, AMSI, CIO

Transformation Maestro in Healthcare-Ali Hakam Ghunaim, Canadian Specialist Hospital, CIO

Transformation Maestro in Hospitality-Amir Qureshi, Atlantis The Palm, Director of IT

Transformation Accelerator in Hospitality-Ahmed Shawky Mohamed, Millennium Hotels and Resorts - MEA, Associate Director of Information Technology 

Transformation Maestro in Manufacturing-Saymaad Mansoor, Siddco Group, Head of IT

Transformation Maestro in FMCG- Azeemuddin Mohammed, Al Rawabi Dairy Co. LLc., Head of IT

Transformation Maestro in Media-Anoop Kumar, Gulf News, CISO

Transformation Maestro in Real Estate -Hashim Saeed, API World Tower, Group Head of IT

Transformation Maestro in Retail-Partha Banerjee, Safer Group, CIO

Digital Transformation Strategist of the year-Asmahan Al Zarooni, Dubai Municipality, IT Director

Transformation Maestro in Information Security-Munther Bin Amor, Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, CISO

Transformation Maestro in Cyber Security-Parvez Ahmad, Emirates Net System LLC, Information Security Officer

Transformation Maestro in Healthcare-Mohamed Jumaa Salem Almukhaiti Al Junabi, Ministry of Presidential Affairs - The Medical Office, Head of Support Services

Transformation Maestro in Network Security-Khalfan Matar Al Hassani, Abu Dhabi Monitoring and Control Centre, ICT Director

Transformation Maestro in Utilities-Raed Al Ahmed , Emicool, Deputy Chief Executive Officer 

Transformation Maestro in Digitalisation-Hussain Alharthi, ADDA, IT Manager

Transformation Maestro in Oil & Gas -Nehal Al Hemeiri, ADNOC - Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, IT Strategy & Quality Assurance Section

Transformation Maestro in E-Governance -Fatema Al Malki, RAK e-gov, Head of Information security

Transformation Maestro in Cyber security-Asma Omar Muallemi, Dubai Municipality, Head of Information Security

Transformation Maestro in Civil Engineering-Dr.Ghanim Kashwani, New York University of Abu Dhabi, 

Transformation Maestro in Cyber Security-Dr. Fadi Aloul, American University of Sharjah, Department Head of Computer Science & Engineering

Transformation Maestro in Computer Science-Dr. Mohammed Saleh, Higher College of Technology, Sharjah, 

Transformation Maestro in IT Research-Dr. Khaled Shaalan, British University in Dubai, 


GCC Awards 

Transformation Maestro in Manufacturing- Aiman Mahmoud, Havelock One Interiors, Head of IT

Transformation Maestro in Retail-Joji Jacob, Yusif Bin Yusif Fakhro, CIO

Transformation Maestro in Healthcare-Ahmed Salim Nasser, Ministry of Health - Directorate General of Health Services Al Dhahirah Gov., Director of IT

Data Center Transformation Project of the year- Datamount

Education Transformation Project of the year-University of Bahrain, Sohaib Mohamed Alabdi, Head of Information Networks Division – IT Center


Life Time Achievement Awards

Khalid Khamis Almansouri, CISO, Department Of Energy Abu Dhabi

Barakat Alkindi, Information Technology & IT Security Specialist

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