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Smart SMB Summit & Awards 2019 drives digital transformation agenda in Saudi


The Saudi Arabia edition of the Smart SMB Summit & Awards, held on the 13th of November at the Movenpick Hotel Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, lived up to its expectations with a massive turnout of over 300 ‘C’ level executives. Organized by Business Media International, premier publishers for the mid-market and organizers of large format industry events, the event ran under the theme ‘Redefining digital & Business Transformation’.

Business Media International who have previously held the Smart SMB Summit & Awards in editions in UAE, Oman, Kenya and Bahrain, took the event to Saudi in a bid to provide a platform that brings together the country’s ‘C’ level executives from the mid-market segment under one roof, to discuss how newer technologies will keep pushing the realms of possibilities for Businesses that can adopt and leverage.


The Saudi edition of Smart SMB Summit brought this continuous pursuit of digital excellence into focus. The event agenda included a summit in the afternoon followed by an Awards gala in the late evening. The Summit included keynotes by industry and technology experts from leading vendors on various pertinent topics such as: “Cloud Data Management”, “Insight into the 4th Industrial Revolution” and “Digital & Business Transformation Journey”. The event’s panel discussions sessions had several CIOs and top executives from the region as participants who covered topic which included:  Digital transformation in “Saudi Arabia’s mid-market” and Is “Cloud ERP ideal for Mid-Market?”.

Following the Summit, the Awards in the evening recognized some of the standout deployments towards digital transformation across different verticals. The awards have been validated by an eminent jury panel. In addition, awards were also presented to companies who have been making a vital contribution to facilitating digital transformation for Business customers. 

Apart from a unique opportunity for the region’s ‘C’ level executives from the SMB/SME segment to meet and interact on one platform, an elaborate and exclusive exhibition zone showcased exciting and pioneering technologies from exhibitors. The exhibition zone offered attendees the opportunity to enhance their understanding of several technologies, they will likely need to adopt in their acceleration towards embracing the digital economy.

The event has been supported by several leading companies as partners. These included Gold sponsors - Veeam Redington and Sage; Silver Partners- Epicor, TALLY, Index InfoTech and Bitdefender; Exhibition partners Mindfire Technologies, Paessler AG and TP-Link.

Smart SMB 2019 Winners list:

Best Digital Transformation Deployment in Education- Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University

Best Digital Transformation Deployment in Hospitality- Al Faisaliah Hotel

Best Digital Transformation Deployment in Retail- Fawaz Alhokair Fashion Retail Group

Best Digital Transformation Deployment in Manufacturing- AMSTEEL LLC

Best Digital Transformation in Cloud- Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture

Digital Transformation Vendor of the year- Dell Technologies

Data Management Vendor of the Year- Veeam Software

SMB Business Management Software of the Year- Tally

SMB Networking Vendor of the Year- TP-Link KSA

Security Software Vendor of the Year- Bitdefender

ERP Vendor of the Year- Sage

VAD of the Year- Redington Value Saudi

Emerging Security SI of the Year- Mindfire Technologies

Easy set-up services for SMB- ABANA Enterprises Group

Digital Transformation Enabler of the Year- Murtaza Ezzi

CEO of the Year- Majed Alshodari

CIO of the Year- Dr. Hussain Aljahdali

CDO of the Year- Mohammed Ali Mahnashi

CISO of the Year- Ala I. Asali

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