The submission validity period for the following categories is between August 2016-August 2017.
Entry submissions may be accompanied by supporting documentation, such as testimonials, references, project descriptions, photographs and published articles. These should be collated into a single PDF document no larger than 10MB and submitted with the online nomination.
The Public Sector Service Implementation Award goes to the public sector project that demonstrates the ability to balance the needs of those people it is intended to serve, with the needs of the department, and the effectiveness of the finished project, versus the goals originally set out.
Eligible verticals: government departments; civil defence; military; law enforcement, public transport; e-government; and administration.
The banking and finance sector is often at the forefront of IT adoption, even in difficult times. As such, the Banking and Finance Sector Implementation Award will be awarded to the institution that has not just invested in technology but can truly demonstrate that it has used IT to create step change within its organisation and change the face of the products and services it offers its customers.
Connecting the Middle East to the rest of the world requires robust and advanced transport and logistics networks, pulling together many different elements to get people and products to where they need to be. These sectors have long looked to information technology to speed supply chains, manage and better serve passengers and customers. The winner of this award will have deployed IT solutions that have made a significant improvement to their processes, for the benefits of customers and users alike.
This award is presented to the heavy hitters of the region – the organisations working in the primary industries such as oil & gas and energy, and in manufacturing. The award will consider the ways in which organisations in those sectors are using IT to help maintain their position as world leaders. The award will go to the company that best demonstrates how to build IT into their business processes to get ahead commercially.
With the young demographic of the region and many governments stated interest in developing their young people into the future drivers of the knowledge economy, education has become a key focus for IT investment. This award will go to the education institution, public or private, that has implemented solutions to improve access to learning, enhance teaching, and create a positive impact on students, staff and faculty.
To meet the needs of the growing population in the Middle East, healthcare organisations are increasingly turning to IT solutions to improve reach and delivery of care for patients, to develop solutions to guide health planning and to improve efficiency in processing. In a sector of world class projects, this award will go to the project that has delivered the greatest benefit to patients and healthcare professionals.
The Middle East retail sector is undergoing unprecedented growth, and retail and trading establishments are deploying cutting edge solutions to better manage supply chains, improve staff efficiency, and gain a better insight into customer behaviour and practices. This award recognises the best of these efforts, and the impact they have had upon staff and customers.
The Middle East now rests on the cutting edge of the hospitality sector, offering not only the finest hotels, but also some of the most ambitious resorts and inclusive hospitality offerings anywhere in the world, with representation from every leading hotel chain, as well as top chefs and hospitality providers – all of whom are using technology to stay ahead of the game. The hospitality operator that has achieved this to a level beyond that of its peers will be the recipient of the Hospitality and Tourism Implementation Award.
DRIVING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AWARD
This award will go to an organisation that has over the last year, dramatically accelerated the transformation of its business activities and processes, fully embracing the opportunities presented by digital technologies.
Systems integrators not only deliver huge multi-vendor projects on time and on budget, but also ensure that the end-user organisation gets the technology it needs not just for today but also tomorrow. The Systems Integrator of the Year award goes to the enterprise systems integrator that can demonstrate that it places the client’s needs before its own and delivers above and beyond the call of duty.
This award recognizes the role played by IT service providers in supporting IT organizations with the timely provision of services including application hosting, public and hybrid cloud, managed services, managed security storage and disaster recovery.
ENTERPRISE VENDOR OF THE YEAR
The Enterprise Vendor of the Year award will be presented to the winning vendor based on its support and commitment to customers, their investment in the region, support for initiatives designed to improve and enhance the wider IT industry, investment in local communities and projects to enhance the region, and its commitment to fostering innovations and excellence in its product portfolio, irrespective of what type of solutions the vendor sells.
YOUNG IT PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
The young IT Professional of the Year award will recognise the achievements of a young person working in the IT industry in the region today. The judges will consider academic and professional certifications, involvement in innovative projects, commitment to further development and examples of professional achievements. Young IT professionals (under 35) may nominate themselves, or organisations can choose to nominate members of their staff that stand out as young achievers.
IT DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR
The CIO should be the driving force behind any IT initiatives, but the engine is the IT department as a whole. Divisions from infrastructure to development to database all have critical roles to play in delivering any IT project – and ensuring the smooth day-to-day activities of IT systems. This award recognises the organisation in the Middle East with the best overall IT department.
CIO OF THE YEAR
The most effective chief information officers and IT managers are not solely concerned with bits and bytes. Instead, they play a key role in the growth and development of their organisation. The CIO of the Year award is given to the chief information officer or the holder of an equivalent role who can show that they have not only excelled in terms of technology but also delivered tangible business benefits to the organisation for which they work.
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