CRN 2012 Awards go to Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.12.2012 at 14:08


It’s a tremendous pleasure to announce Microsoft has two industry awards from CRN. The awards are:

  • CRN 2012 Tech Innovator Award for Virtualization: Windows Server 2012
  • CRN 2012 Editor’s Choice Award Overall: Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Windows Server 2012

The final Tech Innovator award was in the virtualization category and also happened to be the CRN Test Center’s Editor’s Choice. Trailing in the virtualization market almost since there was a virtualization market, this company has worked hard for years to build a system with capabilities that are almost beyond belief. For example, imagine migrating an established LAN and its users from behind a company’s firewall to the cloud using drag-and-drop with virtually no user downtime. With its data-center abstraction layer, companies can deploy and manage virtualized applications, full desktops, servers and even orchestrated Web services using a GUI, a command prompt or natural-language scripting. And as the company’s competitors are learning, simple, core-based pricing is the method most preferred by resellers and the industry. So we congratulate this year’s Tech Innovator award winner for virtualization and the 2012 Editor’s Choice award. Both go to Microsoft and its Windows Server 2012. Accepting for Microsoft was Jeff Woolsey, principle program manager lead, Windows Server.


2012 Qatar Partner Awards – Feb 7 – Qatar Open Door

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.02.2012 at 18:40

At the Open Door event in Qatar, Microsoft recognized some of our top partners and customers and presented them with awards.

Mamoun Al Bishtawi SMS&P Lead Qatar, Naim Yazbeck, Country Manager Qatar, Bruno Delamarre, SMS&P Director at Microsoft Gulf, and Samer Abu Ltaif, General Manager at Microsoft Gulf presented the awards to partners and customers at a Gala Dinner ceremony on February 7.

The nominees and winners in each category are listed below.

Partner Awards

Innovation Award


  • Cloud implementation (public or private)

Afkar, Wirestorm, Mannai, WIPRO

  • Business Relevance

Winner: Afkar

  • innovative customer offering

Customer Satisfaction Award


  • Customer feedback

Mannai, ICT, QDS, Ever Gulf, Ebla, IT Worx, LBI

  • quick issue mitigation

Winner: QDS

  • consistency in delivery

Impact Award


  • Market coverage

IT Worx, Mannai, QDS

  • business empowerment

Winner: Mannai

  • Project scope

Best Training Center Award


  • extraordinary customer experience

Infocenter, New Horizons, Al Attiyah Training Center

  • Strategic impact and support

Winner: Infocenter

  • Community Reach

Microsoft Distributor of the Year Award


  • Year over Year Growth

Emitac, Logicom, Mindware

  • Partner Outreach

Winner: Emitac

  • Partner Satisfaction

Alliances Award


  • Cross business segment impact

HP, IBM, Dell

  • Cross regional success in partnership

Winner: HP

Mid-Market Award


  • Customer outreach

Qatar Business Systems, Mannai, Qatar Datamation Systems, Qatar Compuer Services, ICT

  • Year Over Year growth

Winner: Qatar Business Systems

  • Customer Support


Customer Awards


National Impact Award


  • Community Impact


  • Citizen Empowerment

Winner: SEC

Cloud Award


  • planning and implementation (no. of nodes)

AJN, Hamad Medical Corp, ICT, QNA, SEC, Oryx, QFIB

  • early adopter

Winner: Al Jazeera Network

  • innovative use of cloud technology for business requirement

MBS Award


  • Impact- of implementation (on business and on customers)

QA, Al Meera, ICT Qatar, QPM, Rayan Bank, CBQ, Nasser Bin Abdullah

  • best practice/ strategy

Winner: Qatar Airways

Productivity Award


  • innovative use of productivity

Qtel, Qatar Gas, MOFA, CNAQ, QNA, QA, QPM, Kahrama, Oryx

  • completeness of solution

Winner: Qtel

  • internal/external impact

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for all that you do!

AfkarQatar Datamation SystemsMannai Trading CompanyQatar Business SystemsHPEmitacInfocenterIMG_1579IMG_1587Qatar AirwaysQTel

Number One: Microsoft voted Best Partner and Best Place to Work

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.11.2011 at 14:16

Best company to partner with in the world

I am very excited to announce that Microsoft was just named the 2011 #1 Best Company to Partner with by CRN and the Partner research survey they ran. This is exciting news, particularly as the finding was purely based on Partner-driven responses.

You can read more about it here:;jsessionid=J1RWHOHu48RLsVv6nf4dQA**.ecappj03?pgno=26

I want to thank our partners for valuing our partnership and wish for more success moving forward.

Best place to Work in the world

A few weeks ago, Microsoft was also listed as 2011 #1 Best Place to work, ranked by Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm that has collaborated in the past with Fortune magazine to produce a "Best Companies to Work for" series of publications.

Read more:


Top Community Honor goes to QDS employee

by Shijaz Abdulla on 25.09.2011 at 16:02

Wajahat Abbas, Service Manager at Qatar Datamation Systems (QDS) has been awarded the Microsoft Community recognition award.


“Community Recognition Award” is an award rewarded to those who are contributing to Microsoft development community within the region as a speaker, trainer and mentor.
Wajahat received this award from Microsoft Pakistan on his continues service to Microsoft development communities. He is also a Judge for Microsoft Image Cup Pakistan since 2007. He was also Microsoft Official trainer for SharePoint 2010 Ignite and a founder member of INETA Pakistan committee.
He was the SharePoint Speaker for Microsoft Open Door Pakistan 2010.
Wajahat is currently working as a Service Manager at QDS. He is an experienced SharePoint consultant and through his consulting and training, he helps clients in Middle East, Pakistan & East African region. He has closely worked with Microsoft consulting services as a contingent consultant. He was also Microsoft MVP for 3 consecutive years. He has around 10 years of IT industry experience.

Microsoft wins “Most Ethical” Award

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.05.2011 at 05:34


Microsoft made it to the list of the 2011 World’s Most Ethical Companies ranking by Ethisphere in March 2011.

The ranking covered companies from various industries. In the computer software industry only Microsoft, Adobe, Salesforce, Symantec and Teradata made it to the list.

Interesting to note that companies like Apple, Facebook and “don’t be evil” Google did not make it to the list.

Ethical. And Social too.

Last year, Microsoft also topped the list of the world’s “most social” companies, thanks to the hundreds of Microsoft employees that reach out to the public through blogs, Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

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Three in a row: MVP again!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 03.10.2008 at 10:59

MVP_BlackOnly I am pleased to inform the readers of this blog that I have been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for the third consecutive year. The MVP Award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others.

I was first awarded MVP in October 2006 in the ISA Server category. Currently this is known as the ForeFront category.

I thank the Almighty for giving me strength, time and energy to serve the IT community. Let me also thank all of my readers out there for their constant support and words of encouragement. I look forward to continue being a part of the Global MVP community that serves, influences and eases the lives of many IT professionals everyday.

Update (13 Oct 2008): Here’s a picture of the Award:


It says "We recognize and value you exceptional contributions and commitment to the technical communities worldwide."

MVP again!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 02.10.2007 at 08:57

I was delighted when I received an email from my MVP lead, Amr El Garhy, mentioning to me that I have been selected for the MVP Award 2008 again this year. This will be my second consecutive year of receiving the prestigious MVP Award.

Dear Shijaz Abdulla,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2008 Microsoft® MVP Award! The MVP Award is our way of saying thank you for promoting the spirit of community and enhancing people’s lives and the industry’s success every day. Your extraordinary efforts in Windows Server System – ISA Server technical communities during the past year are greatly appreciated.

On behalf of everyone at Microsoft, thank you for your ongoing contributions to technical communities.

Amr El Garhy, your MVP Lead

I am so happy and proud of my accomplishment, and I thank God for giving me the strength to do what I do and to do it better. This wouldn’t have been possible without the recognition I receive from my online and offline community, and the encouragement that I receive from my parents, my friends, my MVP lead, and readers like you. Thank you.

The ‘Most Valuable Professional’ Award

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.10.2006 at 00:08

I was thrilled when my MVP Lead Amr Al Garhy informed me that I was selected for the MVP Award in the October 2006 cycle. That would make me the first MVP in Bahrain. Today, Oct 7, I received my MVP Award Kit via DHL.

Here’s what’s in the package:

  • Certificate alongwith leather holder
  • Leather business card holder
  • 1 GB USB flash memory with MVP logo (the type with the leather body)
  • MVP branded ballpoint pen with a laser pointer
  • MVP Badge
  • MVP Lapel pin
  • MVP memo pad
  • A leather box containing the above
  • 2 copies of the Microsoft Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)
  • A booklet explaining the MVP benefits
  • And above all… an invisible yet immense feeling of achievement!

I’m proud of my achievement and look forward to make further contributions to the technology community.