Lync Ignite | 19-21 November | Dubai

by Shijaz Abdulla on 17.09.2013 at 13:06

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Microsoft is conducting the Ignite Summit Dubai, 19-21 November 2013.  This summit will be held at the Conrad Dubai. 

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The Ignite Summits are a series of limited invitation 3 day workshops for Microsoft’s most valued customers and partners providing deep-dive technical readiness on all productivity workloads from Microsoft product experts.  Ignite Summit Dubai will feature over 70 breakout session titles for the Office 365, Developer, Exchange, Project, SharePoint, Visio/Visio Services, and Yammer tracks. 

For partners in pre-sales technical roles, we are also running an exclusive partner-only Drumbeat Sales Readiness day one day prior to the Ignite Summit on 18 November.  The Drumbeat Sales readiness day provides partners with best practice sales training for Office 365.  The Drumbeat Sales day is at the same venue and you are welcome to attend both. 

During both of these events, you will also have the opportunity to interact and learn from your industry peers and representatives from Microsoft.

  • Please note that accommodations for the Ignite Summit and Drumbeat Sales day are not included, however there are discounted rooms available at the Conrad Dubai on a first come first serve basis.  Details are posted to the registration site.
  • There is no charge for this exclusive training, however we will be imposing a no-show fee of $600 (USD) if you register, but do not cancel your registration within ten (10) business days before the start of the first event.

Space is limited. RSVP today!

We look forward to having you participate in this exciting event! If you have questions, please contact the Microsoft Ignite Registration Desk.


Celebrate Windows 8 in Qatar

by Shijaz Abdulla on 23.02.2013 at 12:40

And yes, we will be talking about Windows Server 2012, too!

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Bootcamp in Qatar! Windows Server 2012 Virtualization

by Shijaz Abdulla on 31.01.2013 at 15:45

Microsoft, in partnership with Qatar Datamation Systems and HP are organizing an IT Pro bootcamp in Qatar during Feb 27-28, focusing on Windows Server 2012 Virtualization and Management.

This much-awaited bootcamp has only limited space and seats are filling up quickly, please register soon and be on time at the venue to avoid disappointment!

 

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Please join us for our upcoming Windows Server 2012 and Infrastructure Management IT Pro Camp. Microsoft IT Pro Camps are expert-led, no-cost, hands-on training events for IT professionals, centered on the issues and workloads you’re tackling in your environment today.
At Windows Server 2012 & Infrastructure Management IT Pro Camps you’ll gain deep technical insight into the new features and functionalities of Windows Server 2012. Hands-on demos and interactive discussions with Microsoft technical experts will cover a variety of topics including Server Virtualization, Storage, Networking, Server Management and Automation, Identity and Access, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and Web and Application Platform.

When:
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27th – 28th February 2013
8:30 AM – 5.30 PM
Ritz Carlton Hotel
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EVENT: BI and the Public Cloud

by Shijaz Abdulla on 22.01.2013 at 13:38

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The popularity and usage of mobile devices, from smartphones to tablets and PCs, is building a significant trail of data from users, leading to an exponential growth and variety of data, globally. This is Big Data, one of today’s hottest trends – produced, fuelled and enabled by the Cloud, Mobile and Social trends.
The Cloud, especially, can play a major role in providing the storage and computing capacity to deal with all of this data, empowering enterprises like yours to provide real business intelligence, through the platforms that are already deployed.

Join us as we see how information leaders like yourselves can use the Cloud on your terms and provide real value and collaboration through business intelligence.

When: February 5, 2013

Where: Hilton Hotel, Doha

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Event: Qatar Datamation Systems, Veeam, and Microsoft

by Shijaz Abdulla on 09.01.2013 at 21:25

Our partner Qatar Datamation Systems (QDS) are organizing an event on the 15th of January at the Crowne Plaza Doha (Airport Road).

The event will feature QDS solutions based on Veeam and Microsoft Windows Server 2012, and System Center 2012.

Be sure to attend this event, more details and registration information below.

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Mannai, Microsoft and Qtel offer cloud-based solutions for Qatar’s SMEs

by Shijaz Abdulla on 24.12.2012 at 15:26

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Mannai Corporation’s ICT group presented a set of its new IT and communication Cloud-based solutions and services for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Qatar together with its partners Qtel and Microsoft. This event was held during its ‘First End to End Cloud IT Solutions for the Private Sector’ event held at the Holiday Villa Hotels and Residence, Doha.

"With the Cloud, smaller budgets are no longer a hindrance to an SME’s ability to compete in the market with its peers and larger enterprises. SMEs can operate cloud based virtual servers and a host of applications that can be rapidly deployed and achieve a higher ROI," said Dr Sanjay Modak, Group General Manager, Mannai ICT Group.

SMEs can now obtain all their Qtel business products and services requirements from Mannai, which acts as a one-stop shop and brings a greater range of offers and value to the customer from both companies.

"Today, Mannai takes an innovative approach in offering end-to-end ICT products and services with its partners. This wide range of IT solutions, ranging from economical ERP packages to Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud based offerings to website construction and e-commerce enablement, is provided on a flexible OPEX model, which reduces SME costs while providing highly scalable, elastic and affordable scenarios for SMEs to enjoy the same levels of IT enablement as large enterprises but at a fraction of the cost. As a value addition, Mannai’s managed services model allows these businesses to focus on their core competencies while leaving their IT and communications worries in the hands of Mannai," said Moni George, General Manager, New Business & Markets, Mannai ICT Group.

Microsoft, who were co-sponsors of the event, presented their Microsoft Office Productivity Solutions on the cloud. Microsoft Country Manager, Naim Yazbeck, was present at the event.

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Mannai’s team presented the latest state of the art cloud based ERP and other solutions. The SME market for managed IT services is poised to grow rapidly during the coming years.

Mannai, recognizing this trend, has forged partnerships with key players and is today providing a comprehensive portfolio of ICT solutions to Qatar’s large SME market.

This includes products and services such as ERP, CRM, security, webhosting, domain-based emails, backup/recovery solutions, document management, e-commerce and Qtel’s range of voice and data solutions.

Coupled with Microsoft’s Office 365 and an unmatched support infrastructure with 24×7 customer support, Mannai is proud to bring the best technology to Qatar’s growing SME segment.


Microsoft Qatar announces Windows Server 2012

by Shijaz Abdulla on 28.09.2012 at 20:17

Just wanted to cover some of the buzz in the local press last week about Windows Server 2012, centered around our Private Cloud Enterprise Connect event in Doha.

For those of you that missed the event, I covered Windows Server 2012’s new virtualization features, while others covered VDI, the Microsoft Private Cloud story, Windows Azure and Identity Management.

Here are links to some of the local press coverage:

Speaking about the launch, Microsoft Qatar Country Manager Naim Yazbeck said, “At Microsoft, we have been hard at work delivering cloud innovation to help businesses succeed in this transformational time. What we are seeing in the industry calls for a different approach. Now, organisations can achieve a data centre without boundaries.” “The OS and apps are wherever you need them to be. We are committed to this vision and we call it the Cloud OS.

This platform should unlock further potentials for Qatari businesses and we wish to work closely with our partners in Qatar to leverage its maximum potential. I would like to congratulate Qatar Airways as the first to incorporate this platform in their ever growing business.” Yazbeck added.

“We have been using Windows Server 2012 through the rapid development programme (RDP) to experience how it can empower a dynamic data centre,” said Shibu Mathai, manager of infrastructure design at Qatar Airways.
“We have benefited from the new virtualisation enhancements in Windows Server 2012, I can envisage that cloud computing will be extremely beneficial for our business development’.


Microsoft Qatar announces Windows Server 2012

by Shijaz Abdulla on 28.09.2012 at 20:11

Just wanted to cover some of the buzz in the local press last week about Windows Server 2012, centered around our Private Cloud Enterprise Connect event in Doha.

For those of you that missed the event, I covered Windows Server 2012’s new virtualization features, while others covered VDI, the Microsoft Private Cloud story, Windows Azure and Identity Management.

Here are links to some of the local press coverage:

Speaking about the launch, Microsoft Qatar Country Manager Naim Yazbeck said, “At Microsoft, we have been hard at work delivering cloud innovation to help businesses succeed in this transformational time. What we are seeing in the industry calls for a different approach. Now, organisations can achieve a data centre without boundaries.” “The OS and apps are wherever you need them to be. We are committed to this vision and we call it the Cloud OS.

This platform should unlock further potentials for Qatari businesses and we wish to work closely with our partners in Qatar to leverage its maximum potential. I would like to congratulate Qatar Airways as the first to incorporate this platform in their ever growing business.” Yazbeck added.

“We have been using Windows Server 2012 through the rapid development programme (RDP) to experience how it can empower a dynamic data centre,” said Shibu Mathai, manager of infrastructure design at Qatar Airways.
“We have benefited from the new virtualisation enhancements in Windows Server 2012, I can envisage that cloud computing will be extremely beneficial for our business development’.


Find out about Qatar Airways’ evaluation of Windows Server 2012 in the Rapid Deployment Program

by Shijaz Abdulla on 10.09.2012 at 11:21

Qatar Airways, awarded the World’s Best Airline in 2011 and 2012 is one of our customers in Qatar that have enrolled into the Windows Server 2012 Rapid Deployment Program (RDP) powered by our partner ICT WLL.

Join us on September 18 for the Microsoft Enterprise Connect event and hear Mr. Shibu Mathai, Manager – Infrastructure Design at Qatar Airways share Qatar Airways’ experiences on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.

Also speaking at the event are Mark Chaban (MEA Director Product Marketing), Jesus Martin (Infrastructure Specialist Lead – Gulf), Mohammed Alaa Eldin (Gulf Solutions Specialist – Identity & Azure),

Attendance to this event is free, but seats are filling up fast. Please make sure you register ASAP to confirm your place.

Microsoft Enterprise Connect: Your Own Private Cloud Roadmap
Where: Qamar Room, Hilton Hotel, Doha, Qatar
When: September 18, 2012, Registration begins at 8.30am
Agenda:

08:30 – 09:00   Registrations & Welcome Refreshments       
09:00 – 09:15   Keynote: Qatar Airways
09:15 – 10:00   Private Cloud Infrastructure       
10:00 – 11:00   Private Cloud and Datacenter Management
11:00 – 11:15   Coffee Break       
11:15 – 12:00   Desktop Virtualization & VDI
12:00 – 12:30   IaaS and Storage in Windows Azure       
12:30 – 13:00   Identity and Cloud Better Together       
13:00 -             Lunch & Networking

Click here to register | Save to Calendar


Private Cloud Roadmap event, Qatar

by Shijaz Abdulla on 29.08.2012 at 11:01

Your Own Private Cloud Roadmap with Microsoft

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The shift of enterprise IT to the Cloud is a tremendous opportunity for you to reduce costs, increase business agility, efficiency and productivity, as well as engage people in innovative ways. According to the Gartner 2011 CIO Survey, ‘almost half of all CIOs expect to operate their applications and infrastructures via cloud technologies within the next five years’.
As Cloud becomes an increasingly significant priority in the Enterprise space, and more Cloud offerings become available with time, we invite you for an exclusive session where we will share the vision of Cloud Computing and have a value dialogue with you to see how cloud services can be incorporated in organization’s infrastructure for competitive advantage and minimal risk.

Hilton Hotel Qatar
Qamar Room
September 18, 2012
Registration begins at 8.30am

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REGISTER

 

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Registrations & Welcome Refreshments        08:30 – 09:00
Keynote ‘Enterprise & Cloud Vision’        09:00 – 09:15
Private Cloud Infrastructure        09:15 – 10:00
Private Cloud and Datacenter Management        10:00 – 11:00
Coffee Break        11:00 – 11:15
Desktop Virtualization & VDI        11:15 – 12:00
IaaS and Storage in Windows Azure        12:00 – 12:30
Identity and Cloud Better Together        12:30 – 13:00
Lunch & Networking        13:00


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