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

Microsoft Open Door Qatar | Feb 7-8, 2012

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.01.2012 at 14:30


Guess what is the biggest event we’re doing in Qatar this year? It’s the Microsoft Open Door 2012!

This is one event you don’t want to miss. Make sure you save the date now!

What is Open Door, anyway?

Open Door is Microsoft’s premier technical education event aimed at offering technology professionals and decision makers the chance to explore and connect with a broad set of current and soon-to-be-released Microsoft technologies, tools, platforms and services.

An all-encompassing 2-day event, Open Door is the perfect venue for customers and partners to engage and interact, while learning about Microsoft’s breadth of solutions, technologies and innovations.

Who is coming to Open Door?

Open Door will be attended by a wide range of Microsoft customers including IT professionals, developers and IT decision makers from small and medium-sized businesses, government institutions and large enterprises.

When and Where is it being held?

It’s going to be held at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) on February 7-8, 2012.

image courtesy: pedrogoico.com

How do I register? What sessions/topics are covered? How much does it cost?

Go to www.opendoor-gulf.com for more information and registration. Registration is FREE.

Microsoft @ QITCOM 2011 in Doha

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.05.2011 at 16:46

Microsoft is a Platinum sponsor at this year’s QITCOM, Qatar’s premier IT conference and exhibition.

Organized in partnership with ictQATAR, QITCOM will gather leading local, regional and international companies, government bodies, speakers, and delegates under one roof to discuss the latest technologies and how they apply to the future progress of Qatar and the region.

QITCOM will run from 24-26 May 2011 at the Doha Exhibition Center. Make sure you visit our space at QITCOM! See you there!

Gulf Lync Launch

by Shijaz Abdulla on 30.01.2011 at 15:59

In partnership with Jabra and Polycom, Microsoft cordially invites you to attend the exclusive Unified Communications Launch roadshow in the Gulf region. Success in today’s business world hinges on collaboration – whether it’s with other employees, clients, partners, or vendors. Now there’s a way for your organization to transform every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging, and accessible from anywhere

Register now for the Lync Roadshow in your city!

Why attend?
Meet international subject matter experts from Jabra, Polycom and Microsoft and learn the latest trends and cutting-edge technologies in the Unified Communications space.
Jabra’s award-winning corded and wireless headset solutions integrate seamlessly with Microsoft Lync providing a reliable, easy to use and cost effective user experience across multiple devices and platforms.
Polycom provides a complete, standards-based, and interoperable UC solution for voice, video, conferencing, and collaboration, giving customers a choice through the scalable Polycom infrastructure and Microsoft Lyncâ„¢ platform
Microsoft® Lync™ Server 2010 is the next generation of Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 R2 offers organizations a wide range of option

  • A single interface that unites voice communications, presence and instant messaging, and audio/video/web conferencing into a solution that can enhance or replace existing systems.
  • A familiar user experience accessible through Microsoft® Office, Microsoft SharePoint®,
    and Microsoft Exchange.
  • A single identity that connects users to contacts inside and outside the organization.
  • A consistent experience across PC, phone, web, or mobile that gives users the option to connect
    from multiple devices.
  • Exceptional security and reliability that works with Active Directory® and Microsoft Forefront®.
  • Interoperability with existing systems for smoother deployment and migration.

A rich platform for development, bringing unified communications into custom solutions ranging from business workflows to line-of-business applications.

February 5th 2011 – Oman
February 6th 2011 – Bahrain
February 7th 2011 – Qatar
February 8th 2011 – Kuwait
February 9th 2011 – UAE

Register now for the Lync Roadshow in your city!

IBM & Microsoft Virtualization Event: January 24

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.01.2011 at 12:31



January 24, 2011
Venue: La Cigale Hotel, Doha


February 1, 2011
Venue: JW Marriott, Kuwait City



Private Cloud event by HP, Microsoft & Mannai

by Shijaz Abdulla on 10.06.2010 at 17:35

HP Middle East, Microsoft Qatar and Mannai Corporation are jointly conducting an event at the Intercontinental Hotel on 16th June 2010 focusing on Private Cloud Computing solutions. Below is the agenda:


Doha’s Hotel IT Managers get-together

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.05.2010 at 13:51

Last evening, my colleague Mamoun and I were invited to a get-together of Doha’s Hotel IT Managers at the Intercontinental Hotel, Doha.

We had some great conversations around Microsoft solutions for the hospitality industry and I had a chance to discuss Microsoft Surface, Unified Communications and Windows 7 adoption issues. What was more captivating was the community that the IT Managers have formed as a platform to foster the informal exchange of information and ideas and to collectively discuss technology and challenges.

Below are the videos that I played during my presentation:







I would like to thank Mr. Hussein Yaghmour, IT Manager of the Intercontinental Doha, for hosting this get-together, for inviting us to be a part of this great community event, and for the fantastic dinner!

Craig Mundie at Doha, Qatar

by Shijaz Abdulla on 22.04.2010 at 14:12

Craig Mundie, Chief Research & Strategy Officer at Microsoft was in Qatar yesterday and spoke to customers at a TechTalk jointly organized by Microsoft QSTP and the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) at the Four Seasons Hotel yesterday evening.

Craig Mundie provided great insight into the current research being done at Microsoft, the “client+cloud” strategy, and the trends in modern computing. He discussed how these trends will create a startling transformation in how humans and computers interact, and how computers will increasingly work on our behalf, rather than at our command.

Earlier in the day, he spoke on similar lines to students and faculty at Qatar University.

Afkar’s SharePoint 2010 Seminar

by Shijaz Abdulla on 18.04.2010 at 15:48

image Afkar, one of Microsoft’s leading Gold Certified Partners specialized in Information worker Solutions in the region, has an exciting SharePoint 2010 Seminar lined up this week at Doha, Qatar.

Here’s the agenda:

08:30 – 09:00 Registration  
09:00 – 09:10 Keynote Abdul Khan/ Microsoft
09:10 – 09:40
  • Event overview
  • The SharePoint local impact & Afkar story
Mamoun Alereigat / Afkar
09:40 – 10:10 SharePoint 2010: The Business Productivity Platform. high level walkthrough – demo 01 Hamed Shihadeh / Afkar
10:10 – 10:30 Coffee Break All
10:30 – 11:40 ECM in SharePoint 2010 (Document Management, Record Management, Web Content Management & Workflow) Hisham Qaddomi/ Afkar
11:40 – 12:10 Fast Search for SharePoint 2010 Tameem Shaltoni/ Afkar
12:10 – 12:20 Open Discussion (Q&A) All
12:20 – 12:40 Coffee Break All
12:40 – 01:10 Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2010 Tameem Shaltoni/ Afkar
01:10 – 02:00 SharePoint 2010 – Developer Perspective
(SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010, InfoPath 2010, Visual Studio 2010, etc)
Hisham Qaddomi/ Afkar+Mohammed Ali/ Afkar
02:00 – 02:30 AvePoint (Infrastructure Management for SharePoint) Suki Bahth / AvePoint
02:30 – 02:45 Open Discussion (Q&A) All
02:45 Lunch All

For more information and to register for the event, visit Afkar’s website.

Citrix VDI event at Doha, April 7

by Shijaz Abdulla on 18.04.2010 at 13:41


Mannai Trading, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner on Server Virtualization and many other competencies, held an event jointly with Citrix and HP on 7th April at the Intercontinental Hotel, Doha, Qatar. The event mainly focused on Desktop Virtualization.

Nabil Khalil, Deputy General Manager at Mannai, Alex Filocca and Raja Slaiman Haidar from Citrix, Rajat Rallan and Bechara from HP were some of the speakers at the event.

The event was well attended and gave us the opportunity to keep the Qatar customer community to be informed of the strategic alliance between Microsoft and Citrix in the VDI space.

For more information on the Citrix Microsoft partnership, visit www.microsoftandcitrix.com

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