Savision brings smart dashboards for System Center

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.11.2013 at 06:04

Savision are a great application development partner that have solutions for System Center by transforming complex IT data into meaningful, well organized, actionable dashboards. They are well-known in the global System Center community for their ‘Live Maps’ software add-on for System Center.

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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

Nominees:

  • Cloud implementation (public or private)

Afkar, Wirestorm, Mannai, WIPRO

  • Business Relevance

Winner: Afkar

  • innovative customer offering

Customer Satisfaction Award

Nominees:

  • Customer feedback

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

  • quick issue mitigation

Winner: QDS

  • consistency in delivery

Impact Award

Nominees:

  • Market coverage

IT Worx, Mannai, QDS

  • business empowerment

Winner: Mannai

  • Project scope

Best Training Center Award

Nominees:

  • extraordinary customer experience

Infocenter, New Horizons, Al Attiyah Training Center

  • Strategic impact and support

Winner: Infocenter

  • Community Reach

Microsoft Distributor of the Year Award

Nominees:

  • Year over Year Growth

Emitac, Logicom, Mindware

  • Partner Outreach

Winner: Emitac

  • Partner Satisfaction

Alliances Award

Nominees:

  • Cross business segment impact

HP, IBM, Dell

  • Cross regional success in partnership

Winner: HP

Mid-Market Award

Nominees:

  • 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

Nominees:

  • Community Impact

SEC, ICT Qatar, CBQ, SCH

  • Citizen Empowerment

Winner: SEC

Cloud Award

Nominees:

  • 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

Nominees:

  • 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

Nominees:

  • 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!

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Microsoft Solution Selling Process training for partners

by Shijaz Abdulla on 17.01.2012 at 18:53

We organized a Microsoft Solution Selling Process training on January 16 and 17, 2012 at the Marriott Hotel in Doha for salespersons working for our top partners in Qatar.

During the two day program, partners were trained on enabling World Class Selling using the Microsoft Solution Selling Process (MSSP). This equips partners to better understand customer needs and creatively position technologies that benefit the customer, leaving the customer with a positive experience and helping them earn respect as a trusted advisor.

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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: http://www.crn.com/slide-shows/channel-programs/231902705/2011-best-companies-to-partner-with.htm;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: http://www.greatplacetowork.com/best-companies/worlds-best-multinationals/list-of-the-25-best-from-2011

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Partners: Earn up to 30% incentive with Microsoft solutions

by Shijaz Abdulla on 20.10.2011 at 18:19

The Solution Incentives reward partners for driving sales of specific Microsoft solutions, chosen for their growth and market potential. The program creates opportunities for partners to build new sustainable revenue streams and increase their value to customers.

What partner types can participate?
Solution incentives are customer segment and partner-type agnostic. Partners need to meet eligibility requirements and each opportunity being registered needs to meet the eligibility criteria described in the Program Guide, to be eligible for incentives.

What if the Solution Partner also transacts the order?
Whether the Partner is only advising the customer, or advising and transacting, there will be no difference in the solution incentives calculation and payment.

For more information, check out the following documents:

Management and Virtualization

Windows 7

Application Platform (Microsoft SQL Server)

Microsoft Lync

New to PSX? Check out the PSX resources here.

Looking for a Microsoft partner in Qatar? Use PinPoint.

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.10.2011 at 14:34

The Microsoft PinPoint website is now available in Qatar.

You can now locate Microsot partners that can fulfill your specific technology needs by using the Microsoft Pinpoint portal – our comprehensive online partner directory. To identify a list of partners, please visit the Qatar Pinpoint site and click on the relevant ‘Competency’ or ‘Business Need’ from the left navigation bar. Please let me know if I can assist with anything further.

You can also read reviews about the partners and leave your own comments about partners you have tried.

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Microsoft VDI Licenses for partners

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.06.2011 at 06:14

A partner approached me recently requesting Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) licenses for internal use.

Here’s the official statement on the matter:

Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) is licensed only to those partners who have either the Gold Desktop or Gold Virtualization competency; these partners receive 5 VDA licenses.  Windows VDA licenses are required for devices to access the VDI environment.  Windows VDA is a device-based subscription and licensed per device per year.  Beyond what is licensed for gold desktop or gold virtualization competency, partners would need to purchase VDA licenses unless the partner has Software Assurance outside of the program.  SA includes rights to Windows VDI desktops. 

There’s a good Windows licensing for VDI overview that may be a helpful resource.

Qatar Partners: Join us for an Office 365 webcast

by Shijaz Abdulla on 29.05.2011 at 19:06

Microsoft Partners only

Microsoft Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping to save time and money and to free valuable resources.

clip_image001[5]Join our Online Webcast with our Partner Technical Consultant Khaled Yehia on  Thursday 2 June, 2011 at 11:00 AM. Khaled Yehia was recently in Qatar for the Microsoft University delivery.

For registration please send your Partner ID to Khaled Yehia.

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Microsoft University at Doha, May 22-26

by Shijaz Abdulla on 29.05.2011 at 14:06

The Microsoft University was executed in Doha, Qatar last week during May 22-26 in the solution areas of Business Intelligence, Collaboration and Virtualization. A total of 33 individuals from 16 different partner organizations benefited from the training event. This included hands-on technical training as well as training for sales team. A gala dinner was organized on the 26th to celebrate their graduation.

Overall, the event received extremely positive feedback from the partners and they were excited to have been part of this program. The training was delivered by the following Partner Technical Consultants from Microsoft, based in Egypt:

  • Mohammad Raslan – Virtualization
  • Khaled Yehia – Collaboration
  • Yasmine Magdi – Business Intelligence

Virtualization:

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Collaboration

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Business Intelligence

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Qatar Partner Competency Leaderboard: May 2011

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.05.2011 at 15:40

It’s time for updating the Partner Competency Leaderboard for Qatar! This time we’ve added more partners to the list. Some of the partners have made good progress compared to the March 2011 leaderboard.

A partner’s competency level depends on a number of factors including the number of successful customer references, number of certified and qualified technical personnel, the number of qualified sales and marketing staff. In most cases, Gold competencies are only provided when a partner commits a minimum of 4 techical resources dedicated to that competency. More info.

Partner Silver competencies Gold competencies
EBLA Computer Consultancy

Web Development 
SAM
Data Platform
Business Intelligence
Virtualization
Desktop
Content Management
Systems Mgmt
Unified Comms
Midmarket Solutions
Identity & Security
Volume Licensing
Server Platform
Search
Portals & Collab

Midmarket Solutions
Unified Communications
Volume Licensing
Server Platform
Data Platform
Identity and Security

Mannai Trading Company

Data Platform
Digital Marketing
Volume Licensing
Virtualization
Systems Mgmt
Server Platform
Web Development
Portals & Collab
SAM

Digital Marketing
Server Platform
Volume Licensing
Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Virtualization
Volume Licensing
Identity & Security
Portals & Collab
SAM
Desktop
Systems Mgmt
Server Platform
Unified Comms
Midmarket Solution
Volume Licensing
Virtualization
Cyquent Server Platform
Midmarket Solution
Portals & Collab.
Virtualization
Unified Comms
Systems Mgmt
Data Platform
Desktop
Identity & Security
Identity and Security
Diyar Portals & Collab
Content Mgmt
Search
Server Platform
Mobility
Midmarket Solution
Virtualization
Volume Licensing
Web Development
Software Dev
Unified Comms
Systems Mgmt
Data Platform
Desktop
Identity & Security
Portals & Collab
Content Mgmt
Volume Licensing
Data Platform
Identity & Security
ITWorx Portals & Collab
Content Mgmt

Business Intelligence
Server Platform
Midmarket Solution
Web Development
Software Dev
ISV

Portals & Collab
Content Mgmt

BI
Software Development

Computer Arabia Server Platform Server Platform
Qatar Datamation Systems

Systems Management
Midmarket Solution Server Platform
Desktop
Virtualization

(none)
Afkar Digital Marketing (none)

If your organization operates in Qatar and want to be enlisted above, please contact me or leave a comment.

  • This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of partners in Qatar. There is no significance in the order of listing.
  • The above table reflects the information being provided to customers upon request.
  • The competency information is subject to change as partners obtain new competencies. The changes will be reflected the next monthly refresh of the leaderboard.
  • Abbreviations:
    • SAM = Software Asset Management
    • Mgmt = Management
    • Dev = Development
    • Collab = Collaboration
    • BI = Business Intelligence
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