Qatar Partner Competency Leaderboard: March 2011

by Shijaz Abdulla on 13.03.2011 at 13:27

MPN_FBlogoOn the second week of every month, I will be posting the Qatar Partner Competency “leaderboard”. The leaderboard will feature the competency level of some of the local partners in Qatar. The competencies are based on the status of the partner in the Microsoft Partner Network, which “certifies” Microsoft partners.

No. Partner name Silver Competencies Gold Competencies
1 EBLA Computer Consultancy Portals & Collab
Web Developmt.
Data Platform
Content Mgmt
Systems Mgmt
Midmarket Soln
Id & Security
Server Platform
Midmarket Soln
Server Platform
Id & Security
Data Platform
2 Mannai Trading Company Server Platform
Systems Mgmt.
Web Developmt
Portals & Collab.
Server Platform
3 Information & Communication Technology WLL(ICT) Desktop
4 Qatar Datamation Systems Virtualization
5 Cyquent Qatar Server Platform
Midmarket Soln
Portals & Collab
Systems Mgmt
Data Platform
Id & Security
6 Afkar Information Technology Digital Mktg Digital Mktg
7 Meeza QSTP LLC Hosting
8 Computer Arabia Id & Security
Systems Mgmt
Server Platform
Midmarket Soln
  • 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:
    • BI = Business Intelligence
    • SAM = Software Asset Management
    • Mgmt = Management
    • Developmt = Development
    • Id = Identity
    • Mktg = Marketing
    • Collab = Collaboration
    • Soln = Solutions

Nokia and Microsoft: Partners in building a new global mobile system

by Shijaz Abdulla on 11.02.2011 at 18:17

Nokia and Microsoft announced today in London announced plans to form a broad strategic partnership that would use their complementary strengths and expertise to create a new global mobile ecosystem.

The strategic partnership in a nutshell:

  • Nokia to adopt Windows Phone 7 as its principal smartphone strategy, and help drive the future of Windows Phone 7.
  • Bing to empower Nokia’s search services. Microsoft adCenter to provide search advertising services on Nokia’s phones.
  • Both companies plan to combine assets and develop innovative mobile products on an unprecedented scale.
  • Nokia maps to be integrated with Bing
  • Microsoft development tools to be used to build solutions on Nokia Windows Phone 7 devices
  • Nokia’s content & app store to be integrated with Windows Phone marketplace.

See the official press release.

Partners only: Free Microsoft TechNet Subscription!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 11.01.2011 at 15:24


Partners! Get ready for 2011!

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Qatar Partner Academy 2010-2011

by Shijaz Abdulla on 23.10.2010 at 22:08

I’m glad to announce the Qatar Partner Academy for FY11. Partner Academy is a set of classroom learning activities that we execute each year for Microsoft partners in the country.

If you are a Microsoft partner and you would like to enroll your organization in this training program, please contact me or leave a comment on this post. Prior registration is mandatory, and seats are filling up very fast. Priority will be given to partners based in Qatar.

The following are the courses that we will be running this year.


  • Venue: InfoCenter Doha, Near Sana Roundabout.
  • Lunch & 2 coffee breaks will be provided for all technical trainings.
  •  Timing: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM




SQL Server 2008 R2 Airlift

Sept 19-20


Forefront Threat Management Gateway

January 19-20


Forefront Unified Access Gateway

Feb 8-10


Unified Communications – Lync IGNITE

December 12-16


Introduction to Identity Lifecycle Management with Forefront Identity Manager (FIM)

Feb 22-24


Windows 7 Desktop Deployment

January 11-13


Exchange Server 2010

Jan 25-27


SharePoint Server 2010

Dec 19-21


Dynamic Datacenter with SCVMM + Hyper-V



System Center Service Manager

7-9 December


Data Protection Manager

Nov 22-24


System Center Operations Manager

Nov 2-4




Venue: Microsoft Qatar office, QSTP

Server Products Licensing

November 11, 2010

2pm to 5pm


Selling Microsoft Productivity

· Unified Communications

· Portals & Collaboration

· Messaging

November 30, 2010

2pm to 6pm


Selling Dynamic Datacenter

· The Private Cloud Concept

· Virtualization & Advanced management

· Competitive Selling

November 3, 2010

11am to 2pm


Infrastructure Optimization Assessment training

· Core Infra

· Business Productivity

December 23, 2010

2pm to 5pm


Selling Forefront Security Suite

· Endpoint Security

· Edge Security

· Server Security

January 2, 2011

2pm to 5pm


Provide feedback and WIN a Microsoft shirt!

by Shijaz Abdulla on 28.06.2010 at 10:56

Attention: Microsoft Partners in Qatar!

Let us know the feedback about Partner Academy trainings held between August 2009 and June 2010 and win a Microsoft-branded formal shirt.

The feedback should be made as a comment on “Microsoft Partners in QatarFacebook group by clicking “Comment” on my status message (see below), email feedback does not qualify for the prize (although feedback will be heard)!

This Facebook group is open only by invitation, and only partners in Qatar and certain Microsoft employees can see posts and comments you make on this group. Not a member yet? Join our Facebook group today!

Feel free to forward this mail to other people in your organization.

The Rules:

  • This contest is only open to partners who have enrolled and attended Partner Academy training FY10.
  • The feedback should be made in our Facebook group, email feedback doesn’t qualify for the prize.
  • Each entry should include “what went right” and “what went wrong” in addition to your feedback. Each entry should also mention the course name.
  • Winner will be selected on July 4, 2010. The most complete and candid feedback stands a higher chance of winning. Winner will be announced on the Facebook group.


Microsoft Virtualization Partners in Qatar

by Shijaz Abdulla on 18.02.2010 at 18:17

As of today, we have three Gold Certified partners based in Qatar, qualified and certified in the Server Virtualization competency within the Microsoft Partner Network.

1. Information & Communication Technology WLL

2. EBLA Consulting

3. Mannai Trading Co.

Information & Communication Technology WLL (ICT) is the first Microsoft partner in Qatar to complete the requirements to be certified on Server Virtualization solutions.

All partners above have completed the required training at the Partner Academy. Mannai Trading and EBLA Consulting have sent their consultants to the Dynamic Datacenter Workshop held earlier this year in Dubai. All of the above partners have the required experience in deploying advanced server virtualization scenarios with Microsoft technologies and have a number of notable customer references in Qatar.

At Microsoft, virtualization means helping IT departments maximize cost savings and improve business continuity. Our solutions address both physical and virtual infrastructure, and can be easily managed through a single console. Microsoft virtualization provides a completely virtualized infrastructure for your enterprise, from data center to desktop.

The Microsoft Partner Network recognizes qualified solution providers and helps them create new opportunities, increase demand, and achieve their business objectives. The network allows partners to leverage unique resources to help drive business innovation and form a trusted foundation for strategic decision making, increased agility, and long-term competitive advantage.

Security event at Qatar, February 17

by Shijaz Abdulla on 18.02.2010 at 17:51

Microsoft Qatar did a Security event yesterday at the Four Seasons Hotel, Doha. We started off with an enthusiastic audience of 70+ people.

  • We kicked off with a presentation on Microsoft Business Ready Security by good ol’ David Maskell, Security SSP – Microsoft Gulf, followed by technical demos.

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  • Fadel Lubbos, Senior Consultant from Information & Communication Technology WLL (ICT) did a demo on Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) – pictured below. ICT is Microsoft Gold Certified Security Partner.

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  • Below are pictures of me doing my demo on Microsoft Unified Access Gateway (UAG) and DirectAccess.

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  • Fazil Rahim, CEO of Entelyst, did a demo on Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS). Entelyst is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner specializing in security solutions.

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Pictures from the Q & A session:


Photos: Lea Attieh

Forefront Technology Webcast

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.01.2010 at 09:03

Windows Server 2008 & SBS 2008 Workshop, Qatar

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.01.2010 at 09:07




Technical & Presales Workshop

Windows Server 2008 & Small Business Server Readiness Workshop


Microsoft invites breadth partners to attend a Windows Server 2008 & Small Business Server Readiness Workshop.

This Level 200 Technical & Presales workshop will cover the following;


Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Windows Server 2008/ 2008 R2 Overview
  • OPK and Deployment Methods
  • Using Server Manager
  • Setting up Active Directory
  • Common Server Roles
  • Networking Enhancements

Small Business Server 2008

  • Technical Overview


  • WS08 R2/ SBS
  • Selling WS08/SBS
  • Service Opportunities




Microsoft Breadth Partners


IT Technical Professionals


20 Attendees | 1 Per Partner

Seats are limited, we ask only that if you sign up for the class, you complete it.

* Refreshments / Lunch / Snacks will be provided during training,


18-19 January 2010


09:00 AM TO 05:00 PM


New Horizons – Qatar
Al-Nuaija D Ring Road
Behind Kahrama
Ahmad Bin Zaidoon St,
Al-Kuwari BLDG



Click to enroll



SSA program changes in 2010 {Partners}

by Shijaz Abdulla on 11.01.2010 at 18:46

Till December 2009 we had a very rewarding scheme with partners earning more than 30% of the estimated retail price as incentive for recommending and deploying our security solutions.

This year, some changes have been made to the SSA program, and I’d like to share the highlights here.

Recap: What is SSA?

The Security Software Advisor (SSA) program is an incentive program for Microsoft partners that provide implementation services on Microsoft security products.

Organizations that invoice hours of services (known as services partners) can earn incentive fees when they recommend and deploy Microsoft security software for new sales of specific Forefront products. Microsoft SSAs are eligible to earn fees of 10 to 20 percent of the estimated retail price (ERP) of each customer’s Microsoft Volume Licensing order of Forefront products, when they invoice customers for implementation services of those products.

Partners, what’s new in SSA for 2010?

The SSA program has been kept simple, easy to understand and rewarding this year:


Antivirus & Malware Protection Solutions: SSA Fee 20%

  • Forefront Endpoint Protection (currently Forefront Client Security)

  • Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (formerly Forefront Online Security for Exchange)

  • Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (formerly Forefront Security for Exchange Server)

  • Forefront Protection Manager (formerly Microsoft Forefront Management Consoles)

  • Forefront Security for SharePoint (formerly Antigen for SharePoint)

  • Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (formerly Antigen for Instant Messaging)

  • Forefront Security Suite

Identity & Access Solutions: SSA Fee 10%

  • Forefront Identity Manager (formerly Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007)

  • Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (formerly ISA)

  • Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 (formerly IAG)

  • Active Directory Rights Management Services

Qatar partners, for more information see the Partner Network or contact me or your PAM.

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