The 2023 edition of the SME Tech Innovation Summit & Awards held at Hotel Conrad Dubai on 16th February saw an impressive gathering of mid and senior-level IT and Business heads from UAE-based Businesses in attendance. The event was organized by Leap Media Solutions, publishers of CXO DX, a leading publication for the CXO community in the region, and organizers of large format industry events like Future Workspace Summit & Awards in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
SME Tech Innovation Summit & Awards focused on the objective of facilitating dialogues and a better understanding of as many Technologies related transformation aspects that can fuel growth for SME companies.
The day’s journey unfolded through various sessions of insightful keynotes and panel discussions and culminated with a spectacular awards ceremony including recognitions for high achievers from the Tech industry of the region.
A spectacular Awards ceremony brought up the finale of the day’s agenda. The Awards recognized IT and cybersecurity leaders from different verticals as well as CX experts from various industries.
The recognitions were for the outstanding contribution in their respective roles to the continued pursuit of digital transformation. A select number of companies were recognized for outstanding digital transformation from across key sectors.
Awards were also presented to leading vendors, distributors, and SIs across different categories who provide solutions that are helping drive technology transformation across the SME sector.
VAD Technologies got recognised as "Storage Distributor of the Year" for the third time in a Row.
Jithin Varghese, Business Unit Manager – Pure Storage at VAD Technologies said; " This is our third Win in a Row as “Storage Distributor of the Year” – super proud to continue to Reign in this important category. VAD Technologies’ strong High Performance Storage Solutions Portfolio has moved into a Hyper-Growth Mode over the past few Years and is well received and recognized by the Market”.
The full List of all Winners can be found here: https://cxodx.com/sme-tech-innovation-summit-awards-highlights-key-themes-of-digital-transformation/
Congratulations to all the Winner of the Evening!
The Video Highlights of the Future Workspace Awards Evening can we found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWbXVArq_n8
There were several insightful keynote speakers throughout the day.
The first keynote speaker of the day Charbel Zreiby, Director, Channel Presales, Dell Technologies spoke on Accelerate Intelligent Outcomes everywhere with AI. The second keynote speaker was Massimo Angelucci, Senior Solution Architect at Lenovo who spoke about ‘The Next Digital Transformation’. The next speaker Harsh Thakkar, Distribution Sales Manager at VeeaM Software spoke on how to ‘Keep your Business running with Veeam Data Protection Platform’.
Samer Semaan, Channel & Alliances Manager, Middle East & Emerging Africa, Pure Storage discussed ‘Pure Storage’s Pillars of Digital Transformation’ in his presentation. Following his address, the next speaker, Farid Najjar, Area Distribution Lead at NetApp spoke on ‘How to manage applications and data everywhere across hybrid multi-cloud environments.’
Aaamir M. Sheikh, Channel Lead GCC at Freshworks spoke about ‘Key CX Trends’ in his keynote address and he was followed by Rejeesh Kumar, Director of Technology & Services at Mindfire Technologies who spoke on ‘Why Managed Security Services is crucial for effective cybersecurity’.
The first panel discussion of the day highlighted how several Businesses in the UAE have been able to innovate and introduce new business models using digital technologies and channels, thereby broadening their customer and market reach. The discussion brought into the spotlight ‘How going digital helps innovation and raises competitiveness’.
The second panel discussed the topic ‘Optimising Cloud Transformation Strategies for the Mid-Market’ and brought to the fore different views about what next companies need to do and what they shouldn’t in terms of their cloud strategies.
The topic of the third-panel discussion was ‘Optimising an omnichannel CX experience’, wherein the panelists from different verticals had interesting perspectives to offer on how Omnichannel CX is today quite integral for Businesses and organizations to have an effective reach out to their customers/clients/consumers or users.
The fourth panel of the day held an exhaustive discussion on the topic ‘Role of technology in making Corporate TAX, less-TAXING!’. The session was powered by Tally and was moderated by Priyesh Sethi, Senior Marketing Manager of MENA at Tally.
The final panel discussion of the day focused on ‘Managing cybersecurity challenges in a post covid hybrid work era.’ Anoop Kumar, Information Security Manager from Gulf News brought his industry expertise into making the session quite insightful along with the other cybersecurity experts who were part of the panel.
The SME Tech Innovation Summit & Awards was sponsored by Platinum Sponsors – Dell Technologies and Ingram Micro as well as Intel-Lenovo. The Gold sponsors included Pure Storage and VAD Technologies, Logitech and Newcom, Veeam and Redington, NetApp and Ingram, Freshworks and DMWorld, D-Link as well as Mindfire Technologies. The silver sponsors were Finesse, Cloud Box Technologies and Barracuda Networks, the supporting partner Exclusive Networks as well as Knowledge partners- Tally Solutions.
More Information about the CXODX SME Tech Innovation Summit & Awards can be found here: https://cxodx.com/