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Show dates: 16-20 October 2016, Dubai World Trade Centre | AT GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK | Exhibition hours: 10am -7pm

RES partners with Mindware for regional growth

Nicholas Argyrides, Mindware

RES has used GITEX to announce that it has selected Mindware as its main valueadded distributor in the Middle East to accelerate its growth in the market. RES gives IT the tools to design, build, deliver and control a variety of aspects of workers’ business journeys with context-aware self ser vice and security. Through this partnership,

Mindware will provide training and support to RES resellers in the Middle East to ensure companies optimise the benefits from its RES solutions implementation. “At Mindware, we are committed to partnering with the industr y-leading brands to offer a one-stop-shop for world-class innovation 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

DarkMatter established as regional blockchain pioneer

Dr. Najwa Aaraj, DarkMatter

International cybersecurity firm DarkMatter, has announced the launch of its blockchain advisory services and forthcoming blockchain software development kit (SDK). These blockchain offerings are designed for Smart Cities and other smart systems, and industries such as financial services, financial technology, and healthcare where secure real-time data

transactions are mission critical. “Our research and development teams are currently looking at blockchains, and how they integrate with existing infrastructure to make processes more efficient in many industries,” said Dr. Najwa Aaraj, Vice President of Special Projects,

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Mindware... coupled with the essential value-added consultancy and support services,” said Nicholas Argyrides, Chief of Sales and Marketing, and Deputy GM, Mindware. “Our collaboration with RES is a strategic addition to our portfolio, taking our business into the field of digital workspace enablement, automation and security, allowing us to offer exactly the right solutions for these customers.” RES recently launched ONE solutions for automated workspace delivery and “people-centric” security. RES will introduce all ONE

solutions including ONE Security, ONE Workspace, ONE Service Store and ONE Automation to the Middle East market at GITEX 2016. RES is available at Hall 3, D3-01 to conduct demos, share success stories and provide insights on how RES can help you empower your workforce through enabled and secured digital workspaces. “We chose Mindware particularly for its knowledge of and experience in the Middle East region,” said Carsten Thomsen, Vice President, EMEA, RES. “It is the high-end system integrator we were

Our collaboration with RES is a strategic addition to our portfolio, taking our business into the field of digital workspace enablement, automation and security, allowing us to offer exactly the right solutions for these customers.” looking for. Moreover, they have successfully introduced their channel loyalty program, which means they use a demand generation approach, recognizing the importance of

long-lasting customer relations. We are happy we can work with such a strong distributor in the Middle East to bring our industry-leading technologies to this critical market.”

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Emitac names new director of service excellence

Shuaib Mahmud, Emitac

Emitac has announced the appointment of Shuaib Mahmud as the Director of Service Excellence during GITEX. Mahmud has over 22 years of experience in successfully implementing IT solutions, developing strategy, building and optimising organisational processes, business

intelligence solutions, and IT infrastructure, in a diverse and multicultural global environment. In his current role, he will lead the global services, innovation technology, and managed and cloud services for Emitac Enterprise Solutions. He was previously heading Middle East operations at Oracle as the Director of Service Delivery, where he was responsible for leading and growing support services operations through a growth trajectory of “18-22 percent”, for over eight consecutive years by providing strategy direction and delivery of services across nine countries.

“I feel ver y excited with the appointment of Mahmud to the position,” said Tony Alam, CEO Emitac Enterprise Solutions. “Mahmud’s experience will be instrumental in shaping Emitac in the coming years. It is clear that the region is undergoing rapid change as the forces of cloud, mobile, social and analytics are transforming organisations. We are executing a strong strategy to meet this pace of change for our clients, and power their growth by delivering value and quick solutions/ ser vices they need, to adapt their businesses. You will see Emitac continuing to make significant investments that

ManageEngine leverages Microsoft SCCM to patch third-party apps

Mathivanan Venkatachalam, ManageEngine

IT management firm ManageEngine has announced Patch Connect Plus, its software that uses Microsoft System Centre Configuration

Manager (SCCM) to manage patches for third-party applications. The new product “eliminates all system vulnerabilities” present in the network by using an organisation’s existing SCCM infrastructure to perform updates required for non-Microsoft applications. ManageEngine is exhibiting Patch Connect Plus and the rest of its IT management and security portfolio at from Hall 7, Stand A7-10. “Patch Connect Plus lets Microsoft SCCM users completely automate

the management of non-Microsoft updates using their existing infrastructure and console,” said Mathivanan Venkatachalam, director of product management, Patch Connect Plus at ManageEngine. “In turn, users don’t need to set up a new tool, reconfigure their clients or learn how to use a new product. And the large catalog of supported, thirdparty applications will help users combat all system vulnerabilities and assure security from attackers.” Patch Connect Plus supports patch management of over 250 non-

better enable our clients to take advantage of these market shifts.” Commenting on his appointment, Mahmud said, “I am eager to begin my new role at Emitac. Bringing my years of experience to bear, I aim to drive the implementation of successful strategies that will provide real value for our customers. The aim is to make ser vice excellence a business philosophy that runs through ever ything, not purely a ‘theoretical strategy. Therefore, all touch points with customers will be reviewed and equipped with the right resources (skills and staff) to deliver unswer ving quality.”

Microsoft applications common to businesses around the world, and facilitates automatic scheduling of scans and deployment of patches using Microsoft SCCM. The product helps customers overcome the need to learn about a new console because they can use the same SCCM console to manage third-party patches. The product allows administrators to patch only significant applications or patch all applications in the network. Setup steps are explained using support documents, and application patching takes place when applications are not in use, increasing the chance of a successful software update.

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DarkMatter... DarkMatter. “At the same time, we are also looking at the security of blockchains; how to implement security in blockchains, how to deal with authentication of blockchains, and how to provide privilege management across both private and public blockchains. “Our SDK is plug-in for an existing infrastructure to enable blockchain, but at the same time securing it. We have our own team bringing its expertise in advanced cryptographic research; we do our own crypto implementation and crypto

algorithms design. We do research and development across many areas, and alongside our government risk compliance services, we also have our cyber resiliency solution.” DarkMatter is continuing to help governments and large enterprises implement blockchain solutions that incorporate critically important elements such as authentication and confidentiality, which are necessary to unlock blockchain’s full potential. The company hopes that it will be able to spread this initiative by having a large presence at GITEX this year. “Obviously it’s one of the biggest technology events

Our research and development teams are currently looking at blockchains, and how they integrate with existing infrastructure to make processes more efficient in many industries.” of the year, and it allows us to connect with local, regional and international customers,” said Dr. Aaraj. “We can contribute to the knowledge and expertise aspect of cyber-security by discussing this with customers from the region, and the event also allows

us to have discussions with other vendors as to how we can benefit each other, which I think is one of the main benefits of us attending GITEX.” Visitors can interact with DarkMatter from their stand in the Gulfcomms Hall, Booth: Z-C30.

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Citrix and Microsoft develop regional roadmap

Johnny Karam, Citrix

Citrix and Microsoft Gulf have announced the regional expansion of a strategic partnership, set to help businesses digitally transform their operations through innovative technologies, including cloud-based secure app and data delivery. The partnership is in response to the growing digital needs of businesses to empower their employees with powerful new applications that enhance creativity and productivity. With the Gulf market now turning to cloud computing to enable more agile, on-demand IT services to their employees, it has spurred a search for more advancedStarLink_Strip cloud solutionsAds_AW.pdf to

become globally competitive and expand their business and customer base. As cloud adoption continues to increase rapidly, research from Forrester shows, that the regional market will be valued at $241 billion by 2020. Citrix and Microsoft are aiming to help businesses develop a modern workforce with application and desktop virtualisation in the cloud, network delivery and enterprise mobility management. The expanded Azure-based services in development include XenApp “express”, an exclusive cloud-based app delivery service, along with Windows 10 workspaces delivered via 9 10/12/16on Microsoft 7:53 PM Azure. XenDesktop

“By working alongside Microsoft, we are moving closer to our goal of enabling organisations in the UAE to align themselves with the government’s vision of becoming a word-leading hub for technology and innovation,” said Johnny Karam, Regional Vice President, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Citrix. “Companies of any scale are in the perfect position to incorporate digital transformation into their corporate strategy and give employees the freedom to work productively from anywhere at any time.” Azure-based workspaces “eliminate the need to set up and configure IT infrastructure, dramatically simplifying app and desktop virtualization, while making it easy for IT to respond to evolving demands from line-ofbusiness managers.” In addition, Citrix and Microsoft are working together on new integrations between Citrix XenMobile Secure Apps, NetScaler and the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), based on customer requirements. As Citrix and Microsoft solutions can integrate and work seamlessly together, pre-existing customers can benefit from this added functionality to support their business ventures. “As long-standing partners of Citrix, our relationship has always been focused on the



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By working alongside Microsoft, we are moving closer to our goal of enabling organisations in the UAE to align themselves with the government’s vision of becoming a word-leading hub for technology and innovation.”

best interests of our shared customers,” said Samer AbuLtaif, General Manager, Microsoft Gulf. “In order for businesses to compete in a highly competitive market such as the Middle East, security and productivity within the workforce is key. By mobilising their employees, organisations gain the edge required in order to outperform in today’s highly disruptive and ever-changing business environment to achieve more.”


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