Intelligent Tech Channels Issue 17 - Page 9

NEWS StarLink receives prestigious awards from Palo Alto Networks Mahmoud Nimer, General Manager, StarLink. StarLink announced receiving two prestigious awards: EMEA Distributor of the Year Award and EMEA Excellence for Training Award by Palo Alto Networks at an awards ceremony during their Annual Partner Summit in Toronto, Canada. StarLink’s partnership with Palo Alto Networks as its VAD commenced in 2015 and with a focused and comprehensive expert Sales and Presales team across EMEA. StarLink has supported Palo Alto Networks and extended their reach on-the-ground across the region. This alliance has been instrumental in propelling Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewall solutions and in aligning their focus and expertise with StarLink’s vision of a preventative approach to cyber threats. Palo Alto Networks Global Awards reflects recognition of top performing partners in different geographical regions for rising up to the professional challenges, successfully accomplishing their global business objectives, for achieving operational excellence and driving value to enterprises. Mahmoud Nimer, General Manager, StarLink accepted the award at the conference. “We are very proud to have received not one, but two awards this year – especially since we were ranked, and chosen from all the Distributors at the EMEA level. This is reflective of our commitment and the value Palo Alto Networks have entrusted on us.” Security specialist distributor Spectrami expands into Turkey Building on the plan to achieve $100 million, Spectrami, a leading value-added distributor across EMEA for IT security, data centre Infrastructure, niche technologies and data communication networks, has setup an extended base of operations in Turkey. With this addition, Spectrami is surely but steadily moving towards the vision set by the CEO, Anand Choudha, in which he aims to bring Spectrami among the top Value-Added Distributors in the security arena and niche technologies. This step is taken in line with their expansion plan to cover the EMEA market and comes closely on the heels of their expansion into Germany, and the UK. The company is already working to on-board new vendor partners that will provide the momentum towards this target to achieve 80% growth in 2018. Leading their operations in Turkey is Gokhan Bas, Territory Manager. He has a track record of experience in IT and Cyber Security product sales with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in business planning, IT security solution selling, sales, team building, and management, he is also a strong professional graduated from Istanbul Business School. “Turkey, like most developed countries, is forming a cybersecurity strategy in the following key areas: operations and cybercriminal cyber security; cybercrime; intelligence activities and cyber-espionage; crisis management; management of Internet and CyberTipline. “Cyber awareness in Turkey has also increased dramatically in the past 10 years. Spectrami will help organisations plan and execute an integrated cyber approach to harness the power of information networks to enhance business operations, increase mission performance, and improve customer support, without compromising security or privacy. Turkey has also historically been the crossroads for all trade between Asia and Europe. While those borders are only symbolic in today’s day and age, Turkey as a market is evolving quite steadily. It also provides us the opportunity to service the Eastern Europe region which is seeing significant development as well” said Choudha. Anand Choudha, CEO Spectrami. 9