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Five EMEA Visionaries Recognized

Created: 07 Oct 2008 • Updated: 02 Mar 2009
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Michael Geiges
IT Manager for Backup & Recovery
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The bar has been set very high for employees at Siemens AG, which has more than 160 years of technical achievements, innovation, quality, reliability, and internationality. Michael Geiges, IT manager for backup and recovery in the Industry Automation and Drive Technologies Divisions, is up to the challenge, leading efforts to implement leading-edge backup-and-recovery initiatives that drive tangible business value for the divisions. As part of this initiative, he and his team consolidated backup and recovery on Veritas NetBackup 6.5. Results include a reduction in backup time from nearly two and a half days to one and a half days, the ability to maintain a static administrative headcount while experiencing a 50 percent growth in backup volume, and a 30 to 40 reduction in the time spent managing server load balancing. Geiges and his team also deployed NetBackup PureDisk for branch offices, reducing remote office backup volume by 80 percent.

Walid Kamal
Vice President Technology Security & Risk Management, du
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The telecommunications sector in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a driving force behind the growth and prosperity of the UAE economy. Since its launch in 2005, du has played a pivotal role in this ongoing and growing success. Not surprisingly, information security presents a significant challenge—and opportunity—for du. Walid Kamal, the vice president of Technology Security and Risk Management, and his team embarked on developing a comprehensive security solution based on a CIA (confidentiality, integrity, and availability) Business Model in 2007. By leveraging Symantec Managed Security Services and Symantec Residency Services, Kamal and his team were able to dealing with day-to-day operational issues and enabled them to focus on more strategic business issues related to the design and development of the Security Operations Center. In addition to the above, Kamal and his team are able to deliver near real-time alerting and escalation, responding to critical alerts within five minutes, versus up to one week under other scenarios.

Martial Lebon
Head of Storage Engineering, Proximus
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Storage management is an important part of the business infrastructure for Proximus, the mobile subsidiary of Belgacom. In 2006, facing burgeoning storage volumes, which included a growing number of failed backups and inefficient utilization of storage, Martial Lebon, the Head of Storage Engineering, and his team embarked on an initiative to identify and implement a next-generation storage infrastructure based on a centralized, automated backup infrastructure using a Configuration Management Database. The solution leverages Veritas CommandCentral Storage and Veritas CommandCentral Enterprise Reporter and is achieving significant business results that include reallocation of two full-time employees who previously managed backup-and-recovery operations despite a 30 percent growth in storage since the solution was deployed two years ago; an improvement in backup success rates to more than 99 percent, and an improvement in storage utilization rates from 40 percent to 65 percent. The solution also resulted in a smaller backup footprint that enabled Proximus to eliminate more than a half million dollars in media hardware, software, and maintenance and another half million dollars in associated off-site vaulting facilities.

Rhonda MacLean
Global CISO, Barclays Global Retail and Commercial Banking
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Rhonda MacLean is known as a problem fixer and innovator, and it is this reputation that actually led her to a 20-year career in information security. Always up for a new challenge, she took her information security toolkit to Barclays Global Retail and Commercial Banking (GRCB) as the CISO last year. Information security for Barclays GRCB, which has operations in more than 50 countries and 42 million customers worldwide, is an important business enabler. Data loss prevention is one of the areas where MacLean is focusing her team’s energies, with the complexities of globalization and the issues of data at risk and data in motion as primary drivers. MacLean and her team are currently in the midst of working with Symantec Consulting Services to deploy Symantec Data Loss Prevention to provide an integrated view across the network, endpoints, and storage systems. Beyond reduced IT risks, MacLean and her team expect to cut the amount of time spent managing data. The Barclays team also signed a long-term agreement with Symantec Managed Security Services for security monitoring and management that will reduce the amount of time the team spends monitoring security.

Mostafa Nagy
IT Manager, The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt
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IT plays an important role for The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt (TCCBCE), helping the largest soft drink bottler in the Middle East to sustain peak manufacturing and distribution operations. IT Manager Mostafa Nagy and his team have overseen a series of different IT initiatives that have generated tangible results for the company. These include shaving 90 minutes from recovery system time by centralizing backup and recovery on Veritas NetBackup, standardizing endpoint security on Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 for a 90 reduction in memory overhead, and a 40 percent email administrative productivity gain via an email archiving and management solution based on Symantec Enterprise Vault.

Click here to download a Podcast that provides an overview of the Symantec Visionary Award program as well as the EMEA 2008 Visionaries.

Message Edited by .peter on 10-07-2008 08:31 AM