The NetApp® Innovation Awards recognise the companies and the people that are aggressively and innovatively leveraging technology to make IT dramatically more proactive, productive and essential to creating business value. These organisations and individuals are thinking differently about what is required to compete in the future, and they rely on NetApp and its partners to fulfil their visions.
Award recipients are honoured for achieving positive and impactful business results using NetApp technology, demonstrating creativity and thought leadership in data management and storage best practices and embodying the NetApp "can do" and "team" spirit. NetApp Innovation Award categories include:/p>
Innovative small and middle-sized companies (100-1,000 employees) that have transformed IT into a competitive asset, enabling their organisations to drive and respond quickly to business growth, while doing more with less for cost-efficient operation. Lower TCO and increased agility have allowed these companies to drive product/service innovation, get to market more quickly than competitors, and capitalise on opportunities by expanding into new markets.
Customers with an eye on cloud services innovation have challenged the status quo, successfully leveraging private, public and hybrid cloud resources to speed service delivery, improve efficiency and transform IT cost centres into platforms for growth and success.
Visionary Leadership (Game Changers)
Visionary Leadership highlights the people who have broken down barriers between IT and the business/organisation, turning technology innovation into a major driver of success. These visionaries have embraced innovations such as clustering and flash to deliver greater impact, faster. Respected by people inside and outside their organisations, these individuals are viewed as true innovators.
In addition to these categories, the top nominations will be judged in a special Innovator of the Year category, which will recognise one winner from the US Public Sector and one winner from each of the following three global geographies: Americas, APAC and EMEA.
Companies can nominate themselves or be nominated by NetApp sales, channel or technology partners; other companies; or colleagues through the online submission form. All nominations must be received by midnight Pacific Time on Friday, 22 May 2015, to be eligible for consideration. One winner from each category will be selected by a third party panel of judges and will be notified no later than 3 August 2015.
Each winner will be recognised during an awards ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada at NetApp Insight, 12-15 October 2015. Winners must be present at the awards ceremony to be eligible to receive the award (travel and accommodations will be provided by NetApp). Any channel partner who nominates a winning NetApp customer will also be invited to the event.