Innovation Awards - Category Descriptions

Category descriptions for the awards program

One winner will be recognized in each of the following categories: Pioneer, Go Beyond, and Visionary Leadership. In addition to these categories, the top nominations will be judged in a special Innovator of the Year category, which will recognize one winner from the US Public Sector and one winner from each of the following three global geographies: Americas, APAC, and EMEA.

  • Pioneer: Innovative companies with 100-1,000 employees that have transformed IT into a competitive asset by integrating their data center operations with the cloud. These leaders found ways to integrate on premise infrastructure with cloud economics by running applications in the cloud, bursting into the cloud, leveraging cloud compute economics, or integrating primary storage with backup, archive or disaster recovery (DR) services in the cloud.
  • Go Beyond: Customers who have applied NetApp flash technology to speed on premise database applications and differentiate their company based on storage and data management performance. These leaders experienced significant application performance gains in addition to results achieved through consolidating physical infrastructure, virtualization software and optimizing database licenses. Lower TCO and increased agility have allowed these companies to do things they otherwise couldn’t have done without the application of NetApp technology and expertise.
  • Visionary Leadership: Visionary Leadership highlights individuals who used storage and data management technologies to change the trajectory of their organization. They led a team that embraced a transformational opportunity to address their respective organizational challenge. These visionaries uniquely applied storage and data management technology to enhance performance, improve security, or alter the economics of their organization. Results could include faster time-to-market, increased revenue, greater customer attainment, or improved cost controls. Their approach capitalized on opportunities to incorporate hybrid cloud models, converged infrastructure or flash architectures to deliver better business outcomes. These individuals are respected by people inside and outside their organizations and are viewed as true “game changers.”