Congratulations to the 2014 NetApp Innovation Award Winners and Finalists!

We believe NetApp is extremely fortunate to have a community of customers who share our enthusiasm for IT innovation and NetApp technology. In all, we received over 100 high quality global nominations from more than two dozen countries. Submissions included a wide range of industries and organisations including enterprise service providers, healthcare, financial services, government, media and entertainment, energy and education. Below are the 2014 winners in each of this year’s seven categories: Innovator of the Year – Americas, Innovator of the Year – APAC, Innovator of the Year – EMEA, Innovator of the Year – US Public Sector, Pioneer Innovation, Go Beyond Innovation, and Visionary Leadership.

Congratulations to all!


  2014 Innovator of the Year Award Winners
Americas Winner:  
ION Geophysical
ION Geophysical Corporation is a leading provider of geophysical technology, services and solutions for the global oil & gas industry. ION's offerings are designed to allow E&P companies to obtain higher resolution images of the subsurface to reduce the risk of exploration and reservoir development, and to enable seismic contractors to acquire geophysical data safely and efficiently. Additional information about ION is available at www.iongeo.com
Asia Pacific (APAC) Winner:  
ING Vysya Bank Limited
ING Vysya Bank Ltd is a premier private sector bank with retail, private and wholesale banking platforms that serve over two million customers. With over 80 years of history in India and leveraging ING’s global financial expertise, the bank offers a broad range of innovative and established products and services, across its 551 branches. The Bank, which has close to 10,000 employees, is also listed in Bombay Stock Exchange Limited and National Stock Exchange of India Limited. ING Vysya Bank was ranked among top 5 Most Trusted Brands among private sector banks in India in the Economic Times Brand Equity – Nielsen survey 2011.
ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin, offering banking, investments, life insurance and retirement services to meet the needs of a broad customer base. With more than 82,000 employees, ING serves over 61 million private, corporate and institutional customers in over 40 countries in Europe, North America and Latin America, Asia and Australia.
Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Winner:  
Orange Business Services
Orange Business Services, the Orange branch dedicated to B2B services, is a leading global integrator of communications solutions for multinational corporations. With the world's largest, seamless network for voice and data, Orange Business Services reaches 220 countries and territories with local support in more than 160. Offering a comprehensive package of communication services covering cloud computing, enterprise mobility, M2M, security, unified communications, videoconferencing and broadband, Orange Business Services delivers a best-in-class customer experience across a global landscape. Thousands of enterprise customers and 1.4 million mobile data users rely on an Orange Business Services international platform for communicating and conducting business. Orange Business Services was awarded four of the telecom industry’s highest accolades at the annual World Communication Awards 2013 – Best Global Operator, Best Cloud Service, Best Enterprise Service and Best Small Business Service. Orange Business Services is the only seven-time winner of Best Global Operator. Learn more at www.orange-business.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with annual sales of €41 billion in 2013 and has 164,000 employees worldwide at March 31, 2014. Orange is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).
  US Public Sector Winner:
California Natural Resources Agency
The California Natural Resources Agency consists of twenty-nine California departments, conservancies, commissions, and boards, whose mission is to restore, protect and manage the state's natural, historical and cultural resources for current and future generations using creative approaches and solutions based on technology, science, and collaboration.
The California Natural Resources Agency was vested with all the duties, powers, purposes, responsibilities, and jurisdiction that was previously vested in the Resources Agency The California Natural Resources Agency manages a wide variety of issues relating to water, fish and game, forestry, parks, energy, minerals, coastal, and marine life.
  2014 Pioneer Innovation Winner
Boerse Stuttgart AG
As the leading exchange for securitised derivatives in Europe and for corporate bonds in Germany, Boerse Stuttgart is Europe's leading exchange for private investors. In Stuttgart investors can efficiently trade equities, securitised derivatives, debt instruments, investment fund units and participation certificates at reasonable prices. With an average of around 35 percent of order book turnover, Boerse Stuttgart is Germany's leading player in the area of intermediary-based exchange trading. With particular regard to corporate bonds and investment fund units, Boerse Stuttgart leads the German market. With a hybrid market model, that involves trading experts into the electronic trading process, the Stuttgart Stock Exchange guarantees extremely flexible and cost-effective order execution. For the greatest possible transparency and a high degree of investor protection the entire trading process is monitored by the Trading Surveillance Office, an independent exchange body. In order to provide investors with optimum information about the products on offer, Boerse Stuttgart organises a large number of educational activities for private investors, advisers and anyone else who is interested.
  2014 Go Beyond Innovation Winner
Symantec Corporation
Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) is an information protection expert that helps people, businesses and governments seeking the freedom to unlock the opportunities technology brings - anytime, anywhere. Founded in April 1982, Symantec, a Fortune 500 company, operating one of the largest global data-intelligence networks, has provided leading security, backup and availability solutions for where vital information is stored, accessed and shared. The company's more than 20,000 employees reside in more than 50 countries. Ninety-nine percent of Fortune 500 companies are Symantec customers. In fiscal 2014, it recorded revenue of $6.7 billion. To learn more go to www.symantec.com or connect with Symantec at: go.symantec.com/socialmedia.
  2014 Visionary Leadership Winner
Qualcomm
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere.