Innovation Awards - Category Descriptions

Category descriptions for the awards programme

One winner will be recognised 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 recognise 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 centre operations with the cloud. These leaders found ways to integrate on-premises infrastructure with cloud economics by running applications in the cloud, bursting into the cloud, leveraging cloud computing economics or integrating primary storage with back-up, archive or disaster recovery (DR) services in the cloud.
  • Go Beyond: Customers who have applied NetApp flash technology to speed up on-premises 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, virtualisation software and optimising database licences. 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 organisation. They led a team that embraced a transformational opportunity to address their respective organisational challenge. These visionaries uniquely applied storage and data management technology to enhance performance, improve security or alter the economics of their organisation. Results could include faster time to market, increased revenue, greater customer attainment or improved cost controls. Their approach capitalised 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 organisations and are viewed as true “game changers”.