NetApp Named a CIO 100 Award Honoree by <em>CIO</em> Magazine

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-July 28, 2010- IDG's CIO magazine recently announced NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) as a recipient of the 2010 CIO 100 award for its innovative vSearch sales enablement tool. The 23rd annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).

"This year's CIO 100 awards draw well-deserved attention to companies that are not only innovating with IT but creating genuine business value as well," said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of CIO magazine and Events. "These winning companies and their IT organizations are an inspiration to businesses everywhere."

NetApp has a large global technical sales force (SEs) and reseller sales force that must always be up to speed and proficient on the entire NetApp® product line. The traditional way to make this happen entailed flying them to different locations around the world for live, three-day conferences to provide the latest on NetApp's more than 200 products. This approach presented obvious challenges and took the sales force away from their day jobs. To address this situation and streamline the process, NetApp turned to NetApp University, an organization within the company that provides employees with education and resources to help them do their jobs more efficiently.

NetApp University worked with partner Altus Learning to develop vSearch, an on-demand sales enablement platform that makes a wealth of technical and product information accessible to all. vSearch allows NetApp to digitally record sales conferences and other meetings and make the content readily available via the sales enablement platform. As a result, SEs and NetApp partners are now able to watch the events on demand instead of traveling, providing them with near-instant access to the critical information they need. Furthermore, as evidenced through trend reports, NetApp SEs and partners make return trips to the system to search through the presentations and download the assets they need to sell and do their jobs successfully.

"We are thrilled to be honored as a CIO 100 recipient," said Sundar Nagarathnam, vice president for NetApp University. "As a growing company, it's imperative that NetApp University be able to keep pace and continue to provide our employees with the tools and programs necessary to enable their success. vSearch is a prime example of how technology innovation can positively impact an entire company and improve overall efficiencies. The CIO 100 recognition is testament to this innovation, and we are committed to leveraging the latest technological advancements to empower our employees going forward."

The 2010 CIO 100 awards will be presented at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on August 24 at the conclusion of the 12th annual CIO 100 Symposium® and Awards Ceremony.

About the CIO 100
The recipients of this year's CIO 100 awards were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of judges reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges' recommendations and voted on the final 100. Once the top 100 honorees were selected, several honorees were chosen to receive an additional special award. The recipients of this special award will be revealed at the CIO 100 awards ceremony in August.

Complete coverage of the 2010 CIO 100 awards is online at and will be in the August 1 issue of CIO magazine.

About NetApp
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About CIO Magazine
CIO produces award-winning content and community resources for information technology executives thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of business, as well as create opportunities for information technology and consumer marketers to reach them. The CIO portfolio includes, CIO magazine (launched in 1987), CIO Executive Programs and the CIO Executive Council. CIO properties provide business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT's role in achieving business goals. The U.S. edition of the magazine and website are recipients of more than 200 awards to date, including three Grand Neals from the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards and two Magazine of the Year awards from the National Society of Business Publication Editors. CIO websites and magazines appear in more than 25 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France and Germany. CIO are is produced by CXO Media, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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