SUNNYVALE, Calif.-June 21,
2012-A culture of innovation provides businesses with the
technology, products, people, and services that allow them to
outpace, out innovate, and outperform the competition to achieve
remarkable results for business.
During this year's eighth annual Innovation
Awards, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) honored a few of the exceptional
visionaries who joined in the journey with NetApp to show that IT
can be foundational to business success. The award winners have one
thing in common: They had the vision to think differently to
achieve results that are remarkable. NetApp announced the winners
and finalists of the Innovation Awards program on Wednesday, June
20, 2012, during a distinguished awards ceremony at The Tech Museum
in San Jose, California.
"Change is hard. The Innovation Awards are
about recognizing people with the courage to think differently
about how IT can drive business," said Dave Hitz, founder and
executive vice president of NetApp. "These role models show what is
possible, and hopefully they will inspire others to follow."
Dave Hitz discusses the business impact and
game-changing innovations customers and partners achieved as well
as the importance of having a culture of innovation. View
Dave's video blog post.
NetApp thanks everyone who submitted
achievements to the 2012 Innovation Awards program. The over 200
global nominations that were submitted by customers and partners
validate the fact that an agile IT foundation can deliver great
outcomes for business success. Customer submissions came from
wide-ranging industries, including healthcare, financial services,
entertainment, energy, and education, each highlighting new and
innovative ways to impact business. The
award categories address the business impact of IT: Efficiency
Innovation, Flexibility Innovation, and Visionary Leadership. In
addition to these categories, The Innovator of the Year category
recognizes one winner from each of four global geographies:
Americas, APAC, EMEA, and U.S. Public Sector.
2012 NetApp Innovation Award Winners
|Innovator of the
||Mercy Healthcare System
||Blackboard, Symantec Services Group, Yahoo!
|Innovator of the
||Eden Project, Nelt CO. D.O.O.
|Innovator of the
||Oxigen Services India Pvt. Ltd.
||Suncorp Group, Volkswagen India Pvt.
|Innovator of the
||Iowa Workforce Development (nominated by
NetApp partner IP Pathways)
||Illini Cloud, Fairfax County Public
||Revlon, Verizon Digital Media Services
||Verizon Communications Inc.
||Geometric Limited, Pima County, Trafford
||Taylor Morrison, Transplace
- Andrew Henderson, CIO, ING DIRECT
"ING DIRECT Australia implemented an efficient storage capability
that has given the business a competitive edge in the retail
banking sector by enabling ING DIRECT's frontline developers and
testers to bring new banking products to market faster. We were
able to accelerate banking application testing and refreshes from
six weeks to one day by leveraging NetApp's on-demand private
- Gary Bateman, CIO, Iowa Workforce
"Iowa Workforce Development executed a cost-effective
virtualization project leveraging NetApp storage, which saved our
state government agency $6.5 million annually and accelerated the
deployment of 1,500 virtual desktops across Iowa in less than six
months. The scalability of our storage infrastructure is
instrumental in reducing storage needs by nearly 50% while
improving public services to Iowa's employers and workers."
- Joe Shields, President and Owner, IP
"IP Pathways' focus has always been to partner with companies that
consolidate and simplify data storage and management, while
optimizing the user experience for business needs. In collaborating
with NetApp we've created a relationship that supports innovative
award-winning IT deployments for our customers."
- Jeff Bell, Former COO, Mercy Healthcare
"Mercy Healthcare built a state-of-the-art data center and
implemented a flexible cloud infrastructure to effectively deploy
an Electronic Medical Health Record for storing and protecting
patient information and, in the future, to support smaller clinics
and healthcare systems. With the help of the NetApp FlexPod®
architecture, we have saved over 40% of storage space, reduced
power consumption by 50%, and now provide rapid access to and data
protection for 1,742K patients."
- Rahul Sharma, Assistant Vice President, IT Network
Operations, Oxigen Services India Pvt. Ltd.
"Oxigen was successful in achieving business goals to save costs
and increase capabilities by implementing storage efficiency,
deduplication, thin provisioning, and server virtualization
features using NetApp's storage infrastructure. Since implementing
our new data structure Oxigen has saved 40% on storage efficiency
and 20% on cost savings."
- Scott Gnau, President, Teradata Labs
"Teradata's storage foundation is a key part of our ability to
handle challenging data warehousing and analytic workloads while
improving performance and allowing for uninterrupted operations.
The integration of NetApp E-Series storage solutions contributed to
our growth in 2011 and helped our customers make the best decision
possible, enabling them to outperform and outmaneuver their
- Erwin Schuster, Sr. Consultant, Enterprise Architecture
and Strategy, T-Systems
"To better serve T-Systems' multinational corporations and public
sector institutions, we are deploying a reference cloud
infrastructure to deliver and operate cloud-enabled applications
with rapid development and go-to-market cycles. With storage and
management from NetApp, T-Systems offers virtualization across the
entire stack for maximum scalability, availability, and efficiency
while customers benefit from reduced risk and accelerated
applications lifecycle management."
- Michael Blake, Director, Information Technology,
Verizon Network Technology and Corporate Systems
"Verizon successfully established a virtualized standard operating
environment to merge multiple and dated IT infrastructures without
disrupting service to 120,000 employee portal users. With NetApp
Snapshot™ and SnapVault® technology, backups that
previously took 12 to 20 hours and impacted overall performance now
take just a few minutes. As a result, we are able to back up
numerous databases every two hours, delivering more robust data
The NetApp Innovation Awards program
distinguishes itself by relying on a prestigious third-party panel
of international judges for the four main categories. These judges
determine the award winners based on their outside expertise and a
critical, unbiased assessment of real-world deployments at customer
NetApp 2012 Innovation Award
- Deni Connor, Principal Analyst, Storage Strategies NOW; and
Contributing Editor, InformationWeek
- Carsten Knop, Senior Business Editor, Frankfurter
- Vijay Ramachandran, Editor-in-Chief, IDG Media India Pvt.
- Benjamin S. Woo, previously Program Vice President, Worldwide
Storage Systems Research; and Lead Analyst, Big Data
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