Congratulations to the 2013 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 more than 130 submissions for our award categories from executive and IT champions around the globe spanning a wide range of public and private sector organizations.

Below are the 2013 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!


  2013 Innovator of the Year Award Winners
Americas Winner:  
TURNER STUDIOS
Turner Studios provides comprehensive production and creative services for brands around the world. Offering a unique combination of entertainment and technology expertise, Turner Studios enables clients to turn any platform into an opportunity to create a deeper connection with their audience. On air, online and on-the-go. In 2D and 3D. With live action, visual effects or both. Specific services include live and remote broadcast production, digital media production, studio operations, post production, graphic design, visual effects and animation. A division of Turner Broadcasting Systems, Turner Studios services all of Turner’s Entertainment Networks, including TBS, TNT, TCM, Cartoon Network and TruTV, as well as CNN, and Turner’s other news networks, and many Turner International Networks, like TNT Latin America and Cartoon Latin America. For more information see our website: http://TurnerStudios.com, or contact Paula Wagner at paula.wagner@turner.com
Finalist:
Apache Corporation
Asia Pacific (APAC) Winner:  
SoftBank Telecom Corp.
SoftBank Telecom Corp. is a leading Japanese telecommunications and Internet provider that operates under the corporate philosophy of “endeavoring to benefit society and the economy and to maximize enterprise value by fostering the sharing of wisdom and knowledge gained through the Information Revolution.”
Finalist:
Netmagic Solutions Pvt Ltd.

Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Winner:  
Chiesi Group
Founded in 1935 in Parma (Italy), the Chiesi Group totaled sales for € 1,107 million in 2012, with an increase of 4.7% on the previous year. The Group, whose main areas of activity are in the respiratory therapeutics and specialist medicine areas, currently has a total of 25 affiliates worldwide and is presently in over 60 countries with its drugs, which are produced at plants in Parma, Blois (France) and Santana de Parnaiba (Brazil). In 2012, investment in R & D totaled € 198 million, accounting for 16.9% of sales, a level that the company intends to maintain in coming years. The research centre in Parma and the laboratories in Paris, Rockville (USA) and Chippenham (UK) integrate their efforts to work together on the Group’s pre-clinical, clinical and registration research programmes. At the end of 2012, the Chiesi Group’s total staff stood at over 3,800 people, more than 320 of whom are researchers.
Finalist:
Tiscali
  US Public Sector Winner:
The IlliniCloud
The IlliniCloud is an organization capable of providing state of the art computing resources to K-12 Education, Higher Ed, and non-profits.
Finalist:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  2013 Pioneer Innovation Winner
Sauber Motorsport AG
The Sauber F1 Team competes in Formula One racing, a March-to-November seasonal circuit of 20 three‑day practice/qualifying/race events at race tracks in 19 countries around the world. Sauber Motorsport AG, headquartered in Hinwil, Switzerland, employs some 300 designers, engineers, and support staff. Another 100 full-time employees of suppliers and service providers in the region depend for their livelihood on the company founded in 1970 by Peter Sauber. In 2012, the Sauber F1 Team marked its 20th season in the Fédération Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) Formula One World Championship. www.sauberf1team.com
Finalists:
Jack Wolfskin


PNI Digital Media, Inc.



Western Oregon University
  2013 Go Beyond Innovation Winner
Kommunale Informationsverarbeitung Baden-Franken
Kommunale Informationsverarbeitung Baden-Franken (KIVBF) located in Karlsruhe, Germany is one of the most important IT service providers for about 550 cities and counties as well as for their municipal business enterprises (public utility companies, hospitals). As a full-service provider, KIVBF offers IT solutions to the local authorities based on a central IT infrastructure powered by cloud technology.
Finalists:
PeakColo


Esurance


Thomson Reuters
  2013 Visionary Leadership Winner
Bob Post, Head of IT & Systems
DP World London Gateway

Opening in Q4 2013, London Gateway will be the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north bank of the River Thames, London Gateway will provide unrivalled deep-sea shipping access to the largest consumer markets in the UK. The port's location, with its superior operational systems and service, will ensure ships load and unload as fast as possible, making London Gateway a world class asset for the UK.
Finalists:
Robin Perry, Delek US Director of Infrastructure and Technology,
Delek US Holdings, Inc.


Chris Gladden, Director of IT Infrastructure,
Centene Corporation