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NetApp Innovation Awards: Celebrating data-driven excellence

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Varun Parwanda
Varun Parwanda

In a world hooked on digital vibes, where data isn’t just a buzzword but the secret sauce for business success, NetApp proudly celebrated the eighth edition of the “NetApp® Innovation Awards: Empowering Businesses Through Data.” And guess what? It was a blast! Teaming up with CNBC-TV18, NetApp kept its tradition alive—celebrating the mavericks who turn data chaos into business poetry. Imagine data as the rock star behind creativity, resilience, and business adaptability. That's the spirit these awards brought to the ever-evolving business landscape.

Welcome address and fireside chat

Puneet Gupta, managing director and vice president of NetApp India and SAARC (the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation), said it’s a privilege to tip our hats to the folks who are pushing the data and tech boundaries to drive innovation. A big shout-out to our partners, customers, and stakeholders—you're the real MVPs (most valuable partners) who've made NetApp's India journey nothing short of extraordinary!

During a fireside chat with Mangalam Maloo, assistant editor at CNBC-TV18, NetApp CEO George Kurian shared his optimism about India's growth potential, underlining its unique standing in the global economy. He also acknowledged India's capacity to foster world-class companies, building on its successes in IT services and select areas of manufacturing.

“NetApp is committed to helping businesses accelerate their innovation, enabling customers to integrate their applications with a powerful range of technologies,” said Kurian. “Our modern approach to data infrastructure provides the foundation for organizations to be agile and turn every disruption into a new opportunity.”

Panel insights

And then, a curveball: a fireside chat with legendary cricketer Yuvraj Singh. He dished out life lessons, emphasizing the need to learn from both wins and losses. You know, just dropping some wisdom bombs.

Before we hit the peak—the awards ceremony—Saakshi Kishnani from EY (the wizards of analysis) took the mic. She demystified the award selection process, ensuring that it's as clear as day.

Turning disruption into opportunity

Finally—drumroll, please! The awards went down, and it was like the Oscars of the data world. Exceptional winners got their digital crowns across various categories. But beyond the glam, this event was more than a show—it was a stage to share jaw-dropping success stories. NetApp threw down the gauntlet, challenging everyone to embrace the wild world of innovation. The rallying cry? Unlock the potential of data and ride the wave with NetApp as we turn disruption into opportunity.

Full list of winners

  1. Excellence in Data Protection and Disaster Recovery Implementation: WNS Global Services (P) Ltd.
  2. Excellence in New-Age Tech (AI & ML): Waycool Food & Products Pvt. Ltd.
  3. Excellence in Cybersecurity Practices and Implementation: Vitesco Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.
  4. Excellence in App Modernization: Aditya Birla Capital Ltd.
  5. Excellence in Open Source: Tata Communications Ltd.
  6. Sustainable IT: UMSL Ltd.
  7. Data Visionary: Hindalco Industries Ltd.
  8. Innovation in Public Services: Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. & CESL
  9. Innovation in Cloud Data Services: State Bank of India
  10. Remarkable Achievements in the Field of Technology by Women: State Bank of India
  11. Excellence in Digital Transformation and Innovation: HDFC Bank
  12. Outstanding contributions to the Field of Technology via Innovations: Yes Bank
  13. Technology Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Innovation: IDBI Bank
  14. Outstanding Innovation in Digital Payments: National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)
  15. Excellence in Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery and Data Management: Motherson Group
  16. Excellence in Data Visionary Leadership Award: Bharti Airtel
  17. Outstanding Achievement in Modernization of Customer-Facing Apps: Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance (BALIC)
  18. Excellence in Industry Vertical Solutions: Sify Technologies
  19. Innovation in Enterprise Modernization and Digital Transformation: CtrlS
  20. Excellence in AI-Enhanced Customer and Employee Care Communication: eClerx

The NetApp Innovation Awards shine a spotlight on those exceptional trailblazers who have leveraged data to drive remarkable transformations, push boundaries, and create ground-breaking solutions.

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Varun Parwanda

Passionate marketer with a strong track record in building strategic marketing plans, inside sales, and business development. With a solid background in the IT sector, Varun Parwanda brings distinctive insights into both public sector and enterprise segments. Known for proficiency in achieving targets, effective communication, and fostering valuable relationships. Currently serving as the Area Marketing Manager at NetApp since October 2021, Varun previously dedicated 11 years to Cisco, contributing expertise across various marketing roles.

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