Congratulations to the 2004 Winners and Finalists

    We believe NetApp is unique and extremely fortunate to have a community of customers who share their enthusiasm for our company and technology. In all, we received almost 200 submissions from executive and IT champions from such wide-ranging industries as healthcare, financial services, entertainment, energy, and education, each highlighting new and/or beneficial ways to utilize NetApp technology. Our prestigious panel of judges from academia, industry analysts, and the world's top business and technology media were challenged to determine the finalists and winners.

    Below are the 2004 winners and finalists in each of the five categories: Innovator of the Year, Enterprise, Individual, Visionary, and Community Service.

    Congratulations to all.

    2004 Innovator of the Year Award Winner
    Weta Digital
    Weta Digital, an Academy Award®–winning visual effects facility based in Wellington, New Zealand, offers world-class visual effects for international feature films and commercials. The company is best known for its visual effects work on New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    2004 Enterprise Award Winner
    Oracle Corporation
    Oracle Corporation, the world's largest enterprise software company, won the Enterprise category, which honored organizations that have deployed NetApp solutions for a commercial business that has achieved a positive business impact.


    2004 Individual Award Winner
    Mark Mayo
    IT Manager of BC Cancer Agency's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre
    Mark Mayo won in the Individual category, which honors an individual within a customer organization who has achieved business success through innovation with NetApp solutions or has championed streamlined solutions within the IT organization. The BC Cancer Agency's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre deploys resources and technology of a high-throughput genome mapping and DNA sequencing lab to decrypt the genetic code, specifically to advance cancer research, diagnosis, and treatment.

    Dale Difilippi
    Supervisor, System Technology

    Jeff Smith
    CIO of Telstra

    2004 Visionary Award Winner
    UZ Leuven
    UZ Leuven, one of the largest healthcare providers in Europe, took home top honors in the Visionary category. The Visionary category recognizes a company or individual who is using new technologies or championing new technologies or implementations within the organization.

    2004 Community Service Award Winner
    Bashas', an Arizona retail grocery chain, was the winner in the Community Service category, which honors a NetApp customer that is giving something back to the community. Bashas' is a strong community partner in Arizona and gives back to the residents who need it most through several different programs. Bashas' also gives more than $1 million annually to charities state-wide through its foundation and Annual Golf Classic.