A NetApp IT ‘Loud & Proud’ Perspective

by NetApp on NetApp Staff


Congratulations to Bob Lofton, NetApp’s vice president of IT Foundational Services,who received the 2015 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Award that honors the best and brightest IT executives for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.


Lofton oversees NetApp’s IT infrastructure and related services including strategy and services for the corporate data centers, storage administration, and systems delivery. In an interview for Computerworld’s March issue, Lofton outlines why people are a critical part of NetApp IT’s preparation for the challenges of the future:


“We expect a skills shortage as hybrid IT becomes the norm and IT operates as a business. To counteract that shortage, we have already identified some workers who exemplify the skills, attitudes and behaviors we need. We’ve converted storage administrators into service-line owners who are fully accountable for end-to-end processes and services.”


Lofton also noted how important innovation is to NetApp. “We created a designated Innovation Zone within our data center that can be used as a test bed for emerging technologies and new IT capabilities… More than just a lab, we’ve enabled integration with IT core services to quickly simulate real-life scenarios.


Lofton has been an integral part of NetApp IT for seven years. He has also been senior director for Strategic Infrastructure Services where he was responsible for developing the IT infrastructure and platforms for NetApp’s business application capabilities. Bob joined NetApp in 2008 as the senior director for IT Infrastructure Engineering and Standards, where he oversaw the creation and maintenance of the corporate IT infrastructure standards for IT technologies.


To see Bob’s profile and the complete list of 100 winners, visit the Computerworld Premier 100 2015 web site.


The “Loud & Proud” blog series features the viewpoints of NetApp IT employees who tell their stories, discuss their work, or talk about lessons learned as IT professionals. We also recognize achievements by our team members. We salute these individuals who proudly share their experiences. Want to learn more about NetApp IT? Visit


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