Only Major Storage Vendor to Make Inaugural List of Global Innovation Leaders

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-July 21,2011-NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that it wasranked #34 out of 100 on Forbes magazine’s “World’s MostInnovative Companies” list for 2011. NetApp was recognized forbuilding a culture of innovation that has transformed thefoundation of its customers’ business and been a catalyst to theirsuccess. Most importantly, NetApp® innovation provides itscustomers with the technology, products, people, and service thatallow them to outpace, outinnovate, and outperform theircompetition to achieve remarkable results for their business.


“NetApp is honored to be identified as aglobal innovator-this is great recognition of the innovative spiritthat is at the core of NetApp’s DNA,” said Tom Georgens, presidentand CEO of NetApp. “NetApp was built on a culture of innovationthat has pushed the boundaries of what is possible. We are focusedon innovating in all aspects of our business to create a clearcompetitive advantage. Forbes’s recognition is the result of ouremployees’ commitment to creating an environment where innovationthrives and hard work leads to better business outcomes for NetApp,our customers, and our partners.”


Innovation Fueling NetApp’s Growthand Success


NetApp’s commitment to making its customerssuccessful with breakthrough innovation has resulted in growth thatonly a select group of companies have achieved. NetApp hashistorically been recognized throughout the industry forcontinually pushing the limits of today’s technology and being atthe forefront of major market shifts by delivering product andtechnology innovation that has fueled its customers’ success. Thisinnovation has continued today as NetApp has deliveredunprecedented efficiency and flexibility for customers to respondquickly to their rapidly changing business needs. This stream ofnew innovations, many of them around new technologies and aroundnew markets, continues to fuel NetApp’s growth.


NetApp is also currently ranked as a “Top 10″best place to work around the globe for 2011 by the Great Place toWork Institute, based on a unique corporate culture that valuescreativity, teamwork, open communication, leadership, adaptability,and trust. This culture drives NetApp’s innovative technologies,products, and business strategies. By living these values, NetAppemployees are empowered to develop new ideas every day and continueto make breakthroughs happen for its customers.


About the Forbes Most InnovativeCompanies List


The “World’s Most Innovative Companies” listaims to identify which leading-edge corporations are most likely tosucceed now and in the future based on an eight-year study byHarvard Business School professor and master of disruptiveinnovation Clayton M. Christensen, along with colleagues Jeff Dyer,a professor at Brigham Young University, and Hal B. Gregersen, aprofessor of leadership at INSEAD, and also found in their newlyreleased book, The Innovator’s DNA. The methodology relieson investors to identify the companies they expect to be innovativetoday and in the future.


Embedded in each of these companies is a codefor innovation, discernible in their people, processes, andphilosophies-what Forbes refers to as a “3P” framework forunderstanding the DNA of innovative organizations. What does theaverage company need to achieve in these areas to spark aninnovation premium? It needs a fundamental change within seniormanagers (some mastery of the five discovery skills), changes inhow their innovation project teams work (processes that supportinnovation), and changes in philosophies that foster the beliefthat innovation really is everyone’s job.


The full list of winners and related storieswill appear in the August 8 issue of Forbes and isavailable now online at


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