Thursday, March 31, 2011
Professors Schooled at NetApp on IT Industry Shift & More
Yeah, even Professors have to go to school sometimes, especially in MIS since it's always evolving with the technology. Professor Dhar and I had a chance to visit NetApp last Friday to hear about their latest technologies and what they see happening in the IT industry.
Fortunately there was no quiz but we did learn a lot, got to tour their state-of-the-art data center, and heard from Cesar Orosco, IT architect for NetApp's own internal IT, who said after 20 years in the field, he is finally seeing a fundamental industry shift from IT as a cost center to IT as a value center. Reinforcing that is this fantastic brand new video brief that NetApp produced featuring SunCorp CEO Jeff Smith explaining how "There has been a shift in focus from IT being required but expensive, to it being our absolute strategic asset." This is music to our ears.
While we were there, we heard about NetApp's Academic Alliance which makes lots of educational materials available to faculty and students. They got us in touch with the Program Leader, Mark Conway, who took a look at our department website and had this to say: