‘Fortune’ China Uncovers NetApp’s Secret to Success

An Interview with Adrian Chan, Vice President & General Manager, Greater China at NetApp


NetApp has quickly become an industry leader in storage and data management, with a reach that expands globally to reach corners around the world. Where does this success come from? It’s the unique enterprise culture and constant innovation that pushes NetApp into the world’s Top 500 companies.


Below is a translated piece of a Fortune China interview with Adrian Chan, Global Vice President and President of Greater China, in which he highlights the qualities that make NetApp a successful company across the globe.


There is a Chinese old saying “Heroes come from youngsters” and this is best proved by NetApp, which gets rapid and overall development in only 20 years and now is indeed a “young hero” in this industry. As for the secret of success, Adrian Chan, global vice president and president of Greater China, NetApp, referred it to the contribution of their strong corporate culture. He said, “We (NetApp) have experienced ups and downs. The reason why we are growing rapidly is that we have strong culture, and we are changing all the time.”


Last year (2012), NetApp celebrated the 20th year anniversary on its establishment, with the slogan “Twenty Years of Innovation”. People would wonder what makes NetApp keep innovation for 20 years. Adrian gave an answer that the culture of NetApp cultivates the innovative milieu. Moreover, the core of the culture is the value on “individuals”, which internally reflects in over 12,000 employees globally. Naturally as a result, NetApp ranked high in Fortune’s list of “Best Companies to Work For”.


Above all, strong corporate culture exerts positive influence on various aspects of NetApp, as Adrian said, “Our culture improves employees’ productivity. The more they get satisfied, the more tasks they are willing to take, including experiencing and communicating with customers. The culture also relates to our overall performance and the cooperation with our partners.”


You can read the original article in its entirety here*.

(*Note: full article is in Chinese)