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The Applied Group receives distinguished National Most Innovative Partner Award during NetApp’s Insight Conference held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — January 14, 2015 – The Applied Group received NetApp’s distinguished National Most Innovative Partner Award held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The award recognizes innovation in offering and delivering unique NetApp solutions that demonstrate the partner’s ingenuity to bring value to the customer.

NetApp specifically recognized The Applied Group’s “Plant of the Future,” a solution comprised of manufacturing intelligence, connected factory components, and plant virtualization, built on NetApp infrastructure.

“We are thrilled and honored by this award,” says Dino Busalachi, Director of Industry Solutions, Manufacturing for Applied. “We really change the game for our customers in terms of unplanned downtime and all of the related, costly impacts. Basically, once we implement our plant virtualization solutions, unplanned downtime is just about zero. Our partnership with NetApp is a key part of our success in delivering on the promise of non-stop operations in an overall Connected Factory solution.”

NetApp developed the partner awards program to recognize leading partners for their year-over-year business growth and the ability to integrate new and emerging technology into their customer ecosystem.

Congratulations to The Applied Group! We are thrilled to recognize their innovation and leadership with their unique solution for the Manufacturing Vertical. Together, The Applied Group and NetApp bring innovation to our customers,” Regina Kunkle, VP of America’s Channel.

On Monday, October 27th, NetApp partners were recognized at an exclusive reception to celebrate and honor the contributions of NetApp’s partners and their joint customers.

About NetApp Insight

Insight is NetApp’s annual technology conference devoted to storage and data management professionals, including system engineers, professional services consultants, channel partners and customers.

About The Applied Group

The Applied Group is a consultative, advanced technology organization that takes a strategic, business-first approach to solving real-world business issues. The Company is focused on providing innovative, value-driven technology solutions for Manufacturing & Distribution, Hospitality & Gaming, and Enterprise organizations.  Applied has key partnerships with Cisco, Microsoft, NetApp, VMware, Rockwell Automation, Wonderware and Panduit.  The Applied Group is a private organization headquartered in Saint Louis, Missouri.