Information Systems Students Partner with NetApp

students on computersA group of Professor Barry Floyd’s information systems students recently partnered with NetApp to Learn by Doing as they participated in a user acceptance test (UAT) for the storage and data management company.

NetApp turned to Floyd’s students to glean constructive feedback on the company’s most important software suite — Clustered Data ONTAP. Five information systems students agreed to serve as a set of early adopters for NetApp, surveying the course’s content and design of its new, under-development, cloud-focused version of the software suite. The review required a pre-assessment, five course modules and a final assessment, making it technically rigorous and time-consuming to complete.

“Our curriculum developers were very impressed with the feedback from the Cal Poly students,” said Mark Conway, senior program lead for NetApp’s academic alliances. “It struck me that this was one of those win-win collaborations. The students got to take some cutting edge software training, Professor Floyd was able to bring in an innovative learning opportunity for the students, and NetApp was able to get some great, candid and in-depth feedback on our curriculum design.”

NetApp’s curriculum developers combined Cal Poly’s feedback with that of their own employee users. Suggestions from the students and have already put it to use making adjustments and updates for the end customer.