On Nov. 21, 1995, NetApp became a public company on the NASDAQ stock exchange-a milestone celebrated by 100 or so employees. Twenty years later, we are 12,000 strong, and the world of technology and business has changed dramatically. Our people remain united by a passion to innovate and solve our customers' data management challenges. Over the next few months, this blog will capture perspectives from our employees, customers, partners and other influencers on the NetApp journey, and how data has shaped-and continues to shape-the way we live and work. To celebrate our 20th anniversary, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, we will ring the opening bell at NASDAQ in New York City. Today, we hear from Tom Mendoza, NetApp's vice chairman and a customer champion at the company for 21 years.