“A rising tide lifts all boats.”
Had a colleague who was not particularly nautical. He moored the craft he had borrowed extremely securely to the jetty to ensure it did not slip away down into the estuary. Spring tide that evening saw the boat not rising with the tide and consequently it sank.
So Mr Collier's quote “A rising tide lifts all boats.” perhaps needs some correction to add in flexibility to react to unusual and changing circumstances (to avoid situations that NetApp seems to have got itself into..albeit not sinking so dramatically)