The potential for private sector engagement with the world’s most pressing global health issues is vast, and the impact of well-targeted corporate initiatives is growing rapidly. Today’s outstanding programs were showcased at the Roosevelt Hotel, New York City in Business Action on Health Awards at this year’s Global Business Coalition Health Conference (15-17 May).
HP raises ranking on Greenpeace Cool IT Leaderboard
HP is in the fourth spot in Version 6 of the Greenpeace Cool IT rankings, up from 10th position last year. This success demonstrates the organization’s commitment to “enabling a modern, renewable-powered energy infrastructure”, putting HP on a par with Sprint IT and Indian electronics manufacturer Wipro (who all tied for the fourth position with 43 points) and trailing only Google, Cisco (tied first place with 58 points), Ericsson (second place with 51 points), and Fujitsu (third place with 44 points). Other big names placed lower in the rankings – IBM (with 35 points), Dell (with 27 points) – while Apple chose not to participate.
Now in its sixth year, the Cool IT Leaderboard was launched in 2009 by Greenpeace to identify the global IT companies driving change in the energy sector. It considers contributions in three specific areas: economy-wide technological climate solutions, reduction of own global warming emissions, and engagement in political advocacy and policy support.
This year, HP was recognized for its increased advocacy effort – specifically for signing onto a letter (urging US Congressional leadership to extend wind tax credit) alongside Sprint and Microsoft – and for its product efficiency, and measurement of supply-chain emissions. The Greenpeace investigation also helpfully identified areas for improvement, and urged HP to use environmental and renewable energy performance goals to guide future growth.
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This post was written by Nina Buik, CMO of Connect.
Technology never stops innovating. Every few months there seems to be a new hot IT trend. As a result, IT professionals are struggling to “stay current” in their field and many companies are unable to source the expertise necessary to capitalize on new technology.
The challenges of today’s IT-skills shortage come as no secret to those of us in the field. However, I think it’s time to revisit this ever-relevant issue. As a long-time member of HP’s user community, Connect’s, leadership team and an HP technology user, I have had an interesting lens through which I see technology trends.
My conversations with engineers, business executives, IT users and developers alike show that there are several parallel shifts in technology that make finding and keeping good IT talent very challenging. In this article from Inc. magazine on “The 5 Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2013,” all positions relate to up and coming technology like mobile, big data and cloud.
We make it our priority at Connect to help members stay abreast of the latest technology and grow their careers through special interest groups and educational opportunities.
Our partnership with HP ExpertONE has strengthened deeply in the last few years. In fact, I recently spoke with Susan Underhill, HP ExpertOne Vice President, who shared with me compelling new IDC research on IT skills. In their January 2013 paper, Benefits of Training and Certification, IDCshows that IT teams with certified skills spend less time on routine operations and “break/fix” activities – nearly 30% less time in key areas such as data backup and recovery. That leaves more time for innovation and learning in emerging areas such as mobile, big data and cloud. You can learn more here, or download the report from My ExpertOne.
In addition to working with ExpertOne, Connect is also working closely with HP Networking to offer educational resources and networking opportunities to meet the need for talent in the field, particularly Bring your own Device (BYOD). Connect and HP Networking recently launched the Bring It On Tour 2013 in Austin, Texas and will be heading to Tampa, Miami and Seattle. The Bring It On Tour presents a complete, unified BYOD solution that is simplified, scalable and secure. “These events are small and interactive to give Connect Users information that is new and innovative as well as educational” said Mike Banic, Vice President of Global Marketing at HP Networking.
We hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities that HP and Connect offer to help advance your career. We would love to hear your thoughts on how you’ve benefitted from our efforts or how you’d like to see us grow in the future.