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Key take-away's from Davos -- an HP perspective

Rachel Decker from HP's corporate communications team caught up with Tom Hogan, executive VP of global Enterprise Sales, Marketing and Strategy, to learn what he struck him most at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week.


Check out this short video to hear Hogan's four main take-aways from the event.



HP joins Obama administration in fueling entrepreneurship, expands HP LIFE program to United States

Representatives from HP today celebrated the launch of The Startup America Partnership at a White House event with top officials from the Obama administration. The participants included Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, SBA Administrator Karen Mills and White House Economic Adviser Austan Goolsbee, as well as representatives from other companies. 


HP has invested more than $20 million since 2007 to fuel educational and technology outreach aimed at helping entrepreneurs and small business owners create and grow commercial opportunities. Two key programs include:


- HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) ( – a global program that trains entrepreneurs and small businesses owners to develop essential IT and business skills to grow their businesses. HP is expanding HP LIFE to reach more than 100,000 aspiring entrepreneurs in the United States over the next two years. The program is a partnership with Education Development Center Inc. (EDC), a nonprofit organization focused on addressing global critical social issues, and already supports more than 500,000 entrepreneurs worldwide.


- HP Startup Central ( – an online gateway that provides startups with business opportunities including HP partner and developer programs, patents and products. HP Startup Central helps entrepreneurs connect with investors and access tools and educational resources.

The Startup America Partnership is the private sector counterpart to the Obama administration's effort to spark high-growth firms in the U.S.


For more information, take a look at today's press release.

HP at the World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum


A group of HP executives led by CEO Léo Apotheker arrived this week in Davos, Switzerland, to take part in the World Economic Forum, arguably the planet’s preeminent global conference.


The annual meeting brings together business executives, political leaders, and other key influencers to share ideas and generate strategies to address pressing global challenges.


In addition to Apotheker, the HP delegation includes:

  • Ray Lane, non-executive chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Vyomesh (VJ) Joshi, executive vice president of IPG
  • Tom Hogan, executive vice president of Sales, Marketing, and Strategy for the Enterprise Business
  • Larry Irving, vice president, Global Government Affairs


Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president of HP’s Office of Global Social Innovation, is also on hand, along with support staff from various HP functions.


Apotheker is serving this year as the co-chair of the IT governors, which is a board of IT executives and thought leaders. He’ll lead discussions on the role that IT plays in addressing world problems and improving people’s lives.


The five-day event in Davos gives the entire HP team a chance to build business relationships, convey HP’s perspective on a variety of issues, and better understand the concerns and priorities of the many global leaders in attendance.


A unique opportunity

Now in its 41st year, the World Economic Forum’s mission is to “improve the state of the world.”


Those attending this year's event include:

  • CEOs and other executives from 1,000 major corporations
  • Presidents and other government leaders from nearly 100 countries
  • Thought leaders in science, religion, and the arts
  • Technology pioneers
  • Social entrepreneurs and activists representing a variety of causes
  • Leading journalists


“The event is unique because it brings all of these leaders together in one place to talk about the most important business and policy issues of our day,” says HP VP of Global Government Affairs, Larry Irving.


“The Forum is a great opportunity to reconnect with business partners and build relationships with other business and political leaders,” he adds. “It’s also an opportunity to hear from some of the smartest minds in the world, people on the cutting edge of business, technology, and social trends.”


"A great story to tell" 

The HP executives at Davos will be looking to share their view of how information technology is fueling human progress and transforming the world.


They’ll be conveying how HP, the largest IT company in the world, is enabling businesses, governments, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), and individuals everywhere to harness the power of information, a critical resource in the 21st century.


And they’ll be describing how HP’s products and technologies are already transforming the way people address serious global challenges, such as environmental sustainability, access to healthcare, and improved educational opportunities.


“We have a great story to tell,” said Irving.


More about the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is an independent and neutral organization headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Established in 1971, it does not take political positions on the issues it addresses. Rather, it gives proponents of different beliefs an opportunity to engage each other and discover common ground.


The World Economic Forum believes that businesses can play a key role in addressing today’s societal challenges, and that economic development has created a better life for millions of people while offering hope to millions more.


Learn more at the World Economic Forum website.



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Copyright by World Economic Forum by Jolanda Flubacher

Behind the news: how HP makes the cloud enterprise-grade

(Update: for more, read Tuesday's posts from our Enterprise Business bloggers...links are below)


Earlier today, HP announced a suite of new products and services that “make the cloud enterprise grade” and the media is buzzing with early reports from ForbesRead/Write Web, and Computerworld.

There’s loads of detail in the press release and media kit over in the HP Newsroom, but we’ve got a presentation here on Data Central that illustrates a uniquely HP perspective on “hybrid delivery” (a mix of “traditional,” and “cloud” delivery models):






As HP Enterprise Business executive vice president Ann Livermore says, “Cloud computing is going mainstream and HP is leading the way…HP has the enterprise experience, breadth of portfolio and global service delivery organization to lead our clients through this transformation.”

To learn a little more about what she means, read the rest of the slides below or check out the rest of today’s news.

The Path to Hybrid Delivery - HP Cloud Strategy and Solutions



For more insight on this announcement:

"Announcing HP's Cloud solutions for Hybrid Delivery"

"From cloud washing to making it real - the cloud becoming real"

"Megatrends, eReaders and cloud computing: Category is 'common bonds'"

"HP’s Cloud Vision: The CIO as the Strategic Service Broker"

"Building networks for public, private or hybrid clouds"

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Bringing hope to mothers in Africa

(Editor’s note: this post was contributed by Gene Falk, co-founder and CEO of mothers2mothers ( HP and mothers2mothers today announced a new partnership to help prevent the transmission of HIV from HIV-positive pregnant mothers in Africa to their children. Similar to the partnership announced last November with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) which reduced turnaround time for HIV test results for babies in Kenya, the partnership with mothers2mothers is part of HP’s focus on global health by the Office of Social Innovation.)


Each year in the United States, 100 babies are born with HIV.  In Africa, 1,000 babies are born with HIV every day.  Despite the fact that medical treatment and tests are increasingly available throughout Africa, we are still faced with staggeringly high figures of mother-to-child HIV transmission. There are more than 1.3 million pregnant women living with HIV in Africa, and without any interventions, 40 percent of those women will have HIV-positive babies.


Preventing the transmission of HIV from a mother-to-child is straightforward.  A single dose of medication to a mother during labor, and a dose to her infant shortly after birth – can cut transmission rates nearly in half.

The Fiscal Times Launches Inaugural Print Edition Through HP MagCloud


In the midst of a surge of news publications moving from print distribution to online-only, today The Fiscal Times became one of the first digital news publications to do the opposite: offer print editions after starting from an online-only model.


Through HP MagCloud, the revolutionary self-publishing web service developed in HP Labs, a commercial-quality print edition of TFT is available to consumers on demand for the first time.


"We chose MagCloud for its ease of use, good production value and  quick turnaround time," said Jacqueline Leo, editor-in-chief of The Fiscal Times.

The inaugural print edition, which was hand-delivered to each member of Congress last week, offers critical analysis of last year’s fiscal and political upheaval, a preview of the fiscal agenda in 2011, as well as a back-page essay from former President Bill Clinton.

Priced at $9 an issue, TFT can be purchased here on MagCloud.

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HP adds five accomplished business leaders to Board of Directors

HP continually looks to bring new insight and perspective to the company.  To that end, today we announced that the Board of Directors appointed five new members, effective January 21:

Shumeet Banerji, chief executive officer of Booz & Company

Gary Reiner, former chief information officer of General Electric Company

Patricia Russo, former chief executive officer of Alcatel-Lucent

Dominique Senequier, chief executive officer of AXA Private Equity

Meg Whitman, former president and chief executive officer of eBay Inc.

Describing the new members, non-excutive chairman of the HP board Ray Lane noted, “Each is a widely respected and deeply experienced business leader, and together they will provide our board and management team with new insight and perspectives relating to HP’s business and the rapidly changing technology industry.”

We also announced today that incumbent directors Joel Hyatt, John Joyce, Robert Ryan, and Lucille Salhany will not stand for re-election at HP’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders in March.  At that time, the size of the board is expected to be 13 members.

We thank our current directors for their outstanding service to HP and look forward to the opportunity to work with our new members.

If you’d like to read more about our new directors, head over to the HP Newsroom for more details and biographical information.

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HP Welcomes Bill Wohl to New Role as Chief Communications Officer

In a new release issued today, HP announced that veteran public relations professional Bill Wohl has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer.

In this newly created position, Wohl will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating communications across the company. He will also be a senior advisor to HP President and CEO Léo Apotheker and report directly to him.

”Bill is a consummate professional who will lead the effort to articulate my vision and broader strategy for HP,” said Apotheker. ”He will help drive our entire business forward by conveying the value and the richness of HP, and the shared vision for our products and services.”

To read the rest of the release (including a quote from Bill), head over to the HP Newsroom.  You can also read Bill’s official biography below.

Please join the rest of the communications team in welcoming Bill to HP!

Bill_Wohl.jpgWilliam A. Wohl, Sr.
Chief Communications Officer & Senior Vice President
Hewlett-Packard Company

Bill Wohl is Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer for HP. He leads HP’s worldwide communications organization, and provides strategic communications counsel to the executive team.  His organization’s mission is to protect and enhance HP’s reputation and strengthen the company’s brand among employees, shareholders, customers, partners, influencers and other key stakeholders. Bill reports directly to HP President & CEO Leo Apotheker. He is based in Palo Alto.

Bill has a 25-year career in communications, and is recognized in the IT industry as a leading strategic communications expert.


Prior to joining HP, he worked for 12 years at SAP, where, as a member of the company's senior leadership team, Bill was one of the company’s primary spokespersons. He counseled SAP's CEOs and  executive board members on communications on major corporate and product topics,  including strategy, litigation, M&A and product launches. During his tenure, Bill directly led communications efforts for key executives including, most recently, co-CEO Bill McDermott, as well as former CEO Leo Apotheker and Shai Agassi, a former member of the Executive Board. 

Prior to SAP, Bill managed communications at the computer industry’s largest independent hardware service provider, DecisionOne Corporation. Bill also led public relations and communications at Remington Arms, a leading firearms and sporting goods manufacturer, and at the DuPont Company. His first assignment was on the public relations staff of the Office of the Governor of the State of Delaware. 

Bill holds a Bachelor Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Delaware.  In his spare time,  he served more than 25 years as an emergency medical technician and firefighter, responding to emergency 911 calls for the volunteer fire department in West Grove, Pennsylvania (an organization for which he also served in various leadership roles including President and ambulance captain).

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HP brings improv comedy to the Internet era with YouTube, Rob Riggle, UCB, and ePrint


If you’ve ever seen an improvisational comedy performance (perhaps at The Groundlings in L.A. or Chicago’s Second City), you know that it isn’t a necessarily a passive experience.  The performers often rely on cues and suggestions from the audience to shape the storylines and jokes in real-time.

Although this kind of comedy has historically lent itself to small venues, later this week HP is taking this unique live experience worldwide and online.

Beginning Friday, January 21, at 3pm ET, members of the Upright Citizens Brigade will join actor Rob Riggle (The Hangover, The Daily Show) in performing audience-suggested improvisations on YouTube.


In a post today, tech blog Mashable explains:

“The two-hour show, dubbed HP ePrint Live, will be hosted by comedian Rob Riggle and simultaneously broadcast on the HP for Home Facebook Page.  Viewers can send in ideas for skits by e-mailing their submission to one of HP’s Internet-connected ePrint printers on the stage”

And the live show is just the start.  For the five days following, the UCB Theatre actors will continue to create custom comedy shorts on demand and at lightning speed. If a skit idea is selected for performance, it will be posted to YouTube and sent back to whoever suggested it.

Here’s how to get involved

Send a note, a picture, a song, a drawing -- whatever strikes you -- to (note – this email will not be live until launch on January 21st). If your suggestion is used, we’ll send you a video link to your own comedy masterpiece.

Watch HP ePrint Live on January 21st from 12-2pm PDT/3-5pm EDT on YouTube and Facebook. RSVP to the Facebook event or tune in to Twitter with @HP_IPG and hashtag #eprintlive.

Learn more about the talent

Rob Riggle - Home page, Wikipedia, IMBD, Twitter profile

Upright Citizens Brigade - Home page, Wikipedia


What is ePrint?

HP ePrint technology harnesses the cloud to allow people to securely send the files they want to print directly from their mobile devices to their printer’s email unique address. Each HP ePrint-enabled printer comes with its own unique email address.  If you can email it, you can print it.

More on the ePrint campaign

The New York Times advertising columnist Stuart Elliott dives deep on the marketing strategy behind HP ePrint Live in his January 17, 2011, column:

“A mainstay of early television – live commercials demonstrating products like Polariod cameras and Timex watches – is making a comeback, updated for a new century by migrating to new media.”

Labels: cloud| eprint
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