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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.”

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HP responds to media speculation on company plans

This afternoon, HP was the subject of news stories that included speculation on HP’s future strategy.

In response, the company issued the following statement:

Speculation today about HP is being passed off as fact and is not accurate. HP is formulating a bold, solid plan for its future, a plan it will share with its employees, shareholders, customers and partners in due course, and certainly not in response to speculation.

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3-D Goes Life Size – and Beyond: HP Labs research comes alive at CES

“HP is thinking big when it comes to 3-D, really big,” notes Oliver Chiang over at 3-D was a major theme at this year’s CES tradeshow, Chiang explains. But nothing he saw at the show matched the scale of HP’s 3-D displays.


“R&B and funk band Earth, Wind & Fire were standing around on stage, warming up pre-concert. Or at least they appeared to be,” writes Chang. In reality, viewers were watching a near-life size, wide-screen 3-D projection of the group.


Managing the projection was Pluribus, a software technology developed over the last few years at HP Labs. When controlled through Pluribus, a rack of multiple, inexpensive projectors can be combined into a scalable ‘super-projector.’


The concept is analogous to computer clustering. Take a bunch of off-the-shelf equipment and manage it in a super-smart way and you get something that’s both cheap and hugely powerful. Here, multiple projectors combine to create an image as bright as the most expensive single-source projectors on the market.



(above: Researchers using the Pluribus system at HP Labs)


Novel software aligns the multiple images, automatically correcting for issues like keystoning and photometric variations. And sophisticated HP streaming technology allows live 3-D video to be recorded, transmitted across huge distances and then correctly split up and sent to each projector as needed, all in real time.


The whole system is extremely flexible – just use as many projectors as you have at hand.  And it takes very little time to set up. Conventional multi-projector systems require a ton of time-consuming – and therefore pricey – calibration.


Thanks to Pluribus, a whole new category of ‘3-D immersive events’ should become possible, suggested HP CTO Phil McKinney at the CES event, which was co-sponsored by HP partner Monster. 


“Whereas ESPN might spend $200,000 to $300,000 to do one such event, HP’s setup costs only thousands of dollars,” McKinney explained. 


The research behind Pluribus might one day end up in HP’s consumer products, impacting markets as diverse as gaming, digital cinema, home theater, collaboration and visualization.


But its first application is likely to be – literally – massive.  Thanks to Pluribus, you may see life-size, immersive 3-D events – both live and recorded – being offered to viewers worldwide soon.



Watch HP CTO Phil McKinney discuss Pluribus and the Earth, Wind, and Fire Concert at CES below (and read his blog post at HP's The Next Bench blog for more on this subject)

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Out with the Old, in with the New: Best practices for Disposing of Outdated IT Equipment

pc disposition

(Posted by Mike Cuno, HP Financial Services)


As businesses replace outdated IT equipment, the task of responsibly disposing of it can be daunting -- but it doesn’t have to be.


All too often, companies let older technology pile up in a closet or warehouse. But, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure: much older IT equipment can be refurbished and remarketed. By employing the expertise of a lifecycle asset management provider, companies can find value in equipment they no longer need.


Out of sight, out of mind? Not in this case


Old IT equipment can’t just be tossed into a dumpster – it often contains heavy metals and other potentially hazardous substances. If technology is disposed of carelessly or irresponsibly, the equipment can not only endanger the environment, but also lead to litigation and threaten an organization’s reputation.


What’s more, high-tech devices – computers, servers and storage units – are filled with proprietary data, information about customers and employees and even intellectual property. If this information gets into the wrong hands, it can be bad news. That makes data wiping an important part of the disposition process.


HP’s approach

HP Financial Services, the company’s leasing and lifecycle asset management division, is responsible for managing the disposition of IT equipment for HP around the world. In 2009, HP Financial Services managed more than 1.3 million units in secondary markets, including enough notebook PCs to cover more than four football fields – plus end zones.


HP was recently named a “Leader” in Gartner’s North American Information Technology Asset Disposition (ITAD) Magic Quadrant. Additionally, IDC has recognized HP as a certified IT Asset Disposal vendor, noting that clients can have confidence in the company’s ability to safely and securely decommission IT assets they no longer need ­– whether they’re from HP or any other manufacturer.


To learn more, check out this whitepaper or visit

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Cloud Shoot Out

FedScoop’s Second Annual Cloud Shoot Out in Washington, D.C. brought 250 leaders from the federal government and IT industry together to discuss the key issues of portability, interoperability and security in Cloud Computing.


HP’s Jeff Bergeron, U.S. Public Sector Chief Technologist, joined the morning panel and shares some insight on cloud computing for government:

Phil's Predictions for CES 2011

(This was cross-posted from The Next Bench and was authored by HP CTO Phil McKinney)


With the holiday decorations stowed and Bowl games played (most of them, anyway), it’s

time to turn our attention to Las Vegas and the annual Consumer Electronics Show for peeks into what will be creating gizmo envy this coming year.


It’s become a tradition for me to predict what’s likely to be cool at the show. Dangerous territory, for sure, but last year I batted a thousand in predicting that the big attention getters would be two exciting new platforms: 3D home television and tablet computers.


So what do I see in my crystal ball for this year? Darren Gladstone, the new Blogger-in-Chief at The Next Bench sat me down to get my thoughts on-record before the show started.  See the video below for all the details.


A quick spoiler: If CES 2010 focused on 3D and tablets, the focus at CES 2011 will be on … well … 3D and tablets. This year, I anticipate the meager amount of 3D TV content to explode, driving higher adoption of 3D in the home. As for the tablet world, it’s all about more devices and apps, apps, apps.


Darren pressed me on this one, but you will not see a webOS tablet from HP at CES this year. That said, we promised to deliver one in 2011 and we will. There is some worthwhile reading here for those of you interested in the topic.


Another thing that I really expect to hear more about at the show is mobile technology making the car more of a network peer. Imagine transferring your music over WiFi while it’s in the garage. Or, as Darren joked, hack and modify the car from the living room.


Speaking of going mobile, that brings me to my final prediction. With more mobile devices and content coming this year, I think we’ll see the major network providers introduce more next generation network infrastructure and services. That will empower more people and more devices. Keep an eye out for AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and the others to make major announcements.


I also chatted with Darren about what I see as some of the hot-button issues for small businesses in 2011. You can watch that over on HP’s 367 Addision blog.


Let me know what you think. Darren and I will get together again towards the end of the show to see how right…or wrong…I was.

In case you missed it - headlines from the 2010 holidays

Happy New Year to all from the HP communications team.  Here are few stories from the last two weeks that you may have missed:


All Things Digital interviews HP Networking head Marius Haas

Describing the challenge of competing with Cisco in the Enterprise Networking market as ‘daunting,’ All ThingsD’s New Enterprise columnist Arik Hesseldahl elicits some forthright responses from HP’s new head of Networking, Marius Haas.


“People are tired of paying for Cisco,” Haas tells Hesseldahl in a recent Q&A.

Marius Haas

“We like the position we’re in,” Haas adds. “We have all the things you need in order to bring together and deliver a sort of holistic kind of cloud strategy for customers. . . . No one else has that.”


Hesseldahl notes the uncertain market outlook reported by Cisco last quarter.  Won’t the same be true for HP?  “Our offering is resonating,” Haas counters.  “We don’t see the kind of slowness they are seeing.”




Engadget offers Palm phone apps, tips and tricks

“Just got a Palm phone?” asks Joshua Topolsky in an end-of-year item at Engadget.  If you did, Topolsky offers a neat round up of must-have apps, accessories and a few tips for getting the most out of your Pixi Plus, Pre Plus or Pre 2.

Among the apps he picks: Twee 2 which “has only gotten better” and the ‘slick, handsome’ Feeder.


When it comes to accessories, Topolsky especially likes the Touchstone charger.  “C'mon,” he says, “you've got a Palm device, now you're required by law to show everyone how awesome inductive charging is.”

HP Board sets annual meeting and record dates

The date is set for HP’s annual meeting.  It will be held on March 23, 2011 in Arlington, Va. All HP stockholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 24, 2011, are entitled to notice of the annual meeting and to vote upon matters considered at it.


HP Launches Cisco trade-in promotion

Shifting back to Networking, HP announced a “Catalyst for Change” trade-in program for qualifying US Customers last month.  Upgrade to HP from Cisco network gear and you’ll get 20% off the list price of a variety of HP switching systems.

In reporting the promotion, the Wall Street Journal speaks with Marius Haas, H-P senior vice president and general manager for networking.  "Cisco has never seen this level of competition before," Haas tells reporter Cari Tuna.


Digging deep into Facebook data

ReadWriteWeb’s Marshall Kirkpatrick called up data-expert and HP Labs Senior Fellow Bernardo Huberman after Facebook’s in-house data-mining team announced new findings drawn from an analysis of 1 million anonymized Facebook messages.


The analysis reveals some fascinating insights into human behavior and relationships, says Kirkpatrick. But he’s unhappy that Facebook’s keeping the original data set to itself. “Great opportunity is lost if the company fails to allow outside researchers to analyze this data as well,” Kirkpatrick argues. 


For corroboration he turns to Hubermann, whose Social Computing Research Group at HP Labs has in the past published noted research based on Facebook data sets.


Facebook's policy change, says Huberman, likely reflects the fact that "this data is amazingly important from a commercial point of view.”  But Kirkpatrick reports him as also being being ‘hopeful’ that Facebook will one day find itself able to be more altruistic.



NASAHP wins big NASA computing contract

An end-of-year announcement from NASA reveals that HP will soon “provide and manage most of NASA's personal computing hardware, agency-standard software, mobile information technology (IT) services, peripherals and accessories, associated end-user services, and supporting infrastructure.”


The contract will run from four to 10 years and has a maximum value of $2.5 billion. To win it, HP beat out incumbent contractor and Silicon Valley neighbor Lockheed Martin, notes the Wall Street Journal.


And finally – 3D Printing is JWT’s #1 Trend for 2011

The Intelligence Unit of marketing giant JWT produces an annual list of “100 things to watch” in the coming year.  Top of author Ann Mack’s list for 2011: 3D Printing.


“3D printers will come into mainstream use,” Mack predicts, while noting recent moves in the 3D print space by Google, Dutch startup Shapeways and HP


That makes sense to Alex Williams at ReadWriteWeb.  “3D printing is representative of services that use technology to change the means of production without the need to invest in expensive manufacturing equipment,” he writes


It’s an innovation that shows how technology can “intersect with the world for some amazing results,” adds Williams.  Discovering (and then building on) that intersection, he suggests, “can be transforming for an organization.”

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