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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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