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Social Benefits on a Global Scale

This article was written by Tony Prophet, Senior Vice President Operations at Hewlett-Packard.

 

HP products are made around the world, from Russia to Australia and from India to Brazil. We also have significant manufacturing operations in Asia, including China, Japan and Singapore. And yes . . . HP products are also made in the USA including Indianapolis and Houston.

 

Some of these operations are our own, but we also rely on manufacturing partners. HP has long embraced our responsibility to help improve the electronic industry’s social and environmental performance, specifically;

  • In 2003 HP developed a code of conduct for our suppliers, a first in our industry

  • We have conducted over 850 on-site supplier audits and published the results annually since 2005

  • We complement our auditing with collaborative capability building initiatives. HP has implemented 19 programs in 9 countries addressing a range of social and environmental issues including the prevention of discrimination, encouraging energy efficiency, and improving labor rights and women’s health awareness.

  • We have also targeted our efforts at addressing concerns about high risk worker segments including student workers in China and migrant workers in South East Asia.

 

Our programs are having an impact. For example, suppliers participating in our women’s health program and labor rights training are showing greater improvements in their audit scores and our supplier energy efficiency partnership has identified 25 million kwh of energy savings.

 

We have always believed that transparency is important. We have published our global citizenship report since 2001, with a focus on supply chain responsibility since 2003. We were the first electronics company to publish our list of suppliers in 2008 and have done so annually since. We were also the first company in our industry to publish our suppliers’ greenhouse gas emissions. 

 

We have been open and public with our efforts. As a founding and current board member of the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition we have led across our industry. Through our own programs, and as founding members of the Sustainable Trade Initiative for electronics, we have engaged NGOs and other stakeholders for their expertise in improving working conditions. And as an executive board member of the Global Social Compliance Programme we have contributed to driving responsible supply chains beyond our own sector.   We believe our actions can have an impact across the industry.

 

For example, in China, we recognized the high proportion of young migratory workers in the electronics industry was a driver of labor challenges in the coastal regions. In 2009, we began a journey to move some HP production inland in China, closer to the homes of these migratory workers.  We strove to build large scale world-class facilities in Chongqing, setting a new standard for working and living conditions.

 

To the industry, HP’s move to Western China was not initially intuitive. Limited transportation infrastructure and long distances from our supply network meant production costs were initially higher. But we stayed the course, and soon our manufacturing partners and many component suppliers followed. Today we are putting our products on trains from Western China, not people.

 

Our extensive audits show our operations are clearly not perfect.  Nonetheless, our objective is to build our products in operations where the working and living conditions lead the industry forward. We are committed to being a force for good in our industry wherever we operate around the world.

HP named to 2012 Top Innovators list

Thomson Reuters names Top Global 100

 

Every day, HP strives to pioneer new technologies and improve the lives of our customers. In recognition of this commitment, HP has been named to the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators list for the second consecutive year. This recognition is a reminder of HP's long-term viability and unwavering commitment to combining innovation with business goals.

 

In being named to 2012 Top Innovators list, HP is positioned alongside a group of world-renowned leaders in innovation. Other companies honored include Google and Microsoft. The report states that “All [companies on the list] have one thing in common: those who innovate, and protect their inventions with IP rights, have greater chances for long-term success than those who don't.” 

 

But how does a study measure innovation? For an infrastructure technology company, the formula for innovation includes intellectual property and patent growth. Analysts and experts correlate robust intellectual property portfolios with growth and competitiveness.

 

That's why the Global Innovators List, which was first launched in 2011, is based on a series of patent-related metrics and multi-dimensional assessments that get to the essence of what it means to be truly innovative. According to Thomson Reuters, the evaluation criteria is:  

 

  • Success - The ratio of published applications (those patents which are filed and publicly published by the patent office but not yet granted) to granted patents over the most recent three years.

 

  • Global - Protecting an invention in major world markets is an indication of the significant value a company places on its intellectual property. The number of “innovative” patents that have quadrilateral patents in their patent families, according to the Thomson Reuters Quadrilateral Patent Index™, was calculated to create a ratio that shows which companies place a high value on their portfolios in major world markets.

 

  • Influence - The impact of an invention “down the line” can be determined by looking at how often it is subsequently cited by other companies in their inventions.

 

  • Volume - This award focuses on companies that are responsible for generating a sizeable amount of innovation. All organizations with 100 or more “innovative” patents from the most recent three years were included in our analysis. An “innovative” patent is defined as the first publication in a patent document of a new technology, drug, business process, etc.

 

Martin Fink, CTO and Director of HP Labs, views the honor as source of pride and motivation:

 

“This acknowledgment is a testament to the innovation ethic that’s been at the heart of HP since our founding. It's also a reminder of the core capabilities that exist across our business units and regions.  As we embark on 2013 and HP’s historic turnaround, this legacy of innovation will be core to our ability to deliver superior value to our customers.” 

  

The full Thomson Reuters report can be downloaded at http://top100innovators.com

 

Also, many of the great technologies produced by HP this year were recently featured at Discover 2012 in Frankfurt. You can access a library of content and links on the Discover webpage, including this thought-provoking interview with Martin Fink.

Discover 2012: A Poetic Farewell

This poem was written by Travis Gowin, HP Discover Employee Ambassador.

 

As 2012 winds down and we complete our Discover coverage, it's time for one last poem from Travis Gowin. His poetic posts generated excitement and buzz within the blogosphere earlier this month, so Data Central is happy to bring you the encore!

 

So without further ado, here is Travis's Discover 2012 wrap-up poem:

 

If I described Discover to those who are skeptic,

I'd sum it up in one word and call it EPIC.

From the moment I got there and met my new friends,

I couldn't help but dread the untimely end.

Great memories were made and bonds were created.

We all work for HP so we’re kind of related.

We heard some great speakers, met CEOs

and saw unveiling of products, even played in the snow.

Sat in the front row of the All Employee Meeting

and learned “Guten Tag” was a warm German greeting.

But now that it’s over, I'm back to the grind

and it seems rather hard to leave Discover behind.

I will take what I’ve learned and “Make it Matter.”

Just like HP is doing, as we write our new chapter.

I’m Meg’s biggest fan and won’t find it surprising

when our sales keep increasing and our stock price is rising.

So just remember at the next sales hurrah,

you heard it first via the poet from Arkansas!

Discover 2012: Leadership View with Peter Ryan

This article was written by Valerie Huang, HP Discover Employee Ambassador.   

 

keynote-speaker-ryan.jpg“HP is well and alive!”  That was the instant response from Peter Ryan, Senior Vice President and General Manager for HP EMEA Enterprise Group and Managing Director for HP EMEA, when asked about one key message he would like to convey to all employees. "Our customers love our innovative technologies, and we have a clear strategy to turn the company around," Peter added. 

 

Peter pointed out that confidence in HP was on full display in Frankfurt, with 9,000+ delegates in attendance . Did you know that's a 30% increase from the last Discover conference in Las Vegas? Wow!

 

According to Peter, the clear strategy and direction conveyed by Meg Whitman has also helped to build customers’ confidence.  That's why when I asked about his Discover highlight, he pointed to showcasing new products and technologies in one place to the world's greatest customers. That brings the idea of "One HP" to a whole new level!

 

In all, I was blown away by Peter's candor and enthusiasm.  While Meg and HP leaders acknowledge that recent challenges have caused share prices to decline, leadership now has a very clear, strategic direction. This has been communicated as HP's 5-year turnaround plan. 

 

HP has completed the FY12 journey and now it's onto the “Fix and Rebuild” stage in FY13.  After speaking with Peter, I know leadership and employees will make it matter!

 

 

Amazing Discoveries from Frankfurt

484275_445002482216295_1147483666_n.jpgThis article was written by Leonard van Domselaar, HP Discover Employee Ambassador.   

 

In my application to be a HP Discover ambassador, I wrote I wanted to learn everything I could about HP's employees, customers and emerging technologies.

 

The Employees

When I returned to work following my trip to Frankfurt, I naturally bragged about meeting Meg Whitman, having lunch with Tracy Keogh and engaging with several global account managers. Who wouldn't, right?

 

But above all else, I couldn't stop talking about my experience with the employees I met in the HP Discover Zone. It was there that I discovered our employees’ passion for innovation and their will to drive HP forward with new and better technologies.

 

Next to that, there was the amazing ambassador team! Ten people from all over the world, with the same enthusiasm and determination to report back to their colleagues about Discover 2012. 

 

All in all, I just can't say enough about HP employees!

 

The Customers

I met several customers at HP Discover. Some I started chatting with before and after breakout sessions, others I met down in the Discover Zone. In my work environment, we offer certain services to specified customers, but HP Discover opened up my eyes to our enormous and diversified customer base.

 

I loved my time interacting with HP's customers! The highlight of this experience occured when I interviewed Interoute's Director of Channel & Alliances. I really gained great customer insight and enjoyed the learning experience.

 

The Latest Technologies

Wow! I was like a kid in Disneyland there in the Discover Zone. I was completely speechless after seeing all the products, services and technologies that HP has to offer. I knew they existed, but seeing them all together in one place was just mind-blowing. I regret not checking out every technology on display, but there was just not enough time.

 

Let’s just say it gives me great motivation to try to attend one of the next HP Discover events!

 

Wrap Up

And then comes that point when you have to say goodbye to the team you worked and lived with the last couple of days. Saying goodbye has never been my strong suit. I always fling out an awkward “keep in touch” or “see you later.”

 

In reality, it is difficult to keep in touch with colleagues and friends you meet from different parts of the world, but our ambassador team definitely struck a connection that will go a long way.

 

HP Discover, it was a pleasure!

HP's Converged Cloud: Social Innovation at its Best

David Packard once said, "The betterment of our society is not a job to be left to a few. It is a responsibility to be shared by all." That philosophy still resonates at the core of every HP office and business unit around the globe.

 
                                     

Dave certainly would have been proud to see employees reinforcing HP's commitment to sustainability and social innovation during HP Discover 2012.
 
In fact, this video is just one of many that features employees discussing the societal benefits created by HP products.
 
Watch Christian Verstraete and a team of HP experts answer the following:
 
  1. How is HP Converged Cloud changing the lives of 2.2 million people?
  2. Why does this technology relate to sustainability and social innovation?
  3. What drives HP to balance business values and social benefit goals? 

Leading the Way: HP Takes Social Innovation Global

What does it mean to be a global citizen in an increasingly competitive business climate? Since Bill and Dave first flicked on the lights of innovation in 1939, HP has utilized groundbreaking technologies to meet the challenges posed by our ever-changing world. This means aligning business goals with real social benefits!

 

As the calendar turns to 2013, HP leadership still holds the belief that products must make a positive difference in the lives of customers. New challenges posed by population growth and energy shortages have only strengthened this philosophy.

 

Gabi Zedlmayer, Vice President of HP's Sustainability & Social Innovation team, recently reinforced HP's commitment to global citizenship during Discover 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany. In this video, Gabi explains how HP is leveraging technologies to improve access to vital resources across the globe.

The CIO’s New Year’s Resolutions: Security and Cloud

This article was written by Nina Buik, CMO of Connect.

 

With the New Year just around the corner, now is the time for one of the most important activities of the year – setting resolutions for 2013. To gain insight into the leading IT resolutions for 2013, HP’s largest business technology user community, Connect, performed a survey of its global members to uncover the key priorities and biggest roadblocks for IT projects in the New Year.

 

It’s no surprise that cloud and virtualization were listed as hot topics for the upcoming year. However, security was actually the leading IT priority, with 46 percent of respondents identifying it as one of their top IT projects for 2013.

 

What this tells us is that, yes, everybody is looking at embracing innovations, such as cloud, but the challenge is how to do that securely. In terms of inhibitors, the number one pain point customers are facing is budget constraints – with an astonishing 75 percent of respondents citing it as a major roadblock for adopting new technologies.

 

Based on these findings, CIOs are looking for new ways to minimize risk and overcome budget constraints by driving efficiency and doing more with less. These were key topics of conversation at last week’s HP Discover Frankfurt and Meg Whitman’s keynote. HP continues to develop new technology and services to help customers find new ways to securely improve their bottom line.

 

Despite great innovations from vendors like HP, CIOs can’t do it alone. That’s where communities like Connect come in.

 

Over the past three years, Connect’s community has grown by 19,000 members. Our community represents active and engaged HP business technology professionals united in their desire to achieve organizational and personal objectives by maximizing the ROI attainable from HP technologies. They share best practices, learn from each other’s expertise and forge strong partnerships with HP to identify new ways to achieve their IT goals.

 

As far as our resolution for Connect – we look forward to another year of working with our dedicated members to help to help them advance their careers, drive efficiency in their organizations and develop the best IT solutions for their businesses!

HP Sponsors Study of ICT’s Role in Reducing Emissions

Leaders from nearly 200 countries recently gathered in Doha, Qatar to discuss global impacts and negotiate policies to reduce global emissions at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP18) to the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change. They faced a daunting reality: global carbon dioxide emissions hit record highs in 2011 and are expected to continue their upward climb in 2012, according to The New York Times.

 

During the event, a new study, entitled “GeSI SMARTer 2020: The Role of ICT in Driving a Sustainable Future,” was unveiled. The study shows how information and communication technology (ICT) has the potential to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 16.5 percent by 2020. Conducted by TheBoston Consulting Group, a leading management consulting firm, on behalf of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), the study was sponsored by HP and other leading ICT companies.

 

The new research identifies potential GHG reductions from ICT-enabled solutions in six areas: power, transportation, manufacturing, consumer and service, agriculture, and buildings. As one of the world’s largest providers of IT infrastructure, software, services, and solutions, HP is in a unique position to respond to the challenges outlined in the study.

 

In fact, we work to combine the expertise of our people, our technology portfolio, and collaborative partnerships to create environmental solutions that reduce impact and expand opportunities for our business, our customers, and the world. For example:

 

  • The HP POD 240a—also known as the HP EcoPOD—is a modular, ultra-efficient data center that uses 95 percent less facilities energy compared with legacy data center designs while still maintaining peak performance.(1)
  • HP Managed Print Services helps organizations save up to 30% in printing costs overall, millions of pages in reduced paper waste, and up to 80% in energy consumption.(2)
  • HP energy management services, such as HP Energy and Sustainability Management and HP Carbon Emissions Management Service, help customers measure and manage energy consumption and carbon emissions across the entire IT organization.
  • We help people and businesses shift to digital on-demand printing technology—including the HP Inkjet Web Press and HP MagCloud self-publishing web service—enabling them to reduce their carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions.

 Learn more about the GeSI SMARTer 2020 plan online—and read about several HP innovations by visiting our online Tech Gallery.

 

(1) New POD technology from HP offers 95 percent greater energy efficiency compared with a traditional brick-and-mortar data center, based on internal HP testing.

(2) Estimated energy and paper savings based on analysis of select HP Managed Print Services (MPS) customers’ imaging and printing operations using data gathered on devices and paper consumption, and comparing with post-MPS actuals or projections. Results depend on unique business environments, the way HP products and services are used, and other factors. Overall printing costs are unique to each company and should not be relied on for savings you may achieve. According to industry analysts, savings of up to 30% are typical with managed print services.

Making IT Innovation Count: HP FlexNetwork Utility Advantage Program

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Did you know the average enterprise spends less than 30% of its IT budget on innovation?*  That means many enterprises currently lack sufficient capital for network investments that support cloud, mobility, rich media and bring your own device capabilities. That’s quite a problem for any 21st century business!

 

Fortunately, HP has taken on this challenge. HP’s new FlexNetwork Utility Advantage Program could be the solution that communication service providers (CSPs) and their enterprise clients have been looking for. The program enables CSPs, in collaboration with HP, to help enterprise customers modernize networks through hardware and software solutions, with no upfront cost.

 

Enterprise customers enter into a on a pay-per-use agreement with their CSP for the managed network offerings they need to support initiatives that speed innovation. "With HP’s FlexNetwork Utility Advantage Program, we can close the gap in our managed service offerings to deliver a networking infrastructure that allows our customers to move beyond operations to innovation,” said Oliver Spring, head of Product Line Management, Swisscom.

 

But if that’s not enough, FlexNetwork also offers great WiFi advantages. CSPs leveraging the program can deliver a unified wired and wireless local area network (WLAN) solution for cloud services or applications, on a pay-per-use basis. That type of simplification and cost efficiency can go a long way to helping enterprises grow in other areas!

 

“We have seen increased enterprise adoption of cloud-managed pay-per-use wireless local area network offerings,” said Tim Zimmerman, vice president, Gartner. “We advise customers to deploy integrated wired and wireless networks with a single management application to deliver consistent services and simplify operations.”

 

Whether you’re an enterprise or CSP, this breakthrough has a lot to offer:

 

  • The HP FlexNetwork Utility Advantage Program is available worldwide through authorized CSPs.

  • Additional information for enterprises interested in learning how HP FlexNetwork Utility Advantage Program can benefit them is available here.

  • Additional information for CSPs interested in participating in the HP FlexNetwork Utility Advantage Program is available here.

 

* Based on HP internal research.

Too many people, too few clinics: HP says eHealth Centers will “dramatically expand access”

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How can IT help tackle one of today’s toughest challenges – the fact that, in many parts of the developing world, there are too many people in need of medical care and too few clinics?

 

HP is showing the world how, in collaboration with the government of India and The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). Together, they are providing affordable healthcare to communities that currently have none. Their recently announced solution – in essence – a very well-connected shipping container.

 

Simply transported by rail or road to remote communities, each container transforms on arrival into a sophisticated eHealth Center (eHC). There is a real need for this. Within just 100 days of operation in a resource-poor Indian village, the first center of its kind recorded an incredible 4,000 patient visits.

 

Each medically equipped container is fully integrated and cloud enabled. Staff are able to gather basic patient health data, and can send this from the eHC to any larger medical center or hospital. When medical diagnosis or a second opinion is required, they can consult with senior doctors by videoconference.

 

These rapidly deployable, fully integrated, cloud-enabled eHCs are set to “dramatically expand access, improve healthcare, and save lives,” says HP India’s Neelam Dhawan, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Group and Country Managing Director.

 

Read the CSIR and HP announcement here.

 

HP improves access, quality and efficiency of global health. Find out more.

Breakout Session: Windows 8 for Business

This article was written by Kim McKay, HP Discover Employee Ambassador.    

 

Of all the sessions at HP Discover 2012, I was most excited for “Windows 8 for Business.” HP and its PPS unit are highly invested in the Windows 8 operating system. In fact, the great majority of our products will soon run on it.

 

To start the session, Product Manager for Windows with Microsoft Germany Ben Basaric, started by reading aloud a statement. It read:

 

“The new Windows is going to be a disaster; it will be completely rejected by businesses, who will stick with old versions even after Microsoft drops support for them. In addition, its new interface is so unusable that customers, who are forced to use it, will find ways to restore the old start menu.”

 

I wasn’t the only person who was astounded to hear Ben share such negative feedback. It was to everyone’s surprise when Ben revealed he was reading was a quote from 2001 about Windows XP, which as we all know has been one of the most stable and popular operating systems ever.

 

After that, Ben moved into an incredibly useful live demonstration of Windows 8. I’ve had some concerns with the new features, including closing programs now that the icons are no longer located in in the top right-hand corner of a window.

 

This is one of the results of moving to touch enabled devices; now you can simply swipe downwards from the top and it minimizes the application. If you keep on swiping down, it closes it. So incredibly intuitive, but at the same time it’s a really major change that users are going to have to get used to.

 

Ben took us through the Enterprise features of Windows 8, which include significant security enhancements. Windows 8 is designed for use at work and home, with some wonderful cloud functionality that allows you to seamlessly integrate both sides of your life. He demonstrated searching for a product, sharing the webpage with his wife and then purchasing the product, all of which occurred with only a few swipes.

 

It was a really useful session and my concerns about HP ties is to Windows 8 are finally at rest. It is a wonderfully intuitive and interactive piece of software.

Wrap Up Post: The Comeback Kid

This poem was written by Travis Gowin, HP Discover Employee Ambassador.

 

Well folks, here is another poem from Travis Gowin! On Wednesday, Travis’s poem about the partnership between HP and DreamWorks generated strong buzz on social media and in the blogosphere.

 

As HP Discover wraps up, we are happy to feature another poetic post from an employee ambassador that embodies the new optimism within HP. 

 

Without further interruption, we present to you The Comeback Kid:

 

As the crew packs things up at HP Discover,

there’s no doubt in my mind HP will recover.

There have been miscalculations and the wrong CEOs,

yet as we’ve all seen before, that’s how business can go.

Everyone loves great products, innovation and a comeback,

so you can’t say it’s a corporate return that we lack.

We’re revamping our image, a company makeover.

Sometimes in the weeds you find a four leaf clover.

We believe in our people and strong leadership too,

so I think that my blood has turned HP blue.

Please just stick with us and don’t be impatient.

I can assure you, we’ve not grown complacent.

Our stock price will rise and make a rebound,

while news shows will talk and trumpets will sound.

Meg Whitman will lead us and deserve all the praise

just like our role models, the great Bill and Dave.

HP Discover 2012 Wrap Up Post: Just Sayin’

This article was co-authored by Cindy Kasberg, HP Discover Employee Ambassador.

 

Just sayin’, but I have always held the position that HP is comprised of the best, brightest and most talented employees. During the past four days, I was fortunate to have this theory tested and 100% verified!

 

The HP employee ambassadors attending Discover 2012 made a profound impact on the entire conference. Their high energy, productivity and collaboration represented the very best that HP has to offer.

 

 

These HP employees worked together as a team to absorb HP Discover 2012 and report back to their colleagues via internal updates and blog posts. This must have taken tons of collective preparation and blogging experience, right? Think again!

 

If you don’t believe me, here is some “inside info” about this dynamic group of HP employees:

 

  • None of the ambassadors previously worked together or knew each other prior to this event. 
  • The Ambassador Program did not previously exist; this was a new addition to the HP Discover event so there was no history and no mentoring to help prepare the ambassadors in advance for their roles and responsibilities. 
  • None of the ambassadors were reporters, technology writers, bloggers, or radio/TV personalities – they are just HP employees doing their jobs well. 
  • Despite all of the above mentioned facts, this team of Ambassadors created more than 50 blog posts, which were posted to our internal channels.

Employee ambassadors relied on materials gained from attending plenary and tech breakout sessions, as well as interviews with HP leaders, partners and customers. This strategy even resulted in an ambassador post receiving mentions on Yahoo! Finance and Business Insider. Wow! 

 

Ambassadors also managed to participate in creating a video that was filmed, edited and displayed in less than 24 hours. That was just enough time to be a focus feature in Meg Whitman’s All Employee Webcast on Tuesday, which kicked off HP Discover 2012. A true testament to the best, brightest the most talented employees in the world. Just sayin’. 

HP PCs Built in the USA

For as long as we've been in the PC business, HP has built PCs in the US.  HP desktop workstations and commercial desktop PCs are assembled in Indianapolis, and HP servers are assembled in Houston. These manufacturing facilities employ hundreds of people and produce billions of dollars’ worth of products.

 

Key facts:

  • 36% of Business Desktop PCs sold in the US are built in the US
  • 100% of the Workstation PCs sold in the US are built in the US
  • HP (and Compaq) have been making PCs continuously in the US since the inception
  • HP will make 2.9 million PCs in the US this year 

 

“HP PCs have been assembled in the US since the beginning,” said Tony Prophet, senior vice president of operations for HP’s Printing and Personal Systems group. “For example, every HP desktop workstation PC sold in the US is assembled in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2012, we expect to assemble 2.9 million PC units in the United States.”

 

“Being close to our customers helps us meet their needs with speed and precision,” he added. “HP PCs are assembled on five continents”from St. Petersburg to Australia and from Shanghai to Brazil to the United States.”

 

Along with local manufacturing, HP uses numerous capabilities to meet customer needs including: a responsive build-to-order manufacturing that helps meet short order cycle times, flexible configure-to-order systems that address customers' unique solutions requirements, and shipping capabilities, including shipping orders, that are designed to meet special customer delivery requirements.

 

We also partner with a vast array of retail and channel partners in the US.  Combine that with 6 distribution facilities, we are able to deliver great products and solutions to our customers, making us the leading vendor in the US.

Plenary Session: The Enterprise Tablet Revolution

(This article was posted by Kim McKay, HP Discover Employee Ambassador)

 

Enterprise Tablets that end users and IT decision makers both love. How cool is that?

 

Yesterday, Carol Hess, Vice President of Commercial Managed IT Product Management for HP, explained the differences in HP’s three Enterprise Tablet offerings during her speech at today’s Plenary Session.

 

While there were different features among the three, the tablets shared a commonality: all are easy to use and friendly to the IT environments of many businesses and organizations. 

 

Here’s an overview of the three she spoke about:

 

The HP EliteBook Revolve tablet is a full performance ultrathin notebook that converts to a tablet, with Gorilla Glass and a tough all magnesium body.  It has enterprise docking, Windows 7 or Windows 8 and is of course, touch enabled.

 

Similarly, the HP ENVY x2 is two devices in one. A fully functional notebook with a bright, vivid HD Touch display, combined with a tablet that slides off for those times when you want to carry even less.

 

Last but note least, the HP ElitePad is a true business tablet, with world class design and an enormous range of accessories. That tablet includes HP’s expansion jacket, which adds functionality, extra ports and optimized battery life. There is also a new product called Multi-tablet Charging Module that allows you to charge up to ten ElitePads at once. This will be invaluable in environments such as hospitals or schools. 

 

Carol also screened a video demonstrating how easily the ElitePad can be opened up to be serviced or have the battery replaced.  She then followed with a fantastic comparison of the ElitePad and iPad. It was very clear that the ElitePad has been designed for the Enterprise! Here’s a few more useful features:

  • HP ElitePad is Microsoft Office compatible.
  • It is dockable.
  • It is easily serviceable.
  • It has a range of business accessories.
  • It can easily be integrated into your existing secure network.

Plenary Session: Developing a Mobile Enterprise Strategy

(This article was posted by Leonard van Domselaar, HP Discover Employee Ambassador)

 

One of the sessions I scheduled before I even arrived in Frankfurt was, “Developing a Mobile Enterprise Strategy,” given by Enda Curran.

 

Whether it’s a phone, a tablet or a personal computer, we all know that customers seek data in different ways. Even though smartphones have been around for a while, many businesses still don't have the proper strategy in place to help them leverage the new opportunities offered by mobile.

 

Businesses must understand that the mobile ecosystem is present, here to stay, and is only going to expand. It’s no longer enough to develop a short-term strategy—like starting a mobile business unit—that isn’t integrated in the entire enterprise.  Businesses need a long-term strategy for success.

Finding this strategy is exactly what Enda’s session was about. Enda made it very clear that the mobile environment is a great way for businesses to be innovative and create new value. This was my “a-ha moment” for the session: mobile can help businesses find value where there was no value before!

 

To fully take advantage of the mobile environment, businesses have to incorporate and integrate a strategy into their business model.

Enda gave a very detailed presentation on how HP can guide businesses through this process. Tools that were discussed included the MESA methodology and the Mobility Maturity Model. In guiding business, HP would help a client through the process in three steps:

  • In the first step, HP wants to sit together with the client and review their look at the mobile environment, establish and refine the approach.
  • In the second step, collaborating together with the client HP would take a look at the current infrastructure of the organization and suggest changes where needed.
  • Thirdly, HP can establish an architecture to support the mobile enterprise in a secure and scalable way.

Enda emphasized that HP wants to work with clients to enable them to grasp the opportunities that exist in the mobile environment, and empower these businesses to integrate a mobile enterprise strategy.

 

Wow, now that is 21st Century innovation!

HP Discover Frankfurt 2012 Day 2: Converged Cloud and EliteBook Revolve

(This article was posted by Michael Thacker, Global Media Relations, HP)

 

Innovation is alive and well at HP and today at HP Discover Frankfurt we announced new products and services that reinforce our strong culture of engineering innovation and dedication to meeting our customer’s needs by providing flexible, holistic solutions; just a couple of the imperatives for success outlined by HP’s leadership team during October’s Securities Analyst Meeting.

 

Today’s introduction of the EliteBook Revolve demonstrates how HP continues to seek out, and deliver on, opportunities in mobility and forge new ground in form factors. This exciting next-generation tablet offers busy enterprise users the best of both worlds – an ultrathin notebook and a touch-enabled tablet. It also boots up in about five milliseconds and comes fully loaded with an HD camera and array of ports for maximum productivity. Employees get the features they want without sacrificing the enterprise services and protection required by the IT department.

 

Along that same vein of satisfying customer needs, new research on behalf of HP found that 75 percent of executives want solutions that span traditional, private, managed and public cloud environments. In response, HP today extended its Converged Cloud portfolio to help enterprises drive agility, speed innovation and lower costs. New and enhanced solutions, including HP CloudSystem, HP Cloud Service Automation 3.1, HP Continuous Delivery Automation 1.1, HP Cloud Services, such as the general availability of HP Cloud Compute, and HP Cloud Solutions for Communication Service Providers, will enable customers to more affordably and easily take advantage of the cloud without jeopardizing enterprise requirements.

 

At HP our customers are number one. And as evidenced by our announcements today, we are committed to being a partner that delivers innovative solutions to address real-world challenges and further our customers’ success.

 

Check back for more updates coming out of Discover Frankfurt. You can find more information here and here, and check out live sessions streaming online here. You can also follow us on Twitter: @HPDiscover.

Master the Cloud: A View from a Breakout Session

(This article was authored by Declan Hynes, HP Discover Employee Ambassador)

The energy permeating Discover 2012 immediately ramped up on Tuesday. With so many experts and innovators in attendance, it’s hard to pick just one breakout session to highlight among the 27 sessions that took place in Hall 4.1 of the Messe Frankfurt during the first day.

 

The one that stood out the most was a breakout session entitled “Master the Cloud: Understanding HP’s converged cloud reference architecture” led by Christian Verstraete, HP’s chief technologist of cloud strategy.

It is the sign of a connected world that the Twitter hashtag for Discover (#HPDiscover) and the speaker’s personal handle (@christianve) were shared early in the session. Indeed, many of my fellow attendees came prepared with their smart phones and tablets. Taking notes on paper seemed a little old fashioned!


Once it started, the session reinforced the importance of the Cloud in today’s enterprise. While the early definition of cloud that was shared was “Cloud [vb] – to make obscure, to confuse,” the session itself did the opposite.

In covering HP’s converged cloud, the session outlined how it’s built on HP’s intellectual property and with Open Stack. HP’s value to the process was highlighted by underscoring the areas that Open Stack doesn’t completely address.

I wrote down a couple more things that jumped out to me during the session:

 
• Open Stack has 200 companies supporting it, and is now – after only two years – what Linux was after ten years.
• The architectural discussions among different TOGAF and ITIL practitioners led to the development and merger of those principles to form the converged cloud.
• Provisioning a server is an easy service – intermediation is important.
• The end user (such as a project manager) does not want to see the details – they want to run their business.

All and all, the session was information packed and engaging. It makes you wish you could attend them all!

 

 

HP Discover 2012 Fuels Unexpected Creativity

(The poem below was authored by Travis Gowin, HP Discover Employee Ambassador)

 

Discover 2012 is buzzing with excitement. From employees to speakers, everyone is excited to talk about how advances in the infrastructure technology field will benefit both today and the future.

 

All of this excitement really got the creative juices flowing for HP employee Travis Gowin. In response to Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg's opening remarks at the Plenary Sessions, Travis wrote the following poem about creativity, innovation and our partnership with DreamWorks: 

I’m at HP Discover and with that comes some perks,
I just heard Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks.
He addressed 9,000 customers up on stage at Discover,
talking about how our partnership is one like no other
He gave us films like The Lion King, he did Shrek One and Two,
The Little Mermaid, A Shark Tale, a Panda that knows Kung Fu.
He addressed all of our customers and gave them reassurance.
He said we’re in for the long haul because we have endurance.
DreamWorks was our first customer to ever purchase cloud,
as Jeffrey told our customers, he really seemed quite proud.
Our focus is Cloud, Security, and Information Optimization.
There’s no reason that our customers should show any hesitation.
So focus on our customers and we will not get beat.
HP and DreamWorks where creativity and innovation meet!

Discover Frankfurt 2012 Day 1: Meg Whitman’s Keynote and Information Optimization

(This article was posted by Michael Thacker, Global Media Relations, HP)

 

As we mentioned in the earlier post on HP’s Converged Storage portfolio, at the October 2012 Securities Analyst Meeting, HP CEO Meg Whitman discussed the three main areas of focus for the future of HP: security, cloud and information optimization.

 

Picking up on that theme during her keynote at Discover Frankfurt 2012, Whitman kicked off the show by outlining HP’s strengths, highlighting customers’ and partners’ roles in making HP a technology leader. It is no secret that customers are integral to a company’s success. But, how often do you hear a company acknowledge its relationships first, before innovation and financial standing, when discussing its success? We would not continue to be a technology leader, standing #1 or #2 in almost all market segments, without the continued support of our customers and partners.

 

Meg also discussed the new style of IT that is emerging – one that is driven by cloud, mobility and big data, and that is defined by four things: simplicity, agility, speed and lower costs. HP is in a unique position to help address these needs by being the only company that can bring you devices, hardware, software and services all the way from the enterprise to the user.

 

To close her presentation out, Meg outlined how HP will tackle the new style of IT, which reiterated our laser-like focus on security, information optimization and cloud, and why HP stands to benefit from these trends. Speaking specifically to our investments in information optimization, Meg emphasized HP’s commitment to Autonomy, which we believe is essential to HP’s success, both as a standalone product and integrated into HP technology. To view Meg’s keynote click here.

 

HP is dedicated to making it easy for our customers to transition to the next stage of IT, and is investing appropriately.  As proof of that commitment to helping customers, HP is making a variety of announcements at Discover Frankfurt 2012. For example, yesterday HP announced a huge refresh of our Converged Storage Portfolio.

 

In a continued display of momentum against these three key strategic imperatives, today, HP announced new and enhanced Information Optimization Solutions  designed to alleviate challenges posed by the proliferation of structured data (found in databases), unstructured data (images, videos, emails, etc) and semistructured data (collected from sensors and machines). These new Information Optimization Solutions all extract value and gain insight from data through advanced analytics.

 

In short: HP is working to relieve clients’ big data challenges, and give them insight into information, with one set of solutions. This aligns perfectly with what George Kadifa, Executive Vice President, HP Software, outlined at the company’s annual Securities Analyst Meeting in October 2012: HP will win in software by bringing the power of its complete portfolio together into customer solutions that provide confidence, insight and the agility to perform better.

 

The new solutions from Autonomy, Vertica and HP Converged Infrastructure enable companies to help manage data and maximize the return on investment from information solutions (also known as “Return on Information”). HP is helping clients manage information with an expanded HP AppSystems portfolio, Autonomy Legal & Compliance Performance Suite, HP Proactive Care for SAP and HP Converged Storage. Clients will also be able to more easily understand their data using the HP Vertica Analytics Platform 6.1, HP Telco Big Data and Analytics and the HP Big Data Strategy Workshop. Finally, through the Autonomy Marketing Performance Suit, HP clients can act on data quickly to increase market share, optimize marketing spend and increase revenue.

 

Check back for more updates coming out of Discover Frankfurt, including inside perspective from HP employees at the conference. You can find more information here, and check out live sessions streaming online here. You can also follow us on Twitter: @HPDiscover.

 

Pre-Discover Frankfurt Announcement: HP Converged Storage Portfolio Update

(This article was posted by Michael Thacker, Global Media Relations, HP)

 

This week we welcome you to join us for Discover Frankfurt, a one-stop shop for getting up-to-date on everything HP. At the Discover conference, HP is outlining its vision for the future and announcing innovative new technologies that will demonstrate our continued investment in security, cloud and information management. The event will feature keynotes from HP executives offering insight into strategy, progress and innovation at HP, as well as sessions from HP customers and partners highlighting successes thanks to HP technology.

 

In her keynote at October’s Securities Analyst Meeting (SAM), Meg Whitman outlined a focus on products and services as one of the key initiatives for FY’12. On Monday, prior to the official kickoff of Discover, as proof positive that the focus on products in FY’12 is paying dividends, HP announced new innovations in its Converged Storage portfolio in an effort to address increasing data storage costs resulting from the surge of information inundating businesses, and the limitations of legacy storage technology. The updated portfolio, designed for virtualized, cloud and big data retention environments, provides clients of all sizes an affordable, simplified storage solution not offered by legacy storage vendors.

 

Later in the agenda at SAM, Dave Donatelli, EVP and GM of HP’s Enterprise Group, identified the three key strategies for transforming the enterprise storage industry: simplicity, efficiency and agility. Yesterday’s announcement of three new additions to the Converged Storage portfolio, HP StoreAll Storage with integrated Autonomy software, HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage and HP StoreOnce 2000 and 4000 Backup, addresses these strategies by offering simplified, affordable environments for big data and cloud storage to HP’s mid-size and enterprise clients, without compromising resources or performance. The new portfolio is designed to alleviate the stress on administrators managing dozens of differing storage architectures.  The solutions are also a core component of HP’s Information Optimization strategy, helping clients improve return on information.

 

We are confident that this new portfolio will help us to achieve the goals Donatelli outlined in October for continued revenue and share growth in our key Enterprise Group categories, including 3PAR StoreServ and StoreOnce technologies.

 

Today’s announcement aligns with another key corporate level-strategy for HP: offering customer-centric solutions that make it all work. The new storage portfolio provides innovative hardware and software solutions that address key areas of focus for HP and our customers, and offers proof that we’re executing on our turnaround strategy introduced at SAM.

 

Check back for more updates coming out of Discover Frankfurt. You can find more information here, and check out live sessions streaming online here. You can also follow us on Twitter: @HPDiscover.

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