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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.
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.
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’.
For as long as we've been in the PC business, HP has built PCs in the US. HP destop 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.
- 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.
(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.
(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!
(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.
(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!
(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!
(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.
(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.