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The HP-Project Runway Designer Reunion

In February, Hewlett Packard hosted the Project Runway Designer Reunion party. The event, held during New York's Fashion Week, celebrated HP and Intel's 5th anniversary of partnership with all of Project Runway's alumni. Designers showcased winning designs from past years and were given the chance to mingle with contestants from all seasons.

As mentioned in a previous Data Central post, HP is proud of its affiliation with Project Runway. Nothing says product leadership in the personal systems market like being featured on a hit television show!
Check out this video from the reunion party:

Mobile World Congress 2013 with HP

Watch the video below to hear HP’s Norm Follett and Chris Purcell give a preview of what to expect from HP at this year’s Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Spain.
Find out more at Experience MWC 2013 with HP.


Thought Leadership for the Enterprise: HP 2012 Cyber Security Risk Report

Hot off the presses! Today we have released the HP 2012 Cyber Security Risk Report. The annual report provides security intelligence to organizations so that they can best deploy their resources to minimize security risk.


Highlights from the report include:


  • Total vulnerabilities are on the rise

    • Disclosures grew 19 percent from 6,844 in 2011 to 8,137 in 2012
    • 2012 disclosures remain 19 percent lower than the peak in 2006
  • Critical vulnerabilities declined, but still pose significant risk

    • Critical vulnerabilities fell from 23 percent in 2011 to 20 percent in 2012
    • One in five vulnerabilities still give attackers total control of their target
  • Well-known web vulnerabilities remain prevalent in 2012

    • Four web vulnerability categories made up 40 percent of 2012 reports
  • Vulnerabilities exploited by clickjacking are still ubiquitous

    • Less than 1 percent of URLs tested leverage standard mitigation after more than a decade
  • The rate of mobile vulnerabilities continues to increase rapidly

    • Mobile vulnerabilities rose 68 percent from 158 in 2011 to 266 in 2012
    • 48 percent of mobile applications tested in 2012 gave unauthorized access
  • Mature technologies introduce continued and evolving risk

    • Vulnerabilities in SCADA systems rose 768 percent from only 22 in 2008 to 191 in 2012


*Download the 2012 HP Cyber Security Risk Report to learn more about vulnerabilities that could be affecting the modern enterprise or business.

The Slate 7: Tablet Innovation from HP

The way people create, consume and share content is rapidly changing. In recent years, there has been a dramatic shift in the personal systems landscape due to the rise of mobile technology and new consumer tastes. Enter the rise of the tablet!
In an effort to provide the best technology within a reasonable price structure and remain ahead of the changing landscape, HP today announced the Slate7. This new device is an affordable Android Jelly Bean consumer tablet that offers easy access to Google Mobile services.
The 7-inch diagonal screen and weight of 13 ounces makes the Slate7 an ideal personal companion. It's also the industry's first tablet to offer embedded Beats Audio, for the best-sounding and richest audio experience available on a tablet.
"To address the growing interest in tablets among consumers and businesses alike, HP will offer a range of form factors and leverage an array of operating systems," said Alberto Torres, senior vice president, Mobility Global Business Unit, HP. "Our new HP Slate7 on Android represents a compelling entry point for consumer tablets, while our ground-breaking, business-ready HP ElitePad on Windows® 8 is ideal for enterprises and governments. Both deliver the service and support people expect from HP."
The HP Slate7 joins the recently introduced HP Chromebook as part of HP's push to offer access to the Google experience.
HP's tablet offerings reside in the company's newly formed Mobility Global Business Unit, established in September 2012 with the hiring of Torres. Torres joined HP from Nokia, where he was executive vice president and oversaw the MeeGo products and platform.


The HP Awards Meter App gears up for another year of public opinion analysis in real time

Last year, HP Labs and HP Enterprise Services helped develop an advanced social media app, the Awards Meter. This tool gathered and analyzed user reactions on Twitter during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards ceremony. Of the top eight highly-coveted awards, the Awards Meter found that five of the Academy’s 2012 chosen winners matched the popular opinion on Twitter.




As HP advances this creative technology, we can’t promise that Twitter users will become more accurate in predicting the Academy’s selections. However, the Awards Meter will continue to showcase our strong ability to provide instant data and real-time analysis to our corporate clients.


This Sunday, the Awards Meter will again use its unique language analysis technology to estimate sentiment scores for nominees in the most watched and sought-after categories. How? The app will accurately calculate words and tone in as many as one thousand tweets per minute, updating nominees on the leaderboard every few seconds.


The Awards Meter’s technology was developed by HP and Organic, a leading global marketing agency, with the language processing software developed by HP Labs.


Follow along this Sunday, February 24 before and during the film ceremonies and let HP show you its instant information capabilities. For example, watch the category leaderboards change or check out a specific nomination, complete with total number of analyzed tweets, percentage of sentiment and most popular words used to describe the nomination.

HP CEO Meg Whitman discusses Q1 FY13 results on CNBC

This morning, Meg Whitman sat down with CNBC’s David Faber for an extended discussion of regarding its Q1 earnings report. 


Watch the full interview here:

HP Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

  • First quarter non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.82, down 11% from the prior year, above previously provided outlook of $0.68 to $0.71
  • First quarter GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.63, down 14% from the prior year, above previously provided outlook of $0.34 to $0.37 per share
  • First quarter net revenue of $28.4 billion, down 6% year over year and down 4% when adjusted for the effects of currency
  • Cash flow from operations of $2.6 billion, up 115% from the prior year
  • Returned $511 million in cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases
  • Improved company net debt position for the fourth consecutive quarter by over$1billion 

(Editor's note: for more details, read today's press release, "HP Reports First Quarter 2013 Earnings”)

Reference Guide: HP's Q1 FY13 Earnings Announcement

Hewlett Packard (NYSE ticker symbol: HPQ) will present its first quarter earnings results tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, after the market closes.  We will post links to the news release, financials and other information as it becomes available here at Data Central and on both Twitter and Stocktwits at @hpnews.
CEO Meg Whitman and CFO Cathie Lesjak will also host a live audio webcast to review HP’s financial results.  The call is scheduled for tomorrow at 2:00 pm PT and will be available here
You’ll also be able to follow the news on our investor relations website and newsroom.
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GPC 2013: Simplicity, Profitability and Consistency for Partners

Today marks the first day of the HP Global Partner Conference 2013, which will be taking place in Las Vegas through Feb. 21. HP will be announcing new programs and business models that will enable partners to achieve success through simplified programs, more predictable performance rewards and innovative tools.
In 2013, we will invest approximately $1.5 billion worldwide in channel programs and IT initiatives designed to reward performance, drive demand and simplify partner engagement. This strategy will help continue to improve the HP PartnerOne program and deliver innovations in enterprise technology to partners.
According to Meg, "our goal is to deliver a consistent experience that will make it easier for partners to buy, sell and grow profitably with HP." Meg also believes that "HP has built one of the industry’s broadest partner ecosystems and we will continue to make significant investments to deliver the greatest business value for HP and our partners.”
What is the HP PatnerOne Program?
The HP PartnerOne program offers proven sales and marketing tools to help partners generate new leads, increase demand for products and services, mine existing business and make the sale. HP is delivering simplicity, profitability and consistency by:
  • Implementing a simplified, consistent compensation model that removes rebate revenue gates and caps to improve partner revenue predictability. This provides clearer visibility to the amount of rebates so partners start getting rewarded from the first sale, opening the door to virtually unlimited earning potential.

  • Increasing rebates for higher specialist designations, delivering more opportunities to increase profitability.

  • Extending the amount of time partners have to use their marketing development funds (MDF) from three months to six months, providing more flexibility around both marketing activities and cash flow.

  • Rationalizing and simplifying sales and technical certifications in the HP ExpertOne training platform, while maintaining the integrity of individual certifications and making it easier for partners to gain the sales and technical skills to competently service and support HP customers.
What's on tap at GPC?
At the HP Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas, HP will make several announcements to strengthen its offerings to channel partners. Also, stay tuned for updates on speeches from Meg and other executives. 
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