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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. 

Looking Ahead: HP Discover 2013

Back in December, HP Discover in Frankfurt, Germany proved to be an amazing success. Meg Whitman and the executive team seized the moment by reinforcing our innovation-first strategy to a broad audience of customers, partners and employees. 
We will once again draw on two HP Discover conferences to show how we're continuing to make technology work for you in 2013! The dates are already set for Las Vegas (June 11-13) and Barcelona, Spain (December 10-12). 
Registration is now open. Learn more about HP Discover, but first watch this video below!

A Bottom-Line Solution for Business and Accounting Challenges


One component of Hewlett-Packard's turnaround vision includes making it easier, more predictable and increasingly cost-effective to do business with us. This means strategically commercializing solutions-driven innovation. After all, every product or service needs to represent a focused solution for a specific set of customers. 
Let's look at the needs of a typical enterprise customer. As business functions become more complex, organizations are struggling to maximize efficiencies while maintaining quality and transparency. To make matter more difficult, these complexities often lead to inefficient, time-consuming manual workarounds.
What is HP's solution? HP AutoFlow, a new business process outsourcing (BPO) solution, is the latest example of a focused product solution that can help our enterprise customers' bottom line. It enables clients to automate core business processes, like finance and accounting, to enhance operational efficiency.
“Today’s chief financial officers are plagued with diminishing resources and the growing complexity of processes and technology,” said Danila Meirlaen, vice president, Business Process Outsourcing, HP Enterprise Services. “HP AutoFlow builds on our strong history in finance, administration and technology to increase process automation and optimize cost structures, so clients can focus on revenue-generating activities.”
Utilizing a leveraged, private cloud infrastructure, the solution offers out-of-the-box functionality. HP AutoFlow can be rapidly deployed to help organizations:

  • Reduce the need for manual intervention and shift valuable resources to more strategic projects by increasing automation through improved integration with ERPs and legacy systems.

  • Support enablement of e-invoicing to achieve better invoice accuracy and improve on-time payment performance.

  • Drive process transformation via process-modeling capabilities.

  • Realize improved cost and additional savings by accelerating processing time for accounts payable, thereby increasing opportunities for early payment discounts.

Click here to learn more about our focused finance and administration solutions.

HP Enterprise Security Products: Driving Thought Leadership

If you watched last night's State of the Union address, you heard President Obama speak about the importance of cybersecurity. This reemphasizes the rise of cyber threats, as well as the manner in which they impact governments, businesses and the world around us. 
Cybercriminals are increasingly banding together, organizing sophisticated attacks that are more predatory in nature. Cybercrooks’ rapid adoption of new technologies and desire to spread information has trumped traditional static enterprise defenses. In order for organizations to stay protected, they must learn from their adversaries.
Art Gilliland, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Security Products, HPThat's where Hewlett-Packard comes in. Later this month at RSA 2013, our Art Gilliland will discuss how lessons learned from cybercriminals can be applied to boost an organization’s overall security strategy.

Art, HP's senior vice president and general manager for Enterprise Security Products, will also examine the means and motivations driving cybercriminal behavior and how improvements such as benchmarking can persuade criminals to look elsewhere for targets. This information can help security professionals develop stronger defenses.

Additional information about HP Enterprise Security solutions will be available at HP booth No. 1717 and on our website. Find more updates on Twitter via @HPsecurity.

Celebrating 25 years of the HP Inkjet Printer

hero_printer.jpgHewlett-Packard launched the world’s first single-sheet inkjet printer in February 1988. The first Deskjet was originally priced at $995 and featured an average speed of 2 PPM. A lot has changed over time!  


Our inkjet portfolio has come a long way in 25 years. We've continued to innovate in the inkjet market with the HP Photosmart and HP Officejet brands, and have shipped nearly 600 million inkjet printers. 


Where are we now? HP's inkjet offerings are now high-speed, lightweight printers with features that span wireless web connectivity, cloud services and enterprise management solutions. You could probably call this the evolution of printing innovation!


Proof of this is no more evident than today. We proudly announced this morning the worldwide release of the new HP Officejet Pro X, which is now the world’s fastest desktop printer as recognized by Guinness World Records. 


Designed to meet the demanding and unique needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMB), the Officejet Pro X will revolutionize business printing by increasing productivity, reducing costs and promoting the value of inkjet technology.


“SMB customers constantly look for ways to save money and do more with less,” said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president within HP's Printing and Personal  Systems group. “The new HP Officejet Pro X Series is an ideal."


This is our way of saying Happy Anniversary! 

HP's Education Vision: Combining Human Ingenuity and Technology

When HP looks at the changing technological landscape, it inspires us to support the education needs of future generations. 


By 2014, there are expected to be 2 million jobs created in the science, technology, engineering and math-related (STEM ) fields. So for students, a solid education is more important than ever.


Enter HP Catalyst Initiative, an international network of educators all working toward a common goal: to create and promote new approaches to STEM education through technology. The Catalyst program is helping students access STEM education around the world. Find out how in this video:


Reinforcing our Commitment to Social and Environmental Responsibility within our Supply Chain

HP has a strong history of leadership in promoting responsible workforce practices within our supply chain. Our aim is to be the global leader in advancing worker rights and enabling fair, safe and voluntary work environments throughout our supply chain.


China is an important hub for manufacturing HP’s products, packaging and parts.  It’s also a market with distinct legal and cultural issues in the workplace, including the rising use of student and dispatch (i.e. temporary, auxiliary and substitute workers) workers.  Today we launched new guidelines and measurement processes related to the use of student and dispatch workers in China— a first for the information technology industry.  Our new guidelines set requirements for appropriately and ethically managing these important worker populations.  More information on the guidelines can be found here.


These guidelines were developed in collaboration with leading Chinese stakeholders such as China’s Center for Child Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility (CCR CSR) and the Labor Education Services Network (LESN).  They reinforce our “beyond regulatory” expectations for suppliers and are a clear recognition of our commitment to treat our workforce as both a resource of today and tomorrow. Several publications featured the announcement, including: New York Times; Bloomberg; CNN Money; and  Wall Street Journal.


Alongside the new Social and Environmental (SER) worker guidelines, we also are implementing a new industry standard audit protocol based on the recent EICC provisions that has a “zero-tolerance” policy for the worst cases of nonconformity to working-hours standards.


These initiatives are the latest examples of our efforts to help improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide who make products for the IT industry and support our operations at HP.  For more information around our commitments to our supply chain, click here.

Product Recognition for HP Service Manager 9.3

Information technology is at the very core of Hewlett-Packard's past, present and future. So anytime we receive recognition for our work in this space, it becomes a source of pride for employees, partners and customers. 


Yesterday, HP announced that HP Service Manager 9.3 received 11 gold-level endorsements from the global accreditation body APM Group. This came on behalf of the Cabinet Office for Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)-based processes.


T-image__sw__overview__bb__service_manager_large__560x338--C-tcm245-947425--CT-tcm245-1237012-32.jpgAs a generally adopted approach for IT service management, ITIL provides a framework for identifying, planning, delivering and supporting IT services to business. Built on a consistent set of ITIL industry best practices, Service Manager 9.3 garnered nearly twice as many gold-level endorsements as the next vendor.


These endorsements demonstrate that Service Manager 9.3 represents the highest standard of ITIL practices, enabling customers to reduce costs while improving services, employee productivity and customer satisfaction. That's exactly what we set out to do!


If you think we're tooting our own horn, though, see what other service leaders had to say. According to Andy Martinez, manager of Enterprise Service Management at Quest Diagnostics, “HP’s gold-level ITIL endorsements are impressive because they reflect actual customer proof that HP Service Manager 9.3 successfully automates 11 key processes.”


Andrey Ageev, IT service management practice lead at Russian Railways, added that “HP’s gold-level ITIL endorsement of 11 processes provides strong proof about the high level of maturity of HP Service Manager 9.3.”


A Social Business Goal: Making Color Printing More Green

Hewlett-Packard's ink cartridges promise a clear, sharp and vivid range of color. Anyone who has ever printed out a picture from a little league game or a document in the office knows this!


But Paul Nash, Senior Plastics Engineer at HP, is focused on just one color — green. He's helping to develop the HP "closed loop" ink cartridge recycling process. The process combines recycled content from HP ink cartridges with recycled plastic bottle materials to create new Original HP ink cartridges. Paul is also playing a critical role in the development of bioplastics that biodegrade quickly — all in the name of a greener, healthier planet.


To learn how we're making color printing more green, check out this video:


HP Solutions: Clearing the Runway for Smooth Air Travel

When most people hear about information technology, they naturally wonder how it impacts their day-to-day lives. But the truth is that the information connecting us is everywhere.


For instance, think about when you travel how much data is related to transactions, baggage and flights. A major airline certainly needs top software and services to keep up, right?


That answer is yes. So when the 2010 merger between United and Continental Airlines took place, HP stepped in to facilitate one of the largest data migrations in transportation history. Check this video to see how HP is helping to shape the future of air travel:




Our Statement on Dell’s Leveraged Buyout Plan

In regards to Dell’s announcement that it has agreed to be acquired by Michael Dell and Silver Lake, HP today released the following statement:

“Dell has a very tough road ahead. The company faces an extended period of uncertainty and transition that will not be good for its customers. And with a significant debt load, Dell’s ability to invest in new products and services will be extremely limited. Leveraged buyouts tend to leave existing customers and innovation at the curb. We believe Dell’s customers will now be eager to explore alternatives, and HP plans to take full advantage of that opportunity.”


The full press release and acknowledgement regarding forward-looking statements can be accessed here

Global Impact: HP's Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs

Bill and Dave founded Hewlett-Packard based on a shared idea about the future of technology. Within a few years, the two visionaries were employing technology solutions to help entrepreneurs around the world turn their own ideas into thriving businesses. 


Although times, terminologies and technologies have continuously changed over the past 74 years, the rise of IT has been steady. For entrepreneurs, business and IT skills are essential to building successful companies.


We, of course, firmly believe in the importance of IT and our ability to make access to training easier, HP created the Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE). Since the launch of the program in 2007, more than 2 million people have been reached through training, access to IT and online activities.


These participants now make up the HP LIFE online community, a resource for sharing stories and helping each other succeed. See for yourself in the video below! 




HP Technology on Project Runway

In February, HP technology made a return appearance on the 11th season of Lifetime Television's Emmy® Award-nominated hit "Project Runway." This marks five years of incorporating our technology into the fashion competition.

Some of the HP Personal Systems products featured during initial episodes included the HP TouchSmartHP ENVY x2HP ENVY TouchSmart UltrabookHP Elitebook and HP ENVY Spectre XT Ultrabook. Oh, and don't forget that the HP ENVY All-in-one PC has been used to make textile pattern ideas!


HP is proud that its Personal Systems products are displayed on an award-winning television show. We feel it's a testament to our viability in the market, as well as our commitment to product leadership and innovation. 


Check out this video to see which of our products are helping Project Runway's competitors make it matter!


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