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Léo Apotheker Named CEO and President of HP - Helpful links and resources

The Board of Directors of HP today announced the election of Léo Apotheker as Chief Executive Officer and President. Apotheker, who previously served as CEO of SAP, will also join HP’s Board of Directors.

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Official statement from Bill McDermott, co-CEO, SAP AG:

“This is great news for HP and for SAP.  SAP and HP are outstanding partners, HP is a great SAP customer, and this move only sets the stage for an even deeper relationship between our two companies.  Leo understands our business model and how to fully advantage this partnership to help our joint customers be best run businesses.  I personally congratulate Leo on this tremendous appointment.”


More updates will be posted here and to @hpnews as they come available

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Official biography for incoming CEO and President Léo Apotheker

Léo Apotheker has been named chief executive officer and president of HP, effective Nov. 1, 2010. He also will join the HP board of directors at that time.
























Apotheker worked at SAP for more than 20 years in a variety of positions, most recently as chief executive officer. He served as a member of SAP’s executive board from 2002 until 2010. In addition to serving as co-CEO and CEO, he also previously served as deputy CEO, and, for five years, as president of Global Customer Solutions and Operations. For a period, he also had responsibility for SAP’s North American operations. From 1999 to 2002, he was president of SAP EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); before that, served as CEO of South-West Europe Region; and was CEO and founder of SAP France and SAP Belgium. He started his career at SAP in 1988.

Apotheker was the founding president and chief operating officer of ECsoft BV, one of the largest European venture capital start-ups, from 1992 to 1994. He also has held leadership and management positions at ABP Partners, McCormack & Dodge Europe, S.W.I.F.T. and Altex GmbH.

Apotheker was born in Aachen, Germany on Sept. 18, 1953, and graduated with a B.A. in economics and international relations from Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He is fluent in five languages (English, Dutch, French, German and Hebrew) and was awarded the French Légion d’honneur in 2007 in recognition of his business leadership and contribution to the French economy.

Apotheker currently serves as vice chairman of the supervisory board of Schneider Electric SA, and is a member of the board of directors of GT Nexus and the board of PlaNet Finance, a not-for-profit organization.


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HP Labs social media research and the Newseum

HP and the Newseum, an interactive museum devoted to issues related to the news media and society, today announced they are collaborating on a new gallery that will allow Newseum visitors to explore technology’s impact on how news is reported, distributed and accessed.


As the new gallery will demonstrate, social media is increasingly becoming the way many people interact with the news and, by extension, IT.  Properly analyzed, these media interactions produce an enormous amount of data that can provide further depth of knowledge beyond the news itself.


However, creating software, hardware, and services that can automatically analyze these huge enormous data sets is an extremely challenging technical task.  That’s why HP Labs, the company’s central research arm, is focused on solving the diverse set of challenges presented by news in the digital era.


For example, HP’s Social Computing Lab, led by Senior HP Fellow Dr. Bernardo Huberman has recently published research showing:


- how Twitter can be used to predict Hollywood box office results

- how online publishers can predict their audience’s reaction to advertising and subscription fees

- how influence online is not necessarily correlated with popularity.


HP believes that information is the greatest resource we have for addressing problems in society and business.  With billions of bytes being created by millions of readers sharing and commenting on the news, HP’s research could lead to the next generation of media analytics that enables better decision-making and a more informed public.


For a quick introduction to some of Dr. Huberman’s research, watch the video below or click the links above:





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A Sustainability Conversation with Engelina Jaspers and Marc Gunther

Today, Engelina Jaspers, HP’s VP of environmental sustainability, sat down with veteran journalist Marc Gunther at the Washington IDEAS Forum in Washington D.C. Engelina shared with Marc HP’s history in taking sustainability seriously, specifically electronics recycling, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, HP’s energy efficient data center in Wynyard, UK and more.


Check out Marc’s post “HP’s green evangelist” to read more about what they discussed.

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A word from our newest Open Cirrus partners…

Earlier this week HP welcomed four new members to the Open Cirrus community – China Telecom’s Guangzhou Research Institute, China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI), the Supercomputing Center of Galicia (CESGA) and Georgia Tech’s Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems (CERCS).


With the expansion of the Open Cirrus cloud computing testbed, researchers worldwide will have access to new approaches and skill sets that will enable them to more quickly realize the full potential of the cloud. Each of the new sites will contribute tools and best practices, and help further benchmark and compare alternative approaches to service management at datacenter scale.


Lets meet our newest partners.




China Mobile Research Institute

Located in Beijing, CMRI is the R&D center of the largest mobile phone operator in the world. The company is an active proponent of developing an industry ecosystem around its research efforts, providing free public trials to attract individual and third-party developers, researchers and students.


“The Open Cirrus provides an opportunity to establish an open cloud stack and cloud service interface, which is crucial for promoting the growth of the cloud computing market,” said Bill Huang, GM of China Mobile Research Institute. “Cooperation with industry, academy and university accelerates the innovation and development of the cloud computing industry ecosystem.”


The Supercomputing Center of Galicia (CESGA)

CESGA is a leading scientific installation in Spain and one of the high-performance computing leaders in the world. CESGA will help the Open Cirrus community experiment with and identify the requirements of high performance computing as a cloud service.


“We eagerly joined the Open Cirrus Collaboration as we are strengthening our efforts to test and improve available developments in cloud technologies to provide solutions to scientific and industrial computing needs,” said Ricardo Capilla, President of CESGA.  “The Open Cirrus cooperative effort poses a great opportunity to share knowledge and experiences with industry leaders.  We are convinced that together, we will be able to provide solutions to academics and industry innovator’s ever growing need for computing and data storage exploitation.”


Georgia Tech Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems (CERCS) 

CERCS brings together researchers from Georgia Tech's College of Computing and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the CETI Center at The Ohio State University, who share a common focus on the design and evaluation of computer and software systems through experimental methods. These researchers will leverage the diversity of systems across Open Cirrus through research focused on energy-efficient cloud ecosystems, multicore platforms and virtualization technologies, and systems management technologies.


“We believe the keys to achieving the promise of cloud computing are active cloud management, online system and software monitoring, flexible and dynamic software configuration, and efficient access to large scale data,” said Karsten Schwan, Georgia Tech. “With the support of Intel, we will offer OpenCirrus members access to a high-end cluster equipped with the latest Intel multicore servers and with a low latency, Infiniband-based interconnect. Our goal in working with Open Cirrus’ partners to explore a rich space of research that ranges from multicore architectures and virtualization technologies. This research will pave the way for how we educate students in both parallel and distributed computing.”


China Telecom’s Guangzhou Research Institute

China Telecom owns the largest fixed-line network and CDMA2000 network in the world. China Telecom’s Guangzhou Research Institute (GSTA) will leverage Open Cirrus to promote the research and development of service provisioning techniques to construct a large-scale carrier-class cloud service platform.


"The Corporation Ltd.(GSTA) is excited to join the Open Cirrus network. We focus to construct a large-scale carrier-class cloud service platform which is an important part of an information infrastructure for all of society, and the Open Cirrus global research testbed is a key tool enabling the development of that platform."

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HP Labs update

HP Labs is taking the next step to continue its growth and increase its impact on the technology market and HP.

As we continue to evolve Labs, we’ve recognized that increased collaboration among researchers, enhanced coordination internationally, and greater connection across our 24“big bet” projects can have a huge impact in the market.  Given that, we are refining our organizational structure to strengthen the emphasis that our researchers have on the biggest challenges that are facing our customers and the technology industry today. 

Our new structure is designed to further accelerate HP Labs’ existing strategy and accommodate planned future growth and investment.   It will include seven global Labs and four exploratory research teams, which will continue to be focused on the challenges echoed by our customers, including cloud, printing, mobile, and intelligent infrastructure. This structure also allows us to be more directly aligned with HP’s core businesses.

The strategic research plan that we have been successfully executing against for the past three years is unchanged, but the aim is for the brilliant minds doing the work here to have better access to the resources they need to achieve their goals: fostering purposeful innovation that makes our big bets pay off at a much faster pace.

Turning Research into Reality

Read on for a few recent examples of how research from HP Labs, our company’s central research arm, is making its way into the “real world”:



Data Deduplication

Farm Waste Powered Data Centers

Flexible Displays


HP Securities Analyst Meeting: Live updates from the event

Today, senior HP execs are meeting with financial analysts in San Francisco to talk about the state of the business, future plans, and strategy.  Beginning at 1pm PT, the event is being video broadcast live here on our investor relations website.

We’ll post updates (including video, presentations, photos, and more) here to Data Central throughout the day, so stay tuned.


For more resources, take a look at our quick reference guide from yesterday.


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Building a Better Data Center with the HP Cloud Sustainability Dashboard

Today HP announced that four new organizations have joined Open Cirrus™, a global, Internet-scale, open source test bed for the advancement of cloud computing research.

One of the most interesting HP projects coming out of this research initiative is the Cloud Sustainability Dashboard. This project aims at creating models and tools to evaluate sustainability and the impact of cloud computing.

Incorporating factors such IT equipment information, power supply and regional electricity price, the project creates tools and models to monitor the sustainability of a test bed in real-time, allowing them to provide recommendations on how to improve sustainability and optimize global workload management of those data centers.

Here, Cullen Bash, HP Sustainable IT Lab Distinguished Researcher, elaborates further on Open Cirrus and the Cloud Sustainability Dashboard:


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HP Securities Analyst Meeting: Quick reference guide

Beginning at 1pm PT tomorrow, senior HP executives will meet with financial analysts in San Francisco to talk about the company’s strategy and technology.


This year, we’re happy to share that the entire meeting will be video broadcast live online.  This provides an excellent opportunity for anyone to learn about HP, as the event will feature detailed presentations and Q&A from some of the smartest business thinkers and technologists in the world.


We’ll be supplementing the live feed with updates (including a live blog, photos, and even more video and presentations) throughout the day here on Data Central and on Twitter at @hpnews.


Helpful resources

Live video feed, beginning at 1pm PT:

Twitter streams: @hpnews, $HPQ, #HPSAM

All HP SEC Filings

CFO and interim CEO Cathie Lesjak’s remarks at Citi Technology Conference, September 8, 2010

HP 3Q10 earnings results, August 19, 2010


Meeting agenda, September 28, 2010 (all times Pacific)

12:00 - 1:00  Innovation Showcase
1:00 - 1:10  Welcome
1:10 - 4:45  Executive Presentations 
4:45 - 5:20  Q&A
5:20 - 5:30  Wrap-up   
5:30 - 7:00  Reception


Video clip from last year's meeting

Dave Donatelli talks about "economies of innovation" and how HP's supply chain impacts R&D (October 2009)


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HP, Intel and Yahoo! announce developments in Open Cirrus cloud collaboration initiative

It is the first day of the Open Cirrus Summit in Pittsburgh, PA, and the three founding partners of Open Cirrus --- HP, Intel and Yahoo! – have announced that China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI), the Supercomputing Center of Galicia  (CESGA), China Telecom Corporation and Georgia Tech University’s Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems (CERCS) have become the latest to join this global cloud computing research initiative. 


Open Cirrus simulates a real-life, global, Internet-scale environment and gives researchers the ability to test and measure application and service performance built to run on large-scale cloud systems. Since its launch in 2008, fourteen organizations have joined Open Cirrus, and more than 80 research projects have been launched.



Check out the HPTalks YouTube page to see videos of HP researchers talking about a few of these projects: 



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IT, Environmental Action and the Military

For decades, HP has built and expanded a strong relationship with our nation’s armed forces and related agencies. This includes helping the U.S. armed forces retain its leadership in defense with HP equipment and information technology platforms while promoting opportunities for cost savings and efficiencies. Below are a few recent examples:Wounded-Warrior-Project.jpg


  • On August 27, HP joined sponsors Citrix, Intel and GTSI for the third annual “Power IT Down Day,” a program that promotes powering down computers, printers, monitors and other peripherals at the end of each day by the military, civilian agencies and industries that serve them. In 2010, more than 17,630 individuals, two-thirds of whom came from federal agencies, pledged to power down. Based on the estimated kilowatt hours saved, HP and its co-sponsors will donate $60,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors.
  • Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International (AFCEA) partnered with HP to transform its entire data center infrastructure into a virtualized  environment and reduced power and cooling costs by 50 percent. The project involved consolidating 12 existing servers to two main servers and two backups, trimming energy consumption and space requirements. HP also launched a special consumer products purchase program for AFCEA International members similar to HP’s own internal Employee Purchase Program.
  • HP was recently selected as a preferred technology provider by the U.S. Air Force for a new five-year period. HP will provide enterprise computing equipment and services, including business desktop and notebook PCs ranging from workstations to cloud-based systems and performance displays.

  • The third annual Power IT Down Day was a particularly dramatic success, with this year’s registrants more than tripling the 2009 total.  The federal agency with the most participants was the Department of Health and Human Services, followed by the General Services Administration.

HP Launches Catalyst Initiative to Advance STEM Education

On September 16, HP launched the Catalyst Initiative, a group of five international consortia of leading education institutions, each addressing a critical issue in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), to develop innovative solutions that will transform the future of STEM education in the US and across the world:







  •  Multi-Versity: Led by the Sloan Consortium (based in the US), this initiative focuses on online education for STEM students, to provide new learning opportunities that can be applied toward certification and degrees.

  • Pedagogy 3.0: Led by Futurelab (based in the UK), this consortium is aimed at better equipping teachers to facilitate 21st century learning experiences for students through technology, teacher education and other programs.

  • Global Collaboratory: This consortium, led by the CSIR Meraka Institute in South Africa, is working to enable students to participate in collaborative problem-solving to address urgent social challenges, through the power of collaborative grid computing.

  • The New Learner. The Agastya International Foundation in India leads the work to engage formal and informal education institutions as they create new models of student-driven STEM+ learning, leading to higher school completion rates and improved retention.

  • Measuring Learning: Carnegie Mellon University (based in the US) is working with its consortium members to develop new approaches for using technology to measure STEM competencies that are often not assessed in school.

HP is investing more than $6 million in grants to 35 education institutions across 11 countries. Each of the five consortia share more than $1M in technology, funding, and HP professional services, to support each project to explore how technology can enable innovations in STEM learning and teaching students.

HP has a longstanding commitment to improving STEM education through its social innovation in education.  Alongside the Catalyst Initiative, HP supports National Lab Day and is running a year-long volunteering drive with HP employees and retirees, who are collaborating with educators across America to inspire and engage grade-school students in hands-on STEM learning.

CeNSE and Innovation Come Alive at BIF6

HP’s Pete Hartwell spoke at this year’s Business Innovation Factory (BIF6), a conference presenting innovative thinking that spans healthcare, science, art and of course, technology.  Following day one, Pete recounted the energetic atmosphere and collaborative nature of the show – noting that he saw everything from advances in battery technology to cool innovations from kids:



During Pete’s talk about the potential of HP’s Central Nervous System for the Earth (CeNSE), he not only discussed how billions of tiny sensors can be harnessed to improve safety, security and sustainability – he also showed it.  Pete hooked up one of these tiny sensors to his body, showing the audience his heartbeat, breathing and overall movement – all from a device about the size of a pin.  You can see a similar demo – and get a sense for the power nanoscale sensors hold – in a video demo that Pete gave in the HP Labs here:


(For more on the sensor data explosion, check out Stacey Higginbotham's recent post for GigaOM, "Sensor Networks Top Social Networks for Big Data")


Pete wrapped his appearance at BIF6 by talking about how the research coming out of HP Labs is going to unlock the next-generation of intelligent solutions.  With CeNSE in particular, he expects to begin seeing innovation in large scale manufacturing facilities, watersheds, forests or other locations where resources need to consistently be monitored to avoid disastrous conditions.


(Read about HP Labs sensor network innovations in a recent Data Central post)


You can listen to Hartwell’s session at BIF6 by clicking on the right hand tool bar of this site:

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HP and Oracle Reaffirm Commitment to Partnership, Resolve Litigation Regarding Mark Hurd

HP and Oracle Corp. today reaffirmed their long-term strategic partnership and the resolution of litigation regarding Mark V. Hurd’s employment at Oracle. While the terms of the settlement are confidential, Mr. Hurd will adhere to his obligations to protect HP’s confidential information while fulfilling his responsibilities at Oracle.


The agreement also reaffirms HP and Oracle’s commitment to delivering the best products and solutions to our more than 140,000 shared customers.


Quote from HP CFO and interim CEO Cathie Lesjak:

“HP and Oracle have been important partners for more than twenty years and are committed to working together to provide exceptional products and service to our customers.  We look forward to collaborating with Oracle in the future.”


Quote from Oracle CEO Larry Ellison:

“Oracle and HP will continue to build and expand a partnership that has already lasted for over 25 years.”


More information:

HP 8-K filed with the SEC today

Press release

HP civil complaint against Hurd, filed September 7, 2010

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HP Named Top Corporate Citizen in Government Contracting

CR Summer 2010 Cover WEB.gifCorporate Responsibility Magazine has named HP the 2010 best corporate citizen in government contracting. The 11th annual assessment takes into account more than 300 publicly-available data points among a broad spectrum of issues, and HP ranked among the top three in the domains of environmental performance, corporate governance and philanthropy.


HP also ranked in the top 20 in climate change, human rights and employee relations—a strong performance considering the assessment included the largest companies listed in the Russell 1000 index.


The magazine notes that performing well in the rankings is dependent upon a culture of transparency and accountability: “The Best Corporate Citizens in Government Contracting List proves that transparency pays,” notes CR Magazine editor-in-chief, Dirk Olin, adding that “Companies that are the most transparent about their corporate responsibility practices outperformed the S&P 500 in 3-year return by 7 percentage points.”


HP recognizes that meeting the unique challenges of the public sector depends on a strong partnership, and the company aims to help each agency it works with to fulfill its missions. Moreover, the company has long made demands of itself and its partners to meet strong environmental and human rights goals.


HP was previously named the Greenest Company in America by Newsweek, and this combination of honors highlights the company’s commitment to global citizenship.

HP helps innovation competition drive economic growth and transformation

588i4219438DFDF696CFToday, the two winning ideas were announced for Ireland’s “Your Country Your Call” program, a country-wide innovation competition designed to help grow the Irish economy and create jobs.


The winners and their ideas are:


Neil Leyden: Creating an International Digital Services Centre

Cianan Clancy & Colm MacFhlannachadha: The Data Island Strategy


The initiative brought together an entire nation of innovators through online crowdsourcing.  HP supported the program by providing both technology and expertise.


The competition was launched in February, and over 9,000 proposals were submitted.  Both winning proposals will go into development and implementation, with each supported by an advisory group and €500,000 in funding.  Each of the winners themselves will also receive a cash prize of €100,000.


HP’s support for this competition is part of the company’s Social Innovation program, which provides funding and expertise in the areas of health, education and entrepreneurship.

HP Partnering with the Obama Administration on STEM Initiatives

On September 16, President Obama launched "Change the Equation," a partnership with HP and other members of the business community to seek new ways to keep American students competitive in a technology centered future.


"Our success as a nation depends on  strengthening America’s role as the world’s engine of discovery and innovation," said President Obama. "I applaud HP and its partners for lending their resources, expertise, and their enthusiasm to the task of strengthening America’s leadership in the 21st century by improving education in science, technology, engineering and math."


STEM education forms the building blocks of innovation, ultimately leading to entrepreneurship and catalyzing key industries, such as health IT and alternative energy. When you combine the history of American innovation with the obvious need for technical expertise today and tomorrow, HP believes it becomes clear that the nation has the resources to lead in this capacity.


See below for the White House video describing the goals and full press release:


New HP security research highlights tech trends and the vulnerability of social media and web apps

While many companies have allowed employees to access popular social media sites through their corporate networks as a way to strengthen key business relationships, this increased connectivity also presents a new set of challenges to the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive data.


New research from HP TippingPoint DVLabs published today shows that this convergence of personal and business technologies is opening government and corporate networks up to an unprecedented set of attacks:


- Over 80% of network attacks target Web-based systems (either server or client-side)

- Attacks targeted at web applications like browsers and Flash tripled over the past 6 months


The conclusions in the report are based on live field data from HP intrusion prevention systems, which are deployed in the networks of many of the world’s top corporations and government agencies.


In the research itself, the authors go out of their way to note that HP TippingPoint “is not an advocate for making technology more difficult” and make straightforward arguments in favor of mitigation strategies that address each of four key trends:


1.  Increased consumerization of enterprise computing (see leading security expert Bruce Schneier’s Septemer 2010 blog post  “Consumerization and Corporate IT Security” for even more on this subject)

2.  Prolonged and persistent targeting of web applications

3.  Increased organization and sophistication of attackers

4.  Unrelenting presence of legacy threats


“The only way to deliver protection against these threats is through constant and continuous research,” says Mike Dausin, manager of Advanced Security Intelligence for HP TippingPoint DVLabs.  “By understanding the increased risk these applications pose to the corporate network, organizations can implement remediation strategies to ensure that business processes and data remain secure.”


The idea is that by raising awareness of risks, research is key to closing potential security holes while still allowing the company to experiment with new technologies and modes of connectivity that help grow modern businesses.




-- About the Study --


What is HP TippingPoint DVLabs?

TippingPoint was formerly part of 3COM, which was acquired by HP earlier this year.  HP TippingPoint DVLabs is a premier research organization for vulnerability analysis and discovery, ensuring clients have preemptive protection for vulnerabilities and zero day attacks. The team applies cutting-edge engineering, reverse engineering as well as critical analysis, to create comprehensive security filters that are automatically delivered to client’s intrusion prevention systems (IPS) through the Digital Vaccine® service.


Excerpt from the report's introduction, regarding social media:

…there are several thousand organizations that utilize Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, and iTunes for promotion and brand awareness. While these technologies may offer a wealth of marketing recognition, they also open the door to a multitude of security risks. Another trend impacting enterprise IT department is an “anything goes” mentality that allows users to download and manage applications and programs of their choosing. While some of these applications may be fine, and may even boost productivity, an overwhelming majority of them are a significant liability to corporate networks.


How was the data collected?

Event data from hundreds of deployed HP TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) was analyzed to identify the attacks. Event data refers to attack information that is collected when a security exploit triggers a particular filter in the HP TippingPoint IPS.


The following sources also contributed to this report:


- SANS, an organization dedicated to security training and certification;

- Open Source Vulnerability Database (OSVDB), an independent and open source database created by and for the community; and

- Qualys, which delivers on demand IT security risk and compliance management solutions, provided data generated from its vulnerability assessment and management products deployed in the field.

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HP ePrint enabled printers first to support printing direct from iOS devices

Apple today announced that their Airprint wireless printing for iPad, iPhone, & iPod touch is coming to users in November:

- HP's existing and upcoming ePrint enabled printers will be the only printers to support direct printing from iOS devices at launch.


- ePrint evolved from CloudPrint, an innovative technology created by HP Labs, the company's central research and development group.


- AirPrint automatically finds printers on local networks and can print text, photos and graphics to them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software.


- iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users will find an embedded print function within apps on their device and will be able to automatically find a printer on their network and print to it without the need to install drivers or download software.


- This news marks the first time a  printing company and a mobile device company are embedding direct printing into an operating system for the most simple and seamless wireless print experience. 


- The service will be available in November as a free software update with iOS 4.2. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch customers will be able to print wirelessly from select apps – no set up or downloads required. Customers will be able to automatically find a printer on their network and print to it with one touch.

Quote from Vyomesh Joshi, HP executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group:

"Making it easy for our customers to print anytime, anywhere, is a key priority for HP. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch customers are going to love how easy it is to print using our new range of ePrint printers, creating high-quality printed pages in an instant.”


More on ePrint:


"HP ePrint really works: emails and attachments printed from the cloud" - Engadget




HP Donation Helps Vermont Elementary School Overcome Theft

In September, HP and Microsoft came to the aid of Dummerston Elementary School in Vermont after learning of a June break-in that resulted in the theft of 28 computers. HP replaced the stolen computers with 30 new HP laptops, five desktops and other equipment with a combined value of more than $30,000.

Larry Irving, HP’s Vice President for Global Government Affairs at HP, joined Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Dummerston School Principal Jo Carol Ratti to kick off the new year at the school.



HP to Acquire ArcSight

HP and ArcSight Inc. today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for HP to acquire ArcSight, a leading security and compliance management company, for $43.50 per share, or an enterprise value of $1.5 billion.


Today’s successful enterprises must provide their employees, partners and customers with more access to applications, services and information. This access and connectivity exposes enterprises to escalating threats, increasing complexity and regulatory challenges.

Together, HP and ArcSight will be well-positioned to secure even the most demanding environments.


For more information:

- Read the rest of today's announcement

- Attend the investor conference call at 5:30am PT

- HP SEC filings

- Follow @hpnews on Twitter and Stocktwits


What is ArcSight?

ArcSight is a leading global provider of cybersecurity and compliance solutions that protect organizations from enterprise threats and risks.


UPDATE: Remarks from investor call


Bill Veghte, EVP of HP Software & Solutions, joined investors at 5:30am PT to discuss the proposed acquisition.  Highlights attributabe to Veghte are below; the full transcript is available on at our investor relations website.


"At the most basic level, this announcement signals HP’s intent to be a leader in providing solutions for enterprises that improve their security, reduce their risk and help them stay compliant at lower cost."


"The security market is large and is growing at double-digit levels.  It is an area where customers are looking for not only great software products but the services and hardware around it...HP has the ability to provide these integrated solutions to our customers."


"...take the cybersecurity space alone, there are over 80 current and pending legislative bills globally and 25 pending in Congress."


"HP does not believe that the current practice of layering multiple prevention point products after the fact will work.  We believe organizations need a new approach, an approach where security and IT operations are converged, not siloed.  An approach where security is designed in."


Photo credit: wlodi

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Cathie Lesjak remarks at Citi Technology Conference: R&D, 3PAR, Mark Hurd, Oracle, and more

cathie-lesjak.jpgOn Wednesday, HP CFO and interim CEO Cathie Lesjak was interviewed by Citigroup technology analyst Richard Gardner at the bank’s Global Technology Conference in New York.


The full transcript is available here; highlights are below.

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BREAKING: HP Files Civil Complaint Against Hurd; Includes Statement and Link to Full Complaint

In response to the news of Mark Hurd’s intention to join Oracle, HP today filed a civil complaint in the California Superior Court (County of Santa Clara) against Hurd. HP’s statement on the matter:


“Mark Hurd agreed to and signed agreements designed to protect HP's trade secrets and confidential information.  HP intends to enforce those agreements.”


The full complaint can be found here [pdf]; part of the introduction is excerpted below:


“Despite being paid millions of dollars in cash, stock and stock options in exchange for Hurd’s agreements to protect HP’s trade secrets and confidential information during his employment and following his departure from his positions at HP as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President, HP is informed and believes and thereon alleges that Hurd has put HP’s most valuable trade secrets and confidential information in peril.  Hurd accepted positions with Oracle Corporation (“Oracle”), a competitor of HP, yesterday as its President and as a member of its Board of Directors.  In his new positions, Hurd will be in a situation in which he cannot perform his duties for Oracle without necessarily using and disclosing HP’s trade secrets and confidential information to others.”


Parts of the Agreement Regarding Confidential Information and Proprietary Developments (the “Trade Secret Protection Agreements”), signed by Hurd on February 6, 2008, February 26, 2009, and February 12, 2010, can be found in the complaint (sections 28-32).

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New HP Labs research: business models for publishers and The Provider's Dilemma

newstand.jpgSince the first mainstream media organizations ventured online roughly two decades ago, one of their biggest challenges has been in choosing a revenue model.


Today, a culture of experimentation pervades the industry as publishers work to balance the tradeoff between maximizing revenue per user and maximizing the number of users in the long term.  In a new paper published today, researchers at HP Labs call this “The Provider’s Dilemma.”


To add some predictability to the experimentation process, coauthors Christina Aperjis and HP Senior Fellow Bernardo Huberman propose a new algorithm that may help predict how online audiences will react over time to the introduction of different business models, like advertising or subscription fees.


“The problem is that while free content will result in maximum audience attention, it creates minimal revenue,” says Huberman.  “Added to this is the reality that people have come to expect ‘free’ content on the Web, which gives publishers even fewer options to recover costs.”


Although A/B testing and other techniques can deliver some insight into the issue, constantly imposing new business models might wear the audience out and cause them to leave for good.


Aperjis and Huberman’s solution is based on adaptation theory.  Applied here, the theory posits that even though a change affects a person’s use of the product initially, as time goes on people tend to adapt and become less aware of these changes.


Here’s how the algorithm might work for an online publisher.


First, the publisher publishes a change to her site (e.g. a new type of advertisement) for a limited amount of time.  Then, the algorithm analyzes the traffic data before and after the change and presents the publisher with one of two predictions:


1.  Users don’t care about the advertisement and the publisher should go ahead make the change to the site all at once.

2.  Users are sensitive to the advertisement, and changes should be made over time (at a rate that is also specified by the algorithm) to minimize attrition and increase revenue.


At this stage, the results of this work are still mathematical in nature and a real world implementation is needed to see how it can help content providers.  We’ll continue to update readers on the status of this research as it evolves.


To read the full research report, click here.


Why is HP conducting this research?

Increasingly, online media is becoming many people's principal interface to technology, and these media interactions produce an enormous amount of data.  Creating software, hardware, and services that can automatically analyze large data sets and help people make informed decisions is an extremely challenging technical task and an area of focus at HP Labs.


HP believes that information is the greatest resource we have for addressing problems in business and society.  HP is the world's largest technology company and HP Labs is its advanced research group.


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