HP steps up focus on China


HP announced a series of new initiatives designed to
accelerate growth and investment in China and to deliver seamless, secure,
context-aware experiences for a connected world.


HP investments in cloud computing,
systems research and development, technology infrastructure transformation
projects and social media platforms will expand the company’s presence in
China’s largest cities and accelerate its growth in the Chinese market. The
programs align with China’s priorities and HP’s growth plans announced earlier
this year.


Signaling an increased focus on this important market, HP
president and chief executive officer Leo Apotheker and HP’s senior management
team were in China this week for meetings with customers, employees and
government officials. Apotheker visited Shanghai, Chongqing, Tianjin and
Beijing and met with China’s Vice Premier, Li Keqiang, to reaffirm HP’s
commitment to the country.


China’s vibrant economy, explosive growth in social and
mobile connectivity, and strong commitment to innovation present tremendous
opportunities for HP,” said Apotheker.


We see huge potential in China to deliver on our vision
for the connected world spanning cloud and connectivity, from the consumer
through to the enterprise. We are more committed than ever to helping our
Chinese customers, partners and employees fuel the next wave of innovation that
will drive mutual growth and prosperity not only in China, for China, but also
for the rest of the world.”


China has the world’s largest internet population,
and its need for rapid infrastructure growth requires flexible, fast and
seamless technology to support bandwidth-hungry applications and an increased
appetite for mobility, security and manageability.


China’s recently released five-year plan signifies a new
phase of growth through the expansion of domestic consumption, driving a
low-carbon economy, fostering innovation and achieving balanced social and
economic growth.


HP opened the doors to its first HP Cloud Executive
Briefing Center in Tianjin to provide customers in China and the region with
hands-on experience in building, enabling and operating HP-led cloud
environments. The center gives customers an opportunity to create a blueprint
for a seamless, secure, context-aware cloud environment, whether it is private,
public or hybrid, that makes most economic, operational and business sense.


To tap into the strong engineering talent in Beijing, HP
will open a new center dedicated to driving system innovation. The Enterprise
Servers Storage and Networking Research and Development Center will serve as a
global hub for networking and information analytics research. The center, which
is actively recruiting engineers and will open by the end of the year, expands
HP’s R&D presence in China, which includes HP Labs Beijing and H3C’s
R&D team.


HP will expand its presence and investments in Shanghai
with additional manufacturing facilities, the consolidation of its existing
employee sites into one multipurpose, state-of-the-art campus and the
establishment of a China regional headquarters for the Personal Systems Group
in Shanghai.


In support of China’s 12th five-year plan, HP
will collaborate with major cities, including Shanghai, Tianjin and Chongqing,
to tackle complex infrastructure, energy and healthcare issues. HP will use its
broad portfolio of solutions and services to transform China’s technology
infrastructure into sustainable, energy-efficient, cloud-based systems that are
equipped to accommodate the country’s rapid growth.


In Chongqing, HP announced it would donate 1,000 HP PCs
in support of the city’s rural development efforts. The company also committed
to donating an additional 10,000 PCs nationwide to rural community projects to
help bridge the digital divide. HP PCs will go to schools, hospitals and
communities in need of basic technology to communicate, teach, learn and treat.


As communicated in March, one of HP’s key priorities will
be to deliver innovative market-specific solutions to customers in key markets
such as China. To achieve this, HP announced in mid-June that Todd Bradley,
executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, will lead cross-business
initiatives focused on expanding HP’s market share in China. Additionally,
Steve Gill was appointed managing director and vice president of Global Sales
for HP China on June 20.


HP opened its operation in China in 1985, one of the
first international technology companies to do so. Twenty-six years on, HP
China now operates nine regional offices, does business in more than 600 cities
and has 10,000 channel partners. More than 7,000 retail stores across 689
cities and 2,000 counties carry HP products. Serving the needs of local and
global customers, HP has seven global facilities in China and a strong R&D
footprint with more than 3,000 pending and granted Chinese patents.


HP continues to invest in its PC customer service in
China. The company opened four new HP Total Care Centers” over the last 12
months in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Guangzhou. Over the next year, HP
plans to open more customer service centers for both its printer and PC


HP is taking additional steps in China to meet the
government’s goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions 17 percent over the next
five years by collaborating with Business for Social Responsibility to reduce
energy use, GHG emissions and costs. Eight of HP’s suppliers with 12 facilities
in China have joined the initiative, which aims to develop energy improvement
plans, share best practices and learn from energy-efficiency experts.


By TelecomLead.com Team
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