HP has a long heritage of innovating to apply technology to meet the
needs of people and organizations. We develop new technologies, solutions,
business models and processes to help customers have simpler, more valuable
and trusted technology experiences in their lives and at work. Research
and development (R&D) supports our business by inventing the next generation
of technology products and solutions to meet customer needs.
We conduct R&D in support of HP's business strategy in core business
areas such as imaging and printing, enterprise systems and storage management,
personal computing, and mobility. We also research specific issues such
as trust, privacy and materials, many of which connect with aspects of
global citizenship. While some R&D occurs in HP Labs (our central research
organization), the bulk of our R&D takes place throughout our business
groups. In 2006, we invested $3.6 billion on R&D.
Several examples of innovation in 2006 that relate to global citizenship
are included throughout this report, including: