In the era of anywhere, anytime connectivity, information is the world's most valuable resource. Today, about a quarter of the world's population is online. By 2020, that number will grow to roughly two-thirds.1 As access to technology expands, countless gateways to communication and collaboration are opening up, accelerating how information is created, delivered, and consumed.

The implications are profound. With the swift advance of mobile technologies and the rise of cloud-based services, we carry our digital lives wherever we go. Increasingly sophisticated devices keep us connected to the cloud and to each other, delivering information through whatever screen we happen to be using, whether it's a smartphone, notebook, tablet, or web-connected printer.

As information flows freely, crossing borders and breaking down barriers, the lines between personal and professional lives are blurring. We want—and increasingly rely on—seamless and secure access to the information we need and value most, no matter where we are or what we're doing. This expectation is changing how people think and behave, and reshaping how businesses and governments operate.

At HP, we're developing solutions to deliver on the promise of connectivity and the cloud. From how information is created to all the ways it's shared, analyzed, and stored, our solutions transform data into insight, bytes into experience, and noise into knowledge. With our broad portfolio and nearly 325,000 employees2 in 170 countries, we're driving innovation on a vast scale and helping to transform how people live, businesses operate, and the world works.

Advancing environmental sustainability

HP solutions create connections that help customers not only conserve natural resources, but also fuel sustainable transformation and growth.

Beyond greatly reducing the environmental impact of products throughout our portfolio, we are applying technology in innovative ways to build intelligent infrastructure and replace inefficient systems with more productive and sustainable alternatives.

Consider data centers. Most weren't designed with energy efficiency in mind. As their use climbs with the rapid expansion of the information economy, they're consuming more and more energy. By using technology to automatically monitor and gather accurate, up-to-the-instant information about how data center systems are performing, HP solutions help customers save money, conserve energy, and reduce associated greenhouse gas emissions.

For example, the HP Data Center Smart Grid creates an intelligent, energy-aware data center equipped with a sea of sensors that detect when servers are wasting power, allowing IT managers to make adjustments in real time. This information management solution can reduce a facility's power and cooling costs by up to 30%.

We're applying this idea on a much broader scale as well. HP's Central Nervous System for the Earth (CeNSE) is an IT ecosystem that senses, collects, sends, and analyzes information about the world's infrastructure in real time. The opportunities to increase efficiencies in urban infrastructure—from energy and water use to transportation and communications—are virtually unlimited, thanks to context-aware technologies such as CeNSE and widespread connectivity.

Read more about CeNSE and other HP innovations that are helping customers conserve energy and reduce environmental impact.

Improving healthcare

Information can make the difference between life and death. Yet the healthcare industry lags in using technology to help doctors, nurses, and patients make informed decisions as effectively and efficiently as possible. By helping organizations integrate technology into healthcare systems, we're making it easier for health professionals to quickly enter, retrieve, and share patient information, and deliver better care.

Moving from paper-based records to an integrated electronic medical record system provides health professionals easy access to up-to-date information. To help make this possible, HP is partnering with leading hospitals, doctors, and nonprofits to bring medical records into the digital age.

For example, we're working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Kenya Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation to help babies born with HIV in Kenya receive prompt medical care that dramatically improves their chances of survival. Together, we've developed a new solution that automates the capture, processing, and publishing of test results, making that information available to caregivers online and sending them via text to printers in remote clinics. Test results that once took weeks by courier now arrive electronically in just days. In 2009, before this system was implemented, 45,000 infants in Kenya were tested. With this new program, HP expects the number of babies tested to jump to 70,000 in the year 2011.

Learn more about how HP innovations are transforming healthcare.

Strengthening education

Because young people are already enthusiastic technology users, technology is an ideal platform for deepening their engagement in learning. Technology also provides them the opportunity to develop many of the skills they'll need to compete in the information economy, such as conducting online research, using software to complete homework and perform analyses, and using email or instant chat to communicate with teachers and other students. For students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), developing strong technology skills is even more critical.

At HP, we believe integrating technology into the learning experience is a pathway to developing the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators. It's why we created the HP Catalyst Initiative. Drawing on the expertise of 35 of the world's leading educational institutions, the initiative's goal is to rethink and revive STEM education by exploring new approaches to using technology to enrich teaching and learning.

For example, an HP Catalyst consortium led by the South Africa-based Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's Meraka Institute is charged with championing technology that connects students in developing parts of the world with the global research community. Its goal is to empower students to participate in collaborative problem-solving, helping to address some of the world's most urgent social challenges—such as climate change and food security—through the power of grid computing.

Known as the Global Collaboratory, this consortium is drawing on the success of the HP and UNESCO Brain Gain Initiative, which was created to slow the exodus of scientists and academics from Africa and the Middle East. The HP and UNESCO partnership launched a powerful grid computing network across 20 universities, providing researchers with shared computing power that supports their work.

Learn more about how HP is using technology to strengthen education, support teachers, and empower students.

Forging ahead

Even as billions gain access to technology and connect with the global community, we've only begun to unleash the full power of information. At HP, we're forging ahead by pioneering solutions and expertise that help make the most of information to enrich experiences, advance collaboration, and ignite innovation.

  1. 1 Morgan Stanley Research, 2010.
  2. 2 As of October 31, 2010.
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