At HP, it’s ‘Everybody On’ board to make the world a better place

 “Hey, what exactly is the new vision that your CEO laid out to the analysts recently?” my husband asked me today.  Without giving much thought, I blurted out, “It’s really about taking all the expertise of HP’s people, products, research and development and using it to make the world a better place.” 


And yes, that’s really what the message is.  Sure, it’s also about IT evolving from technology-based to information-based services.  It’s about taking that information and services so that consumers, businesses and government organizations can improve productivity, communication, connectivity and IT for an epically changing world.  And the message is about taking HP’s unique capabilities in cloud computing, connectivity and software to help consumers and businesses.  ‘Everybody On’ is a world where we help deliver the right information to the right place at the right time.


Leo.jpgBut what’s getting lost in many of the news reports around the new HP strategy is “why.” A few days ago our CEO Léo Apotheker laid out the strategy to employees.  “Our new strategy is all about having an impact on society’s most vital issues such as healthcare, education and the environment,” Léo Apotheker tells us. “ ‘Everybody On’ is where we believe the world is headed, where we believe HP can most use its talents to make the world a better place, and it’s where we want to go."



I applaud this vision.  In my family, giving back is expected.  My sisters and I were raised to be productive citizens and to do our part for the betterment of society.  For instance, although my dad had no sons, he coached a boys’ little league team for most of my childhood.  Teaching good sportsmanship and teamwork to young men was his way of making a difference.  My mom was a scientist involved with research to improve the industrial health of America’s workers.  Both of my sisters are teachers and have directly impacted so many young people in a positive way. 


As a result, it means a lot to me to think that I am helping a bigger cause through my work at HP.  The “Everybody On” vision is HP’s commitment to use technology and innovation in ways that really will make things better on the third planet from the Sun.   

And that’s something that makes me proud to work for HP.   Let me give you just a few of many examples of what we are doing today to put that lofty vision into practice.


  • HP and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) announced a partnership to provide a new cloud-based system that will speed up the turnaround time for HIV test results for babies in Kenya, allowing for earlier treatment - and ultimately saving an estimated 100,000 lives annually.

  • HP Labs has a number of initiatives to use technology to make the world a safer and more sustainable planet for all of us.  One example is CenSe.   With Central Nervous System for the Earth (CeNSE), billions of nano-scale sensors will be placed around the globe and will feel, taste, smell, see and hear the world around us.  Using powerful computing networks, the information can be analyzed and actions taken in real-time.  For example, people can prepare for an earthquake before it hits or evacuate an unsafe building before it collapses.

  • Many countries in the developing world lack a Food & Drug Administration-like agency to monitor the activities of drug companies.  As a result, counterfeit drugs are a big business and cause at least 700,000 deaths annually.  Technology is one big answer to help fight drug counterfeiting and save lives.   HP and mPedigree— a social enterprise based in Ghana — have teamed up with pharmaceutical companies to offer a no-cost way for patients in Ghana to verify the authenticity of their medications with a basic mobile phone.

So I agree with former U.S. President Bill Clinton when he says:  “Technology and innovation are keys to solving many of the most pressing challenges of our world.”  Do you agree?  What role do you think technology companies should play in advancing society?  Let me know.  I’d like to hear from you.


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Judy Redman has been writing about all areas of technology for more than 20 years.

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