A majority of security vulnerabilities that led to cyberattacks in 2014 were between 2 and 4 years old, with misconfigurations of servers ranked as the biggest security risk, according to Hewlett-Packard's Cyber Risk Report. HP says threat intelligence sharing and collaboration are key to fixing the problems.
Stephen DiFranco, vice president and general manager of Hewlett-Packard's Partners Organization, Americas, says channel success is tied to aggressive sell strategies in which resellers push products that meet customer needs and are passionate about the specific market focus.
HP acquired Palm because it liked the versatility of the webOS software, not to enter the smartphone business, HP CEO Mark Hurd said at a technology conference. Hurd said HP wanted to get its hands on Palm's portfolio of valuable patents, noting that they were compatible with HP's huge array of Web-connected devices. "The webOS is one of the two ground-up pieces of software that is built as a Web operating environment," he said.
Hewlett-Packard believes companies need to be more efficient with their IT budgets and is sending EDS consultants to organizations to help determine which technologies are best to invest in right now. "Customers' budgets are very constrained, but demands just keep growing. Don't spend more, spend smarter," said Deborah Nelson, HP's senior vice president of marketing for technology solutions.
By 2015, people will be able to "virtually collaborate" using avatars that will fill late online meeting attendees in on what they missed or even cover for them if they are catching 40 winks, according to a vision of the high-tech future that HP's Phil McKinney, chief technology officer of its Personal Systems Group, outlined. McKinney exhibited such futuristic cognitive devices as a "wearable data manager" -- rings that can interact with any other device by way of containing a user's profile -- and an "Interactive Work Surface," which would let connected workplace colleagues see images as they are being drawn.