Monday, 6 August 2018

How Three Global Megatrends Are Reshaping PCs And Printing?

Printing and computers are changing in response to these big trends, says George Brasher, head of HP Inc UK.


It's been almost three years since HP split into two companies: HP Inc and HP Enterprise, with HP Inc becoming the home of a portfolio that includes printers, laptops, tablets and desktop computers. ZDNet spoke with George Brasher MD of HP Inc for the United Kingdom and Ireland to obtain an update.

Can you tell me a little about your background and your role at HP?

HP: I started with HP 28 years ago and, for me, it has been a wonderful company to be part of it. I have lived in 20 different cities in 9 countries. I worked in product development, marketing and sales, I worked in PC and printing. I did this role as an MD for the United Kingdom and Ireland for four years. In terms of the company, I think we've gone from strength to strength.

We have a strategic framework that is based on central growth and the future. The main growth is most of our business and there you should focus on the pockets of growth and you must make sure you have a large portfolio, the correct cost structure, [HP CEO, Dion Weisler] calls it "small sparks of magic ": the differentiation. We differentiate ourselves according to security, design and collaboration.

Basically, the A3 copier market, where we believe we are market leaders. The second is the printing market for large format printers, which is moving from analog to digital, which means that it is moving towards us. And then, the third area is how our commercial clients want to transform their work spaces.

Essentially, that was our strategic framework that we established four years ago. It has not changed And we have been working on that and I think the way we are facing is the way it is displayed in the market. We have expanded our leadership position in both PC and printing. In our most recent quarter, we have had five quarters of double-digit growth in both. We are growing, we are increasing revenues, we are increasing profits.

You have three areas in which you are focusing, let's take the A3 impression as an example. How is that market developed?

If you go back 20 years, you have two very different markets. You had a printer-based market that was A4 and hung on the network. And it had a market based on copiers, which was largely A3 and was an independent market. Those two markets have come together.

Now, different people segment it in different ways, but I would say that there is a network printing market that has A4 and A3 characteristics. It depends on the user. If you try to satisfy someone's need on the desktop with desktop printing, then you have a number of needs.

So, if you are going to meet the needs of a department, they will have another set of needs. It's just another network device.

Now I think there are a couple of things that are happening there. One is that you have a lot of information in a physical form that is moving to the cloud. How are solutions created that make it easier for customers to take things to the cloud or send them via email? How do you take things that are in digital form and reduce them in an analogous way? For me, it's not just an independent printer or copier. Actually, it is a network device that you need to move from one to another, and we have created excellent products that IT decision makers and CEOs can rely on.

The second thing is, and this is something that people do not always realize, a printer is just another device that is on a network and if you have a device sitting on a network, you should think about the security that surrounds it . And it always surprises me when I talk to IT decision makers and CIOs, who do not talk about security anymore. They are so concerned with the administration of their servers and their PCs that security is something they do not always think about.

With a network IP you can send and receive emails, upload things to the cloud, you can download things from the cloud, so it's just another node in the network.

So, all the security that we put in our PC devices? We put the same level of security in our printers because they can be pirated like anything else.

HP Labs annually conducts a survey on the fate of technology. Now it is not so much a forecast of technology as a political forecast. We have people who go out and look at where the technology is going and within which they can identify key trends.

A trend in rapid urbanization. If you think about that, you have a world of more than nine billion people and there will be 41 megacities. A megacity has more than 10 million people. If you go back 10 years, there are only 10 of them. There will be 41 and most of them in developing countries.

The second is to change the demographics and you can use many different analogies here, but basically, you have two poles. A large population of over 60 years, many of them still in the workforce and with a large amount of discretionary spending. But you also have Generation Z coming up and you are the sons and daughters of the baby boomer workforce.

The third trend is hyperglobalization, just a flattening of the market and how connected we are.

We have to think about the implications for us of things like rapid urbanization and demographic changes.

To take a point, how do you see rapid urbanization impacting a company like HP?

I do not think you can see any of these things in isolation. You have to bring multiple megatrends.

If I think of a rapid urbanization, I have to think about how we can associate with people. In this case, they will be channel partners.

Therefore, you must take into account, not only how to obtain coverage from the customer's perspective in the customer segments, but how to ensure that you have adequate coverage in these megacities around the world.

Another thing is that, if you have all these people living in megacities, you should think about the size of the printers. Space and design become really important.

And we want to make sure that we have an excellent product that has good collaboration features. For example, we work with Bang & Olufsen to get the speakers and part of that is because what we are discovering from the customers is that the offices are changing.

This goes back to the rapid urbanization, which means that more people go to work in the offices, but they will no longer have the traditional desk. This is happening all over the world, but you will also see it in our offices. They will have original desks, but they are generally shared spaces with meeting rooms and other available spaces.

And do you see other changes in the way we live?

If you live in a city, you will travel mainly by bus or other public transport. When you do this, you will be aware of the people around you. Now, we've all seen that problem when someone is looking at what they're doing on their laptop and they're asking, "Is that person looking over my shoulder?" And then there's the case when you leave your laptop in the cafeteria.

To help, we have integrated a privacy screen, so that a button does not allow people to see your screen and creates an electronic privacy screen.

How about what you do in print?

Traditionally it has had inkjet printing that is mainly for the home, then printing by laser jet which is mainly for business. We created a third technology called PageWide, which is basically an ink-based technology designed for companies.

That's something we launched three or four years ago and it's a very popular technology. We take that same technology and use it to build our 3D printing technology.

In 3D printing, he worries about quality, worries about production speed and worries about the cost. PageWide can help you with all three because it's about quality, speed and cost.

We have made progress both in cost and speed, and that is because we were able to take advantage of our PageWide product legacy that, instead of creating impressions, creates plastic pieces.

How have things been since the split into two companies?

I think we are stronger now than ever. We have developed our innovation engine very well. Everyone knows the strategic framework. We are running against that. We have built more excellent products in the last 15 months that we have in any previous period of time.

Where does the impetus for innovation come from?

I would say two things. The number one is that we have a very clear strategic focus around solutions, products and services in both printers and PC.

The second is that we have become the masters of our own destiny. As a company, we must focus on the laser from the board downwards.

I think that if you are clear about the customer segments of your orientation, you have clear areas in which you play. I think the result will be two things. One is that the pipe of your product will increase, the second is that you will be focused on the execution at ground level every day.

Where are you with respect to diversity?

I am a great believer that the best teams are wide and diverse because that means that you bring different points of view and that means that you will debate and you will have many more possibilities to find the best decisions.

I think the second point is that, as an industry, technology in the UK has a problem. If you look at the data, women in the country in general are a little less than half of the UK workforce. If you look at technology, I have seen two different sets of statistics from two different studies and say that only 17 or 25 percent of the technology workforce is female.

Now we are an industry based on innovation and that means we have to have the best minds in our industry and if we are only attracting between 17 and 25 percent, then we are not doing a very good job as an industry.

I have been very eloquent in this and, like HP, we want to be the best employer but, frankly, as an industry, we have to intensify our game.

We have created a return program for women who return to the industry after a waiting period, possibly because they have children, we have a program for that.

I have ordered that 50 percent of our interns will be women, because the interns are next year's graduates or the next young employees join in time.

And the third thing is that we have signed a technology letter that basically is a document that says that, as an industry, we are working so that there is a woman in each short list.

Because I feel really passionate about this. As an industry, I want us to be the most attractive employer in general, and at HP I want us to be an attractive employer. For me, this is something that is really important to do.

Monday, 26 February 2018

HP HPE0-Y53 Question Answer

A switch is configured with four OpenFlow tables: Table 0, Table 50, Table 100, and Table 200. Which table will reject the go-to-table action in its flows?

A. Table 0
B. Table50
C. Table 100
D. Table 200

Answer: D


An HP Comware switch is controlled by a team of HP VAN SDN Controllers. The controllers have these roles within the region that contains the switch.
Controller 1 = Master
Controller 2 Primary slave
Controller 3 =Secondary slave
A failed network connection causes Controller 1 to lose contact with the switch. Controller 2 and Controller 3 can still reach all the controlled devices. Controller 1 is still up and has contact with other controllers and switches. How does the team handle this situation?


A. Controller 1, as master, contacts OpenFlow-enabled devices near the switch and attempts to repair the connection.
B. Controller 2 becomes the master for this switch, although Controller 1 remains master for other switches.
C. Controller 1, as master, removes the switch from any active flows and sends updated flows to Controller 2 andController 3.
D. Controller 2 becomes the master for all switches in the region, and Controller 1 becomes the primary slave for the region.

Answer: B

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

HP HPE0-Y53 Question Answer

What is a benefit of the HP Network Protector SDN Application as opposed to a traditional IDS/IPS?

A. HP Network Protector uses anomaly-based threat detection so that it can detect zeroday threats.
B. HP Network Protector detects threats based on custom blacklists exclusively, preventing false positives.
C. HP Network Protector is deployed on a hardware appliance that sits inline between a protected and unprotected zone.
D. HP Network Protector dynamically programs the network to drop malicious traffic at the point of connection.

Answer: D




 Which design in the exhibit shows valid choices for HP switches?

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D

Answer: B

Friday, 10 November 2017

HP HPE0-Y53 Question Answer

A company requires secure, encrypted connections between OpenFlow-enabled switches and the HP VAN SDN Controller What could the network administrator do to meet this requirement?

A. Configure TLS and certificates for the connection to the OpenFlow controller.
B. Configure the OpenFlow instance to use SSH and set up matching passwords on the switches and controller
C. Configure fail secure mode on the OpenFlow instance.
D. Configure the controller connection on the switch out-of-band management (OOBM) port.

Answer: A

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

HP HPE0-Y53 Question Answer

A customer requires greater visibility and insight into traffic flowing between virtual machines (VMs) on the same ESXi host. Which HP product meets these needs?

A. HP 5900v switch
B. HP 7900 switch
C. HP 12500 switch
D. HP 12900 switch

Answer: A


Exhibit:


A company is using HP Network Protector SDN Application with the default RepDV filters.
The rest of the configuration is at default. A network administrator wants to determine whether the HP Network Protector application will deny access to a web site. The administrator searches for the domain name and receives the result shown in the exhibit. What can the administrator determine?

A. The application will not block access to the web site at any time or log any messages.
B. The application will not block access to the web site at any time, but it will log attempts to access it.
C. The application will block access to the web site and log attempts to access it.
D. The application will block access to the web site during business hours but not at other times.

Answer: B

Thursday, 4 May 2017

HP’s Spectre x360 Is The Convertible Laptop That Could Make You Ditch Your Macbook

The Specter x360 laptop that can be folded into a tablet is the finest HP convertible yet. And it could kill Apple's Macbook.

When you first get a hold of the HP Specter x360 laptop, you are surprised by the thin, lightweight design of the top 2-in-1 laptop from the company.

The device, which can also be folded into a tablet, is the thinnest HP convertible yet and is the successor to the popular Specter notebook from last year.

But once it gets dirty with the device, the slim and quality - cut design of a solid - arguably aluminum block plays second violin to the impressive specifications and product functionality.

It is true that I have owned and used an Apple Macbook for so long that I always feel a little lost change to explore in the Windows operating system.

And with a price tag of $ 2,499, I would have to do a lot to become permanently - but it certainly gives a red hot go.

The laptop is only 13.8 mm thick and the tips of the scales in a measly 1,295 kg.

What the company is calling a "micro edge bezel" has been shaved about 2cm on each side of the screen, packing more punch in the high-definition 13.3-inch high-definition touchscreen.

However, after experimenting with positioning the camera face to face, HP opted not to do the same with the lower and upper edge bezel, which means that it could hold the camera in the desired position and leave the wireless antenna in The top of the screen for better performance Wi-Fi.


The Specter x360 was launched along with the EliteBook x360 which has a strong focus on security and caters to more security conscious executives.

Meanwhile, the Specter x360 is the most consumer-focused offering and marketed in creative and business types that want to meet all of your work and entertainment needs with just one device.

It comes with the Windows 10 operating system, which of course features the Microsoft AI assistant, Cortana.

It also comes with a digitizer pen that can be used in creative applications, edit documents or draw on maps. This is definitely an area where the Specter x360 eclipses the Macbook Pro, which does not even have a touch screen or inking system.


The device can be put into store mode, allowing it to be alone or completely folded into a tablet shape that is particularly useful when using the stylus.

With four built-in Bang & Olufsen speakers looking in different directions, the laptop produces consistent and good quality audio.

The keyboard was a great focus for HP with the new device, but the company understands not to mess too much with the keyboard arrangement of its predecessor.

Great attention to design results on a comfortable and solid keyboard that is backlit, allowing you to work in any light condition and sits next to a very nice glass trackpad.





Under the hood and the laptop is powered by Intel's seventh-generation Core processor and the device has room for up to 16GB of RAM.
It has two USB-C lightning ports for charging and data, plus an inherited USB 3.0 port that will surely make life a bit more convenient for anyone.
It has kept the headset jack but missing an SD card slot or micro SD card slot that may disappoint some users. The Specter x360 also comes with a USB-C to HDMI adapter.
The battery life has been improved, allowing users up to 15 hours per charge while working with Wi-Fi enabled, but the display brightness is set to the minimum.
I was able to use the laptop for days before requiring a charge.
Since it is marketed to the busy professional, HP has ensured that it can be loaded quickly anywhere. The device includes "HP Fast Charge" technology, which means that 50% of the computer's battery will charge in 30 minutes.
With the price of $ 2,499, it may be difficult for some Apple Macbook-philes to be convinced to make the change. But for the less obstinate among us, a device like the HP Specter x360 is a worthy investment and offers plenty of potential and versatility.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update starts hitting HP Elite x3


 The last thing we knew, HP said the X3 Elite will receive Windows Mobile Update 10 anniversary "in the coming weeks." Well, the good news is that the update has started to roll - which is available both over-the-air, as well as the Windows recovery tool devices.


In addition to the changes related to updating anniversary, the new firmware also provides support for double tap to wake, and an LED charge indicator. We should also mention that the cameras with questions - on which the reports were halted US sales of the phone - also have been fixed.