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The future of technology is today’s reality


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David Caspari is Managing Director for HP South Pacific.


William Gibson observed,  “The future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed.”  


Here we are, six decades into the computer revolution, and we are finally in the era of the fully, digitally wired global economy. This is a revolution that HP was at the genesis of. It has been four decades since the invention of the microprocessor. We are two decades into the rise of the modern Internet, and it has been one decade since the peak of the 1990s dot-com bubble false start. We are in a place where industries can be transformed through technology and can be widely delivered at global scale.


Star Trek technology is our reality

Business models are being reimagined, reformed and transformed at an unprecedented rate. The dreams of cyber-visionaries like Gene Rodenberry who imagined the tricorder in Star Trek three decades ago has been finally delivered and, incredibly, it’s accelerating.


And don’t be confused - the core competency, the core differentiator of today’s economy is technology. Let’s pause for just a moment to reflect on today’s economy:

  • The world’s largest bookseller, Amazon, is a software company. Its core competency is an amazing software engine.
  • Today’s largest video service is a technology company, Netflix. It eviscerated Blockbuster to get there.
  • Today’s dominant music companies are technology companies: iTunes, Pandora and Spotify.

The technology shift in financial services

The financial services industry has visibly been transformed by technology over the last 30 years. You’re not just using your smartphone to access your bank’s website. You’re using it for mobile banking services and applications, tapping in to cloud options and generating data that the bank must process securely but at lightning speeds. Banks now know me and my preferences, and are optimizing the interaction with me at every exchange.


This transformation isn’t limited to simply financial services; healthcare, education and defense are just a few more industries that have been affected. All of this is happening as we continue to travel through a stagnant economic chapter. In the face of these headwinds and the challenge to respond, the role of technology is getting even more important.


As enterprise leaders, you will be asked to respond to changes in your market, within weeks or months, including acceleration of cost reduction, acceleration of productivity improvements, retaining service delivery, and technology-enabled business transformation. 


How can information technology be used to solve the world’s biggest challenges?


In response to today’s digitally wired economy, we have identified four core strategic areas of focus, four technology areas that will be behind the technology transformation of the enterprise into the digitally wired economy:

  • Cloud
  • Security embedded with the data as it travels
  • Information analytics to make sense of it all
  • Mobility

So, how does HP fit? The core of HP’s mission is to deeply understand how information technology can be used to solve the world’s biggest challenges, in order to bring the technological innovation that the digitally wired economy requires. Australia is considered a global leader within HP. We are the recipient of HP’s global strategic investment here in our own backyard, and we are bursting with some of the most talented technology professionals.


You will have your opportunity to hear about this New Style of IT at HP Technology at Work 2013. The event consists of two roadshows:

  • Melbourne - 23 July 2013 at Melbourne Convention Centre
  • Sydney - 30 July 2013 at Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre

I will be presenting what’s in store for HP Technology at Work 2013 and how you can maximise the value of your time at this not-to-be-missed roadshow.


We know the core differentiator of today’s economy is technology, and we relish our role in capturing this massive opportunity, but this is bigger than any one company. The challenge is for us all—all of you, the IT industry, and government—to invent today’s science fiction and catapult the Australian economy headlong and with confidence into tomorrow’s economy.

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