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Are you prepared for emerging technologies?

‎06-25-2014 11:37 AM - edited ‎09-30-2015 07:05 AM

By Will Allen

Lead Strategist, Applied Innovation, HP Enterprise Services, and HP Fellow


Imagine that a well-known retailer rolls out a service for consumers to self-manufacture items from their PCs. It allows anybody to customize a wide range of products such as ceramic plates, toys, jewelry, specialized hand tools for mechanics—you name it—via 3D printers. The retailer hits a homerun with a huge spike in sales and foot traffic to its outlets where customers pick up their 3D-print-enabled products. Seeing the success of this early adopter, everybody wants to get in on the action. However, to twist an old adage, that leap requires a lot of “looking” beforehand.


iStock_000017532854_ExtraSmall.jpgWhen emerging technologies like 3D printing hit the mainstream, the impact on vertical markets may be sudden, but only those who have prepared for the breakthrough will be equipped to bolt out of the starting gate. Years of work and significant investment go into creating the supporting systems and processes prior to unveiling a revolutionary technology-enabled product or service.


And that’s where we come in. HP is diving deep into emerging technologies to study and analyze how developing technology (and coming megatrends with potential to impact multiple industries) will shape our clients’ businesses and government agencies. Enterprise Services’ Applied Innovation Team is pulling HP experts around the globe into a focused, emerging technologies community where we’ll identify, incubate, implement, and promote technical innovations. And I’m lucky enough to be leading the charge.


Twelve collaborative communities of interest are organizing along these topics:

  • Internet of Things
  • Better, bigger data
  • Computer-human interaction
  • Advanced collaboration
  • Mega-scale computing
  • Relationship interaction models between people and digital services
  • Mega-scale system optimization 
  • Managing elastic services
  • 3D printing
  • Drones and robotics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Resource scarcity and global challenges

In addition to tracking and sharing trends and developments, our experts will map out future use scenarios and examine business cases. Promising opportunities will be tested through virtual and real demonstrations and presented to clients. And ultimately, new services will be developed.


Emerging technologies hold lots of promise, opportunity and challenge. There’s nothing like living at the leading edge. Our goal is to enable our clients to quickly prepare for, and take advantage of, the possibilities. We’re excited about the work! And hope you’ll watch for more developments to come.


Continue the conversation on emerging technologies with me in the HP Enterprise Forward  LinkedIn Discussion Group. Join today! And read more about innovating in the New Style of IT in our new book. See the digital version here


allen.jpgAbout the author

Will Allen is Lead Strategist for the Applied Innovation team in HP Enterprise Services’ Office of the CTO and leader of the emerging technologies initiative. For more than twenty years, Allen has been deeply engaged with inventing and commercializing digital technology, contributing to HP programs with global impact in instrumentation, inkjet printing at all scales, and digital projection displays. 

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