Information and communication technologies (ICT) is an enabler of economic growth and societal development. In recent studies by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), for other geopolitical regions like the European Union (EU), GDP growth has been directly impacted by ICT adoption. These studies reveal an overall contribution of ICT to GDP of 8%, while the specific contribution to growth of competitiveness within sectors due to ICT is around 30%.
Furthermore, the study of Prof. Carlota Perez clearly indicates that ICT has become a generic purpose technology which creates networking and spillover effects. Society is entering the phase that ICT is in its deployment phase, and the initiative is handed over from capital investments to production investments. Last but not least, the World Economic Forum competitiveness reports indicate that emerging societies benefit from the agility with which an economy adopts existing technologies to enhance the productivity of its industries and societies, with specific emphasis on its capacity to fully leverage ICT.
HP has entered into several collaboration models with local industry, academia, and government to support innovation projects. This can happen as part of the HP labs OPEN innovation program, through the innovation research program. HP has funded 62 research projects at 50 universities. These programs are steered by the HP labs organization.
Some very innovative examples could be cited, like the creation of innovation labs, in collaboration with local partners. Several innovation centers have been created in the Balkan (Croatia, Slovenia). Essential in the success of ICT adoption is the involvement of the large ecosystem of partners, consultants, integrators, and service organizations around the HP business model.
Anurag Agrawal MBBS PhD FCCP
Principal Scientist from Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Director General, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, Asian Development Bank
Partnership and Programs Development Director, Hewlett-Packard
Chief Technology Officer for European Union Institutions and United Nations, Hewlett-Packard
Vice President, Sustainability and Social Innovation, Hewlett-Packard