Monthly Archives: December 2007

HP Empowers Winners at Recent 5th Asian Print Awards

At the recently held 5th Asian Print Awards, HP’s customers walked away with top honours for their outstanding achievements in digital printing. Two customers using HP Indigo digital presses – Subur Printing Network from Indonesia, and Thomson Press from India – clinched gold and bronze awards in their respective categories.

The Annual Asian Print Awards aims to recognise outstanding achievement in the print and packaging industries across Asia. Award recipients are decided on by an independent judging panel that comprises highly qualified print industry specialists from within Asia and around the world. Entries were judged on the overall print quality of their submissions.

This year, the awards saw 1,800 entries vying for awards in 22 categories. The awards were presented in Shanghai, China recently.

Winning HP customer entries

Subur Printing Network was awarded with the Gold Award in the “Gold in Digital Electrographic” category and a Platinum Sponsor’s award in the “Best Use of Digital Printing Process” category for their project Couleur’s D’Asie – a stunning photography book designed by French Photographer Pavle Kovac and printed on the HP Indigo press 5000. The company also won a Bronze Award for an in-house awareness campaign which saw the company producing a set of playing cards, some snap cards, puzzles and invitation cards.

“We are very proud to have received this award for the third consecutive year. This win was made possible by the consistent output from HP’s Indigo printers. One can create innovative designs and products, but they must be complemented with the best printing technology available. To that end, HP has empowered us with a fleet of printers comprising two units of HP Indigo press 3050 and three units of HP Indigo press 5000,” said Christian Soeseno Boenarso, Head of Digital and Marketing, Subur Printing Network and Managing Director of Kisah Personal Publishing and SayCheese.

Another HP customer, Thomson Press India, bagged the Bronze Award in the digital printing category for high-quality marketing collateral for Bodhi art gallery, which the company’s HP Indigo press 3050 printed on special substrates. Commenting on the award, Sukhvinder Singh Saini, Chief Manager, Thomson Press said, “We are delighted to receive the Asian Print Award. It is a testimony to our commitment to quality and meticulous detail in our printing jobs and reinforces our leadership in the printing space”.

He added, “The HP Indigo press 3050 has helped us in achieving this milestone by providing superior-quality digital colour printing. It enables us to meet specific professional requirements for high-volume production of marketing collaterals, test marketing samples, publishing, labels, security and specialty printing with the quality of traditional offset but with the flexibility of digital printing.”

The highly versatile HP Indigo digital presses allow marketers, publishers, consumer product companies and consumers to print in small runs while retaining offset-quality imaging. With variable data printing capability, HP Indigo presses are also widely used in the production of personalised direct mail and marketing communications materials.

Congratulating the winners, VS Hariharan, Vice President of Graphic Arts Business, HP Imaging and Printing Group, Asia Pacific & Japan said: “HP is honoured by the wins of our customers at the 5th Asian Printing Awards and we heartily congratulate them. We are extremely proud and gratified that they have chosen to combine their craftsmanship with HP’s industry-defining graphic arts solutions.”

“We are glad that though HP technology, our award winning print service providers are able to apply their skill in defining their digital difference, differentiating their service offerings and ultimately growing their businesses. Their wins affirm the other accolades that our customers are winning by using our printers.”

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Posted by on December 17, 2007 in HP


HP Readies Customers for Upcoming Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Launch

HP is announcing a broad portfolio of “Microsoft-ready” hardware, software, services and solutions to help ensure customers experience a seamless transition to the upcoming Microsoft Windows® Server 2008.

HP technologies, when used in conjunction with Microsoft Windows Server 2008, can help businesses achieve more control, greater flexibility and increased protection of their IT investments.

During the development cycle for Windows Server 2008, HP engineers worked with Microsoft and early adopter customers to make sure that its Business Technology portfolio performed well when tested in a range of scenarios that customers experience, such as the automation of daily management tasks, tightening security, improving efficiency and increasing the availability of business-critical applications.

HP and Microsoft have a longstanding relationship that includes collaborative product engineering and development that equips customers with high-quality and cost-effective solutions.

“HP recognizes the significance of infrastructure selection to the success of IT applications and the business processes that rely on them,” said David Tan, Managing Director, HP Philippines. “For more than three years, HP has dynamically partnered with Microsoft to guarantee the reliability of HP technology and Windows Server 2008 in constructing the IT infrastructure behind a more successful and efficient business.”

HP will support the latest Microsoft products through interoperability with its hardware and software offerings – including HP Integrity, HP ProLiant and HP BladeSystem servers, HP StorageWorks products and HP Software – that will give customers more visibility and control into their IT environments.

This added functionality, combined with improvements in virtualization, server management and security capabilities, will help customers more efficiently manage their IT operations, leading to reduced costs and improved performance of business-critical systems.

HP Services, as worldwide prime integrator for Microsoft products and technologies, will offer planning, design, implementation and support of the new Microsoft Windows Server 2008 technologies to ensure customers are up and running quickly, saving valuable time and reducing the risk of tackling a global installation. HP Services can integrate the operating system into IT environments as part of its joint solution set with Microsoft, known as HP & Microsoft Solutions for the People-Ready Business.

Additionally, HP Services’ education team, a worldwide Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Learning Solutions, will offer customized training to prepare customers for Windows Server 2008. Services include classroom training, live online training, self-paced e-learning and a variety of informal learning that improve overall return on investment for Windows Server 2008 by enabling customers to stay up to date while minimizing the time away from core business activities.

“As we launch Windows Server 2008, we recognize HP as a key global partner who our customers can depend on,” said Bob Kelly, corporate vice president, Infrastructure Server Marketing Group, Microsoft Corp. “Together, Microsoft and HP are providing customers high-quality products and an unprecedented opportunity to build their Dynamic IT, leveraging their organizations’ greatest asset – their people.”

Creating a dynamic IT infrastructure with HP and Microsoft Windows Server 2008

HP is building on decades of Windows experience to deliver integration services for even the most complex enterprise needs in key areas, including scalability, consolidation, availability, security, mobility, identity management, operations and infrastructure management, and virtualization. HP Services specialists are currently being trained at HP’s Windows Server 2008 Academies and are helping customers in the Windows Server 2008 Rapid Deployment Program around the world.

HP Software will support Microsoft Windows Server 2008 environments with offerings across its portfolio of Business Technology Optimization (BTO) software. The recently announced Business Service Automation suite will provide automated, consistent and enforceable processes for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 provisioning, patch management and migration.

In addition, HP’s Business Service Management solution will support the management and monitoring of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 environments to mitigate business risk and reduce the potential costs of service downtime.

Infrastructure management solutions, including HP Systems Insight Manager, the Integrated Lights-Out 2 (iLO 2) management processor and Insight Management agents, will also support the operating system at release. As a result, critical features of customers’ ProLiant servers aren’t hindered during OS installation and implementation, and the value of those servers is extended with this added functionality.

In addition, HP Integrity, ProLiant and BladeSystem servers and HP StorageWorks products will provide full support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 at launch. HP Integrity and HP ProLiant are the development platforms for Windows Server 2008, as they were for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Server.

Other HP technology is being used by Microsoft as a development and testing reference platform, as well as a scalable reference architecture. HP’s early installation of beta releases for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 provided an opportunity for preliminary performance and scalability testing.

One example of how Microsoft Windows Server 2008 works best with HP products to generate real business results is when it is used with the HP Enterprise Virtual Array Dynamic Capacity Management (DCM) software. DCM is a flexible provisioning solution for the HP Enterprise Virtual Array that enables storage administrators to automatically adjust storage capacity to an applications needs.

When using DCM with Microsoft Windows Server 2008, capacity can be automatically reclaimed for use by other applications. The result is reduced storage administration, optimized capacity, and improved disk utilization.

More information about HP’s support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is available at, including access to drivers and white papers that provide support and guidance for early adopter customers. New white papers focusing on HP’s best practices for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 are expected to be available in February 2008.

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Posted by on December 13, 2007 in HP


Intel marks 60th Anniversary of the Transistor

Intel Corporation on Dec. 16 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the transistor, the building block of today’s digital world. Invented by Bell Labs and considered one of the most important inventions of the 20th century, transistors are found in many consumer electronics and are the fundamental component used to build computer chips, or the “brains” of the personal computer (PC).

Intel, the world’s largest manufacturer of computer chips, has recently introduced its 45 nanometer (nm) next-generation family of quad-core processors. Called the biggest transistor advancement in 40 years by Intel Co-Founder Gordon Moore, the processors are the first to use Intel’s Hafnium-based high-k metal gate (Hi-k) formula for the hundreds of millions of transistors inside these processors. Introduced on Nov. 12 and continuing into the next few months, this latest innovation is enabling servers, everyday PCs and laptops to become smaller, faster, sleeker and more energy-efficient while also eliminating eco-unfriendly lead and, in 2008, halogen materials.

Guided by Moore’s Law

On April 19, 1965 Electronics Magazine published a paper by Moore in which he made a prediction about the semiconductor industry that has become the stuff of legend. Known as Moore’s Law, his prediction states that the number of transistors on a chip doubles about every 2 years, enabling widespread proliferation of technology worldwide, and today it has become shorthand for rapid technological change.

Moore’s Law not only predicts that computing technology will increase in value but at the same time would actually decrease in cost. The price of a transistor in Intel’s newest chip family is about 1 millionth the average price of a transistor in 1968. If car prices had fallen at the same rate, a new car today would cost about one cent.

With its transistors turning on and off more than a trillion times per second, the Intel® Core™ Duo processor can complete close to a billion calculations in the blink of an eye or finish 4 million calculations in the time it takes a speeding bullet to travel one inch.1 And the average power of an Intel Core Duo processor is less than 1.1 watts, which is significantly less than many familiar household appliances, such as a 100W light bulb.2

Smaller and faster chips made possible by Intel’s technology advancements benefit consumers lives by enabling improved performance, longer battery life, and sleeker, quieter and more energy-efficient PCs and laptops. If engineers continue Moore’s Law and succeed in continuing to reduce the size of the transistor while increasing the speed, the world could expect amazing new innovations and applications such as real-time language translation and facial recognition, as well as enabling cars that take verbal commands to a destination.

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Posted by on December 13, 2007 in Intel


HP Broadens Presence in Wide-format Printing with Acquisition of NUR Macroprinters Ltd.

HP announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire NUR Macroprinters Ltd., a manufacturer of industrial wide-format digital inkjet printers.

Based in Lod, Israel, NUR is a leading supplier of UV-curable and solvent inkjet printers for display graphics, serving commercial printing companies, sign printers, screen printers, billboard and media companies, photo labs and digital print service providers.

The acquisition expands HP’s Graphic Arts portfolio of digital presses and wide-format printers and furthers HP’s Print 2.0 strategy to digitize analog prints by extending the company’s overall digital content creation and publishing platform. With the acquisition, HP will be able to offer additional midrange UV platforms and technologies.

“This acquisition marks another milestone in HP’s growth strategy to ignite the transition from converting analog pages to digital pages,” said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “The large-format print service provider market is growing rapidly, and with the acquisition of NUR, HP is strategically building an even stronger portfolio of products and will continue to drive innovation and growth with our industrial wide-format printers.”

“The combination of HP and NUR will provide our customers and channel partners with a vastly expanded mix of quality and service that is unmatched in the digital graphics printing industry,” said David Reis, chief executive officer, NUR Macroprinters Ltd.

HP’s acquisition of NUR is another step in HP’s Graphic Arts strategy to broaden the portfolio of digital presses and wide-format printers. In September 2007, HP announced the acquisition of MacDermid ColorSpan Inc., a manufacturer of wide-format digital inkjet printers and a key supplier to sign shop franchises, quick printers and other small to midsize sign-making and screen-printing businesses.

HP will be acquiring substantially all the assets of NUR for $117.5 million. Of this amount, $14.5 million will be held in an indemnity escrow account.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions. Upon completion of the deal, NUR will be integrated into HP’s Large Format Printing Business within the company’s Imaging and Printing Group.

About NUR
NUR is a leading supplier of industrial wide-format inkjet production printers for the printing industry. It designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports wide-format inkjet production printers and high-quality companion inks that address the full spectrum of wide-format printing applications. Continuing a tradition of pioneering in UV inkjet printing, NUR’s offering of both flatbed and roll-to-roll UV inkjet printers breaks new ground in the industrial wide-format printing market.

Customers in a broad range of countries utilize NUR systems to produce a vast and innovative range of out-of-home advertising materials, including point-of-purchase displays, billboards, banners, building wraps and vehicle graphics.

About HP
HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $104.3 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Oct. 31, 2007.

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Posted by on December 11, 2007 in HP


Changing Fortunes Medical transcriptionists now highest-paid health workers, after doctors

Medical transcriptionists are now the second highest-paid workers in the health sector, after medical doctors, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) disclosed over the weekend.

Citing the results of the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics’ latest Occupational Wages Survey, TUCP spokesperson Alex Aguilar said medical transcriptionists are now earning substantially higher compensation income compared to medical technologists, nurses and even dentists.

According to survey, medical transcriptionists get an average of P10,757 in monthly wages.

This rate is P1,462 or 16 percent higher than the average of P9,295 received by medical technologists; P1,813 or 20 percent higher than the P8,944 received by nurses; and P3,722 or 53 percent higher than the P7,035 received by dentists.

Medical doctors received an average of P18,134 in monthly wages.

The survey covered only compensation income earners in medical, dental and other health jobs, as opposed to those earning professional fees.

Aguilar said employment growth in outsourced medical transcription services is expected to outpace considerably the 25-percent annual jobs expansion in the country’s booming contact centers.

He said medical transcription jobs are projected to increase at an average annual rate of 90 percent through 2010.

“The growth of medical transcription services is assured, as long as we have enough supply of capable human resources,” he pointed out.

Aguilar said fresh graduates of nursing, pharmacy, medical technology, public health, physical therapy and other allied medical courses should be encouraged to consider transcription work while they are waiting for higher-paying employment opportunities here or abroad.

“Nursing graduates, for instance, can work part-time or full-time as transcriptionists while reviewing for the licensure examination, or while waiting for an overseas job placement,” he said.

The local medical transcription industry is seen to generate $238 million in revenues this year; $476 million in 2008; $952 million in 2009; and $1.71 billion by 2010.

The industry now employs more than 17,000 medical transcriptionists. This workforce is expected to hit 34,000 by 2008; 68,000 by 2009; and 122,000 by 2010, according to the Medical Transcription Industry Association of the Philippines Inc.

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Posted by on December 9, 2007 in Technology


HP Continues to Capture Burgeoning China Digital Printing Market with Optimal-Capacity Digital Printing Solutions

The recent surge in the Chinese economy has made it one of the three fastest growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region, leading to a greatly increased demand for digital printing. To capture this market, HP continues to demonstrate how its range of industry-defining digital commercial and industrial printing solutions will enable print service providers to create optimal capacity to meet customer demand in the digital printing market in China.

At Labelexpo Asia 2007 which opened in Shanghai on November 28, HP showcased its end-to-end digital label printing solutions, with the HP Indigo ws4500 digital press working in tandem with alliance solutions for a fully automatic workflow and enhanced color capability superior to flexographic printing.

The end-to-end solution included the pre-press system from Esko-Graphics and the post-press finishing system from AB Graphic. These alliance capabilities combined with the multifunctional HP Indigo press 4500 allows for 24/7 round-the-clock operation capable of performing more than 500 jobs each month. With a fast-ink replacement function and seamless switching between jobs on the press, the end-to-end solution can produce 163,005 printed industrial labels from more than 20 jobs in only eight hours. Compared to flexographic printing, this solution saves customers the cost and time to make 99 plates, 455 minutes of printing time and 4,751 meters of printing stock.

Market development spurs demand for digital printing
According to Labels & Labeling magazine, the label market in China has grown by 15%-20% each year, far above overall average economic growth of 7%-9%. Moreover, as the demand for customized, intelligent and information-variable labels increases, digital printing of labels has become a very viable technology. In 2005, some 4 billion labels were created using digital printing, with sales volumes exceeding USD250 million. In 2007, digital printing in the Asia-Pacific region has shown booming growth and by the end of 2007, it is expected that 7.7 billion labels will be produced with digital printing. This amounts to an estimated total sales of USD500 million. In addition, some international brands have been watching the development of packaging and label technologies closely; they insist on stringent requirements in the packaging and labeling of goods. As these international brands enter the Chinese market, they hope to have access to packaging services of the same quality and standard here in China to allow them effective entry into the market.

HP Committed to China’s Digital Printing Industry
In China, HP’s outstanding achievements in commercial printing, photography and label printing have been widely recognized. Its participation in industry trade shows, such as Labelexpo Asia, demonstrates its intention to continue building visibility for its end-to-end digital printing solutions in the rapidly growing China market.

Earlier in November 2007, HP participated in the ON DEMAND Printing & Publishing Conference & Exposition held in Beijing, as a platinum sponsor. At ON DEMAND, HP’s booth welcomed thousands of visitors for a demonstration of the latest HP Indigo press 3500 and 5500 presses and their applications in the printing of photo books and short-run collaterals.

HP Capturing Regional Growth Opportunities
HP continues breaking records for digital printing and seizing the market growth opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region. According to Mr VS Hariharan, Vice-President, Graphic Arts Business, Asia-Pacific and Japan, HP Imaging and Printing Group, about 10 billion printed items were produced on HP Indigo in 2006, with a CAGR 40% page growth. In fiscal year 2007, HP maintained this growth impetus as well as its leading position in the graphic-arts segment in the Asia-Pacific region. The first quarter of fiscal 2007 saw 96% growth for HP Indigo over the previous year and a record high of 68% market share in the digital production-purpose color printing segment.

In the future, HP Indigo will continue to support print service providers to take advantage of opportunities to expand both business and market share. In addition, Mr Alon Bar-Shany, Vice-President and General Manager of HP Indigo Division, said, “HP Indigo will establish a technical support platform. Through idea exchanges and communications with customers, HP will promote digital innovation in our customers’ short-run production environment and build up an even more perfect end-to-end value-added solution together with our customers.”

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Posted by on December 3, 2007 in HP