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A Yearly Odyssey with HP

By John Law - on 9 Jan 2014, 7:23pm

A Yearly Odyssey with HP

Another year, another round of challenges for all the big-wig names in technology. For HP though, they know that in order for their staff and workforce to tackle the upcoming year, they needed to boost morale and get their creative juices flowing. That's why they opened up 2014 by hosting the annual PPS Channel Odyssey and Bootcamp Convention at the Sunway Convention Center.

Of course, the event wasn't just there to bolster morale. The convention also served to inform distributors, retailers and the media about their achievements within the Medical, FSI (Financial Sector Industry), Education and Manufacturing sectors.

Lee Kum Weng, Market Development Manager, Commercial Desktop & Display, Printing and Personal Systems Group, HP Malaysia.

The presentations for the day were also aptly divided according to the stated categories. First up was a presentation of HP's involvement in healthcare solutions in the Medical Sector. Security was a theme and obviously a key issue for the medical field, as it was made clear by Lee Kum Weng, Market Development Manager, Commercial Desktop & Display, Printing and Personal Systems Group, HP Malaysia. Lee highlighted the need for doctor-patient confidentiality, hygienic solutions for desktops and how HP devices have already been implemented in major hospital, both locally and globally.

After Lee finished his presentation, the stage shifted its focus to the FSI sector. The topic's presenter, Martin Tan, Market Development Manager, Inkjet Hardware, Printing and Personal Systems Group, HP Malaysia, also touched on security for the sector.

Martin Tan, Market Development Manager, Inkjet Hardware, Printing and Personal Systems Group, HP Malaysia.

More importantly, he also took the time to re-introduce us to HP's Thin Client, a low-power consuming mini-PC which also featured many of HP's security layers and programs. Of this presentation, one of the more interesting security details for this sector was a video displaying how one man printed a document and verified the action via the use of security tag that was scanned by the printer from his phone. Martin ended his presentation by displaying all the printers that HP has designed for the FSI sector.

The HP Thin Client is a low-powered PC designed for the FSI sector. It also carries many of HP's security features.

The Education presentation was a bit more entertaining and showcased HP's Education solutions for classrooms. Thean Boon Tsen, PC Value Sales Specialist, Malaysia, explained in detail how his company's new education solution was already empowering young students at a school in Taiwan. Unfortunately, we don't have pictures of this presentation, as it was shown to us in a video. However, believe us when we tell you that the concept shown was indeed extremely interesting as it showed the students interacting with their teacher, all through the use of the PCs in front of them.

The Manufacturing segment was actually the first time that HP actually hinted at the introduction of a physical device. During the segment, which was presented by Frankie Chan, Market Development Manager, Workstation and Value Products, Printing and Personal Systems Group, HP Malaysia and his cohort, Frankie actually whipped out a very thin and Ultrabook-looking notebook. This was when he introduced the Z Book 14, a workstation Ultrabook that was thin and light. He told us that the model in his hand weighed in at only 1.62kg and was fitted with an Intel Core i7 'Haswell' processor.

Frankie Chan, Market Development Manager, Workstation and Value Products, Printing and Personal Systems Group, HP Malaysia (left) giving a presentation on Manufacturing solutions. In his hands, the Z Book 14.

After the presentation, we were brought about the products displays in the hall, where we made a beeline for the Z Book 14. We verified his claim about its weight and we were also extremely impressed at how thin the device was. Even better is the fact that it was crammed with three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a VGA port and even a full-sized LAN port. Again readers, we wish to remind you: the Z Book 14 is a workstation and not just a standard Ultrabook. This notebook is designed for business usage and is not a consumer-grade product.

The Z Book 14 is an extremely compact workstation with Ultrabook qualities.

Here's a side comparison of the Z Book 14 and its bigger brother, the Z Book 17.

Despite its thin size, it's still loaded up with all the ports.

One other product that caught our eye throughout the presentation was another notebook. It's called the Folio 1040, and the reason that it got our attention was because, like the Z Book 14, this device was also thin, light and crammed with many USB ports and even an SD card reader.

The Folio 1040 was briefly mentioned throughout the presentation, and it definitely caught our eye.

Just like the Z Book 14, the Folio 1040 is really thin.

The event ended with a Q&A session with four HP executives. They were:

  • Serena Yong, General Manager, Printing and Personal System Group, Singapore & Malaysia
  • Ng Tian Chong, Vice President Printing and Personal Systems & Managing Director, Southeast Asia, Taiwan & Hong Kong
  • Wai Mun Loh, Country Category Manager, Printers and Personal Systems, Malaysia
  • Alex Tan, Country Category Manager, Personal Systems, Malaysia

From L-R: Serena Yong, General Manager, Printing and Personal System Group, Singapore & Malaysia; Ng Tian Chong, Vice President Printing and Personal Systems & Managing Director, Southeast Asia, Taiwan & Hong Kong; Wai Mun Loh, Country Category Manager, Printers and Personal Systems, Malaysia; andAlex Tan, Country Category Manager, Personal Systems, Malaysia during the Q&A session.

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