Shane Tyrell, Sales Director – Managed Enterprise Solutions, Imaging and Printing Group Asia Pacific and Japan, Hewlett Packard, shares about the importance of education in driving economies in the Asia Pacific region, the increasing role of innovation in education IT, and what we can expect from the FutureGov Education Awards 2011.
Why are you sponsoring this award?
The education sector is a key driver for the national economic development for both emerging and mature economies across the Asia Pacific region. Throughout the world, the printed page and document-based processes continue to be critical components for the delivery and consumption of learning content.
With our strong printing and imaging legacy, HP is well-positioned to provide innovative technologies and content services that can contribute to the educational experience of our students. And we want to take this a step further by identifying and recognizing innovative projects in this area.
Why is this award important to HP?
Education is one of the key focus areas for HP. There are a couple of trends that are catalysing the growth in this sector and we feel is important to take into consideration:
1) School-age population growth and rising middle class with higher disposable income is increasing demand for education.
2) Intense competition amongst education providers is forcing educators to adopt creative learning methods and technology tools to stay competitive.
3) Parent involvement at the school also raising stakes. Common in private schools where they expect to see a return on investment, parents are leaning towards technology tools that improve student results.
4) Increased Government investments in Education as a percentage of GDP with education being central to driving country competitiveness.
5) Pressure on keeping down operational costs is driving educational service providers to consider tighter back-office operations.
Gartner’s research on Enterprise IT spend by verticals 2008 – 2014, reveals that Asia-Pacific accounts for the biggest growth, with primary/secondary education growing at a faster pace compared to other educational segments.
All these trends indicate a huge potential for HP to provide technologies, content and initiatives that can contribute to the learning experience of today’s students. We are committed to investing in this area.
What are you looking for in the winning nomination?
The award winning project should demonstrate an innovative application of technology and document workflows that provide an active improvement in the overall learning experience. It should ideally also bring about a reduction in the educational institution’s environmental footprint.
How do you see technology shaping the future of education?
Technology can spark innovation and transform many facets. At HP, we are focused on bringing about transformation through tools that:
Improve accessibility of quality education to students everywhere.
Innovate in education by working with the ecosystem to support unique and meaningful projects
Improve education through meaningful tools
In line with this we recently announced tailor-made products, solutions and partnerships that will address the unique needs of this segment. Specifically, these initiatives include:-
HP imaging and printing technologies for home and classroom that target student results and creative learning
Technologies to drive efficiencies in the back offices – Managed Print Services for education
Partnerships with education ecosystem to drive innovation in education
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