cl-nz logo
Story image

HPE invests $140m to help boost start-ups within new APJ headquarters

10 May 2017

At the recent opening of its new Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) headquarters in Singapore, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) unveiled the InnovateNext program.

The initiative is set to partner with local companies to ideate, co-innovate and commercialise new technologies.

HPE will lead the three-year program in collaboration with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDP) to partner with local technology startups and aid enterprise customers int he development and commercialisation solutions across a range of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, financial services, communications, media and the public sector.

The solutions will align to HPE’s priority technology offerings, which include hybrid IT, Internet of Things (IoT) and data and analytics.

According to HPE, the program (together with with HPE’s investment in its operations at the APJ headquarters building) increases its investment in Singapore to USD $140 million over the next five years.

Chief executive officer of HPE, Meg Whitman says this investment reflects the company’s values.

“At HPE, we have long been committed to developing and commercialising innovative technologies to help our customers around the world keep a competitive edge,” says Whitman.

“With our new InnovateNext program, HPE will now be able to provide our best-in-class technology and global partner ecosystem to promising technology startups in Singapore to help them turn ideas into commercially viable enterprise technologies solutions they can offer to prospective customers.”

According to HPE, the InnovateNext program intends to support 12 startups with the end-goal of developing solutions that are market viable around the globe.

This is in addition to co-innovating and developing 10 vertical solutions with enterprise customers over the next three years.

The program provides access to HPE resources and mentorship and is essentially broken down into three key channels:

  • HPE “Accelerate Next” Incubator: Provides access to HPE technologies in addition to engineering and consultative expertise to co-develop solutions for hybrid IT and intelligent edge environments
  • The Innovation Centre: Hosted within a cloud environment to help enterprises customers across key verticals to develop proofs-of-concept and prototypes of new technologies, in addition to enabling participating startups to work with these enterprise customers to develop vertical solutions
  • Customer Engagement Centre (CEC): Solutions that are developed through InnovateNext will be featured apart of the technology showcase in HPE’s CEC, an interactive environment at the company’s Singapore regional headquarters

The first InnovateNext participant is gridComm, working with HPE to crete smart lighting solutions that leverage real-time data collected through IoT and edge devices. An example is brightening of lighting when sensors detect foot traffic, both improving public safety and decreasing the cost of operations for public infrastructure operators.

Director of HPE Labs Singapore, Jason Tan and Co-founder of gridComm, Mike Holt

Co-founder and chief executive of gridComm, Mike Holt says their networked street lights makes smart cities smarter.

“Working with HPE, we have made our street light platform more scalable and flexible for IOT device management,” says Holt.

“Data drives smart cities. Our integration with HPE data analytics provides a critical solution for street light control, smart city sensor integration and data analysis.”

HPE affirms that none of this could be achieved without its new headquarters, which brings all of its facilities - including R&D, supply chain and logistics, marketing and sales offices and an Innovation Centre and Customer Experience Centre - into a single location to facilitate partnership and collaboration.

Story image
Google offers Hangouts features for free in midst of COVID-19
As businesses make the move to work entirely remotely as countries go into lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, Google is offering free upgrades on their G Suite for business, providing certain enterprise features for free for the next few months.More
Link image
Take advantage of free multi-factor authentication as you work remotely
Cybersecurity is shaping up to be one of the most important areas to consider while working from home. Leverage biometrics and password authentication for free with RSA.More
Story image
Interview: Barracuda decision-makers discuss public cloud security
Last month, Barracuda released a report outlining the security barriers organisations must overcome to adopt the public cloud, as studies reveal that security was the top concern for such organisations.More
Link image
Kubernetes Explained! New Video - how it works and business benefits
With the rapid growth in multi-cloud use internationally, watch this video to find out why Kubernetes is becoming vital to New Zealand businesses, brought to Aotearoa by home-grown Catalyst Cloud.More
Story image
Acronis deploys Western Digital storage to meet data center demand
“Western Digital is committed to providing modular and efficient platforms that we use when architecting multi-petabyte style environments for our customers."More
Story image
8x8 partners with EIMS to build remote working solutions
As the world mobilises workforces to work from home, new solutions have risen to accomodate such a rapid and unprecedented shift.More