HPE CEO Discusses How HPE and Other Businesses May Re-Open

On April 22nd, Antonia Neri, president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), the separate sister company to HP Inc., published a blog post in which he discussed how HPE and other enterprises might re-open in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, according to The New York Times, as of May 1st, these states are partially re-opening: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, Tennessee, Mississippi,   Alabama, Georgia, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alaska.

According to HPE’s Neri, HPE has set up a special team, working with its Crisis Management Team, that’s “focused on the rebound.”

One of this team’s first initiatives has been to map out HPE’s approach to “return to work.” But Neri cautioned that HPE’s  work from home guidance will not be lifted just because government orders are removed  (HPE is headquartered in San Jose, California, a state where workplaces remain closed). Instead, Neri says HPE will only re-open sites “when we feel we are in the best position to welcome back team members safely.”

Along with this, Neri says HPE will modify its sites to ensure physical distancing can be maintained, and employees also won’t all return at once. Most importantly, returning to the office will be voluntary, with Neri noting: “Our team members’ health and well-being remains our number one priority so we want to make sure that everyone feels comfortable, safe, and supported.”

Like HP Inc., which has notably deployed its industrial 3D printing to produce protective personal equipment (PPE) aimed at helping healthcare workers in the battle against COVID-19, HP has also undertaken a number of initiatives designed to help in the fight against COVID 19:

  • HPE has signed the Open COVID Pledge, granting free access to all of its patented technologies for the purpose of diagnosing, preventing, containing, and treating COVID-19.
  • Hewlett Packard Labs has developed an AI-based search tool that can sort through more than 30,000 medical-research papers focused on COVID-19. The tool is designed to provide medical experts with insights on topics such as COVID-19 risk factors, transmission, evolution of the virus, vaccines, and medical care.
  • HPE Aruba is working to ensure children with limited connectivity at home have access to online distance learning resources. One example of this effort is a partnership with the San Antonio Spurs and AT&T, under which the Spurs’ stadium parking lot has been transformed into a free drive-in WiFi hotspot.

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