1.1 The history or background of the HP
HP was started in a one-car garage in 1983 by two Stanford University classmates. Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tried their hand at making and marketing an audio oscillator. Their initial success made them formalize their partnership between on 01 January 1993.
The 1940s HP grows, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard create a management style that forms the basis of HP’s famously open corporate culture and influences the later of technology companies. Hewlett- Packard goes through a growing and maturing process in the 1950s. In the 1960s, HP continues its steady growth in the test and measurement marketplace and branches out into related fields like medical electronic and analytical instrumentation. It also develops its first computer (the HP 2116A), making its entry into that business in 1966. When 1970s, HP continues its tradition with the introduction of a new array of computing products and look for new opportunities around the global. The HP-35 is the first scientific handheld calculator which is a portable and powerful computing. HP becomes a major player in the computer industry in the 1980s with a full range of computers, from desktop machines to portables to powerful minicomputers. Early in the 90s, John Young retires and is replaced by Lew Platt, under whose leadership HP continues to grow. HP becomes recognized as companies whose policies on work-life balances, diversity and community involvement help attract and retain top employees. At the beginning of the 21st century, HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers, from individual consumer to the largest business.
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