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When HP Japan's Hiromu Goto visited Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders), he noticed its technology systems weren't meeting the organization's needs. Hiromu quickly recognized that HP's expertise could support MSF's work: getting emergency aid to communities suffering from war, disease, and disaster.
A manager with the HP Enterprise Storage and Servers group in Japan, Hiromu focused on two ways to make
improvements. First, by upgrading MSF's fundraising website. One of the most respected nonprofits in Japan, MSF provides humanitarian aid and care in more than 70 countries. Having a stronger site makes fundraising more effective and efficient, helping MSF secure the donations that make up 85 percent of its worldwide budget.
Second, Hiromu saw an opportunity to improve the security of MSF's IT infrastructure. Better security helps the organization avoid problems that could tie up resources and get in the way of its critical aid work.
HP experts step up to fill pressing needsHP Japan has supported MSF Japan since 2001, donating services and equipment, including HP ProLiant servers and HP PCs. It's a solid partnership, but Hiromu wanted to take things further. Since most of MSF's funds go toward medical aid efforts, there's often little left over to pay for things like strengthening IT. Hiromu knew he could bring in HP volunteers to fill that gap.
Fifteen HP engineers signed up to lend their expertise. One team helped MSF redesign, configure, and integrate the organization's fundraising website, returning twice a week after work to provide support and troubleshoot. Meanwhile, the other volunteer team took a close look at MSF's IT infrastructure and helped develop a stronger security policy.
At HP, we encourage our employees to contribute their skills where they're needed most, and Hiromu Goto and his team of volunteers took that message to heart. Thanks to their work, MSF's heroic doctors and nurses on the ground can focus on getting urgent supplies and care to people in desperate need.
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