José María de la Torre (HPE) sees a “huge opportunity” to make Spain an exporter of technological services

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) General Manager for Southern Europe José María de la Torre – HPE

PARIS, April 6 (Benin News / EP) –

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Managing Director for Southern Europe, José María de la Torre, believes that the arrival of European funds represents a “huge opportunity” for Spain becomes an exporter of technological services to other countries, but specifies that, for this, it is essential that the country manages to have enough professionals with technical profiles.

“In this industrial revolution – which is digitalization itself – what makes the difference is talent, and Spain must have professionals. There are no longer entry barriers related to access to raw materials, as was the case in the past. the advantage lies in the fact that with the talent, the infrastructures and the investments, we can have a relevant position which allows us to move forward.“, he asserted.

One of the pillars of this Fourth industrial revolution is the artificial intelligence (AI), a market that will experience annual growth of 27% in Spain between 2020 and 2025, according to data from the consulting firm IDC, which suggests that it will reach the figure of 1.4 billion euros invested in the last year.

“This is an area of ​​investment that is no longer emerging and at HPE we operate as a leader in this type of service,” added De la Torre in an interview with Europa Press as part of of the inauguration of the company’s first global center of excellence in artificial intelligence and data, which will provide services from Spain to the whole world and in which it is expected that The company should employ a hundred professionals, for an investment of around 15 million euros.

HPE has worked hand in hand with several universities to recruit these first profiles, aware that in Spain -as in the rest of the countries- “there is a lack of STEM professionals (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in any scanning environment. “The advantage here is that AI is a very attractive environment and for the first round of hires we had no problems,” he says.


These professionals, mostly between the ages of 30 and 35, led by a veteran of the organization such as Luis Buezo, global director of artificial intelligence and data platforms, have already started working on several use cases. , including a project for an Indian company associated with the ability to predict the areas most at risk for infectious diseases. using artificial intelligence algorithms.

“Having an international center based in the country makes the development of these projects easier and more agile. Spanish companies and institutions will be able to set up AI projects with people who are experts in this field and based in their own country, with the same language,” says De la Torre.

The production of the use case, once determined, will be done in each of the countries, but in Spain the design and consultancy will be carried out from the initial phase of the project. “This will bring a series of very clear advantages: the professionals are mainly Spanish, and this will generate a a specific talent with an international projection in one of the most sophisticated environments in the world. as part of digitization processes, such as artificial intelligence,” adds HPE’s General Manager for Southern Europe.

This new global center of excellence in artificial intelligence and data will rely for its development tests on the infrastructure of the HPE Customer Technology Center, created in 2017, which has a state-of-the-art data center. Thanks to the high levels of computing it offers, the company has worked on projects such as lymphoma detection using information technology. identifying patterns in skin photographs oh identification of defects in manufacturing processes.


One of the most common debates surrounding the use of data centers relates to data protection and privacy. In order to develop any type of algorithm or application that can lead to a better service, it is necessary to have a huge amount of data. ” The more data, the greater the accuracy, but it has to be balanced with people’s privacy.“, defends De la Torre.

The HPE leader stresses that regulations in this direction “is not only logical, but necessary” and recommends “building a new society based on data, but with respect for individuals and their privacy”. In this sense, he points out that the new center specializing in artificial intelligence and data “has a strong ethical component, from the idea of ​​the project to its conclusion”.

He also explains that, in AI applications that use large datasets, HPE recommends that can be operated in cloud mode, which brings “simplicity and operational efficiency”, but reside in the companies’ own – modernized – data centers “for latency and privacy reasons”. “There must be a peaceful coexistence between technological advances and the rights of individuals,” he concludes.


Asked about the pandemic as a possible boost to companies’ digitization strategies, Mr. De la Torre replied that the last two years have been “a brutal stress test” for technology departments and the infrastructure itself, while at the same time congratulating that “everything worked”.

“What we see now is that it goes from an emergency mode to a more rational mode.and this leads to increased investment in security or virtualization of the work environment, among other elements. We now need to consolidate all this progress,” he said, acknowledging that many additional projects are emerging (at a higher level than in pre-pandemic times).

In this new ecosystem, the cloud environment plays a key role and this is where the company is showcasing its HPE GreenLake solution, which is supporting companies in their leap to the cloud and experiencing tremendous growth. “Since 2014, we have said that the world was going to be hybrid. At the time, that might have seemed like an aggressive statement, but time has proven us right.“, he says.

“Analysts talk about more than 70% of the workloads are in the various data centers. there 30% in public cloud environments.. These charges are being distributed. The important thing is to adopt the concept of “cloud”, because it offers advantages in terms of flexibility, agility and operational efficiency. So depending on the business, the types of data and the project, one location or another will be chosen,” he said.

The ability for businesses to access these services and pay as you go (in an ‘as a service’ format) can help to democratize access to technologies.. Mr. de la Torre explains that the HP GreenLake cloud also provides – for example – supercomputing services, “allowing companies to meet the growth of their computing needs step by step, without having to make a significant investment at a time. given”.

In any case, the HPE leader believes that currently “The cost of technology is not the inhibitor”. “When we talk about digital transformation, the relevant word is transformation rather than digital. Managing change, people, talent* takes more time and effort than investing in the technology itself,” he concludes.

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