Nominations now open!
Vivit is recognizing the outstanding contributions of its members from the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions. Please take a moment to nominate a volunteer for any or all of the awards by Friday, October 31, 2014. Your input matters!
- Champion of the Year
Has someone displayed outstanding effort to advance or grow the Vivit community in the EMEA or Asia-Pacific regions? HP Software Partners, employees, clients, consultants, and end users are eligible for this award.
Vivit will also recognize the Top Virtual Contributor from the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions for member participation on the website. Find out how you can earn more points.
The Vivit Board of Directors will present the awards and recognize the winners and nominees at HP Discover in Barcelona, December 2 - 4, 2014. Past winners are not eligible
for the same award. Vivit Board and staff members are not eligible for the
awards. The Americas award nominations will take place closer to HP Discover Las Vegas 2015.
2014 - Speaker of the Year Americas
Data Center Automation
Ron Cornwell, 2014 Speaker of the Year,
frequently delivers webinars to members worldwide on topics related to
Data Center Automation. He was spotlighted as a panelist and presenter
at the Vivit Virtual Summit on Cloud in November 2013. He presented
three sessions at HP Discover 2013. In addition, he co-leads the Vivit
Data Center Automation Special Interest Group and has served as a member
of the HP Customer Advisory Board on Cloud and HPOO Special Interest
Group for the past several years.
has worked in the IT field for over 15 years. He has been involved with
several key initiatives including Data Center Consolidations, Data
Center Automation, and most recently deploying Private Cloud. He is
currently the Team Lead for the Data Center Automation group at McKesson
Corp. Prior to joining McKesson, he was a member of the US Army. He
continues to support our country’s military through volunteerism and
donations to support the Wounded Warrior Project.
2014 - Leader of the Year Americas
Florida Local User Group Leader
|Paul Shovlin, 2014 Leader of the Year, was
recognized for his leadership of the Florida Local User Group. Paul
started as a contributor and speaker with the Tampa Mercury User Group
in 2005 and was instrumental in starting the Vivit Local User Group in
Florida six years ago. He helped increase the number of Florida meetings
by moving to a quarterly model. Paul has spoken for multiple Local User
Groups across America this past year, and he has shared his extensive
meeting planning knowledge with other leaders. In addition, Paul
fostered a relationship with HP Marketing representatives to bring them
to the table. Paul also contributes his expertise worldwide by serving
on the Membership Committee. |
Paul has worked in software
quality for 18 years and currently holds the position of Director of
Client Management for Checkpoint Technologies. Paul focuses on assisting
customers to identify Quality Assurance (QA) and software testing
challenges and offering cost effective and industry leading solutions.
Paul is HP Certified in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and is an
HP Certified Instructor.
2014 - Champion of the Year Americas
Todd DeCapuaLocal User Group/SIG Leader
|Todd DeCapua, 2014 Champion of the Year,
was recognized for expanding the Vivit community by co-leading Local
User Groups in Delaware and Philadelphia, four global Special Interest
Groups focused on DevOps, Mobile, Agile, and Performance Engineering,
frequently delivering webinars, and writing blogs. Over the years, Todd
has received several recognitions from Vivit, including HP Software
Universe "Best & Brightest,” 2010 Leader of the Year, and 2013
Speaker of the Year. |
is a seasoned software professional with more than 20 years of
experience in IT applications development, IT operations, product
marketing, product management, channels operations and business
development in several domains including Mobile, Agile, Cloud, and
Performance. He recently joined HP in April 2014 through their
acquisition of Shunra; he is currently a Senior Product Marketing
Manager of Application Delivery Management, Go-To-Market and is
responsible for Network Virtualization and Service Virtualization.
2014 - Top Virtual Contributor Americas
|Randy Mikel, Top Virtual Contributor,
received recognition for his participation in and contributions through
Vivit’s website. He has been a member since 2007 and has utilized the
many resources available to members. He participates in virtual Special
Interest Groups, attends live webinar events to acquire cross-training
on HP product and services, and searches the forums, blogs, and
newsletters regularly for solutions to issues or questions about HP
product installations. He also offers his tips and knowledge on issues
that other members post in the forums and participates in the Houston
and Chicago Local User Groups. He hosts Local User Group meetings at his
place of employment and has presented a case study on his company’s
ITSM implementation. He also participates in all online Board of
Directors nominations and elections to bring outstanding leadership to
has over 15 years of experience with Project and Portfolio Management
(PPM). Currently at Halliburton, a Houston-based energy products and
services industry leader, he provides IT team leadership to support
3,200 users of the HP PPM Suite for the global SAP application support
teams, as well as over 400 other enterprise applications and the Project
Management Organization which manages over 1,500 global IT projects. He
also supports other HP software products: Service Manager, uCMDB, Asset
Manager, and Quality Center.
2013 - Speaker of the Year EMEA
Business Service Management
Mark Laird, 2013 EMEA Speaker of the Year, is co-leader for the Business Service Management (BSM) SIG, as well as a presenter who represents Vivit within the wider HP community at conferences and webinars. He has presented as part of the BSM SIG, helped with Vivit APJ (Asian Pacific and Japan) webinars, spoken at roundtable events and elevated Vivit’s presence at the HP UK Software Universe.
Mark has been in the IT industry for over 25 years, and has been promoting, using and deploying HP Software for the past 10 years. He currently works as Group Technical Architect for Steria and now has responsibility for continuing to develop the HP, Cisco and VMware partnerships within Steria. Steria, as both an HP Partner and Customer, has a unique insight into the use of HP Software in the real world and as such, Mark is also a member of HP’s Customer Advisory Board for Business Service Management, providing feedback and insight into customer requirements for future versions of the suite.
2013 - Leader of the Year EMEA
Sweden Chapter Leader
Mostafa Moussavi, 2013 EMEA Leader of the Year, is being recognized for his passionate support of user group and member meetings. He believes that because of VIVIT, end users are able to influence the development and improvement of the HP Software tools, serving both HP and the end user. Moussavi’s insights about Vivit members having different needs because of their diverse roles in IT, and how they deploy HP Software, led him to introduce parallel technical sessions at meetings throughout Sweden. He is a speaker at Vivit meetings and shares his experience with other members.
Mostafa has 24 years of experience in IT. He is a technical test specialist with nine years of experience with performance testing, performance test methodology and test automation. He has worked mainly with HP Software test tools as Quality Center, LoadRunner and QTP/UFT. He currently works as a Test Automation Specialist at SEB in Stockholm. He is also a teacher in "QTP & Running Automated Tests in QC,” and is responsible for SEB’s Test Automation Community.
2013 - Champion of the Year EMEA
Rene De Vleeschauwer
Belgium Chapter Leader
|Rene De Vleeschauwer, 2013 EMEA Champion of the Year, serves the HP Software community as a Chapter Leader in Belgium and has a special interest in the Testing, Quality, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Special Interest Group (SIG). |
René has worked in IT for more than 30 years, starting with IBM mainframes. He is now the founder and CEO of IKAN, a Belgian-based software vendor that is an HP Software Enterprise Management Alliances Program (EMAP) Partner. As a niche player in the ALM space, De Vleeschauwer helped IKAN to develop strategic relationships with industry leaders like HP, SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and others. His key focus is to position the IKAN product set, IKAN ALM for lifecycle, build and deploy, and MetaSuite for test data management, which are complementary solutions to the HP ALM offerings.
2013 - Speaker of the Year
Philadelphia and Delaware
Agile, DevOps, Mobile
|Todd DeCapua, 2013 Speaker of the Year, serves the HP Software Community in multiple capacities. He frequently delivers webinars to Vivit members on topics related to both testing and development of best practices, and he continues to volunteer his expertise as a Leader for the Delaware and Philadelphia Chapters. He co-founded and co-leads two new Special Interest Groups, DevOps and Mobile, while also leading the Agile SIG. Over the years, Todd has received several industry recognitions, including: HP Software Universe "Best & Brightest” and 2010 Vivit Leader of the year. |
Todd has worked in the field of information technology for over 20 years and is one of the technology industry’s most respected thought leaders on Application Performance Engineering and Network Virtualization. He is a renowned speaker, author and visionary. Currently, he serves as Vice President of Channel Operations and Services for Shunra Software. He manages the company’s Advisory Board and drives partnerships and strategic alliances. He has been instrumental in developing partnerships with HP, CA, IBM, Parasoft, Perfecto Mobile and Soasta, to name a few. He is also a member of HP’s Customer Advisory Board for Performance both in US and Europe.
2013- Leader of the Year
Iowa Chapter Leader
|Scott Anderson, 2013 Leader of the Year, was recognized for his leadership of the Iowa Chapter and for sharing best practices across the HP Software Community. For the past five years, he has organized quarterly Iowa Chapter meetings along with his co-leaders and has been instrumental in managing the Vivit Midwest Regional events. Recently, he brought multiple local user groups together for a focused meeting on Agile Test Processes, and attendance increased by 300% -- a new best practice that has been shared. |
Scott has worked in test automation for 15 years and currently works at Aviva as a Senior Automation Engineer. He is an expert on HP’s Application Lifecycle Management, Unified Functional Testing, and using VB.Net to enhance testing processes.
2013 - Champion of the Year
2012 - Speaker of the Year EMEA
Mary Kay Petersen
Oregon Chapter Leader
HP Service Management
|Mary Kay Petersen, 2013 Champion of the Year, serves the HP Software community as a Chapter Leader in Oregon and as a Special Interest Group (SIG) Leader for the HP Service Management SIG. She hosted numerous webinars this past year covering HP Service Manager, Asset Manager, and uCMBD topics and has been instrumental in growing the HP Service Management SIG to over 360 members. |
Mary Kay has worked in the field of information technology for over 25 years and has been with Mentor Graphics for the past 19 years serving as their Director of IT Service Management & Enterprise Security. She has been influential in adopting ITIL best practices and in implementing the following: HP Business Service Management for Enterprise Monitoring, HP Service Manager for Global Help Desk & Operations and HP Asset Manager for managing IT Assets and Contracts.
South Africa Chapter Leader
|Mihai Grigorescu, 2012 Speaker of the Year, is co-leader for the South Africa Chapter, and was recognized for a series of outstanding webinar presentations for members on best practices and real life practical usage of HP ALM. Mihai is also lead several roundtables at the HP Discover conference in Frankfurt, Germany, December 4-6. He has been in the software testing industry for over 5 years and is now the TCoE Tools Lead at Accenture in South Africa. He has a passion for testing in general and for business as well as technical processes. He is an avid fan of making optimal use of available tools and processes which assist the overall testing efforts and projects. He is also currently a board member of the SIGiST committee (Special Interest Group in Software Testing for South Africa) and is an active speaker in national and international events|
2012 - Champion of the Year EMEA
Germany Chapter Leader
|Stefan Mohr, 2012 Champion of the Year, was recognized for his outstanding effort to advance and grow the community. Stefan has been a Vivit member and Chapter leader for five years and has helped to organize the two-day German User Group Meetings for more than seven years. He was the 2009 Leader of the Year Award winner, and because of the expansive community he has built throughout Germany and the outpouring of member nominations, Vivit is awarding him with Champion of the Year. Stefan is the Consulting Manager and a Principal Consultant for the ITC GmbH in Germany. Stefan has more than 15 years experience in implementing, customizing, training and selling of HP Software products and ITSM Consulting. As a certified ITIL Service Manager, he focuses on integrated ITSM solutions for enterprise and SMB customers based on HP Software and 3rd party products. |
2012 - Leader of the Year EMEA
TQA Chapter Leader
|Olli Laiho, 2012 Leader of the Year, was recognized for his outstanding leadership for the online Testing, Quality and Application Lifecycle Management (TQA) Special Interest Group. He is a qualified expert on HP's Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Quality Center products and a Quality Assurance specialist. He is also driving the value of utilizing Business Intelligence tools in Quality Assurance and Testing to improve the output and performance of Quality Assurance organizations worldwide. He has helped lead the TQA Special Interest Group for four years, adding blogs, tips and tricks, and webinars for members around the world. Olli is a frequent speaker and roundtable leader at the international HP Discover conferences and an instructor for Vivit Advanced Training, focusing on HP ALM and Quality Center. Olli works as a Senior QA Consultant for Assure "The QC Guys" in Finland.|
2012 - Champion of the Year Americas
DevOps SIG Leader
San Jose/Silicon Valley Chapter Leader
|Paul Peissner has championed both the advancement of IT professionals (helping them take advantage of the quickly changing IT industry) and gathered a variety of industry experts and leaders to work with the Vivit global community. He has established and grown member-participation and recruited leaders for local Chapters and global Special Interest Groups. He has helped Vivit establish strategic partnerships and recruit community sponsors. Paul has regular conversations with Vivit team members on how to improve member services, become more visible to IT professionals, and bring more members to the Vivit community |
His strategy to combine the efforts of HP Software Applications and Operations teams to help optimize IT organizations and advance the careers of Vivit’s IT professionals has resulted in the launch of the Vivit DevOps Special Interest Group, which he leads. Paul is also a Northern California Leader for the Silicon Valley and San Jose Chapter, connecting users and thought leaders in the region. Additionally, he has served as an advisor to the Vivit Board of Directors and offers his insights and expertise to the wider community, speaking at local Chapter meetings in the US and Europe and co-presenting on live web events.
As a Business Development specialist for many technology companies, Paul has become a strong advocate for partner-based "eco-system innovation”, encouraging IT’s adoption of Cloud and the creation of self-service education and training programs to assist in industry adoption and global standardization efforts. He understands the limits of an R&D platform team, the growing needs of their customers, and the wealth of resources the right partnerships can provide to both.
Paul has been a part of numerous partner-based Enterprise solution launches, many partnerships which resulted in acquisitions-the co-authoring of an IT Ops Automation patent (submitted in 2010) and the recent Enterprise Cloud Development launch with CollabNet.
2012 - Leader of the Year Americas
Arizona Chapter Leader
|Mark Herbert was nominated by members of the Vivit Arizona Chapter who value his vital leadership role in their local community. Mark has led the Arizona Chapter for three years; before this, he led the Pittsburgh Chapter which he founded in 2006 as a Mercury user group. Mark organizes quarterly events with special emphasis on customer presentations focusing on both applications and operations technologies. In addition, Mark engages members in the event process by operating a forum on the Vivit Arizona web site so they can request topics of interest for upcoming events.|
Nationally, Mark is bringing his expertise to the HP Discover conference as a roundtable leader.
Mark is an HP Accredited Systems Engineer (ASE) with HP Quality Center and HP QuickTest Professional. He has been working in software Quality Assurance and using HP testing tools since 1999. Mark is also an HP Certified Instructor in these tool sets.
2012 -Volunteer of the Year Americas
Mary Kay Petersen
HP Service Management SIG Leader
Oregon Chapter Leader
|Mary Kay Petersen is the Director of IT Service Management at Mentor Graphics, a manufacturer of Electronic Design Automation solutions headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Mary Kay has worked in the field of Information Technology for 25 years, the past 17 years at Mentor in roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, Mary Kay has been the driving force behind adopting ITIL best practices at Mentor, selecting HP as a strategic vendor and recently implementing HP ServiceCenter for Global Help Desk & Operations and HP Asset Manager for managing IT Assets and Contracts.|
2011 - Champion of the Year EMEA
Trim SIG Leader
Paolo, who lives in France, founded and initiated the Vivit Information Management TRIM Chapters in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands. Through Paolo's outreach, Vivit adopted the TRIM user groups inherited from the HP Software acquisition. Vivit's by-laws do not allow HP employees to hold a leadership position in the user community, which was historically required for an award. However, Vivit created the Champion of the Year award for any individual who is an HP Software customer, partner or employee and who strives and succeeds to expand the Vivit community. Vivit expresses thanks to Paolo as an HP employee for his efforts to assist the TRIM user groups in joining Vivit, to extend the share of knowledge, and to welcome new members. Face-to-face kickoff meetings have been organized in the United Kingdom, and recruitment for further member countries such as Italy and South Africa are now planned.
2011 - Leader of the Year EMEA
HP Service Management
Martijn lends his expertise and leadership in the field of service management tool implementation to the Vivit community. As co-Leader for the Vivit HP Service Management Special Interest Group, Martijn organized and led global virtual events and roundtable discussions at all HP DISCOVER conferences and at the Customer Forum of the EMEAs in Paris and Berlin. He has been instrumental in forming cohesive communication and collaborations among Vivit Leaders and HP Software in EMEA. Martijn contributed his knowledge and assistance to the Vivit Germany annual conference in Frankfurt, and he has recently established a local HP Service Management Chapter of Vivit in the Netherlands where he resides.
2011 - Leader of the Year Americas
Chicago, Kansas City
and Richmond, Virginia
Laura Walker shares her talents and strong leadership as a Local Chapter Leader in Chicago, Kansas City, Texas, and Richmond, Virginia. She has formed strong local communities centered on IT Service Management, and she also helps to organize and lead IT Service Management events for other Local Chapters around the United States as well as the worldwide HP Service Management Special Interest Group.
Laura Walker is the Director of Business for StrataCom, an HP Gold Partner specializing in IT Service Management, and has been employed in the IT Service Management industry for 10 years. Laura holds a B.S. in International Business and an MBA degree. She is an active industry volunteer within the IT industry.
Laura is also the itSMF Dakota President. She has served on Dakota and Minnesota itSMF extended boards and on a variety of committees including programs and membership. She loves working in information technology because of the continuous change.
2010 - Leader of the Year EMEA
TQA SIG Leader
|Dr. Birk, who resides in Germany, founded the Testing, Quality, and Application Lifecycle Management Special Interest Group (TQA SIG) in 2008 for Vivit members around the globe. Together with his co-leaders, he has built it into an active, thriving forum for hundreds of HP Software users. He has organized webinars and created a vibrant online community hub, featuring discussion forums and valuable information repositories. In Germany, he has organized the TQA tracks at the annual Vivit conferences. Andreas serves on the membership committee, collaborates with the Vivit Board of Directors, and has attracted numerous new members to the Vivit community. Dr. Birk was nominated by members of the TQA SIG who value his energy and ability to get others engaged. |
As founder and principal consultant of Software.Process.Management (SWPM), Andreas supports process improvement initiatives on testing and application lifecycle management with integrated HP Quality Center solutions. He values collaboration, learning, and experience sharing as important keys to success in software organizations.
2010 - MVP Americas
Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Chicago and Michigan Chapter Leader
|As Vice President of Sales for Professional Computers Inc. (PCI), Rocky has been working with HP hardware and software solutions for over 23 years in a channel partner capacity. His success has come from his customer-first strategy, focusing on customer service. |
This approach to HP customer service led to Rocky's involvement with Vivit and his commitment to adding value to the HP Software and Solutions community.
Rocky has been an active member of Vivit for over 15 years and a Leader for the Michigan and Ohio Local Users Groups for the past 11 years, adding Local Users Groups in Indiana and Kentucky in 2009. He also supports the Chicago Local Users Group and recently coordinated the 2010 Midwest Road Show in six cities. Rocky has facilitated at least eight to ten local Vivit events a year since 1999 so that HP Software and Solutions customers can network and share best practices, learn about HP updates, and hear about third party solutions.
In 2004, Rocky took on the role as Vivit Membership Chairman with the responsibility for growing Vivit's local users group community around the world. Under his leadership and Vivit staff support, the number of chapters has grown from about a dozen to over 45 chapters worldwide with chapter start-ups in Europe, Australia, and the Middle East.
2010 - Leaders of the Year Americas
Delaware Chapter Leader
|Todd built a solid users group focused on Quality Assurance, Software Testing, Functional Automation, Performance Engineering, and Agile Scrum. His vision and leadership provides a highly engaging and collaborative learning environment for all participants. Todd's leadership has resulted in sustained growth of a very active local user community. |
Todd, VP of Worldwide Consulting for Shunra, is one of the tech industry's most respected thought leaders on Application Performance Engineering and a renowned speaker, author and visionary. His IT & QA background encompasses nearly all industries and over 70 organizations with extensive consulting experience -- before joining Shunra in 2010, he held senior leadership roles both within IT Development and IT Infrastructure at ING DIRECT, the largest internet bank in the United States -- providing him a uniquely authoritative view of the global business impact of the new best-practice models for performance engineering.
His expertise includes application development, global project management, partnership strategy, collaborative methods like Agile Scrum, infrastructure architecture, business continuity and disaster recovery. At Shunra is to drive professional services, training/education and partnership programs for nearly 2000 worldwide customers deploying applications in WAN, Web, Mobile and Cloud environments.
In 2009 he was invited to sit on the Customer Advisory Board for LoadRunner & Performance Center, Mr. DeCapua was named 2010 HP Software Universe "Best & Brightest". He is also a certified ScrumMaster, Scrum Practitioner, and Six Sigma Green Belt; and is also accredited with an MBA, Concentration in Finance.
St. Louis Chapter leader
Colin eagerly took on the Leader role for the St. Louis Local Users Group in 2009. He focused on HP Quality Center and HP Performance Center product offerings while growing the group to over 100 members strong in one year. Colin has been instrumental in increasing the frequency of local events as well as organizing Vivit Regional events. His tireless effort to bring presentations of interest to the St. Louis Local Users Group has also been key to its rapid growth. His Co-Leader is Charles Fleisher.
Colin was elected to the Vivit Board of Directors in June of 2010 and was recently elected to serve as its Treasurer. Colin has 10 years of experience in the IT industry and has worked in the hardware, network, and software support arenas, as well as software quality assurance.
2009 - Leaders of the Year EMEA
Germany Chapter Leader
Stefan is a co- leader for the Vivit chapter in Germany. His energy, willingness to go the extra mile, and ability to get others engaged has built one of the strongest local user groups worldwide. It was from the voices of his local chapter that he was nominated. His efforts have resulted in local user conferences packed with over 18 presentations and multiple tracks lasting 1 ½ days with over 130 participants. Stefan's commitment to the HP Software user community in Germany speaks volumes about his leadership abilities and traits.
Stefan is the Consulting Manager and a Principal Consultant for the ITC GmbH in Germany. Stefan has more than 12 years experience in implementing, customizing, training and selling of HP Software products and ITSM Consulting. As a certified ITIL Service Manager, he focuses on integrated ITSM solutions for enterprise and SMB customers based on HP Software and 3rd party products.
Germany Chapter Leader
Frank is a co-leader for the Vivit chapter in Germany. His energy, willingness to go the extra mile, and ability to get others engaged has built one of the strongest localuser groups worldwide. It was from the voices of his local chapter that he was nominated. His efforts have resulted in local user conferences packed with over 18 presentations and multiple tracks lasting 1 ½ days with over 130 participants. Frank's commitment to the HP Software user community in Germany speaks volumes about his leadership abilities and traits.
Frank has 15 years of experience with HP software and knows the products both from a user and vendor perspective. He currently works for IT unlimited AG, a Platinum HP business partner focused on implementing, supporting and operating IT management solutions. Prior to this assignment, he held several leadership positions in product management, business development and marketing at HP's OpenView business unit.