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Vivit Board Nominations Open

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, January 07, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Karen Semonson, Nominating Chair

Vivit Board of Directors

It is a privilege to announce the call for nominations for the 2016 Elections for the Vivit Board of Directors. Your nomination submissions are very much appreciated as they are a vital key to the success of the Vivit users group.

The Vivit Board of Directors is comprised of nine volunteer positions who share the desire to see this organization of enterprise management computing professionals succeed. To serve on the Vivit Board, you must be willing to give your time and energy and lend your strategic and software expertise to help the organization become better and stronger.

There are three Board positions to be filled during this year's 2016 election. The three terms run for 3 years - from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019.

To be eligible to serve on the Vivit Board of Directors you must:

  • be a general member in good standing with Vivit have the desire to see the organization succeed
  • have the desire to see the organization succeed
  • have the skills to be able to plan and direct strategic initiatives for the organization
  • be willing to commit to the amount of time needed to serve

In order to be selected as a candidate you must be nominated. All nominations for candidates must be received by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Friday, January 29, 2016. You can email your nominations to

New Board members will be notified prior to the late May / early June face to face board meeting (specific dates to be determined) so that they may plan to attend.

We encourage individuals who are eager to dedicate themselves to the user community to consider this opportunity to become a Vivit Board member.

Thank you for your time and consideration

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New Leader Blog - January 2015

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Get Connected

We welcome the following Leaders and their expertise. We invite you to join their Local User Groups to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join the group by clicking on the group name under the picture and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear at the top of the group web page if you aren’t already a member. Connect to a leader by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required.


Pedro Mendes
Business Unit Manager
Portugal Chapter Leader

  • Pedro Mendes is a member of the Executive Committee of Datasmart
  • Previously Pedro was a Client Manager at GFI Portugal, leading the Datacenter Team of the Portuguese Bank Millenium BCP
  • Led major projects for large organizations such as PortugalTelecom, EDP, Autoridade Tibutária
  • Background in system engineering and project management: Microsoft Certified System Engineer since 2001, MCTS Messaging, Project Manager Professional PMP since 2005
  • Pedro is an Award winning HP Trainer on HP Star World Wide Program

Rolf Frydenberg
Daglig leder (CEO)/Partner
Manag-E Norge AS

Norway Chapter Leader

  • Rolf Frydenberg is President of Manag-E Norge AS with responsibility for business development and strategy, as well as sales and deliveries to a select set of customers. Rolf was one of the founders of Manag-E (in 1999), and is still the largest shareholder.
  • Since the early ‘90’s Rolf Frydenberg has worked in the area of solutions for IT Operations and Service Management, in ProsjektLeveranser, Merkantildata, and Manag-E. From 2010-2014 he had a break from this area, working instead for the consulting organization at Gartner, Inc.
  • Rolf’s involvement with HPE Software started with Network Node Manager and Data Protector. After participating at the OpenView Forum conference in Houston in 1994, he worked at getting the Norwegian HP Software users to form a local affiliate of OVFI. As a result, the Norwegian OpenView User Group (NOVUG) was founded in January of 1996 as a local chapter of OVFI. This organization is still active; now with the name Norwegian Vivit User Group (still abbreviated NOVUG). Rolf has had different roles on the board of NOVUG, and has been its most prolific presenter, giving more than 40 presentations through the 20 years of NOVUG activity.
  • Rolf was chair of the Program Committee for the 1997 OpenView Forum conference in Anaheim, California, and served on the board of OVFI from 1997-99. Rolf has also given several presentations at OVFI events.

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EMEA/APJ Elite Leader Recognition 2015

Posted By Annemarie Stuiver, Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Vivit Leaders were recognized during the Leader Dinner at HPE Discover in London on Monday, November 30, 2015. The Leaders who did an outstanding job for Vivit by organizing events, growing the Vivit community and building their Chapter or Special Interest Group were recognized and honored with the Elite Leader Award. Below are the names of the Elite Leader Award winners who received a certificate. Thank you all for your great contribution to our community!

Mark Laird
BSM SIG Leader

Richard Bishop
UK Chapter Leader

Cheikh Sadibou Deme
France Chapter Leader

Stevan Zivanovic
Agile SIG Leader

Andreas Birk
TQA SIG Leader
Vadim Gordadze
Russia Chapter Leader

Tags:  EMEA  Leader  Leaders 

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The best present under the tree: Announcing the December edition of HPE Propel

Posted By Vesna Soraic, Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Updated: Monday, December 07, 2015
Vesna Soraic
Vesna Soraic
HP Propel
Product Marketing Manager

The end of the year is here and we have a gift for you. Keep reading to find out what is in the latest version of HPE Propel that will make it easier than ever to become a true service broker.

I love December! It brings back great memories, but the month also triggers hopes for the future. Last week we wrapped up Hewlett Packard Enterprise Discover 2015 London conference which was exiting, engaging and informative. This was the first conference for us as Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Just as we had hoped, it has blown away all projections regarding the number of visitors.

The HPE Propel team is particularly proud of 2015 because:

  • We added many new customers,
  • We delivered three releases of HP Propel service broker software (read below about the fourth release this year, 2.10)
  • We earned strong positive opinions about the product and its roadmap from the market and key analysts.

At HPE Discover 2015 in London, HPE Propel had several breakout sessions, featuring our customers Logicalis and Sopra-Steria.

If you could not join in London, we will share one of the sessions, HPE Service Exchange and Jumpstart - Transform the IT Consumption Experience, as a VIVIT webinar on December 15. Don’t miss this opportunity. Register for the webinar here.

Patrick Bailly, a director for innovation and industrialization at Sopra-Steria and Ankit Desai, a senior product manager for HPE Propel will present how to easily integrate tools together.

If you haven’t experienced it yet, HPE Propel is a new product to help IT become a service broker. It helps improve the user experience by increasing self-service and automated fulfilment across multiple providers. It enables IT to increase its speed and responsiveness to increased innovation and faster service launches. HPE Propel makes IT more nimble to respond quickly to changing market conditions, customer preferences or competitor actions. You just need to know what you want your IT to DIY and what you want to broker – HPE Propel will help you with how.

Next week we release HPE Propel 2.10. Here is (as usual) an incomplete list of what’s coming up in this December issue:

  • Universal search app. Now Propel offers a unified search interface, based on IDOL, for finding information across the service catalog, support tickets and knowledge articles. In addition, we will have application specific search for advanced use cases.

Universal search across all HPE Propel content

  • Openstack Murano catalog aggregation and fulfilment. Users will be able to order, deploy and consume cloud services from the Murano catalog from HPE Propel and manage subscription and service instance actions for Openstack services.
  • Create a support ticket directly from a subscription. Instance actions will be supported for multiple HPE CSA nodes. Version 2.10 will also support dynamic options on subscription management.
  • External Pricing feature. Provides the ability to dynamically have different pricing for each request, performed through an external API.
  • The migration "toolset". The version provided in 2.10 will enable migrating data and configurations from existing instance to the latest HPE Propel instance.
I will include more new features in the blog post next week at

Wishing you a greater emotional engagement with your users and customers and a wonderful holiday season!

Tags:  HPE Discover  Propel  Service Broker  Sopra-Steria 

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New Leader Blog - December 2015

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Friday, December 04, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Get Connected

We welcome the following Leader and his expertise. We invite you to join his Local User Group to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join the group by clicking on the group name under the picture and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear at the top of the group web page if you aren’t already a member. Connect to a leader by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required.

Scott Moore
Scott Moore Consulting LLC
Performance Engineering SIG

"I'm very excited about being a team leader for the Performance Engineering SIG. I want to share my knowledge and work experience to the Vivit community with the goal of seeing others benefit from it, to hopefully steer them around the 'mine fields' I had to go through. I also hope to learn as much or more from the community than I offer."

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New Leader Blog - November 2015

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, November 05, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Get Connected

We welcome the following Leader and her expertise. We invite you to join her Local User Group to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join the group by clicking on the group name under the picture and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear at the top of the group web page if you aren’t already a member. Connect to a leader by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required.

Ravinder Kalirai

Quality Analyst
Ace Info Systems
Kansas City Chapter Leader

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Keep up with the speed of change – Three tips for smart testing

Posted By Emma Dowey, Thursday, November 05, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

By Emma Dowey
EMEA Marketing Manager

The 2015-16 World Quality Report finds that business transformation initiatives are limited by testing capacity, and that despite some growth in budgets, we’re challenged with working smarter to deliver better quality for less effort. The report states that over half (54%) of respondents have adopted agile development environments, however the main challenges of time, cost and effort remain the same.

Below we outline three strategies used by our customers to adopt better testing methodologies and a continuous delivery approach.

1 Integrate – Finding a way to integrate applications seamlessly is crucial to DevOps. Tony Auriene, CEO of Elucidation Technologies states "The next steps in SAP testing innovation must continue to focus on risk based testing and tool integration.” By integrating tools such as IntelliCorp’s LiveCompare into your HP ALM and SAP environment, you can achieve zero production defects.

2 Automate – We want to automate more of the change cycle, not just our test scripts. Why waste time manually assessing the impact of change on systems? How do we know that impacted functionality is even testable? Software such as IntelliCorp’s LiveCompare allows companies to reduce the scope of SAP testing by 85%. "This is something that was really important to me and the team in my former role. Some of our transactions took weeks to test,” explains Tony.

3 Regulate – The World Quality Report cites security as being the number one priority for QA and testing executives. Pressure to release new functionality faster can lead to incomplete security checks and this can result in significant consequences for the business. By integrating software into your HP ALM and SAP environment, you can protect critical data from unauthorized access and ensure compliance with rules and regulations. "The ability to quickly understand who has access to your systems and what they can do is vital if you want to protect the organization and its data,” adds Chris Trueman, CTO at IntelliCorp. "As part of a secure and stable systems development approach, many of our customers use LiveCompare to enforce secure coding standards, implement automated security checks, and analyze end-user provisioning.”

Find out more about integrating IntelliCorp tools with HP ALM and SAP at HPE Discover in London this December. Contact IntelliCorp today to book a specific time to meet at the conference, or visit our booth and learn how to simplify SAP testing and guarantee zero production defects.

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Education Chair Announces Discover London Breakout Sessions

Posted By Bernard Szymczak, Friday, October 30, 2015

Bernard Szymczak

Vivit Education Chairperson
Board of Directors

I am very excited about Discover 2015 London. First time for me to be in England! There is so much history to see and lots to do when the conference is over.

When it comes to Discover, I am always amazed at the content delivered over three days. I know we will all have a great opportunity to network together, learn about what’s new from Hewlett Packard Enterprise and see how other companies, like yours, are improving everyday with HPE solutions.

Vivit is proud to announce we will have four breakout sessions listed in the catalog this year. These breakout session topics focus on Big Data, Application Development Management Strategy, Security and Automation/Cloud Management and will surely provide great knowledge to all who attend.

Register for the following Vivit Breakout Sessions in your schedule:

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EMEA and APJ Leader Nominees 2015

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, October 22, 2015
Updated: Monday, October 19, 2015

Vivit Leader Magic

Once again, it is time to recognize the efforts of our members who have been chosen to be Leaders in the Vivit community. Your Leaders chose to enrich our community by volunteering their time and effort while sharing their knowledge, ideas, experience and support.

These individuals are full-time employees of various companies and industries, and we all benefit from their decision to lead our user community in Local User Groups and Special Interest Groups. Vivit has been fortunate over the years to have had the best and the brightest continue to become not only Vivit user community members, but Leaders as well.

Each year, Vivit asks members to nominate exceptional Leaders to be recognized for their efforts, and then it is Vivit’s honor to select those nominees for the following categories; Leader of the Year, Speaker of the Year, and Champion of the Year.

In congratulating this year’s nominees, we would like to emphasize the hard work and dedication of these leaders who help create the magic of Vivit! Congratulations to each and every one of you and thank you for all your efforts and contributions.

Leader of the Year Nominees

Vadim Gordadze
Vice Head of ITSM Department
Russia Chapter Leader

Richard Bishop
Head of Service Delivery
Trust IV Ltd
United Kingdom Chapter Leader
HPE Education SIG Leader

Stevan Zivanovic
Principal Technical Account Director
Infuse Consulting Ltd
Agile SIG Leader

Champion of the Year Nominees

Jane Gibson
Customer Advocacy Software APJ

Ian Bromehead
Sr Product Marketing Manager
HP Software

Cheikh Sadibou Deme
France Chapter Leader

Andreas Birk
Founder & Principal Consultant

TQA SIG Leader

Speaker of the Year Nominees

Toine Jenniskens

Business Architect Infrastructure IT Management

Stevan Zivanovic
Principal Technical Account Director
Infuse Consulting Ltd
Agile SIG Leader

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The show goes on! Introducing the new HP Propel 2.01!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Updated: Monday, September 21, 2015

Vesna Soraic
Vesna Soraic
HP Propel
Product Marketing Manager

We are living in a digital era, where software applications are starting to rule our businesses—and our lives. We as customers, citizens and employees want applications that aren’t just functional, secure and efficient but are also increasingly engaging and entertaining. We have a need to be delighted, and our expectations are always increasing. These degrees of entertainment and delight are relative and subjective, and for us in the software industry and IT, this is job security. We will need to constantly create new gigs and make sure that "the show must go on” to keep users happy.

But what does this mean in practice? Software application architecture is receiving wide-population recognition and awareness like never before. This awareness means that it is at least equally (or in reality much more) important as the application design. Today’s modern applications are very composite and granular; they are based on micro-services in contrast to monolithic applications which every IT department still owns from the past.

Micro-service architecture and their loose coupling structure in applications ensures that the applications can be changed quickly with minimal impact on surrounding applications’ parts. In addition IT needs an integration platform that is open, scalable and easily configurable. The platform needs to allow easy plug-and-play of the older systems of record without impacting the user experience. With micro services, APIs, integration platform and modern portal, nevertheless how many vintage applications you have, your IT show can begin.

We created HP Propel with apps engagement, entertainment and constant-changing in mind. We understand the pace of business and we want to empower you to keep pace.

HP Propel 2.01

HP Propel 2.01 is now available. Here is the subset of some of the new and enhanced capabilities that this version offers:

  • Self-system diagnostics—As you know, HP Propel is created from micro services with built-in resilience and has many moving parts. The diagnostics feature allows administrators to quickly see the performance status of all components in the system, such as memory and deadlocks, services availability, request statistics, traffic and configuration checks. Detailed graphs also show the status of the interconnected systems which reduces the time and costs of running HP Propel in production.

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  • Enhanced request of behalf—Helps users select from a list of allowed individuals and roles to order for.

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  • Cloud service subscription apps—New enhancements allow the user to take the service instance action.

Figure 3

  • Improved native catalog—Administrators can create the offerings directly in Propel native catalog even easier than before.

Figure 4

  • Easier configuration options—Administrators can now configure and modify suppliers for their organizations via the web UI.

HP Propel empowers IT to act as a service broker so that IT can remain the organization’s leader in technology selection and adoption. Watch this video and see how you can develop systems of engagement to enhance interactions between people and complex technology and significantly increase your users’ satisfaction. Learn more in this video:

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