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Today’s Load Testing Challenge

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Even in today’s fast moving agile development environments, software load testing should never be left to chance. You need to incorporate load testing into your sprints to find and fix issues before applications and pages go live. And you need to scale your testing to achieve massive scale to match the reality that your web and mobile apps will face. That’s the ideal world, anyway. The reality is often something else. In many cases, agile teams don’t weave load testing into the fabric of their agile delivery process. This is often due to a perception that the tools are too complicated and that testing takes too much time. Frequently, the shortage of skilled performance engineers and the lack of access to load-testing tools make it even harder to incorporate realistic performance testing early and often. We’ve been working to remove these barriers and make it easy to achieve massive scale and lower business risk with timely performance testing (regardless of the process).


HP StormRunner Load

HP StormRunner Load makes it easy to plan, run, and scale your testing for web and mobile apps. Built on our extensive performance engineering leadership, StormRunner load extends HP LR and PC with a 100 percent cloud-based load-testing service that supports web and mobile protocols. It is at once simple, smart, and scalable.


Simple

HP StormRunner Load makes it easy to design and create load tests. From the point at which you sign up for the service, you can start your first load test in less than 10 minutes.

With HP StormRunner Load, your agile performance testing team can now start load testing in the cloud much earlier in the project. Your developers don’t have to wait for performance engineers to become available for testing. They can run tests for themselves, in the course of each sprint, to accelerate the velocity of your project and the quality of the released software.

Smart

HP StormRunner Load is smart. It uses predictive analytics to help you understand anomalies and problems in real time. With the benefit of intuitive analytics, you can easily interpret the test results to identify the performance profile of the application and then determine your mitigation options.

In the testing process, HP StormRunner Load captures valuable metrics on how your application behaves under different virtual user loads. There are many analytical charts and graphs that can help you quickly find performance issues.


Scalable

StormRunner Load can scale to HUGE. It automatically enables you to scale your load-testing solution to more than 1 million virtual-user load tests.

With a "self-driving test lab” at your disposal, your teams don’t have to waste time and energy managing your testing infrastructure. It’s automatically created on demand to meet the needs of your specific test, saving your team time and money.



Visit us to learn how StormRunner Load can help you.

Want to experience real cloud based load testing firsthand? Then feel free to sign up for a free StormRunner Load trial.

Tags:  Agile  HP StormRunner Load  Load Test  Metrics  Scalable  Smart 

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New Leader Blog - October 2014

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Friday, October 03, 2014
Updated: Monday, September 01, 2014

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 his name. Member sign-in required.


John Crossen
Consultant
Crossen Consulting
Dallas/Fort Worth Local User Group

"I plan on a discussion of the Big Data explosion, how to handle structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data. Also, how to handle very large data sets, analytics, and HP Vertica."



Jeff Glover
Senior Test Automation Specialist
SunTrust Banks
St. Louis Local User Group

"I am pleased to join the St. Louis Vivit Chapter as a co-leader;  Previously, I led the Richmond, Virginia Vivit Chapter. I have been working as a Test Automation Developer for the past 16 years in the financial industry (USInternetworking, Capital One and currently SunTrust Bank). I am especially interested in Vivit meeting topics regarding the HP App Lifecycle suite of applications (QuickTest Professional/Unified Functional Testing, Business Process Testing, Application Lifecycle Management, etc.).”

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - October 2014

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Friday, October 03, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Americas Volunteer

Melissa Jacobson
Digital Marketing & Public Relations Strategist
Orasi Software, Inc.
Vivit Atlanta Chapter

Melissa Jacobson is a co-leader of the Vivit Atlanta Chapter and a member of the Vivit Membership Committee. She is currently a Digital Marketing & Public Relations Strategist at Orasi Software, Inc. and driving corporate involvement with Vivit. Melissa graduated from the University of Alabama and majored in communication studies with a a double minor in journalism and computer science.

 

EMEA Volunteer


Mark Laird
Group Technical Architect
Steria Ltd.
Business Service Management SIG

Mark currently works for Steria as the Group Technical Architect across the Infrastructure Management Service Line. He started in IT in 1988 as a Junior Mainframe Capacity Planner working for Thorn EMI Software. Since then, Mark has had a variety of technical and managerial roles but is always working for a Managed Services organization.

He is an effective communicator, and for the last 10 years has been key to rolling out HP Software within Steria both with the United Kingdom and throughout the European organization. This rollout has included HP Business Service Manager for dashboard, HP Operations Manager and HP Sitescope for the monitoring and HP Network Node Manager and HP Network Automation for Network Management.

Mark regularly presents at HP events showcasing what Steria is doing with HP Software for itself and its customers. He is also a member of the HP Customer Advisory Board for Business Service Management.

Mark serves the HP Software community as a leader for the Vivit Business Service Management Special Interest Group (BSM SIG).

 

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New Leader Blog - September 2014

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Updated: Monday, August 25, 2014
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 his group by clicking on the group name under his 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 him by clicking on his name. Member sign-in required.


Vadim Gordadze

Vice Head of Department
I-Teco
Russia Local User Group Leader

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - September 2014

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Americas Volunteer


Kate Fontanella
Senior Technical Instructor
HP Vertica
Big Data Champion

Kate Fontanella is a Senior Technical Instructor at HP Vertica.   She has a passion for training and facilitating adults to gain the skills they need to grow professionally.  In her new role at Vertica, Kate is excited to welcome long standing database professionals to the world of big data, allowing them to process data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications.


Throughout Kate’s career she has worked with many database technologies including Cognos, SAP and Oracle.  She most recently worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology building online courses for staff on SAP and Cognos.  Kate spent over 10 years in the legal industry as a Marketing Technology Manager managing a SQL based CRM system and its team.  During that time she also managed a peer group for the International Legal Technology association focused on the CRM system and eventually all marketing technology tools.

She holds an MBA with a concentration in Marketing and Human Resources from Clark University.

Kate is also an avid biker and sailor and in the summer you will find her on the Charles River most nights after work.

 

EMEA Volunteer


Andreas Birk
Founder & Principal Consultant
Software.Process.Management
Testing, Quality, and ALM SIG Leader

Dr. Andreas Birk is Founder and Principal Consultant of Software.Process.Management in Stuttgart, Germany. He serves the HP Software community as a leader for the worldwide TQA (Testing, Quality, and Application Lifecycle Management) Special Interest Group of Vivit. He also has served as a member of several Vivit and HP Software committees. His special interests include tool-based requirements management and requirements management in agile development using tools like HP Quality Center / ALM and HP Agile Manager.

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New Leader Blog - August 2014

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Sunday, August 03, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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 their groups by clicking on the group name under their 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 them by clicking on their names. Member sign-in required.

 


Liz Lovelace
Director of Marketing
Mobius Partners
Houston Local User Group



Raj Neravati
Chief Operating Officer
Cigniti, Inc
Dallas Local User Group

 


Mark Skowron
Account Executive
Mobius Partners
Houston Local User Group



Lauren Stoewer

Lauren Stoewer
Application Analyst
McCormick
Mid-Atlantic Local User Group

 

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Spotlight on Volunteers - August 2014

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Sunday, August 03, 2014
Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014

Americas 


Dan Boswell
Task Manager
Ace Info Solutions
Kansas City Local User Group
St. Louis Local User Group

Dan currently works as a task manager for Ace Info Solutions for the USDA in Kansas City, Missouri.  He works with the federal leads to assist in training and using of all of the HP testing tools. Dan has also worked to setup the current automation process and procedures for the USDA where it comes to the HP products used, to include all reporting using OTA and Rest server.

Prior to working for the USDA, he was at Sprint/Nextel working as a testing lead/manager for 6 years putting process and procedures in place.  Dan was also key in starting some of the automation for the Digital Lounge testing for Sprint.com.  Working for Amdocs, Dan was one of the key people that performed over 8 conversions into the Amdocs billing systems from other various systems with a 98% accuracy rate.  Dan prides himself in not having a single major defect going into production from areas that he has tested in the past 12 years.

Serving the HP Software Community, Dan volunteers as the Chapter Leader for the Kansas City and St Louis Vivit chapters.  He is working to revive the Kansas City Chapter; the first Kansas City Chapter meeting for 2014 had over 40 people attend in person and virtually.

 

EMEA


Pramod Singh
Director: Digital and Big Data Analytics
HP Global Analytics
Big Data Special Interest Group Leader

Pramod is one of the leaders of the Vivit Big Data Special Interest Group. He is Director of Digital and Big Data Analytics at HP Global Analytics. He has more than 18 years of leadership experience in design and implementation of analytics solutions. Pramod has been with HP since 2000 in different roles. For the last thirteen years at HP, Pramod has lead advanced analytics teams in areas of customer knowledge management, e- business , global business intelligence in IT and digital analytics at Hewlett-Packard. Before joining HP, Pramod worked at Wal-Mart’s Information systems. Here he designed and developed advanced assortment planning system, a technology that revolutionized the store assortment practices for Wal-Mart. Pramod has a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas and an MBA in Marketing, and he is author of several published papers and regular speaker at international conferences.

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New Leader Blog - July 2014

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Friday, July 04, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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 their groups by clicking on the group name under their 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 them by clicking on their names. Member sign-in required.


Ricardo Paraguassu
Blue Elephant Systems Inc.
Brazil Local User Group

"My mission in Vivit is to build a Brazil community of people interested in sharing knowledge and experiences with HP Software. The Brazil chapter is focused on serving the HP Software community, by facilitating a network of people interested in sharing knowledge and experiences."


Jan Pontéus
Swedish Tax Agency
Sweden Local User Group

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Wrap up of HP Discover Las Vegas 2014

Posted By Lisa Nordhoff, Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
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Wrap up of HP Discover!

"Experience the Magic of Vivit by connecting with other members, special interest groups, local user groups, Vivit staff and the elected board of directors” was the overall theme for Vivit at HP Discover in Las Vegas, June 10 – 12, 2014. If you didn’t attend the conference, we hope you will consider the same opportunities to experience the magic with Vivit now.

Vivit has over 22,000 members worldwide and is proud to have some of the IT industry top thought-leaders as members and volunteers. These individuals volunteer their time to lead local user groups (LUG) and worldwide virtual special interest groups (SIG). Leaders from around the world gathered at HP Discover to represent their groups and discuss the latest HP Software developments and game changing technologies.

Experience the Magic of Local User Groups and Special Interest Groups

There are 76 LUGs in 26 countries and 19 virtual SIGs. Each LUG and SIG has its own focus and personality. Members of LUGs meet face to face to share best practices, tips, and tricks. Members of SIGs meet online and can participate in blogs and webinars. Locate your LUG and SIGs of choice and select the "Join group” icon which will appear at the top of the group page if you aren’t already linked. Don’t see a local user group near you or a particular SIG?  Contact us to start and lead a new group.

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Experience the Magic of Vivit’s Award Winning Leaders

Tammy Young, LUG & SIG Chair, Board of Directors, presented the community awards for the Americas region at HP Discover during a leader reception at Vivit’s booth. This year marks the sixth anniversary of the awards presentation recognizing outstanding volunteers. Connect with these leaders who are at the forefront of community activity. This year’s winners are as follows:

Top Virtual Contributor – Randy Mikel

Champion of the Year Award – Todd DeCapua
Speaker of the Year Award – Ron Cornwell
Leader of the Year Award – Paul Shovlin



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Experience the Magic with other Vivit Members

Vivit is the longest-standing independent, worldwide HP Software user community providing an infrastructure of support for members through advocacy, community and education. We're your only source of information on HP Software that is completely unbiased, uncensored, and field-tested. We have worked hard to build a community platform where relevant conversations happen. Our booth at HP Discover provided many opportunities for individuals to connect and interact with each other. Over the past five years, Vivit has successfully changed, grown, and adapted to align with the new style of IT. Many conversations took place during HP Discover, both members and non-members had the opportunity to discuss and learn more about Vivit, plus individuals had the opportunity to play some foosball and win some great prizes.

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Individuals visiting Vivit booth.

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Prize drawing by Vivit leaders.

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Some Vivit prize winners.

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Experience the Magic of Vivit’s Board of Directors and Staff

Nine outstanding members and thought leaders serve on the Board of Directors. They met face to face for two days prior to HP Discover to discuss the state of the user community and programs to serve members going forward. Many of the dedicated staff attended HP Discover as well. If you didn’t get a chance to meet them in person, feel free to contact them anytime.

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We hope to see as many members as possible at future events. Mark your calendars for HP Discover in Barcelona, December 2 – 4, 2014. We are already working on our community program. It is our mission to help fellow members tap into the wealth of collective knowledge in Vivit, the trusted, unbiased, and field-tested HP Software user community.  If you have any suggestions or requests, please contact us.




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Vivit Names the 2014 Americas Award Recipients

Posted By Lisa Nordhoff, Monday, June 30, 2014
Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Vivit Board of Directors presented the 2014 Americas award winners at the HP Discover Conference in Las Vegas on June 11, 2014. The Champion of the Year Award went to Todd DeCapua, Leader the Year Award went to Paul Shovlin, Speaker of the Year Award went to Ron Cornwell, and the new Top Virtual Contributor Award went to Randy Mikel. 

This year marks the sixth anniversary of the awards presentation recognizing outstanding volunteers. Winners are chosen from submissions by members worldwide. The Americas Awards are presented each June, and the Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific awards are presented each December.

"As a volunteer community focused on helping HP Software customers be successful and develop their careers, we are driven to create a forum for sharing best-practices and sparking game-changing conversations,” said Tammy Young, Chapter and Special Interest Group Chair, Board of Directors.”  I have deep respect for these talented volunteers who share their expertise by presenting webinars, organizing Local User Group meetings, and creating content to share with members worldwide.”   

Todd DeCapua​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. 

 

Todd 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.

 

Paul ShovlinPaul 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.

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.

 

Ron 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.

 

Randy MikelRandy 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 Vivit.   

 

Randy 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.

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