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Vivit Board Nominations Open

Posted By Mark Herbert, Monday, January 12, 2015
Updated: Monday, January 12, 2015
Posted By: Mark Herbert, Nominating Chair, Vivit Board of Directors

 
Mark Herbert
It is a privilege to announce the call for nominations for the 2015 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 2015 election. The three terms run for 3 years - from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018.
 
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 30, 2015. You can email your nominations to nominations@vivit-worldwide.org.
 
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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EMEA and APJ Elite Leader Recognition 2014

Posted By Annemarie Stuiver, Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Updated: Monday, January 05, 2015
Many Vivit Leaders were recognized during the Leader Dinner at HP Discover in Barcelona, Spain on Monday, December 1st. The Vivit Leaders who did an outstanding job for Vivit by holding at least two or more meetings in the last year were awarded with the Elite Leader Award. Below are the names of the Elite Leader Award winners who have received a certificate. Thank you all for your great contributions to our community!


Doug Stone
Melbourne Chapter Leader



Damian Versaci
Melbourne Chapter and Testing, Quality and ALM SIG Leader

 
Mihai Grigorescu
South Africa Chapter Leader


 
Stefan Mohr
Germany Chapter Leader


 
Frank Rosenfelder
Germany Chapter Leader


 
Andreas Birk
Testing, Quality and ALM SIG Leader


Mathias Traugott
Switzerland Chapter Leader
 
 
Michael Sieber
Switzerland Chapter Leader


Jan A. Ponteus
Sweden Chapter Leader


 
Mostafa Moussavi
Sweden Chapter Leader

 
Behsad Shiki
Sweden Chapter Leader


Saime Mercan
Sweden Chapter Leader

     

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Wrap up of HP Discover Barcelona

Posted By Jill Stefan, Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, January 06, 2015

"Experience the Magic” – "more than a club, it’s a Community” was the overall theme for Vivit at HP Discover in Barcelona, December 1 – 4, 2014. If you didn’t make the conference, we hope you will consider the same opportunities to experience the "magic” with Vivit now.

Vivit has over 28,000 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 27 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 SIGsof 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 usto start and lead a new group.

Experience the Magic of Vivit’s Best of the Best

Vivit successfully held four breakout sessions featuring their Best of the Best at HP Discover.

Experience the Magic of Vivit’s Award Winning Leaders

David Broerman, Vice President, Board of Directors, presented the community awards for EMEA and APJ at HP Discover during a Vivit leader dinner. 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 were as follows:

Champion of the Year Award – Violet Seah
Speaker of the Year Award – Gordon Appleby
Leader of the Year Award – Jan Czajkowski
Top Virtual Contributor – Mark Laird



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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 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.

Booth visitors
Prize Drawing
Individuals visiting the Vivit booth.
Prize drawing by Vivit’s Vice President, David Broerman and Sponsorship Liaison, Rocky Pisto.
Vivit Prize Winners
Foosball players
Some Vivit prize winners with Annemarie Stuiver, EMEA and APJ Chapter Liaison
Booth Visitors playing foosball.

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.


Left to Right, front row; Karen Semonson, Tammy Young, Laura Walker, Christian Gerdes. Back Row; David Broerman, Christopher Scharer, Mark Herbert and Colin Fries. Not pictured, Richard Bishop.

We hope to see as many members as possible at future events. Mark your calendars for HP Discover in Las Vegas, June 2-4, 2015. 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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HP Discover Barcelona 2014

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Updated: Monday, January 05, 2015
 

 
Richard Bishop 
Education Chair, Vivit Board of Director
 
 
In early December I traveled to Barcelona along with most of the Vivit Board to attend the HP Discover conference. From a business perspective, this is always one of the highlights of my year. It’s a great opportunity to meet the best and brightest people in the HP Software community. In addition to meeting HP product managers and R&D teams, I enjoy the chance to discuss the challenges that I face each day with like-minded users of HP software and share best-practice techniques.
For two days before the conference, the Vivit board meets to discuss the best way to shape Vivit to meet the needs of the members. We were pleased to review the reports showing that our membership has reached an all-time high of around 28,000 members and that our member engagement in webinars has grown year-on-year.
Despite the positive member growth and engagement, we’re keen to do more. Please get in touch if you have any ideas for topics that we could discuss in our face-to-face events or if you’d like to get involved and help run your local user group.
Keynote round-up

During her first keynote speech, Meg Whitman reminded delegates that HP was founded in 1939 in Dave Packard’s one-car garage in Palo Alto, California. She likened the separation of the two companies to an "upgrade” to a two-car garage where each garage develops its own products, whilst collaborating and sharing tools behind the scenes.

 
When HP divides into two separate businesses, both HP-Enterprise and HP Inc. will be Fortune 50 organisations, each targeted at different market sectors. HP Enterprise will focus on servers, storage, networking, converged systems, services and software as well as the Helion cloud platform. HP Inc. will specialize in personal systems and printing.
Many of the co-presenters in the keynote sessions focused on the exciting projects that HP has worked on in the last 12 months.
Including:
  • The Cape-to-Cape challenge, a great case study showing how HP’s product teams worked well together working in application development and hardware provision using the Haven big-data platform.
  • The explosion of data and ever more complex IT platforms was a key topic in all of the keynotes. Against a backdrop of recent high-profile data breaches at Sony Pictures and other large organizations, security seemed even more relevant than in previous years and was mentioned by several keynote speakers.
  • Mike Nefkis expanded on the New style of IT. Mike described, amongst other things, HP’s dominance in IT security and automation. He went on to discuss how HP’s solutions can automate mundane tasks, freeing up IT teams to work on longer-term, high-value projects.
  • Robert Youngjohns discussed Big Data and how this is changing the way that businesses manage and consume data, regardless of whether the original source of data is machine, human or business-related. He described how Haven on demand allows multiple data sources to be combined into a single large dataset and how Idol on demand can be used to query that unstructured data. He invited attendees to visit www.idolondemand.com to explore the capabilities of IDOL through their public APIs.
  • Not forgetting the hardware teams, Meg Whitman described how HP collaborated with Intel to develop Apollo servers to improve server workloads by 50% per server. Martin Fink expanded upon the hardware theme, introducing "The Machine” which uses custom processors and large memory pools communicating using photonics to reduce compute costs and improve performance.
  • HP’s Helion cloud-platform, built on the OpenStack platform, was introduced as a platform ideally suited to hybrid-cloud solutions. Marten Mickos described this in more detail in his session, where he described the dramatic increases in efficiency required to reduce application/development lifecycles. He reminded us that multiple releases per year were no longer enough and many businesses now demand multiple software releases per week. Not all of us are there yet, but this is a definite trend that I’ve noticed.
For additional Discover events:
For me the key themes this year were Cloud computing, Big Data and IT Automation. I’m primarily interested in application performance testing, and I’m looking forward to seeing these game-changing trends filtering through to the applications that I use on a day-to-day basis.

Vivit Special Interest Groups

As well as Vivit’s local user groups and chapters, Vivit members can opt to join worldwide special interest groups who communicate and share experiences through webinars and other online events. If you’ve been inspired by the Discover key themes, visit our SIG pages to connect with like-minded Vivit members and share your experiences of using HP software.
Become a Vivit Leader

Vivit’s vast network of local user groups and special interest groups is made possible by over 100 volunteer leaders. Vivit leaders are at the forefront of the organisation, working with key members and HP to create valuable local and global activities to share best practices, learn from peers about real-world experiences, and hear about new HP Software developments in an unbiased and uncensored community.
We’re always on the lookout for people who are prepared to help out in our local events or webinars. For more information on how you can become more actively involved in Vivit, visit our Chapter Leader page or get in touch.


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New Leader Blog - December 2014

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, December 25, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 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.

 


Kalyan Maddula
Isyxtech
United Arab Emirates Local User Group

 
Lior Katz
CTO
Matrix
Israel Local User Group

"This year I'll promote the HP activities with conference and road show ( ~50 customers) for the new HP testing suite Mobile Center, Service Virtualization, LeanFT, Storm Runner and the new ALM 12 features."



  
Yigal Korolevski
General Manager
KMC Technologies
Israel Local User Group  

"We are currently planning to bring in as much HP Software customers as we can to join Vivit. I've already started to spread the word via LinkedIn groups and direct contacts (our customers). In parallel I'm working with HP to arrange our first Vivit meeting sometime during end of February - beginning of March."

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Vivit Announces the 2014 EMEA/APJ Award Winners

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, December 15, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, December 09, 2014

On December 1, the Vivit Board of Directors announced the EMEA and APJ Leader of the Year Award to Jan Czajkowski, Speaker of the Year Award to Gordon Appleby, Champion of Year Award to Violet Seah, and Top Virtual Contributor Award to Mark Laird. The EMEA and APJ Awards are presented each year and winners are chosen from a select group of talented volunteers who are member-nominated because they have demonstrated excellence and outstanding service to the Vivit Community.

Leader
of the Year
Speaker
of the Year
Champion
of the Year
Top Virtual Contributor




Jan CzajkowskiGordon ApplebyViolet SeahMark Laird







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EMEA/APJ Elite Leader Award Nominees 2014

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vivit Leader Magic

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

These people are full-time employees at 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 that the best and 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 it is Vivit's honor to select from those nominees Leader of the Year, Speaker of the Year, and Champion of the Year.

In congratulating this year's nominees, we would like to say that the hard work and dedication of our leaders is what creates the magic of Vivit! Congratulations to each of you, and thank you for your efforts and contributions.

 


Gordon Appleby
Technical Director
Trust IV Ltd
Nominated for
Speaker of the Year
Andreas Birk
Founder and Principal Consultant
Software.Process.Management
TQA SIG Leader
Nominated for
Champion of the Year
Jan Czajkowski
QC Specialist Manager
SQS Sweden
Sweden Chapter Leader
Nominated for
Leader of the Year
Mihai Grigorescu
TCoE Tools Lead
Accenture
South Africa Chapter Leader
Nominated for
Leader of the Year

 


Magnus Nilsson
Senior Consultant
Lemontree Enterprise Solutions
Nominated for
Speaker of the Year

Henrik Rylander
Test Strategist
ICA AB
Nominated for
Champion of the Year

Eric Schmieder
VP R&D Quality Assurance/TQM
TELES AG
Nominated for
Speaker of the Year

Violet Seah
Regional Marketing Professional
HP Software
HP Employee Vivit Member
Nominated for
Champion of the Year
Pramod Singh
Director: Digital and and Big Data Analytics
HP Software
Big Data Champion
Nominated for
Leader of the Year
Doug Stone
Melbourne Chapter Leader
Big Data SIG Leader
Nominated for
Leader of the Year

Damian Versaci
Practice Leader, Systems Integration and Testing
SMS Management & Technology
Melbourne Chapter Leader
TQA SIG Leader
Nominated for
Leader of the Year

 

Carter Yu
Business Intelligence Engineer
BlackRock
Singapore Chapter Leader
Nominated for
Leader of the Year

 

The Leader of the Year award is presented to an individual for outstanding local chapter or SIG leadership. The Champion of the Year award is presented to an individual for outstanding effort to advance and grow the Vivit community. The Speaker of the Year award is presented to an individual for outstanding presentations to the Vivit community. And on behalf of the community, we would like to thank you for your contributions. Keep up the terrific dedication in which you serve the community.

The award winners will be revealed and celebrated at the Vivit Leader Dinner at HP Discover on Monday evening, December 1th, in Barcelona, Spain at: Restaurant Palmer, Plaza Europa 50 - 52, 08902 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.

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Success Story of a Vivit Leader: Neil Suryanarayana

Posted By Annemarie Stuiver, Monday, November 03, 2014
Updated: Friday, October 24, 2014

Here is a great example of how to grow your career with Vivit!

Neil Suryanarayana, Vivit Member since 2013, became a Vivit Chapter Leader of the Nebraska Chapter in the United States. Together with his co-Leaders, he organized his first Chapter Meeting in January 2014 and about 40 people attended this event.

Being satisfied with the results from HP Software for his employer, Physicians Mutual, where Neil is an IT Test Manager and Test Practice Leader, he cooperated with HP Global Customer Referencing making a video to share his experiences. This video is now shown in the HP Video Gallery and got picked up by the HP Software Marketing Management Team. Neil received an invitation to attend one of their meetings to speak to his success with HP’s ALM suite – showing the internal team a real example of how a customer can succeed with HP Software.

On top of this, Neil has been nominated for the HP 2014 Award of Excellence. On the Nomination sheet there, was an additional comment:

"This model was presented at the Vivit HP Software users group Northeast chapter meeting and was received well by other user groups within town using the HP technology stack. Suryanarayana is also a leader for this part of Vivit’s chapter."

 

Start with the first step: the organization of a Local Chapter Event and use it to become visible and grow your career at Vivit!

 

Tags:  HP Quality Center  HP Unified Functional Testing  leader  test automation 

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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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