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Spotlight on a Volunteer - April 2015

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Sunday, April 05, 2015
Updated: Sunday, March 15, 2015

Americas


Bernard Szymczak

IT Systems Engineer Lead
Progressive Insurance
Ohio Chapter Leader
TQA SIG Leader

 

Bernard Szymczak has been working with Hewitt-Packard solutions for over a decade, back when the tools were owned by Mercury. His primary focus has been on implementing ALM and UFT across a large enterprise organization and how best to integrate these solutions into the Microsoft stack used at Progressive. Bernard is an active member of the Ohio Vivit chapter and the TQA SIG. He has given presentations around multiple aspects of Application Lifecycle Management and Unified Functional Testing on usage, best practices, integration and infrastructure. He also has been a member of the ALM and UFT Customer Advisory Board with HP over the last few years.

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New Leader Blog - April 2015

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Saturday, April 04, 2015
Updated: Friday, March 20, 2015

Get Connected


We welcome the following Leader and his expertise. We invite you to join the PPM SIG 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 Mark by clicking on his name below. Member sign-in required.

 


Mark Carter
Pepsico
Project & Portfolio Management SIG Leader

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Vote for Three Board of Director Seats and Proposed By-Laws Changes

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 05, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Elections are now open for the selection of three Directors on the Vivit Board. Eligible voters are defined as all active members and who are not employed by HP. Elections will run until Friday, May 1, 2015, or until we meet our 10% member quorum. We urge you to vote now! Member sign-in required. Please sign in using your username and password. If you forgot your password, you may use the automated password reset. We have some great candidates and we appreciate your support in this election process.

Additionally, Vivit members are being asked to vote on a proposed change to the Vivit by-laws. The details of these proposed changes can be found at the bottom of the voting page, below the Board of Directors voting section.

Your vote on both the Directors elections and the proposed by-laws changes is important, so please take the time to cast your vote!

Vote

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - March 2015

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, March 05, 2015
Updated: Thursday, February 12, 2015
Americas


Jim Copio
Manager
Whitlock Infrastructure Solutions
Carolina Chapter Leader
Business Service Management SIG Leader

Jim Copio joined Vivit at a chapter level over 15 years ago in the Washington, DC Metro area. Local User group involvement ran the gamut from chapter program chair – to membership chair - to a position on the chapter board of directors. After moving to Charlotte, NC in 2009, he continued with similar leadership responsibilities within the Carolina chapter. In recent years, Jim’s Vivit participation has extended to supporting more global programs and projects including the nominations committee, various Special Interest Groups, and moderating web events. Jim works for an HP platinum software partner called Whitlock as a strategic account manager in the South East Region (US). He works with numerous client companies providing comprehensive IT Management solutions - including ITM technologies (HP Software), IT Process, and People (organizational mapping). Jim has been a Hewlett Packard partner for 15 years.


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New Leader Blog - March 2015

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, March 02, 2015
Updated: Monday, February 02, 2015

 Get Connected


We welcome the following Leaders and their expertise. We invite you to join their 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 his/her name. Member sign-in required.

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Geno Genov

Paraflow
Bulgaria Chapter Leader



Rafael Paz
QA Systems LLC
PPM SIG Leader

"Being a Vivit leader is a new experience for me and I will try, in conjunction with my co-leaders, to make it a fruitful one for the entire PPM community."


 
Jelena Stojanovic
Teri Engineering
Serbia Chapter Leader

"My plan as Serbian Vivit Chapter Leader is to expand Vivit community in Serbia by promoting substantial improvements of operational efficiency that HP SW products (with special focus on Operation Orchestration, IT Asset Management, Site Scope and BSM) can bring to different types of organizations. My intention is to do that, amongst other means, by connecting individuals that can witness practical gains that implementation of HP SW portfolio brought to their organizations with all interested.”

 


Alvin Sumter

Thyssenkrupp Elevator
Atlanta Chapter Leader
PPM SIG Leader

 

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Updates from Vivit's Education Chair

Posted By Richard Bishop, Friday, February 20, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
 By:  Richard Bishop, Education Chair, Vivit Board of Directors
 
Dear members,

I have some information to share and a number of education updates to pass along:
HP Software Education Special Interest Group (SIG):

We have many "Special Interest Groups” (SIGS) in Vivit where you can learn a great deal. One of the newest SIGs is the HP Software Education SIG which was founded last year. This SIG is there to provide a community for those interested in HP Software Education and Certification. As well as this, many of you may be aware of the fact that we’ve started to work more closely with the HP Software Certification team. We had well over 100 delegates attend the recent webinar "Three Keys to Unlock Your Potential” and we’re hoping to continue our collaboration with the HP Software Education Team.

Please be sure to check the News & Events Section on Vivit’s website for upcoming webinars and on-demand webinars. If you haven’t already done so, please join the HP Software Education SIG today!

Vivit "Deep Dive” Training Sessions at HP Discover:

Vivit will once again be offering "deep dive” training at HP Discover 2014 in Las Vegas. These Deep Dive Sessions are 4-hour product implementation and integration tutorials from Vivit members who are HP Software consultants and channel partners. The classes start where most others leave off and provide real-world implementation experiences and examples from expert practitioners who are in the field solving business problems with HP tools every day. If you are planning to attend HP Discover this year (or if you are looking for a great reason to give your employer as to why they should send you to HP Discover) please consider registering for the deep dive trainings. Details about the deep dive training courses and the registration process will follow shortly. Stay tuned!

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. I can be reached at the following email address: richard.bishop@vivit-worldwide.org.

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How HP’s ALM Shows Its Dedication to Quality

Posted By Michelle Pivonka, Thursday, February 19, 2015
Bernard Szymczak
HP ALM


By:  
Bernard P Szymczak, Vivit Ohio Chapter Leader

Anyone who has installed an upgraded version of software knows there are challenges. Will it function like the prior version? Will the hardware requirements change? How long will the installation take? All of these are good questions, but one question tops them all for my company.

Will my existing artifacts transfer over to the upgraded system with minimal data loss?

I use the word minimal here, because it is uncommon in an enterprise class system. No one can really guarantee 100%, usually it is 99.99%. This usually leads to have a one-off not get transferred right and require some manual intervention to correct. Sometimes you need to just recreate the item from scratch.

Then there is the conversion process. How long will that take? How complex is it? What risks are associated with doing this?

A little background here on our environment. We have over 300+ databases and well over a terabyte of file storage in our system. We use on-shore, off-shore and near-shore resources to access the QC/ALM system. QC/ALM is up 24/7 unless we have a scheduled downtime done well in advance for patches and upgrades.

When we upgraded from Quality Center 10 to Application Lifecycle Management 11.52, we experienced something wonderful in terms of data. We lost none of it. Not a single item at all. While we did experience some challenges along the way, none of them concerned losing the data we had in the system. Our Technical Account Manager at HP worked with us every step of the way and got us answers in a timely manner.

As for the upgrade process for each project, it was easy to follow. I was impressed at how accurate the verify/upgrade project steps were. We had a few projects in our system that needed to have some cleanup done (caused by us and not HP). The instructions on what needed to be done in the error logs were descriptive. The result was a quick turnaround on resolution.

In my role, I deal with all the major players in the enterprise class software industry. Most of the time, there are always those little undocumented features that cause an issue here or there. Sometimes those issues cause conversions to become quite the challenge or worse yet data to become misplaced or lost.

This is a testament to how HP has taken a product they acquired. The enhancements HP made were not only the feature set upgrades, but the overall quality of the system. While future upgrades will always present their own unique challenges, I know with high confidence that data loss will not be among them.

Thank you, HP, and keep up the good work.

Bernard P Szymczak

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Registration Now Open for HP Discover 2015 Las Vegas

Posted By Jill Stefan, Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Attention
VIVIT MEMBERS!!

Use this unique Vivit Worldwide Link:
www.hp.com/go/discover/vivit

and you will receive $300 off the $1795 registration fee
for HP Discover 2015 Las Vegas.

Register Today!


Vivit members, HP Software invites you to join more than 10,000 IT executives, managers, architects, engineers, and experts from around the world at HP Discover, Las Vegas from June 2 - 4. At HP’s largest conference of the year, you will be able to explore technology developments, strategies, and best practices, and learn about HP’s latest software and solutions for the new style of IT.

When you attend HP Discover, you join an active, dynamic conversation on the hottest trends shaping your industry today – whether it’s Cloud, Big Data, Security, Mobility or more – it’s happening at HP Discover. Benefit from time to network with your software peers, talk to industry experts, and discuss unique software needs with colleagues.

Register now through this unique Vivit Link to enjoy $300 off the $1795 HP Discover Las Vegas registration fee.

In addition, Vivit is pleased to be offering Deep Dive Sessions again at HP Discover. These sessions will be held on Monday, June 1 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Email Richard Bishop at richard.bishop@vivit-worldwide.org to learn more about these sessions.



Deep Dive

Call for Sponsors at HP Discover Las Vegas 2015

Engage with HP Discover event delegates and members worldwide with a 4-hour advanced HP Software Solution Deep Dive Session. This is a great opportunity for HP Software and partners to show their unique benefit to this target audience. Confirm a spot today!

For additional information, please contact Rocky Pisto at rocky.pisto@vivit-worldwide.org.



Nominations Open: Vivit Americas 2015 Awards

Globe in hands

The vast network of Chapters and Special Interest Groups, educational opportunities, and advocacy programs of Vivit are made possible by hundreds of dedicated volunteers from all corners of the world. It is time to reflect and recognize outstanding service from members in the Americas region.

Please take a moment to nominate a fellow member located in the
Americas for:

  • Leader of the Year
  • Champion of the Year
  • Speaker of the Year

Nominations close on April 10, 2015.

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Nominations Open: HP Discover 2015 Awards for Customer Excellence

HP

The HP Software 2015 Awards for Customer Excellence program is now open for nominations. This is an opportunity to be recognized for your solution and join the exclusive HP Software Hall of Fame.

HP understands the effort it takes to complete papers and nominations, so HP is offering their professional writers to help you.

Nominations are accepted until March 31, 2015 via the award nomination form.

HP will treat the Awards winners as a V.I.P guest while at Discover and each winner will receive:

  • A complimentary Discover conference pass
  • An HP Slate
  • Spotlight recognition on the Discover main stage
  • Potential speaking opportunities at Discover
  • Public recognition via HP social media channels
  • An HP Award for Customer Excellence plaque presented at the Champagne Toast and Reception in the Vivit Booth in the HP Discover Zone

To enter, please submit the award nomination form.

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Westbury Gears Up Analytics Platform for Managing the Business of IT

Posted By Michelle Pivonka, Tuesday, February 17, 2015

   

SMI 15 Answering the Challenges of Communicating the Value of IT

Burlington, MA, March 1- 2015:  Westbury today announced the availability of its next generation IT Business Analytics platform to help organizations measure, improve and communicate the value of IT. The new SMI Suite delivers a comprehensive platform for automated data integration and IT business analytics that allows IT organizations to easily access and combine any data from any data source without managing and maintaining a complex data warehouse.

Industry analysts predicted some time ago that the transactional view of IT is no longer sufficient for IT organizations to stay relevant. Instead IT should be able to communicate their value by means of metrics and reports the business cares about. Westbury is enabling IT organizations to confront their multifaceted challenges by implementing a robust IT business analytics strategy that turns operational data into business value dashboards.

“Our architecture has been redesigned to industrialize the complete process from access to operational data to analysis,” says Jane Johnson, CEO of Westbury. “Our Customers made significant investments to run their IT operations, but they still couldn’t prove and communicate the value in a way the business would understand it and at an affordable cost. They are ditching the labor intensive and costly data warehouse to use SMI Suite and still get a complete picture of the business.”

Hit the Ground Running

SMI Suite comes with a rich library of pre-built integrations (solutions) and startup reports and dashboards allowing valuable and immediate insight into the role of IT in its organizations’ success.

The new offerings standardize data access from any data source in the enterprise environment providing a comprehensive view of business processes.  The new Suite comes with pre-configured solutions for common HP software products, including HP Service Manager, HP Asset Manager, HP PPM and HP uCMDB. More solutions will be added to the platform in the coming months.

IT4IT

As part of today’s news, Westbury also adopts the IT4IT Open Standard. The IT4IT Open Standard provides vendors, service providers and businesses with a common blueprint to guide all products and solutions for interoperability, compliance and business insight.

The new SMI Suite will be showcased at HDI Conference & Expo, which will take place from March 24-26 in Las Vegas, NV. Westbury also organizes webinars during the month of April to educate customers and partners on the new capabilities.

About Westbury

Founded in 1998, Westbury is a leading provider of business value reporting solutions for IT Organizations and represents enterprise customers around the globe.

Its SMI Suite is an integrated business value reporting platform that transforms data into meaningful information and improves processes and performance across the IT value chain. 

Westbury has offices in the Netherlands and Burlington, Massachusetts.

For more information visit www.westbury-it.com

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HP Software Customer Forums: “Software for a New Style of Business”

Posted By Michelle Pivonka, Tuesday, February 17, 2015

 

 

HP Software Customer Forums:  "Software for a New Style of Business”

Join HP for these exclusive events that bring the community of top tier customers, HP leadership and partners together for a day of discussion and networking. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about all of the latest HP Software innovations and hear some of HP’s best client case studies. Don’t miss out on a city near you!   #HPCustForums

 

March 11 – Atlanta (Georgia Aquarium) – Registration | Agenda

April 13 – Boston (Hotel Commonwealth & Fenway Park) – Please reach out to Event contact for more information

April 16 – Calgary (Hyatt Regency) – Registration | Agenda

April 22 – Chicago (Hilton Rosemont) – Please reach out to Event contact for more information

 

Register for each event by clicking on the date or the "Registration” link above or email the event contact for more information.


 

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