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Spotlight on a Volunteer - July 2016

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Christopher Carpenter
CEO and President
Bienabee Technologies
Seattle Chapter Leader

Chris Carpenter is an entrepreneur and the co-owner of Bienabee Technologies (www.bienabee.com) located in Bellevue, WA. Bienabee was founded in 2013 and is a leading SDLC solutions and software company that specializes in delivering best practice Agile, DevOps, & Waterfall methodologies to solve complex QA Problems.  Mr. Carpenter enjoys any opportunity to share his industry leading expertise by speaking at Vivit and HPE Discover sessions.

As an HPE Resale Partner, Bienabee gets to work closely with HPE R&D to help shape the future of the HPE Application Delivery Management (ADM) toolsets and to work on the most complex of customer solutions including being a design partner at the TriZetto Corporation with the HPE Agile Manager toolset.  Chris’ mission is to ensure his company’s clients are receiving the maximum return on their investments in their HPE ADM tools as well as the strategies to make any project a successful one.

What I like about volunteering for Vivit:

"Being apart of the Vivit community has been a wonderful experience. At my very first Vivit meeting I was asked to speak on my work with HPE’s Business Process Testing at Portland General Electric. I was a bit nervous but after I started my presentation, the premise of Vivit clicked for me. These fellow members weren’t there to be sold on a product or concept, they were there to learn from my experiences.  The reason they attended the meeting was driven by their own internal quest for knowledge.  Now as the Vivit leader for the Seattle Chapter, I have the ability to help others grow which is the most rewarding aspect of being a Chapter leader.  In our Chapter we pride ourselves on finding interesting new topics, meeting great speakers, and networking with other Seattle technology professionals." 

 

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It’s an Exciting Time to be with Vivit – Let’s Take A Cruise!

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 27, 2016


By Mark Ford
Membership Chair
Vivit Board of Directors

 

Hi everyone, I’m Mark Ford, current Membership Director at Vivit Worldwide. As Membership Director I get to be involved in many of the activities at Vivit and we have several upcoming items that I am very excited about! I’d like to take you on a little tour of what you can expect to see in the coming year. You could even consider me your cruise director for the next few moments. My clipboard is in hand so grab a cool drink and let’s see what’s in store as we take a cruise with Vivit!

Port 1: New Logo - This is always an exciting topic and it’s a great opportunity for Vivit to re-express itself. Our current logo/colors have been around for several years and while they are very recognizable, we feel it’s time for a new look and feel. We haven’t landed on a final logo yet but we’ve gone through a few iterations and edits and it’s going to be expressive, bold, informative, and stylish.

Port 2: Website Rebrand - You may have noticed our website layout is a bit dated as well. We’ve contracted with our website host to come up with a sleek website design that is modern, responsive, and mobile friendly. The colors will match our new logo color scheme so we can put the pinkish-purple and orange colors to rest. We know it can be challenging at times to find information on our site so we’ll make sure it targets what our Vivit members need the most. And you’ll be able to access it on a smartphone browser without needing a microscope!

Port 3: Newsletter Format Update - We’re proud of the content and information that we bring you each month with the Vivit InForum Newsletter. We’ll still provide great articles and Vivit updates but in a format that is easier to skim through and grab just what you need. It will be bold, attractive, and eye catching - maybe even suitable for framing!

Port 4: New Webinar Platform - We’re currently researching new webinar platforms to provide a richer experience for our sponsored and SIG webinars. We’re looking for a platform that provides more options to keep the audience engaged and works well with our website registration system so Vivit members won’t have to fill out all those fields every time they register for a webinar. We’re also focusing in on platforms that don’t require proprietary installs that might be blocked at your workplace. You’ll be able to sign up easier and attend more webinars than ever before - and we’ll have many more great ones to look forward to!

Back Home Again - Which brings us back to our original port of call. It was shorter than a 3 hour tour but hopefully you found something enjoyable to look forward to. We’re working hard to implement these changes by the end of this year so you won’t have to wait too long. If it seems like a lot of changes and you’re concerned we’re changing Vivit too much - not to worry! We’ll still be Vivit and we’ll still be your Independent HPE Software User Community. Our commitment to you as a Vivit member and HPE software customer will not waver or change in the least. But we do hope you find us easier to use, more helpful than before, and beneficial to you in every way that we can be.

P.S. If you haven’t taken the Vivit Member survey yet, now would be a great time to do so. It’s very short (only 10 multiple choice questions) and you could win a pair of Bose wireless headphones – which will come in very handy on your next cruise! We value your feedback!

On behalf of everyone at Vivit, thanks and happy cruising!


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Application Delivery Fueled by HPE ALM Octane: The Future of Application Lifecycle Management is Here

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Updated: Friday, July 01, 2016

By Kelly Emo
Director of Product Marketing
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Every industry today is being impacted by the presence of digital innovation and disruption. Software is driving new ways to engage customers, partners and deliver value. As a result, IT Teams are working rapidly to increase the speed in which they deliver digital value while maintaining or increasing the impact of their digital user experience.

This relentless pursuit of speed, quality and scale are driving IT application teams to evolve the way they plan, design, code, test and deliver software into data centers and the cloud easily, securely, with high performance and ultimately an amazing user experience. IT organizations are looking to proven best practices such as Agile, Lean and DevOPs delivery to achieve that balance of speed, quality and scale.



To address this, HPE has delivered an evolved ALM experience that accelerates lean, DevOps delivery. On June 1st, HPE announced a new, expanded ALM and Quality Management software experience--HPE ALM Octane. HPE ALM Octane will set a new precedent for lean, Agile lifecycle and quality management. HPE ALM Octane is available to all ALM and Quality Center customers today on SaaS and shortly on premise.

Representing the next generation of software development lifecycle management, HPE ALM Octane ensures constant quality and application health visibility for customers employing Agile development practices and Continuous Integration. With an open, REST-based architecture that immediately adds value to the open source tools used widely by Agile and DevOps teams, HPE ALM Octane provides analytics and insights to ensure success at DevOps speed.

Highlights in HPE ALM Octane include:
  • Continuous view of quality at the DevOps pipeline level or aggregated up to overall application and app component-level through intelligent correlation to Application modules
  • Complete traceability across DevOps pipelines from Backlog to Builds to test runs and defects with clean, flexible reporting and linking results and activities to individuals via #ChatOps
  • Support for manual testing managed in source control via embedded GIT repository and support for Gherkin to test earlier in the lifecycle with BDD (Business Driven Development)
  • Ability to customize processes with flexible, configurable business rules and user defined fields
  • Built-in integrations with DevOps development tool sets such as Jenkins and TeamCity for CI and GIT for source control along with Swagger documented REST APIs for further integrations
  • Intelligent and flexible dashboards to customize views of application health and continuously track progress
Initial feedback from over 800 beta customers describe ALM Octane as a "five-star” experience and "a far better test management experience than other Agile tools”. To see more customer feedback, visit our TechValidate customer portal.

Learn more about HPE ALM Octane and visit Octane University, sign up for a free trial to experience it for yourself. Follow HPE ALM on Twitter @HPE_ALM.

 

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Americas Elite Leader Recognition 2016

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Friday, June 17, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 13, 2016

Many Vivit Leaders were recognized during the Appreciation Dinner at Discover in Las Vegas on Monday, June 6th.  These Leaders did an outstanding job for Vivit by organizing local and virtual events that created value for our members and the Vivit organization as a whole.  Their content was both relevant and timely; helping our members do their jobs better.  For this, we would like to recognize them as Vivit Elite Leader Award winners. 


Ramesh Subramaniam
New England Chapter Leader

Mohit Verma
New England Chapter

Mike McDonnell
Western NY Chapter

Chris Trimper
Western NY Chapter Leader 
Performance Engineering SIG Leader

Neil Suryanarayana
Nebraska Chapter Leader

Todd DeCapua
Performance Engineering SIG Leader

Petar Puskavich
Performance Engineering SIG Leader

Paul Shovlin
Performance Engineering SIG Leader

 

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HPE simplifies IT Service Management

Posted By Michael Potts, Thursday, June 16, 2016
Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2016

 By Michael Pott
 Senior Product Marketing Manager
 Hewlett Packard Enterprise


A new on-premises ITSM offering, a customer appreciation program, and Common Criteria Certification take IT Service Management to the next level.

New offering: HPE ITSM Automation Suite


The HPE ITSM Automation Suite provides a simple way to consume, deploy, and maintain on-premises IT Service Management software. It provides software and licenses required to build your ITSM solution, starting with a Big Data service desk and then extending to comprehensive use cases like Service Asset and Configuration Management (SACM). The suite comes in two editions.

HPE ITSM Automation Suite Express Edition includes:

  • Service Manager
  • Smart Analytics
  • Universal CMDB

HPE ITSM Automation Suite Premium Edition includes:

  • Service Manager
  • Smart Analytics
  • Universal CMDB
  • Universal Discovery
  • Asset Manager
  • Operations Orchestration
  • IT Business Analytics

For more information refer to the HPE ITSM website or contact your local HPE Sales Representative or HPE Preferred Partner.

Customer Appreciation Program – your path to the Big Data service desk

Based on HPE Haven technology, Service Manager Smart Analytics leverages Big Data to simplify interactions with your service desk and to increase your service desk’s efficiency. Smart ticketing enables users to open tickets by simply sending a picture of an error message, or by describing the request using natural language. Smart ticketing also automates the classification of tickets in the service desk to decrease resolution times. Hot topic analytics intelligently identifies clusters of data from IT processes and other data sources for proactive problem management. Smart search provides a global and context-aware search across Service Manager process modules and external data sources to find the right answers in a given context quickly. For a brief demo of these capabilities watch this short HPE Service Manager Smart Analytics video.

HPE now offers a Customer Appreciation Program (CAP) for existing Service Manager customers. The program allows customers to optimize current license entitlements and also add the Smart Analytics capabilities at a very attractive price. As a result, customers end up with all Service Manager modules including Smart Analytics synchronized to the same quantities.

For details about this program please contact your local HPE Sales Representative or HPE Preferred Partner.

Secure ITSM: Common Criteria Certification

HPE ITSM further demonstrates a strong commitment to security through third party evaluation. Our ITSM products have undergone evaluation in accordance with internationally accepted criteria and a government-managed framework.

Asset Manager 9.50 and Universal CMDB and Discovery 10.21 have received Common Criteria Certification. Service Manager is listed as pending and is expected to receive certification soon.

More information

HPE ITSM Automation Suite is a big step towards simplifying ITSM solutions. To learn more about this exciting news plus the strategy and direction of HPE IT Service Management Automation Suite, please join our Vivit Webinar on June28.

 

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Board of Directors Election Results

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 13, 2016

 

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Karen Semonson, Nominating Chair
Vivit Board of Directors

I am pleased to announce that the 2016 Board of Director election is complete. I’d like to take a moment to thank those of you who took the time to vote in our recent election. For those that do not already know, Vivit has a Board of Directors that consists of nine directors who manage our staff of four and provide leadership and direction to our Local User Group and Special Interest Group leaders throughout the world. Each year, Vivit holds staggered elections to elect three of the nine board members.

It is my distinct pleasure to announce the 2016 class of elected Vivit Board Members:




2016 Elected Board Members

Robbie Clay-Ament

Advisor
Delta Air Lines
Atlanta, Georgia, USA




Mark Herbert
Quality Analyst III
Dignity Health
Phoenix, Arizona
United States


Tammy Young
Director Quality Assurance
Aflac
Atlanta, Georgia
United States



I’d like to thank the other board candidates who although they were not elected to the board this year, they were exceedingly strong candidates who volunteer their time as Local User Group or Special Interest Group leaders. We feel proud to have them as leaders within our organization and hope that they’ll consider standing for election in future years.


Additional Vivit Board Candidates

Jim Copio
Manager
Whitlock Infrastructure Solutions
Davidson, NC USA


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Pedro Mendes
Vice Head of Department
DataSmart

Portugal

 




Ali Malik

QA Tester

Deloitte

Chicago, IL USA



Jonathan Wright

Director of Digital Engineering

Hitachi Consulting

UK


I’d also like to take a moment to thank David Broerman who is departing the Vivit Board this year. David is stepping away from the Board due to work commitments and personal obligations, and will be a loss to our team. We wish him well and hope that he will stay in touch.


Vivit Departing Board Members

David Broerman
Checkpoint Technologies
Tampa, Florida USA


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Wrap up of Discover 2016 LV!

Posted By Jill Stefan, Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Updated: Monday, June 13, 2016




"Get Moving with Vivit… Your User Community that Keeps you Up to Speed”, our 2016 Discover theme in Las Vegas kept all who attended the Vivit booth busy with activities. Whether an attendee was our on our Vivit treadmill desk linking up to our social media platforms, participating in a roundtable session at the Vivit Guru bar, entering in the drawing to win a Fitbit Blaze or connecting with other members, special interest groups, local user groups, Vivit staff or the newly elected board of directors – we kept them running.

Vivit has over 36,000 members worldwide and is proud to have some of the IT industry top thought-leaders as members and volunteers. Leaders from around the world gathered at Discover over June 6-9 to represent their groups and discuss the latest HPE software developments and game changing technologies.

If you haven’t already, it’s time to "get moving” with one of Vivit’s Local User Groups and Special Interest Groups

There are 82 LUGs in 31 countries and 21 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.

Our Vivit’s Award Winning Leaders were recognized at Discover on June 7th.

Vivit’s Board Chapter/SIG Chair, Tammy Young, presented the Americas awards at this year’s reception at Vivit’s booth. This year marks the eighth anniversary of the awards presentation recognizing outstanding volunteers. Connect with these leaders who are at the forefront of community activity.

Vivit Board Chapter/SIG Chair, Tammy Young presenting the Americas Awards.


This year’s winners are as follows:

Leader of the Year Award – Pam Eifel

Champion of the Year Award – Dina Love
Speaker of the Year Award – Robert Linton
Top Virtual Contributor – Robbie Clay-Ament

Vivit is the longest-standing independent, worldwide HPE software user community providing an infrastructure of support for members through advocacy, community and education. We're your only source of information on HPE 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 Discover 2016 LV provided many opportunities for individuals to connect and interact with each other. Over the past eight years, Vivit has successfully changed, grown, and adapted to align with the new style of IT. Many conversations took place during Discover, both members and non-members had the opportunity to discuss and learn more about Vivit.


​Discover attendees visiting the Vivit booth.

 

Attendees took a quick run on the Vivit treadmill desk while linking up to

Vivit’s social media platforms.

 

Vivit FitBit Blaze prize winner, Steve Fowler

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President, Richard Bishop speaking at Vivit’s Annual Meeting at the Vivit Guru Bar.

Several Roundtable sessions were held at the Vivit Guru Bar throughout the week.

Get Moving with 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 Discover to discuss the state of the user community and programs to serve members going forward. Many of the dedicated staff attended Discover as well. If you didn’t get a chance to meet them in person, feel free to contact them anytime.


2016 Vivit Board of Directors

We hope to see as many members as possible at future events. Mark your calendars for Discover 2016 London, November 29 – December 1. 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 HPE software user community. If you have any suggestions or requests, please contact us.

 

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Vivit Champion Book Launch: Transform and Accelerate with Effective Performance Engineering

Posted By Stephanie Konkoy, Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Todd DeCapua, a Vivit Worldwide advocate and Leader for over a decade, started with leading two local chapters (Delaware and Philadelphia) along with the special interest groups (DevOps, Agile, Mobile, and Performance Engineering). He is currently serving Vivit as a Special Interest Group (SIG) Champion since joining Hewlett Packard Enterprise in April 2014 after the acquisition of Shunra Software. Todd and his co-leaders are making a definitive impact and driving great content and membership collaboration within the Performance Engineering Special Interest Group, now at >7000 members in ~18 months, making it the fastest growing SIG in the history of Vivit.

We are excited to announce that Todd DeCapua, along with Shane Evans, have co-authored a book titled, "Effective Performance Engineering”. This book brings the knowledge and experience of Performance Engineering through the premier publishing company of O’Reilly and is sponsored by HPE for the first 30-days of its release. Todd is the example of Vivit’s best and brightest who continue to share their passions for HPE software with advocacy, community, and education, which is what makes Vivit so amazing.

To learn more and get your copy of "Effective Performance Engineering”, go to http://www.EffectivePerformanceEngineering.com , follow @EffPerfEng on Twitter, and read an interview with the authors. If you are not a member of the Vivit Performance Engineering SIG, join today!






Todd DeCapua
Chief Technology Evangelist
Hewlett Packard Enterprise


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New Leader Blog - June 2016

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Sunday, June 05, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 02, 2016

We welcome the following new Leader and her expertise to the Vivit Community. We invite you to join one of her local chapters 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.


Debbie Denison

Mobius Partners
Austin Chapter Leader
San Antonio Leader
Houston Leader

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Americas Award Nominees 2016

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Friday, May 06, 2016
Updated: Sunday, May 01, 2016

Appreciation. Miriam Webster provides a simple but elegant definition of the word; "a feeling of being grateful for something. An ability to understand the worth, quality or importance of something.”

For Vivit, being grateful is for all the somethings that encompass the efforts our volunteer leaders put forth each year; holding events in local Chapters and SIGs, speaking at webinars or local meetings, networking and sharing experiences with Vivit membership in Chapter meetings, and staying active in the Vivit user community and social media.

It is time once more for the Vivit organization to look back over the year at those efforts by our leaders and appreciate those select leaders for their continued contributions to Vivit members by recognizing them. Each year, Vivit asks membership to appreciate those stand-out leaders to be recognized for their efforts by nominating them for one of the following awards:  Leader of the Year, Speaker of the Year and Champion of the Year. It is then Vivit’s honor to select from those nominees.

It is our pleasure to announce this year’s America’s nominees. Congratulations to all our nominees; the Vivit organization appreciates your hard work and dedication.

 

Dan Boswell
Task Lead (Manager)
Ace Info Systems
St. Louis and Kansas City Chapter Leader
Nominated for Champion of the Year
Anwar Chowdhury
QA Lead
Sodexo
Western NY Member
Nominated for Champion of the Year
Robbie Clay-Ament
Advisor
Delta Air Lines
Configuration Management and Service Mgt SIG Leader
Nominated for Champion of the Year
Bob Crews
President 
Checkpoint Technologies
Florida Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader and Speaker of the Year

 

Todd DeCapua
Chief Technology Evangelist
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Performance Engineering SIG Champion
Nominated for Champion of the Year
Karen Dicks
Managing Director/VP
Melillo Consulting Inc.
Western NY Chapter Member
Nominated for Speaker of the Year
Pam Eifel
Testing Process Domain Manager
Key Bank
Ohio Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year
Robert Linton
VP Application Lifecycle Management
CorTechs Inc.
TQA SIG Leader
Nominated for Speaker of the Year
Dina Love
Sr. Technical Instructor, HPE Software Education Americas
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Big Data and Vertica SIG Champion
Nominated for Champion of the Year
Mike McDonnell
Director Business Development
Melillo Consulting
Western NY Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year

 

Petar Puskarich
Consultant - Performance Engineer
NTT Innovation Institute
Performance Engineering SIG Leader
Nominated for Speaker of the Year

 

Paul Shovlin
Director - Client Management
Checkpoint Technologies
Florida Chapter Leader and Performance Engineering SIG Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year
Ramesh Subramaniam
Technical Team Lead
HPHC
New England Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year

 

Neil Suryanarayana
IT Test Manager/Practice Leader
Physicians Mutual Insurance
Nebraska Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year
Chris Trimper
Enterprise QA Senior Automation Analyst
Independent Health
Western NY Chapter Leader and Performance Engineering SIG Leader
Nominated for Leader and Champion of the Year
Mohit Verma
Performance Engineering Evangelist
Tufts Health Plan
New England Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year
Laura Walker
Director Business Development 
StrataCom
Colorado, Ohio, Chicago, Minnesota, and Wisconsin Chapter Leader
Nominated for Champion 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. On behalf of the community, we would like to thank you for your contributions. Keep up the passionate efforts and dedication to serving the Vivit community.

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