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Vivit Engage

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, July 01, 2015

 
Rocky Pisto
Vivit Engage Coordinator

As an HP Partner for 28 years, PCI learned a long time ago that knowing the pulse of the community was very important. We were able to get a sense of it by becoming members of Vivit Worldwide, the HP Software user group.

Vivit is a global organization focused on the end user experience and has been around for over 20 years. Vivit helps HP Software customers keep products from becoming shelf ware and share best practices with peers in Local User Group events or in virtual events from a Special Interest Group.

As our customer base grew, many asked us how they could learn from other companies using HP Software and share best practices. Like most partners, we listened to our customers and became Vivit Local User Group leaders in our region. PCI has supported local events for 15 years, with meetings at customer locations sponsored by HP Software or partners. Customers really appreciate these events because they can network with other companies in the region and connect with HP Software technical resources and partners in the ecosystem.

Vivit has 76 Local User Groups around the world. Each group usually focuses on one HP Software pillar, like Ops or Aps. Our goal is to have every group around the world support all customer expectations and software usage, and we need you.

We found out 15 years ago that becoming Local User Group leaders was a great way to get exposure for our company, share our added value, and win new friends and respect. Being a Vivit Local User Group leader requires two meetings a year and a focus on HP Software or partner ecosystem solutions.

Another great way to give your company exposure to the HP Software community is the Vivit Engage program for partners. This offers partners proven services to meet new customers and generate opportunities for their business.

If your company is looking for more exposure into the HP Software community, send me a note.

Rocky Pisto
Vivit Engage Coordinator
Phone: 614-408-8500
Email: rocky.pisto@vivit-worldwide.org


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HP Big Data Conference 2015

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Friday, June 19, 2015

 

 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR HP BIG DATA CONFERENCE

August 10 – 13, 2015
Westin Waterfront Hotel | Boston, Massachusetts
 
Vivit members, HP Software invites you to join the must-attend Big Data event of the year. There is no other place where you will find so many Big Data experts. We will feature real-world customers discussing use cases, developers and engineers having real exchanges and experts who are there to answer your toughest questions. Everyone that attends is passionate about using data to drive superior business outcomes.
Hear directly from HP’s Big Data technologists and data architects, data scientists, developers, and users about state-of-the art engineering technology, methodologies, and industry use cases covering every elements of how forward-thinking organizations are finding innovative ways to harness 100% of their data.

Register now and use this unique Vivit Link and you will
be entered in a drawing to win an HP Slate!
https://hpbigdata2015.wegbox.com/vivit

                                                                                                 
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Wrap up of HP Discover!

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Knowledge is Power

"Knowledge is Power. Get Charged with 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 2 – 4, 2015. If you didn’t attend the conference, we hope you will consider the same opportunities to get charged with Vivit now.

Vivit has over 30,000 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.

Get Charged with one of Vivit’s Local User Groups and Special Interest Groups

There are 76 LUGs in 29 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.

Get Charged with Vivit’s Award Winning Leaders

2014 Vivit Board President, Karen Semonson, presented the Americas awards at this year’s reception at Vivit’s booth. This year marks the seventh anniversary of the awards presentation recognizing outstanding volunteers. Connect with these leaders who are at the forefront of community activity.

Karen Semonson
2014 Vivit Board President presenting the Americas Awards.

This year’s winners are as follows:

Top Virtual Contributor – Steve Williams
Champion of the Year Award – Amy Heindel
Speaker of the Year Award – Bernard Szymczak
Leader of the Year Award – Dan Boswell

Americas Award Winners
(left to right) Bernard Szymczak, Steve Williams and Dan Boswell
(not pictured, Amy Heindel)

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 seven 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 charge their electronic devices while entering to win some great prizes.

Vivit Booth
​ Individuals visiting the Vivit booth.

Vivit Drawings
Individuals entering in the Vivit drawings.

Susan Russel
Susan Russel, Global Marketing and Services Liaison
with one of the Vivit prize winners.

Get Charged with Vivit
Welcoming guests to "Get Charged” with Vivit.

Get Charged 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 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.

Vivit 2015 Board of Directors
2015 Vivit Board of Directors

We hope to see as many members as possible at future events. Mark your calendars for HP Discover in London, December 1 – 3, 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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Vivit Names the 2015 Americas Award Recipients

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, June 09, 2015
2014 Board President, Karen Semonson presented the 2015 Americas award winners at the HP Discover Conference in Las Vegas on June 2, 2015. The Champion of the Year Award went to Amy Heindel, Leader the Year Award went to Dan Boswell, Speaker of the Year Award went to Bernard Szymczak, and the new Top Virtual Contributor Award went to Steve Williams.

Karen Semonson
Vivit Awards

This year marks the seventh anniversary of the awards presentation recognizing outstanding service to the Vivit community. Winners are chosen from submissions by members worldwide. "The volunteers in our organization are exceptional,” said Laura Walker, Local and Special Interest Group Chair, Board of Directors. "As full-time employees, they also make time to organize and lead invaluable events, either online or in-person, to enhance the careers of their peers. Because of their efforts, our organization has been able to provide our membership with education, networking, knowledge sharing, and career opportunities. Our award winners this year have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Without these volunteers, the HP Software community would lack much of the innovation and knowledge sharing that makes the HP client base so successful in delivering real value to their business.”

Amy Heindel

Champion of the Year
Amy Heindel, Presales Enterprise Software Consultant, Hewlett-Packard, received the Champion of the Year Award for expanding the Vivit community in the United States. Heindel has been a consistent advocate, participant, and supporter of Vivit, beginning with OpenView Forum Local User Groups in Michigan in the late 1990s. She has shared her knowledge by presenting at Local User Group meetings, and she encouraged customers to collaborate and share best practices in Vivit meetings and online events to drive the most value from their HP Software investments.

Heindel has over 19 years of experience as an HP Software Technical Sales Solution Architect focused on IT Management solutions, with over 10 years of experience working in Corporate IT and Internet consulting before her tenure at HP.

Dan Boswell

Leader of the Year
Dan Boswell, Manager of Testing for the ATC contract at the USDA, Ace Info Solutions, Inc., received the Leader of the Year Award for his outstanding guidance of the Kansas City and St. Louis Local User Groups. Boswell organized meetings for HP customers in both cities, creating plenty of events and collaboration opportunities. He frequently spoke and extended the reach to members not in the local area by broadcasting the meeting virtually.

Boswell has worked in testing and automation for over 15 years and has been in the IT field for over 25 years. He has expertise in Application Lifecycle Management and Unified Functional Testing.
Bernard Szymczak

Speaker of the Year
Bernard Szymczak, IT Systems Engineer Lead – Enterprise Software Services and Architecture, Progressive Insurance, received the Speaker of the Year award for presenting on Software Quality topics at Local User Group Meetings, at Ohio State University, and through a series of well-attended webinars.

Szymczak has more than 12 years of Software Quality Management experience and is a leader in his field, specializing in IT Service Management Incident and Problem Management for quality insurance systems from HP and others, HP software infrastructure design, consulting best practices, training for HP systems at Progressive’s IT University, and upgrades and new solutions for HP and others in the Business Innovation Garage. He supports an HP Software user base that is currently over 3,500 and across 18 business platforms.
Steve Williams

Top Virtual Contributor
Steve Williams, GTM and Offering Manager for HP Helion Managed Cloud Broker for HP Enterprise Services, received the Top Virtual Contributor Award for his participation in and contributions to Vivit’s website which is the hub of the worldwide community.

Williams works with the US Public Sector region and is based in Maryland near Washington, D.C. For the last 15 years, he has helped enterprise customers evolve into agile IT by utilizing enterprise automation solutions and focusing on process enrichment for true IT and business transformations.

For a complete listing of past Vivit Award winners, visit the Vivit Hall of Fame.

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2015 Board Election Results

Posted By Mark Herbert, Thursday, May 07, 2015
Updated: Sunday, May 03, 2015

Mark Herbert
Director,
Nominations Chair, Arizona Chapter Leader

I am pleased to announce that the 2015 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.

Before I mention the outcome of the election of the Board of Directors, I wanted to mention that based on the outcome of the voting, the proposed amendment to the bylaws ​passed, which means that for future elections, the voting will take place during a specified 30 day period. This will make the entire process much easier for all involved.

I would like to reassure our members that Vivit makes every attempt possible to be a non-intrusive organization and keep the number of emails that we send to a minimum. We are conscious that in our attempts to drive up voter participation, at this time of year we send a large number of emails to members regarding the elections. The bylaw change will also help as it pertains to controlling the number of emails sent around the election.

As successful as this year's election was, we are working to streamline the voting process for future years and reduce the number of unwanted election emails. We need to ensure that our desire for a streamlined voting process doesn’t reduce the board’s electoral accountability. We’d appreciate feedback from members on how we can do this, and I’d be happy to hear from members who’d like to contribute to this discussion.

It is my distinct pleasure to announce the 2015 class of elected Vivit Board Members:

2015 Elected Board Members

Richard Bishop
Head of Service Development
Trust IV Ltd.
Manchester, Lancashire UK



Bernard Szymczak
Lead IT Systems Engineer
Progressive Insurance
Mayfield Village, OH USA

 

Mark Ford
Senior Process Management Analyst - IT
TIAA-CREF
Charlotte, NC USA


Christopher J. Scharer

CJS Consulting, L.L.C.
West Des Moines, Iowa
United States

Chris is fulfilling the remainder of a board of directors term that unexpectedly became vacant during the election process.


 

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


Vadim Gordadze
Vice Head of Department
I-teco
Moscow RUSSIA

 

 

I’d also like to take a moment to thank Christian Gerdes and Laura Walker who are both departing the Vivit Board this year. Christian and Laura are stepping away from the Board due to work commitments and personal obligations, and they will both be a loss to our team. We wish them both well and hope that they will stay in touch.

Vivit Departing Board Members

Christian Gerdes
Senior Performance Engineer
Lights In Line AB
Stockholm, Sweden


 

Laura Walker
StrataCom
Colorado Springs, CO
United States

 


 

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Americas Award Nominees 2015

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Updated: Friday, April 17, 2015

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.

Dan Boswell
Task Lead
Ace Info Solutions
Kansas City and St. Louis Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year


Pam Eifel
Testing Process Domain Manager
Key Bank
Ohio Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year

Mark Ford
Sr. Director
TIAA-CREF 
Carolinas Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year

Evan Hamilton
VP/Managing Director
CraveTek LLC
Colorado Chapter and Configuration Management SIG Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year

Amy Heindel
Presales Enterprise Software Consultant
HP Software
Nominated for Champion of the Year

Huw Price
Managing Director
Grid Tools Ltd.  
United Kingdom Chapter Leader
Nominated for Speaker of the Year

Sumit Sengupta
Info Systems Architect
HP Software
Big Data SIG Leader
Nominated for Champion of the Year

Bernard Szymczak

IT Systems Engineer Lead
Progressive Insurance
Ohio Chapter and TQA SIG Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year and Speaker 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.

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New Leader Blog - May 2015

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, April 01, 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.

 


Dina Love
HP Software
Big Data SIG Leader 


Liz Lovelace
Mobius Partners
San Antonio Chapter Leader


Mike McDonnell

Mike McDonnell

Melilo Consulting
Western New York Chapter Leader



Chris Trimper
Independent Health Enterprise
Western New York Chapter Leader



Subhendu Pattnaik
Gallop Solutions
Philadelphia Chapter Leader

"Gallop Solutions being HP Gold partners for EMAP and SPP (Service Provider Partners), Subhendu and Gallop, together with you, will help re-energise the HP VIVIT activities for the Philadelphia chapter and bring in a new level of engagement and activity which we all look forward to."


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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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