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Too Many Emails? You have options!

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, October 13, 2016
Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2016

By Stephanie Konkoy, Vivit Engagement Director

Vivit Member email options are many and varied. The emails from Vivit you receive depend on how you set them up in your member profile preferences. Here’s how:

To view and make changes to these preferences, go to the Vivit website, login, and click on "Manage Profile” in the right rail. Next, click on "Preferences” to manage your notification settings.

You will see all the different notification options available. Once you have made your changes, do not forget to click on "Save My Settings”.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Lyndsey Zajac, Vivit Global Media Assistant.


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Spotlight on a Volunteer - October 2016

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, October 13, 2016
Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mark Herbert
Software Quality Analyst III
Dignity Health
Arizona SIG Leader

  • Software Quality Engineer Leader with over twenty years of IT experience, including 15 years as a software quality engineer specializing in test automation
  • An HP Certified Instructor and Accredited Systems Engineer in the HP Application Lifecycle Management suite of tools
  • Founded the Pittsburgh (Mercury) local chapter of the Vivit and now acts as the leader of the Arizona local chapter of Vivit and serves on the Vivit Board of Directors

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24% Higher Profit Margins Start with a Training Needs Assessment

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, October 03, 2016
Updated: Monday, October 03, 2016



By Mary Rasmussen
Worldwide Product Marketing Manager
Hewlett Packard Enterprise



The foundation for an amazing IT organization is business alignment, and achieving alignment year after year remains one of the biggest business challenges. The CIO and IT organization are critical contributors to a successful business strategy as IT performance is often the most significant competitive advantage in today’s digital world.  Aligning IT with the business starts at the strategy level to ensure a common understanding of business goals, priorities and desired outcomes.  Alignment also demands a review of the technical capabilities and limitations of the enterprise to identify changes that may be required to support the goals.  New architecture, new software and modernization of processes tend to dominate the state of the enterprise discussions, but reviewing the people resources is equally important. Competent staffing both for technical and business areas is essential for accelerated and quality delivery, and so training and education is strategic to business alignment.

Industry analyst IDC reports that 80% of IT managers believe that training is critical to project success.  IDC also published other remarkable 2016 metrics on the impact of training and certification including that companies who have comprehensive training show 24% higher profit margins. Many organizations take an ad-hoc rather than a comprehensive strategic approach to training which can lead to diminished business results. Failure to include training and education in the strategic plan exposes the business to:


  • Budget risk as costs for training and education are a "best guess” not based on a complete analysis
  • Early consumption of the organization’s training budget by non-mission critical, lower priority projects leaving the needs of higher priority projects unmet
  • Schedule delays and lack of calendar alignment due to the failure to account for adequate preparation and training time
  • Slower delivery and lower quality driven by skills gaps and the "forgetting curve”


For the best business outcomes, training and education should be included in the strategy discussions.  A great place to start is with a Training Needs Assessment (TNA). Performing a Training Needs Assessment (TNA) is instrumental to achieving and maintaining alignment with the organization strategy.   In a nutshell, the TNA will allow you to get the right training, to the right audience, at the right time based on the business strategy.



A TNA is a systematic approach to identifying the education needs to best meet your organizational objectives and budget.  The basic steps of a training needs assessment include:

  • Identifying key organizational objectives
  • Identifying organizational priorities
  • Setting performance goals (and identifying metrics for evaluation)
  • Identifying possible obstacles and mitigation
  • Structuring enablement methods
  • Identifying skill gaps
  • Identifying relevant content required
  • Developing an enablement program plan that aligns with business timelines, budget and culture

The level of effort for each of these steps may vary widely based on the business objectives. For example, an organization undergoing a transformation like DevOps may have very different content and training requirements as compared to an organization that is upgrading their service management solution. 

Build the Skills Now to Succeed in 2017

Is your organization currently planning for 2017?   What is your confidence level that your team has the skills to succeed? There is no better time than now to perform a training needs assessment to ensure your team is ready to execute at its best in 2017.  For more information on conducting a training needs assessment, please contact your regional HPE Software Education Business representative (AMS, APJ, EMEA) to see how we can help you meet your goals. For more information on HPE Software Education visit our website at


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New Leader Blog - October 2016

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, October 03, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Get Connected

We welcome the following Leaders and their expertise. We invite you to join their Local Chapters to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join a 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 leaders by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required. 

Ghaleb Aoude
Rite Techonologies
Ottawa Chapter Leader


  • Executive-Level consultant and IT manager with more than 30 years of Information Technology (IT) and business management experience.
  • Mission critical projects were brought to their successful closure in government and private sector environments. Skilled leadership skills that drive teams and operations to deliver according to defined performance metrics
  • Experience in various IT projects including infrastructure development, software development, turnkey projects, ITSM, datacenter, and call center implementations
  • Rich consulting experience capable of aligning IT services with business goals and objectives through concrete initiatives and projects
  • My HP Software background goes back to a 14-year job responsibility to lead a sales team and then an IT Department at an HP partner in Kuwait
  • Later, joined another HP partner that started a managed services business based on HP ITSM setup
  • Then joined the Central Agency for information Technology in Kuwait as an IT Consultant. Among other responsibilities, I oversaw the implementation and operations of their HP based NOC that manages a high speed MPLS government-wide network 

Moving to Canada recently was challenging, yet joyful. I needed to stay in touch with technology, yet I wanted to do that via something I love, know, and enjoy. Leading the Vivit Chapter in Ottawa, where I live now, provides an optimum opportunity to stay connected and involved. Also, it puts me in touch with the technology community in Ottawa."

Bhavesh Maharaj

South Africa Chapter Leader

  • 10+ years ‘experience in Software Testing and 2+ years in Software Development.
  • Worked in various levels and roles, and within different development methodologies, such as waterfall and agile, throughout my career.
  • Current areas of expertise are in performance testing, test automation, technical testing and Test Management.
  • Committee member of the SIGiST group in SA

 "Looking to develop more leadership skills"


Witold Rorot

Sopra Steria
Poland Chapter Leader

  • Graduate of Franco-Polish School (EFP) in Poznań in telecommunication, computer science and economy faculty
  • Senior Project Manager in Sopra Steria Polska company where he has worked for nearly eight years
  • During this period of time, Witold has managed several transition and transformation projects for the European customers
  • Main areas of interest are related to ITSM, ITOM, ITAM
  • For the last 4 years has been working as Technical Architect for HQ in many innovation projects
  • Member of ISACA Polska, PTI (Polish computer science society) and Information Security Forum
  • Actively working in domain of security, where he was acknowledged as certified ISO27K1 Lead Auditor by IRCA
  • Previous experiences are coming from the work as Branch Director of the polish IT company, where Witold had been working on projects for industrial, government and in the most cases financial institutions.
  • In a private life, Witold is father of 2 adult (students) children and 1 teenager
  • He's very involved in beekeeping activities
  • He loves to ride chopper motorbike
  • Lives and works in Upper Silesia region for the last 27 years

"I want to invite all HPE Software users in Poland to share knowledge and the difficulties that you experience in everyday life. I think the possibilities are numerous: webex meetings, participation in SIG presentations, HPE and/or partner conferences. I suggest a meeting for coffee - less formal discussions without presentation. We could invite HPE product managers or consultants, who tell about new and ongoing challenges they are working on. Finally, you could try to unleash your potential through implementation presentations, solutions that you use every day and lessons / experience you have earned during the project.” 



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SIG Talk

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, October 03, 2016
Updated: Monday, October 03, 2016

Recently, Vivit formed a new Special Interest Group around Vertica products, and we are excited to announce Dina Love and Akshar Dave as the leaders for this new SIG. We invite you to learn about their plans for this SIG and to become a member by clicking on the Join Group link.




Dina Love, Senior Technical Instructor, HPE Vertica, became a Vivit Special Interest Group Leader because it provides an environment to network and connect with those individuals that share the same product interests.

"Vivit allows us to share information and expand professionally, and I wanted a platform to share ideas, knowledge and experience with colleagues, customers, partners and other like-minded individuals and learn from their knowledge and experience as well. The special interest group allows me to reach a global audience and have contact with those I might never have otherwise. It gives me the opportunity to help provide relevant content as well as help connect those who want to know more with the right contacts and solutions. I became the HPE Vertica SIG leader because I am passionate about the HPE Vertica product. As an instructor teaching HPE Vertica, I have knowledge I can contribute, and I have access to other Subject Matter Experts who can impart their expertise to our membership.My wish is to show those who are not yet using it to see why it is such a great product and help those who are to get the most out of it.”

Partnering with Dina is Akshar Dave who has more than 15 years of data analytics and data science experience and a track record of delivering innovation with a strong customer focus. He leads SoftNet Solutions’ Vertica Practice and is obsessed with disruptive technologies like Vertica. He is known for his ability to lead creative analytics solutions that bridge business and development teams. He is a master of using open source technologies to generate value from Big Data.

"I would like to see us bring together experts and visionaries from the Vertica team and the industry in: data infrastructure, data engineering, and data science and to explore applications that leverage Vertica in areas such as advertising, marketing, eCommerce, gaming, security, etc, especially as it relates to MPP database. Our goal is to make it easier than ever for you to collaborate with others and share your knowledge around Vertica.”

Register Now for the Vertica SIG’s introductory webinar on October 13th!

The group will then provide periodic webinars and communications to let their membership know what's new with HPE Vertica releases as well as expand on any topics of interest as voiced by the members of this group. Share your ideas with them today!



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Discover 2016 London Breakout Sessions

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 30, 2016
Updated: Friday, September 30, 2016

Protect your Knowledge and your Business

BB11499 | Thursday, 1 December | 9:30 - 10:30

Pedro Mendes
Business Unit Manager

In this Breakout Session, you will learn about all the risks your business faces, including new risks created by IoT. Find out how you should protect your data and prepare to recover from disaster. Discover how Hewlett Packard Enterprise can help your organization stay one step ahead. You will take a closer look at Tesla IoT and learn why Tesla is concerned about data protection and fast recovery from disaster. You will also learn how the HPE Adoption Readiness Tool (ART) can help protect your business.

Four Key Focus Areas for Effective Performance Engineering

BB11501 | Tuesday, 29 November | 10:30 - 11:30

Todd DeCaupa
Senior Director, Technology and Product Innovation
Corporation Service Company

Effective performance engineering is a methodology that many technology and business teams adopt to transform their organizations. During this Breakout Session, you will focus on four key areas of effective performance engineering. Join us to participate and learn how to build, develop, optimize and focus. The discussion will include references from the O'Reilly Media book titled, Effective Performance Engineering, co-authored by the speaker of this session.

Modern Software Testing in a Digital Context

TB11500 | Wednesday, 30 November | 12:30 - 13:30

Stevan Zivanovic
Service Delivery Director and Product Owner
Infuse Consulting Limited

Testing in a digital context requires a significant change from traditional testing approaches. Underpinning digital is the desire to have dynamic systems, often sourced for a variety of vendors, providing services that can be ill defined but highly desired. This session will look at how to tie in test automation, performance testing and service virtualization, within Agile structured test management frameworks, that can respond with the flexibility that businesses require, whilst assuring the desired quality.

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Vivit Member Discount for Discover 2016 London

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Vivit Members–Register Now for Discover 2016 London
and receive your $300 Member Discount!

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New Leader Blog - September 2016

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, September 01, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Get Connected

We welcome the following Leader and his expertise. We invite you to join their Local Chapters to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join a 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 their name. Member sign-in required.


Jeff Downs

Solutions Architect
HPE Software Lifecycle Integration SIG Leader

"We are no longer in the old days of manual and batch integrations. The Vivit HPE Software Lifecycle Integration SIG will spread the good word of automated, real-time and enterprise grade integration."

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - September 2016

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, September 01, 2016
Updated: Monday, August 15, 2016

Jan Å Pontéus

Test Manager
Swedish Tax Agency

Sweden Chapter Leader

  • Runs improvement projects.
  • Over 15 years within SW test; as test lead in telecom, process/method specialist
  • Likes the ”vertical” approach: Processes, methods and tools to be mastered by one person/team to optimize all layers, Including the world around us (ITIL…).
  • Likes to hold courses, typically in test theory or crash courses in ALM
  • Background in HW (telecom, professional audio). Almost as fun as test tools and processes.

”The main purpose, I think, with a community like Vivit, is to give colleagues the possibility to meet in an informal way. Some people you may know a long time. Some are new. All have something valuable to tell. Since the best information you can get is the information you didn’t asked for (because you didn’t know it existed), informal meetups are essential for getting you out of your box. Many of us struggle with everyday chores, but by meeting others, whether they have gone further or share your situation, you get new strength. Add the presentations and the possibility to share thoughts with HPE staff, time spent at Vivit meetings is generally really rewarding.”

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Survey on AppSec Integration into DevOps

Posted By Cindy Blake, Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Updated: Monday, August 29, 2016

By: Cindy Blake
Product Marketing Manager
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Many organizations are adopting DevOps practices to increase the efficiency of their software development lifecycles. Increasing the frequency of software deployment is great. But the benefits of these changes will be lost if the applications are not secure. However, it is hard to know if applications in deployment are insecure unless they have already been breached.

We have created a brief (10 minute) survey to understand how application security testing is being integrated into DevOps today. The questions will capture who is responsible for vulnerability testing and what practices respondents' organizations are implementing. We are targeting developers, IT operations, security and all others that are involved in the software development lifecycles at their organizations.

A few lucky participants of our survey will win a prynt mobile photo printer or motorola 360 smart watch. You may also opt to receive the aggregate results via email at the conclusion of our survey.

All survey responses are appreciated. The results will allow us to raise awareness of the current state of application security as a component of DevOps practices. If you would like to participate please follow the link below.

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