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New Leader Blog - August 2016

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Saturday, August 06, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 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 a leader by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required.


Prasada Nimmathota

Deloitte
Mid - Atlantic Chapter

  • Currently working as a Project Delivery Manager at Deloitte
  • Working with many HPE tools and implemented many innovative solutions at his organization
  • Leading the HPE Software Community of Practice at Deloitte
  • More than 18 years’ experience with HPE/mercury tools and integrated HPE tools with IBM and many other open source tools and providing consulting services


 

Machine Data Systems
Toronto Chapter 

  • Milan leads the Toronto chapter of Vivit and founded Machine Data Systems in 2009. Prior to founding the company, he was Director of software pre-sales for HP Canada and also held roles in pre-sales management, consulting services, and software-as-a-service at HP and Mercury Interactive.
 

 

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Resting on our Laurels? Never! Announcing the HPE Service Anywhere August 2016 Release

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Friday, August 05, 2016
Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016

By: Julie Azoulai
Service Anywhere Product Marketing Manager
Hewlett Packard Enterprise


In today’s workplace, when employees search for information, look for services, and request assistance, they expect their company to provide a consumer-oriented experience from their service desk, as if they are shopping on Amazon. To meet expectations, IT organizations must employ a service desk that offers an engaging, easy-to-use interface, self-service functions, and a Google-like experience for both end-users and agents.

HPE Service Anywhere, our Big Data SaaS Service Desk, does all of this and more, and our customers are feeling the benefits. Recently at the HPE ITSM Customer Forum in Berlin and HPE Discover in Las Vegas, customers presented their successful implementations of Service Anywhere. They are seeing fewer service request tickets, increased employee satisfaction, and significant cost savings.

To keep up the momentum and to continue to bring value to our customers, Service Anywhere is announcing a new, feature packed August 2016 release. Below are a few highlights.

Mobility: Service on the go

The Service Anywhere Self-Service Portal is now available as a new, native mobile application, called HPE Propel. Featuring live notifications and an intuitive card layout, it uses Big Data analytics to understand user activity and to display the right information at the right time. Employees can easily self-solve issues, order services from a catalog, submit tickets, and track requests while on the go. HPE Propel mobile app already works with Service Anywhere, and in the future it will connect to additional catalogs and services. Look for the Android version now in the Google Play Store and soon as an iOS app in the Apple Store.

IT efficiency for Service Desk Managers, Agents, and Administrators

The release also includes new capabilities that will increase the satisfaction of service desk managers, agents, and administrators, for example:

  • On-call schedules allow automatic routing of tickets to on-duty agents including configurable calendars, assignment strategies, and notification preferences - which can be used independently from on-call schedules
  • ChatOps-style integration with Slack and Hubot enables collaboration and fast incident resolution.Chats between agents, managers and other stakeholders are automatically added to tickets
  • Project management and asset management enhancements
  • Dedicated support for Human Resources support processes

Fast and Secure

With the August 2016 release you can also deliver services faster and protect critical functions without disruptions, for example:

  • Secure critical actions by requiring a second-PIN base code for access and an additional auto-generated code
  • New native LDAP integration enables synchronizing persons and groups from Active Directory systems to Service Anywhere without an additional middleware
  • Workflow debug tool enables administrators to quickly debug issues that may arise in the workflow of a record
  • Internal browser and network performance indicators give our SaaSagents the tools to make your application run faster

Above is only a quick snapshot of what this release offers. Check out the new features by registering for the HPE Service Anywhere free trial.

To see a demonstration of the new features, join our Vivit Webinar on September 8. Please register here. We hope to see you there!


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Get FREE Self-Service of Passwords

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Friday, August 05, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

By Finn Jensen
Service Anywhere Product Marketing Manager
FastPassCorp

Password requests are clogging the service desk

When IT-security management demands the use of an advanced password policy to increase security, this creates problems for the users. When passwords have to be changed every 60-90 days and must contain at least 10 characters and include different types of characters, etc., then users forget their passwords!! According to several studies, password-related calls amount to 20-35% of all calls to the service desk.

At HPE Discover in Las Vegas, FastPassCorp and HPE offered Password self-service portal for FREE for Service Anywhere customers. FastPassCorp now extends this offer to all VIVIT users representing organizations with 2,000-30,000 AD users for the next 6 months. YES: It is for FREE as in an annual cost of zero US$!!

Free self-service of Active Directory passwords for VIVIT members


With FastPass Cloud your users can call the FastPass Cloud portal for direct password self-service for Windows / AD passwords. The basic portal and the mobile portal is for FREE for at least the next 4 years!



Above illustration shows how to connect from HPE Service Anywhere, but this is just one example of access. When the user accesses the portal, she will authenticate with answers to personal questions (a combination of company-defined and user-defined questions). The user then makes her own new password guided by the company password policy.

Users who prefer to do self-service from their Smartphones can do so too!

Additional options available

From the Free FastPass Cloud, customers can upgrade to the highest level of password self-service process as expressed in Best Practices for Password self-service.



The annual service fee for above functions depend on total number of users and the combination of functions. Contact us for an individual quote.

More information

is available from the FastPassCorp WEB-site

Join us at the VIVIT webinar the 1st of September!

The FastPass software is externally certified for WEB security according to the standards from: PSI, Owasp and SANS-Cyber certified by Indusface Pty.

To get a quote for an advanced solution with the full FastPass Cloud, contact us at:sales@fastpasscorp.com , Finn Jensen CEO: +45 24811279, fj@fastpasscorp.com



FastPassCorp A/S is the leading provider of password self-service solution for Cloud and on-premise. FastPass Corp A/S is a public company registered on Nasdaq/Copenhagen/ FirstNorth since 2007. Distribution and implementation is done through strong and professional local partners. Please take a look at our homepage: www.fastpasscorp.com


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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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