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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

Tags:  Board of Directors  Elections 

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - March 2015

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


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

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


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New Leader Blog - March 2015

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

 Get Connected


We welcome the following Leaders and their expertise. We invite you to join their Local User Group to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join the group by clicking on the group name under the picture and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear at the top of the group web page if you aren’t already a member. Connect to a leader by clicking on his/her name. Member sign-in required.

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Geno Genov

Paraflow
Bulgaria Chapter Leader



Rafael Paz
QA Systems LLC
PPM SIG Leader

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


 
Jelena Stojanovic
Teri Engineering
Serbia Chapter Leader

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

 


Alvin Sumter

Thyssenkrupp Elevator
Atlanta Chapter Leader
PPM SIG Leader

 

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Updates from Vivit's Education Chair

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

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

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

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

Vivit "Deep Dive” Training Sessions at HP Discover:

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

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

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How HP’s ALM Shows Its Dedication to Quality

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


By:  
Bernard P Szymczak, Vivit Ohio Chapter Leader

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bernard P Szymczak

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