November 2014
In This Issue

How well is your IT Portfolio Governed?

HP Propel proving to be the backbone enabler for the IT Service Broker

Membership Survey

HP Discover Barcelona

Staff Update

Top 10 Virtual Contributors for October

EMEA/APJ 2014 Award Nominees

Elite Leaders Blog

Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming Webinars

View Recent Vivit Webinars

HP Barcelona

Vivit Member Survey




How well is your IT portfolio governed?

Governance Graphic

With an increasing focus on aligning IT with the business, the subject of IT governance is growing in significance in IT organizations worldwide. Many are still struggling to deliver new IT services on time, on-budget and with a positive return on investment (ROI). Organizational silos are getting in the way of the end-to-end optimization of the IT portfolio.

IT organizations often turn to Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) systems as a key component in governance management. Forty percent of customers recently surveyed said they were using PPM for strategic or investment planning. At HP, we see a PPM system as much more than just a project management tool. A comprehensive PPM system can add governance by providing a unified approach to portfolio planning. PPM manages and controls changes to the portfolio from an original proposal, through the decision to start a project, through the execution of that project to evaluating the result in terms of timeliness, budget achievement and return on investment.

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HP Propel proving to be the backbone enabler for the IT Service Broker – See the new release!

Since HP Propel’s release last year the quest to become a true Service Broker has only heated up. IT professionals are taking action. They’re rolling out initiatives to manage the increased pressures of social, mobile, analytics, and cloud in their organizations and their environments.

HP customers around the world are transforming their IT services with HP Propel to deliver a one-stop-shop, single user experience, and quick onboarding of multiple service providers through easy integrations. HP Propel provides an easy onramp to become a true a service broker with a single portal and catalog and open service exchange that compliments their existing systems and provides the capabilities needed without disruption to service.

With high customer interest comes high customer feedback. We’ve responded to that valuable feedback with the launch of Propel v1.0 in July and now v1.01. The new HP Propel is chalk full of feature requests from customers that enhance capabilities and simplify the onramping process for both hosted and on premise solutions.

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Your Opinions Matter – Please complete our Membership Survey
Let HP and Other Vivit Members Know What Is Important in Your IT World!

With the constant demand in today’s IT world to do more with less, and still accomplish quicker and higher quality deliverables, what features and functionalities in your HP Software are you missing?

What could be enhanced to give you more flexibility or more insight into what you need to meet your demand?

How will you change your world through technology?

Survey ends November 21, 2014.

Complete Survey

Register Now! HP Discover Barcelona - Early Bird Discount Extended for All Vivit Members

Join your fellow Vivit members at HP Discover Barcelona from December
2 -4. HP Discover showcases how organizations can extend your IT investments, deliver on customer needs, and build better businesses with HP technologies. Meet with HP Software leaders, subject matter experts, peers, and partners in person at HP’s largest annual event.

You must register through the Vivit website to get the extended early bird discount.

Register Now
Here are just a few reasons you should attend:

  • Benefit from the largest pool of HP Software know-how in one place
  • Get the latest information on business-changing technologies
  • Become an expert at software-specific sessions targeting your business needs
  • Meet with HP executives to discuss your business needs
In addition, Vivit will be hosting four breakout sessions around Automation & Cloud Management, ALM & Quality Performance Validation.
Staff Updates: Lyndsey Zajac - New Global Media Assistant

Lyndsey Zajac
Please join us in welcoming Lyndsey Zajac, Vivit’s new Global Media Assistant. Lyndsey joins the Vivit staff after serving as an intern since 2010.

"It has been an honor and privilege to serve the Vivit members the last 3 1/2 years. I am excited to work with the Vivit members, leaders, board of directors and staff in my new role as Global Media Assistant,” Zajac said. "What an exciting time to be part of this wonderful organization, and it is a true pleasure to assist Vivit members worldwide, as well as helping to further the growth and success of Vivit.

Top 10 Virtual Contributors for October

1.Randy Mikel

United States
2.Mark Laird

United Kingdom
3.Jan Czajkowski

4.Muhammad Malik

United States
5.Steve Williams

United States
6.Larry Hollingsworth

United States
7.Mark Ford

United States
8.Dan Boswell

United States
9.Gordadze Vadim

10.Venu Cherukuri

United States

Find out how to become a Top Virtual Contributor here.

EMEA/APJ 2014 Award Nominees

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 fulltime 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!

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Elite Leaders Blog

Success story of our Vivit Nebraska Chapter Leader, Neil Suryanarayana.

Neil Suryanarayana

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Upcoming Chapter/Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings

November 5, 2014
• Mendota, Minnesota
Vivit Minnesota ITSM Meeting
November 13, 2014 • Maryland Heights, Missouri
Q4 2014 Vivit St. Louis Meeting
November 13, 2014 • Maryland Heights, Missouri
Kansas City Q4 Event
November 17, 2014 • Hunt Valley, MD
HP Service Manager Roadmap & Implementing a Service Catalog using HP Service Request Catalog
November 18, 2014 • London, United Kingdom
Vivit UK "Meet the experts” and hands-on testing workshop - London
November 26, 2014 • Toronto, Ontario
December 11, 2014 • West Des Moines, Iowa
Vivit Iowa Q3 Meeting

Upcoming Webinars

November 11, 2014

ABCs of Performance Testing Series II – Simplify Testing
8:00 - 9:00 AM PST (Los Angeles), 11:00 - 12:00 PM EST (New York), 17:00 - 18:00 CET (Frankfurt)

November 12, 2014
HP AppPulse – An Exceptional Mobile Experience
10:00 - 11:00 AM PST (Los Angeles), 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST (New York), 19:00 - 20:00 CET (Frankfurt)
November 18, 2014
Enterprise Monitoring – How to Merge Disparate Systems to a "Single Pane of Glass”
9:00 - 10:00 AM PST (Los Angeles), 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST (New York), 18:00 - 19:00 CET (Frankfurt)

November 19, 2014
Look No Hands – How Automation Benefits IT Operations in DataCentres at SykehusPartner and PlayTech
8:00 - 9:00 AM PST (Los Angeles), 11:00 - 12:00 PM EST (New York), 17:00 - 18:00 CET (Frankfurt)
November 20, 2014
From Requirements to Test Automation in Minutes – Manual Testing is Now a Thing of the Past!
8:00 - 9:00 AM PDT (Los Angeles), 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT (New York), 17:00 - 18:00 CST (Frankfurt)


View Recent Vivit Webinars

Join hundreds of fellow Vivit members who have already participated in the webinars below. Hear from top experts and visionaries in the industry and learn what is new with HP Software products. View recordings today.

Mobility Summit
Mobility Virtual Summit - Keynote - Followed by Birds of a Feather Panel Discussion
Mobility Virtual Summit - Get an Exclusive Sneak Peek of HP Mobile Center
ViewMobility Virtual Summit - Panel Discussion on Mobile Testing
ViewExplore the New HP Project and Portfolio Management 9.3: It’s a Whole New Ballgame
ViewThe Future of IT Service Catalog: Beyond Request and Fulfill
ViewHow to Keep a Cloud Environment Current, Secure and Available
ViewExpert Series: Deliver Amazing Apps with Confidence Now! Critical Paths to Performance Testing

View Recent HP Software Webinars

If you missed an HP Software web event, you can view it on Vivit’s website. Vivit now has a landing page with all the recent HP Software webinars available on-demand.