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A Message from Vivit's President

Posted By Karen Semonson, Thursday, February 27, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014

Vivit Members will Facebook Like Button WIIFM Strategic Goals

As a Vivit member you may ask yourself, WIIFM (what's in it for me)? In 2014, our strategic focus is to help grow you, yes you, and your membership engagement through creating opportunities for you to participate in the relevant and timely conversations that only this community can provide for you, when you need them, usually NOW, or when and what your boss wants, RIGHT NOW!

For the first six months of 2014 leading up to HP Discover Las Vegas, we will be focused on three mediums to create conversations – Vivit Talks with HP, Enhanced Local User Group Meetings, and Freemium Campaigns.

Hearing the Scoop is vitally important when you are being pressed to build your own operational and strategic roadmaps and plans. The first conversation will be with HP Executives or Evangelists in the three portfolios – Service & Portfolio Management (SPM), Business Service Management (BSM) and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). These strategists will have the opportunity to give you their vision and the roadmap for HP Products relevant to you. These conversations also give you the opportunity to ask, cajole and challenge the HP Evangelist about what you need as an HP customer. Participate in the power of the conversation.

The second conversation is an enhancement of what we do best – physical chapter meetings, with the complement of what we also do well – advanced deep dive training. Leaving the office is harder than ever. All of us need professional development to remain fabulous and up to date on our skills. Where better to get some condensed, advanced training on a particular solution or product, then after lunch in the afternoon at your monthly Vivit chapter meeting. Seasoned, field-tested trainers will lead sessions with best practice, "go back to work and apply it” training at the reasonable price of $99. Participate in the power of the conversation.

The third and last conversation will be a new concept that is still in the Innovation melting pot being stirred and meddled. HP is working on releasing Freemiums for key products over the course of 2014. Since we are practitioners at heart, who love the kinesthetic experience of seeing, touching, playing, and breaking technology, Vivit whole-heartedly believes that Freemiums are an important part of the conversation. Vivit is working to build campaigns to encourage the individual member and the thought leadership of the community to grow through innovative applications of Freemiums. For HP Discover in Las Vegas, Vivit is working with HP to provide a Freemium experience that you can zealously add to your conference participation. Get ready to participate in the power of the conversation.

The three conversations are going to happen at a meeting in your city, at a meeting in your virtual community, or at a participatory event at HP Discover. Get engaged in these conversations, because as a Vivit community member, we all become better because of each other.

Keep Smiling!

Karen Semonson
President, Vivit Board of Directors

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A Message from Vivit's President

Posted By Karen Semonson, Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Of course, for most of us, HP Discover starts the summer season, with all attendees being immersed into the 120 degree heat of the Vegas strip, and the thought provoking ideas shared at the conference. For the Vivit Board and organization, we started the summer off hot at HP Discover, but also with a new synergy caused by having four new board members and our new Engagement Director, Lisa Nordhoff, coming onboard. As new talent rolls in with new ideas, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to enhance our foundation of community, advocacy and education. At HP Discover in June, the Vivit Board met for two days on the strategic plan for the next three years.

Vivit is the independent HP Software User Group, with 15,800 members in 75 local user groups in 26 countries and 17 virtual special interest groups covering everything from products, to hot topics, to industry best practices. Over the last year, global membership has grown by 13%, and Vivit has seen a 25% increase in local user group meetings. Our membership is composed of 50% practitioners and 50% IT decision makers. Why is our user group nearly 50% IT decision makers? Our membership has grown up in the IT industry from practitioner to engineer/analyst to management as an engaged Vivit member with 60% of our members having used HP Software for more than five years.

Over the last five years, the Vivit organization has changed, grown and adapted to align with the new style of IT. We are a progressive group of thought leaders who have a passion for leading and participating in the conversation. We are participatory, servant leaders who come together to collaborate through community, education and advocacy.

Vivit's Strategic Focus is to Build a Community Platform Where Relevant Conversations Happen. The Vivit Strategic Plan for the next three years includes continuing to build and enhance our core foundation, the 75 local user groups in 26 countries, where members come together and experience the magic of Vivit - the conversation. Vivit will be increasing the opportunities for relevant conversation by hosting SIG webinars and Virtual Summits, on such hot topics as Mobility, Security and Privacy, Converged Cloud and Big Data. Conversations that are relevant to you as either a practitioner or IT decision maker because each day you are challenged to grow and adapt to the new style of IT.

As a community of really smart people, we are fortunate to be the place where the best and brightest people hangout. Our community is made up of practitioners, third party partners, and HP themselves. This November, we will be launching our first, two Virtual Summits. The first Virtual Summit on November 6 & 7 will be on Mobility and Converged Cloud. The second Virtual Summit on November 20 & 21 will be on Security and Big Data. Each Summit will be kicked off by an HP Fellow giving a keynote presentation on the latest strategic insight coming out of HP Labs on the related topics. Each day will have a Birds of a Feather Session led by the HP Fellow and the Session Speakers, giving you an opportunity to bounce your greatest challenges and deepest questions off of some really smart people for out of the box thinking. I hope you take the time to check out our new Community Platform where the conversations that you want and need to be part will continue to happen.

As the Vivit President, I am proud to introduce to you these new strategic changes that Vivit will be pursuing in the next three years. As always, we welcome your feedback, but most of all we welcome your participation and hope to inspire your collaboration in the community we call Vivit. Come join us!

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