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Building Your Career Through Vivit

Posted By Jim Murphy, Vice President, Board of Directors, Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Have you ever wondered why so many people volunteer to work with Vivit throughout the year? It's because Vivit has a reputation for being the place to go in order to find the best and brightest minds in the HP Software community. With every acquisition HP makes, the need for brilliant software engineers and talented technology people only grows. Today's technology solutions are more complex than ever, and the number of people that know how to put all that technology together and create business value seems to be growing at a slower rate than demand. Vivit is a GLOBAL place where HP, HP Partners, and HP Customers come together to share best practices on how to deliver business value with HP Software and to share stories.So what's in it for you?

If you enjoy the never ending stream of technology that collects around HP from all over the world, you have a home with Vivit. Why you ask? This message is reaching over 10,000 people around the world who share your interests and goals. Many of them are willing and able to mentor you, all you have to do is:

1. Be willing to give away what you have learned. This is something I have learned that is a bit counterintuitive. If you complete a project and learned new lessons, or figured out a way to do something that is really neat, that knowledge has a limited lifespan. With the rate at which people are able to collaborate today, that lifespan is getting shorter all the time. I'm not suggesting that you give away something that might be considered intellectual property. It's the story about what you learned and what the results were along the way. If you share your story by creating a case study in success, lessons learned (good, bad & ugly), and how you were able to deliver that success, then Vivit is a channel available to you to share your story with your peers. Why? "Who you are” will change by the end of the presentation because the "who knows you” factor has grown. Talk to a chapter or special interest group (SIG) leader and ask for help telling your story. Most of them have a treasure trove of examples and resources for you to use. If you enjoyed talking at a local chapter event or SIG webinar, send in your success story to the HP Discover conference. Customer success stories are the most valuable presentations HP can include.

2. Lead a local chapter or worldwide special interest group (SIG). The great thing about leading a local chapter or SIG is that you will get real-world leadership experience, day one. You will have management problems to solve like figuring out where to hold meetings, how to hold meetings, and when to hold meetings. You will have to find people to speak at the meetings. The budget realities are pretty real world too. What's in all that effort for you? If you can put together a local chapter or SIG, you will have the opportunity to work with and learn from people who have been leaders at Vivit, HP, and the partner community for many years. You will learn about the HP Software industry and who the players are, and they will learn who you are. Many people who have come through Vivit over the years have found contacts and resources to help develop their career into management roles through the network of leaders at Vivit.

3. Be ready to go global. The global ecosystem that surrounds Vivit supports many types of roles and careers. There are implementation gurus, solution development specialists, software developers (yes, some of the HP software developers are members), Sales people, marketing, managers, and executives, from all over Earth. Everyone that is part of Vivit has a need to solve business problems and to grow their careers, wherever they are. As you see the LinkedIn updates or the other social media updates, take a good look from where those updates are coming. The global reach of Vivit has existed since its earliest days. Today it is accelerated with the internet and social media. If you are a leader with Vivit, you interact with the world every day, and the world will respond in surprising and positive ways. We share with and educate the best and brightest people HP has access to…on Earth.

So what am I proposing? That you go forward and push what you know into the world though Vivit and that the world will respond positively? Yes, that is how it happens. In today's world, it's not "who you know”, but "who knows you” that is important. Vivit is open for you to go from wherever you are today, and to become known around the world. There are those of us that have done this already. I consider the people I have worked with around the world as business partners to be more than that; they are my inspiration.

Some of you are smiling because I'm telling your story. If you have grown your career through Vivit, tell your story by posting a blog in your Vivit profile or send it to us. Where has Vivit taken you?

Click here for a list of ways to get more involved in Vivit.

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