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Farewell Note from the President

Posted By Michael Collins, President, Vivit Board of Directors, Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Updated: Friday, June 1, 2012



As I conclude the third year of my term on the Vivit Board of Directors, I have been reflecting recently on all the years of change and growth that Vivit has seen – more so, all of the years of change and growth that so many of my peers and I have seen as well. I have recently decided to step down from my current position as President of the Vivit Board of Directors, and it is so exciting to see the great amount of talent and interest in this year’s board elections. Every one of the individuals who were nominated, ran, and were elected is an outstanding individual. I don’t recall a time where we had so many people running for a spot on the board and with so much talent. It is truly a reflection of everyone who makes up the Vivit group.

I wrote in a recent blog about how I have gotten to know so many of you through attending HP events and about the evolution that has taken place from Software Forum to HP Discover. I have personally grown through my career in IT in telecommunications to leading a technical presales team. This is one of the most interesting trends to step back and look at when reflecting on Vivit. The professional growth of the members who started out as hands-on practitioners and succeeded within their careers is astonishing. Additionally, Vivit has continued to attract new members starting their career which has developed a great spectrum of diverse experience. The expansion of chapters worldwide has created even greater diversity in the group and access to members and knowledge which is unparalleled. Each year, the organization gets bigger, brighter and more active.

Vivit has transformed from the various groups that it once was based into the culmination of the single group which is the only source of information on the variety of HP software that is completely unbiased, uncensored, and field-tested. It continues to add various other independent groups who have joined the HP software product sets and expand its active user population. We are proud to have a huge, worldwide number of users making up Vivit, but the most important aspect of this fact is that in order to be a member, one is required to be active – contributing, discussing, and participating in the group.

Last year, we launched a great new Vivit website community which is vibrant, well organized and easy to use. Most recently, we announced that all members now have access to all the great tools and resources on the Vivit site free of charge. All members will now have access to content that was once restricted to supporting members including: all product information, general reference material, and webinar recordings; knowledge-based user articles; the Career Center (post jobs and search for jobs and candidates); HP Discover and Software Education discounts. The changes, updates, and growth of Vivit are reflective of a healthy group and an organization which fills a great need for the members all over the world.

I am excited about the HP Discover show in Las Vegas; it will be great to reconnect with so many friends and colleagues. I look forward to my last Board of Directors meeting and our annual Chapter Leader meeting, where we have the opportunity to discuss what is working well with our volunteer leaders and thank them for their hard work throughout the year. I also look forward to my continued involvement with Vivit as a Chapter Leader, practitioner, blogger, and user of the community, education and advocacy that Vivit represents. Thanks, and I hope to see you all soon.

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Bradley Clark says...
Posted Thursday, June 14, 2012
Thanks for your service, Michael!
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