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SIG News - December 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, June 8, 2017
Updated: Monday, June 5, 2017
Rocky Pisto
SIG Leader
A New SIG for Vivit
With recent reorganizing of the HPE Application Performance Management product suites, it was appropriate for Vivit to form a new Special Interest Group (SIG) supporting this area of focus. The Application Performance Management SIG will cover the following HPE products:
We welcome your involvement in this new SIG in multiple ways:
  • You can co-lead this SIG with Rocky Pisto, an experienced Vivit SIG and LUG (Local User Group) Leader
  • You can share your knowledge and best practices with this SIG on a webinar
  • You can share your comments and ideas on how better to serve our members in this particular space by contacting Rocky Pisto at
As always, we will keep you informed with other HPE changes as Vivit is your place to go for relevant and timely information.

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - June 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, June 8, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017

Laura Walker
Director of Business Development
Colorado LUG Leader
Minnesota LUG Leader
Ohio LUG Leader
Wisconsin LUG Leader
HPE Service Management SIG Leader

We would like to thank and recognize our Vivit Leader, Laura Walker, for the time she spent in the Vivit booth the first day of the Americas ITOM Summit in Dallas recently. This was the busiest day of the Summit, so it was extremely helpful to have Laura sharing her knowledge about Vivit with the people that stopped by. Just that day, Vivit registered 20 new members at the booth alone! The event was a great success for Vivit, thanks in part to our volunteers like Laura.

Laura is the Director of Business Development for StrataCom and leads our Vivit Local User Groups in Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, as well as our Special Interest Group, HPE Service Management. Her expertise is invaluable to our community; thank you, Laura, for all that you do for our community!


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2017 Board of Directors Election Results

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 1, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Board of Directors election is complete.

We would 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 and provide leadership and direction to our Local User Group and Special Interest Group leaders throughout the world. This year Vivit held staggered elections to elect four of the nine board members.

It is our distinct pleasure to announce the 2017 class of elected Vivit Board Members:

Todd DeCapua

Corporation Service Company
Wilmington, Delaware, USA

Christopher J. Scharer

Berkley Technology Services
West Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Karen Semonson

Smart Solutions, Inc.
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Chris Trimper

Independent Health
Buffalo, New York, USA

We would also 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.

Pedro Mendez

Lisbon, Portugal

Alvin Sumter

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Finally, we would also like to take a moment to thank Robbie Clay-Ament who is departing the Vivit Board this year. Robbie is stepping away from the Board due to work commitments and personal obligations and will be a loss to our team. We wish her well and hope that she will stay in touch.

Robbie Clay-Ament

Delta Air Lines
Atlanta, Georgia, US

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New Leader Blog - May 2017

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Get Connected
We welcome the following Leader and her expertise. We invite you to join this Local User Group to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join this 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 the leader by clicking on her name. Member sign-in required.
  • Executive level and Test and Environment Manager with 13 years of experience in software testing, change management, client engagement management, Cloud data center management, and project management.
  • Provides advice to senior or executive management on relevant technology trends and their applicability to business enhancement through the different committees.
  • Established fit for purpose budgets for efficient and effective operations by translating strategy into current and future needs for testing and other information technology.
  • Provides leadership to the team and ensures a motivated, proactive, and effective working environment is maintained.
  • Previously held executive level positions in non-profit organizations.
  • Established Hands of Hope organization that empowers, develops, and influences young people using education and entrepreneurial actions to transform and sustain their lives.
"I'm the fast driver and loves speed (that makes me speed junkie)-   "In this digital era, customers are the pillar of the business strategy and require super turbocharged services. Companies are compelled to deliver quality software at turbocharged speed to stay ahead of the curve. Today's challenge is- quality at speed": (Cognizant Quality Engineering) and this is why I joined ViVit - to learn from other experts and leadership skills development, and to grow the community.”

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - May 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tony O'Rourke
Managing Director
FTL Group
Ireland LUG Leader

Tony O’Rourke is the Managing Director of FTL Group Technologies Limited based in Dublin, Ireland. FTL Group is an HPE ADM and Security Software Partner. FTL Group is also a strategic partner with NNIT A/S of Copenhagen, Denmark,  bringing an IT advisory, development, and outsourcing value proposition to the Life Sciences Domain. Tony has been the Ireland LUG Leader for the past 4 years and is a firm believer in the benefits of a strong HPE Software user group where peer group networking and knowledge sharing are to the forefront.

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SIG News - May 2017

Posted By Rhonda Quaranta, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Agile SIG,


Stevan Zivanovic
Agile SIG Leader


The Vivit Agile SIG brings Agile expertise, training and advocacy to the HPE Software user community. We are pleased to announce that Dominic Listermann is now co-leading this SIG with Stevan Zivanovic.

Dominic is a great addition to the Agile SIG which now has over 8K Vivit members. Together Stevan and Dominic are making new plans to provide you with knowledge and to share their experience. They are looking forward to connecting with you and starting the conversation about different Agile topics with a wider group. Currently they are working on a webinar titled "Agile within a digital context” and a session about "Tooling – functional testing and real implementation”. 

Later this year, topics like Agile & DevOps, Agile & LeanFT/UFT will be on the agenda. Please feel free to reach out to these leaders and tell them what could help you in your day job to make your work easier. Dominic and Stevan are looking forward to hearing from you!



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The Container Deployment Foundation – the future of IT Operations Management

Posted By Vesna Soraic, Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Updated: Monday, May 1, 2017
Last month, HPE announced the launch of containerized versions of its HPE IT Operations Management (ITOM) suites to accelerate and streamline the continuous operations of IT management software for on-premise or cloud operational environments. At HPE Software, we are re-architecting our products and suites in containers and microservices. We want to enable IT to empower their businesses to move faster. Our HPE ITOM suites enable IT organizations to realize three fundamental requirements – Easier, Faster and Transformative.
Easier - IT Operations toolset have to deliver value quickly and easily. We have radically simplified our ITOM products set to four key suites, and we made them easy to consume, easy to deploy and easy to integrate. As a quick reminder, our four suites are:
Faster – IT Operations needs modern software to accelerate delivery and processes. HPE ITOM suites are based on Container Deployment Foundation, the modern architecture for IT organizations committed to own the digitization and enable business to move faster. This new architecture is crucial for IT that want to adopt the DevOps principles – in short it enables continuous operations. Containers are our new unit of delivery which will make for consistent and simplified distribution, installation, upgrades and operations across our ITOM portfolio. Suites come in pre-integrated containers, which also allows us to unify the license model and shared services. Installation and upgrade time is significantly shorter and in our next release we will offer rolling upgrades with zero downtime. Container Deployment Foundation is based on Docker containers and Kubernetes orchestration. Kubernetes technology helped us to embed auto-scaling and automated and simple HA and DR in each suite. Container Deployment Foundations makes our HPE ITOM software flexible to be deployed anywhere, on premise, in virtualized environment or in public cloud. Some of our suites, such as ITSMA, offer the beta version to be deployed on AWS EC2. Over the next few quarters we will provide support for the further AWS services as well as additional public cloud providers. 

ITOM containerized suite marketecture
Transformative – IT can change the way it works: smarter, more collaborative and relevant. HPE ITOM suites provide the innovative services such as pervasive analytics to equip IT with actionable insights and automation, ChatOps for smart collaboration, Business value dashboards for the exceptional insight and user engagement, modern workload management which can manage containerized applications end-to-end, and more. 
Our strategy is to release HPE ITOM suites every three months. With just released Container Deployment Foundation, our suites have incredible time-to-value. 
We continue offering our suites in a current, non-containerized delivery model and there are no plans to obsolete it. You have the choice how to get your software delivered!
To learn more about the new big features, containerized ITOM suites, please read the ITOM announcement blog from Tom Goguen, VP/GM of the ITOM Business Unit within HPE Software, ITSMA blog The containers have landed: accelerate and streamline your continuous operations and Operations Bridge blog Organic changes that transform – Operations Bridge evolution announced

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New Leader Blog - April 2017

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, April 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Get Connected
We welcome the following Leaders and their expertise. We invite you to join their Local User Group or Special Interest Group to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join a group by clicking on their 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 the leader by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required. 

Darren Hileman
ABAP Developer
Alabama LUG Leader
  • Working with HPE’s automated testing suite of software for 13+ years now, specializing on testing SAP software
  • In my off time, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, spelunking, scuba diving and flying with my family
  • currently trying to learn Russian so if there are any Russian speakers out there, please give me a shout

"We are starting this LUG in order to connect with other organizations that have automated testing as part of their testing strategies for software releases.  We’ve found that there is a huge need for connecting and sharing ideas, strategies and best practices in the Huntsville/Birmingham areas and are very much excited about being part of this organization."

John Hopkins
Sr Project Manager
  • Currently serving as the Quality Assurance Service Delivery Manager for the NASA Enterprise Applications Services & Technologies.
  • He has 16 total years of IT Industry experience with a strong background in IT Project and Systems Management, 12 years of experience supporting NASA IT Project & Systems management contracts in multiple positions across the following disciplines: QA Delivery Management, Agile Process Management, Scrum Master support, Project Management, Requirements/Test/Defect Management, Process Modeling, Business Analysis, and Solution Architecture.  
  • Specialized expertise in Agile Project Management Practices, Business Analysis/Solution Architecture, QA and Software Development. 
  • Holds an MBA in Finance and holds certifications in Project Management (Project Management Profession PMP), ITIL Foundation Certification, and Scrum Master Certification (CSM).  John played a key role in NASA's transition to Agile Project Management practices (Scrum) and the associated organizational change effort to support the transition which resulted in higher quality software deployed, lower defects, and greater accuracy in planning projects.  
  • Led several NASA IT Projects in the role of Project Manager or Lead, and co-developed the Agile Scrum and NPR 7120.7 process model which maps NASA's Agile Scrum practices to NASA’s project management requirements. strong appreciation for the role of automated testing practices in building high-quality software.

Jason Kennedy
Portfolio Manager, Service Delivery
Fraser Health Authority
British Columbia LUG Leader
  • Jason is a long-time Vivit adherent who is excited to return to the team after a recent sabbatical
  • In the past he has served in many roles in support of the Vivit community and is now returning to the role of LUG leader in British Columbia
  • Jason’s HPE Software experience has historically been focused in the areas of operations and network management, and now, in concert with his depth of IT Service Management expertise, he is leading a team responsible for HP Service Manager
  • When not at work, Jason’s activities and interests almost always take him outdoors to new areas in the Pacific Northwest and beyond 

"I’m extremely excited to reconnect with the Vivit Community and engage with the HPE Software community in British Columbia. I look forward to any opportunities to partner with those interested in sharing insights and experiences as we plan the next British Columbia LUG meeting.” 


Jon Kies
Product Marketing Manager
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Network Automation SIG Leader
  •  Has more than 20 years of product management and marketing experience with hardware and software products
  • Started his journey in Application Performance Management more than 10 years ago with Optimal Networks (later acquired by Compuware) and launched their first synthetic monitoring solution
  • Spent more than 8 years with Symantec on consumer-focused security and back up applications where he focused on sales enablement and marketing
  • Earlier in his career as a product manager for notebook computers, Jon was called on to testify in the Dept. of Justice vs. Microsoft trial
  • Holds a BS in Finance from California State University, Long Beach
"As the Network Management solution undergoes a renaissance at HPE, we will renew our engagement with our user community.  Since the OpenView days, the users have been at the heart of the success of Network Node Manager (and later Network Automation) and we look forward to re-connecting with our vibrant community".
IT Application Services Group Lead
  • Active Vivit member since 2007; Awarded 2014 - Top Virtual Contributor Americas; Accepted role as Houston Local User Group co-leader in September 2016
  •  Actively utilizes the many resources available to Vivit members. I participate in virtual Special Interest Groups, and attend live webinar events to acquire cross-training on HPE products and services, and search the forums, blogs, and newsletters regularly for solutions to issues or questions about HPE product installations
  • Previously hosted a Local User Group meeting at my place of employment where I presented a case study on my company’s ITSM implementation. Since 2007, I have been with Halliburton, a Houston-based energy products and services industry leader, where I am a member of IT team leadership supporting several HPE software products.  Prior roles include Accenture and Bearing Point, where my role primarily involved consulting services to manage implementations of earlier incarnations what is now known as HPE Project and Portfolio Management Suite (PPM).
  • Career goal is to utilize my many years of experience in the Information Technology field to deliver solutions for managing information assets of decision support applications to leverage state-of-the-art technology and best practices
  • 15 years of experience with HPE Project and Portfolio Management Suite (PPM), and my team currently provides functional and technical support for users of PPM for the global SAP application support teams, and the Project Management Organization which manages over 1,500 global IT projects; and we also provide functional support for other HPE software products: Service Manager, uCMDB, Asset Manager, Connect-IT, and Quality Center

"My Houston Local User Group goals: Bring together local technology professionals to share ideas and experiences, and to connect with HPE product specialists and their Partner organizations, to maximize our potential to provide relevant solutions and value to the companies that we represent."


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Spotlight on a Volunteer - April 2017

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, April 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Under the guidance of our new Vivit Leader, Milan Danrel, the Toronto Local User Group recently held a Spring Event for the community to share best practices and lessons learned.  Attendees learned how HP Enterprise customers have achieved their goals in key areas such as Agile, DevOps, Performance Engineering.  The agenda included a presentation by Guy Dansereau, Solution Architect with Mouvement Desjardins.  Guy shared how his team is leveraging HPE Business Process Testing and ALM to achieve their test automation objectives with a durable test automation process.  Milan did a great job coordinating this event with all involved;  HPE, the guest speakers and the Vivit members within the Toronto area.  Vivit appreciates all that you do Milan!  Keep up the great work. 

Milan Danrel
Machine Data Systems
Toronto LUG Leader

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SIG News - May 2017

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, April 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, March 9, 2017

Business Intelligence SIG

Oded Tankus
Business Intelligence SIG Leader


Control costs, lower risks and enhance productivity 

When you join the Business Intelligence (BI) Special Interest Group SIG you will gain knowledge about the tools and be the first to hear about updates, news and receive invites for interesting upcoming webinars about Business Intelligence.  Recently Oded Tankus, the BI SIG Leader organized a webinar on "HPE ALM Standardization as a Precursor for Data Warehousing” where Tuomas Leppilampi from Assure presented how to maintain a standardized environment, next steps with HPE ALM, and a customer use case - standardization project walkthrough. You can find more information about the speaker, the slide deck and a link to watch this webinar on demand here:

Join the Business Intelligence SIG now!



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