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2016 EMEA and Asia-Pacific Award Recipients

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, December 15, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"Each year, the number of Vivit’s volunteers increases and so do their contributions,” said Tammy Young, Local User Group and Special Interest Group Chair, Board of Directors. "Vivit depends upon the power of our volunteers to deliver high value to our members by sharing their experiences with HPE software. They contribute by speaking, leading, authoring content, and championing the Vivit mission. Year after year, Vivit volunteers raise the bar, and we tremendously appreciate their contributions.”

2016 - Leader of the Year


Carsten Neise
Germany LUG Leader

Dr. Carsten Neise received the Leader of the Year Award for expanding the Testing, Quality, and Application Lifecycle Management Special Interest Group in the northern and eastern part of Germany. He leads regular meetings for members in this region and has begun hosting meetings for members in the entire DACH region.

Dr. Neise is Senior Consultant at profi.com and has more than five years of experience in software development and software testing. He focuses on the effective test design completed by using test automation tools properly; he combines this with test data management (including the measure of test data quality) and service virtualization. Neise also conducts load and performance tests, and he has a passion for model based testing.

2016 - Speaker of the Year

 

Dr. Pedro Mendes 
Portugal LUG Leader
 

Pedro Mendes received the Speaker of the Year Award for sharing his practitioner’s expertise on data protection and recovery, Big Data, and Internet of Things through Vivit webinars and sessions at the annual Discover conferences in Europe. Members value his focus on the benefits and not only on the technology. Mendes said, "sometimes there is a gap between technology and benefits; that’s where I think we can make all the difference.” His efforts to deliver the best content possible is being recognized through this award. Mendes also serves as the Leader of the Portugal Local User Group.

Mendes is a Business Unit Manager at Datasmart. Previously, he worked as a Client Manager for a French Multinational company called GFI. He has a post-graduate degree in project management, and he is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer.

 

2016 - Champion of the Year

 

Jane Gibson
Australia LUG Leader

Jane Gibson received the Champion of the Year Award for expanding the Vivit community throughout Asia-Pacific. She has worked tirelessly in building an HPE software customer community across the region by hosting regular technical customer forums to showcase solutions and networking events for executives. Gibson also partnered with Vivit to host webinars delivered by customer speakers often sourced from the Vivit community to share their experiences of using HPE software in their business. Membership in Asia-Pacific has grown considerably during this time.

 

Gibson, HPE Software Customer Advocacy Lead Asia-Pacific, has worked with HPE for thirteen years. Her passion is hearing what customers have to say, giving them a voice to promote their success and in networking amongst their peers.


2016 - Top Virtual Contributor

 

Wolf-Dietrich Schmook
Germany LUG Leader

Wolf-Dietrich Schmook received the Top Virtual Contributor Award for his participation in and contributions to Vivit’s website which is the hub of the worldwide community. He has been a member since 2000 and one of the first contributors and moderators for the online product forums. Schmook also regularly participates in webinar events which has earned him the title of Top Virtual Contributor. He delivered the first Network Node Manager training in Germany many years ago. Due to the complexity of the ever growing portfolio of HPE software, he has designed and developed the Concepts, Components and Functions (CCF) trainings for HPE Software Education Services.

 

Schmook, CTO at cTc GmbH in Germany, is a trainer and coach for IT related topics, including IT-Operations with almost all related HPE software products: AM, APM, BPM, BSM, CMS, CO, CSA, DCA, DP, LR, NA, NNMi, OM, OMi, OO, PM, SA, SM, SiS, SOM, UCMDB, and UD. For over twenty-five years, he has been teaching HPE courses and working with customers in over thirty countries to help them make better use of their systems, complete successful integrations, trouble shoot, tune, and become familiar with Vivit. He is also among the top ten virtual contributors in HPE’s new community, ITOM Insiders.


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New Name, Same Purpose

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 15, 2016
Updated: Friday, December 9, 2016
By The LUG/SIG Team

Annemarie Stuiver, EMEA/APJ Liaison
Tammy Young, LUG/SIG Chair
Teri Sarallo, Americas Liaison


As everyone affiliated with Vivit knows by now we have a new Logo, color scheme and a wonderful new website to better serve Vivit’s membership community. In the deep dive necessary to facilitate these types of changes, your team responsible for Chapter’s and SIGs took a fresh look at everything from each type of SIG, to Chapter activity.

As a result of our renewed focus pertaining to the purpose of a Chapter, the decision was made to rename Chapters to Local User Groups or LUGs. This change makes a clear statement of exactly what these meetings are about whether virtually or physically carried out-- Local users of HPE software coming together to network, solve problems, learn and share. It is also a term recognized globally.

I hope each of you support this change and are assured that while the name has changed, the purpose remains the same.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season to each of you.

The LUG/SIG Team

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EMEA/APJ Elite Leader Recognition 2016

Posted By Annemarie Stuiver, Thursday, December 15, 2016
Updated: Monday, December 12, 2016

Vivit Leaders were recognized during the Vivit Appreciation Dinner at HPE Discover in London on Monday, November 28, 2016. The Leaders who did an outstanding job for Vivit by organizing events, growing the Vivit community and building their Local User Group or Special Interest Group were awarded with the Elite Leader Award. Below are the names of the Elite Leader Award winners who have received a nice gift. Thank you all for your great contributions to our community!

     
Sami Suro
Tieto
Finland LUG Leader
Vadim Gordadze
I-Teco
Russia LUG Leader
Huw Price
CA Technologies
UK LUG Leader

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New Leader Blog - November 2016

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, November 10, 2016
Updated: Monday, October 31, 2016

 

Get Connected

We welcome the following Leader and his expertise. We invite you to join this newly formed Local Chapter to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join a 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 his name. Member sign-in required.



Matt Angerer

Senior Solution Architect
ResultsPositive
South Florida Chapter Leader

  • SAP Practice Lead and Sr. Solution Architect for ResultsPositive, a global leader of end-to-end IT consulting services and Application Delivery Management software. As an HPE Platinum Partner, ResultsPositive uses it’s RPALM™ testing methodology and HPE’s Application Lifecycle Management and Performance Center to provide a Testing-Center-of-Excellence (TCoE) solution offering to global SAP-ran organizations.
  • As an HPE Platinum Partner, ResultsPositive uses it’s RPALM™ testing methodology and HPE’s Application Lifecycle Management and Performance Center to provide a Testing-Center-of-Excellence (TCoE) solution offering to global SAP-ran organizations
  • Leveraging nearly 20 years of HPE and SAP implementation experience across 7 industry sectors, Matt is responsible for the strategic direction of both the Application Delivery Management and SAP Practice for ResultsPositive
  • He contributes weekly to the ResultsPositive Blog, while also sharing his insights to the firm’s popular YouTube channel on a variety of HPE Software topics such as Agile ManagerApplication Lifecycle Management (ALM),Quality CenterUnified Functional Test (UFT)Fortify onDemand, and how to build an SAP Testing Center of Excellence with HPE Products
  • Together with HPE, ResultsPositive has created an optimized and comprehensive platform that shares assets and provides full traceability to plan, implement, and execute an organization’s TCoE
  • responsible for overseeing the orchestration of People, Process, and Technology that enable this world-class TCoE platform and approach designed for SAP-ran organizations leveraging HPE Application Delivery Management (ADM) Products

 

"Together with HPE, the South Florida Vivit chapte ris committed to helping organizations plan, implement, and execute their Testing Center of Excellence (TCoE). As new tools such as HPE StormRunner, HPE Fortify OnDemand, and ALM.Octane make their way into the marketplace, we will be working with both SAP and HPE to help optimize the use of client’s existing resources while improving their agility to respond faster to business challenges. Leading with education on how HPE’s Application Delivery Management products can help South Florida companies with their SAP Testing Center of Excellence and Quality Assurance needs will be our initial focus in 2017. -Matt Angerer”

 

·Area of Software Specialization: HPE Performance Center, StormRunner, Fortify OnDemand, Quality Center, ALM, Unified Functional Test, and HPE’s Project and Portfolio Management (PPM)

 

 

 

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EMEA/APJ Award Nominees 2016

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Andreas Birk
Founder & Principal Consultant
Software.Process.Management
TQA SIG Leader
Nominated for Speaker of the Year
Eli Eyal
Operations Support Manager
Playtech
Israel Chapter Leader
Nominated for Speaker of the Year
Jane Gibson 
Customer Advococy APJ Leader
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Nominated for Champion of the Year
Dirk Hedderich
Business Consultant
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Nominated for Champion of the Year
Pedro Mendes
Manager
Datasmart
Nominated for Speaker of the Year
Carsten Neise
Senior IT Quality Consultant
profi.com AG Business Solutions
Germany Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year
Huw Price
VP Application Delivery
CA Technologies
United Kingdom Chapter Leader
Nominated for Speaker of the Year
Witold Rorot
Senior Product Manager
Sopra Steria
Poland Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year
Lucy Starr
Global Marketing Manager
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Nominated for Champion of the Year
Sami Suro
Manager
Tieto
Finland Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year
Jonathon Wright
Director of Digital Sales
CA Technologies
Nominated for Speaker of the Year

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SIG News - November 2017

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2016

         
US Federal



We welcome new leadership to the US Federal Special Interest Group, Robert Linton and Prasada Nimmathota. Take a minute to learn about what these two leaders have planned for members of this SIG.

 

"The US Federal SIG should be an important resource to ensure that government agencies, their employees and contractors have the information needed to make informed decisions that benefit the government and their associative IT projects from an ADM perspective. This will be a major focus for this SIG, as we continue to grow and mature as a group. Prasada and Robert have volunteered to chair this SIG, as we both would like to facilitate this group’s members' ability to perform their tasks more effectively and efficiently."

 

"It is our plan to meet regularly in the Northern Virginia, Maryland or DC area at least four times a year, more often if the members request it. Sponsorships from organizations or agencies to allow our SIG to meet in their facilities is always welcome and appreciated."

 

"In past meetings, we have had topics such as; HPE LeanFT, HPE StormRunner Load, and HPE Mobile Center. Future topics will be elicited at meetings from the members of the SIG. Our next meeting will present and discuss the new Agile test management solution, HPE Octane."

 

"We look forward to seeing as many members of this SIG at our next meeting. Please visit the VIVIT website for updates on the schedule of future meetings. The value of any SIG is proportionally equal to the involvement and participation of its members. So, feel free to invite and encourage your friends and colleagues to join the VIVIT organization and specifically the US Federal SIG."

 

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Vivit Roundtable Sessions at Discover 2016 London

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 31, 2016


Vivit Roundtable sessions will be held at the Vivit Booth Guru Bar from 29 November – 1 December.

Register Now for one of these informative sessions where you can give and receive targeted feedback, engage in in-depth discussions, and meet colleagues with similar interests.




29 November 2016 •
Excel London
Vivit Partner Session


29 November 2016 • Excel London
A Journey into DevOps at Rabobank?


30 November 2016 • Excel London
3 Unspoken Truths to Know about Security for 2017


30 November 2016 • Excel London
Vivit Leader Meeting


1 December, 2016 •
Excel London
Tales from the Frontline: Implementing Performance Center 12.53 at Lloyds Banking Group


1 December, 2016 • Excel London
Maximise the value of HPE ALM Octane without spending a £0.01

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Too Many Emails? You have options!

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, October 13, 2016
Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2016

By Stephanie Konkoy, Vivit Engagement Director

Vivit Member email options are many and varied. The emails from Vivit you receive depend on how you set them up in your member profile preferences. Here’s how:

To view and make changes to these preferences, go to the Vivit website, login, and click on "Manage Profile” in the right rail. Next, click on "Preferences” to manage your notification settings.



You will see all the different notification options available. Once you have made your changes, do not forget to click on "Save My Settings”.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Lyndsey Zajac, Vivit Global Media Assistant.



 

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - October 2016

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, October 13, 2016
Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mark Herbert
Software Quality Analyst III
Dignity Health
Arizona SIG Leader


  • Software Quality Engineer Leader with over twenty years of IT experience, including 15 years as a software quality engineer specializing in test automation
  • An HP Certified Instructor and Accredited Systems Engineer in the HP Application Lifecycle Management suite of tools
  • Founded the Pittsburgh (Mercury) local chapter of the Vivit and now acts as the leader of the Arizona local chapter of Vivit and serves on the Vivit Board of Directors



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24% Higher Profit Margins Start with a Training Needs Assessment

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, October 3, 2016
Updated: Monday, October 3, 2016

 

 

By Mary Rasmussen
Worldwide Product Marketing Manager
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

 

 

The foundation for an amazing IT organization is business alignment, and achieving alignment year after year remains one of the biggest business challenges. The CIO and IT organization are critical contributors to a successful business strategy as IT performance is often the most significant competitive advantage in today’s digital world.  Aligning IT with the business starts at the strategy level to ensure a common understanding of business goals, priorities and desired outcomes.  Alignment also demands a review of the technical capabilities and limitations of the enterprise to identify changes that may be required to support the goals.  New architecture, new software and modernization of processes tend to dominate the state of the enterprise discussions, but reviewing the people resources is equally important. Competent staffing both for technical and business areas is essential for accelerated and quality delivery, and so training and education is strategic to business alignment.

Industry analyst IDC reports that 80% of IT managers believe that training is critical to project success.  IDC also published other remarkable 2016 metrics on the impact of training and certification including that companies who have comprehensive training show 24% higher profit margins. Many organizations take an ad-hoc rather than a comprehensive strategic approach to training which can lead to diminished business results. Failure to include training and education in the strategic plan exposes the business to:

 

  • Budget risk as costs for training and education are a "best guess” not based on a complete analysis
  • Early consumption of the organization’s training budget by non-mission critical, lower priority projects leaving the needs of higher priority projects unmet
  • Schedule delays and lack of calendar alignment due to the failure to account for adequate preparation and training time
  • Slower delivery and lower quality driven by skills gaps and the "forgetting curve”

 

For the best business outcomes, training and education should be included in the strategy discussions.  A great place to start is with a Training Needs Assessment (TNA). Performing a Training Needs Assessment (TNA) is instrumental to achieving and maintaining alignment with the organization strategy.   In a nutshell, the TNA will allow you to get the right training, to the right audience, at the right time based on the business strategy.

 

 

A TNA is a systematic approach to identifying the education needs to best meet your organizational objectives and budget.  The basic steps of a training needs assessment include:

  • Identifying key organizational objectives
  • Identifying organizational priorities
  • Setting performance goals (and identifying metrics for evaluation)
  • Identifying possible obstacles and mitigation
  • Structuring enablement methods
  • Identifying skill gaps
  • Identifying relevant content required
  • Developing an enablement program plan that aligns with business timelines, budget and culture

The level of effort for each of these steps may vary widely based on the business objectives. For example, an organization undergoing a transformation like DevOps may have very different content and training requirements as compared to an organization that is upgrading their service management solution. 

Build the Skills Now to Succeed in 2017

Is your organization currently planning for 2017?   What is your confidence level that your team has the skills to succeed? There is no better time than now to perform a training needs assessment to ensure your team is ready to execute at its best in 2017.  For more information on conducting a training needs assessment, please contact your regional HPE Software Education Business representative (AMS, APJ, EMEA) to see how we can help you meet your goals. For more information on HPE Software Education visit our website at www.hpe.com/software/education.


 

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