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Westbury Gears Up Analytics Platform for Managing the Business of IT

Posted By Michelle Pivonka, Tuesday, February 17, 2015

   

SMI 15 Answering the Challenges of Communicating the Value of IT

Burlington, MA, March 1- 2015:  Westbury today announced the availability of its next generation IT Business Analytics platform to help organizations measure, improve and communicate the value of IT. The new SMI Suite delivers a comprehensive platform for automated data integration and IT business analytics that allows IT organizations to easily access and combine any data from any data source without managing and maintaining a complex data warehouse.

Industry analysts predicted some time ago that the transactional view of IT is no longer sufficient for IT organizations to stay relevant. Instead IT should be able to communicate their value by means of metrics and reports the business cares about. Westbury is enabling IT organizations to confront their multifaceted challenges by implementing a robust IT business analytics strategy that turns operational data into business value dashboards.

“Our architecture has been redesigned to industrialize the complete process from access to operational data to analysis,” says Jane Johnson, CEO of Westbury. “Our Customers made significant investments to run their IT operations, but they still couldn’t prove and communicate the value in a way the business would understand it and at an affordable cost. They are ditching the labor intensive and costly data warehouse to use SMI Suite and still get a complete picture of the business.”

Hit the Ground Running

SMI Suite comes with a rich library of pre-built integrations (solutions) and startup reports and dashboards allowing valuable and immediate insight into the role of IT in its organizations’ success.

The new offerings standardize data access from any data source in the enterprise environment providing a comprehensive view of business processes.  The new Suite comes with pre-configured solutions for common HP software products, including HP Service Manager, HP Asset Manager, HP PPM and HP uCMDB. More solutions will be added to the platform in the coming months.

IT4IT

As part of today’s news, Westbury also adopts the IT4IT Open Standard. The IT4IT Open Standard provides vendors, service providers and businesses with a common blueprint to guide all products and solutions for interoperability, compliance and business insight.

The new SMI Suite will be showcased at HDI Conference & Expo, which will take place from March 24-26 in Las Vegas, NV. Westbury also organizes webinars during the month of April to educate customers and partners on the new capabilities.

About Westbury

Founded in 1998, Westbury is a leading provider of business value reporting solutions for IT Organizations and represents enterprise customers around the globe.

Its SMI Suite is an integrated business value reporting platform that transforms data into meaningful information and improves processes and performance across the IT value chain. 

Westbury has offices in the Netherlands and Burlington, Massachusetts.

For more information visit www.westbury-it.com

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HP Software Customer Forums: “Software for a New Style of Business”

Posted By Michelle Pivonka, Tuesday, February 17, 2015

 

 

HP Software Customer Forums:  "Software for a New Style of Business”

Join HP for these exclusive events that bring the community of top tier customers, HP leadership and partners together for a day of discussion and networking. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about all of the latest HP Software innovations and hear some of HP’s best client case studies. Don’t miss out on a city near you!   #HPCustForums

 

March 11 – Atlanta (Georgia Aquarium) – Registration | Agenda

April 13 – Boston (Hotel Commonwealth & Fenway Park) – Please reach out to Event contact for more information

April 16 – Calgary (Hyatt Regency) – Registration | Agenda

April 22 – Chicago (Hilton Rosemont) – Please reach out to Event contact for more information

 

Register for each event by clicking on the date or the "Registration” link above or email the event contact for more information.


 

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Expand HP Asset Manager’s View to Your Data Center Infrastructure

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, January 28, 2015



Want to get a fuller picture of your data center assets? How about allocating data center costs more accurately based on usage? Or would you like to optimize maintenance contracts by identifying whether assets are actually in use?

Nlyte—an HP Software Gold Partner—helps you extend HP Asset Manager to the data center floor with their Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software. Nlyte identifies actual physical data center usage of space, power, people and changes, then seamlessly integrates this information with HP Asset Manager. The HP-Nlyte relationship is described by HP Software Partner Central here, or you can learn more about Nlyte DCIM solutions here.

Please join Nlyte Software for an educational webinar on March 18 about connecting your HP Asset Manager software to Nlyte's DCIM solution. In the webinar, learn:

  • Why Nlyte DCIM helps you control costs in the data center
  • How Nlyte supports HP Portfolio, Contract, IT Procurement and Software asset management
  • The specifics on how Nlyte works with HP Asset Manager, Universal Discovery Service Manager, and UCMDB

Register for the webinar here!

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Boost your Business Bottom Line. Learn how DevOps Transformation is the Key.

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, January 28, 2015




February 24, 2015

12:00 - 1:00 PST (Los Angeles), 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST (New York), 21:00 - 22:00 CET (Frankfurt)
                      

Webinar Title: Is There Really an ‘I’ in a DevOps Team?

The answer is YES! The ‘I’ in team doesn’t represent one single person in the apps development plan, rather it highlights the transformation of the once silo’d teams who support specific functions within the app lifecycle. The straight line of the ‘I’ symbolizes the one team approach that is making DevOps successful. Operations people are showing up in the testing phase of the application and the apps people are doing some measures and monitoring in operations. Recently, TechTarget named DevOps as one of six major data center trends for 2015. DevOps is no longer a new way to think about transformation; it is the ONLY way to bring together the silos that weigh down your business’ bottom line.

This is your chance to converse with the experts.Hear from Damon Edwards,Founder and Managing Partner of DTO Solutions, on the DevOps transformation here (30-minute video). In this informative talk, Damon addresses the most common questions posed about DevOps:

        "DevOps sounds great… but how do I go about introducing DevOps to my company?”

This webinar will be your chance to pick the experts’ brains and immerse in DevOps from top to bottom, from strategy to implementation to results.

Our second panelist, Paul Muller, is VP of SW and Chief SW Evangelist at HP. He brings 20 plus years of industry experience and in-depth understanding of DevOps. In this video, he dives into the intricacies of DevOps with a look at "Best of DevOps 2014” and a real world example of implementation. Paul knows how to answer your most challenging questions.

Join our lively panel discussion as we focus on:

  • Common problems in traditional DevOps teams
  • How these teams have changed to truly transform and become innovators
  • How you can apply these ideas to your business to boost your bottom line
  • Your questions!

Check out the HPSW DevOps web page, the infographic and the ebook.

All registered Webinar attendees will be automatically entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift certificate at the end of the Webinar. Two drawings will be held at the end of the Webinar. Winners will be notified via email.

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New Leader Blog - February 2015

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Sunday, February 1, 2015
Updated: Monday, January 19, 2015
Get Connected

We welcome the following Leaders and their expertise. We invite you to join their Local User Group to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join the 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 a leader by clicking on his name. Member sign-in required.


Huw Price
Managing Director
Grid-Tools Ltd.
United Kingdom Chapter

"I am very much looking forward to working with Vivit and being a leader for the UK chapter. We will be announcing some UK events soon"


Vikas Gupta
Practice Manager - Enterprise Management Systems
Wipro 
United Arab Emirates Chapter

"With the brand new chapter and chapter leaders in UAE, we look forward to growing the Vivit community within UAE. We will work closely with the Vivit community to organize useful events and webinars."


 

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - February 2015

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Sunday, February 1, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
EMEA Volunteer

 


Mathias Traugott
CEO
IT Unlimited Switzerland Ltd.
Switzerland Chapter 

Mathias Traugott, one of the few Worldwide ITIL Masters and CEO of IT Unlimited Switzerland Ltd. is an IT Governance Expert and a well-known Key-Note Speaker. He started his career in 1986 in the airline industry and acted in several ground operation functions and positions at the Zurich Airport. In the year 2000, Mathias changed roles into the IT Company of the Swiss national airline, Swissair, and built up a new team, which we would name today as major incident management team. 

From 2002 until 2008, Mathias built up the ITSM journey at Swisscom Mobile. Swisscom’s journey was well recognized wide over the borders. The integration of the different HP Software solutions, at that time called "Openview", to one IT System & Service Management Suite, was unique.  Especially the real-time business view, gained with BPI created real business value.

Mathias changed roles into an ITSM consulting & education company in Switzerland to spread his wide experience from 2008 until 2012. In 2012, he took the chance to move to the position of CEO at IT Unlimited Switzerland Ltd. to combine his deep ITSM & Governance experience with HP Software. Close the loop is his personal trademark, from takeoff till landing, and always on the way to explore new destinations.

As a Vivit Leader for the Vivit Switzerland Chapter, Mathias serves the HP Software user community.

 

Americas Volunteer

 


Viral Desai
Manager
Accenture LLP
New York/New Jersey Metro

Viral curently works at Accenture LLC out of the NYC office and has been involved with the HP software family of products for over 15 years. He has served on the Vivit Board of Directors and currently serves as co-leader for the Vivit NY/NJ Metro Chapter.

Viral has also served as part of the Nomination Committee for the past several years.

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Vivit Board Nominations Open

Posted By Mark Herbert, Monday, January 12, 2015
Updated: Monday, January 12, 2015
Posted By: Mark Herbert, Nominating Chair, Vivit Board of Directors

 
Mark Herbert
It is a privilege to announce the call for nominations for the 2015 Elections for the Vivit Board of Directors. Your nomination submissions are very much appreciated as they are a vital key to the success of the Vivit users group.
 
The Vivit Board of Directors is comprised of nine volunteer positions who share the desire to see this organization of enterprise management computing professionals succeed. To serve on the Vivit Board, you must be willing to give your time and energy and lend your strategic and software expertise to help the organization become better and stronger.
 
There are three Board positions to be filled during this year's 2015 election. The three terms run for 3 years - from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018.
 
To be eligible to serve on the Vivit Board of Directors you must:
  • be a general member in good standing with Vivit have the desire to see the organization succeed
  • have the desire to see the organization succeed
  • have the skills to be able to plan and direct strategic initiatives for the organization
  • be willing to commit to the amount of time needed to serve
In order to be selected as a candidate you must be nominated. All nominations for candidates must be received by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Friday, January 30, 2015. You can email your nominations to nominations@vivit-worldwide.org.
 
New Board members will be notified prior to the late May / early June face to face board meeting (specific dates to be determined) so that they may plan to attend.

 
We encourage individuals who are eager to dedicate themselves to the user community to consider this opportunity to become a Vivit Board member.
 
Thank you for your time and consideration

Nominate  Member Sign-in Required.

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Wrap up of HP Discover Barcelona

Posted By Jill Stefan, Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, January 6, 2015

"Experience the Magic” – "more than a club, it’s a Community” was the overall theme for Vivit at HP Discover in Barcelona, December 1 – 4, 2014. If you didn’t make the conference, we hope you will consider the same opportunities to experience the "magic” with Vivit now.

Vivit has over 28,000 members worldwide and is proud to have some of the IT industry top thought-leaders as members and volunteers. These individuals volunteer their time to lead local user groups (LUG) and worldwide virtual special interest groups (SIG). Leaders from around the world gathered at HP Discover to represent their groups and discuss the latest HP Software developments and game changing technologies.

Experience the Magic of Local User Groups and Special Interest Groups

There are 76 LUGs in 27 countries and 19 virtual SIGs. Each LUG and SIG has its own focus and personality. Members of LUGs meet face to face to share best practices, tips, and tricks. Members of SIGs meet online and can participate in blogs and webinars. Locate your LUG and SIGsof choice and select the "Join group” icon which will appear at the top of the group page if you aren’t already linked. Don’t see a local user group near you or a particular SIG? Contact usto start and lead a new group.

Experience the Magic of Vivit’s Best of the Best

Vivit successfully held four breakout sessions featuring their Best of the Best at HP Discover.

Experience the Magic of Vivit’s Award Winning Leaders

David Broerman, Vice President, Board of Directors, presented the community awards for EMEA and APJ at HP Discover during a Vivit leader dinner. This year marks the sixth anniversary of the awards presentation recognizing outstanding volunteers. Connect with these leaders who are at the forefront of community activity. This year’s winners were as follows:

Champion of the Year Award – Violet Seah
Speaker of the Year Award – Gordon Appleby
Leader of the Year Award – Jan Czajkowski
Top Virtual Contributor – Mark Laird



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Experience the Magic with other Vivit Members

Vivit is the longest-standing independent, worldwide HP Software user community providing an infrastructure of support for members through advocacy, community and education. We're your only source of information on HP Software that is completely unbiased, uncensored, and field-tested. We have worked hard to build a community platform where relevant conversations happen. Our booth at HP Discover provided many opportunities for individuals to connect and interact with each other. Over the years, Vivit has successfully changed, grown, and adapted to align with the new style of IT. Many conversations took place during HP Discover, both members and non-members had the opportunity to discuss and learn more about Vivit, plus individuals had the opportunity to play some foosball and win some great prizes.

Booth visitors
Prize Drawing
Individuals visiting the Vivit booth.
Prize drawing by Vivit’s Vice President, David Broerman and Sponsorship Liaison, Rocky Pisto.
Vivit Prize Winners
Foosball players
Some Vivit prize winners with Annemarie Stuiver, EMEA and APJ Chapter Liaison
Booth Visitors playing foosball.

Experience the Magic of Vivit’s Board of Directors and Staff

Nine outstanding members and thought leaders serve on the Board of Directors. They met face to face for two days prior to HP Discover to discuss the state of the user community and programs to serve members going forward. Many of the dedicated staff attended HP Discover as well. If you didn’t get a chance to meet them in person, feel free to contact them anytime.


Left to Right, front row; Karen Semonson, Tammy Young, Laura Walker, Christian Gerdes. Back Row; David Broerman, Christopher Scharer, Mark Herbert and Colin Fries. Not pictured, Richard Bishop.

We hope to see as many members as possible at future events. Mark your calendars for HP Discover in Las Vegas, June 2-4, 2015. We are already working on our community program. It is our mission to help fellow members tap into the wealth of collective knowledge in Vivit, the trusted, unbiased, and field-tested HP Software user community. If you have any suggestions or requests, please contact us.

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EMEA and APJ Elite Leader Recognition 2014

Posted By Annemarie Stuiver, Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Updated: Monday, January 5, 2015
Many Vivit Leaders were recognized during the Leader Dinner at HP Discover in Barcelona, Spain on Monday, December 1st. The Vivit Leaders who did an outstanding job for Vivit by holding at least two or more meetings in the last year were awarded with the Elite Leader Award. Below are the names of the Elite Leader Award winners who have received a certificate. Thank you all for your great contributions to our community!


Doug Stone
Melbourne Chapter Leader



Damian Versaci
Melbourne Chapter and Testing, Quality and ALM SIG Leader

 
Mihai Grigorescu
South Africa Chapter Leader


 
Stefan Mohr
Germany Chapter Leader


 
Frank Rosenfelder
Germany Chapter Leader


 
Andreas Birk
Testing, Quality and ALM SIG Leader


Mathias Traugott
Switzerland Chapter Leader
 
 
Michael Sieber
Switzerland Chapter Leader


Jan A. Ponteus
Sweden Chapter Leader


 
Mostafa Moussavi
Sweden Chapter Leader

 
Behsad Shiki
Sweden Chapter Leader


Saime Mercan
Sweden Chapter Leader

     

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HP Discover Barcelona 2014

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Updated: Monday, January 5, 2015
 

 
Richard Bishop 
Education Chair, Vivit Board of Director
 
 
In early December I traveled to Barcelona along with most of the Vivit Board to attend the HP Discover conference. From a business perspective, this is always one of the highlights of my year. It’s a great opportunity to meet the best and brightest people in the HP Software community. In addition to meeting HP product managers and R&D teams, I enjoy the chance to discuss the challenges that I face each day with like-minded users of HP software and share best-practice techniques.
For two days before the conference, the Vivit board meets to discuss the best way to shape Vivit to meet the needs of the members. We were pleased to review the reports showing that our membership has reached an all-time high of around 28,000 members and that our member engagement in webinars has grown year-on-year.
Despite the positive member growth and engagement, we’re keen to do more. Please get in touch if you have any ideas for topics that we could discuss in our face-to-face events or if you’d like to get involved and help run your local user group.
Keynote round-up

During her first keynote speech, Meg Whitman reminded delegates that HP was founded in 1939 in Dave Packard’s one-car garage in Palo Alto, California. She likened the separation of the two companies to an "upgrade” to a two-car garage where each garage develops its own products, whilst collaborating and sharing tools behind the scenes.

 
When HP divides into two separate businesses, both HP-Enterprise and HP Inc. will be Fortune 50 organisations, each targeted at different market sectors. HP Enterprise will focus on servers, storage, networking, converged systems, services and software as well as the Helion cloud platform. HP Inc. will specialize in personal systems and printing.
Many of the co-presenters in the keynote sessions focused on the exciting projects that HP has worked on in the last 12 months.
Including:
  • The Cape-to-Cape challenge, a great case study showing how HP’s product teams worked well together working in application development and hardware provision using the Haven big-data platform.
  • The explosion of data and ever more complex IT platforms was a key topic in all of the keynotes. Against a backdrop of recent high-profile data breaches at Sony Pictures and other large organizations, security seemed even more relevant than in previous years and was mentioned by several keynote speakers.
  • Mike Nefkis expanded on the New style of IT. Mike described, amongst other things, HP’s dominance in IT security and automation. He went on to discuss how HP’s solutions can automate mundane tasks, freeing up IT teams to work on longer-term, high-value projects.
  • Robert Youngjohns discussed Big Data and how this is changing the way that businesses manage and consume data, regardless of whether the original source of data is machine, human or business-related. He described how Haven on demand allows multiple data sources to be combined into a single large dataset and how Idol on demand can be used to query that unstructured data. He invited attendees to visit www.idolondemand.com to explore the capabilities of IDOL through their public APIs.
  • Not forgetting the hardware teams, Meg Whitman described how HP collaborated with Intel to develop Apollo servers to improve server workloads by 50% per server. Martin Fink expanded upon the hardware theme, introducing "The Machine” which uses custom processors and large memory pools communicating using photonics to reduce compute costs and improve performance.
  • HP’s Helion cloud-platform, built on the OpenStack platform, was introduced as a platform ideally suited to hybrid-cloud solutions. Marten Mickos described this in more detail in his session, where he described the dramatic increases in efficiency required to reduce application/development lifecycles. He reminded us that multiple releases per year were no longer enough and many businesses now demand multiple software releases per week. Not all of us are there yet, but this is a definite trend that I’ve noticed.
For additional Discover events:
For me the key themes this year were Cloud computing, Big Data and IT Automation. I’m primarily interested in application performance testing, and I’m looking forward to seeing these game-changing trends filtering through to the applications that I use on a day-to-day basis.

Vivit Special Interest Groups

As well as Vivit’s local user groups and chapters, Vivit members can opt to join worldwide special interest groups who communicate and share experiences through webinars and other online events. If you’ve been inspired by the Discover key themes, visit our SIG pages to connect with like-minded Vivit members and share your experiences of using HP software.
Become a Vivit Leader

Vivit’s vast network of local user groups and special interest groups is made possible by over 100 volunteer leaders. Vivit leaders are at the forefront of the organisation, working with key members and HP to create valuable local and global activities to share best practices, learn from peers about real-world experiences, and hear about new HP Software developments in an unbiased and uncensored community.
We’re always on the lookout for people who are prepared to help out in our local events or webinars. For more information on how you can become more actively involved in Vivit, visit our Chapter Leader page or get in touch.


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