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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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New Leader Blog - December 2014

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Thursday, December 25, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Get Connected

We welcome the following Leaders and their expertise. We invite you to join their Local User Groups 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.

 


Kalyan Maddula
Isyxtech
United Arab Emirates Local User Group

 
Lior Katz
CTO
Matrix
Israel Local User Group

"This year I'll promote the HP activities with conference and road show ( ~50 customers) for the new HP testing suite Mobile Center, Service Virtualization, LeanFT, Storm Runner and the new ALM 12 features."



  
Yigal Korolevski
General Manager
KMC Technologies
Israel Local User Group  

"We are currently planning to bring in as much HP Software customers as we can to join Vivit. I've already started to spread the word via LinkedIn groups and direct contacts (our customers). In parallel I'm working with HP to arrange our first Vivit meeting sometime during end of February - beginning of March."

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Vivit Announces the 2014 EMEA/APJ Award Winners

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, December 15, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, December 9, 2014

On December 1, the Vivit Board of Directors announced the EMEA and APJ Leader of the Year Award to Jan Czajkowski, Speaker of the Year Award to Gordon Appleby, Champion of Year Award to Violet Seah, and Top Virtual Contributor Award to Mark Laird. The EMEA and APJ Awards are presented each year and winners are chosen from a select group of talented volunteers who are member-nominated because they have demonstrated excellence and outstanding service to the Vivit Community.

Leader
of the Year
Speaker
of the Year
Champion
of the Year
Top Virtual Contributor




Jan CzajkowskiGordon ApplebyViolet SeahMark Laird







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EMEA/APJ Elite Leader Award Nominees 2014

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vivit Leader Magic

It is time once again to recognize the efforts of our members who have chosen to be Leaders in the Vivit community. Your Leaders chose to enrich our user community by volunteering their time and sharing their knowledge, ideas, experience and support.

These people are full-time employees at various companies and industries, and we all benefit from their decision to lead our user community in Local User Groups and Special Interest Groups. Vivit has been fortunate over the years that the best and brightest continue to become not only Vivit user community members, but Leaders as well!

Each year, Vivit asks members to nominate exceptional Leaders to be recognized for their efforts, and it is Vivit's honor to select from those nominees Leader of the Year, Speaker of the Year, and Champion of the Year.

In congratulating this year's nominees, we would like to say that the hard work and dedication of our leaders is what creates the magic of Vivit! Congratulations to each of you, and thank you for your efforts and contributions.

 


Gordon Appleby
Technical Director
Trust IV Ltd
Nominated for
Speaker of the Year
Andreas Birk
Founder and Principal Consultant
Software.Process.Management
TQA SIG Leader
Nominated for
Champion of the Year
Jan Czajkowski
QC Specialist Manager
SQS Sweden
Sweden Chapter Leader
Nominated for
Leader of the Year
Mihai Grigorescu
TCoE Tools Lead
Accenture
South Africa Chapter Leader
Nominated for
Leader of the Year

 


Magnus Nilsson
Senior Consultant
Lemontree Enterprise Solutions
Nominated for
Speaker of the Year

Henrik Rylander
Test Strategist
ICA AB
Nominated for
Champion of the Year

Eric Schmieder
VP R&D Quality Assurance/TQM
TELES AG
Nominated for
Speaker of the Year

Violet Seah
Regional Marketing Professional
HP Software
HP Employee Vivit Member
Nominated for
Champion of the Year
Pramod Singh
Director: Digital and and Big Data Analytics
HP Software
Big Data Champion
Nominated for
Leader of the Year
Doug Stone
Melbourne Chapter Leader
Big Data SIG Leader
Nominated for
Leader of the Year

Damian Versaci
Practice Leader, Systems Integration and Testing
SMS Management & Technology
Melbourne Chapter Leader
TQA SIG Leader
Nominated for
Leader of the Year

 

Carter Yu
Business Intelligence Engineer
BlackRock
Singapore Chapter Leader
Nominated for
Leader of the Year

 

The Leader of the Year award is presented to an individual for outstanding local chapter or SIG leadership. The Champion of the Year award is presented to an individual for outstanding effort to advance and grow the Vivit community. The Speaker of the Year award is presented to an individual for outstanding presentations to the Vivit community. And on behalf of the community, we would like to thank you for your contributions. Keep up the terrific dedication in which you serve the community.

The award winners will be revealed and celebrated at the Vivit Leader Dinner at HP Discover on Monday evening, December 1th, in Barcelona, Spain at: Restaurant Palmer, Plaza Europa 50 - 52, 08902 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.

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