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EMEA and APJ Elite Leader Recognition 2013

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Many Vivit Leaders were recognized during the Leader Dinner at HP Discover in Barcelona, Spain on Monday, December 9. The Vivit Leaders who did an outstanding job for Vivit by holding at least two or more meetings in the last year and were in attendance at HP Discover in Barcelona 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!
 


Andreas Birk
Testing, Quality, and ALM SIG Leader


John Bom
Netherlands Chapter Leader


Naveen Chhabra
New Delhi Chapter Leader


Jan Czajkowski
Sweden Chapter Leader


Suresh GP
Banaglore Chapter Leader

Gabriella Hansson
Sweden Chapter Leader

Anders Heimdahl
Sweden Chapter Leader


Mark Laird
Business Service Management SIG Leader


Robert Linton
Testing, Quality, and ALM SIG Leader


Per-Ola Mattson
Sweden Chapter Leader


Stefan Mohr
Germany Chapter Leader


Mostafa Moussavi
Sweden Chapter Leader


Chris Powers
Network Management SIG Leader


Frank Rosenfelder
Germany Chapter Leader


Behsad Shiki
Sweden Chapter Leader


Bernard Szymczak
Ohio Chapter and Testing, Quality, and ALM SIG Leader


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



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New Leadership - February 2014

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Updated: Friday, December 20, 2013

Get Connected

We welcome the following Leaders and their expertise. We invite you to join their Local Interest Group (LUG) and Special Interest Group (SIG) to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join these groups by clicking on the LUG or SIG name under the new Leader's picture and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear at the top of a group, if you aren’t already a member. Connect to the Leaders by clicking on their names. Member sign-in required.



Bill Allen
Eview Technologies
Business Service Management SIG Leader

"I am very pleased to be able to serve the Vivit BSM SIG community, and look forward to being a proactive member of the Vivit worldwide team. I hope to bring value to both the Vivit members and the HP BSM software team. My professional experience in BSM includes several IT management roles within large enterprises, as well as more recently acting as Director, Business Alliances with EView Technology, a long time HP BSM software partner.”

 


Rick Badillo
Physicans Mutual
Nebraska LUG Leader

"Neil and I are both excited to become Vivit members and to be co-leaders for the Nebraska chapter. We have our first Vivit meeting scheduled for January and we look forward to working with everyone in getting upcoming meetings on the calendar."

Abdul B. Rafi
Findessa Corporation
Big Data SIG Leader

 


Prasod Singh
HP
Big Data SIG Champion

"As the Big Data industry matures and organizations build sustainable data systems and infrastructure to harness the power of Big Data, there is an increasing focus on the advance Analytics that can bring to life the promise of Big Data. I believe that harnessing the data and making it available is part of the answer. The other part is to be able to build predictive algorithms that can help decision making and provide answers to business leaders. As an Analytics practitioner and leader for the last 18 years, I look forward to engage with the community in developing thought leadership in this space.”

 


Doug Stone
Taradale Consulting
Big Data SIG Leader

"Coming from a development, strategy and quality background I will try and ensure there is content that is relevant to practitioners from those fields. So, I will be seeking answers to the questions: What does Big Data mean to organizations and what will it change? What will it mean to the application landscape and to customer interaction? How will software development need to change to facilitate this? What will it mean to software testing and the skills and tools needed?"




Indraneil (Neil) Suryanarayana
Physicians Mutual
Nebraska LUG Leader

"As the leader for Vivit's NE chapter, I look forward to discover qualified professionals from the HP ALM space in the vicinity and thus garden a networking arena for individuals to share experiences that will positively impact one's thought process on software test lifecycle."

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Wrap up of HP Discover

Posted By Lisa Nordhoff, Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Updated: Monday, December 23, 2013




Wrap up of HP Discover!

"Team up and get linked to other members, special interest groups, local user groups, Vivit staff and the elected board of directors” was the overall theme for Vivit at HP Discover in Barcelona, December 10 – 12, 2013. If you didn’t make the conference, we hope you will consider the same opportunities to team up and get linked with Vivit now.

 

Vivit is proud to have the best and brightest 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.

 

Team up and Link to Local User Groups and Special Interest Groups

There are 75 LUGs in 26 countries and 18 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 SIGs of 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 chapter near you or a particular SIG? Contact us to start and lead a new group.

Team up and Link to Award Winning Leaders

Tammy Young, LUG & SIG Chair, Board of Directors, presented the community awards for the EMEA and APJ regions at HP Discover during a Vivit leader dinner reception.Connect with these leaders who are at the forefront of community activity.This year’s winners were as follows:

Champion of the Year Award - René De Vleeschauwer from Belgium
Speaker of the Year Award - Mark Laird from United Kingdom
Leader of the Year Award - Mostafa Moussavi from Sweden

 

(left to right) René De Vleeschauwer, Tammy Young, Mark Laird & Mostafa Moussavi


Team up and Link to other Vivit Members

Vivit’s strategic focus is to build a community platform where relevant conversations happen. Vivit’s booth at HP Discover provided many opportunities for individuals to connect and interact with each other. Over the past five years, Vivit has successfully changed, grown, and adapted to align with the new style of IT.Vivit members are considered industry thought leaders and evangelists who have a passion for leading and participating in the conversation and who come together to collaborate through the three pillars:community, education, and advocacy. 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 an authentic Barcelona football jersey.

 Individuals waiting on prize drawings.

 

Some Barcelona football jersey winners.

 
Individuals playing foosball.

Vivit Leaders sharing their expertise in the booth.


Team up and Link to 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.

We hope to see as many members as possible at future events. Mark your calendars for HP Discover in Las Vegas, June 10 – 12, 2014. 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.

Tags:  HP Discover Barcelona  HP Software  Vivit 

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Vivit Announces the 2013 EMEA/APJ Award Winners

Posted By Lisa Nordhoff, Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Updated: Monday, December 2, 2013

Vivit Announces the 2013 EMEA/APJ Award Winners

The Vivit Board of Directors presented the EMEA/APJ Leader of the Year Award to Mostafa Moussavi, Champion of Year Award to René De Vleeschauwer, and Speaker of the Year Award to Mark Laird.  The EMEA/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. 

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Vivit awards presentation.  Tammy Young, Local User and Special Interest Group Chair, Vivit Board of Directors, said, "The three distinguished award recipients have demonstrated outstanding service to the Vivit and HP Software in the EMEA communities where they serve. Nominated by fellow Vivit members, the winners are highly-respected and bring a diverse set of skills to our industry. It’s an honor to celebrate their contributions to Vivit and its members.”


Mostafa Moussavi, 2013 EMEA Leader of the Year, is being recognized for his passionate support of user group and member meetings. He believes that because of VIVIT, end users are able to influence the development and improvement of the HP Software tools, serving both HP and the end user. Moussavi’s insights about Vivit members having different needs because of their diverse roles in IT, and how they deploy HP Software, led him to introduce parallel technical sessions at meetings throughout Sweden. He is a speaker at Vivit meetings and shares his experience with other members.

Mostafa has 24 years of experience in IT. He is a technical test specialist with nine years of experience with performance testing, performance test methodology and test automation. He has worked mainly with HP Software test tools as Quality Center, LoadRunner and QTP/UFT. He currently works as a Test Automation Specialist at SEB in Stockholm. He is also a teacher in "QTP & Running Automated Tests in QC,” and is responsible for SEB’s Test Automation Community.

 

René De Vleeschauwer, 2013 EMEA Champion of the Year, serves the HP Software community as a Chapter Leader in Belgium and has a special interest in the Testing, Quality, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Special Interest Group (SIG). 

René has worked in IT for more than 30 years, starting with IBM mainframes. He is now the founder and CEO of IKAN, a Belgian-based software vendor that is an HP Software Enterprise Management Alliances Program (EMAP) Partner. As a niche player in the ALM space, De Vleeschauwer helped IKAN to develop strategic relationships with industry leaders like HP, SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and others. His key focus is to position the IKAN product set, IKAN ALM for lifecycle, build and deploy, and MetaSuite for test data management, which are complementary solutions to the HP ALM offerings.

 

 

Mark Laird, 2013 EMEA Speaker of the Year, is co-leader for the Business Service Management (BSM) SIG, as well as a presenter who represents Vivit within the wider HP community at conferences and webinars.  He has presented as part of the BSM SIG, helped with Vivit APJ (Asian Pacific and Japan) webinars, spoken at roundtable events and elevated Vivit’s presence at the HP UK Software Universe.  

Mark has been in the IT industry for over 25 years, and has been promoting, using and deploying HP Software for the past 10 years. He currently works as Group Technical Architect for Steria and now has responsibility for continuing to develop the HP, Cisco and VMware partnerships within Steria.  Steria, as both an HP Partner and Customer, has a unique insight into the use of HP Software in the real world and as such, Mark is also a member of HP’s Customer Advisory Board for Business Service Management, providing feedback and insight into customer requirements for future versions of the suite.  

 

Tags:  2013 EMEA Award Winners  HP Discover Barcelona 

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Vivit EMEA/Asia-Pacific Award Nominees 2013

Posted By Annemarie Stuiver, Friday, November 22, 2013
Updated: Monday, November 18, 2013



By: Tammy Young, Chapter and SIG Chair, Vivit Board of Directors.

Vivit Leaders Making a Difference

Vivit recognizes the extraordinary efforts of our members to participate and lead local and virtual events. These leaders give their time, expertise, and support to share with others through advocacy, community, education and career development.  Many of these volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, but they have the heart. Our volunteers and leaders are the backbone of our organization.  

Vivit has been fortunate to have industry experts from all over the world choose to be members and as of this year, 141 members chose to be leaders.  Each year, Vivit asks its membership 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 EMEA/Asia-Pacific region nominees, I’d like to leave you with this thought: "Volunteers are not paid because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!” Congratulations on your success this year, on your nomination and thank you for your efforts and contributions.


Mostafa Moussavi
Technical Tester
SEB Sweden
Sweden Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year


Jan Czajkowski
QC Specialist Manager
SQS Sweden
Sweden Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year

 


Mark Laird
IMSL Group Technical Architect
Steria Group
BSM SIG Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year and Speaker of the Year


René de Vleeschauwer
Managing Director
IKAN
Belgium Chapter Leader
Nominated for Champion of the Year

Andreas Birk
Founder and Principal Consultant
Software.Process.Management
Testing, Quality, and ALM SIG Leader
Nominated for Champion of the Year


Naveen Chhabra
Cloud Solutions Architect
HP Software
New Delhi (India) Chapter Leader
Nominated for Champion of the Year
 


Violet Seah
Regional Marketing Professional
HP Software
HP Employee Vivit Member
Nominated for Champion of the Year
 




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Prasad Yalcari

Associated IT Consultant
ITC INFOTECH INDIA LIMITED
Bangalore Chapter Member
Nominated for Speaker of the Year



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Richard Bywater

Technical Account Director
Infuse Consulting Group
UK Chapter Member
Nominated for Speaker of the Year

Ian Bromehead
SR Product Marketing Manager
HP Software
HP Employee Vivit Member
Nominated for Speaker 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 9th, in Barcelona, Spain at:

Restaurant Sagardi Bcn Gòtic 
c/ Argenteria, 62
Barcelona

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - November 2013

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013


Naveen Chhabra
Cloud Solutions Architect
HP
New Delhi Chapter

Core Competencies:

  • Data Center Automation & Cloud solutions
  • Experience in the design and implementation of IT Service Management Frameworks, supporting processes and HP BTO tools
  • Well-versed and highly skilled in ICT infrastructures and methodologies (ITILv2/v3, ISO/IEC 20000, ISO 27001)
  • Creative but practical - hands on problem solver with above average process analytical skills
  • Learns and applies new skills quickly – takes advantage of resources and tools available
  • Excellent understanding of business requirements and ability to view the bigger picture
  • Good communicator to both business and technology owners

Naveen has spent over 16 years in the IT industry and has been with Hewlett Packard for the past 11 years currently serving as the Cloud Solutions Architect. He has been helping customers adopt the latest technology and influenced the way IT is managed & aligned with business.

Naveen’s skills and expertise include Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Pre-sales, Consulting and IT Service Management.

He serves the HP Software Community as the Vivit New Delhi Chapter Champion.

 

View Naveen's webinars he has presented on:

1. Embracing the Cloud with HP Software - http://www.vivit-worldwide.org/?page=2713Cloud

2. Operations Orchestration:  A Maestro in Your Data Center - http://www.vivit-worldwide.org/?page=101813OperOrch


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Call for Trainers.

Posted By Lisa Nordhoff, Monday, November 4, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 27, 2013

Vivit Advanced Training Sessions offered during HP Discover Las Vegas 2013 were a huge success!

Vivit offered 10 Advanced Training Sessions with HP and HP Partners at HP Discover Las Vegas 2013. Over 126 individuals attended these sessions, and based on the survey results, participants felt it was well worth their time.  Here are some of the comments the attendees made:

"The best 4 hours investment of my time I could have asked for.”

"I like the concept of advanced pre-conference training.”

"Excellent if your role requires you to use the tool or manage it.”

"Very meaningful and value added learning experience.”

"Real practical application of speakers knowledge.”

Vivit is looking to expand session offerings at HP Discover Las Vegas 2014.  If you are interested in sponsoring or presenting a session in 2014, now is the time to secure your spot.  Please contact Rocky Pisto if you are interested.  Rocky can be reached via e-mail, Rocky_Pisto@vivit-worldwide.org.  Sponsorships are limited, so, secure your spot as soon as possible. 

Don’t miss out on opportunity to be part of sessions in 2014!

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Spotlight on a Volunteer - October 2013

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013


Ron Cornwell
Team Lead, Data Center Automation
McKesson
Data Center Automation SIG  Leader

Ron is the Team Lead of Data Center Automation for McKesson Corporation and serves the HP Software community as a Special Interest Group leader focusing on Data Center Automation for Vivit.

Ron’s career has focused on advancing IT technology within the Data Center.  The past five years have been a natural evolution from Data Center Consolidations to Data Center Automation and now focusing on Private Cloud maturity.  In addition to his volunteer efforts with Vivit, Ron has been a member of the Young Professionals of Dubuque.  As a former member of the US Army, Ron focuses his non-technical volunteer efforts on supporting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Ron joined Vivit with a focus on contributing to a community where technical experts and business leaders alike can further themselves and their respective companies thru networking opportunities, information sharing and collaboration built on a shared interest in HP Software.     

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New Leadership - October 2013

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Get Connected

We welcome the following leader and his expertise. We invite you to join his Special Interest Group (SIG) to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join this group by clicking on the SIG name under the new leader and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear at the top of a group if you aren’t already a member. Connect to the leader by clicking on his name. Member sign-in required.


Jim Haskins

Checkpoint Technologies Inc.
US Federal Special Interest Group

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Welcome New Leader - Derek Giedd

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Derek Giedd
Derek Giedd
Cox Communications
  Project & Portfolio Management SIG Leader

Last month, we shared that we have new leadership for the SIG Project and Portfolio Management Special Interest Group, Abraham Delgado and Derek Giedd. We would like to introduce you to Derek who has over 40 years of IT experience. His first 15 years were with the U.S. Air Force developing automatic test equipment software, serving as the project manager for Operational Software maintenance and leading software process improvement activities that resulted in both CMM Level V and ISO 9001 certifications. He has also been a project manager for Equifax and a business process improvement manager for Equant and the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC). While at the AJC he helped select Microfocus (formerly HPE) Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) as the primary tool for project and portfolio management. Derek has been both a user of PPM and a developer since 2006. After leaving the AJC, he continued his PPM roles at MARTA, Scholastic Books and most recently at Cox Communications, Inc.

Derek has experience in all aspects of the software lifecycle including Analysis, Design, Development, Testing, Process Improvement, and Project Management. He has developed PPM solutions using the Demand Management, Project Management, Program Management, Portfolio Management, Time Management, and Deployment Management modules. He also has developed custom interfaces to the PPM Oracle database from other systems and with MS Office applications.

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