Posted By Susan Russel,
Friday, June 28, 2013
Updated: Friday, June 28, 2013
Helping members connect to each other and HP resources was
our goal at HP Discover in Las Vegas, June 11-13, 2013. If you didn’t make it
to the conference, we hope you’ll consider the same
opportunities to get linked now.
Link to Local
Chapters and Special Interest Groups
Over 100 HP Software customers and partners volunteer their
time to lead local chapters 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.
There are 74 local chapters in 26 countries and 13 virtual
SIGs. Each chapter and SIG has its own personality and focus. Members of local
chapters meet face to face to share best practices, tips, and tricks; members of
SIGs meet online and can participate in group blogs and webinars. Locate your chapter and SIGs of choice and select the
"Join group” icon which will appear at the top of the group page if you aren’t
Don’t see a local chapter near you or a particular SIG? Contact us to
start and lead a new group.
Link to Award Winning Leaders
Karen Semonson, President, Board of Directors, presented the community
awards for the Americas region at the HP Discover welcome reception in
conjunction with the HP Impact Customer Awards. Get linked to these leaders who
are at the forefront of community activity.
Vivit teamed up with HP Software’s IT Experts community and Cloud and
Automation teams to connect members to HP resources, experts and advisors at HP
Discover. This collaboration resulted in constructive two-way communication.
HP’s online IT
Experts community is another place you can add your independent voice, exchange
ideas, and access HP resources. Use the Vivit avatar to recognize your Vivit
We thank the IT Experts community and Cloud and Automation
teams for their interaction and for supplying many of the great prize drawings
for the new HP Slate, Beats, backpacks, and more in the Vivit booth! Here are a
few of the lucky members who were linked and won.
Link to the 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 calendar for HP Discover in Barcelona, Spain, December 10-12, 2013. 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.
Posted By Christopher J. Schärer, Vice President & Nominations Chair, Board of Directors,
Thursday, May 30, 2013
I’d like to welcome Annemare Stuiver, our new Chapter &
SIG Liaison for the Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Japan regions.
For those of you in these areas that may have had difficulties working around
the different time-zones, I’m sure you will be happy to know that you have
support that works better for your daily schedules now.
Posted By Christopher J. Schärer: Director (Vice President & Nominations Chair), Iowa, Nebraska Chapters & Tes,
Thursday, May 30, 2013
I’d like to take a moment to thank those of you who took the
time to vote in our recent election. As
you may or may not know, Vivit has a Board of Directors that consists of nine
directors and a staff of four. Each year,
Vivit has what is called staggered elections. What this means for Vivit is that each year,
three board members are up for re-election.
This year, we had one board member step down due to a decrease in the
amount of volunteer time he had to provide to the board, so Vivit had a
board position to fill for a one year term.
Vivit as a whole would like to let our members know that Vivit
makes every attempt possible to be a non-intrusive organization and keep
e-mails to a limit. The Vivit board
members especially understand the importance of this because they as volunteers
with full-time day jobs get e-mails regarding work, their personal lives, and their
Vivit volunteer activities. With that
said, I would like to say that the board has included an agenda item for the
Vivit board of directors’ face-to-face meeting at the HP Discover conference to
determine the best way to get the election process started sooner, finished
sooner, and make it less intrusive on the organization members as a whole. I would like to personally thank you for your
patience with the election process this year.
While writing this article/blog, I couldn’t help but notice something
that I thought was a big step forward for Vivit. The Vivit board of directors and board candidates
were comprised of representation from six different countries. Just two years ago the entire board consisted
of volunteers from the United
States alone. Last year the board welcomed Richard Bishop (United Kingdom) and Martijn Stuiver (Netherlands). This year again, there were new candidates
from the Netherlands as well
as Finland and Sweden. Vivit has also hired an additional Global
Chapter Liaison in the EMEA region to assist with chapter efforts. This in itself proves that Vivit
is definitely a global organization and is growing on a global scale.
With that said, I’d like to welcome the four new Vivit board
Development; App Development, Support and Delivery, PMO, Testing, and
I’d like to thank the other board candidates who although
they were not elected to the board this year, they volunteer their time as
chapter leaders and are appreciated just the same. I’d also like to point out that their support
as leaders in the Vivit community and eco-system is every bit as important to
the organization and Vivit is lucky to have them as volunteers.
I’d also like to take a moment to recognize the four departing
board members and thank them for their contributions. Without volunteers like Vivit board members, Chapter/Special
Interest Group (SIG) leaders and staff, Vivit would not be able to provide the
value that it has for over 20 years now.
Posted By Susan Russel,
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, June 4, 2013
When Vivit began planning for HP Discover, members
agreed that one of the most important functions of Vivit is to link members to
each other and to HP resources. From this input, we developed opportunities for
members who are attending HP Discover in Las Vegas, June 11-13, to "get linked.”
Start the conference early with Vivit Advanced Training.
This is a great opportunity to get linked to practitioners who are in the field
solving business problems with HP Software tools every day and to advance professionally.
In addition, HP ExpertOne is offering free training and
certification exams. It’s a great way to save—for HP
Partners that need to meet compliance requirements, and for individuals
looking to extend their technical credentials.
HP experts and trusted advisors
with HP experts and advisors who can share road maps, tips, and insights with you in the Vivit booth at the
times listed below. We encourage you to register for these meetings ahead of
While many Vivit members are presenting sessions, here
are a few unique opportunities endorsed by Vivit that you might want to add to your session
the development and QA collaboration challenge
Come share your own dev and QA collaboration
experiences, issues and challenges and hear your peers share theirs in this
informative, free-form discussion. Mark Ford, Process Management Analyst –
IT, TIAA-CREF, and Sampada Salunkhe, Quality Manager – IT, TIAA-CREF, are
leading this roundtable. Mark is also the leader of the Vivit Carolinas
chapter and will be the host of two Google Hangouts at HP Discover.
Richard Bishop, Vivit Director and Leader of the U.K.
Chapter, is leading a roundtable discussion on industry trends such as cloud
computing, agile software development methods, DevOps integration and the
proliferation of mobile devices.
management with HP Service Manager and UCMDB
Jeffery Chilton, Development Supervisor, UC-Davis
Health System, is presenting a session on the use of HP Service Manager, HP
Asset Manager, and the HP Universal Configuration Management Database (uCMDB)
to manage a portfolio of nearly 500 unique applications. Its
internally-developed application profile view combines data from all those
apps—and other sources—to provide comprehensive insight into all the
information available. Hear how the solution combines data from several HP
products to deliver a complete overview of an application from a variety of
perspectives, including acquisition, infrastructure, utilization, support,
demand, and business continuity.
IT4IT Customer Consortium panel discussion
Consortium tackles End-to-End IT Value Chain
Recently, a group of global enterprise customers formed a
consortium around the common challenge of implementing IT management as an
end-to-end value chain. This international consortium consists of Munich RE,
PwC, Royal Dutch Shell, University of South Florida, Accenture, Achmea, HP and
ING Bank. Join them to discuss the importance of the end-to-end IT value chain
with chief IT4IT architects involved in the consortium and hear their novel
approach toward managing the business of IT. The topic scope covers the whole
life cycle of IT from plan through deliver to operate, including the end-to-end
value chain. It will also dive into a reference architecture approach. Find out
how this can apply to you and how to get involved. The panelists include Chris
Davis, PhD, University of South Florida, Philippe Geneste, Accenture, Sue
Desiderio, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Brian Hodgdon, HP IT, and George Bock, HP
>>Vivit Booth Hangout: Wednesday, June 12, 10:15 -
To participate interactively in
the hangout go to: https://plus.google.com/103560460154981130579/posts and
add Vivit Carolinas to one of your circles. Then watch for an invitation to
attend the hangout when we go live and join when you receive it. You'll
be linked live via audio/video and can ask questions, etc.
Get linked to other members, special interest groups,
local chapters, and the elected board of directors. Vivit is proud to have the
best and brightest as members and volunteers. Bring your colleagues by to get
linked and get an entry into the prize drawings for
every person you link into Vivit, including yourself. You can even challenge the HP Cloud and Automation staff and enter to win the new HP Slate 7! We'll have all the details at the booth.
If you haven't registered for HP Discover, it's not too late. Use code Vivit and receive a $300 discount off the conference price. In
addition, five individuals who enter code Vivit when registering will be entered into a drawing to win a free pass to HP Discover 2014. This
offer can’t be combined with other codes or discounts and is valid only for new
Posted By Martijn Stuiver, Chapter & SIG Chair, Vivit Board of Directors,
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2013
There are many career-building and growth opportunities within Vivit. The nominated Vivit Leaders below are real live evidence of those who were appreciated by peers for their time, energy, and commitment to make relationships and community events succeed—a proof of growth.
But what does it mean to grow one's career? It often sounds empty, cumbersome, and time consuming. Well we all know that the success of a team or organization always succeeds the growth of people. At least I hope so.
And yes this is a journey of learning. And how do you learn? It does make me think of high school learning programs on dull topics I was not always interested in. Well the learning styles of Kolb show us: experience it, reflect on it, think about and act on it. Or pick your own personal learning style at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_styles. Bottom line: start experimenting.
These nominees started to invest in this process some time ago. Asking and discussing feedback on hosting their sessions, organizational skills, or presentations. So what I really want to thank this year’s nominees for is showing us what it's all about: growing and learning professionally by experiencing it!
I think this is a great example for us. But keep in mind, "what needs to be instantly perfect, does not get the opportunity to grow.” And that’s just what they pragmatically did.
Laura Walker Vivit Director, Chapter/SIG Leader Leader of the Year
Todd Decapua Chapter/SIG Leader Leader, Champion, and Speaker of the Year
David Broerman Florida Chapter Leader Leader and Champion of the Year
Chuck Masters Mid Atlantic Chapter Leader Leader of the Year
Bernard Szymczak Ohio Chapter and TQA SIG Leader Leader of the Year
Rocky Pisto Chapter Leader Leader, Champion, and Speaker of the Year
Mary Kay Petersen HP SM SIG and Oregon Chapter Leader Leader and Champion of the Year
Scott Anderson Iowa Chapter Leader Leader and Speaker of the Year
Steven Kiss Toronto Chapter Leader Champion of the Year
Wendy Wheeler Network Management SIG Champion Champion of the Year
Chuck Fugee Houston Chapter Leader Champion of the Year
Bob Crews Florida Chapter Leader Champion of the Year
Mark Herbert Arizona Chapter Leader Speaker of the Year
Donna McJunkin IT Project Manager 3M Speaker of the Year
Swamy Mandavilli Functional Architect HP Speaker of the Year
Laura Walker, Todd DeCapua, and Rocky Pisto have won the awards they were nominated for again this year, so they are not eligible to receive the award a second time. However, we want to thank and recognize them for their contributions.
Posted By Lyndsey Zajac,
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, May 30, 2013
We welcome the following leaders and their expertise. We invite you to join their Local Chapter or Special Interest Group (SIG) to share tips, best practices, and real-world experiences. Join a group by clicking on the Chapter or SIG name under each 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 leaders by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required.
"I would like to grow the chapter in both people count and in relationships. I plan on providing local leadership to the chapter to help build a community that can help each other out and build a network of support resources."
"Information sharing is key to furthering process improvement, innovation and creativity. As leader of the HP Service Management SIG, I intend to promote information sharing among all SIG members. SIG members will be encouraged to bring to the round table an array of topics that trigger curiosity and strengthen our desire to innovate and improve within the field of IT service management."
Posted By Susan Russel,
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Updated: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Is it time to kick-start your IT
Did you know that companies are looking
to fill FTE's in the IT organization, but the skill set is nowhere to be found?
I can't tell you how many times I
"We can't find the skill set
required to support solutions we need."
"We have open Req's for IT
Staff and can't fill them."
This is a common theme in corporate IT
organizations, and Vivit wants to help you kick-start your IT career.
The Vivit user community is made up
of the best and brightest. The talented individuals within our user community have
years of experience with HP Solutions around the world. We can help you make a
I have years of experience running
Vivit local chapter events in Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois in the HP Operations
suite of products (NNMi, OM, Omi BSM, SM). I often tell users "don't get too comfortable
with the current technology” and "you have to grow in order to support your
organization.” Sometimes I recommend they
dive deeper into available products, effectively using these tools to help
solve IT issues and concerns.
Through the years, we often hear
that "our companies don't send us to training." Why? "It costs too much money,” "time away
from the office means we return to put out fire after fire,” and "we can't seem
to solve the problem right the first time"
Vivit (the official user group for
HP Software Solutions) and its partners are working together to provide ways to
help educate our user community. View the different training opportunities on Vivit's website.
One of the education offerings is Vivit Advanced Training,
10 different 4-hour, deep-dive training classes offered at in-person events
like HP Discover on June 11, 2013. On HP Software
conference surveys, you requested more deep-dive sessions. You spoke, and your Vivit user community has
Vivit Advanced Training is a great solution to more in-depth sessions at HP Discover. This program has been successful in helping IT
Managers and Administrators ask value-building questions, the kind of questions
that result from a consulting engagement with a team of experts. There is no
other venue at HP Discover that will give you four hours to focus on a
particular HP Software Solution, to discuss
detailed functionality, integration, and end user experience in technologies
that will impact your career and company
Key features of the deep-dive
Four hour focus on solutions that affect
Learn from practitioners in the
field at a low cost of $99/session
Network with peers and get
answers from real-world experiences
Walk away with technical information
and consulting level deliverables
Seating is limited to 35 attendees
per session, so please register today. We look forward to meeting with you
at HP Discover's Vivit Advanced Training Sessions.
Mostafa is the Chairman of the Vivit Sweden Chapter, HUGS, for a second year.
He has 23 years of experience in IT. Mostafa is a testing
specialist with 8 years of experience with Performance Testing, Performance Test methodology and Test Automation. Mostafa wants to be a bridge between the end users of HP Software tools and the supplier, HP. He believes that the end user working with the HP Software tools should be able to influence the development and improvement of the tools. It serves both HP and the end user. HP becomes aware of what users want, and the end users will get a tool that is designed for them.
Mostafa lives in a terraced house in Stockholm together with his wife, his two daughters and two rabbits. He loves to barbecue with his specially commissioned stainless steel grill that stands in the yard year round. In the winter, he will even shovel snow in order to reach the grill.
The IT environment that we're working in is radically different from that of 10 or 20 years ago. "Game-changing” trends such as cloud or hybrid-cloud computing, agile software development methods, DevOps integrations and the proliferation of mobile devices are making fundamental changes to the way that we live and work.
HP has arranged two customer forums in Brussels that will help you to get to grips with these new trends and give you the opportunity to share your own experiences with your peers from leading EMEA companies and HP product managers. These events are free for HP Customers and Channel Partners.
16th – 17th April 2013 HP Software Customer Forum EMEA – Service and Portfolio Management Over two days this event will cover the key aspects of service and portfolio management including asset, configuration and demand management as well as PPM and HP Service Anywhere. Customer speakers include Barclays, SAP, SPAR, Continental, Turkcell and others. 18th – 19th April 2013 HP Software Customer Forum EMEA – Application Lifecycle Management The ALM forum includes hot topics from the world of testing such as TMMi, network virtualisation, agile development and testing and security. Speakers come from companies including Steria, Atos and Iovio and there will be breakout sessions covering test automation, performance testing, agile ALM and mobile application delivery.
25th April 2013 HP ALM 360° As well as the customer forums, HP's ALM roadshow is in Brussels on 25th April. I attended the UK ALM roadshow in Leeds and found it extremely informative. As well as providing roadmap information and customer "best-practice sessions”, it was a great opportunity to share experiences with other HP software users.
At the Brussels event you'll hear how to accelerate application delvery with ALM as well as security and QA case studies. The afternoon session will consist of three separate tracks, allowing you to choose sessions that suit your own needs or interests. Sessions include QA and mobile application testing, application security, functional testing, DevOps and continuous delivery.
Vivit leaders will be at these events too, so as well as the opportunity to mix with other attendees, make sure that you get in touch with them as well. Why not take the opportunity to have a small get-together with other Vivit members and make the most of your trip to Brussels.
Posted By Suresh GP,
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Updated: Monday, March 25, 2013
Suresh GP Business Consultant HP
As you are well aware, every project stakeholder (project sponsor, project leader, team member, employee, project manager and shareholder) is different and has a vested interest in the outcome of the projects. Are we doing things correctly to address these expectations or will we continue to have gaps?
The following eight aspects will help you create a good stakeholder management experience that results in successful project outcomes.
1. Setting the context, objective and expectations—priority number one. Project kick-off meetings are exciting and everyone leaves energized—but that energy often wanes. While we religiously follow the kick-off meeting for the project assigned, it takes more than simply a meeting for the context, objectives and expectation to sink in. It is worthwhile to have the context, objectives and expectations as your basis for all the discussions of project meeting. As we reinforce them, they become a part of employee internalization and then act as a magnetic compass to shape desirable behavior.
When considering your project stakeholders and your expectations for them, remember every stakeholder is different. Some are looking for a learning experience, some for a challenging task and some are hoping for better networking opportunities. Encourage your stakeholders by listing the benefits of the project to gain the necessary commitment and interest among stakeholders (employees and others).
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2. Understand the background, experience and attitude of stakeholders
This is a key aspect for every PM to understand the stakeholders better. This is by no means an easy task. There is a huge amount of homework and data to be collected; but in the end it is worth the effort. In the end you can deal better with the respective stakeholders because you have background information and can frame appropriate responses.
3. Everybody wants to be a part of the winning team
Stakeholders play diversified roles like sponsor, project leader, team member depending on the project. But one truth remains; they have an earnest desire to be part of a winning project. So as a PM, it is your responsibility to create the mental picture of how important this project is for the organization and your customers. Assure the stakeholders that they have been hand-picked based on their expertise and experience, and there is no doubt that this creates a winning combination. This makes those involved feel empowered and creates a sense of true belonging to the outcome of the project.
4. The power and influence matrix is only the beginning
We have been conditioned to start the stakeholder management exercise by developing a power vs. influence matrix to determine the necessary people to be satisfied for project outcomes. While this is a good start, it does not address the fundamental aspect of emotional disturbance. Discounting people because they neither have power nor influence only makes the situation worse. Remember, even when the numbers add up – a silent revolt or non-cooperation can break a smoothly running project.
5. Communication is key
As you know, 90 percent of projects fail miserably due to ineffective communication among the project team and stakeholders. I have seen more vocal shareholders while some prefer not to disclose anything during a meeting. With this in mind, the communication strategy should have different channels and methods to understand, what each stakeholder means at a deeper level. More often, this deeper understanding comes through informal coffee talks and personal rapport. While co-location is a boon, most of the time we need to deal virtually with others and so adopt one-on-one calls to personalize the connection. The tone of the communication has to be just right to convey the message without being dictatorial.
6. Recognize stakeholder suggestions
Acknowledging stakeholders for valuable insights and recommendations is important to successful project outcomes: It sets the tone for people to share and contribute to the success of the project It brings in the concept of collective ownership as a team to make it a success. In my experience, the biggest insights and recommendations have helped me do Risk Management effectively and be better prepared to steer projects successfully.
7. Be open and solicit help
Projects irrespective of deal size and magnitude can be demanding. All projects might need a lot of support and cooperation from stakeholders to turn the course into the right direction. The best way to approach this is to be open to all stakeholders and say, "We have a problem and I need all your support and suggestions to overcome.” When you give people the freedom to voice for a cause, they participate actively and are willing to take on additional responsibilities.
8. Trust and commitment makes it happen!
Experience shows that the most complex projects have been successful because of the commitment of stakeholders and their trust in the project leadership. This is a sign of transcending the boundaries and making things happen against all odds. For this to happen, the whole project environment must facilitate open and honest communication without a "blame-game”. If something is not working, it is recommended to condemn the act—not the person—and help them overcome the obstacles. When the PM starts fostering an environment of collective team work and complements, it helps build trust and commitment for winning big!
I would love to hear about your experience with project management and stakeholder involvement. Feel free to share your experiences in the comments section below.