Posted By Lyndsey Zajac,
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Many Vivit Leaders were recognized during the Leader Dinner at HP Discover in Las Vegas on Monday, June 10. 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 Las Vegas 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!
Scott Anderson Iowa Chapter leader
David Broerman Florida Chapter Leader
Jim Copio Carolinas Chapter Leader, Business Service Management SIG Leader
Bob Crews Florida Chapter Leader
Todd DeCapua Delaware & Philadelphia Chapter Leader and Agile, DevOps, Mobile SIG Leader
Pam Eifel Ohio Chapter Leader
Mark Ford Carolinas Chapter Leader
Colin Fries St. Louis Chapter Leader
Christian Gerdes Sweden Chapter Leader
Mark Herbert Arizona Chapter Leader
Jason Kennedy Security and Privacy SIG Leader
Steven Kiss Toronto Chapter Leader
Audra Kutz Chicago & Minnesota Chapter Leader, HP Service Management SIG Leader
Jim Murphy Cloud Builders SIG Leader
Paul Peissner Silicon Valley/NorCal Chapter Leader and DevOps SIG Leader
Mary Kay Petersen Oregon Chapter Leader & HP Service Management SIG Leader
Posted By Lisa Nordhoff,
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2013
As of July 31, 2013, Paul Edmunds, one of Vivit’s initial
founders, announced his retirement from Duke Energy after 39 years of
service. The current Board of Directors,
staff and members of Vivit would like to congratulate Paul on his retirement
and sincerely thank him for over 20 years of service to Vivit.
Paul has been instrumental in building Vivit into the
successful organization it is today. In
November of 1993, Paul helped to organize the first HP Software user group
meeting in Dallas, Texas, which had over 450 attendees. Since that time, Paul has been dedicated to
supporting the needs and interests of HP Software users everywhere, helping
grow the Vivit community to over 15,000 members, through 74 local chapters,
spanning 25 countries and 13 worldwide Special Interest Groups.
"When Open View Forum (initial name of Vivit) was started
back in 1993, the organization had a very technical focus,” said Paul in a
recent interview with Vivit staff. "It
has been amazing to see how Vivit has expanded worldwide as the IT industry has
changed over the last 20 years.”
Paul mentioned that when he started in this industry, the
worldwide web wasn’t even in existence. He has really enjoyed seeing how the IT
industry has evolved and how Vivit has really helped the software user
community by educating users around the world.
He feels the IT world will continue to evolve especially with the new
strategic "game changers,” big data, cloud, mobility and security. He also mentioned that he felt he was able to
be successful in the IT industry because he was able to embrace change and
challenges, and had the opportunity to communicate with others in the industry
"Vivit is very important to the software user community,”
Paul said. "Vivit is an ideal outlet for
learning best practices using HP software, plus, it gives IT professionals the
opportunity to network with others in the industry to learn what others are
doing, what is working well or not working well, discuss the direction of the
industry, and develop a network of peers on a local and worldwide level. The
value Vivit brought to me over the years was instrumental for my career and I
really encourage others in the industry to get involved.”
Paul also shared that the one thing he was looking forward
to in retirement was "no schedules.” He is also looking forward to spending
more time with his family, especially his grandchildren and plans to do some
traveling, continue to be a fitness instructor and stay active with
Vivit co-leaders Jim Copio and Mark Ford of the North
Carolina Chapter recently presented Paul a plaque recognizing and honoring him
for his years of service. A surprise luncheon was also held in his honor. Many attending the luncheon shared special
memories of Paul’s accomplishments and talked about all the fun they have
shared together. Vivit is very fortunate
to have had the benefit of Paul’s leadership, expertise and friendship the past
Congratulations and best wishes to Paul as he enters this
new phase in his life.
Posted By Lyndsey Zajac,
Monday, July 22, 2013
Updated: Sunday, June 23, 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 am a highly motivated individual who has a passion to see Vivit grow in Chicago land area and help make the HP ALM Software user community come together. Other ideas I have for Chicago chapter are encouraging customers to give presentations at the local chapter meetings, provide training and mentoring opportunities, sharing tips and tricks / best practices."
"I am excited about being a part of the Vivit organization. I hope to be able to help others along with myself to become more knowledgeable regarding the HP Best Practice Testing. I have been using the HP QC system for a while and I feel there is so much to learn regarding the HP product which will help a person with their testing and reporting abilities. I hope I can hold these sessions that would improve their growth."
Join us in welcoming Lisa Nordhoff to Vivit
as the Engagement Director. She has extensive communications, marketing, public
relations, and management experience, and is working with the Board, staff, and
members to lead the user community forward.
"I am excited and honored to join
Vivit and work with this exceptional team and Board,” Nordhoff said. "I look forward to sharing my experiences,
interacting with members globally, and contributing to the future direction and
growth of Vivit.”
Posted By Lisa Nordhoff, Vivit Engagement Director,
Monday, July 1, 2013
Updated: Monday, July 1, 2013
The Vivit Board of Directors presented the Champion of the Year Award
to Mary Kay Petersen, Leader the Year Award to Scott Anderson, and
Speaker of the Year Award to Todd DeCapua. The Americas 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 awards presentation.
Martijn Stuiver, Chapter and Special Interest Group Chair, Vivit Board
of Directors, said, "These awards are given with great pride showing
appreciation for the outstanding volunteer service each individual has
demonstrated this past year. To be nominated by fellow members, shows
how well respected and talented these individuals are in the IT
industry. I expect the number of nominees for these awards will continue
to grow in the coming years since Vivit is the ideal outlet for
professional contributions and career development.”
Mary Kay Petersen, 2013 Champion of the Year, serves the HP Software
community as a Chapter Leader in Oregon and as a Special Interest Group
(SIG) Leader for the HP Service Management SIG. She hosted numerous
webinars this past year covering HP Service Manager, Asset Manager, and
uCMBD topics and has been instrumental in growing the HP Service
Management SIG to over 360 members.
Mary Kay has worked in the field of information technology for over
25 years and has been with Mentor Graphics for the past 19 years serving
as their Director of IT Service Management & Enterprise Security.
She has been influential in adopting ITIL best practices and in
implementing the following: HP Business Service Management for
Enterprise Monitoring, HP Service Manager for Global Help Desk &
Operations and HP Asset Manager for managing IT Assets and Contracts.
Scott Anderson, 2013 Leader of the Year, was recognized for his
leadership of the Iowa Chapter and for sharing best practices across the
HP Software Community. For the past five years, he has organized
quarterly Iowa Chapter meetings along with his co-leaders and has been
instrumental in managing the Vivit Midwest Regional events. Recently,
he brought multiple local user groups together for a focused meeting on
Agile Test Processes, and attendance increased by 300% -- a new best
practice that has been shared.
Scott has worked in test automation for 15 years and currently works
at Aviva as a Senior Automation Engineer. He is an expert on HP’s
Application Lifecycle Management, Unified Functional Testing, and using
VB.Net to enhance testing processes.
Todd DeCapua, 2013 Speaker of the Year, serves the HP Software
Community in multiple capacities. He frequently delivers webinars to
Vivit members on topics related to both testing and development of best
practices, and he continues to volunteer his expertise as a Leader for
the Delaware and Philadelphia Chapters. He co-founded and co-leads two
new Special Interest Groups, DevOps and Mobile, while also leading the
Agile SIG. Over the years, Todd has received several industry
recognitions, including: HP Software Universe "Best & Brightest” and
2010 Vivit Leader of the year.
Todd has worked in the field of information technology for over 20
years and is one of the technology industry’s most respected thought
leaders on Application Performance Engineering and Network
Virtualization. He is a renowned speaker, author and visionary.
Currently, he serves as Vice President of Channel Operations and
Services for Shunra Software. He manages the company’s Advisory Board
and drives partnerships and strategic alliances. He has been
instrumental in developing partnerships with HP, CA, IBM, Parasoft,
Perfecto Mobile and Soasta, to name a few. He is also a member of HP’s
Customer Advisory Board for Performance both in US and Europe.
Posted By Rocky Pisto, Vivit Global Engage Coordinator,
Monday, July 1, 2013
The Vivit Partner Directory is the location to find HP
Solution Partners that offer tremendous value to the community.
This month I would like to welcome returning partner, Checkpoint Technologies.
Besides being experts in the ALM space, Checkpoint Technologies leads the Florida
Chapter and supports local chapters around the USA.
Technologies, Inc. is an HP Software Specialist Partner and VAR who,
because of their vast technical expertise, is also an HP Software Support
Partner and HP Authorized Training Partner. With their focused mission of
"enabling organizations to deliver higher quality applications
to market faster!” they have assisted numerous organizations
throughout the United States in the areas of software testing and Quality
Assurance. Having incorporated in January 2003 as a Mercury Interactive
reseller and training partner and a SPI Dynamics reseller, Checkpoint
Technologies focuses on software testing, both automated and manual, in the
areas of performance testing, functional testing, and application security
testing. Their more analytical approach to the challenges faced in today’s dynamic
business climate helps them better understand the impact of IT on business
thereby turning cost centers into value centers.
"Our success is attributed to several factors but
clearly the top three are our knowledgeable, dedicated employees; the HP software
solutions combined with our services solutions; and an impressive list of
customers who have honored us with their continued business. Our engineers have
an excellent reputation as experts in their field. We’re known for our
outstanding consulting and training expertise and the HP software solutions
that continue to be market leaders. Our customers include organizations
throughout the U.S. who, we’re proud to say, consider us as one of their
preferred vendors! All of these, along with several other factors, have led to
phenomenal success,” states Bob Crews, President and co-founder.
Utilizing decades of real-world IT experience and expertise,
Checkpoint Technologies provides services in the areas of software testing and
quality assurance that include: HP software support, staff augmentation,
short-term consulting (installation, customization, integration and
implementation) and customized training across the complete HP product set.
Products and solutions capabilities include, but are not limited to: ALM/Quality
Center, QuickTest Professional, Unified Functional Testing, BPT, Performance
Center, LoadRunner, HP Fortify, ArcSight and TippingPoint. Because of their
expertise and knowledge, HP selected them to develop one of their previous ASE
(Accredited Software Engineer) for Quality Center, QuickTest Professional, BPT,
Checkpoint Technologies is a proud member of the EWC
Performance Group – an alliance of Evergreen Systems, Whitlock
Infrastructure Solutions and Checkpoint Technologies created to
enable organizations realize the full value expected from the HP software
portfolio. All well-known for expertise in their specific focus areas, together
they cover the entire HP Software portfolio! EWC brings a simple and complete
services solution, with one contract and one point of contact – which you
More information can be obtained at the Checkpoint
Technologies’ website (www.checkpointech.com)
or by calling Bob Crews directly at 813.818.8324 ext. 101.
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