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Welcome New Leaders - April 2013

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Get Connected

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.


Nikos Ioannides
Cognity S.A.
Greece Chapter Leader

"My plan is to evolve the Greece Vivit Chapter into a dynamic and independent HP Software community which will act as the common interface for all HP software users in Greece and Globally. Among other, Vivit will enable the networking and sharing of valuable insights and experiences as well as provide a source of credible and easily-accessible information on industry news and assistance on common HP Software issues."



Audra Kutz
Advanced Marketplace
Chicago Chapter Leader

"I am extremely honored and enthusiastic to be a part of the Chicago Vivit Chapter! Advanced MarkertPlace’s expertise in HP Application Lifecycle Management will be a great asset for this group. Joey Howe, Advanced MarketPlace’s Senior ALM Expert is one of the best architects in the country. His "in the trenches” experience at a Fortune 500 financial institution coupled with his extensive work for HP constructing Proof of Concepts for high profile customers on ALM makes for an unparalleled perspective. If you want to know how ALM can work for you in your organization, my team is poised to provide assistance that will bring Chicago the value they’ve been craving in this space. I am looking forward to hosting some great events and getting to know the ALM Vivit community in Chicago!”



Abdul Rafi
Findessa Corporation
New York/New Jersey Metro Chapter Leader


Pablo Vegas
Bell Canada
Ottawa Chapter Leader

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Spotlight on a Volunteer

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Success through Partnering

By partnering with other local user groups, the Iowa Vivit group grew attendance for their Q1 2013 Agile meeting by over 300%.   Normally, they have approximately 40 people register for their meetings. The Agile meeting drew 140 registrants. 

After hearing from their users that they wanted to have a meeting focused on Agile Development, the Iowa Chapter Leaders reached out to the local Agile and Quality Assurance groups.  Scott Anderson, co-leader of the Iowa Chapter, found contacts for the groups by Googling Agile Iowa and Des Moines Quality Assurance.  He reached out to these groups three months in advance of the meeting to give everyone enough time to plan for a joint meeting. 

The Leaders of all the groups had an initial leader conference call where they discussed how each group would contribute to the meeting. Two meeting topics were chosen:

  1. A demonstration of HP's new Agile tool given by HP.
  2. A tool agnostic overview of the Agile Test Automation Pyramid given by a member of the Agile user group. 

The option to attend virtually via Go To Meeting was added. Out of the 140 registrants, 75 people attended the meeting. If you would like to contact Scott, he can be reached at: scotta7575@gmail.com.

Scott is an Automation Engineer at Aviva. He is passionate about learning the latest trends in test automation and sharing them with the Vivit community. He enjoys meeting new Vivit members and helping them leverage their tools for success. He also keeps busy with his wife and five children.


Scott Anderson
Automation Engineer
Aviva
Iowa Vivit Chapter Leader

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Board nominations open

Posted By John Baier, Nominating Chair, Vivit Board of Directors, Wednesday, February 27, 2013


 

It is a privilege to announce the call for nominations for the 2013 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 user group.

The Vivit Board of Directors is an international group of nine men and women who act as stewards of the organization and in the best interests of members from over 90 countries. The board meets twice a year in person in North America and Europe at the HP Discover conferences, as well as virtually weekly or bi-weekly for an hour to discuss pressing strategies and tactical and operational issues.

There are three Board positions to be filled during this year's election. Each seat is a three-year term, from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2016.

To be eligible to serve on the Vivit Board of Directors, the following qualifications are required:

  • The candidate must be a general member in good standing with Vivit and not employed by HP
  • The candidate must have the desire to see the organization succeed
  • The candidate must possess the skills and abilities necessary to plan and direct strategic initiatives for the organization
  • The candidate must be willing to commit to the amount of time needed to serve
  • The Board meets virtually every week and face-to-face twice a year, usually in conjunction with the HP Discover conferences in America and EMEA.

In order to be selected as a candidate, he/she must be nominated by a fellow member. All nominations for candidates must be received by the end of business day on Monday, March 25, 2013.

Questions or comments? Contact john_baier@vivit-worldwide.org

New Board members will be notified prior to the next face-to-face board meeting (June 9-10 in Las Vegas) so that they can 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.

 

Member sign-in required.

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Security and Privacy Special Interest Group – New!

Posted By Jason Kennedy, Vivit President and Security & Privacy SIG Leader, Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Security of systems, networks, and most importantly, the data moving through them is always a lively conversation. Join us to discuss how security and privacy legislation, controls, and demands are changing the game for IT professionals. Topics range from the strategic to the tactical. We want to hear from the community on ideas like:

  • Planning and budgeting to address security and privacy demands on your organization
  • How to implement practical system vulnerability assessments
  • product discussions
  • and slippery topics such as "Cloud Security” and impacts of international privacy legislation

It's all fair game in the Vivit Security & Privacy Special Interest Group (SIG) where we will engage global thought leaders and those dealing with these topics daily. Bring your tough questions and creative ideas to the virtual table; all are welcome.

To ensure you receive event notices, please go to the Security and Privacy Special Interest Group and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear if you aren't already a member of the SIG. 

Tags:  privacy  security 

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BIG Data Special Interest Group – New!

Posted By Pam Bishop, Big Data Special Interest Group Champion, Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Data, the most precious raw material in the 21st century. By the year 2049 a $1,000 computer will exceed the computational capabilities of the entire human species. Experts forecast that raw data will grow 50% per month and almost 800% in the next 5 years. Data could equal 35 zettabytes by 2020. In fact, there will be more text messages sent today than there are people in the world. Join the Big Data Special Interest Group (SIG) and participate in the largest explosion of our time – the explosion of big data and information. Webinars and discussions will feature Futurists, Inventors, Academics, IT prodigies and the everyday user sharing their thoughts, experience, ideas and predictions on:

  • Structured and unstructured data – more than 85% of data today is unstructured. How do we deal with the volume and the various devices?
  • Private and public data – who owns the data?
  • Inside the organization and outside in the yet-to-be-explored and mined world of social media. Each day, almost 300 billion emails are sent; 250 million photos are uploaded onto Facebook and 97,000 tweets are made. How do we deal with this volume of information and who's mining it?
  • The future of BYOD – but without the D.

Harnessing data and extracting its value is a major challenge and priority for IT and businesses. But is big data a big problem or a big opportunity? Join the Big Data SIG and get a 360 degree view on what is happening around the world in supply chains, social media channels and private and public sectors.

To ensure you receive event notices, please go to the Big Data Special Interest Group now and select the "Join Group” icon which will appear if you aren't already a member of the SIG. 

Tags:  big data 

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Spotlight on Volunteers

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Updated: Monday, March 4, 2013



Wendy Wheeler
Content Manager/Operations Manager
HP
Network Automation Special Interest Group Champion

Wendy has been working in the network tools and operations space since 1996. Currently, she works for HP Software as the HPNA R&D Manager and the Content Manager for HP NA, NNMi, and ISPi. She is also an HP Eco Advocate; she serves as an environmental speaker at conferences, plans HP environmental volunteer activities, and participates in various corporate environmental activities.

Wendy serves the HP Software community as a founder and co-leader of the Vivit Network Automation Special Interest Group (NA SIG).



Chris Powers
Fiserv
Senior Tools Engineer
Network Automation Special Interest Group Leader

Chris is currently a Senior Tools Engineer for a provider of technology solutions to the financial world including: banks, credit unions, and securities processing organizations. He provides a wide range of services to the clients, as well as other support groups such as the Network Operations Center and Network Engineering. He has worked with clients in a variety of industries, mostly related to Wide Area Networks and Network Management functions. Chris is interested in Wide Area Network performance as well as SNMP scripting. He was able to utilize all of these skills as a Network Engineer at Zvolve where he provided configuration guidance to developers on a MPLS software solution. Then at SunTrust, he was exposed to HP Network Automation and fell in love. Now at Fiserv, he is able to take the next step and architect, deploy and support HP Network and Operations Orchestration.

Chris serves the HP Software community as a founder and co-leader of the Vivit Network Automation Special Interest Group (NA SIG).

Join the Network Automation SIG today. Select the "Join Group” icon which will appear if you aren't already a member of the SIG. Click here.

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Welcome New Leaders - March 2013

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Get Connected

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.



Pamela Bishop
HP
Big Data Special Interest Group Champion
"Data, the most precious raw material in the 21st century. By the year 2049 a $1,000 computer will exceed the computational capabilities of the entire human species. Experts forecast that raw data will grow 50% per month and almost 800% in the next 5 years. Data could equal 35 zettabytes by 2020. In fact, there will be more text messages sent today than there are people in the world. Join the Big Data SIG and participate in the largest explosion of our time – the explosion of big data and information. Webinars and discussions will feature Futurists, Inventors, Academics, IT prodigies and the everyday user sharing their thoughts, experience, ideas and predictions on big data."



David Hunt
Interimco
Agile Special Interest Group Leader
"I started my career in IT back in 1970 as a Fortran programmer and quickly took on a variety of system testing roles. I always adopted many of the principles of "agile” development, although there was no such term in those days. For the past 15 years I have been providing independent change and transition leadership services to a variety of businesses and will bring a number of management and entrepreneurial skills to the Agile SIG.”" I will be looking to work closely with the ALM SIG to build on synergies and will seek to build up the Agile SIG membership through the provision of useful information and thought leadership resulting from my work with Infuse Consulting.”



Suresh G P
HP
Bangalore Chapter Champion
"I look forward to collaborating and bringing value to all the Bangalore Vivit members by organizing webinars and face-to-face sessions on areas of interest."




Simone Rosignoli
Riversman SRL
Italy Chapter Leader
"I'm very happy to co-lead the Italy Vivit Chapter; my goal is to expand the Vivit community within Italy. I hope to meet other professionals that would like to share their experiences and thoughts with the aim to learn from each other."




Doug Stone
Taradale Consulting Services
Melbourne Chapter Leader
"Melbourne is fortunate in that it has some amazing experts in the use of HP software. Through the Vivit Chapter, I hope that we can continually educate and challenge our members so that Best Practice is the norm for Melbourne."


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Simon LaRosa
Riversman
Italy Chapter Leader

 

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Sandeep Srivinas
Samarth Infosolutions
Bangalore Chapter Leader

 

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New Leaders - February 2013

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Friday, February 1, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Get Connected

Join a group by clicking on the Chapter or Special Interest Group (SIG) name under each new leader and "Join Group”. Connect to the leaders by clicking on their name. Member sign-in required.

 

Janos Bartok
HP
Hungary Chapter Champion



Adrienne DiPaolo
ResultsPositive
Project and Portfolio Management Special Interest Group
"Looking forward to working with Derek on the PPM SIG to breathe some life back into the group and share some great ideas, approaches and best practices."


Tamas Erdei

T-Systems Hungary Ltd
Hungary Chapter Leader



Wilson Ho
Long View Systems
Alberta, Canada Chapter Leader
"My initial goal as Chapter Leader is to engage long time member as well as plans to engage new and prospective members. My background in software and HP BTO is a significant part of my skills. I was a Vivit Chapter Leader back in 2006 to 2008 in Calgary, and feel that I'm ready to re-engage with Vivit. I look forward to working with Vivit members and other Vivit Chapter Leaders."

Derek Hornby
ERG / ARG / HDP
New York/New Jersey Metro Chapter Leader


Jason Kennedy
University of British Columbia
Security and Privacy Special Interest Group Leader


Martijn Stuiver
Westbury
Business Intelligence Special Interest Group Leader
"I would like to give you the opportunity to learn from others about real pitfalls or accelerators regarding Business Intelligence implementations, best practices around KPI definitions, and how to address cockpit definition questions within your organization.  Additionally, data governance, process improvement processes and reporting as a service are interesting topics in which different organizations could  learn from each other."


Ewout van Driel
Serial Testers SLU
Iberia Chapter Leader
"My goal for the Iberian Vivit chapter is to create a highly connected group of professionals who actively share their thoughts and experiences to the benefit of all members.”


Damian Versaci
SMS Management & Technology
Melbourne, Australia Chapter Leader
"I am very happy to be on board as a Vivit TQA SIG leader and look forward to expanding the Vivit community within Australia, especially in new HP areas such as Service Test and Virtualisation."

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Vivit At Your Service

Posted By Mihai Grigorescu, South Africa Chapter Leader, Monday, January 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, January 28, 2013



Just like every other major player in the IT market (eg, Oracle, Microsoft, SAP), HP has its own user community that is run by actual HP users and practitioners. Membership is free and the community is used mainly for shared learning and networking.

So whether you are an HP software practitioner or whether you are at the other end of the spectrum and are only interested in hardware, this community is the place where everything is happening. From face to face meetings, to webinars, forums, tagging other members and forming virtual relationships, we’ve got it all…

Add to the mix an ever growing community and plenty of discounts available for HP events (such as HP Discover), as well as special deep-dive trainings, and you’ve got a crisp snapshot of what Vivit is all about.

www.vivit-worldwide.org

So what is Vivit actually about?

Vivit, simply put, has started off as a "bunch” of practitioners coming together and talking shop on HP products from a pragmatic and operational viewpoint, backed up by years of experience using these products, in order to offer assistance to less experienced teams and companies, and enriching the overall quality of the community.

The members are doing the work voluntarily and are getting great positive outcomes out of everything.

As an example, here’s a snapshot of VIVIT’s goals for the last year – 2012.


Vivit fortes are the following (as a member, one would be able to tap into the potential of each and every point mentioned below):

ADVOCACY & COMMUNITY – a Vivit member could engage with the HP teams directly, without having to go through partner channels and the long way around. In Vivit, we have access to product managers, HP fellows, evangelist, etc. Connecting with peers and fellow IT professionals (all non HP employees) has given birth to many successful business relationships.

EDUCATION & DISCOUNTS – self-explanatory, people can attend free live rooms/webinars, and as attendance to HP conferences can sometimes be prohibitive from a monetary perspective for one or more individuals, Vivit is offering free passes and discounts to help the people attend these fabulous HP events.

So how does it work?

The way it works is pretty simple: In EMEA, each country has its own chapter (for instance, I lead the chapter for South Africa where we have around 100 members, and we’re all meeting around 2 times a year). The chapters themselves are linked altogether at a global level, so in essence these local groups are only relating to physical/geographic locations/boundaries.

Each chapter organizes their own events, where practitioners get together face to face, at a function, where they can talk shop or simply network. Since Vivit is supported by HP marketing, these functions are free, but they are only available to Vivit members.

Otherwise, members can just simply attend online events organized by the different special interest groups within Vivit.

What groups do we have?

For HP Practitioners, we’ve got:

Business Service Management

Configuration Management System

Data Center Automation

HP Service Management

Network Automation

Project & Portfolio Management Forum

Testing, Quality, ALM

TRIM


For decision makers, we’ve got:

Agile

Business Intelligence

Cloud Builders

DevOps

Mobility

Security & Privacy- New

Big Data - New


So who does actually attend these "things” and what does the member base look like?

Well, see for yourself below. Our presence is mostly in the US and Europe, but rapidly expanding in Africa, Asia and India. We’re now over 14k members worldwide (stats as of end of 2012).

What are the demographics on these 14k members?



We’re looking at ~40% decision makers, ~40% operational end users, while ~20% are unknown.

Also, out of the total number of members, >60% have used HP software for more than 5 years…

So does it actually work out for the members or is it just a lot of talking?

ABSOLUTELY YES! – it works brilliantly…

For example, our few last webinars attracted between 150-200 people per webinar! And it looks like the people want more. The people we’ve connected through our network have engaged in long-term relationships and are now doing business together. We’ve saved others time and money by simply pointing them to the right people in HP at the right time, etc.

See the community calendar.

So, I’m an Accenture employee, is it really worth it joining the HP community?

Absolutely! One gets to meet peers and exchange information, exactly in the same manner we would on our Accenture Community of Practices (CoPs). Only that Vivit is global and only with an interest in HP products. So in other words, if you don’t get an answer from the CoP, or from HP, you would definitely find what you’re looking for in the Vivit community.

As 2012 grew to an end, we realized (as the trend showed us) that people were more inclined to attend online events than anything else, so we will pursue this model for 2013 and offer a great deal of interesting webinars, so join the Vivit community and make the most of our webinars!

Also, during the HP Discover events, we managed to get ~150 people registered to free deep dive training sessions offered by different HP and Vivit partners, as well as our own customer driven round table discussion.

Another record in registrations which simply confirms that in the ever changing world of IT, the hunger for information is out there. Vivit is just a means to quench that thirst, so join us, we’ll be glad to have you around and learn from each other.

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Connect with the Vivit Award Winners from EMEA

Posted By Martijn Stuiver, Chapter & SIG Chair, Board of Directors, Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hear from and get connect to three of the most recognized community leaders in Vivit and their field.

Leader of the Year


Olli Laiho 100 x 125.jpgOlli Laiho was recognized for his outstanding leadership for the online Testing, Quality and Application Lifecycle Management (TQA) Special Interest Group. He is a qualified expert on HP's Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Quality Center products and a Quality Assurance specialist. He is also driving the value of utilizing Business Intelligence tools in Quality Assurance and Testing to improve the output and performance of Quality Assurance organizations worldwide. He has helped lead the TQA Special Interest Group for four years, adding blogs, tips and tricks, and webinars for members around the world. Olli is a frequent speaker and roundtable leader at the international HP Discover conferences and an instructor for Vivit Advanced Training, focusing on HP ALM and Quality Center. Olli works as a Senior QA Consultant for Assure "The QC Guys" in Finland.

Hear directly from Olli in the video interview below.


>>Connect with Olli

>>Join the TQA Special Interest Group


Champion of the Year

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Stefan Mohr was recognized for his outstanding effort to advance and grow the community. Stefan has been a Vivit member and Chapter leader for five years and has helped to organize the two-day German User Group Meetings for more than seven years. He was the 2009 Leader of the Year Award winner, and because of the expansive community he has built throughout Germany and the outpouring of member nominations, Vivit awarded him with Champion of the Year. Stefan is the Consulting Manager and a Principal Consultant for the ITC GmbH in Germany. Stefan has more than 15 years experience in implementing, customizing, training and selling of HP Software products and ITSM Consulting. As a certified ITIL Service Manager, he focuses on integrated ITSM solutions for enterprise and SMB customers based on HP Software and 3rd party products.

View my interview with Stefan at HP Discover in Frankfurt, Germany.


>>Connect with Stefan

>>Join the Germany Chapter


Speaker of the Year


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Mihai Grigorescu is co-leader for the South Africa Chapter and was recognized for a series of outstanding webinar presentations for members on best practices and real life practical usage of HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). Mihai also led several roundtables at the HP Discover conference in Frankfurt, Germany, December 2012. He has been in the software testing industry for over 5 years and is now the TCoE Tools Lead at Accenture in South Africa. He has a passion for testing in general and for business as well as technical processes. He is an avid fan of making optimal use of available tools and processes which assist the overall testing efforts and projects. He is also currently a board member of the SIGiST committee (Special Interest Group in Software Testing for South Africa) and is an active speaker in national and international events.

Hear Mihai's inspiring speaker message in the following video.


>>Connect with Mihai

>>Join the South Africa Chapter

>>Become a Vivit Speaker

Tags:  Award Winners  Champion of the Year  Chapter Leader  EMEA  SIG Leader  Speaker 

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