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New Leadership - August 2013

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, July 22, 2013
Updated: Sunday, June 23, 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.

Venu Cherukuri

Ulta Salon
Chicago Chapter Leader

"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."

Todd DeCapua

Performance Engineering Special Interest Group

Josh Galde
Silicon Valley/NorCal Chapter Leader

Megan Shelton
Performance Engineering Special Interest Group

Terri Sims

American Safety Insurance
Atlanta Chapter Leader

"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."

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Welcome Lisa Nordhoff, Engagement Director

Posted By Susan Russel, Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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.

Lisa Nordhoff
Engagement Director

"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.”

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Award winners announced!

Posted By Lisa Nordhoff, Vivit Engagement Director, Monday, July 1, 2013
Updated: Monday, July 1, 2013
(Americas Region)

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.

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HP ALM Partner: Checkpoint Technologies

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.

Checkpoint 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, and WinRunner.

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 choose.

More information can be obtained at the Checkpoint Technologies’ website ( or by calling Bob Crews directly at 813.818.8324 ext. 101.

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Are you linked?

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 already linked.

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.

Scott Anderson
, Americas Leader of the Year
Iowa Chapter

Mary Kay Petersen
, Americas Champion of the Year
HP Service Management SIG, Oregon Chapter

Todd DeCapua
, Americas Speaker of the Year
Mobile, Agile, and DevOps SIGS;
Delaware & Philadelphia Chapters

I am also happy to report that Brian Pohl (left), Leader of the San Antonio Chapter and Mobile SIG, was presented with the HP Customer Impact award.

Link to HP Experts and Advisors

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 membership status.

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.

Tags:  chapters  IT Experts Community  leaders  SIG  Special Interest Groups 

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Chapter & SIG Liaison for EMEA & APJ

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.

Annemarie Stuiver

Vivit Worldwide

Chapter & SIG Liaison, EMEA & APJ regions

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Board of Directors election results

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 members.

Vivit Elected Board Members

David Broerman

Chapter Leader (Florida)

Checkpoint Technologies

Director of Support

Christian Gerdes

Chapter Leader (Sweden)

Lights In Line AB

Managing Director Performance Engineering

Mark Herbert

Chapter Leader (Arizona)

Dignity Health

Technical Lead, Quality Center Tools Support, Training, Development and Administration

Tammy Young

American Safety Insurance

VP Application Development; App Development, Support and
Delivery, PMO, Testing, and Corporate Training

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.

Additional Vivit Board Candidates

Mark Ford

Chapter Leader (Carolinas previously Iowa)


Process Management Analyst

Olli Laiho

SIG Leader (Testing, Quality, Application Lifecycle Management SIG)


Marketing Lead, Solutions Architect

Brian Pohl

Chapter Leader (Texas - San Antonio)


Technical Architect

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.

Vivit Departing Board Members

Colin Fries

Chapter Leader (St. Louis)

Trizetto Provider Solutions

Test Automation Specialist

Jason Kennedy

Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Senior Manager, Infrastructure Services

John Baier

The J.M. Smucker Company

Sr. Manager, Data Integration

Martijn Stuiver

Westbury USA


Tags:  2013  2013 Board of Directors Election  2013 Board of Directors Election Results  2013 Board of DirectorsElection  2013 Election  2013 Election Results  2013 Results  Board  Board of Directors  Directors  Election  Election Results 

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Get linked at HP Discover

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.

Meet HP experts and trusted advisors

Talk 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 time.

Application Lifecycle Management

Wednesday, June 12
11:00 AM

Reserve your seat

Cloud and Automation

Wednesday, June 12
1:15 PM

Reserve your seat

Performance Testing, including Mobile Performance Testing

Thursday, June 13
11:00 AM

Reserve your seat

Vertica (Big Data)

Thursday, June 13
1:15 PM

Reserve your seat

Trusted Security Advisor, Rafał Łoś

Thursday, June 13
1:15 PM

Reserve your seat

Attend a customer-led session

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 scheduler.

Customer-led Roundtable

Resolving 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.

ID RT4196

Customer-led Roundtable

Testing Times

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.

ID RT4213

Customer-led Session

Application 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.

ID TB1200

IT4IT Customer Consortium panel discussion

New Customer 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 Software

ID BB3456

Join a Google Hangout#

Join Mark Ford at a Google Hangout from HP Discover or from home to get a glimpse of what is happening at the event.


>>Vivit Awards Hangout: Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 - 7:00pm PDT

To watch the hangout live go to: during the hangout or later on to watch the recording.

>>Vivit Booth Hangout: Wednesday, June 12, 10:15 - 10:45am PDT

To participate interactively in the hangout go to: 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.

To just watch the hangout live go to: during the hangout or later on to watch the recording.

Stop by the Vivit booth, get linked and win!

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 registrations.

We hope to see you there!

Tags:  HP Discover 

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Welcome New Leaders - June 2013

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, May 30, 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.

Behsad Shiki

Teito Sweden AB
Sweden Chapter Leader


Wade Morris
Dallas Chapter Leader

"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."

Todd DeCapua

Agile Special Interest Group Leader
Philadelphia Chapter Leader

Arnon Borensztajn
HP Service Management SIG Leader

"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."

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2013 Vivit award nominees (Americas region)

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 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.

Also interested in organizing your growth? Please refer to some suggestions:

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
Chapter Leader
Champion of the Year

Wendy Wheeler
Network Management SIG Champion
Champion of the Year

Chuck Fugee
Chapter Leader
Champion of the Year

Bob Crews
Florida Chapter Leader
Champion of the Year

Mark Herbert
Chapter Leader
Speaker of the Year

Donna McJunkin
IT Project Manager
Speaker of the Year

Swamy Mandavilli
Functional Architect
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.

Tags:  awards  career  chapter  leaders  nominees  SIG 

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