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New Leader - December 2012

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, January 7, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Russ King
Agile Special Interest Group

Russ King joined ResultsPositive from HP where he was most recently responsible for the PPM Product Management Team. Russ has over 20 years of experience helping Enterprise IT organizations gain value from solutions primarily focused in the ERP and PPM spaces. He spent the past 15 years with Chainlink, Kintana, Mercury, and HP in varying roles associated with the PPM Product. Prior to that Russ spent time with Oracle managing ERP implementations at several fortune 500 companies. He is originally from Montana and has spent the last 24 years in metro Phoenix Arizona.

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Vivit is Changing

Posted By Richard Bishop, Director, U.K., Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Updated: Friday, December 14, 2012

On Thursday 6th December at HP Discover in Frankfurt, Jason Kennedy, Martijn Stuiver and I were asked to discuss how Vivit is changing from a primarily US-centric, practitioner-focused user community to one which helps support our members as the IT world changes around them. The interview covers the changing demographics of the Vivit user community, how we plan to alter our content to suit our membership, our development of new social media channels, the growth of our membership as well as the development of new special interest groups such as "Cloud Builders” and "Security” alongside our existing special interest groups.

Tags:  Directors  EMEA 

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The 2012 EMEA Award Winners!

Posted By Susan Russel, Friday, December 14, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 4, 2013
Vivit presented the 2012 EMEA Awards in Frankfurt, Germany on December 3, 2012. The Leader of the Year Award recipient is Olli Laiho, Leader of the global Testing, Quality, and ALM Special Interest Group (from Finland), the Champion of the Year Award recipient is Stefan Mohr, Leader of the Germany Chapter, and the Speaker of the Year Award recipient is Mihai Grigorescu, Leader of the South Africa Chapter. All three were nominated by fellow members for their outstanding contributions. Congratulations!!!

Martijn Stuiver, Vivit Chapter and SIG Chair, Board of Directors, and Jason Kennedy, Vivit President, Board of Directors, presented the awards during the HP Discover event. View complete details and the press release here.

We snapped some candid photos...

(left to right) Martijn Stuiver, Chapter and SIG Chair, Board of Directors,
Olli Laiho, Leader of the Year, Jason Kennedy, President, Board of Directors


(left to right) Stefan Mohr, Champion of the Year,
Martijn Stuiver, Chapter and SIG Chair, Board of Directors


(left to right) Martijn Stuiver, Chapter and SIG Chair, Board of Directors,
Mihai Grigorescu, Speaker of the Year,
Jason Kennedy, President, Board of Directors

Tags:  awards  EMEA  leader 

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Supercharge your HP Discover experience with Vivit

Posted By Susan Russel, Monday, December 3, 2012
Updated: Friday, November 23, 2012


Are you attending HP Discover in Frankfurt December 4-6?

Get even more out the conference by joining a Vivit roundtable
Meet keynote speaker and HP Fellow, Chris Moyer, for an in-depth and personal discussion on future trends and big bets in innovation. Or participate in a roundtable on data protection in virtual and cloud environments. Or maybe performance testing in the cloud. We have an extensive lineup of roundtables on a variety of topics at both the technical and business levels. Reserve your seat now before all seats are gone.

December 4, 2012
Make sure your mobile applications don't slow down the rest of your world 10:00 –10:45
Better Quality with Less Effort - Testing SAP with HP Quality Center 11:00 – 11:45
HP Network Automation 12:45 – 13:30
HP QC/ALM Performance Improvement 16:30 – 17:15

December 5, 2012
HP QC/ALM - What to measure and tools of the trade 11:45 – 12:30
ITSM, Service Manager, Service Anywhere 12:45 – 13:30
Data Protection in Virtual and Cloud Environments 13:45 – 4:30
Agile Development with HP QC/ALM 14:45 – 15:30
Requirements-Management with HP QC/ALM 16:00 – 16:45

December 6, 2012
An explosion is coming - future trends and big bets in innovation with HP Fellow Chris Moyer. 9:30 – 10:15
Applications: Performance Testing 10:30 – 11:15
Software Quality Assurance challenges and how to address them with HP ALM 11:30 – 12:15
Performance testing in the cloud. 13:15 – 14:00

Join us in the User Community Lounge on the Discover Zone show floor
Meet with your peers, network with like-minded professionals, and find out about upcoming community events. Plus, you can find out who won the EMEA awards and meet them in-person. Pickup your free member gift and enter into the prize drawings for a Kindle Fire or Beats by Dr. Dre Solo headphones!

Still wanting to get even more supercharged? Stop by the espresso bar.

Meet HP Experts
As an extra bonus, we teamed up with HP Software’s IT Experts Community to organize two times when you can stop by Vivit in the User Community Lounge to meet HP experts and industry leaders in Applications and Operations. They would love to talk with you. Attend, learn something new, make new friends and improve your overall app and ops development skills. Areas of focus will include:

  • Tips and Tricks
  • Common Troubleshooting
  • Installation/Configuration
  • Product Integration

Bring your questions and tips for success, and join your peers in sharing insights and best practices.

Meet the Experts Day 1: Tuesday, 4 December 2012 15:30 - 16:30 CET
Vivit in User Community Lounge in the Discover Zone. RSVP on Facebook!

Meet the Experts Day 2 Wednesday, 5 December 2012 11:30 - 12:30 CET
Vivit in User Community Lounge in the Discover Zone. RSVP on Facebook!

Or contact HP Software by email to register.

Advanced Training materials are now available!

Vivit hosted pre-conference Advanced Training on December 3rd. Both classes were full. If you were unable to register or if you’d simply like the materials, you can download the instructor presentations now. Member sign-in required.

Go backstage with HP Software
See exclusive videos, blogs and more. Find out from experts what it takes to move enterprise computing to the next level. Get behind-the-scenes videos from events, see previews of what HP Software is doing next, read the latest blog posts and get connected with a community of IT leaders and experts. Go backstage now.

Tags:  HP Discover  roundtables  training 

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Best of both worlds: boost your career and be appreciated while doing it!

Posted By Martijn Stuiver, Chapter and SIG Chair, Vivit Board of Directors, Monday, November 26, 2012
Updated: Monday, November 26, 2012


I am not aware of many programs or career paths in which you are awarded during the journey. Active leadership within the Vivit community will provide you with such an opportunity. Moreover, it boosts your skills in organizing and hosting events and networking, and it boosts your career by carving the way you look for and follow trends and by providing a unique stage that creates visibility for you, your skills and your organization. And sometimes it just drives you into other realms like developing your killer presentation skills.

Over 120 amazing members from around the world have already started this journey with Vivit as leaders of local chapters and worldwide Special Interest Groups (SIGs), speakers, or directors. As it is time for our annual EMEA awards, I am pleased to put the spotlight on a few of our members who have been nominated by fellow members for their outstanding skills and contributions.

Andreas Birk

Founder and Principal Consultant
Testing, Quality, and ALM SIG Leader
Nominated for Champion of the Year


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


Cheikh Sadibou Dome
France Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year


Mihai Grigorescu
TCoE Tools Lead
South Africa Chapter
Nominated for
Champion and Speaker of the Year

David Jenkins

SAP QA Test Manager
Dael Computer Services Inc
Nominated for
Leader and Speaker of the Year

Nils Johannessen
Solutions Architect
Rubik Solutions AS
Norway Chapter Leader
Nominated for
Leader and Champion of the Year

Martina Koehler
IT Organizer
Axel Springer AG
Nominated for Speaker of the Year

Olli Laiho
Senior QA Consultant
Testing, Quality, ALM SIG Leader
Nominated for Leader of the Year

Stefan Mohr
Manager Consulting
Germany Chapter Leader
Nominated for Leader, Champion, and Speaker of the Year

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Ola Perman

Test Manager
Sweden Chapter Leader
Nominated for Speaker of the Year

Johan Sodergren
System Engineer
Nominated for Speaker of the Year

Sami Suro
Unit Manager
Finland Chapter Leader
Nominated for Speaker of the Year

The Leader of the Year award is presented to an individual for outstanding local chapter or SIG leadership. The Champion of the Year award is presented to an individual for outstanding effort to advance and grow the Vivit community. The new Speaker of the Year award is presented to an individual for outstanding presentations to the Vivit community. The comments and nominations were extensive this year. Congratulations on your nomination! And on behalf of the community, I would like to thank you for your contributions. Keep up the terrific dedication in which you serve the community.

The award winners will be revealed and celebrated at the Vivit Leader Dinner at HP Discover on Monday evening, December 3rd, in Frankfurt, Germany.

Apfelwein-Wirtschaft Dauth-Schneider
D-60594 Frankfurt am Main, Alt-Sachsenhausen
Neuer Wall 5-7 / Klappergasse 39
Be aware, your life might change after this nomination and perhaps even more being honored with the award.    

How can YOU boost your career and earn some credits?
Vivit is always looking for dedicated volunteer leaders and co-leaders to help support chapter and SIG activities as well as drive new initiatives. Motivated individuals who would like to be considered, click here for a list of volunteer opportunities and the application form.

If you are interested in sharing your knowledge with fellow members at local chapter events or worldwide SIG webinars, join the Vivit Speaker Bureau.

Are you the next Follower, Leader, Speaker, or Nominee? Please keep the movement going! And remember, it is not always the Leader who contributes to a movement


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New Leader - November 2012

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, November 26, 2012
Updated: Monday, November 26, 2012

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Chuck Fugee
Houston Chapter Leader

Chuck Fugee is the leader of the Vivit Houston Chapter. Chuck recently joined Avnet Technology Services as a part of the acquisition of both Pepperweed Consulting and Genilogix. He recently retired after 32 years with Hewlett Packard, where he recently served as Presales Director for global accounts. A long time Vivit member, he is excited to take a more supportive role of Vivit now that he is outside of HP. Raised in FL but a Texan for 30 years, Chuck's hobbies include playing guitar, target shooting and supporting his community through his church.

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Attract and Retain Key Players with the New HP Software Education Training Pass

Posted By Marc Sodano, Director of HP Software Education, Americas, Thursday, November 1, 2012
Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2012

Business Problem

Highly skilled and proficient employees are an asset to any organization. In today’s uncertain economy, blue chip employees are keeping their options open, continually looking for their next opportunity.

As an employer, how do you attract these key players to be a part of your organization? And more importantly, how do you retain them?

At Disney, the first step is by providing a training plan for their full time and contract IT workforce. They have learned that salary and benefits are just a means to satisfy employees. But to attract the best, and motivate those already on board, you must provide IT workers with technical training that will keep their skills sharp, reduce their fear of an uncertain future, and enhance their ability to perform.


Here’s where HP Software Education comes in. HPSW Education can help you by providing your team with a brand new offering – the Training Pass.

- High quality HD video, simulations, engaging presentations, attractive prices

- Advanced topics, expert interviews, an expanding library, Just-in-time learning


If you want to attract the best, you’re going to have to go above and beyond the basics of base pay, bonus and vacation. Providing a Training Pass for your top recruits can sway a candidate to sign on board, even if they are looking at other opportunities with higher pay. If you want to keep the top 10% that you have, invest in them with a Training Pass. The dividends will pay both short and long term. The employee gains enhanced individual skills, and you benefit by increasing proficiency.

Call to Action

It would be far better to let an unhappy and untrained employee leave than to keep them on board and not train them. An investment in the HPSW Training Pass is an insurance policy for the efficient operations of your department, a value add for top new candidates, and a motivator for those high quality employees already on the team.

The HP Software Training Pass will be available for demo and purchase in October of 2012.

Contact Vivit for your 10% discount code. You must have an active account.

Tags:  HP Software Education  Training 

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Spotlight: Vivit Germany Chapter Meeting

Posted By Stefan Mohr, Co-Leader for Vivit Germany Chapter, Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Stefan Mohr
Principal Consultant
Leiter Consulting
Vivit Chapter Leader

Dear Vivit Community!

On 25th and 26th September the 12th annual Vivit local chapter meeting took place in Bad Honnef, Germany. Almost 100 participants joined the event to see 20 presentations, live demos, discussions and tips & tricks sessions in 3 parallel tracks covering a broad range of topics and applications like, BSM, Operations, Automation, CMS, ITSM, as well as Testing, Quality + Applications (TQA SIG).

We would like to thank all presenters (customers, HP and partners) and everybody else who helped us to make this event successful. The feedback of the participants was very positive. All of them said in the feedback forms that the event was valuable for their business, which encourages us to go on organizing this event. Further information can be found on and Slides can be downloaded on and

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Real-time Monitoring Metrics: The Magical Mundane

Posted By Larry Dragich, Tuesday, October 23, 2012

by Larry Dragich
Director EAS, Auto Club Group

Application Performance Management (APM) has many benefits when implemented with the right support structure and sponsorship. It’s the key for managing action, going red to green, and trending on performance.

As you strive to achieve new levels of sophistication when creating performance baselines, it is important to consider how you will navigate the oscillating winds of application behavior as the numbers come in from all directions. The behavioral context of the user will highlight key threshold settings to consider as you build a framework for real-time alerting into your APM solution.

This will take an understanding of the application and an analysis of the numbers as you begin looking at user patterns. Metrics play a key role in providing this value through different views across multiple comparisons. Absent from any behavioral learning engines which are now emerging in the APM space, you can begin a high level analysis on your own to come to a common understanding of each business application’s performance.

Just as water seeks its own level, an application performance baseline will eventually emerge as you track the real-time performance metrics outlining the high and low watermarks of the application. This will include the occasional anomalous wave that comes crashing through affecting the user experience as the numbers fluctuate.

Depending on transaction volume and performance characteristics there will be a certain level of noise that you will need to squelch to a volume level that can be analyzed. When crunching the numbers and distilling patterns, it will be essential to create three baseline comparisons that you will use like a compass for navigation into what is real and what is an exception.

Real-time vs. Yesterday

As the real-time performance metrics come in, it is important to watch the application performance at least at the five minute interval as compared to the day before to see if there are any obvious changes in performance.

Real-time vs. 7 days ago

Comparing Monday to Sunday may not be relevant if your core business hours are M-F; using the real-time view and comparing it to the same day as the previous week will be more useful. Especially if a new release of the application was rolled out over the weekend and you want to know how it compares with the previous week.

Real-time vs. 10 day rolling average

Using a 10, 15 or 30 day rolling average is helpful in reviewing overall application performance with the business, because everyone can easily understand averages and what they mean when compared against a real-time view.

Capturing real-time performance metrics in five minute intervals is a good place to start. Once you get a better understanding of the application behavior you may increase or decrease the interval as needed. For real-time performance alerting, using the averages will give you a good picture when something is out of pattern, and to report on Service Level Management using percentiles (90%, 95%, etc.), will help create and accurate view for the business. To make it simple to remember, alert on the averages and profile with percentiles.


Operationally there are things you may not want to think about all of the time (e.g. standard deviations, averages, percentiles, etc.), but you have to think about them long enough to create the most accurate picture possible as you begin to distill performance patterns with each business application. This can be accomplished by building meaningful performance baselines that will help feed your Service Level Management processes well into the future.

Related Links:

Prioritizing Gartner's APM Model

Event Management: Reactive, Proactive, or Predictive?

Tags:  Application Performance Management 

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Dive Deep into Test Automation or ITIL through Vivit Advanced Training

Posted By Susan Russel, Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Updated: Monday, November 5, 2012

Are you looking to dive deeper into Test Automation or ITIL? Vivit is hosting Advanced Training on 3 December, 13:00-17:00 in Frankfurt, Germany in conjunction with HP Discover. If you are unable to attend the conference, you can still attend our training. And the best part – it’s free thanks to our sponsor, Lemontree Enterprise Solutions, experts in solutions that simplify implementation of test automation.


Both classes are 4-hour implementation and integration tutorials. They start where most others leave off and provide real-world implementation experiences and examples from practitioners who are in the field solving business problems with HP tools every day.

The first course, Make Your Test Automation Project a Success Story, will be instructed by Magnus Nilsson, Senior Consultant, Lemontree Enterprise Solutions AB. Have you ever faced the inevitable reality of a project that is exceeding its budget? Have you ever wished all tests needed were automated to gain time? Well, here is the road map for you to succeed the test automation project. In this training session, Magnus will address success factors for test automation projects on a conceptual level including:

  • the test automation project   
  • company test strategy
  • building a strong business case

Hands-on level:

  • a practical approach with examples on how to establish a framework and organize your test automation code  

The course is suitable for Test Managers, Quality Managers, Automation Engineers, and Tool Specialists. The course level is basic to intermediate.

The second course, ITIL® and Beyond: The Success for Reliable Service Delivery, will be instructed by Mathias Traugott, Ceo & Principal Consultant, IT Unlimited Schweiz AG. Based on ITIL’s basic principal, "a service is a means of delivering value,” you will learn and understand the meaning and value of true service delivery.

  • Service Delivery: Discover the 4 key processes divided into drivers and delivery 
  • Different "views of a service”: Understand the different point of views of a service and learn about the common goals and various focuses: ITIL®, COBIT, ITSCMM, Service Customer, Service Consumer, Service Provider and Service Supplier
  • Contracts (SLA), Service, System: Manage a clear demarcation of these three different worlds and understand how they fit together into one world
  • Service Specification: Learn  a methodology on how to specify a service holistically with only 12 attributes, how they fit with utility and warranty, and how to integrate in an easy way in the Service Catalogue
  • Finally, touch on the topic of service pricing (charge backs) and discuss different charging methodologies and opportunities for your organization.

This course is suitable for Senior Managers, Business Managers, Service Managers, Business Analysts, Consultants, Project Managers, Service Advocates.

Registration in advance is required. Space is limited. If you are attending HP Discover, simply add the course when you register for HP Discover, or login to your existing HP Discover registration account and add the course to your conference pass options at any time. One class is included with your HP Discover conference pass.

If you are unable to attend HP Discover but would like to attend Vivit Advanced Training, contact me directly to register.

You can download a printable informational sheet on Vivit Advanced Training from the link below.

I hope to see you there.

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Tags:  ITIL  ITSM  Test Automation  Testing  Training 

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